Creme Egg Fudge

Creme Egg Fudge – the famous Cadbury Creme Eggs get mixed in with a rich and chocolate-y fudge to make it perfect for Easter.  

Creme Egg Fudge - the famous Cadbury Creme Eggs get mixed in with a rich and chocolate-y fudge to make it perfect for Easter.

I can’t believe that Easter is just over a week away.  It seems so early this year.  We are just getting back from our spring break trip to Arizona, so I only have a week to get ready.  We decided to drive down and family and friends while my son was off school for a few days.  We got to see a couple spring training games, visit my good friend Mary from Barefeet in the Kitchen, and enjoy some warm weather.  We have had great weather in Colorado so far, but my son got to play in the pool, so still a little warmer in Arizona.  But now to get ready for Easter!  How about some Creme Egg Fudge to get you in the mood?

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Reese’s Fudge

Reese’s Fudge – a layer of creamy peanut butter fudge topped with melted chocolate and peanut butter.  And easy no bake recipe that is down right addicting!

Reese's Fudge - a layer of creamy peanut butter fudge topped with melted chocolate and peanut butter. And easy no bake recipe that is down right addicting!

One of my dear friends has a cookie exchange every year.  She has a house full of people that all bring 3 dozen cookies, packaged in groups of 6, and place them around her large dining room table.  We visit, sip champagne and snack on delicious appetizers.  Then to end the night we all get in a long line and take turns walking around the table.  Each time around the table, you get to take 1 package of cookies, until there are none left.  So you go home with 6 packages of cookies that you picked out, all baked by different people.  It is a super fun night, and I always come away with yummy treats.  At this cookie exchange my friend always serves her Reese’s fudge, which is one of my favorite things ever.

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Candy Bar Cookie Pizza

Candy Bar Cookie Pizza – a chocolate chip cookie pizza topped with melted chocolate and lots of your favorite candy!

Candy Bar Cookie Pizza - a chocolate chip cookie pizza topped with melted chocolate and lots of your favorite candy!

Halloween is over!  Did you have a good time? My son of course got way more candy than he needs.  Before we went out trick or treating, I had to dump out the candy from last year that didn’t get eaten.  So it is safe to say that we have too much candy again this year.  We hung out with friends, carved pumpkins, and had a great time.  The weather even cooperated and wasn’t too cold.  Always a good thing!  So now what to do with all of that candy….

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Caramel Stuffed Chocolate Chip Cookies

Caramel Stuffed Chocolate Chip Cookies – Thick and chewy chocolate chip cookies that have a chocolate and caramel candy stuffed inside.  Ooey, gooey, and delicious!

Caramel Stuffed Chocolate Chip Cookies - Thick and chewy chocolate chip cookies that have a chocolate and caramel candy stuffed inside.  Ooey, gooey, and delicious!

The absolute hardest part about being away from home for 6 weeks on vacation is being back home.  Seriously, getting back into work, cooking, cleaning, and being responsible again is hard work.  Not to mention the crazy 18 hour time zone change.  That has finally worked itself out, but not without some difficulties.  My 10 year old had a hard time adjusting, partly because he was also super excited to get back to school, but that in turn meant that he was keeping me up.  Running on 4 hours sleep doesn’t really do much for motivation either, so it has been a rough transition! But I did actually bake this week and made some amazing cookies!

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Peppermint Pattie Brownies

Peppermint Pattie Brownies – Rich and fudgy brownies with a layer of peppermint pattie candies, and topped with a gooey chocolate ganache.  

Peppermint Pattie Brownies - Rich and fudgy brownies with a layer of peppermint pattie candies, and topped with a gooey chocolate ganache.

Today is the day!  Tonight we are getting on a plane and flying to New Zealand for 6 weeks!  We have been planning this trip for what seems like forever.  I never actually thought we would get to this day.  But it crept up on his, and the last few weeks have been so busy trying to get ready.  Now to just travel, go through airports, sit on planes and fly for the next 26 hours.  It will all be worth it.  My parents are taking us to the airport this afternoon, and then spending the next 2 months at our house.  Hopefully they will fall in love with Colorado, and be ready to move here as soon as we get back.

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Chocolate Saltine Toffee (aka Christmas Crack)

Chocolate Saltine Toffee – An easy toffee using saltine toffee and chocolate, sometimes referred to as Christmas Crack.  The perfect addition to your Christmas baking.  

Chocolate Saltine Toffee (aka Christmas Crack) - an easy candy for the holiday season

 

Do you need a last minute holiday treat?  Or something for a cookie exchange, teacher gift, something for the mail man? Well, this chocolate saltine toffee is exactly what you need.  It is easy, pretty, and everyone loves it!  And you can pretty much make it any time of year and just change up the sprinkles.  Why should Christmas get all the fun?

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Christmas Peppermint Patties

Christmas Peppermint Patties – Red, white and green striped cool mint patties dipped in dark chocolate.  An easy homemade candy for the holidays. 

Christmas Peppermint Patties - Red, white and green striped cool mint patties dipped in dark chocolate.  An easy homemade candy for the holidays.

I am so ready for the weekend, but it is only Thursday.  Something about this week has just got me beat!  I have been working crazy hours, trying to get everything done, so I can take some time off when my son is home for Christmas break.  Most of the times that he has days off from school, I still have to work. Hopefully this break, I can keep work to a minimum and actually enjoy time with my family.  Novel idea!

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Candy Bar Pie

Candy Bar Pie – a great way to use up all of that leftover candy.  Mix chopped up candy into your favorite cookie dough and bake into a pie!

Candy Bar Pie - a fun use of that leftover Halloween candy

I hope that everyone had a great Halloween!  My son had lots of fun trick or treating with a couple of his friends.  The weather wasn’t to bad, it was near 60 during the day.  So walking around was pretty comfortable.  Of course today it is almost 70 out!  My son’s basketball season started last week, so at least he ran around for while yesterday to burn off all of the candy that he ate.  I on the other hand, and just doing my best not to raid his bag!

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No Bake Peanut Butter Puffs Bars #biggcerealmovies

No Bake Peanut Butter Puffs Bars - Peanut butter, peanut butter candies, peanut butter cups, and peanut butter puff's cereal!

I hope that everyone had a great 4th of July weekend!  We were busy spending time with friends, going to a Colorado Rockies game, getting in a good hike, going on a bike ride, and getting to watch fireworks.  It was so much fun, but kind of exhausting at the same time!  I kind of need a nap just thinking of all that we accomplished in the last 3 days.  Or at least a good solid week of relaxation!  Or maybe just movie night, where I can doze off a little :)  Make sure you get to the bottom for a great giveaway that involves free movies!

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Fudge #SundaySupper

Holidays are all about family, friends, and tradition.  Today, Beate from Galactopdx is hosting this #SundaySupper “Home for the Holidays” event. We are all sharing recipes and traditions from our families.

In my family we have a tradition of making fudge every Christmas Eve.  We don’t make it any other day of the year, just the 24th.  It has to be one of my all time favorite holiday treats.  You can often find me sneaking pieces Christmas morning while we are opening presents.  This is the recipe we have been making in my family forever.  I believe it was originally from the back of the marshmallow fluff jar, but I am not completely sure.  You can easily add nuts if that is your thing, but I am a purist and like it without.

I hope you all have a Merry Christmas, and enjoy your time with family and friends.  I am taking a couple days off from the blog, but will be back with lots of appetizer ideas for your New Years parties.

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