Mom’s making Buckeyes and Walnut Chocolate Fudge!

December 7, 2018 at 12:11 PM | Posted in baking, snacks | Leave a comment
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I wish you could all get a whiff of the Chocolate aroma in the kitchen today! Mom is making her area famous yearly batches of Buckeyes and Walnut Chocolate Fudge! Everyone that’s had the Buckeyes are of the same opinion, the best they’ve ever had! The thing that sets these apart from other Buckeye Candies is the Rice Krispies she adds. So if you’re looking for a Buckeye Candy Recipe, look no further. Same with the Walnut Fudge, such a creamy, deep and rich Chocolate taste! The bad part is neither is Diabetic Friendly, but I’ll still have a half a piece of each from time to time. And both make perfect Christmas Gift that everyone enjoys!

The Old Family Buckeye Recipe
It’s that time of year when the requests start coming in for my Mom’s Buckeyes. Back when I was working I was everyone’s favorite person when I would bring in a batch of my Mom’s Buckeyes. It’s been 15 years since I lost my leg to melanoma cancer and unable to work but to this day I still get request’s from fellow past workers for my Mom’s Buckeyes. It seems that everyone that has had them all say the same thing “The best Buckeyes I’ve ever had!” I think it’s the Rice Krispies that sets them apart from other Buckeye Candies. When you make a batch of these and try them I’m sure you’ll agree, let me know! These are not diabetes friendly but they are delicious. We tried making them by using reduced fat Peanut Butter and Sugar Free Chocolate but they just didn’t come out the same.

Buckeyes

Ingredients:

Recipe will make about 60 Buckeyes

1 – Stick Butter, Blue Bonnet Light Stick Butter
1 – Box (1 LB) Confectioner Sugar
2 – Cups Jiff Smooth Peanut Butter
3 – Cups Rice Krispies
1 – 12 oz. Package Chocolate Chips
1 – Small Bar Hershey’s Milk Chocolate
1/2 Bar Paraffin Wax
Directions:

* In a large bowl mix Butter, Sugar, Peanut Butter, and Rice Krispies (With Hands)
* Chill the mixture for at least 2 hours.
* Then take the mixture and roll into individual balls. The size can vary no set size.
* Melt all the Chocolate and Paraffin Wax in a double broiler or in a sauce pan on low heat stirring until smooth.
* With one or two forks dip each of the balls into the Chocolate/Wax. Drain excess off the balls and place on a sheet pan covered with wax paper and refrigerate for several hours until Chocolate has hardened into a shell covering the balls.
* Now enjoy them!

Well like the Buckeye recipe above this ones not so Diabetic friendly but they sure are good! You can make it a somewhat lower in calories and carbs by using Splenda instead of the Sugar it calls for. This is a great Fudge recipe. My Mom has made this for as long as I can remember. Hope you enjoy it as much as all of us. Enjoy!

Walnut Fudge
Ingredients:

3 Cups Sugar or Splenda Equivalent

Chocolate Walnut Fudge

3/4 Cup Margarine
2/3 Cup Evaporated Milk
7 oz. Jar of Marshmallow Cream
1 12 oz. bag Toll House Chocolate Chips
1 Cup Chopped Walnuts (More if wanted, to taste)
1 Teaspoon Vanilla Extract

Instructions:

Combine Sugar, Margarine, and Evap. Milk in a large pot and heat to a boil for 5 minutes, stirring frequently. Remove from heat and add Chocolate Chips, Marshmallow Cream, Nuts, and Vanilla stirring till well mixed. Pour mixture into a greased 13×9 pan. Refrigerate until firm. Cut into desired size pieces.

* You may be tempted to leave the heat on while stirring the chips. While this would normally be ok, you really shouldn’t do that in this recipe. If the mixture stays at a boiling temperature, you may be in for a nasty surprise when you add the vanilla. Bottom line: it’s safer for you and better for the fudge if the mixture cools down just a tad before the vanilla goes in. As long as you keep stirring, the chips will melt just fine.

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Healthy Vegan Chocolate Recipes

September 27, 2018 at 5:01 AM | Posted in Eating Well | Leave a comment
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From the EatingWell website and Magazine its Healthy Vegan Chocolate Recipes. Delicious and Healthy Vegan Chocolate Recipes like; No-Bake Vegan Date Brownies, Frozen Chocolate-Coconut Milk with Strawberries, and Creamy Chocolate Gelato. Find these healthy and delicious desserts and more all the EatingWell website. Enjoy and Eat Healthy in 2018! http://www.eatingwell.com/

Healthy Vegan Chocolate Recipes
Find healthy, delicious vegan chocolate recipes, from the food and nutrition experts at EatingWell.

