Double Chocolate Silk Pie

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Chocolate Pie Recipe

Double Chocolate Silk Pie

Hello Double Chocolate Silk Pie, you just became my go-to holiday dessert!

Look, I’m going to be completely honest with you, I love to experiment in the kitchen and come up with delicious and different recipe ideas! Everything that has to do with savory dishes, breakfast, desserts, and drinks inspires me, and while I love quick and easy meals just as the next person, I also love to spend time cooking with my loved ones.

Except when it comes to holidays. When it comes to holiday food, I like to stick with the tried and true recipes we all know and love. I want to make sure that I’m cooking a fail proof recipes that’s going to come out flawless (who has time for a fail when you have a ton of people over and all the expectations?). I also like to make sure I’m cooking a recipe that everyone loves, it’s party food after all so, I want all of my guests to really feel how much I love them.

But most important of all I also want to make something that’s fairly easy and quick because while I love to spend time cooking on an everyday basis, when ti comes to holidays I just want to hold a little bit tighter my family and I want to be really present during the whole celebration. This double chocolate silk pie it’s perfect because of that!

I mean it’s a quick and easy recipe, it’s extremely delicious and every single person that tries it loves it and raves about it, and it’s totally and completely fail proof. This recipe has been tested a million and one times, so it always comes out the same: flawless, delicious and ready to be served and shared.

Chocolate Silk Pie

 

Ingredients

Directions

  • -Preheat the oven to 350F.
  • -In a saucepan over medium heat melt the chocolate chips with the milk.
  • -Incorporate the cocoa powder, heavy cream, vanilla, cornstarch, nutmeg, and sugar. Stir and cook until getting a uniform mix.
  • -Aside, in a bowl beat the egg yolk and add 1 Tbsp of the milk mix to the yolk and whip it up. Repeat the process with each egg, and then pour them into the saucepan with the melted chocolate.
  • -Reduce heat and simmer for 10 minutes.
  • -Fill the pie crust with the chocolate batter.
  • -Bake for 20 minutes.
  • -Remove from the oven and garnish with the grated chocolate.
  • -Serve and enjoy.

Tips

For a lighter take, swap the heavy cream for Greek yogurt and the sugar for maple syrup.

Double Chocolate Silk Pie

Unwrap Amazing With Intel This Christmas

Sponsored post by Mirum. All opinions are 100% my own.

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It’s been said that the best gifts inspire.  I love gifts that inspire creativity and spark imaginations.  Who do you have on your gift list that you want to inspire?  Does someone need to connect with their grandkids, is someone starting or going back to college, or do you have a loved one that wants to further their career?  Now you can help make their dreams come true and help your loved ones achieve more with a new Intel®-based device from Walmart!  You can help park their imagination and give them the ability to follow their dreams.

Walmart and Intel® they are giving away 6 Intel®-based devices for FREE!  Enter their Sweepstakes for a chance to win one of these incredible gifts. To enter, simply watch the video in this link, answer one quick question, and then fill out a short form to submit your name in the drawing!  There will be 6 winners chosen randomly.  You can also come back daily for even more chances to win! The three Intel®-based devices you can win for FREE are the HP OmenHP Jaguar, and Dell Inspiron. Any of these devices will inspire your loved ones to do more, to create, to excel, and to unleash their true potential. Check out each of the products below to see which one would make the perfect gift for your loved ones this year.

HP-Jaguar

HP Jaguar, Intel® Core™ i3

The PC you can rely on has the latest Intel Core i3-7100U processor and delivers the reliable performance you need to work and play. Stay entertained and keep connected with a long-lasting battery and a rich HD display. With its straightforward design, large trackpad, and gradually sloping keyboard this HP diagonal 15-inch laptop in natural silver is perfectly suited for your everyday.

  • -This is the PC you can rely on that has the latest Intel® Core™ i3 processor and delivers the reliable performance you need to work and play.
  • -Stay entertained, keep connected and work on your projects with a long-lasting battery and a rich HD display.
  • -With its straightforward design, large trackpad and gradually sloping keyboard, this HP diagonal 15-inch laptop is perfectly suited for your creative needs.
  • -Intel® Core™ i3-7100U Processor
  • -8GB Memory, 1TB Hard Drive
  • -15.6” Touchscreen
  • -Long-lasting battery
  • -Rich HD display
  • -Windows 10

HP Touchscreen

I have this one and I absolutely love LOVE LOOOVE it!  The touchscreen capability is so nice!

