Thursday, July 29, 2021

(Does This Count For ) Christmas in July ~ Homemade Lemonade?!


I made some yummy, sweet and tart lemonade, y'all!


I always make a "Christmas in July" treat, so I'm making lemonade in my festive snowman jar to make this one count! 😜 


When life gives you lemons, 🍋🍋🍋
make lemonade!


Can't you just almost taste it!?

It just practically sings,🎵 Summertime, Summertime,


🎵Fa la la la la la la la la 🎵🎵

What could taste better while wrapping those Christmas gifts and singing Christmas carols than good old fashion homemade lemonade..unless some maybe hot cocoa?! 🎅😛


Hope everyone is having a great summer! Let's go soak up those last sunny beach days before school begins again!

Thanks for stopping by!
John 3:16

'til we sweet again, Karen 💗



Saturday, May 29, 2021

Vanilla Fudge



Vanilla Fudge!

Every time I make a batch of homemade candy, I feel so accomplished. I know it's because as a child, I was in awe watching my Mama turn out yet another sweet and perfect confection. She grew up watching her own candy making Mama genius! Now I'm not saying I'm a candy making genius too, but with each and every sweet successful batch, I sure do feel like it! 😜


Memorial Day is just a few days away, and it is with heartfelt gratitude that we honor all of our fallen soldiers. They are the reason we all have the freedoms to enjoy time with our families as theirs mourn the loss of husbands, wives, sons, daughters, Dads, Moms, and more. 

Thank you from the bottom of our hearts! 💗

To make vanilla fudge, you will need a heavy bottomed four quart pot. To this, add butter, sugar, and evaporated milk. Stir to combine. Attach candy thermometer and cook, stirring continuously over medium heat until candy mixture reaches 235  degrees F. It took mine sixteen minutes.

Remove from heat, add in white chocolate chips and marshmallow creme, and stir until smooth. It took mine five minutes to incorporate. Add vanilla extract and stir until combined.

Pour candy into foil lined and buttered, 8 inch pan.

Let set.


Y'all, this is some good candy!


When candy has fully set, lift out of pan using the foil sides and cut into desired sized squares.


Vanilla Fudge Recipe

3 cups white sugar
3/4 cup butter
2/3 cup evaporated milk
1 (7 ounce) jar marshmallow creme
1 (12 ounce) bag white chocolate drops
2 teaspoons vanilla extract

To a heavy bottomed 4 quart pot, add butter, sugar, and evaporated milk. Stir to combine, attach candy thermometer, and cook over medium heat. Stir continuously until thermometer reaches 235 degrees F. This took mine 16 minutes. Remove from heat, add in marshmallow creme and white chocolate drops. Stir until chocolate drops are melted. This took mine about 5 minutes. Stir in vanilla. Pour candy into buttered and foil lined 8 inch pan. Make sure the foil overlaps on sides to make it easier to lift the candy out once completely set.
Once it has, lift out and cut into desired size pieces. 



I decorated mine with melted white chocolate drizzle and patriotic sprinkles. If you're planning a Memorial Day picnic, just place these in an airtight container and pop them in your cooler! 

Your fudge will last about two weeks in an airtight container at room temperature. If you want it to last a little longer, you can store it in the fridge for about 2 to 3 weeks. In the freezer, it will keep for up to 6 months. I've done this many times with my favorite Peanut Butter Fudge!

Thanks for stopping by!

John 3:16

'til we sweet again, Karen 💗


Tuesday, March 23, 2021

Marshmallow Filled Easter Egg Chicks



Chirp! Chirp!

I love baby chicks!

My amazing daughter, Stephanie, who happens to be an awesome mom to five of my precious grandbabies, is a chicken lover! She and her crew already have several full grown chickens and now have fourteen brand new baby chicks!

And so, I'm dedicating my latest sweet craft to her!

She's eggs-stra!!

Mama loves you baby girl!💗

To make 8 Easter chicks, I used:

yellow candy melts, mini marshmallows, candy eyes, and candy sprinkles.

I also used an Easter egg silicone mold, disposable decorator bags, and toothpicks.


