Friday, January 15, 2016

Mint Hot Chocolate

Whenever I mention making hot chocolate the immediate response is "please, please, make the mint kind"  This mint hot chocolate has become my family's favorite! I'm sure it will become yours as soon as you give it a try.


6 cups milk
6 oz white chocolate chips (1/2 bag)
1 tsp peppermint extract
Green food coloring
crushed Andes mint chocolates
Whipped cream

Pour milk in a large pot and warm it on medium heat.  As soon as the milk starts warming up, add your chocolate chips and stir until they are melted.  Add peppermint extract and a few drops of green food coloring (I usually do between 5 and 6), stir well and remove from heat.  Serve warm and garnish with whipped cream and crushed Andes mint chocolates.  Enjoy!

Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Cherry Crisp

Quick, simple, and oh so yummy!

1 box yellow cake mix
cherry pie filling (for homemade version click HERE)
1 stick butter, softened
chopped walnuts or almonds

Pour your cake mix in a bowl and add butter, mix well.  You will end up with a thick dough. Press two thirds of the dough firmly onto the bottom of a lightly greased 9x13 baking dish.  Add cherry pie filling on top.  Crumble remaining dough with the chopped nuts and sprinkle evenly on top of the cherry filling.
Bake at 350 degrees fahrenheit for 30 minutes.  The crisp will get a light golden color.  Let cool a bit and serve with your favorite vanilla ice cream.  Enjoy!

Cherry Pie Filling

Pretty easy to make and it goes great with so many recipes!


4 cups fresh pitted cherries
1 cup sugar
1/4 cup cornstarch
Red food coloring (optional)

Place pitted cherries in a cover saucepan and cook until cherries start releasing their juice.  Meanwhile mix the sugar and cornstarch in a bowl.  When the cherries have released some of the juice, add your sugar and cornstarch mix.  Mix well, the juice from the cherries will thicken and you'll end up with the perfect consistency for pie filling.  Add some drops of red food coloring for a vibrant red color.  That's all, enjoy!!!