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DIY Monday: Homemade Chocolate Frosty

Homemade Frosty

Question: Have you ever had a frosty from Wendy’s?

If you answered yes then you know that on a HOT summer day there is nothing better than this chocolaty treat. It’s Rich, Creamy and Oh So Dreamy! So when I ran across this copy cat recipe I was like, SCORE! So go ahead, INDULGE a little! It’s inexpensive, delicious, and you will score “The Coolest Mom EVER!” points! Besides you deserve it.

P.S. Don’t let the summer pass you by without giving this recipe a try.

INGREDIENTS

  • 2 cups whole milk
  • 1/2 cup (4 ounces) chocolate syrup
  • 1 (7 ounce) can sweetened condensed milk
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • 1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Whisk together the milk, chocolate syrup, and condensed milk, and refrigerate until chilled, at least one hour. In a separate mixing bowl, beat the heavy cream and vanilla until soft peaks just begin to form. Refrigerate until ready to use.
  2. Turn on ice cream maker. Pour the chocolate milk mixture into the already running bowl of the ice cream maker and freeze according to manufacturers instructions (about 15 – 20 minutes). Once the ice cream is thick, turn the maker off, remove the paddle, and fold in the chilled whipped cream until it is completely incorporated.
  3. Serve immediately, or transfer to a covered, freezer-safe container and freeze. (If freezing, let ice cream soften a few minutes before serving; you want it to be the consistency of a milkshake.)

Kiwi Popsicles

Kiwi Popsicles

Okay all week I have been telling my husband I want Popsicles. But that’s no surprise I Love Them. Popsicles, Popsicles, Popsicles.  Oooo, I just thought about the bomb pops from the ice cream truck.  Mmmmm 🙂 I WANT A POPSICLE! OK focus Tameca. Now back to the post, this is a cool refreshing kiwi fruit pop. A perfect snack on a Hot Summer Day!

Recipe & Photo is courtesy of Divas Can Cook

Ingredients

  • 4 ripe kiwi
  • 1½ cups pineapple juice, naturally sweetened
  • ½ teaspoon sugar *optional* (you could also use honey, agave or more pineapple juice to make it sweeter naturally)

Instructions

  1. Carefully slice the kiwi in half and spoon out the flesh.
  2. Place the kiwi into a food processor.
  3. Pour in pineapple juice.
  4. Blend on low speed for a few seconds. Be careful not to over blend to avoid the seeds breaking or it will produce a bitter taste.
  5. Give it a taste. You may add a little sugar, honey or agave to sweeten.
  6. Pour the mixture into the popsicle mold.
  7. Insert popsicle sticks. Freeze for 6 hours or until completely frozen.
  8. Run the popsicle mold under warm water to remove the frozen popsicles.

Nutella Popsicles

Nutella Popsicle

I remember when I first introduced myself to Nutella. I was like, “Where have you been all my life?” And now  I have discovered they have a nutella popsicle recipe. Oh My Goodness! I just died and went to Heaven.

Recipe & Photo is courtesy of Divas Can Cook

Ingredients

  • ½ cup Nutella
  • ½ cup sweetened condensed milk
  • 1 cup soy milk
  • ½ cup coconut milk
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Pinch of salt

Instructions

  1. Place all ingredients into a bowl.
  2. Mix until creamy.
  3. Pour into popsicles molds.
  4. Freeze overnight.
  5. Run molds under warm water to loosen the popsicles.
  6. Enjoy.

Strawberry Cheesecake Popsicles

Strawberry Cheesecake Popsicles

OMG! Who loves cheesecake? I DO! And I found another recipe that would fit the bill for these EXTREMELY HOT summer days ahead. And here in the great state of Florida the summer never ends. LOL. So try this recipe on for size. I think that you might like it. I sure do. Hello Summer 🙂

Recipe & Photo courtesy of Divas Can Cook

Ingredients

  • 1¾ cups strawberries, diced
  • 1 Tablespoon water
  • 1-3 Tablespoons sugar (depending on how sweet the strawberries already are)
  • 4-6 oz cream cheese, softened
  • ¾ cup sweetened condensed milk
  • ¼ cup milk (I used almond milk)
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract (optional)

Instructions

  1. In a saucepan, over medium heat add water, strawberries, sugar.
  2. Cook until strawberries are soft enough to completely mash with a potato masher or fork.
  3. Taste and add more sugar if needed. It should be sweet yet still have a little natural tartness.
  4. Removed mashed strawberries from heat and let cool.
  5. Place strawberry mixture in a blender and blend until completely pureed.
  6. Refrigerate until cold.
  7. In a large bowl cream together cream cheese, sweetened condensed milk, milk, lemon juice and vanilla extract (if using).
  8. Layer the mixture into popsicle molds. Starting with a little bit of the strawberry mixture or any way you desire.
  9. Use a wooden skewer to swirl the mixture if desired.
  10. Freeze overnight.
  11. Run popsicle mold under warm water to release the frozen popsicles.
  12. Enjoy!

