Posts Tagged ‘ chocolate ’

Nutella

I tried to resist. I really did. Nutella, you say? Over-rated.

Ummmm….not so much.

I am addicted to the stuff right now. Bought if for Dave a few weeks ago as a special treat, but I’ve eaten most of it.

Side note alert. Did you know you can buy Nutella on Amazon? Haha, me either. But when I was searching for a picture to put here…that’s what I found. You can buy cases of it! As if anyone could eat that much Nutella. Ha.

I first tried it on Chinese pancakes. Yum. Then on whole wheat toast, because hey, according to the jar, Nutella can be part of a balanced breakfast if eaten on whole wheat toast. Part of a balanced breakfast, they say. Oops. Then I tried it on Ritz crackers. Heaven. Today I dipped honey-wheat pretzels twists straight into the jar. Nutella, git in my belly!

I think I’ve finally gotten my sweet tooth back. I didn’t really care for sweets at all while I was pregnant, but I definitely don’t have that problem anymore.

What are you craving lately?

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A little of this and that…and a lot of chocolate cake

It’s been a while since I blogged so I have lots of thoughts rolling around in my brain. Here are some of them.

1. Last week the doctor told me that I had lost a pound, but the baby was still measuring “perfect.” Who loses weight while they’re pregnant? My stomach is pretty squished these days, so I’ve been trying to eat more frequently and make sure that the foods I’m eating are nutrient dense so that our little chalupa continues to grow.

2. Which is why I made a chocolate cherry cake today. Nutrient dense indeed. A little old lady from church used to make this cake for potlucks and I found myself thinking of it recently. I couldn’t find my recipe for it, but here’s the allrecipes version which turned out very similar, if not exactly the same.

3. I told Dave he could share some of this cake with his friends at work, but now I’m rethinking that stance. I know 2 people shouldn’t eat a whole 9×13 cake, but that doesn’t mean we won’t.

4. Jack is still scared of our new floors. I’d say he’s about 67% of the way back to his normal self. He still gets stuck on his bed occasionally and needs encouragement to make it to the back door to go out. And while he can (and sometimes does) walk across the floor like a normal dog, he prefers to make a lunging start and send himself skidding across the floor to his destination. Which only makes him more afraid. Dogs are weird.

5. I am obsessed with this website ashleyannphotography.com/blog I’ve spent a lot of time lately trying to read every word on this dang website. I prefer to think of it as time invested rather than time wasted because I have found tons of great project ideas for the nursery. I want to use her scrapbook paper art idea (found here) to make a piece of art to hang over the crib. I’m thinking of copying this painting from Land of Nod; changing the colors to match our nursery of course.

I can’t wait to buy the scrapbook paper for this project. And read more of Ashley Ann’s archives.

The best, easiest fudge

Usually I like to do things the hard way. For fudge, that would mean slaving over a hot stove, stirring til my arm fell arm, watching that candy thermometer for the perfect temperature. Nope, not doing it.

Instead I made this fudge from allrecipes.

Ingredients

  • 3 cups semisweet chocolate chips
  • 1 (14 ounce) can sweetened condensed milk
  • 1/4 cup butter

Directions

  1. Place chocolate chips, sweetened condensed milk, and butter or margarine in large microwaveable bowl. Zap in microwave on medium until chips are melted, about 3-5 minute, stirring once or twice during cooking. Stir in nuts, if desired.
  2. Pour into well-greased 8×8-inch glass baking dish. Refrigerate until set.

Yep, it was that easy.

How to make the best chocolate milk

Start with the best chocolate syrup.

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I made this syrup last week, and it beats that other stuff hands down. Does chocolate syrup have hands?  Doesn’t matter.  This syrup is the best, and that’s all that matters to me.

  • 1/2 cup Cocoa
  • 1 cup Water
  • 1 1/2 cups Sugar
  • 1/4 tsp Vanilla

Bring the first 3 ingredients to a low boil and simmer for 3 minutes.  Remove from heat and add Vanilla. Let cool; store in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 1 month. Never buy chocolate syrup again.

Now for the chocolate milk.

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As Paula Deen says, “Great time of day. I think I just died and went to heaven.”