Easy Fudge Recipes Anyone Can Make

One of my favorite desserts is fudge. I remember going to Mackinaw Island when I was a kid and buying all kinds of different flavors of fudge. If you aren’t able to get to Mackinaw Island to buy their delicious fudge, then these easy fudge recipes are for you! Even if you are able to go (and you should…Mackinaw is such a nice place), you’ll want to make these recipes. Especially with the holidays coming up. Everyone loves fudge and they love easy recipes. This is a definite win-win!

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With the holidays quickly approaching, I am starting to think about the menu and more importantly, the desserts I want to have for our Christmas dinner. My husband and I are hosting this year, so I am really trying to plan the perfect menu. Some of these quick and easy recipes are definitely on the menu.

Easy Fudge Recipes

This time of year, peppermint everything is my favorite. Combine that with chocolate and it’s heaven on a plate! These easy fudge recipes are so perfect! Which one (or two or three…) fudge recipes sound good to you?

Gingerbread Fudge Recipe

Eggnog Fudge Recipe

Easy White Chocolate Peppermint Fudge

Healthy Homemade Peanut Butter Fudge

Irish Cream-Pistachio Fudge

2 Ingredient Fudge

Creamy Peanut Butter Fudge

Creamy Christmas Fudge

Soooo…which of these fudge recipes will you be making? I am definitely making the peppermint fudge. Like I said, peppermint is my favorite, as is white chocolate. The peanut butter fudge sounds good, as well. No matter which one of these easy fudge recipes you make, your friends and family will love them!

If you are following the Keto diet, don’t fret! I have you covered! These Keto approved fudge recipes are perfect!

Peanut Butter Cookie Dough Fat Bombs

Chocolate SunButter Keto Fat Bombs

Keto Chocolate Peanut Butter Bites

Vanilla Keto Candy


Best Board Games for the Family

Our family is really into board games. Every year, on Christmas Eve, my kids get a pair of Christmas pajamas and a board game for us to play together. Every time we get together with my in-laws, we are always up until the wee hours of the night, playing games and laughing together. It’s so much fun! Board games make a great gift. These are our favorites!

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Why Board Games?

Um…because they are the best! No seriously, they are! I believe, in a day and age where people are spending more time on their phones than actually speaking face to face with others, we need to find all the ways to get back to putting down the phone and being present. Playing games together does just that. Before we had kids, my husband and I used to host game nights with our friends. I would love to get back to that. It was a lot of fun. This holiday season (or anytime during the year!), give the gift of board games to your friends and family!

Games for Preschool Aged Kids

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Playing games with your preschool aged children is so important! Not only is it fun for the kids, but it reinforces the importance in taking turns, being a good sport, and a lot of games have a learning aspect to it that supports education and the kids don’t even realize it because they are having so much fun! I can’t tell you how many matching games I played with my kids when they were little. That and the Let’s Go Fishin’ game were their favorites!

Games for Young Kids

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If there are any games you get from this entire post, you must pick up HEDBANZ and 5 Second Rule. The first time we played HEDBANZ, the kids laughed so hard during the entire game. We did too. Basically everyone has a card that they can’t see. You have to ask questions to guess what is on your card. It really is a fun game!

Board Games for Older Children and Teens

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As the kids get older, the games get better and better! Three of our favorites above are Taboo, 5 Second Rule and Mexican Dominoes. On my list to purchase, as soon as I finish writing this post, is to pick up Relative Insanity. That game looks hysterical! If you click on it, there is a video on Amazon that shows a snippet of the game being played!

Right now is the time to buy board games. Not only are they on a super sale on Amazon, but you can get some games for around $5 each! Remember, these games make a great gift. Are you going to a holiday party and you want to get the host a gift? Why not pick a game or two, put it in a basket with a bottle of wine and a few snacks? That would be a fun and unique gift!


Cranberry Banana Muffins Recipe

Every single week I make banana muffins for the kids to have in their lunches or with their breakfast. One of our favorites is the Banana Muffins with Chocolate and Peanut Butter. This week, I decided to mix things up and make cranberry banana muffins. I don’t know if it’s because we just had Thanksgiving and I love everything cranberry this time of year (no pumpkin spice for me), or what, but I thought the combination would be really good! And it was so good!

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Cranberry Banana Muffins

Delicious recipe for gluten free cranberry banana muffins. Not gluten free? Simply sub in your favorite flour instead!

Course Breakfast, Dessert, Snack
Keyword banana muffins, cranberry, muffins
Prep Time 1 hour 5 minutes
Cook Time 22 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 27 minutes
Servings 12 People

Ingredients

  • 1/2 Cup Butter, softened
  • 1 Cup Sugar
  • 2 Large Eggs
  • 1 tsp Vanilla Extract
  • 3 Med Bananas
  • 1 TBSP Milk
  • 1 tsp Baking Soda
  • 1/2 tsp Salt
  • 2 Cups Gluten Free Flour
  • 1/2 Cup Dried Cranberries

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 425 degrees. Prepare your muffin tin with liners or use this amazing silicone muffin pan.

  2. In a small bowl, mash your bananas and set aside. In another large bowl, cream together your softened butter and sugar. Add in the eggs, vanilla extract, milk and mashed bananas. 

  3. Next add your baking soda, salt and gluten free flour. Be sure to mix with your hand mixer after each new addition. I like this gluten free flour.

  4. Fold in your dried cranberries. Cover your batter with plastic wrap and place in the fridge for about 50-60 minutes to chill. 

  5. Fill your muffin tins completely (trust me on this...fill it up)! Place in the oven at 425 degrees for 10 minutes. Lower the temp to 350 degrees and bake for an additional 10-12 minutes. Allow to cool for a few minutes before placing the muffins on a cooling rack to cool completely. 