*Chef’s Tip: This is a great recipe to BYOC (Be Your Own Chef). Try & experiment with different fruits like blueberry, cherry or better yet chocolate. The options are endless!

Raspberry Lemonade Yogurt Pops

Raspberry Lemonade Yogurt Pops

Me love myself some popsicles. And with the warm weather upon us I am all in! So today I have a new recipe that I came across that I sooo had to share. RASPBERY LEMONADE YOGURT POPS, WHAT! Hope your taste buds are ready. Cause they are in for a cool, refreshing treat.

Recipe & Photo is courtesy of The Slow Roasted Italian

Ingredients

  • ¼ cup granulated sugar
  • 1 tablespoons lemon zest (zest of one lemon)
  • ½ cup fresh lemon juice (about 2 lemons juiced)
  • 1 ½ cups plain yogurt
  • 6 ounces fresh raspberries, cleaned (large ones cut in half)

Instructions

  1. Evenly distribute raspberries between ice pop molds. Set aside.
  2. In a medium bowl, combine lemon zest and sugar. Smash lemon zest with a fork until all sugar is coated in lemon. Add lemon juice and yogurt. Stir until well combined.
  3. Pour into molds. Cover with aluminum foil and add sticks. Freeze for 4-24 hours.
  4. Eat & Enjoy!!!

Simple Cream Cheese Danish

Cheese Danish

When I was a little girl we would periodically make these trips down home. Down home to Marion, AL to visit my Great-Grandma Annie Lou and Great-Grandpa Bose. Even though these trips were only a 2 1/2 hour drive one way; we would always stop in Historic Selma, AL for breakfast. And without fell I would always order a Ham & Cheese Omelet w/ Hash Browns, Cheese Danish and Orange Juice. It was something so simple but sooooo good. So when I came across this recipe I was like, “WOW! All this time I could have been making this delicacy at home.” It’s so easy peasy you wont even break a sweat. And that’s a Good Thing!

Recipe and Photo is courtesy of Food Lush

Ingredients

  • 2 cans of crescent rolls
  • 1 8oz package of cream cheese, softened 
  • 1/2 cup white sugar
  • 1 tsp lemon juice
  • 3/4 tsp vanilla
  • 1 tsp sour cream
  • Optional: pie filling or fruit preserves of your choice

       for icing:

  • 1 cup confectioner’s sugar
  • 1 tbsp milk
  • 1 tbsp softened butter

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Open the crescent rolls carefully to avoid unrolling or tearing the dough. You’ll need to leave it in it’s cylindrical shape. Slice the dough into pieces about 1/4 inch thick (as though you’re slicing cookie dough). Place the slices on a cookie sheet and press the center in to make an indentation for the cream cheese filling.
  3. In a large mixing bowl, mix together the cream cheese, white sugar, lemon juice, vanilla and sour cream. Add a dollop of the mixture to the indentation you made in each circle of dough. I find that about a tbsp works well, but you can use as little or as much as you like. If you like fruit with your danish, you can also add it to the rolls before the cream cheese mixture. (I like cherry pie filling or blackberry preserves, personally.) Bake for 15 – 20 minutes.
  4. While the danishes are baking, make the icing to drizzle over the tops. Mix together the confectioner’s sugar, milk and butter in a small bowl. You can use a spoon to drizzle it over the tops of the danish, or you can put it into a small zip-top bag and snip of the corner for an easy “piping bag.”
  5. Take the danishes out of the oven and allow them to cool for 10-15 minutes before icing.

Southern Fried Okra

Fried Okra2

Fried Okra! Oh where, oh where do I begin? This born & breed southern comfort dish dates back well before I was even born. And In My Family We Love Ourselves Some Fried Okra. But who wouldn’t love this Southern delicacy?  Well to be totally honest I don’t to much care for okra unless it’s FRIED! Yep, that’s the only way I’ll eat it. Fried and seasoned to perfection.  I can just taste it now. Yummy, Yummy, Yummy!

Ingredients

  • 6 cups oil, for frying
  • 1/2 cup cornmeal
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 pounds frozen or fresh okra, sliced 1/2-inch thick
  • 1/2 cup buttermilk
  • hot sauce
  • salt, pepper, garlic powder, onion powder; to taste

Instructions

  1. Heat oil in a large, heavy-bottomed skillet or Dutch oven to 350 degrees F. (You may not need to use this much oil; do not fill the pan more than halfway up the sides with oil.)
  2. In a medium bowl, combine cornmeal, flour and seasonings. Set aside.
  3. In another bowl mix buttermilk and a couple dashes of hot sauce. Set aside.
  4. Dip okra in buttermilk mixture and then dredge in cornmeal-flour mixture to coat well.
  5. Carefully add okra to the hot oil and cook until golden brown. (It may be necessary to fry the okra in batches. They are prone to stick together.)
  6. Remove from oil, drain on paper towels. Lightly season with salt, pepper, garlic powder and garlic powder. Serve immediately.

