Dessert, Uncategorized

Mississippi Mud Brownies

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This recipe I’ve made for a while, but at some point I started making it and thinking strictly about my friend Dawn. When My husband and I first married, we lived in his town. It’s about 45 minutes from my hometown. I’m a pretty quiet person in general, but as years go by I’m more outspoken. For the longest time, I felt very uneasy around my husbands family. I suppose I was afraid they wouldn’t like me, or maybe I was afraid that I’d be embarrassed if I did something wrong. When I was growing up I was taught that you don’t speak unless you’re spoken to, you don’t talk while adults are talking, and you definitely don’t ask for anything, no matter what. I guess I have bad self esteem or something, because I always feel like I wasn’t good enough or maybe I just felt like I wasn’t very likable. I’m not sure. Years have taught me different. I just needed them to get to know me and me them to ease that.

I didn’t know anyone but hubby’s family when I lived there. Finally, one of his friends from the military and his then girlfriend lived with us for a short period of time, until they could find their own home. While I’m not longer friends with this person, I ended up meeting her children’s step mom, Dawn. Dawn and I are still friends over ten years later. She’s one of the prettiest, kindest, most loving woman I had met in a long time at this point. She was raising two kids that weren’t hers, like they were hers. She had just found out she was pregnant too. She was having TWIN BOYS. Here she was one girl and four boys, five including her husband.  I remember she was having a rough time and I told her I was making some brownies. She thought they sounded so good, she asked if I’d make some for her. I thought why not? I made it for her and she ended up eating the whole pan. Ever since then I think of her whenever I made the brownies. Then I get to thinking about the twins birth. I was very honored to be able to visit them in the hospital. They were the cutest babies ever.

Brownies:

4 oz unsweet chocolate bar chopped

2 sticks of unsalted butter

1 1/2 cups all purpose flour

1/3 cup Dutch processed cocoa powder

1/2 teaspoon salt

3 cups sugar

5 large eggs

Topping:

3/ cup marshmallow crème

1/4 cup semi sweet chocolate chips

2 teaspoons vegetable oil

Preheat oven to 325. Line a 13×9 pan with foil. Spray foil with cooking spray. Melt unsweet chocolate with butter. Be careful not to burn. Separately combine flour, cocoa, and salt. Whisk sugar and eggs in a separate bowl. Whisk in melted chocolate mixture. Stir in flour mixture until no flour streaks remain. Scrap batter into the prepared dish. Bake for about 35 minutes or until toothpick comes out clean.  Spoon marshmallow crème over brownies and let set until softened. Microwave chocolate chips and oil in a small bowl. Drizzle the chocolate over top of the marshmallow with a spoon.

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Dessert, Uncategorized

Homemade Ice Cream

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I try really hard to only make ice cream every blue moon. It’s a little more expensive to make than to buy….but it tastes soooooo much better. Anyway I made this to go with the Peach Cobbler. You know I feel so stupid. I forgot to add the sugar. Who does that? Luckily if you forget to add it you can throw it in later, just make sure it’s melted and not coarse. It’ll work the same. Having cooked for 20 years or more, I’m shocked I made such a silly mistake. However, I laughed and called myself an amateur. LOL!

8 Egg Yolks

2 Cups Sugar

1/4 teaspoon salt

2 Cups Milk

2 Cups half and half

4 cups heavy cream

2 teaspoons Vanilla

Mix slightly beaten egg yolks with sugar and salt. Scald milk with the cream and half and half. Stir frequently. Add a little milk to the eggs to prevent scrambling. Then add the Egg mixture to the milk mixture. Cook until the mixture forms a coating n the spoon when you pull it up Remove from the heat and add vanilla. Refrigerate overnight or for as little as 2 hours. Follow ice cream maker instructions.

Dessert, Uncategorized

Peach Cobbler

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Nothing says summer like peach cobbler for dessert. It’s a true comfort food. it’s delicious. It’s one of my favorite things about summer.  When I was a little girl, our neighbor used to make this recipe for us. It was really something I looked forward to every year. She made her own canned peaches though. She used true Georgia peaches.

1 Cup Self-Rising Flour

1/2 Cup + 1 Tablespoon Sugar

Pinch of Salt

1/2 Cup butter, melted, divided

28 oz canned peaches

Preheat oven to 350 F.  Butter 8×8 pan. Whisk together Flour, 1/2 Cup Sugar, and the salt. Add 1/4 Cup Butter. Mix to crumbled. Sprinkle 1/3 mixture on bottom of the pan. Pour in can peaches. If there’s not enough liquid from the can, pour in some water. Enough to mostly cover the peaches. Top with the rest of the flour mix. Sprinkle with remaining sugar. Drizzle with the remaining 1/4 cup of butter.  Bake 50 minutes.