Recipe Notes

*This recipe can be made with either gluten free flour or regular flour. Your choice!

These cranberry banana muffins turned out delicious! The kids loved them. Funny thing though…my son came home from school today and said, “those banana muffins were good, but the chocolate almost tasted like fruit. It was also harder that normal”. Really dude? Hahaha! The dried cranberries give a nice tartness to the muffins. One of these days, I’d like to try this recipe with fresh cranberries!

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If you are looking for other tried and true muffin recipes, then you must try the following:

Banana Mini Muffins with Chocolate Chips

Lemon Pound Cake Mini Muffins

Gluten Free Apple Spice Pumpkin Muffins

Quick and Easy Strawberry Chocolate Chip Muffins

Orange Banana Muffins Recipe

What are your favorite kind of muffin to make?

Chocolate Oatmeal Cookies Recipe

A few years ago, I started making these amazing chocolate oatmeal cookies. They literally were loved by all. Not even joking. Fast forward a bit. I found out I needed to follow a gluten free diet and I instantly stopped making these amazing cookies. While I could find gluten free flour, I was at a loss for gluten free rolled oats. Until now! I volunteered to bring gluten free goodies to Thanksgiving tomorrow and one of the things I am bringing is a huge platter of my chocolate oatmeal cookies! Another thing I’m bringing (and you will want to check this recipe out too) are my yummy Gluten Free Jam Thumbprint Cookies.

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Chocolate Oatmeal Cookies

Delicious recipe for chocolate oatmeal cookies. They are to die for and every single person who eats one will love them!

Course Dessert, Snack
Keyword cookies, gluten free, oatmeal cookies
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 9 minutes
Total Time 24 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 Cup Butter softened
  • 1/2 Cup White Sugar
  • 1 Cup Brown Sugar packed
  • 2 Large Eggs
  • 1 tsp Vanilla
  • 1 tsp Baking Soda
  • 1/2 tsp Salt
  • 1 TBSP Unsweetened Cocoa
  • 1 1/2 Cup Gluten Free Flour
  • 3 Cups Gluten Free Rolled Oats

Instructions

  1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Line your baking sheets with parchment paper or use these silicone baking mats.

  2. In a large bowl, cream together your softened butter and sugars. Next add the eggs and vanilla and mix with your hand mixer. 

  3. One by one, add the baking powder, salt, unsweetened cocoa and gluten free flour. User your hand mixer to to mix after each addition. 

  4. Now it's time to add the gluten free rolled oats. Do not attempt to use your hand mixer. If you have a stand mixer, it may work, but I am not sure, as I do not have one. The best way I have found to mix the rolled oats in is to wash your hands and use your hands to mix it or wear food safe gloves. 

  5. Chill your chocolate oatmeal cookie dough in the fridge for at least 40 minutes.

  6. Using a cookie scoop, place your cookie dough on the parchment paper or silicone baking mats. Bake for 9-11 minutes. 9 minutes will give you an amazing chewy cookie. If you like a crunchy outside with a chewy inside, bake for 10 or 11 minutes.  Allow the cookies to cool on the baking sheet for about 5-7 minutes before transferring to a wire rack.

Recipe Notes

*These cookies freeze well! Simply place in freezer bags. You can take a cookie out, one by one, nuke in the microwave for about 20 seconds, and then you have a cookie that tastes like it is fresh from the oven!

You guys, these cookies are amazing. I really can’t stress how awesome they are. Traditionally, oatmeal cookies have raisons and cinnamon in them. Neither of those things are my favorite. One day I decided to see what it would taste like to put unsweetened cocoa in the cookies instead. And thus, the chocolate oatmeal cookies were born!

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If you don’t follow a gluten free diet, simply make these with regular flour and regular rolled oats. All of the measurements for the ingredients stay the same! Also, if you want to make these cookies ahead and freeze the, you can! Allow them to fully cool and then place them in freezer bag. Either take the cookies out, one by one and nuke them in the microwave for about 20 seconds, or take the whole bag out the day before you need them and you are good to go!

Other Cookies you Must Try

Any of these recipes can be made gluten free or with regular flour. Some have asked me in the past about almond flour or coconut flour. I do not bake with either of those flours, so I am not sure if they can be used in the same way as gluten free flour and regular flour.

Chocolate oatmeal cookies are my favorite cookies…what are your favorite cookies?

Ultimate Pumpkin Recipe List

It’s fall and the holidays are quickly approaching. There are three things people are thinking about 24/7; where they are spending the holidays, what gifts they need to purchase or make, and when they can get their next pumpkin fix. Am I right? I mean, people go crazy when Starbucks has their pumpkin spice drinks available! This ultimate pumpkin recipe list is everything you’ve been waiting for! You may even find a recipe on their that you can take to Thanksgiving on Thursday!

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Ultimate Pumpkin Recipe List

When you think of Thanksgiving and the fall season, do you think about all the pumpkin recipes you can and will be eating? This ultimate pumpkin recipe list is perfect for you! If you are following the Keto diet, there is even an amazing Keto pumpkin recipe to keep you on plan, but also enjoying your favorite dessert!

Now is that the ultimate pumpkin recipe list or what?!? I told you I had a bunch of pumpkin recipes for you! So which one do you think you will make for Thanksgiving or any of the other holidays coming up? Or…let’s be real, which one are you going to run out and make tomorrow so you can eat all the pumpkin things? I mean, if we’re being honest, those pumpkin spice peanut butter cookies sound pretty darn amazing…don’t they?