Peach Crisp Recipe

This peach crisp, both easy and delicious, is one of my husband’s favorite homemade desserts. I made it two times this past week. Both times, it disappeared within 12 hours. Since it is well loved in our home, I am sharing the recipe with y’all!

Recently, I made this peach crisp with fresh white peaches. Then, I used ripened yellow peaches and extra cinnamon, which happened to be my husband’s favorite! Either way, you can not go wrong with this simple dessert.

Easy Peach Crisp

What you Need:

What you Do:

  1. First, preheat oven to 350 degrees. Rinse, pit and slice 4 peaches.
  2. Place peel side down into buttered 8×8 inch casserole dish. Then, sprinkle with 1/2 tsp cinnamon.
  3. Stir oats, brown sugar, flour, and remaining cinnamon together.
  4. Next, add butter into mixture, mashing together with fork or pastry blender.
  5. Pour mixture over peaches, spreading it evenly.
  6. Cover with foil and bake at 350 degrees for about 30 minutes. Remove the foil for the last 10 minutes of cooking or until the top is golden brown and the center is bubbly.
  7. Finally, serve warm with a dollop of whipped cream or scoop of vanilla ice cream!
  • If peaches aren’t very ripe, perhaps a tad hard, they will take longer to cook.
  • You can make this with peeled or unpeeled peaches. However, I tend to use unpeeled.
  • First, drain if using canned peaches. Frozen works, too. But, fresh tastes best.
  • Add nutmeg or ginger to your liking. However, I keep it simple with cinnamon.
  • Try this with other fruit. For example, berries or apples.

How to Pit a Peach 

This is the quickest way to pit a peach. Often times, the pit may leave a few hard, yet small pieces behind. Therefore, rinse the inside of the peach and run your finger over the inside to ensure the pit is completely gone.

  1. First, use a paring knife to pierce the peach where the stem is attached.
  2. Then, slice along the seam around the peach. Allow the knife to glide along the pit of the peach.
  3. Next, with both hands gently twist the two sides in opposite directions.
  4. Pull the halves apart and remove the pit with fingers.
  5. Finally, rinse the inside of the peach before eating or slicing.

Lastly, you can find additional dessert recipes, here. For example, these apple turnovers are the perfect Fall treat. Or, my 5 Ingredient Pumpkin Spice cookies with cream cheese icing are always a hit!

Red, White and Blue July 4th Desserts

July 4th Desserts

Two ingredients transform any snack into dessert!

I love to make semi-homemade treats like these three red, white and blue July 4th desserts! However, I don’t have time to spend hours in the kitchen.

So, I have a simple trick that I use to turn any homemade or store bought snack into a fun holiday dessert. The best part… it’s easy to color coordinate your dessert for any holiday or party. 

 

Just combine white chocolate melts and any kind of sprinkles! 

 

Chocolate candy melts can be used to make any chocolate covered dessert. Candy melts are sold in a variety of different colors. For instance, I get them at Amazon. Usually, I melt the chocolate in the microwave. However, if you melt chocolate often, Wilton has a handy melting pot, here

Next, I like to add sprinkles that match the color scheme or theme of the celebration. Amazon has a great selection, too.  I like to keep a variety on hand for sprucing up desserts. 

What can you cover in chocolate and sprinkles to make dessert?

  1. Smores size marshmallows
  2. Sandwich or plain style cookies like oreos, nutter butter, wafers
  3. Fruit like strawberries, sliced apples, oranges, bananas
  4. Frozen ice cream treats like ice cream sandwich or popsicles
  5. Pretzels or pretzel sticks
  6. Rice crispy treats
  7. Little Debbie snack cakes
  8. Brownies 
  9.  Peanut Butter + Ritz crackers 
  10. Popcorn

Depending on the snack, you can insert festive paper straws, lollipop or popsicle sticks into them to make them easy to hold. For example, I have added sticks to bananas, rice crispy treats or marshmallows. 

Three of my family’s favorites are… 

  1. Rice crispy treats, click here for detailed instructions!   
  2. Chocolate covered pretzel sticks.  Use the same directions.
  3. Chocolate covered popcorn.

Chocolate popcorn is perfect for family movie night or affordable gifts for teachers and neighbors!  Again, it is fun to add a variety of sprinkles or small candies like holiday M&M’s.  For instance, we add ‘red hots’ candy during Christmas, valentines or July 4th!

If you need detailed instructions to make the popcorn treat, click here! 

Simply place in a mason jar tied with red, white and blue ribbon. Then, place a flag into the ribbon. This makes a great gift or you can take it along to a fireworks show. 

