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5 Best Small Appliances for Busy Wives and Moms

My Top 5 Small Appliance Picks for the Kitchen

When it comes to choosing any small appliance, as busy wives and mothers we need to think about those that best fit our needs.

Slowcooker

 

These can be expensive, and when we take the plunge into purchasing them, we need to ask “How will they help me save time and money in the kitchen?”

We also need to ask, “How can I save when making purchases on these small appliances?” I know from personal experience, that buying them during the holiday season can save you money on most of these.

As a busy wife and mother, I’ve cooked lots of meals. Today I’ve outlined my top 5 picks for my “must have” in the kitchen.  I’ve personally used each one of these and I hope you’ll use the following reviews as a guide when choosing what will work best for your own kitchen.  (more…)

Easy Almond Butter Fudge

Love Christmas candy? Need something easy for a gift or to serve for a special get-together? A few years ago I found out I was allergic to peanut butter which put a damper on one of our family favorites, Tiger Butter. Making it for everyone else to enjoy was difficult, and very tough to stay away from, unless of course unless I wanted to spend Christmas in bed.

Today I decided to try a peanut butter fudge recipe, substituting Almond Butter that I purchased at Aldi. What I ended up with is a very creamy fudge with the Tiger Butter swirl that may have everyone diving into as soon as I set out the plate. So grab your spatula, here goes.

You’ll need:

1 pound of white baking chips (more than one bag, but you’ll have some left over for cookies)
1 jar of Simply Nature or other almond butter (12 oz.)
1 cup semi sweet chocolate chips

Prepare a pan about 8×8 inches, with a parchment paper lined bottom. In my opinion, this makes it so much easier to remove your treats when you’re finished. 

First you’ll melt the white baking chips in a double boiler. After dropping a glass dish once and having a chocolate and glass coated kitchen, I always use a double boiler instead of the microwave. It really doesn’t take long.

After your chips are melted and smooth, stir in your almond butter. Yep the whole jar. Pour this into your prepared pan, but don’t spread it out yet.

While your pan is still warm, melt the semi sweet chips. Remove from heat and pour it in the center  of the first mixture.

Now this is where it becomes a little fun. You want to spread it out but also mix in the chocolate just until you get a nice swirl. You don’t want to over mix or it won’t have that marbled look.

Chill. When it is set, cut into 1 inch pieces and you’re done! Wasn’t that easy?

Enjoy!

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Christmas Cookies 2014-Macaroons


My husband loves macaroons and these are some of the most amazing cookies I’ve ever tried. The coconut flour has a naturally sweet taste, so while you could use sweetened coconut, I really prefer them without. Chilling the dough a little and using parchment paper on a baking stone gives them a nice shape. Get out milk or coffee and enjoy!

Christmas Cookies 2014
Macaroons

Ingredients:
½ cup butter softened
1 cup sugar
4 eggs
1 tsp. vanilla
½ cup coconut flour
2 cups unsweetened coconut
Preparation:
Heat oven to 375 degrees F.
Directions:
  • Cream together butter and sugar.
  • Beat in eggs and vanilla.
  • Stir in coconut flour and coconut. Mix thoroughly.
  • Drop with cookie scoop or teaspoon onto parchment covered baking sheet.
  • Bake for 12-15 minutes watching closely the last few minutes of baking.
  • Cool on wire rack.