November 30, 2016

Festive Crock-Pot White Chocolate Cranberry Fudge Inspired by "A Christmas Story"

Oh boy, do I have something fun for y'all today!
If you love Christmas movies as much as I do, I'm sure you've seen the classic movie A Christmas Story, right? Well, today I am sharing a fudge recipe I made inspired by the movie {remember Ralphie saying "Oh, Fudge!" and getting his mouth washed out with soap?} . Even better I made this fudge in my Crock-Pot! I am just lovin' these fix it and forget it recipes during the holidays and this one was so easy and delicious I know you're gonna love it. 
This festive fudge is made with creamy white chocolate and dried cranberries and is melted in the Crock-Pot then poured in a pan to cool. It doesn't get much easier than that! 
Check out my Festive Crock-Pot White Chocolate Cranberry Fudge recipe below. Then view the 25 Christmas Movie Blog Hop and check out 24 more holiday recipes and crafts inspired by your favorite Christmas movies. Scroll down to see the list and visit the blogs!
Next in the 25 Christmas Movie Blog Hop is : Victoria ~ Dazzle While Frazzled

Ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 12 oz bags {3 cups} white chocolate chips
  • 12 oz can sweetened condensed milk
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1/2 cup dried cranberries
  • 1/4 cup green candy melts, melted for drizzling {optional}

Directions: 

  1. Pour white chocolate chips and condensed milk into the Crock-Pot.
  2. Cover and cook on low for an hour. 
  3. Stir after 30 minutes and then stir again at the one hour mark. 
  4. Mix in vanilla.
  5. Line a loaf pan or 8x8 baking dish {depending on how thick you want your fudge} with aluminum foil.
  6.  Pour half the white chocolate mixture into the pan.
  7. Sprinkle 1/2 of the dried cranberries all over the chocolate.
  8. Pour the remaining chocolate mixture on top.
  9. Sprinkle on the remaining dried cranberries. 
  10. Drizzle melted green candy melts {or dyed white chocolate} on top.
  11. Let cool and firm up for 3-4 hours at room temp.
  12. Remove from pan and cut into squares. 
Just a few ingredients are needed for this festive fudge!
Pour white chocolate chips and condensed milk into the Crock-Pot.
Cover and cook on low for an hour. 
Stir after 30 minutes and then stir again at the one hour mark. 
Mix in vanilla.
Line a loaf pan or 8x8 baking dish {depending on how thick you want your fudge} 
with aluminum foil.
 Pour half the white chocolate mixture into the pan.
Now time to add cranberries.
 I just love using them for sweet and savory recipes throughout the holiday season!
Sprinkle 1/2 of the dried cranberries all over the chocolate.
Pour the remaining chocolate mixture on top.
Sprinkle on the remaining dried cranberries. 
In a small bowl melt green candy melts or white chocolate with green food coloring added.
Drizzle melted green candy melts {or dyed white chocolate} on top. 
Let cool and firm up for 3-4 hours at room temp then remove from pan.
Cut into squares.
I like to package my fudge up in fun containers for a sweet treat for friends and family!
How delicious does this look?! 
Don't worry I kept a few squares to "sample" myself.

Oh Fudge this White Chocolate Cranberry Fudge is so good!

I could eat a whole pan!

Check out the 25 Christmas Movie Blog Hop below.
Do you love Christmas movies? We've got 25 talented bloggers to put together a host of food and craft ideas based on your favorite movies!  
We have 25 talented bloggers gathered together to share with you all the wonderful crafts and recipes you can make this Christmas season, based off of some of the most beloved holiday classic films. Each blogger will lead you to the next, so be sure to finish the hop all the way through to the end for all the Christmas movie goodies!

Let's Meet The Hosts!


Marie ~ DIY Adulation | RaNesha ~ Queen Thrifty | Emily ~ The Crafty Carlson
Stephanie ~ The Tip Toe Fairy | Molly ~ Just a Little Creativity | Michelle ~ Our Crafty Mom
Vanessa ~ DIY 180 | Nicole ~ For the Love of Food | Victoria ~ Dazzle While Frazzled
Stephanie ~ A Little Moore | Sam ~ Raggedy Bits | Paula ~ Paula Tisch


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November 29, 2016

Crock-Pot Fire Crackers

With Christmas right around the corner, I am always thinking of new food and gift ideas. 
I love to use my Crock-Pot all year long but especially during Thanksgiving and Christmas. So I decided to make a big batch of spicy crackers to serve as a snack this Thanksgiving and then package up as gifts for my family. Toasting these crackers in the Crock-Pot not only saved time but also made the room smell amazing! I call these delicious snacks Fire Crackers

Ingredients: 

Makes a large bowl full
  • 7oz box Cheez-Its crackers
  • 11 oz box Mini Saltines crackers {I used 3/4}
  • 11oz box Mini Butter crackers {I used 3/4}
  • 1/2 cup butter, melted
  • 1/2 tsp garlic
  • 1 1/2 tsp seasoning salt
  • 1/2 tsp onion powder
  • 1/4 tsp cayenne powder
  • 1 tbsp Worcestershire
  • 1 tbsp Tabasco

