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Grandma's Chocolate Candy
My first candy recipe

 

This is my very first post! I’m so excited…this may seem trivial but it’s been a long time coming. I’ve been contemplating starting this blog for more than a year. I finally decided to do it with nudge from a great friend! Sometimes all it takes are a few kind words of encouragement to get going. Well let me be the first to tell you….if you have a dream don’t procrastinate…tomorrow isn’t promised to any of us…GO FOR IT! YOU CAN DO IT!  

My Grandma is very special! She has always encouraged me to do whatever I set my mind to. I think it is her that introduced me to how wonderful cooking is…especially with those you love.  Like my Grandma, food is the one thing that can bring us all together! We laugh, we cry, we dance, we talk about whatever is going on in our lives…all over great food! If it’s a huge planned get together or if it’s me stopping by and she is about to cook or already has…there’s always something for you at Grandma’s house.  She likes to make me think that she learns from me…however I can definitely say that I’ve spent my life surrounded by great women who have taught me love, patience, endurance, strength, and the ability to pick myself up when I fall. You know what I mean….the old adage about feed a man a fish and he eats for a day…teach a man to fish and he will never be hungry…..well let me say this…I’ve never been hungry.  I’m proud to have women in my life that I call mama, grandma, and aunt!  Okay….I’m tearing up…back to the task at hand…

The very first recipe we (Grandma & I)  ever made together was a super sweet, delicious, chocolate covered creamy, nutty bite of goodness! I’m sure other people have made it and have a name for it but we called it chocolate candy!  Her recipe included paraffin wax to melt with the chocolate to help it dry quickly and stay firm. My recipe is slightly different because I use candy melts or almond bark. 

Grandma’s Chocolate Candy

1 1/2 softened sticks of butter

1 lb of confectioner’s sugar

1 tsp vanilla

1/4 cup sweetened condensed milk

1/2 cup chopped walnuts or pecans

1 pkg of chocolate almond bark or chips of choice

 

Directions

1. Cream butter and sugar first then add vanilla and condensed milk.  Mix together until smooth.

2. Stir in the nuts. Set bowl in refrigerator to cool and set for about 10 minutes.

3. Create balls or shapes of your choice out of the nut mixture. You may want to spray your spoon or scooper with some cooking spray to prevent sticking. Place pieces on a cookie sheet that has been lined with wax paper. Place in the freezer for 15 minutes.

4. In a large microwave safe bowl…melt the bark or chips according to package directions.

5. Remove the balls/shapes from freezer. Use a fork to dip the  pieces in bark and cover well. Let drain and sit back on wax paper to harden.

I hope you enjoy this treat! Of course it’s not something you will eat daily. However, it’s simple and quick.

 

Giving thanks!!

Happy Thanksgiving yall! I hope you’ve enjoyed spending time with family and friends along with great food! I’m thankful for my family and friends and all of you that take a little of your time to read my posts. 

We can safely say that there were a lot of passed down recipes made today. Im sure they were delicious. Of course we all have a few recipe horror stories…that sweet potato pie was my thorn…lol. However, the way I see it…you keep trying until you get it just right or you leave it alone if it doesn’t live up to what you thought it could or would be. As for me…I keep trying until I get it right. I love to tinker with recipe ideas. Sometimes an idea is better than a recipe because it gives you freedom to try different things.

Some of the memes on Facebook had me laughing so hard today because some people feel that there are some traditional recipes that should not be altered. I am the queen of alteration when it comes to a recipe. Don’t misunderstand me, sometimes a subtle change can make all the difference in the world and there are times when a major overhaul is in order. You know what I’m talking about…that quick recipe that you found and it looked so good in the picture. You had all of the ingredients, you prepared it exactly as written and it was flat when you tasted it for the first time. Your first thought was it needs a little something to jazz it up or OMG…never again…lol. I think these are the times that stimulate your creative juices in the kitchen. You decide to try something that could potentially be the best thing you’ve ever created! Trying the old with the new and learning how to put flavors together is a good thing! Now on a side note…I don’t ever want to see hotdogs cut up in my collard greens! I love them both but not together! There was a video posted about this…seriously…lol.

Some of my favorite Turkey day dishes are ham, turkey wings (the flat piece), baked macaroni and cheese, collard greens, mustard greens, succotash, potato salad, green bean casserole, cornbread dressing, cranberry sauce, and all of the desserts that come along for the ride. The chocolate layer cake is always a hit and sweet potato pie, strawberry cream cheese pie, chocolate supreme (my mama’s is the best), walnut pound cake, let’s just say I could be here for a while listing desserts…lol. 

Over the next few days, I’ll remix some leftovers and share the recipes with you…heres that creative juice in action. You don’t want to miss it!