Porter House Cocktail Meatballs

Cocktail Meatballs

Are you ready for some Football??? A Super Bowl Party??? I know I am. And this recipe would be the perfect star attraction. Sweet, Tangy and Down Right Tasty. The beauty of this dish is the sauce keeps getting better and better with time. So go ahead and get those napkins ready. It’s time for some #SaucyGoodness.

Ingredients

for the meatballs:

  • 2 lb. ground beef, lean
  • 1 env. dry onion soup mix
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 c. dry bread or cracker crumbs
  • dash of salt, pepper, onion powder and garlic powder

for the sauce:

  • 1 (12 oz.) bottle chili sauce
  • 3/4 cup vinegar
  • 1 tbsp. dijon mustard
  • 1/2 c. brown sugar
  • 1/2 c. grape jelly
  • 1/2 c. beer
  • 2 tbsp. Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 to 3 tbsp. lemon juice
  • 1 tbsp. minced onions
  • 1 tbsp. minced garlic

Instructions

  1. For the meatballs: Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Mix all ingredients together. Shape into balls (bite size). Place on cookie sheet (ungreased) and bake for 20 minutes.
  2. For the sauce: Mix all ingredients together in a saucepan. Bring mixture to boil, stirring continuously. Once boiling, simmer on low for 20 minutes, stirring occasionally; if mixture becomes too thick just add water.
  3. Once the meatballs are fully cooked place them in a crock pot and pour the sauce over them. Place a cup of toothpicks next to the crock pot and you are ready to entertain.

Nutty Bacon Cheese Ball

Nutty Bacon Cheese Ball

Let me just start off by saying WE LOVE CHEESE. I mean if we could have it on everything we would. Cheddar, Swiss, Gouda, Gruyere,  Provolone, Mozzarella, Just Cheese, Cheese, Cheese! And if you are anything like us you would loathe this recipe. It’s super packed with cheese, bacon, nuts and herbs. YUM! It’s so good  and easy to make & just in time to be a feature at your Super Bowl party. Whip it up today & watch the crowd go wild. Behold The Power Of Cheese!

Ingredients

  • 1 package (8 ounces) cream cheese , softened
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 2 cups shredded sharp cheddar cheese
  • 1/4 cup (1 ounce) blue cheese , crumbled
  • 1/4 cup finely minced green onions (white part only)
  • 1 jar diced pimento , drained
  • 3/4 cup pecans , divided (Of course, any nut will do!)
  • 10 slices bacon , cooked, drained, finely crumbled and divided
  • Salt and pepper
  • 1/4 cup minced parsley
  • 1 tablespoon poppy seeds

Instructions

  1. Place cream cheese in mixer bowl. Attach bowl and flat beater to mixer. Turn to Speed Two and mix 1 minute. Stop and scrape bowl. Turn to Speed Two and gradually add milk, mixing until well blended about 1 minute. Stop and scrape bowl. Add cheeses, onions, pimientos, half of the bacon and half the pecans. Turn to Speed 4 and beat until well blended, about another minute. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
  2. Transfer mixture to a large piece of plastic wrap. Form into a ball and wrap tightly.
  3. Refrigerate (or freeze) at least 2 hours.
  4. Combine the remaining bacon and remaining pecans, parsley and poppy seeds in a pie plate. Then, remove the plastic wrap and roll the cheese ball lightly in the bacon/nut mixture until evenly coated. Wrap it back up in plastic wrap and refrigerate again until ready to use.

Dreamy Creamy Hot Chocolate

Dreamy Creamy Hot Chocolate

It’s just something about a cup of hot chocolate that makes me feel all warm and fuzzy inside. Especially on a cold winter’s day. And here in the state of Florida we have very few of those. More like none existent but when we do the Porter’s like to make the must of it. And take full advantage. So put an extra log on the fireplace and get the mugs ready. It’s time to celebrate the moments of your life.

Ingredients

  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa
  • 1 (14-ounce) can Sweetened Condensed Milk (not evaporated milk)
  • 6 1/2 cups hot water
  • Mini Marshmallows (optional), for garnish
  • chocolate curls (optional), for garnish

Instructions

  1. In a large saucepan, combine sweetened condensed milk, cocoa, vanilla and salt; mix well. Over medium heat, slowly stir in water; heat through, stirring occasionally. DO NOT BOIL.
  2. Serve it up hot & top with marshmallows and chocolate curls, if desired.

*Chef’s Note: Chocolate can be store in the refrigerator up to 5 days. Mix well and reheat before serving.