Easy Amazing Fudge

I am all about something easy and sweet. I think I have one of the biggest sweet tooths in the world. I try to keep it under control because I would be 300 pounds if not. Sometimes it has a mind of its own though and I have to let it loose. Towards the beginning of this blog I stated that I’m not a vegetarian I’m a dessertarian and its unfortunately still true. If you balance this out with a ton of vegetables you can still maintain a relatively healthy lifestyle. Everything in moderation!

These are the two cookbooks I go through if you buy them through these links it helps support this blog. The Pioneer Womans Cookbooks Dinnertime and Come and Get It. This recipe is on page 362 of the Dinnertime Cookbook

Quick Fudge

Delicious Scale- 9 out of 10

Prep Time- 2 hours 15 minutes just because it has to set up in the frig

Clean up- Two pans super easy

Ingredients:

  • 3 cups semisweet chocolate chips
  • One 14 ounce can sweetened condensed milk
  • Cooking spray

In a double boiler or just in a regular saucepan on low heat, melt together the chocolate chips and sweetened condensed milk. When it is all melted and smooth spread in a foil lined pan sprayed with cooking spray. Place in the frig for at least two hours. Peel off the foil and cut into small squares. This is a good way to know how many you can have in a day. Maybe two, one after lunch and dinner. Don’t eat 3 maybe 5 right away like I did.

The nice part about this is you can spice things up with different toppings.

Some Ideas

  • Smores
  • Rocky Road
  • M&M’s
  • Nuts
  • Caramel
  • Crushed Peppermint

The options are endless. I hope you all our having a wonderful week.

Happy Cooking

Cooking Mom Life

I know some moms will be on the exact same page as me when it comes to cooking with a toddler and a baby. IT IS HARD! My sweet little two year old grabs my pioneer woman cookbook turns to the chocolate chip cookie page and says this “Mom we make the cookies like the girl (points to Ree) please please please. How can I refuse that she is adorable! The problem is she always wants to help with every aspect and that means flour and sugar everywhere.

So my kitchen ends up looking like this. It doesn’t matter though because we are making memories.

This recipe is Chocolate Chunk Cookies on page 357 of the Dinnertime Pioneer Woman cookbook

Chocolate Chunk Cookies

Delcious Scale 8 out of 10

Husband Delicious Scale 8 of 10

Prep Time- Like an hour and a half because you have to freeze it

Clean up was quite messy thanks to Lexi

Any recipe that starts with brown butter has to be good right? Browning butter is so easy and adds a ton more flavor to everything you add it too. Swirl it around until it starts to form a white foam on top. It takes about one more minute after this but keep it moving. When it gets a really light brown take it off the heat because it will get darker even after you take it off. So easy right?

It is so hard to wait to eat these because you have to freeze them first. This is super important so the cookies don’t spread out too much. Wrap it in seran wrap in a cylinder shape. They turned out great! Approved by everyone and my two year old was one happy camper!!

Its Breakfast Time

I have never been big on breakfast.  I use to not like eggs, pancakes, waffles, french toast, any of the normal breakfast items.  Weird, I know!!  Then I got pregnant and she changed everything.  One of the only things I craved when I was pregnant was pancakes from McDonalds.  I never even eat McDonalds so I have no idea where that came from.  Now she is an adorable little two year old and is obsessed with breakfast.  It is the only meal that I can get her to eat everything on her plate plus more.  Two of her favorite things in the world would be waffles/pancakes or yogurt.  So today we got to combine the two!!  We are making Greek Yogurt Pancakes on page 2 of the Dinnertime Pioneer Woman cookbook.  I hate to say this but this is another recipe gone wrong.

Greek Yogurt Pancakes

Husband Delicious Scale- 8 out of 10 for taste 5 out of 10 for texture

Delicious Scale- I’m going to agree with my husband, texture was weird

Prep Time- about 15 minutes, this was really quick and easy

Clean up was super easy

Super easy to make and it looked right during the mixing process

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Once I placed them on the griddle they just kept on spreading.  Flipping them was an impossible task.  I don’t know how she always makes everything look so easy.  Back to being the messy cook that I know and love.IMG_3953

I wonder if flipping a pancake is like a milestone in culinary college because it definitely takes a certain finesse.  Clearly I don’t have it but I’m hoping to by the end of this challenge.  The flavor of these are actually really good but the texture is kind of spongey.  We would eat them again but definitely prefer regular pancakes.  My daughter really loved them though, she came back for seconds.  As for me, I don’t have cravings for pancakes anymore but if you place them in front of me I will eat them.  Especially with a side of bacon!! YUM!  Let me ask you this is there anything better then bacon?