HP Computer

We recently had our family pictures made and I loved how easy it was to flip through photos using the touch screen.

HP Laptop

Without the touch screen I wouldn’t have been able to zoom in so quickly or as far as I could with it.

This is my go-to laptop now.  I love everything about it!

HP

I’m excited to explore the possibilities with a touch screen computer.  My kids will love it for discovering educational games and my daughter will be soon learning to type with this computer. I adore it!

Who would you gift a Jaguar laptop to?

Intel

Homemade Saltine Crackers

Homemade Saltines Crackers

My friend, Sara, made her own crackers and I was so impressed by her skill I just had to have the recipe.  Because she said her crackers were not only delicious but easy to make I wanted to share this idea with you.  I think a homemade pack of these would be a great hostess gift for any Christmas party!

Prep time: 

Cook time: 
Total time: 

Serves: Makes about 25 – 1 ½-inch crackers

Ingredients

  • -1 cup all purpose flour
  • -1 teaspoon fine sea salt
  • -1 teaspoon sugar
  • -1 teaspoon baking powder
  • -2 tablespoons butter, cut into 8 pieces
  • -Sea salt flakes (like Maldon)
Visit InJenniesKitchen.com for full instructions.

Stocking Stuffer Ideas for Kids

Stocking Stuffer Ideas for Kids

If you’re looking for a few last minute stocking stuffers for your kids this no-fail list will help you out.  Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered!  Some of the items mentioned below were given to me, and some links are affiliate links but all the products here because I truly recommend them.
Stocking Stuffer Ideas For Kids

  1. Who doesn’t love candy?  I’d wager to guess that most kids do.  These Honey Gummy Bears are made with few and simple ingredients.  Nothing artificial, non -GMO, no high fructose corn syrup or gluten either.
  2. These Honey Gummy Bears are just as good as the ones above but they’re sour!  They’re my favorite go to gummy snack!  You can purchase both of these at LovelyCandyCo.com.
  3. Bandages.  My kids love bandages so I try to include a package  in their stocking every year.  These Shopkins bandages will be a hit with my daughter this year!
  4. This Princess Rapunzel Light is sure to light up any girl’s life.  I can almost guarantee the Belle one I got for my daughter will be her favorite gift at Christmas and all year long.  It looks good in the day and lit up at night.  It has a timer so it will go off on it’s own.  You can find more Disney, Marvel, Star Wars, Hasbro, WB, Nick, and Universal branded lights here at Shop.3DLightFX.com.
  5. I was always given a toothbrush in my stocking growing up and I’m passing on that tradition to my kids.  BrushBuddies.com has a variety of fun character toothbrushes to choose from.
  6. Dark Chocolate Honey Truffles with Raspberry.  Enough said, right?  They just sound amazing…and they are!  Truly delicious and I love that they aren’t full of nasty ingredients.  These are also from LovelyCandyCo.com.  These would make a great stocking stuffer for adults too!
  7. Pocket Tissues are also another household staple that isn’t too fun on it’s own.  Sure, the kids need to have them in their backpack and I always have a supply in my purse but these adorable ones will be fun to carry around.
  8. Mini Thomas the trains.  My son loves these and carries them with him everywhere.  They’re super cute and inexpensive too!  You can find them individually at local stores but this super hero pack is from Amazon.
  9. Last but not least, Thomas tissues.  Tissues are a necessity this time of year but if your little one is really little they may just enjoy playing with a box of tissues.  They’ll be amazed that they appear one after another after another.  When they’re done, they can play with the mountain of tissues and enjoy a Thomas themed box.

Number 3, 5, 7, & 9 are all from BrushBuddies.com.  If you use promo code BB1730 you’ll save 30% off the retail price of anything in their store.

 

I hope I gave you some ideas on usable gifts your kids will enjoy and won’t end up at the bottom of the toy bin the next week.  If you have a must-buy stocking stuffer idea that you buy every year I’d love to hear about it.  Leave me a comment below!

How to Save Money When Buying Legos

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Legos are a popular toy for kids for all ages. Even adults can be found enjoying a bit of Lego building time. As time has gone on though, Legos have increased in price substantially. These little bricks could cost you a fortune, but they don’t have to. Today, I want to share a few tips on how to save money when buying Legos so that your family can enjoy this quality time together and your bank account will remain happy.

How to Save Money Buying Legos

Check the Lego Store

If you live near a Lego store then you are in luck. They have a Pick & Build wall that can allow you to save some extra cash when buying Legos. This is the perfect way to get your hands on Legos at a reasonable price, so as long as you don’t mind that they are mix and match bricks versus actually sets of Legos.

