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Foodies Freebie: January 2016 Wallpaper Collection

Happy New Year! We hope you enjoyed your holiday break and that 2016 brings you all good and great things!

Behind us are the days of sweet treats, mid-day cookie snacking and eating out. January means back to work, to school… and our routines. After a few weeks of not watching every single bite we eat, this is the week to start to get back in track. More salads and soups, less carbs. We will share some healthy recipes with some sweet treats too, but as usual, our beginning of the year means we need to eat healthier food. Hopefully these recipes will help you out to make some easy and healthy meals throughout the year.

You’ll notice a few changes with our January 2016 Wallpaper Collection, now the month in our calendars is in a much bigger and easy to read font, which will make it for you a breeze to look over it!

May 2016 bring you laughter, happy memories and enough time to enjoy it all.

Helga & Kitty

January 2016 Wallpaper Collection

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Little Foodies: Easy Chocolate Fudge

Fudge is one of the Christmas candy recipes I remember looking at when I was a kid. I say looking at because this is not the type of candy people would make in Guatemala, so I used to browse at the photographs in my mom’s cookbooks when I was small, and recipes like Fudge, Divinity and Candied Popcorn balls always caught my attention, these treats were featured in the Better Homes & Gardens cookbook, which was my favorite back then.

Mom didn’t really cook, so we didn’t have tools for making candy at home…and also, I was only 6. As I got older, and my interest for cooking persisted, I started acquiring my own kitchen tools and through trial and error, and a year in cooking school, I have managed to learn what I know today. But, I always remember those cookbooks at this time of year.

To make traditional fudge, you need a candy thermometer to carefully monitor the temperature and you have to beat it by hand to get the right texture. Why go to all that trouble when you can use a recipe like this one? And best of all,  it’s easy enough to make with your kids! Read the whole recipe first, and make sure you let the mixture boil for the 5 minutes it requires, but always stirring it to avoid the mixture to burn at the bottom.  This is the step that will get you the right consistency.  Also, have your loaf pan prepared beforehand: line it with wax paper and lightly coat it with cooking spray.

You can mix in toasted walnuts, crushed peppermint candy, toasted almonds, dried cranberries, or simply use sprinkles to decorate by pressing them on the top, as we did.

Safety Alert!

  • This recipe requires stove-top time.  Use your discretion to let the child participate in active stove-top steps.

Helga

Little Foodies: Easy Chocolate Fudge

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Cranberry Bars

This is my favorite time of year, and it’s also my busiest. Not only because of the holidays…no matter how much I try to get everything organized, somehow I end up having a greater amount of work all around, but I still want to have homemade goodies for my family, part of what I like about this time of year is time in the kitchen with my daughter, especially if I can find a delicious, festive and easy treat. This recipe is just that.

The original recipe calls for fresh cranberries to make the spread, but since we don’t find fresh cranberries in Guatemala, my version uses canned whole cranberry sauce. Make sure you don’t get the jellied cranberry sauce that you slice, I don’t know if that would work. I added a bit more sugar, and let it simmer for a while so it thickens, I also added some orange zest to give it extra flavor.

This is great for coffee, it’s not too sweet and the dough is flaky and it almost melts in your mouth. I guarantee you won’t be able to have just one piece!  To make them a bit more festive, you could use silver-colored sprinkles on top of the melted white chocolate. Use them before the chocolate hardens.

Helga

Cranberry Bar Cookies

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