It’s late and I hope that you’ve had a beautiful day with family & friends surrounded by great food! Stay positive and continue to move forward. Your kind word or smile could be the turning point for someone! Thank you for stopping by and until next time…cook with and for those you love!

 

Sherry’s Pineapple Cake

I went to visit a friend to begin my month long birthday celebration a few months ago and boy did we have a good time…laughing, talking, catching up. We all need to do that sometimes.  You know how it is when girlfriends get together…and although she didn’t cook for me…lol…I made her a cake that she has been requesting for quite some time now. So I’ve decided to name it after her. Fortunately, her family enjoys a little more sugar than she does. I had to add that in there because she was so happy when she started eating her slice and although her intention was to only sample a little she ended up eating the whole slice. She strives to eat very little sugar and this cake was definitely more than her normal share. However, the family was so glad I made it and truly enjoyed it as did she!

I think a little indulgence is warranted every now and then. Moderation is key to anything in life. Life would be boring without awesome sweet treats! The summer gardens offer so many great healthy choices that make it a lot easier for me to eat healthier.  So after eating healthy all week please treat yourself to a slice of this heavenly delicious pineapple cake with cream cheese frosting. It will make your tongue slap your brains out….lol! Yes, it’s that good! Let’s cook! Let me know what you think!

 

Sherry’s Pineapple Cake

Ingredients

3 sticks of butter (unsalted)

2 cups sugar

4 large eggs

3 cups of SRF (self rising flour)

1 1/2 tsp vanilla extract or pineapple

1 cup of whole milk

1/2 cup of pineapple juice

 

Filling Ingredients:

1 can of crushed pineapple

1 tbs SRF

3 tbs sugar

2 tbs butter

1/2 tsp vanilla

Directions:

1.  Pre-heat oven to 350°F.  Cream butter and sugar until fluffy.

2. Add eggs one at a time and mix until blended.

3. Add extract to the butter mixture.

4. Add a third of the SRF alternating with the milk and the pineapple juice. (for each cup of SRF add 1/2 cup of liquid) to the butter mixture.

5. Divide batter into three 8″ round pans that have been greased and floured or sprayed with Baker’s Joy(my fav). Bake in the oven for about 25 to 30 minutes. Bake times will vary depending on your oven. Check the center with a toothpick to make sure its done. Normally it will pull away from the sides of the pan when it’s done.

6. Remove from oven and let cool completely.

7. While the layers are cooling you will need to prepare the filling.

 

Directions for Filling:

You need a small pot. Combine butter and flour into a rue. Cook on medium heat until smooth. Add remaining ingredients. Cook until well mixed and it thickens slightly.

 

Preparing the cake:

One layer of cake then spread a generous amount of the filling on top. Make sure you leave a little space between the edge of the cake and the filling because it will ooze out the side of the cake if you’re not careful when you add the next layer. Once you have completed the layering process, you will use the cream cheese recipe from a previous post to ice the outside of the cake. Decorate the top with crushed pineapple.

Next step is to EAT!!!!  Thank you for reading and ENJOY!! Make sure to share with your family and friends! I’m super excited to be blogging again and I hope you enjoy the recipe! Let me know what you think in the comments.

 

Hey yall!

I know, I know, I know….where have I been? I had to take some much needed time to do some more research and learn more about this blogging business that I’ve jumped into! I do that sometimes. Sometimes you have to take the first step and learn as you go. I had only uncovered the surface to this enormous world of blogging. The possibilities are endless! So just to let you know…there will be a few changes coming. 

I love blogging and I want to make sure that I am able to give you, my readers, family, and friends the best of me! With that being said…I am looking forward to getting back in the swing of things and sharing more recipes, tips, and things I’ve learned along the way! I hope I haven’t lost y’all! I’m still ready to knock it out the box and I hope you’re ready to take the ride with me! Thanks for being here and taking the time out of your busy day to hang out with me! Until next post….get cooking and let me know what you would like to read about or learn to do in the kitchen. Enjoy life and move towards your dreams! I am!

Happy Mother’s Day!

Happy Mother’s Day!

I hope yall are enjoying each other over some phenomenal food on this beautiful Sunday! 

I appreciate all of the women who have had a hand in nurturing and guiding me throughout my life! Without them I wouldn’t be the woman I am today! Nor would I share these wonderful treats with you via this blog!

Dreaming is epic! You have to have a dream and don’t allow anyone to stop you from it.

My wonderful family and friends have always supported me in my endeavours and this is just one more time I get to say thank you!

Thank you all for supporting my dream! I love the skin I’m in and doing what I do! 

Over the last couple of weeks I’ve had the opportunity to help celebrate some great people with my cakes! Here is how they turned out! 

 

Remember to love and supoort each other. You never know what your kind smile, words of encoragement, or just being there to listen will do for someone else! It doesn’t cost a penny to be kind!

Love y’all and keep cooking!