Join the Lego VIP Club

There’s a Lego VIP club where you get to earn 1 VIP point for every $1 spent. It’s always great to be a part of a rewards program that gives you money to spend on items you already buy. If you find you purchase a lot of Legos, then this is a must join VIP club for you.

Check Online Sites

There are many online sites that sell Legos. Often you can find bundled sets on sale, especially during the holiday season. Lego sets that are no longer popular may be found on eBay or other online sites too. Keep your eyes out to comparison shop online before heading out to the Lego store.

Shop Thrift Stores

While you may not always find Legos at your local thrift store, they will arrive on occasion. Be certain to pick a day of the week where you venture into the local thrift shop to see what type of Legos may have come into the children’s area. This is the perfect way to save big on Legos.

Be Aware of Retail Prices

If you truly want to save money when buying Legos then you must in the know with retail pricing. This helps ensure you are truly getting a deal if you happen to see Legos on “sale” at a local store. Be educated in what the retail price is so that you don’t get fooled by that “sale” sign.

There you have it some easy suggestions on how you can save money when buying Legos. With the holiday season quickly approaching and Legos being a widely popular gift idea, these tips should help you expand your little Lego lover’s collection without going broke.

Real Christmas Tree Tips With Evergreen Elf

This post is brought to you by Evergreen Elf. To save $3 on your Evergreen Elf purchase use coupon code HomemakingElf03.

Christmas Tree Safety

If you have a real Christmas tree you know all about how important it is to keep your tree watered to avoid house fires.  There’s nothing more important than keeping your family safe!  However, we have a few tips that you may not have heard of before and might help give you a little more peace of mind this holiday season.

Real Christmas Tree Tips:

  •  –  Find a stand that adjusts to fit your tree. While it’s tempting to carve down the sides of the tree trunk to fit a stand that could be detrimental.  The outer layers of wood are the most efficient in drinking up the water that therefore shouldn’t be removed.
  •  –  If you bought a pre-cut tree, you’ll want to cut an inch or so off the bottom of the tree when you get home.  It sounds strange but the reason is that sap in the tree will start seeping out and sealing over the base of the trunk which will hinder it’s ability to absorb water.  If you live near your preferred tree farm the shop owner may make the cut for you if you ask them.
  • –  As a general rule, stands should provide 1 quart of water per inch of stem diameter.
  • –  The temperature of the water doesn’t affect absorbency and drilling holes in the trunk won’t help your tree drink more.
  • –  Use an Evergreen Elf to warn you of low water.  Make sure the end of your Evergreen Elf is at the bottom of the tree trunk and not at the bottom of the pot.  It’s possible to have water in your base without having water touching your tree trunk.

The Evergreen Elf is a handy little guy that will flash red to warn you of low water plus it will also warn you audibly.  Check out this video my daughter made to help promote the Evergreen Elf.  She is a fabulous little ambassador for the brand.  As soon as she heard about the product she loved it.  She has told everyone she knows about it and has encouraged those with artificial trees to get real ones because, in her words, “the Evergreen Elf will help you be safe.”  She took it to school with her to talk about for her weekly presentation.  I hope you like her video!

Evergreen Elf

Here’s the green light to indicate there is water in the base.  It doesn’t say anything audible for this.

Evergreen Elf Tree Water Monitor

This is the red light that flashes and he repeats “Out of water, out of water” roughly about every thirty seconds.  A yellow light flashes when the battery is dead.

Check out all the different positions the Evergreen Elf can take.  He can be at the top of the pole, the bottom of the pole, and anywhere in between.  The Elf can tip out or stand straight up.  No matter what size tree stand you have the Evergreen Elf will work for you.


Evergreen Elf Christmas Trees

I hope you’ll have a wonderful and safe holiday season!  If you’d like to get an Evergreen Elf for your tree be sure and use coupon code HomemakingElf03 to save $3 on your purchase.

How to Get Organized for the Holidays

The holiday season is quickly approaching. It seems the end of the year always sneaks up on us and then we are wondering how in the world we can get organized for the season. With the holidays comes the desire to have everything in place because you may have more visitors than planned. Each holiday season households all over the world get stressed because they have no idea how to get organized for the holidays. Today, I want to alleviate that stress and help you learn how to get organized so that your holiday gatherings are stress-free and fun.