No-Bake Vegan Date Brownies
Sweetened with dates, these whole-grain bars provide energy and protein, thanks to nut butter. With just 5 ingredients you probably already have in your pantry, you can make these delicious, chewy brownies with no added sugar. Whip up a batch as a healthy dessert or for grab-and-go energy bars for a healthy snack……..

Frozen Chocolate-Coconut Milk with Strawberries
In this quick dessert recipe, fresh strawberries top nondairy chocolate “ice cream” for a cooling treat…………

Creamy Chocolate Gelato
This ultra-chocolaty, dairy-free Sicilian-style gelato—made without eggs or cream—is relatively lean but still creamy-smooth and flavorful. The coconut milk used for the base gives it a silky, rich mouthfeel and a subtle coconut flavor……..

* Click the link below to get all the Healthy Vegan Chocolate Recipes
http://www.eatingwell.com/recipes/20334/lifestyle-diets/vegan/dessert-baking-recipes/chocolate/

Kitchen Hint of the Day!

September 17, 2018 at 5:00 AM | Posted in Kitchen Hints | Leave a comment
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When buying Berries…….

If the berry container is stained with juice, the fruit is overripe or bruised. Also reddish blueberries are not ripe.

Kitchen Hint of the Day!

September 4, 2018 at 5:00 AM | Posted in Kitchen Hints | Leave a comment
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Apple Dessert………

Cut back on the sugar – When baking any type of apple desert, think of sugar as a spice and cut back on the sweet stuff. Just substitute with more cinnamon, nutmeg or vanilla to the recipe.

Healthy Peanut Butter Recipes

August 14, 2018 at 5:01 AM | Posted in Eating Well | Leave a comment
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From the EatingWell website and Magazine its Healthy Peanut Butter Recipes. Find Delicious and Healthy Peanut Butter Recipes like; Chocolate Peanut Butter Icebox Cake, Peanut Butter Swirl Chocolate Brownies, and 4 Ingredient Peanut Butter Cookie. Find these recipes and more all at the EatingWell website. Enjoy and Eat Healthy in 2018! http://www.eatingwell.com/

Healthy Peanut Butter Recipes
Find healthy, delicious peanut butter recipes, from the food and nutrition experts at EatingWell.

Chocolate Peanut Butter Icebox Cake
This no-bake “refrigerator cake” evokes pure nostalgia for childhood treats. Fold peanut butter into whipped cream for a delicately nutty frosting. Then, layer chocolate wafers with the creamy filling, and let it all meld together in the refrigerator for a decadent summertime treat…….

Peanut Butter Swirl Chocolate Brownies
This diabetic-friendly brownie recipe uses the classic flavor combination of chocolate and peanut butter to make a delicious dessert you’ll want to make again and again…….

4 Ingredient Peanut Butter Cookie
This irresistible diabetic-friendly peanut butter cookie recipe contains no flour. For Christmas or special occasions, imprint them with cookie cutters to fit the season instead of the star-shaped cutter……….

* Click the link below to get all the Healthy Peanut Butter Recipes
http://www.eatingwell.com/recipes/19243/ingredients/nuts-seeds/peanut-butter/

Healthy Grilled Dessert Recipes

July 7, 2018 at 5:01 AM | Posted in diabetes, diabetes friendly, Diabetic Living On Line | Leave a comment
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From the Diabetic Living Online website its Healthy Grilled Dessert Recipes. Delicious and Healthy Grilled Dessert Recipes like; Grilled Cinnamon-Sugar Banana Boats with Dark Chocolate and Pecans, Grilled Gingered-Melon Kabobs, and Peaches and Pound Cake Skewers. A Slice of Grilled Heaven! You can find these recipes and more all at the Diabetic Living Online website. Enjoy and Eat Healthy in 2018! http://www.diabeticlivingonline.com/

Healthy Grilled Dessert Recipes
When it’s warm outside, grilling is a go-to method for preparing meals—but the fun doesn’t have to stop with the main dish. Now you can end your barbecue with a rich, diabetes-friendly grilled dessert. Featuring fresh fruits, sweet marinades, and melted chocolate, these are our favorite healthy desserts you can make on the grill.

