Thursday, December 18, 2014

Three Easy Chocolate Cup Recipes

Christmas is next week, and that means its time for treats galore... treats for parties, neighbor gifts, or just to eat before you stop eating sweets for a New Years resolution. These chocolate cups are one of my go-tos because they are so easy, so cute, and sooooo yummy. I love coming up with different variations, and today I wanted to share three of my favorite. So here we go!

Peanut Butter Chocolate Swirl Cups
Peanut butter chips
Chocolate chips 
Oil
Cupcake liners

Melt down chips. Add a little bit of oil (I use canola) to liquify, if necessary. Layer the melted chocolate and peanut butter in cupcake liners. Use a toothpick to swirl chocolate and peanut butter together. Put in refrigerator to harden.


Dark Chocolate Orange Almond Coconut Cups
Dark chocolate chips
Orange extract
Chopped almonds
Toasted coconut
Oil
Cupcake liners

Melt down chocolate. Add orange extract to taste. If the extract makes the chocolate dry up, add a little bit of oil to liquify. Add almonds and coconut to chocolate until it reaches desired consistency. Scoop into cupcake liners. Put in refrigerator to harden.


Chocolate Peppermint Swirl Cups
Chocolate chips
Peppermint chips (you could also use white chocolate chips + peppermint extract)
Peppermint extract
Oil
Cupcake liners 

Melt down chips. Add peppermint extract to chocolate to taste. If the extract makes the chocolate dry up, add a little bit of oil to liquify. Layer the melted chocolate and peppermint chips in cupcake liners. Use a toothpick to swirl together. Sprinkle peppermint chips on top. Put in refrigerator to harden. 

xo, Sam

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

PLG GIveaway: Enter to win a 1000 Shillings Scarf!!!










Hey, remember this post from the beginning of the year where we featured and gave away a beautiful scarf from 1000 Shillings? Well, if you don't, let me tell you a little bit about this amazing organization. When you buy from 1000 Shillings, your money is going to help women around the world start their own small businesses with the ultimate goal of empowering them to stand alone as small business owners. The goal of 1000 Shillings is that you get to know the woman you are buying from, and then, through purchasing her products, you help her to become a self-sufficient businesswoman that is able to support her family. We love this cause.

And today we are going to give away another beautiful 1000 Shillings scarf! Wanna win? Enter below:



Have a great day!
xo, Sam and Liz
 
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Sweater: c/o Six Kisses
Scarf: c/o 1000 Shillings
Paints: c/o Lee
Socks: Forever21
Boots: AMI

Monday, December 15, 2014

PLG Cooks: Peanut Butter Fudge


This post needs very little introduction for today I am sharing with you my all-time favorite fudge recipe. Our mom has made this decadent peanut butter fudge for as long as I can remember and it is a major holiday staple in our home. Plus, it is pretty much fool-proof and ridiculously delicious. Let's get our fudge on. 


PLG Peanut Butter Fudge

Ingredients

3 cups sugar
3/4 cup (1-1/2 sticks) butter
1 small can (5 oz.) evaporated milk (about 2/3 cup)
1-1/2 cups smooth peanut butter
1 jar (7 oz.) Marshmallow Creme
1-2 tsp. vanilla
1 Bag Reeses peanut butter cups (optional) 

Directions

Line 9-inch square pan with foil with ends of foil extending over sides of pan; set aside. Unwrap Reeses and place in a large ziploc freezer bag. Seal and smash peanut butter cups with rolling pin; set asidePlace sugar, butter and evaporated milk in a large heavy saucepan. Bring to full rolling boil on medium heat, stirring constantly. Boil 4 min. or until candy thermometer reaches 234 F, stirring constantly to prevent scorching. Remove from heat.
Add peanut butter and marshmallow creme; stir until completely melted. Add vanilla; mix well.
Pour immediately into prepared pan; spread to form even layer in pan. Cover with crushed peanut butter cups. Let stand at room temperature 4 hours or until completely cooled; cut into 1-inch squares. Store in tightly covered container at room temperature.


That's it! You can dress those suckers up and give them to your neighbors and become the most popular neighbor on the block, or kick back and enjoy all of the fudge yourself. It's a hard decision, I know. If it were me, I'd just buy something for the neighbors. Who needs popularity when you have FUDGE?

Happy holiday baking!
ox. Liz