Cool Summer Treats

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Summer is in full swing and full heat. While hanging out with the kiddos we’ve experimented with making our own popsicles,  this was so exciting and fun, at first but now the newness has worn off. It was so cool to choose 3 different juice flavors or even make a smoothie and freezing it overnight for a much anticipated awesome and unique flavored popsicles, concocted by the youngsters.

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Now that they are tired of these cool fruit flavored popsicles I am looking to fudgesicles. I don’t want to buy them from the store mainly because I cannot pronounce most of the ingredients and I didn’t want to just buy box pudding for the same reason. I am that weird mom that will not buy anything unless I can clearly pronounce and recognize the ingredients. So with that being said here I am writing this blog on how to make fudgesicles from scratch.

And here we go……

Ingredients:

2 cups of whole milk

1 cup of dark chocolate chunks

2 Tablespoons of sugar

2 Tablespoons Cocoa Powder

Directions:

  1. Heat the whole milk in a saucepan over medium heat. Do not boil, just heat until the milk is steamy.
  2. Turn off the burner but leave saucepan in place. Add Cocoa & Sugar whisk together until completely blended.
  3. Pour chocolate chunks into a bowl.
  4. Pour Cocoa/Milk mixture over chocolate chunks. Stir until completely melted and well blended.
  5. Clean edges of the bowl with a spatula and let the chocolate mixture stand for 5 minutes.
  6. Pour into popsicle molds, place popsicle sticks in each compartment. Wait until fudgesicle is completely frozen.

We make our popsicles before bed and let them freeze overnight so the kiddos aren’t left waiting all day…. but 5-7 hours should do the trick too.

I hope this treat is as cool and pleasing to you as it was for my family.

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Enjoy!

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Caramel Apples

Fall is the favorite time of year at our house. My husband and I were married in the fall, our first daughter was born in the fall, our family enjoys being outdoors in the fall.

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One our favorite things to do is to go apple picking. We make our yearly pilgrimage up into the blue ridge mountains, deep in the heart of apple country. There we enjoy the crisp fall air, beautiful mountain scenes and freshly picked apples from the orchard.

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Having a rather large number of freshly picked apples in my possession, I thought it wise to make use of them, hence the following recipe:

Caramel Apples:

Makes 10 -12

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What You’ll Need:

  • 1/2 cup butter, cubed
  • 2 cups packed brown sugar
  • 1 cup light corn syrup
  • Dash salt
  • 1 can (14 ounces) sweetened condensed milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 10 to 12 Popsicle sticks
  • 10 to 12 medium tart apples, washed and dried
  • 1 cup chopped, salted pecans

Directions

  • 1. In a large heavy saucepan, melt butter.  Add the brown sugar, corn syrup and salt. Cook and stir over medium heat until mixture comes to a boil, about 10-12 minutes. Stir in milk. Cook and stir until a candy thermometer reads 248° (firm-ball stage).
  • 2. Remove from the heat; stir in vanilla.
  • 3. Insert Popsicle sticks into apples.
  • 4. Dip each apple into hot caramel mixture; turn to coat.
  • 5. Dip bottom of apples into pecans. Place on greased waxed paper until set.
  • Makes: 10-12 apples.
Enjoy!

Chocolate Avocado Pudding

Ok, I have resisted this for a long, long while however it looked super easy and supper yummy….

Having three little ones running around who are always hungry for a good snack, I thought this would be a healthier alternative to offer them. Pudding is a favorite at our house amongst the children and hubby and however hard I try to feed the healthy foods I am met with great resistance. I will say I have tried the kale smoothie and that went over like a lead balloon. I am reminded of Jim Gaffigan and all his kale remarks here is one:

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I happen to like kale, a little olive oil, garlic, salt pepper yummy… My family happens to hate the green stuff, I guess they think it “tastes like bug spray” too, lol.

Anyway if you are feeling adventurous give this avocado pudding a try, I don’t think you will regret it.

So here it is Chocolate Avocado Pudding. I hope you enjoy it!

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Avocado Chocolate Pudding

Prep Time: 2 minutes

Total Time: 5 minutes

Yield: 2-3 servings

Serving Size: 1/2 cup

  • 2 ripe medium avocados, peeled and chopped
  • 1/3 cup cocoa powder
  • 1/4 cup honey or raw agave nectar (or other sweetener of choice)
  • 1/2 cup milk (regular or almond milk, coconut, etc.)
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

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Blend all ingredients, until smooth, in a blender, food processor or using a hand-held mixer. Serve immediately, or chill first.

AVOCADO CHOCO

Summertime: Mini Mint Cheesecakes

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Oh my, oh my…. The days are getting warmer and warmer and It is time to have a bite that will cool you down and lift your spirits. Mini Mint Cheesecakes are the perfect summertime treat. These delectable bites are easy to make and cute to serve with tea or as a potluck bring along dish. Cool your taste buds and the summertime heat with these nifty little bites:

Ingredients:

Crust

Crushed Chocolate Cream Cookies
1/4 cup butter, melted

Filling

2 packages (8 oz each) cream cheese, softened
2/3 cup sugar
3 eggs
1/3 cup green crème de menthe liqueur

Topping

Sweetened whipped cream and chocolate shavings.
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Steps

  •  Crumble about half the cookies into fine crumbs to make 2 cups cookie crumbs.
  • In small bowl, mix cookie crumbs and melted butter. Place foil baking cup in each of 18 regular-size muffin cups. Press about 1 tablespoon cookie mixture in bottom of each baking cup or use tartlet molds. Reduce oven temperature to 300°F. Bake 5 minutes.
  • In large bowl, beat cream cheese and sugar with electric mixer on medium speed, scraping bowl frequently, until smooth and creamy. Add eggs, one at a time, beating until smooth after each addition. Stir in liqueur. Pour about 1/4 cup of the filling on top of each of the cookie crusts.
  •  Bake 20 to 22 minutes or until edges are set and centers are still slightly jiggly. Turn oven off, and open door slightly. Cool cheesecake in oven 30 minutes. Remove from oven to cooling rack; cool at room temperature 30 minutes. Refrigerate about 2 hours or until cheesecakes are chilled. Top with sweetened whipped cream and chocolate shavings. Enjoy!

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