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Thousand Dollar Fudge

Last year I made this fudge for my chocolate swap in February–like my cookie swap in December!  These are not remotely dairy free or low anything.  But the recipe is easy peasy and a huge hit.  This is typically a “holiday” recipe in December, but you can see how you can change it up for any holiday–or for a random Tuesday in April!  You can make them without a “topping” or you can add crushed candy canes, toffee pieces or white chocolate chips…as a variation.

Valentine’s Round Up

While my husband will tell you that every day is Valentine’s Day, I would beg to differ!  That aside, I do enjoy having fun with the kids for Valentine’s and this year with 60″ of snow and still counting, it’s the only thing keeping us sane!  So here are some of my favorite Valentine’s ideas, crafts and goodies.  Enjoy! These were Zain’s Valentine’s from first grade with bouncy balls…Valentine, You Make My Heart Bounce!  It’s safe to say, they were a huge hit all round.  I used clear cello bags from the craft store’s candy aisle.  I trimmed the bag

White Chocolate Party Mix

This is one of the easiest and quickest ways to a sugar high that I have in my bag of tricks!  It is incredibly addictive and absolutely a party pleaser with it’s mix of salty and sweet.  You can easily swap out the cereals (Cheerios and Corn Chex) for other favorites like Golden Grahams, Honeycomb, Honey Nut Cheerios, etc.  Have fun with it!  It’s absolute party crack–enjoy it!

Devil’s Food Cake

This is my secret weapon when I need to make a cake from scratch, which isn’t that often to be honest!  But typically for the boys’ birthdays I use this because it can be make dairy free and for the past 8 birthdays there has always been a friend that has a dairy allergy.  And this year, Zain is now needing to be dairy free.  I use this a lot in conjunction with my Aunt Patti’s Fluffy White frosting, which is also dairy free.  So here goes!  This can be made as cupcakes or as a sheet or round cakes. 

Ultimate Chocolate Chip Cookies

This recipes is based on the Crisco recipe, found here. I’ve been making these cookies, in some variation, since I was in high school.  As with the majority of my recipes, it serves as a base recipe that can be customized, depending on what you have, and more importantly, what you are in the mood for!  The recipe calls for 1 cup of chocolate chips and 1 cup of chopped pecans.  You can substitute any number of items for those two ingredients—white chocolate chips, cinnamon chips, peanut butter chips, M&Ms, brickle chips, craisins, raisins, and any kind of nut that

The Art of Drizzle

I seem like I am forever in a pinch—welcome to my world, where I need to do a gift, take along a treat to a play date, or take something to a potluck and I look in my cabinets and say “YIKES!”  I love to bake, as you know, but sometimes chocolate chip cookies isn’t going to cut it even though they are the easiest go to item in a pinch.  So this is when the drizzle comes into play.  Take anything you bake and make it look fancy with drizzle.  It was the night before Valentines Day, when all