Christmas Pinterest Creation – Peppermint Fudge


Peppermint fudgeOh, how I adore Pinterest.  I don’t know how anyone cooked, worked out, planned their wedding or had a child before Pinterest.  I was having a hard time deciding what type of dessert I wanted to take to my family Christmas party this year, and I went onto Pinterest and picked the first most delicious dessert that I saw.  That just so happened to be Peppermint Oreo Fudge brought to you by Something Swanky.  It was so delicious and very easy to make.  The only problem I had, is that I was hard headed and refused to use parchment paper and it was really hard to cut out.  Everyone loved this fudge, the taste wasn’t overruled by peppermint.  Just enough.  This could be made anytime of year, it doesn’t have to be Christmas!

Peppermint Oreo Fudge

Ingredients

1 bag Milk Chocolate Hershey Kisses, unwrapped
1 cup chocolate chips
1 bag candy Cane Hershey Kisses, unwrapped (or any peppermint chocolate)
1 cup white chocolate chips
2 cups crushed Oreos (I put mine in a food processor)
2 – 14 oz cans sweetened milk

1. Prepare 9×13 baking dish by lining it with parchment paper and spray the paper with non-stick cooking spray.
2. In a medium sauce pan, over LOW heat combine the milk chocolate Hershey kisses, chocolate chips, and 1 can sweetened condensed milk.
3. Stir until melted and smooth.  Once melted, add in 1 cup of crushed Oreos.
4. Pour the chocolate mixture into the prepared dish.
5. In another medium sauce pan (or clean out the one you used), stir over low heat the candy cane kisses (or any peppermint chocolate you choose), white chocolate chips, and 1 can sweetened condensed milk.
6. Once smooth, pour the peppermint mixture over the chocolate mixture.
7. Sprinkle the remaining Oreo crumbs over the top and lightly press into the fudge.
8. Let cool overnight in the fridge, and allow to set out about 1 hour before you decide to cut it.

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10 things I wish I would’ve done this Christmas


 

  1. I wish I would’ve kept up with my 25 activities of Christmas.iPhone 678
    The fiancee and I spent forever making these cute envelopes with Christmas decorations on the inside.  Inside of the envelope we put different Christmas activities that we would do everyday.  Like, listening to Christmas music, watching Christmas movies, looking at Christmas lights, wearing Santa hats, etc.  Next year, I want to make these a priority.
  2. I wish I would’ve enjoyed more Starbucks Peppermint White Mochas.
    Nothing goes better with Christmas shopping than a good cup of Starbucks; especially when they have their cute Christmas cups.
  3. I wish I would’ve made everyone cookies this year.
  4. I wish I would’ve stressed less.
    I spent too much time stressing about money, and the perfect gift for everyone that I forgot about the joys of giving a few times.  NeiPhone 497xt year, I want to plan ahead of time so I can really enjoy the season.
  5. I wish I would’ve made more homemade gifts.
    Homemade gifts for sure next year!  My sister made homemade warmers for body aches and pains, and it was probably one of the best gifts I received this year.  I want to think ahead, and find the best homemade gifts possible next year!
  6. I wish I would’ve listened to more Christmas music.
  7. I wish I had made homemade decorations.
    Snowflakes, popcorn strands, pine cone ornaments, etc.
  8. I wish I would’ve spent more time looking at Christmas lights.
    We always go to look at Christmas lights on Christmas Eve with my dad, but this year things became too busy juggling two families, that we never got around to going.  Next year, I want to go look at different lights at least once every week in December.
  9. I wish I would’ve watched more Christmas movies.
    Every time I would turn the TV on, I couldn’t find any Christmas movie I wanted to watch.  But, I completely forgot that there is Netflix!  I will definitely watch more Christmas movies next year.
  10. I wish I would’ve invested in an ugly Christmas sweater. 🙂