I first melted 9.5 ounces yellow candy melts, coated the egg molds, and placed in fridge to set.

Next, I placed 3 cups mini marshmallows in microwave safe bowl, added 2 tablespoons water, melted in microwave in two 30 second bursts stirring each time. Let set to cool for 10 minutes. Fill decorator bag with marshmallow mixture, snip tip off bag, and fill each of the 8 candy coated egg cavities. 

Let set 10 minutes till marshmallow firms up a bit, and cover with melted yellow candy melts.

Pop in fridge for 10 minutes to set.

Unmold those beautiful eggs!! I used clean hands to smooth the bottom outer edges of molded candies with my finger tip.

Eggs~straordinary!

Melt additional 1/2 ounce of yellow melts.


Using a toothpick, dab on melted candy to attach the eyes, beaks, and candy feet sprinkles.

That was eggs-stra easy!!

What? Too corny? 'Cause you look eggs-asperated!😜

Chirp, Chirp, baby! Aren't we just the most adorable little chickadees?! 🐥🐥🐥


Just a yummilicious cross section of our marshmallow eggs!


Hope you all have a wonderful Easter with family and friends as we remember the true meaning of this sacred day.

HE IS RISEN!

18 Behold, we go up to Jerusalem; and the Son of man shall be betrayed unto the chief priests and unto the scribes, and they shall condemn him to death,

19 And shall deliver him to the Gentiles to mock, and to scourge, and to crucify him: and the third day he shall rise again.


John 3:16

'til we sweet again, Karen 💗


Sunday, February 14, 2021

Strawberry Cake



Happy Valentine's Day!

Today is a beautiful day to share with your friends and loved ones just how much you love them.

Better yet, why not show them how much by baking them this delicious cake!

This Strawberry Cake recipe has been in my family since before I was born. There are many variations to it and your family probably has one of them!

It has never failed to get raves and deservedly so with the tasty, moisty cake and scrumptious strawberry icing! My first memory of it was my 5th birthday when my Aunt Anna Maye made it for my party and tinted the frosting lavender. It was a thing of beauty!

Let's make it!


To make this easy cake you will need, eggs, water, vanilla, oil, white cake mix, a tub of strawberries, and strawberry Jell-O.


My favorite way to prepare a cake pan lately is by spraying with Pam baking spray.

You will need a 13x9 pan for this cake.


To a mixer bowl, add 4 eggs, 3/4 cup canola oil, 3/4 cup water, 2 teaspoons vanilla, 1 box white cake mix, 1 (3ounce) box strawberry Jell-O, and 1/2 of the 16 ounce tub of thawed strawberries (with most of the juice being drained off). Mix on low speed for 30 seconds and then on medium speed for 2 minutes.


Pour batter into prepared pan and bake @ 350 degrees for 30 minutes or until cake springs back when touched.


While cake is baking, prepare the frosting.
To a mixer bowl, add 1 stick softened butter and beat till creamy. Add 4 cups confectioner's sugar, remaining (mostly drained) thawed strawberries, and 1 teaspoon vanilla. Mix till light and fluffy. Set aside until cake is completely cooled.


So I'm over here being all simple today and I'm frosting the cake in the pan.


Mmmmmm! 😋


Now y'all..ain't this perty?!


Just for more 'perty', I added a swirl of frosting and sweet sprinkles.



One bite and you'll be hooked!
You're going to 💗 it!

Strawberry Cake Recipe

1 box white cake mix
1 (3 ounce) box strawberry Jell-O
1 16 ounce container frozen strawberries divided to use half in cake and half in frosting (thawed)
4 large eggs 
3/4 cup canola oil
3/4 cup water
2 teaspoons vanilla

Into a mixer bowl add eggs, oil, water, vanilla, cake mix, Jell-O, and half of the (mostly drained) strawberries. Mix on low speed 30 seconds till combined. Then mix on medium speed for 2 minutes.
Pour batter into prepared pan and bake on 350 degrees for 30 minutes or until cake springs back when lightly touched.