How to Get Organized for the Holidays

Get the To-Do List Ready

The first step to getting organized for the holidays is to start a to-do list and have it handy. Think about everything that needs to be organized, completed and purchased for the holiday season. Try to organize a to-do list based on priority. For example, if you are having guests over for a holiday feast, you may be more concerned about the kitchen and dining room organization than the bedrooms. Be sure to make a to-do list on what to take care of based on the room in the house and level of priority.

Take Inventory

When you start to get organized for the holidays you will want to know what you already have on hand. Whether you go through holiday décor or storage bin options, it doesn’t matter, simply take inventory of everything you have then create a list of what you need. This will help ensure that you have everything you need to get that house organized for the holidays without stressing.  Have the family take part in this as you all work together to inventory the entire home.

Declutter Toys & Other Stuff

Get the kids on board with organizing for the holidays by going through their own toy bins. Have kids set aside toys that are no longer played with and donate this pile of unused toys to community organizations who give to needy children for the holiday season.  (Check out our post on how to help kid’s donate)  Decluttering is the most important step in getting organized for the holidays as it frees up much-needed space. Any item you or your kids haven’t used in the last six months is open to being donated. Learn to let go of toys and other items to make room for organization. (Check out our most popular decluttering posts)

Sort Decorations

With every holiday season comes the desire to decorate the home. Sort through the decorations you have compiled over the years. Organize them into bins based on the holiday season and find a good storage place for them so they are out of sight during the offseason. When you sort decorations you will soon find items you don’t use or will want to use this year. Having bins that are labeled and in a conspicuous spot will help ensure you have an organized home when those guests arrive.

Overall the way to get organized for the holidays is to take into consideration what you no longer use, what you need to put into storage bins and what your main mission is. If you are hosting guests, then you may organize a bit deeper whereas if you are just having a household holiday gathering with minimal guests, you may not do as deep of an organizing effort.

25 Christmas Gift Ideas for Kids

I cannot believe that Christmas is just around the corner. There will be carols on the radio, stores decorating for the season and you will start to feel a bit jollier as Christmas gets closer. If you are a parent, though, you may be wondering what you should purchase the kids this season. With so many Christmas gift ideas out there for you to sift and sort through, I decided to create my own list of 25 Christmas gift ideas for kids to help alleviate a headache.  This list includes my affiliate links.

25 Christmas Gift Ideas for Kids

  1. Hatchimals CollEGGtible
  2. Crazy Aaron’s Thinking Putty
  3. Harry Potter and the Cursed Child Parts I & II
  4. Fingerlings Interactive Baby Monkey
  5. Emoji Pillow
  6. Fidget Cube
  7. Fidget Spinner (This link is to my favorite one, it’s well made and beautiful!!)
  8. Lego People/Figures
  9. The Pie Face Game
  10. Echo Dot
  11. Unicone Rainbow Swirl Maker
  12. LuvaBella Baby Doll
  13. DIY Kaleidoscope Set for Kids
  14. Lite-Brite
  15. Star Wars Bladebuilders Spin-Action Lightsaber
  16. Professional Snow Cone Maker
  17. DC Super Hero Girls
  18. SELFIE Mic Music
  19. Quadrillion
  20. Speak Out Game
  21. Electric Light Blocks
  22. Crayola Emoji Maker
  23. Simon Air Game
  24. Graphic Skinz Design Studio
  25. Spirograph Deluxe Set

There you have it, 25 Christmas gift ideas for kids that range from little kids to older kids and covers boys and girls. Whether you are shopping for a household full of kids or one kid, it doesn’t matter. Each of these gift ideas are sure to be a hit this year at Christmas time.

Hot Christmas Toys 2017 – Best Buy Holiday Toy Catalog

The reviewer has been compensated in the form of a Best Buy Gift Card and/or received the product/service at a reduced price or for free.

Christmas Toys

Best Buy is our go to spot for TVs, computers, and well just about any tech gadgetry but did you know they also carry toys?  Not just video games but toy toys.  From classic toys to learning toys to tech toys, Best Buy has a wide assortment of items sure to be on many kid’s Christmas lists.