This yogurt parfait can compete though.  This is not in my cookbook but I watched her make it on the Food Network and had to try it.  So you put some brown sugar on top of greek yogurt and leave it in the fridge for about 30 minutes.  IMG_3919

I layered that with granola and strawberries.  Yogurt parfaits are already delicious but this put it over the top.

So so good I would call this a dessert.  Something so simple really elevates that flavor and gives almost a caramel flavor.  Let me know if you have tried any new things with your parfaits I’m always looking for ways to change it up.

Happy Cooking!

16 Minute Fail

Yesterday was a rough day of being a woman so all I wanted was a quick dinner and something sweet.  Boy was I wrong with the dinner I chose.  The Pioneer Woman has a whole section in the Dinnertime Cookbook devoted to 16 minute meals.  She is amazing because this dinner took me 35 minutes?  I was way off!!  The dinner of choice was orange chicken on page 160 of the Dinnertime Cookbook, because who doesn’t love Chinese food.  The flavors that they use are so dear to my heart.

Orange Chicken

Delicious Scale- 7 out of 10

Husband Delicious Scale- 7 out of 10

Cook time- 35 minutes

Clean up- Not worth it, I used three pans, one cutting board, and frying is always a mess to clean upIMG_3877

Frying is probably one of my least favorite things to do.  For one, it scares me!  For two the clean up is so not worth it.  What was interesting to me about this frying process was the crust.  It was a mixture of egg whites and cornstarch.  Has anyone ever fried with this before?  It didn’t give me a very crispy exterior on the chicken but that is probably me mistake because I missed the part where you are supposed to fry it twice. IMG_3892

The sauce had quite a strong orange flavor.  A little to much for my liking.  So between the frying and the super orange sauce this wasn’t my favorite recipe but still pretty darn good.  Next time I will just sauté the chicken instead and add a little bit more brown sugar to the sauce.IMG_3891

For Dessert I made her quick caramel sauce on page 350.  This is so easy that it might become a problem for me.  Ever been stuck in the house on that time of the month and you really need something sweet?  Make this!!

1 cup Brown sugar

1/2 stick of butter

1 Tbs vanilla

pinch of salt

1/2 cup heavy cream

She puts this over ice cream, but I had to resort to pouring it over popcorn. Such a hard life. Haha.  I wish I could show you guys a picture but it was so good there was no time.  What else do you all like to put caramel sauce on?

I’m Not A Vegetarian, Im A Dessertarian!!

There’s two things I can’t live without, that is my family and dessert. If you put a brownie and the best potato chip in front of me I would go for the brownie everytime. Don’t get me wrong I love chips as well. At the very top of my list are brownies and golden graham crispy treats. Simple desserts but incredibly addicting. Now these are not from Pioneer Woman but they are necessary to have in your recipe box.

The Best Brownies

Delicious scale 10 out of 10

Time to make about 40 minutes

Clean up two pans and a spoon completely worth it

Preheat oven to 350

4 Bars (1 ounce each) unsweetened baking chocolate

1 1/2 sticks butter

2 cups sugar

3 eggs

1 1/2 tsp vanilla

1 cup flour

1 cup chopped nuts (only if you like these nasty things)

Grease 13x9x2 pan and I also put foil in the bottom. In a large microwave bowl heat chocolate and butter. Then add sugar, vanilla and eggs. Mix well. Stir in flour. Spread into pan and cook for 30-35 minutes.

Golden Graham Crispy Treats

Delicious scale 10 out of 10

Time to make- 10 minutes

Clean up is just one easy pan and spoon

1 box golden graham cereal

1 bag mini marshmallows

1/2 stick of butter

1/2 cup or so of mini chocolate chips

On the stove top heat together butter and marshmallows until they melt. My daughter always loves to help with this process so she can sneak a couple marshmallows.

Take the pan off the heat and add in the golden grahams. Stir together and then place in large square pan. Sprinkle mini chocolate chips over the top and push down.

How easy was that!

The husband can’t even resist this and he doesn’t eat dessert. I feel like this is why we belong together. He doesn’t eat most of my desserts and I dont eat his nasty seafood.

This is the fastest and easiest recipe you will ever make. It is perfect for when you need a dessert in a rush for a party. Beware of how good these are though you will have to go on a diet for a week because you ate the whole pan in one night! Not that this has ever happened to me because I have complete self control.