Grilled Cinnamon-Sugar Banana Boats with Dark Chocolate and Pecans
A fun twist on the banana split, this chocolaty grilled dessert recipe calls for just five ingredients and boasts 116 calories per serving……..

Grilled Gingered-Melon Kabobs
Follow a spicy grilled main dish with juicy, refreshing melon for dessert. Easy to prepare and fun to eat, these fruit kabobs have just 97 calories per serving……..

Peaches and Pound Cake Skewers
Cubes of pound cake snuggle between fresh peach slices on these grilled skewers. Simply sprinkle the pieces with sugar and spice and grill for a delightful summer dessert that’s low in calories, carbs, and fat……..

* Click the link below to get all the Healthy Grilled Dessert Recipes
http://www.diabeticlivingonline.com/diabetic-recipes/dessert/healthy-grilled-dessert-recipes

Kitchen Hint of the Day!

June 16, 2018 at 5:00 AM | Posted in Kitchen Hints | Leave a comment
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Baking Pastries……..

When baking Pastries – Unless otherwise specified in the recipe, all ingredients should be at room temperature, normally 68 to 70 degrees. Most baked goods are cooled before you eat them also. Placing the hot baking pan on a wire cooling rack is best for cooling as the air is allowed to circulate completely around the food as it cools. Enjoy it!

Diabetic Summer Dessert Recipes

June 13, 2018 at 5:02 AM | Posted in diabetes, diabetes friendly, Diabetic Living On Line | Leave a comment
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From the Diabetic Living Online website its Diabetic Summer Dessert Recipes. Delicious Diabetic Summer Dessert Recipes like; Bing Cherry Fool, Black Forest Trifle, and Roasted Mango with Brown Sugar Topping. Find these recipes and more all at the Diabetic Living Online Recipe website. So Enjoy and Eat Healthy in 2018! http://www.diabeticlivingonline.com/

Diabetic Summer Dessert Recipes
When it comes to light summer desserts, recipes featuring stone fruits — such as peaches, apricots, plums, and cherries — are a healthy and delicious choice. Try one of these fruit dessert recipes for a refreshing summer treat that is sure to impress.

Bing Cherry Fool
Bursting with antioxidants and natural sweet-tartness, cherries are perfect in a cool, rich fool — an English dessert made from pureed fruit and whipped cream. Enjoy a 1/2-cup serving for fewer than 150 calories and only 3 grams of fat……….

Black Forest Trifle
Sugar-free cake and pudding mixes are the secrets to this winning summer fruit dessert recipe. No one will ever guess that this cherry-studded delight is low enough in calories, fat, and carbs to fit into a diabetes meal plan……….

Roasted Mango with Brown Sugar Topping
Served warm and topped with dollops of fat-free ice cream, mango is the main ingredient in this low-calorie dessert that takes only 10 minutes to bake. Prepare the brown sugar topping up to one day ahead and refrigerate until baking time………..

* Click the link below to get all the Diabetic Summer Dessert Recipes
http://www.diabeticlivingonline.com/diabetic-recipes/dessert/diabetic-summer-dessert-recipes

Kitchen Hint of the Day!

April 12, 2018 at 5:00 AM | Posted in Kitchen Hints | Leave a comment
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1/2 an apple will work………

If you need to store a cake more than a day or two, put half an apple in the container. The apple will provide just enough moisture to keep the cake from drying out too soon.

Kitchen Hint of the Day!

January 30, 2018 at 6:48 AM | Posted in Kitchen Hints | Leave a comment
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When making Apple Pie….

I found these helpful hints on the Honest Cooking website (http://honestcooking.com/)…….

Whether stuffed or baked for a side dish or a dessert or chopped up and hidden under a layer of dough or crumble topping, these apples hold their shape during cooking.

* Rome apples are very large with green-speckled red skin. This variety makes an impressive dessert when baked whole.

* Extra tart with thick, “apple green” skin, Granny Smiths are the perfect opposite to the sweeter baking apples, like Golden Delicious, for balanced pies and crisps.

* Braeburn apples are very crisp, sweet and tangy, making them great for baking or eating raw.

* Golden Delicious are excellent all-purpose apples that are particularly good in pies and crisps.

* Jonagold apples have a honeyed sweetness and crisp yellow flesh. This variety holds its shape during baking or sautéing.
http://honestcooking.com/guide-cooking-apples/

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