Directions: 

  1. Coat the inside of a Crock-Pot with nonstick spray. 
  2. In a small bowl, whisk together Worcestershire, Tabasco. and seasonings.
  3. Pour the crackers in the Crock-Pot and pour the mixture on top of the crackers.  
  4. Drizzle with the melted butter. Toss to coat evenly.
  5. Cover and cook on low for 1 1/2 hours, stirring every 30 minutes for even cooking and to prevent burning.
  6. Pour into a bowl and serve warm or at room temp.
*I have also used Tony Chachere's Cajun Seasoning or Old Bay Seasoning in place of the spices.

For these Fire Crackers you can use just about any cracker or cereal you like. Mini pretzels, goldfish, and nuts would also be tasty. I chose my daughter's favorite club crackers and then added cheese crackers and saltines. 
Coat the inside of a Crock-Pot with nonstick spray. 
Pour the crackers in the Crock-Pot.
In a small bowl, whisk together Worcestershire, Tabasco. and seasonings.
Pour the mixture on top of the crackers.  
Now drizzle with the melted butter. 
Toss to coat evenly.
Cover and cook on low for 1 1/2 hours, stirring every 30 minutes for 
even cooking and to prevent burning.
Pour into a bowl and serve warm or at room temp.
Serve on game day or holidays.
 You can also package and give as gifts!


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November 28, 2016

Gorgonzola and Cranberry Sweet Potato Rounds


Holiday parties are my favorite parties and just a few days ago I hosted my first of many holiday parties: a cookie exchange and tea party with my girls and their music class friends! We had such a great time and snacked all all sorts of delicious sweet treats. For my next party I plan on hosting a few friends for a Holiday Wine and Apps Party and Dirty Santa Gift Exchange. I love creating bite size savory and sweet goodies for my parties so you can skip cutlery and can mingle and nibble without having to fumble with large and messy food.

I made these Gorgonzola and Cranberry Sweet Potato Rounds specifically for my upcoming appetizer party. It is a festive hors d'oeuvre that looks beautiful on a serving tray and tastes amazing too! I teamed up with Stella® Cheese for this recipe and honestly I had a hard time choosing the perfect cheese out of all their amazing varieties but finally decided on Stella® Gorgonzola Cheese and Stella® Blue Cheese {they can both be used for this recipe}. I also picked up Stella® Parmesan Cheese and Stella® Goat Cheese because I couldn't resist!

Scroll down for the recipe! 
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Ingredients: 

  • 2 large sweet potatoes peeled and cut into 1/2" slices 
  • 2oz Stella® Gorgonzola or Blue Cheese {1/4 of a block}, roughly chopped
  • 1/4 cup pecans, chopped
  • 1/4 cup cranberry sauce {view my recipe here}
  • olive oil
  • salt and pepper, to taste

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees
  2. Brush each side of the rounds with olive oil and also sprinkle with salt and black pepper.
  3. Spread out on a large lined or greased cookie sheet.
  4. Bake for 15 minutes then turn over and bake for another 15 minutes.
  5. Remove sweet potatoes from the oven and top each with a spoonful of crumbled cheese, a couple pieces of chopped pecans, and a drizzle of cranberry sauce.
  6. Turn on the broiler and pop the baking pan bake in the oven for 1-2 minutes, just enough to melt the cheese and toast the nuts. 
  7. Serve warm or at room temp to all your party guests and enjoy!
I love all the delicious Stella® Cheeses especially the creamy Gorgonzola!
I knew it was the perfect topping for these savory sweet potato bites. 
For this recipe I use two large sweet potatoes, peeled.
Slice them in 1/2 inch slices.
Spread out on a baking sheet and brush with olive oil.
Sprinkle with salt and black pepper.
Spread out on a large lined or greased cookie sheet.
Bake for 15 minutes then turn over and bake for another 15 minutes
I used about 1/4 of a block {2oz} of  Stella® Gorgonzola cheese and I roughly chopped it.
You can also substitute Stella® Blue or Goat Cheese.
I made my Mama's Cranberry Sauce for this recipe but you could also use premade cranberry sauce or even dried cranberries.
This colorful and festive appetizer is a cinch to make and a delight to eat!
Remove sweet potatoes from the oven and top each with a spoonful of crumbled Gorgonzola cheese.
Then add a few chopped pecans to each round.
Finally top with a drizzle of cranberry sauce. I use my Mama's recipe here.
Turn on the broiler and pop the baking pan bake in the oven for 1-2 minutes,
 just enough to melt the cheese and toast the nuts. 
Serve warm or at room temp to all your party guests and enjoy!


Learn more about Stella Cheese along with recipes and beverage pairings here.
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