12 things I’m glad I did this Christmas


  1. I am glad that I hand delivered my Christmas cards. 
    I originally did it to cut costs, but in the end I preferred handing everyone in my family their Christmas card.  Also, helped me keep a mental checklist of who all I’ve visited this Christmas!
  2. I’m glad I gave as much as I could possibly give.
    Money is always a stressful aspect of life, but it becomes even more stressful during Christmas time for myself.  I love Christmas, and I want to give every single person in both my family and my fiancee’s a present.  I really treestressed over this, but now that Christmas is in hindsight – I’m really glad that I gave as much as I could.  I love seeing people’s face when I give them a present, even more so when they weren’t even expecting one!
  3. I’m glad that I put the Christmas tree up a few days before Thanksgiving, with no decorations. 
    This was one of the smartest things I could’ve done since we adopted two sweet kitties from the shelter this year, and it was their first Christmas.  We knew that they would go crazy as soon as they saw the tree.  They immediately thought the Christmas tree was their personal play ground, as soon as it was put up.  Our male cat Simon, climbed up half the tree while I was fluffing it, before I even realized what was going on.  Surprisingly, they Simon in treenever knocked the tree over completely.  Just made it wobble.  By the time we put the actual ornaments on it, the cats had lost interest.  We only lost one ornament!  That has to be a record in a house with two adolescent cats.
  4. I’m glad I discovered how awesome Dollar General is.
    I’ve never attempted to wrap my presents fancily, but this Christmas I discovered DOLLAR GENERAL!  They built one super close to our house not too long ago, and it made it much more convenient to visit one.  Their Christmas decorating materials were so cheap, that I spent $25 on wrapping paper, bows, boxes, ribbon, Christmas cards, and tissue paper!  That lasted me the whole season.
  5. I’m glad that I went Black Friday shopping.
    I can’t believe I just admitted that, but I was able to get the majority of my fiancees presents for such a huge discount.  It allowed me to spend more on other people.  It was definitely crazy, and I thought that my 5’0″ foot self would get trampled, but I made it out alive.
  6. I am glad that I am still the first one awake every Christmas morning. 
    I am no longer the youngest in my family, and I am still the first one up!  I am always the one calling and waking everyone up, telling them to get their butt over to my dad’s so we can give presents!  I am surprised that I made it this year, without spoiling what I got for everyone because I usually get so excited that I can’t wait to tell.
  7. I’m glad I made a point to see everyone I cared about.
    I might have been freaking out a few days before Christmas, trying to plan what time I would be where, but I am happy I got to see all of my loved ones.
  8. I’m glad I welcome a puppy into our family.
    Yes, now I feel like we are running a zoo (two cats and a dog) but he is too precious, and he seems to be learning really quickly.  It was so sweet, coming home Christmas Eve night, to a puppy sitting on the couch and my fiancee hiding in the kitchen waiting to hear my reaction.  Of course, my first reaction was practical – “did you get him any food” “any toys” and “did you get a crate?”  And of course, the answer to all of those was a big resounding no.  He was too excited to get the puppy, that he didn’t think.  On Christmas, we got a southern blizzard, and weren’t able to get him any puppy stuff until 3 days later; but, he found our homemade water bottle toy very amusing.
  9. I’m glad I watched my favorite Christmas movies.
    The Santa Clause, Elf, and How The Grinch Stole Christmas (and yes, in that order of awesomeness).
  10. I’m glad I made some homemade gifts.Homemade
    I enjoyed making and gifting my homemade gifts (check them out here and here) more than anything else.  I think next year, I’m going to plan ahead of time, and make homemade gifts for everyone.
  11. I’m glad I made Christmas desserts.
    These are always so fun to make, and there are always great memories made when Christmas desserts are made!
  12. Most of all, I’m glad I volunteered.
    My dad and I volunteer every year at the Santa Shack.  I love seeing the kids faces when they see Santa.  Although, my favorite part is those parents who stand in line, in the cold, for 30 minutes just so their child can sit on Santa’s lap.  They can’t afford a picture, and they are doing it just so their child can meet Santa.  There is not much more gratifying than telling a parent they can have a picture for free.  So many people come up, and pay for the people behind them or just donate an extra few dollars for family’s in the future who can’t afford it.  We also dressed up as elves and delivered presents to the kids of the angel tree.

– What are you glad you did this Christmas? –

Reindeer Cookies


Attention Everyone:  There are only 10 days until Christmas, I repeat 10 days!

I might not be the only one, but I don’t like the 26th of December; because, that marks the END of the Christmas season.  I love Christmas so much.  I love all of the Santa’s in every corner, all the decorations, the Christmas lights, the hustle and bustle at the mall, wrapping presents, giving presents, volunteering, and spending time with loved ones.  I always look forward to Christmas, and I am always sad to see it go.

Things haven’t beeReindeer Cookien feeling very Christmasy as of lately (is that even word?  if not, I vote that it becomes one) because of this non-so Christmasy weather that has been going on down here in the South.  I couldn’t think of anything better to help me get into the Christmas spirit then making some adorable Reindeer Cookies.  These cookies are perfect to do with the little ones, and they would be a great present for Santa on Christmas Eve!  They are simple, and the Sugar Cookie recipe could pretty much be replaced with any other cookie, and they could be made with store bought cookie dough.  The only thing is, they have to be fresh baked cookies, in order for the pretzels to stay on!

Reindeer Cookies

IngredientsReindeer Cookies

2 and 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1 cup butter, softened
1 and 1/2 cups white sugar
1 egg
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Pretzels (in normal pretzel shape)
Red M&Ms
Semi-sweet chocolate chip morsels

1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.
2. In a large bowl, cream together the butter and sugar until smooth.  Beat in the egg and vanilla.  Gradually blend in the dry ingredients (flour, baking soda, and baking powder).  Roll rounded teaspoonfuls of dough into balls, and place onto UNGREASED cookie sheets.  Try your harderst to make every cookie almost the same size, so they will cook at the same rate.
3. Bake 8 to 10 minutes in the preheated oven, or until slightly golden on the bottom.  I always remove mine out of the oven, as soon as the bottom is soft enough to be removed with a spatula.  You want them to be a little mushy on top so you can imprint the reindeer parts.
4. Immediately after removing, place the pretzels on the top of the cookie to look like reindeer ears, the red M&M for his nose, and two pieces of the chocolate chips for his eyes.  This part needs to go kind of quickly, because I found as they hardened the pretzels wouldn’t stay on anymore.

I asked my dad to draw me a picture of Santa, and he gave this to me within a minute...I wish I inherited his drawing skills.

I asked my dad to draw me a picture of Santa, and he gave this to me within a minute…I wish I inherited his drawing skills.

I would love to see pictures if anyone re-creates this on their own!

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