I managed to get my technical problems sorted out….basically resulted in buying a new part. Apparently one of my kids took something off the laptop and hauled it off. Whenever something like this happens we usually check with my three-year-old or my twenty-year-old. If the three-year-old has it then it is stashed away somewhere for him to play with later. If the twenty-year-old has it…we make yet another trip to his GI doctor to have more x-rays. So far they have found a lot of interesting things…hehe…but that’s another story!
While my husband was gone we spent some time with my parents and some of my siblings. There were lots of kids around so we decided to have an impromptu cookout. I whipped up about four chocolate chess pies. These pies are really easy to throw together and have a rich chocolaty flavor!
You will need (this will make two pies):
2 unbaked pie shells
3 cups sugar
6 TBSP cocoa powder
1 12 oz can evaporated milk
1/2 cup melted butter
2 tsps vanilla extract
Mix your cocoa and sugar together.
Lightly whisk your eggs then add to cocoa mixture.
Beat in milk, butter and vanilla.
Pour into your pie crusts and bake at 350 degrees for about 45 min or until a knife comes out clean.
See?? Super easy! So flavorful that everyone will think you knocked yourself out to make them!
This week has been one of those weeks when everything has been slightly hectic and a little stressful. My dryer died right when I finally decided to tackle the mountain of laundry that I’d let pile up all week. I thought maybe that meant I wasn’t supposed to wash laundry anymore. Thanks to my dad and husband it is up and running! I guess I don’t have an excuse to put it off any longer.
In short, this is a week for chocolate and LOTS of it! To feed my chocolate craving I whipped up some super chocolaty German chocolate brownies.
For the brownies you will need:
4 squares unsweetened chocolate
3/4 cup (1 1/2 sticks) butter
2 cups sugar
1 tsp vanilla
1 cup flour
Microwave chocolate and butter in large microwave bowl at high 2 minutes or until butter is melted. Stir until chocolate is completely melted.
Stir sugar into chocolate. Mix in eggs and vanilla until well blended. Stir in flour.
Spread in greased 13 x 9 inch pan.
Bake at 350 degrees for 30-35 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out with fudgy crumbs.
For the topping you will need:
2 TBSP butter, melted
1/2 cup packed brown sugar
1 cup flaked coconut
1/2 cup chopped pecans
2 TBSP corn syrup
2 TBSP heavy cream
Combine butter and brown sugar in a large bowl. Add the coconut, pecans, corn syrup and milk; mix well.
Drop by teaspoonfuls onto warm brownies; spread evenly. Broil 6 in. from the heat for 2-4 minutes or until top is browned and bubbly.
Boy did they ever hit the spot! I just hope I have enough self control not to eat them all!
This treat is so simple to make! It shouldn’t take more than 5 min. to put it together.
You will need:
12 oz. bag of white baking chips
14 oz can of sweetened condensed milk
1 packet of Kool Aid, whatever flavor you like…I think cherry is the best for this.
Simply melt the baking chips in the microwave then stir in the sweetened condensed milk and Kool Aid until thoroughly mixed. Spread into a lightly greased pan an refrigerate until set. After it sets, cut and serve.
They look so pretty! I think the pink looks perfect for spring!
Yes, you read that right…CORN CHIPS!
A few weeks ago, I was pregnant and nearing my due date. As I get further along I tend to throw some of my dietary cautions to the wind. This was one of those times. I really wanted something sweet and salty and didn’t feel like running to the store. I dug through my cupboards and came up with a bag of chocolate chips and a bag of corn chips. The crazy thought popped into my head “I wonder if there are any recipes that would use both of these?”
I found this recipe for Corn Chip Candy. I was a bit skeptical, but
being a desperate, candy crazed pregnant woman who would do anything for a hit thought it was worth a try. It was very tasty, indeed! My whole family loves it and asks for it all the time. It’s also easy to make.
You will need:
10 1/2 oz bag corn chips
1 cup white sugar
1 cup light corn syrup (no this is not the same thing as high fructose corn syrup for those of you who may be concerned about this issue)
1 cup peanut butter
1 bag of semi-sweet chocolate chips
Grease a 10 x 15 inch pan (I usually line it with foil first to make clean up easy). Pour the bag of corn chips in.
In a saucepan bring the sugar and corn syrup to a boil over medium heat. Remove from heat and stir in peanut butter until smooth.
Pour this over the corn chips. Try to pour evenly so that all the chips are covered. If you have to you can stir the mixture through the chips to make sure they are evenly coated.
Pour the chocolate chips over the corn chip mixture in an even layer. Wait about 10 min or until the heat from the peanut butter mixture melts the chocolate.Spread the chocolate over the top.
I usually pop it into the refrigerator so that the chocolate sets up faster.
After the chocolate sets up, cut or break into pieces and serve!
About this time every year I start craving maple chocolate candy. Maple creams go hand-in-hand with Fall for me. I came up with this super simple recipe to fill my craving:
Take one stick of softened (not melted) butter
And cream it with 2 cups powdered sugar
It should look like this when you are done
Add two teaspoons of imitation maple flavoring
Blend until creamy, but thick
Roll into small balls
For the coating, chocolate-flavored candy coating tends to work best. You can use regular chocolate chips, but it is harder to get them to set up if you don’t temper it. That’s just too much trouble for me
I used about 6 blocks (1/2 pack)
I find it easier to melt in the microwave…OK actually, I started off melting it on the stove and ruined some of it. It got too grainy to use.
Dip the balls of maple cream into the chocolate and let some of the excess chocolate drip off. Chopsticks work really well for this
Let them set up on a cookie sheet lined in foil or wax paper. You can put them in the freezer if you are
impatient and want to gobble as many down as possible before your husband and kids notice in a hurry.
Linking to these fun parties:
Fireflies and Jellybeans