Strawberry Frosting Recipe

1 stick butter (softened)
4-5 cups confectioner's sugar
Remaining half of drained strawberries
1 teaspoon vanilla

Cream butter in mixer bowl. Add 4 cups confectioner's sugar, strawberries, and vanilla. Mix on medium speed until light and fluffy. If frosting is a little runny, mix in additional sugar. Spread on cooled cake and enjoy!

Wishing you all a very Happy Valentine's Day!

Thank you for stopping by!

John 3:16

'til we sweet again, Karen 💗


Thursday, January 21, 2021

Snowman Hot Chocolate Bombs!

Today is the 21st day of the 21st year of the 21st century and we're over here celebrating!

 Celebrating with Hot Cocoa Bombs!

That's right..we jumped on the hot cocoa bomb train!

Choo Choo baby!

They really are simple to make and fun to watch melt after you pop them into a mug of hot milk. Let's make 'em!


I used hot cocoa mix, white and black candy melts, mini marshmallows, orange decorating icing, and sprinkles.

I also used this silicone mold with 2 1/2 inch semi-spheres and this beautiful spoon that belonged to my sweet, candy making Memaw!

Melt white candy melts in microwave in 30 second increments on 50% power, stirring each time until melted smooth. Spoon about a tablespoon into each well using the back of the spoon to spread and cover the entire half sphere making sure you get all the way to the tippy top.

Place into the fridge for about 5 minutes to set, then add about an additional 1/2 tablespoon of melted candy to make a second coating.
Pop into the fridge for another 5 minutes, remove and unmold. These were so easy to work with. Just turn the mold upside down and gently peel back away from each candy piece. it works like a charm!

The next photo step is in my camera that will not upload to my computer! It's really easy though! Just warm a plate in the microwave for 90 seconds, take a half sphere and place it upside down on the heated plate for a couple of seconds to smooth out the edge. 

Now fill with a scoop of hot cocoa mix, mini marshmallows, and sprinkles. Take another half sphere, smooth the edge on the warm plate and place on the other half to complete your snowball!

These blue sprinkles are so pretty but after the cocoa bomb melted, they all just sunk to the bottom of the mug! 😜

Let's decorate our snowmen!
I melted a few black candy melts in a decorator bag and cut off a tiny tip to pipe my eyes and mouths.

I used a tube of orange icing with a #3 tip to pipe my noses.

Aren't we "snow" cute?!!

Now all we have to do is heat up some milk and pour it over our sweet snowballs and watch 'em melt!


Ooooh yum!!


Y'all! I love how these turned out and now I just want to make more! So many possibilities!

Hot Cocoa Bombs 

12 ounces white candy melts
10 black candy melts
6-7 tablespoons hot cocoa mix
mini marshmallows
Wilton orange decorating icing
Sprinkles (optional)

Tools needed:
2 hot cocoa bomb silicone baking molds
spoon for spreading
#3 tip for icing
coupler to attach tip
cake decorating icing bags

Melt white candy melts. Spoon 1 tablespoon into molds and smooth over entire semi-sphere. Pop into fridge for 5 minutes to set. Spoon an additional 1/2 tablespoon into each mold for a second coating. Pop into fridge for another 5 minutes until set. Remove mold, turn upside down and gently remove finished candy pieces.

Warm a plate in the microwave for 1 1/2 minutes. Turn one of the half sphere candies upside down on plate for a couple of seconds to melt a smooth edge. Fill with 1 tablespoon hot cocoa mix, marshmallows, and sprinkles. Now take another half sphere, melt edge smooth and place atop the first one. Smooth the melted candy around the center. I used a gloved hand and smoothed with my index finger.

Now it's time to decorate!
Place about 10 black candy melts into a decorator bag and melt in microwave in 30 second increments on 50% power. Stop and gently knead bag after each "zap" until melted. Snip off tiny tip of bag. Pipe eyes and mouths for snowman faces. 
Attach #3 tip to orange icing tube, attach coupler and pipe carrot noses. And that's all there is to it!

My recipe yielded 5 hot chocolate bombs.

How adorable are these sweet snowballs?!
Hope you have fun making these!


Thanks for stopping by!

John 3:16

'til we sweet again, Karen!💗