Some of the brands and products include:

  • – Hasbro Dropmix
  • – Sphero (Mini, Droids, etc.)
  • – Barbie Dreamhouse
  • – Anki Cozmo
  • – Parker the Augmented Reality Bear
  • – Lego
  • – Hatchimals Surprise
  • – Recoil Laser Tag Starter Set
  • – Osmo
  • – FAO Schwarz

Best Buy has toys available for everyone, from ages 3 and up.  Plus, while you’re there you can shop for the older “kids” on your shopping list too.  I’ve enjoyed browsing the Best Buy Holiday Toy Catalog and found so many toys I know my kids would fall in love with.  While Hatchimals and Laser Tag would be at the top of the list for most kids, mine are drawn to more classic and educational toys.

Osmo

We already have an Osmo and my kids absolutely love it.  Any new sets that come with it would surely delight them!

FAO Schwarz

Both of my little darlings adore stuffed animals and especially soft teddy bears.  I love all the toys we have from FAO Schwarz because they are quality made items.  Before this Holiday Toy Catalog I didn’t realize Best Buy carried FAO Schwarz but I’m excited to learn that they do.  We love this brand.  Who couldn’t love this teddy with it’s adorable little posh sweater?  Too cute!

 

Seedling Toy

This Seedling Parker bear is adorable and very educational!  It can be played with on it’s own, which my kids would play with for hours…but it can also be used with an iPad for an augmented reality play experience.  This is probably at the top of my list for my kids.  Educational, cuddly, and fun? Win, win, win!

Have you looked at Best Buy’s Holiday Toy Catalog yet this year?  If not, you should!  What’s at the top of your kid’s wish list this year?

Blueberry Cake Waffles

As it is with most people, Christmas is always a special time in our household.  We have a lot of traditions that are sticking.  Driving to see the Christmas lights, opening one present on Christmas Eve, making homemade Christmas ornaments, baking Christmas cookies to share with loved ones, and a special breakfast on Christmas morning.

Blueberry Cake Waffles

This week my daughter and I (and my son at some points) baked and baked.  We baked (a frozen) pumpkin pie, white chocolate macadamia nut cookies (my favorite!), gingerbread men (my husband’s favorite!), and these delicious blueberry cake waffles.  These waffles may just be what we need this coming Christmas morning!!  They are delicious and so very easy to make.

baking ingredients

The picture above is for our gingerbread recipe and not the waffle recipe.  I’m only stating this because I don’t want anyone to add molasses to their waffles.  Although, it might not be too bad! 🙂

By the way, I have to brag on Walmart Grocery!  I am in love with their drive up, pick up service.  Ordering the night before and scheduling a time to pick up is THE. BEST. THING!  It’s so nice.  I was able to stock up on all of my baking goods before our day of baking began and I didn’t even have to step foot in the store.  Even if you don’t have Walmart Grocery pick up in your area yet the Walmart baking isle is still the go-to place for all your baking needs!  It has enough Gold Medal all-purpose flour and Arm & Hammer baking soda to keep your pantry stocked till new years.  These are brands that families have trusted for over 100 years!

Blueberry Waffles

We’ve always been big waffle people since we were given a waffle iron as a wedding gift.  We used to have them regularly every week and while we’re not as consistent in making waffles these days it is still a special treat to be savored!  One trick I learned a few years back about making waffles is to let the batter rest before making.  Letting the batter rest 5 minutes between mixing and spooning it onto the griddle will make the waffles much fluffier.  Plus, what mom doesn’t need that 5 extra minutes to get juice poured, heat up the syrup, make sure you have enough clean forks (wait, is that just our family? lol), and a million other little odds and ends that moms (and dads!) do in the morning.

Blueberry Cake Waffles Recipe

Here’s what you need to make these little beauties!

Ingredients:

  • -2 Cups Gold Medal all-purpose flour
  • -1 Cup butter milk
  • -2 Large eggs
  • -½ Cup melted butter
  • -¼ Cup sugar
  • 1½ Tsp Baking powder
  • -½ Tsp Arm & Hammer baking soda
  • -1 Tsp vanilla extract
  • -1 Cup blueberries

Directions:

  •  -Preheat the waffle maker.
  •  -Sift in a large bowl the all-purpose flour, sugar, baking powder, and baking soda.
  •  -Add the eggs, melted butter, blueberries, sugar, and vanilla.  Mix the batter for 1 minute.
  •  -Let the batter rest for 5 minutes.
  •  -Add a layer of melted butter to the waffle maker and pour the batter into it.
  •  -Cook according to the instructions of the waffle maker.
  •  -Serve with the remaining blueberries and enjoy.
  •  -Top with melted buttercream icing if you like. 🙂 That’s how I like it!
  • Blueberry Cake Waffles With Cream Cheese Icing

What are some Christmas traditions you have at your house?