Strawberry Bonaza continues….

Hey y’all! Last week I promised the other strawberry pie. So here we go…let’s cook!

It was my first time…cooking this pie. I was pleasantly surprised by this simple but ohhhhh sooooo delicious pie! I took it to work so that my taste tester co-workers could test it for me and boy did they enjoy it.

Who would have thought that strawberries in a strawberry gelatin syrup mixture surrounded by a flaky pie crust could be so sweet and refreshing at the same time?….don’t get me wrong…I like jello but I didn’t think I would want it presented this way….boy was I wrong! 

A few friends sent me recipes and from my understanding, this particular pie was a star at Shoney’s restaurants. So this is the knock off version. Well knock me off because I don’t think it will get much better than this. 

Shoney’s Copycat Strawberry Pie

Ingredients:

1 frozen (9-inch) pie crust
1 cup water
1 cup white granulated sugar
3 tbsp. cornstarch
1/4 cup strawberry gelatin powder
1 pint of fresh strawberries, hulled and sliced
Cool whip to spoon on as needed! Hmmmm makes it that much better!
Directions:
  1. Prebake pie crust according to directions on package. I usually prick it with a fork to keep the air bubbles at bay.
  2. Cool to room temperature
  3. Wash and hull strawberries. Then cut them in quarters.
  4. In a sauce pan, over medium-high heat, add water, sugar, cornstarch, & strawberry gelatin.
  5. Whisk together until thoroughly combined. Continue to whisk mixture constantly while heating to prevent clumping or scorching until mixture begins to come to a gentle boil.
  6. Remove pan from the heat and allow the glaze to cool. You may use an ice bath for the pot of you like.
  7. This will cool the glaze quickly and allow it to set up a bit more.
  8. As the glaze cools it will become translucent in color and you should notice it will thicken a little more as well.
  9. Whisk it occasionally as it cools. It will be thickened but still pourable.

  10. Add your sliced berries to the baked and cooled pie crust.
  11. Pour strawberry glaze over berries. Make sure they’re covered well. I like a lot if berries so my pie was piled too high. It was still awesome though!
  12. Chill pie in the refrigerator at least 2-3 hours before serving.
  13. Add cool whip to each slice when you serve it!

I hope you enjoy this recipe as much as I did! Let me know what you think!

Strawberry Cream cheese Pie

I hope y’all have had an exceptional weekend! I’ve been super busy as well…however it didn’t stop me from working with some berries today! You gotta love them! So much sweetness in such a beautiful little red and green package….lol. I don’t know what it is about strawberries that makes me so happy…lol…maybe it’s all the health benefits….naaaa….that’s all well and fine but to be honest…its the taste! That sweet yet subtle tartness that you get when you bite into a fresh strawberry this time of  the year. Woohoo….so good!

Speaking of health benefits….strawberries are a diabetics best friend in the fruit and vegetable food group. I recently read an article about all of the great things that strawberries give to the body. I think you may like it. Read it here: http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/271285.php

Well the next thing for today is that pie recipe…I’ve come across several strawberry pie recipes and there are two that are especially good. 

My grandmother makes this pie and I have a few cousins who will almost fight about who gets to take one home…lol.  It only has a few ingredients and this recipe makes two pies. You can cut it in half if you don’t have that many mouths to feed…who am I kidding…you won’t  be able to stop eating it and you’ll wish you had a second once it’s gone….lol. 

 

Strawberry Cream Cheese Pie

Ingredients

2 Graham cracker pie crust

2 8oz. Pkg of cream cheese

1 Large tub of Cool whip

1 tsp vanilla

1 cup of sugar

1 pint of fresh strawberries, cleaned, hulled, and sliced.

1/2  container of strawberry gel or you could use strawberry topping

Directions

1. Cream sugar and cream cheese together in your mixer until light and fluffy.

2. Add vanilla and cool whip. Mix until it’s incorporated. (Don’t mix more than a minute or two). You don’t want to break your mixture like I did because I wasn’t multitasking very well…lol.  No one is perfect. Stuff happens…let it go and try again!

3. Split the mixture between the two Graham cracker pie crusts and top with gel and fresh strwberries.  Refrigerate for at least 2 hours or until it sets.

 

 

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Let me know what you think! Its sure to be a hit at a family function or friendly outing this summer.

Well, that’s all for now…you’ll get the other pie recipe next week. Thanks for reading and get cooking with those you love.  Let’s cook!

Congratulations goes to…..

Drum roll please…………..

The winner of the strawberry recipe contest is: Beverly Stanley with a strawberry pie!

Beverly please contact me to schedule a time to receive your prize!

Please stay tuned for the recipe that will follow and pictures of course!

Thank you to all who participated. Thank you for reading and if you have any recipes that you would like to see featured please feel free to contact me via email at sheca@shecacooks.com. 

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