December 24, 2014

Merry Christmas 2014

Boston Terriers Miley and Howie are dressed up like Santa and his reindeer for Christmas!

Santa and his reindeer are headed out for the night…

Boston Terriers Miley and Howie are dressed up like Santa and his reindeer for Christmas!

So be sure to leave some dog biscuits by the fireplace…

Boston Terriers Miley and Howie are dressed up like Santa and his reindeer for Christmas!

Because you wouldn’t want this reindeer leaving any coal behind! ;)

Boston Terriers Miley and Howie are dressed up like Santa and his reindeer for Christmas!

To our readers, thank you so much for all the joy you bring us throughout the year. Wishing you and yours a happy and safe holiday season. We hope this is your best Christmas yet.

Boston Terriers Miley and Howie are dressed up like Santa and his reindeer for Christmas!

Love, Miley, Howie, Kevin and Amanda.


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December 23, 2014

Raspberry Lemon Squares

Raspberry Lemon Squares. These are so soft and gooey! The perfect flavor combo!

New recipe on Kevin & Amanda Recipes today! :)

Raspberry Lemon Squares. These are so soft and gooey! The perfect flavor combo!

These bright red Raspberry Lemon Squares are the perfect last minute holiday treat! They’re soft and creamy with a sweet raspberry lemon flavor. The perfect combo!

Click the title below to get the recipe:

Raspberry Lemon Squares

Enjoy!! :)


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Christmas Chocolate Covered Strawberries!

Happy Friday!! Last weekend Kevin and I went to our sweet friends’ super fun Christmas party. They went all out with amazing treats, a low-country boil, and even Santa himself was there! The host loves chocolate covered strawberries, so I brought a fun Christmas version to share for the occasion. Chocolate covered strawberries are my favorite too!! :)

Christmas Chocolate Covered Strawberries!

To make them easier to dip, I stuck toothpicks in the top of the strawberry (through the green part). Once the chocolate dried, I took the toothpick out and you could never tell it was even there.

Even if you only use it one time a year, this is a MUST for dipping chocolate!!

Don’t you love this time of year when you have extra chocolate to dip everything in? :D I got this Wilton Chocolate Melting Pot a few years ago and it has been a lifesaver!! I only use it once a year at Christmas, but it is 100% worth it. It melts the chocolate super fast, and keeps it the perfect temperature for dipping so you don’t have to keep stirring and reheating. You can find it at Walmart on the cake decorating aisle, or here is a link to it on Amazon.

Christmas Chocolate Covered Strawberries!

I used Kroger-brand Candy Coating (or Bark Coating) for the chocolate because I love how dark the chocolate is and I think it tastes the best out of all the other brands I’ve tried. Seriously do not leave me alone with a spoon and the leftover melted chocolate.

Christmas Chocolate Covered Strawberries!

I dipped the white ones in Kroger brand candy coating as well, then rolled them in Christmas sprinkles from Target. For the drizzle, I put the leftover melted white chocolate in a Ziploc bag and cut a tiny tip off the end. This was actually a lot easier than I thought it would be. I was imagining floods of chocolate goop going everywhere.

Dark Chocolate Salted Caramel Apples with crushed Reese's Cups and Butterfingers

The next night we made Kevin’s favorite treat — Caramel Apples! :) We found caramel apple sticks at Kroger, stuck them into the stem-side, and then dipped them in this homemade salted caramel sauce.  I stuck them in the fridge (on a baking sheet lined with wax paper) to harder for just a few minutes, then dunked them in  Kroger chocolate candy coating  and quickly rolled one in crushed Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups and the other in crushed Butterfingers Cups. (I used the unwrapped mini versions that come in a bag.) Another thing I like about this chocolate is that it sets really fast and dries to a nice smooth finish.

All the caramel apples I’ve ever had have been with granny smith apples (like the one up front here), but we made a second one (seen in the back) with a honeycrisp apple and it was my favorite!! :)

Just 6 more days until Christmas! :) What’s your favorite thing to dip in chocolate?? :)

Christmas Chocolate Covered Strawberries!


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