Saturday, April 13, 2013

Chocolate Fudge Ice Cream

I love chocolate.  Chocolate, chocolate, chocolate!  Having an ice cream I can quickly make for a movie night or for the weekend makes me so happy.  It's got that extremely chocolate flavor, with bits of fudgey goodness throughout.  If you're a chocolate lover, you've got to try this!

Chocolate Fudge Ice Cream

Ingredients You'll Need:

  • 14 oz Eagle Brand sweetened condensed milk 
  • 3 Tablespoons hersheys chocolate syrup
  • 2 cups heavy whipping cream
  • 3 Tablespoons butter, melted
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract


For the Chocolate Fudge:

  • In a small saucepan over low heat, combine condensed milk, cocoa, and vanilla until smooth and slightly thickened.  About 3 minutes.  Remove from heat, and allow to cool. Roughly 5-10 minutes.  

Now do this step:

  • Whip heavy cream and Hershey's syrup to stiff peaks in a mixing bowl.  
  • Meanwhile combine chocolate fudge and butter in a large bowl.  Mix well and fold in whipping cream until well incorporated.
  • Pour into a 2 quart container, cover, and freeze 8 hours until firm.  Keep in the freezer.

This is a fantastic ice cream! You won't regret making it!  Enjoy!

Friday, April 12, 2013

Pork Chops with Apples and Onions

This meal is pretty fast to make. You need about 3 hours in the oven so be sure to make it with plenty of time before dinner.  The apples and onions are caramelized from being in the oven so long and just give it an oh my goodness flavor!  I used small pork chops but feel free to use the larger bone in ones.  

Pork Chops with Apples and Onions

Adapted from a recipe found on Melskitchencafe

Yield: Serves 4-6

Ingredients You'll Need:

  • 8 small pork chops 
  • 4 granny smith apples, peeled and sliced about 1/4-inch thick
  • 1-2 yellow onions, sliced
  • 1/3 cup brown sugar
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper


  • Preheat the oven to 325 degrees. 
  • Lightly grease a 9×13-inch baking dish. 
  • Place the onion slices in an even layer over the bottom of the dish. Top the onion slices with the apples. Sprinkle the brown sugar evenly over the apples and onions. 
  • Season the pork chops generously on both sides with salt and pepper. Arrange the pork chops in a single layer on top of the apples and onions. 
  • Cover the dish tightly with foil and bake in the preheated oven for three hours. 
  • DO NOT open the oven and lift the foil – the pork chops, apples and onions need to be tightly covered the whole time to work their magic (and not dry out).

I made mashed potatoes and gravy to go with my pork chops.  But it's up to you!  Sides the limit! Get it? Haha I crack myself up!

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Angel Food Cake

My Mom makes the best angel food cake.  It's light and fluffy and just melts in your mouth. We put different topping on it sometimes, but usually it's left 'plain' in a cake dish, pre-sliced so we can just skitter into the kitchen, grab a piece and run out again.   Ahhh...happy tummy =)

Angel Food Cake


  • 12 Eggs
  • 1 1/4 cups confectioners sugar
  • 1 cup all purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon cream of tartar
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon almond extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt 
  • 1 cup sugar

  • Separate eggs; discard yolks or refrigerate for another use.  Measure egg whites, adding or removing whites as needed to equal 1 1/2 cups.  
  • Place in a mixing bowl; let stand at room temperature for 30 minutes.
  • Meanwhile; sift confectioners sugar and flour together three times; set aside.  
  • Add cream of tartar, extracts, and salt to egg whites; beat on high speed.  
  • Gradually add sugar; beating until sugar is dissolved and stiff peaks form.  
  • Fold in flour mixture, 1/4 cup at a time. 
  • Gently spoon into an ungreased 1-inch tube pan.  Cut through batter with a knife to remove air pockets.  Bake at 350 degrees for 40-45 minutes or until cake springs back when lightly touched.  
  • Immediately invert pan; cool completely before removing cake from the pan.


Monday, April 8, 2013

10 Kid Friendly Meals

Over the weekend on my country Pickins Fan Page I had a request for kid friendly recipes.  This is a list of the top 10 recipes shared during the weekend.  They're definitely delicious looking and I hope even your pickiest eaters will chow down on these!

Blueberry Lemonade

I love blueberries! Especially fresh ones.  It's not always possible to get them, but when I can, I try to make the most of it.  We make ice cream, lemonade, fluff, anything we can to enjoy the blueberries.  I'll be posting those recipes when I get the chance {Wink}.

This lemonade has a KaPow! of lemon and blueberry. It is a little thicker than normal lemonade, but it is just too good! You'll find yourself going back again and again.  Just one more glass..just one more. ;)  Don't you just love this little jar in the picture?  It was originally an apple juice jar.  It works great for this too!

Blueberry Lemonade

Ingredients You'll Need:

  • 4 cups fresh blueberries
  • 2 lemons, juiced, and zested.
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 6 cups of water, divided


  • Blend the blueberries, lemon juice and zest, and sugar with 2 cups of water
  • Strain the blueberry mix, add the additional 4 cups of water through the strainer
  • Taste and add additional honey/sugar if needed
  • Serve over ice

Simple and easy and ohh so good!


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