Henry had 4 Christmas’ this year! His list of gifts go on and on and on! I didn’t even buy him anything until AFTER Christmas because I wanted to see what all he would get first! Seriously, a Little People Barn, TONS of tractors, 2 big play things ( I don’t know what they’re called! Ha) toy four-wheelers, Hot Wheels cars, clothes, play phone, toy John Deere Gator, books, electric truck, Hot Wheels race track, bath toys, … I think you get the idea. The kiddo got more than he could ever want.. heck, he’s 9 months old! He didn’t want anything! But yeah, he got a TON. Here are a few pics to show you his first Christmas!
This is a little experiment that my mom and sister came up with. They had made some brownies and decided to try something new. So here is what ya do!
Get a box of brownie mix and make them “cakey”. (Yeah, go by the box)
Buy yourself some whip cream, Heath bars, and 2 boxes of chocolate pudding.
Make the pudding while brownies are baking.
Let the pudding set. Take the Heath bars out of the wrappers and put in a Ziplock bag. I took a hammer to mine, but you can smash them up however you please!
Get a tall dish.
When brownies are finished, take a fork and tear them up! Put half of the brownie crumbles in the bottom of the dish, then cover with half of the chocolate pudding. Cover that with half of the Whip Cream and then with half of crumbled Heath bars. Repeat. And there you go! A beautiful looking dessert that tastes delicious and is quite simple!
Here is another little treat that I made before Christmas. I was SO busy last Friday baking! This fudge turned out excellent though! And it’s the recipe off the back of the Kraft Marshmallow Creme jar!
what you need
LINE 9-inch square pan with foil, with ends of foil extending over sides. Bring sugar, butter and evaporated milk to full rolling boil in 3-qt. saucepan on medium heat, stirring constantly. Cook 4 min. or until candy thermometer reaches 234°F, stirring constantly. Remove from heat.
ADD chocolate and marshmallow creme; stir until melted.
Add nuts and vanilla; mix well.
POUR into prepared pan; spread to cover bottom of pan. Cool completely. Use foil handles to lift fudge from pan before cutting into squares.
Yes, it is as good as it sounds.
Chocolate Eclair Cake
2 small pkg. instant French Vanilla pudding mix
3 c. milk
1 ctn. Cool Whip
1 c. sugar
1/3 c. cocoa
1/4 c. evaporated milk
1 stick margarine
1 tsp. vanilla
Mix pudding mix and milk until thick. Add Cool Whip. In 9×13 inch pan, lay down a layer of graham crackers, then a layer of filling, and another layer of crackers on top. Refrigerate overnight. (Or at least 2 hours)
Topping: Heat sugar, cocoa, and milk in saucepan till it comes to a boil.
Add margarine and vanilla. Cook till a drop of topping forms a soft ball in water. (on medium heat for 3-4 minutes) Pour on top of first mixture. Refrigerate and enjoy!
So, this was my first attempt at making peanut brittle. I use to always (and only) get it in Georgia when my family went to a farm expo down there. The other day, I was checking out a blog called “The Flour Bag” and came across this recipe! It is done completely in the microwave and sounded easy enough for me, so I did it! It turned out so nicely, that I put it in some of my candy/chocolate give away baskets for Christmas!
2 c. sugar
1 c. light-colored corn syrup
2 1/2 c. salted peanuts
2 tbsp butter
1 tsp vanilla
2 tsp baking soda
(you will also need a candy thermometer)
Butter a large baking sheet; set aside.
In a microwave safe glass bowl, combine sugar and corn syrup. Microwave on 100 percent power for 5-7 minutes or until sugar dissolves and mixture is bubbly over entire surface, stirring twice during the process.
Stir in peanuts. Microwave, uncovered, on 100 percent power for 4 minutes. Stir in the 2 tbsp butter and the vanilla. Cook, uncovered, on 100 percent power for 3-4 minutes, or until the candy reaches hard-crack stage (302 degrees F) and syrup is a clear golden color. After 2 minutes of cooking, stir peanut mixture every 30 seconds.
Stir in baking soda. Immediately pour mixture onto the prepared baking sheet, spreading the mixture as thin as possible. Cool brittle completely. Break into irregular pieces. Place brittle in a plastic bag; seal.
This is a recipe that I also got from a lady at work. Everyone LOVED Ruby’s meatballs. (She’s retired now) So I had to make sure I got the recipe before she left us! Everyone always requests them at holiday events!
2 lbs Italian Meatballs
4 c. Ketchup
Chopped onion (to your liking, I only use 1/4 of an onion)
4 Tbsp brown sugar
4 Tbsp lemon juice
2 Tbsp Soy Sauce
Here is the quick way;
Take meatballs out of the freezer and put them in a microwave safe bowl. Cover with paper towel and microwave for 10 minutes. Meanwhile, chop your onion. Mix ketchup, onion, brown sugar, lemon juice and soy sauce in a pot on the stove on medium heat. Let this heat up until meatballs are finished in the microwave. Stir often. Take meatballs out of the microwave and drain. Put in crock pot and pour sauce on top. Keep on low heat!
That way only takes about 15 minutes! Otherwise you can just defrost the meatballs in the microwave for 10 minutes and then just mix all the ingredients together in a bowl and pour over the meatballs (without cooking the mixture on the stove) and set your crockpot on low and let them cook for 2 hours.