Category Archives: CHOCOLATE!

Mocha Chocolate Chip Cookies

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Thank you to all of my readers who have sent emails, left comments, and have taken the time to share words of encouragement for my nephew, Richard.  In case you missed it you might want to read “You Really Aren’t Going To Believe This”.

I decided it is time I get back to some sweet blogging.  2016 seems to be running at Mach speed in my life and this weekend I intend to slow it down a notch! So, let’s make cookies!

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Last fall I wanted to take cookies to a friend who was under the weather.  I remembered a particularly delicious cookie recipe that comes from Dorie Greenspan’s book Baking With Julia.

Alice Mocha Choclate Chip Cookies

I asked my sous-chef dishwashing mom if she would mind making the cookies.  She quickly said YES and away she went with the project.
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Deep-Dish Chocolate Chip Pizookie

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The Chief's Pizookie!
The Chief’s Pizookie!

When some of our California kids were here this summer the dinner conversation turned to Pizookies.  At first when my step-son Bryan said Pizookie I wasn’t sure what I heard him say.  I said, “will you spell that for me?”  He did one better and Googled it for me.  This is a pizza cookie all rolled into one single serving baking dish.  He and our grandson Sean went on to poetically describe one of their favorite desserts from BJ’s Restaurant.

The more they talked the more exacted they got.  They tossed around words like chocked full of chocolate chips, warm and gooey, topped with quickly melting vanilla ice cream, deep dish cookie, served warm from the oven.  
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Ice Cream Sandwich Super Sundae Dessert

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Ice Cream Sandwich Super Sundae Dessert

When the Brown Eyed Baker posted this dessert recipe I was totally captivated by her pictures.   It was the first of August and I had children and grandchildren arriving in just a few days.  I was in meal planning mode.

Layer of Ice cream sandwiches
Layer of Ice cream sandwiches

What I didn’t know was …
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Got Chocolate? DIY Valentine Gifts

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Fudge doesn’t have to be for Christmas-time only!  At our house “anything chocolate” equates to a ♥ fantastic gift ♥ for my Chief Love any time of the year!

This fudge was gifted to us this Christmas by our friends Peggy and Barnett.  I will be making it this week for my funny Valentine. ♥ (Recipe posted at the bottom of this page.)

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And then there is Walnut Fudge Pie.  I use to make this really, really often for our bed and breakfast guests.  My Chief Valentine  ♥ ate leftovers often.  But these days … well, a homemade walnut fudge pie will be a big  Valentine’s Day hit!

Sm Plate peanut clusters
Just in case I haven’t convinced you to make some homemade chocolate goody for your  Valentine ♥ this week, let me introduce you to Crock Pot Peanut Clusters.  

Milk Chocolate Semi-sweet Chocolate Peanut Butter Chips
White Almond Bark And of course PEANUTS!

Peanut clusters platedMy sous-chef dish-washing mom made a big batch of slow cooker peanut clusters today to share with friends this week!   Check out the recipe here.

Happy Valentine’s Day!
Blessings, Catherine

The Way of Love

 If I speak in the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I am a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal. And if I have prophetic powers, and understand all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have all faith, so as to remove mountains, but have not love, I am nothing. If I give away all I have, and if I deliver up my body to be burned, but have not love, I gain nothing.

Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; it does not rejoice at wrongdoing, but rejoices with the truth. Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.

Love never ends. As for prophecies, they will pass away; as for tongues, they will cease; as for knowledge, it will pass away. For we know in part and we prophesy in part, 10 but when the perfect comes, the partial will pass away. 11 When I was a child, I spoke like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I gave up childish ways. 12 For now we see in a mirror dimly, but then face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I have been fully known.

So now faith, hope, and love abide, these three; but the greatest of these is love.       1 Corinthians 13

The Best Fudge
 
Fudge recipes are a dime a dozen, but this recipe is worth a million bucks and beats them all!
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Recipe type: Candy
Ingredients
  • 1 small can evaporated milk (5 oz.)
  • 3 cups white granulated sugar
  • 1½ sticks real unsalted butter
  • 1 small jar marshmallow cream (7 oz.)
  • 12 oz. bag of mixed semi-sweet chocolate and peanut butter chips
  • 1 cup chopped walnuts*
Instructions
  1. Lightly butter a 9" x 9" baking pan.
  2. In a heavy pan, cook milk, sugar, and butter until a drop in cold water forms a soft ball, (approximately 5 minutes), stirring continually.
  3. Remove from heat and add morsels stirring until melted.
  4. Add the marshmallow cream and continue to stir until all is combined.
  5. Mix in chopped walnuts* Optional.
  6. Pour into prepared baking pan and let cool.
  7. Cut into squares after it is firm and cool.
Notes
Recipe can easily be doubled.
Recipe provided by my friend Peggy Payne.

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