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I have loved Hot Fudge Sundaes since I was a child. I learned that love from my mom. It was always a special treat to get to go to Foster's Freeze in our little town and get a Hot Fudge Sundae! I could have eaten that hot fudge sauce all by itself, but tasting the hot fudge with a bit of the cold ice cream was like going to heaven with every bite. Over the years, I have tried many different recipes for Hot Fudge Sauce. I haven't really found one that replicates that flavor of long ago. They often have chocolate chips in them and they harden too much when they hit the cold ice cream. But, the other day I was going through an old recipe collection when I came across what is possibly the simplest and closest to the mark version of a hot fudge sauce that I have ever tried. The beauty of this recipe is that I already had everything for it available in my kitchen staples! So, I put my baby granddaughter in her highchair and we got busy making it! It made a nice good sized batch, cost very little and the taste is great! I immediately spooned some over a bowl of my favorite mint chocolate chip ice cream, which it melted down the sides of, then squirted on some whipped cream. I tasted it and pronounced it good! (Look up at the top picture and see the goodness that I am describing!)
So, after making this delightful treat, which believe me is a relief to eat during our terribly hot summer, I started wondering what types of toppings my family loves best on their ice cream. Isn't it weird that after all of these years I don't really know! So, today for Friday Faves, the question is, "What is your favorite ice cream topping?"
I polled my family and here are the answers I received:
I was surprised when Alicia answered that her favorite topping is Gummy Bears! I guess she likes something a little chewy to go with her smooth ice cream. She followed that up with sprinkles. I always have lots of those on hand in my Hot Cocoa Bomb Supplies.
Maddy says she loves brownie bites and cookie dough bits sprinkled on her sundaes! I have to agree that those are delicious!
My DIL Korina likes the chocolate that forms a shell on the ice cream when it hits the cold. Smucker's Magic Shell is available in a 4 pack from Amazon! Her husband, my oldest son Aaron, predictably answered with Bacon Bits as his choice!
My other DIL, Jessica, likes good ol' Hershey's chocolate syrup! My husband feels the same.
Do you like my ice cream dishes? I bought them in Switzerland when my husband and I were living in Germany during his army years. But, here are some cute ones!
What are your favorite toppings? Have you tried Bacon Bits? That salty sweet taste might be pretty good, I do like bacon on donuts. Let us know in the comments!
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Alicia here to continue my culinary adventure through France.
This week I chose Flammekueche, which I have made before, and loved! Flammekueche is from the Alsace region on the Eastern Border of France by the Rhine river. The region has a long and storied history. Many wars have been fought over the region and it has been conquered or just annexed by France and Germany. Alsace even has it's own dialect (language) that is being promoted recently to be learned in schools. Alsace is part of France now, but the region still has German influences in its culture.
And that's why Flammekueche sounds German, but is a French food. I figure this fusion food is perfect since we have both French and German ancestors (remember we did German food in January).
Flammekueche (Alsatian Onion Pizza)
Flammekueche is a thin crust onion and bacon tarte with a cream base. But in France it's more refereed to as a pizza. And also it's really delicious!!! Full disclosure, I have made this before. Last year Adrian and I did a very similar experiment, and I made Falmmekueche. I haven't stopped thinking about it since. I don't know why I didn't make it again until now. It's actually very fast and easy. It's one of the reasons I love it. I think there's a perception that French food is fussy and difficult, but not all of it is! And this is one of those recipes that can be a regular in your menu line-up!
Last time I think I used ricotta cheese to make the cream. But this time I saw some other recipes that lightened the recipe up by using greek yogurt for the cream base. If you were in France you would probably use something likebreakfast cream, but that is not very common here in America. I decided I would just get a single serving size of 2% plain Greek yogurt, so I didn't have to have a whole carton of Greek yogurt. It was about 6oz of yogurt and 2 heaping TBS of natural sour cream.
This recipe calls for nutmeg and you do not want to skip it. It is so delicious! And it compliments the strong flavor of the onion so well.
I also used store bought thin crust dough because we were having a really busy day, but usually I use our crust recipe (and I like ours better). But store bought works in a pinch. I accidentally over-baked it the first time around in the oven, but even though the crust was more brown than I would have liked, it still came out quite tasty!
I hope you'll give this a try.
And if you want to try out more French recipes, take a look at this awesome class put on by Panna! Panna is like Netflix for cooking videos by Michelin-starred Chefs, and they've just started a new class on French cooking! You can buy just the class (10 lessons) for $60 or sign up for the site for $5.99/month. There's also an option to join for life at $200. They have a free trial period, so you can sign up and if you don't like it, you can cancel your subscription. But I think you'll like it!
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Hey Alicia here again with some more advent calendars to show you.
With the busy holiday season upon us, I feel like I'm running on all cylinders trying to get things done and make this season enjoyable. As you read in my previous post, I love advent calendars, they have always been a part of my Christmas traditions. I wanted an advent calendar that would provide activities and treats for my family to enjoy together, but I feel that I don't have the time or energy to devote to making a really great one.
**Raise your hand if you're feeling the same way!**
So to avoid the burnout before the season even gets started, I found these awesome printable advent calendars. All I have to do is push a button and there it is ready to use!
Today I'll show you my favorite Printable Advent Calendars. Plus there is a free one that I made at the end of the post!
Printable Advent Calendars from Etsy
You may have participated in the LDS church's Light the World campaign last year. Well, it is happening again this year and it looks like it's going to be just as wonderful!
From Mormon.org about the calendar, "Each Christmas, we celebrate the life of Jesus Christ, the Light of the World. By following His teachings, we let his light shine—in our lives and in the lives of others. This year, use this calendar for inspiration as you plan your Christmas activities to help #LightTheWorld by serving those in need."
This calendar is all about serving others, which is what Christ was all about.
Printable Advent Calendar from 3 Winks Design
There you have my favorite printable advent calendars for 2017! However you choose to enjoy the season, I hope it is merry and bright!
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Helen Reynolds: Mother of six children , grandmother to ten and counting! I love to cook, craft and create things and I especially love doing that with my family, So, when my lawyer daughter, Lindsey, and my artist daughter, Madalynn, and I came up with the idea of Hot Cocoa Bombs, this blog was born. Then, one more daughter, with her technical and science skills, plus creativity has joined in to round us out! Read more about us here!
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