Topic-Changing Thursdays: Fudgelet’s Christmas Vacation for 2016

We made our twice-annual visit to Maryland to see family, friends, and celebrate Christmas. Shortly after this post goes live we will be back home and getting ready to celebrate New Year’s Eve with friends and our small family Christmas. We save our gifts for when we get home…lots of pros because you can have everything ready for when we get home and not have to worry about shipping it somewhere else, there is no hassle of bringing presents to and fro, and it spreads out the giving. Here’s hoping my boys like their presents.

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Friday Favorites 23

Pardon me while I take a little time off for the holiday weekend…as of now, I plan to have a post about our Maryland visit with Christmas pictures/etc… but otherwise I might save the rest of the posts for…dare I say it? 2017!

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Tips-y Tuesdays: Coffee Cake Muffins

Just a short post to show a new option for a coffee cake recipe I’ve already shared. Basically, I made the recipe exactly as written, but wanted to let K have a little. How do you make a coffee cake to give away and keep some for yourself? Well, I stole a little of the batter and put it in a ramekin. Turns out, it makes a good giant muffin. I also saved a little topping and a little filling to complete it.

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Slow Cooker Mexican Chicken Sandwich

Sometimes I get really tired of slow cooker meals. They can be easy but not always full of flavor. This one manages to still pack flavor while being relatively simple with the ingredients. I also like that it uses boneless and skinless chicken thighs, which aren’t often called for with slow cooker recipes.

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Making and Decorating Sugar Cookies

It’s the time of year when everyone starts making cookies. Even people who bake nothing else the rest of the year will sometimes get in on this. What I don’t understand is buying the dough pre-made, though. The absolute worst part is rolling out the dough. Making it is fairly simple and easy with a mixer. Cutting out shapes and baking them is fun and straightforward. Decorating is obviously the best part. But rolling? Ugh. I would gladly have a tool that eliminated that step for me. Anyone else agree? I know there are spritz cookies but my mom and I would make them and have the darndest time trying to get the cookies to push out of the tube. So, yeah, not a helpful tool. Unless we just had bad luck or a bad tool?

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Rainbow Meringue Cookies

My last post was a rainbow recipe as well, so hopefully you are enjoying a touch of sunshine during this darker time of year. I have made meringue cookies before. This time I followed a different recipe but I still prefer my normal one. The technique behind these is what I want to share today.

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Just like the rainbow cheesecake, I had a couple reasons to make these cookies. First, it looked fun. Second, the Fudgelet enjoyed watching me make them. And finally, they were perfect to cheer up a friend who loves meringue cookies. I was very happy I made them!

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Rainbow No-Bake Cheesecake

I had a few reasons I “needed” to make this cheesecake. Reason 1: It’s purdy. Reason 2: It looked easy. Reason 3: I had never made a no-bake cheesecake before. Having made one now, I can say that I prefer regular cheesecake, but I did like how fun this was to make. I could see trying the technique to make other colorful cakes in the future.

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