Dessert, Uncategorized

Yum Yum

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When I make this recipe I usually make half and half. I do this because I only like cherry yum yum, but my husband hates cherries. The littlest bit, he doesn’t care. He likes anything that’s yummy. This is a recipe I’ve had for years. It’s one I grew up making. My grandmother made this recipe for as long as I can remember. I can remember at Thanksgiving having this every year. It’s something I love to make for my family and while I am building new memories, I can think about my old memories too.

1 1/2 sticks melted butter

3 Cups graham cracker crumbs

3/4 Cups sugar

2 cans of pie filling of choice

8 oz cream cheese

2 packs of dream whip

1 cup of milk

Mix butter with the graham cracker crumbs. Pour half into a rectangle baking dish. Separately, whip dream whip and milk. Add sugar when thick. Beat in cream cheese. Add half of mix on the crumb mixture. Add the fruit mixture. Then add the other half of the cream cheese mixture and spread evenly. Top with the remainder of the crumb mixture. Chill in the refrigerator. Enjoy!

Snack, Uncategorized

Cooper’s recreated Apple Cinnamon Chex

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My kid loves this chex mix. However, the original recipe calls for dried apples which HE HATES. He says they taste funny and the texture throws him off. One day when I first started making this recipe, the store was out of the dried apples, so I did the next best thing, which was the apple chips. Ever since then, he insists I can’t use the dried apples. Great snack for my littlest guy!!

5 Cups Corn Chex Cereal

1/ 4 Cups Butter

1/3 Cups Brown Sugar

2 Tablespoons Karo Syrup

1 teaspoon cinnamon

1 cup chopped apple chips

1/2 Cups Vanilla yogurt covered raisins

In a large microwavable bowl add cereal. Separately microwave butter, sugar, karo syrup, and cinnamon until boiling. Pour over cereal. Stir until evenly coated. Microwave 3 minutes, scraping bowl every minute. Stir in apples, microwave 1 minute. Spread on wax paper. Cool for 5 minutes. Add raisins.

Dessert, Uncategorized

The Famous Pumpkin Roll

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My husband looks forward to this time of year every year.  It’s his favorite time. He enjoys that he is getting pumpkin roll. He’s crazy about it. He begs me every start of fall to make it. It’s a great recipe. It isn’t too sweet. We also make this for Thanksgiving. The whole family loves it!

Cake:

Powdered sugar (to sprinkle on towel)

3/4 cup all-purpose flour

1/2 teaspoon baking powder

1/2 teaspoon baking soda

1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon

1/2 teaspoon ground cloves

1/4 teaspoon salt

3 large eggs

1 cup granulated sugar

2/3 cup Pure Pumpkin

Filling:

8 oz cream cheese, at room temperature

1 cup powdered sugar, sifted

6 tablespoons butter or margarine, softened

1 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract

Powdered sugar, for dusting

Preheat oven to 350° F. Grease 15 x 10-inch jelly-roll pan; line with wax paper. Grease and flour paper. Sprinkle a thin, cotton kitchen towel with powdered sugar.

Combine flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, cloves and salt in a bowl. Beat eggs and granulated sugar in large mixer bowl. Beat in pumpkin. Stir in flour mixture. Spread evenly into prepared pan.

Bake for 13 to 15 minutes or until top of cake springs back when touched. Immediately loosen and turn cake onto prepared towel. Carefully peel off paper. Roll up cake and towel together, starting with narrow end. Cool.

Beat cream cheese, 1 cup powdered sugar, butter and vanilla extract in small mixer bowl until smooth. Carefully unroll cake. Spread cream cheese mixture over cake. Reroll cake. Wrap in plastic wrap and refrigerate at least one hour. Sprinkle with powdered sugar before serving, if desired.

 

Trips, Uncategorized

Hershey PA

We decided to go to Hershey World. We didn’t go to the theme park, because we wanted to do other things too. Honestly, I think the theme park is a bit pricey too. The boys and I all made our own candy bar and we were able to see how they make chocolate….and the fun part is a chocolate tasting. That was really cool. If you have the ability to do Hershey World, I would recommend it. The only thing I do not recommend is their actual meals they sell here. I really hated the food. The boys did too. It’s a bit pricey and it just tastes horrible and prepackaged.  The little bit had a milkshake and he loved it. I