 

If you are looking for more red, white and blue decorations, check out this July 4th table! Or this one

The Best Hot Chocolate Bars Blog Hop

The Best Hot Chocolate Bar Blog Hop featuring our Family’s Hot Chocolate Recipe

Hot chocolate bars have been trending the last few years as a fun tradition to incorporate into your Christmas decorating. Specifically, if you host a gathering this holiday season, the hot chocolate bar is a favorite for kids of all ages.  Today, I am sharing my hot chocolate bar and our family’s hot chocolate recipe.

Join our Hot Cocoa Bar blog hop with fifteen of my home decor blogger friends. The blog hop is hosted by Cindy at County Road 407 blog who chooses a Pinterest inspired challenge each month.  For November, we are sharing hot chocolate bars.

If you are coming from Julie’s blog at My Wee Abode, welcome y’all!  Check out all the bloggers at the end of this post, then head to Everyday Edits blog with Laura.

 

Vintage Santa Mug Set

My grandmother in law had the cutest set of vintage Santa face mugs and a serving bowl for hot chocolate.  It was set up near her famous fruit cake and green jello mold salad every Christmas. A few years ago, I found a similar set while antique shopping with my mother in law, Martha. She was kind enough to gift me the set.  I am glad to say that I have carried on the family tradition of serving hot chocolate in the cutest vintage Santa face mugs.

 

Display your family’s holiday mugs!

Whether you use a mug rack or wooden cubbies, display your holiday mugs with a few seasonal finds.  For example, I like to include holiday tea towels, mini signs, and a jolly cookie jar near the hot chocolate bar.  You can set up a hot chocolate bar, big or small, on your buffet table, kitchen island or the dessert table.

 

 Include a variety of toppings in Christmas dishes!

I display an assortment of candies in my collection of holiday dishes. For example, I include marshmallows, peppermint sticks, red hot candy, whipped cream, and holiday sprinkles on my hot chocolate bar.

I like to add a red hot to the top of my whipped cream swirl when hot cocoa is served in my Santa mugs!

The Best Hot Chocolate Recipe

Hot Chocolate Recipe Ingredients

  • 1 14 oz can of sweetened condensed milk
  • 2 cups heavy cream
  • 8 cups  milk
  • 1 tsp vanilla or peppermint oil
  • 2 cups milk chocolate chips

Hot Chocolate Recipe Directions

  1. Pour all ingredients except chocolate in a large pot on the stove top on medium heat.
  2. Keep stirring for 2-3 minutes until mixture is well blended.  Turn heat to low.
  3. Add chocolate chips and stir occasionally until melted.
  4. Serve immediately or place in a serving bowl or crock pot on ‘
  5. Garnish as desired with an assortment of whipped cream, marshmallows or candies.

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Our Family’s Favorite Fall Dessert: Apple Turnover Recipe

Our Family’s Favorite Fall Dessert:

Apple Turnover Recipe

My family and I love to bake seasonal desserts during this time of year.  Our favorite is apple turnovers.  It is an easy and delicious fall dessert recipe that works for breakfast, after school treats or family get togethers.

We use fresh apples to make the filling. Specifically, we love an apple that is semi-tart like a Honeycrisp or Mcintosh to balance the sweetness of the sauce.  However, my short cut is using already made pie crust dough.

Another trick that I use to get perfectly shaped and baked apple turnovers is the Chicago Metallic mini-hand-pie pan with the cut-and-press tool. I love the bakeware from Chicago Metallic, because it is made from heavy weight aluminized steel which bakes evenly.

 

Apple Turnover Recipe

Here is the recipe that my husband and I created together on a Sunday afternoon.  We think that you will enjoy it, too!

Ingredients for Apple Turnovers

2 medium apples, peeled, cored and diced
2 tsp freshly squeezed lemon juice
2 tbs butter
Cinnamon sugar spice
2 tbs light corn syrup
1/2 cup Sugar
1 tsp vanilla
1 sheet puff pastry or pie crust
1 egg
1 cup powdered sugar
1-2 teaspoons milk
1 tsp vanilla
Chicago Metallic mini hand pie pan set

Basic baking ingredients, fresh apples and already made pie crust for apple turnover recipe

 

Directions for Apple Turnovers

1. Heat oven to 400 degrees.  Prep apples and cover in lemon juice.

Dice fresh apples into bite size pieces.

2. Melt butter in pan over medium heat. Add diced apples and stir while cooking. Add sugar, syrup, and cinnamon sugar.  Cook until sauce is thickened, and apples are softened. Remove from heat to cool.

Make the filling with fresh apples!

Add apples into the saucepan while stirring consistently.

3. Unfold pastry sheet on lightly floured surface.  Use the ‘cut and press’ tool to press and cut a circle from the dough.  Place the pastry sheet dough onto the pie mold.  Then, fill with one spoonful of the apple mixture.  Fold the cut and press tool by bringing handles together, cutting crust, and crimping the dough. Remove the pastry and set on baking pan.

Be sure the dough extends over the pie press.

4. Brush the top of the pastries with an egg wash. Transfer the pastry to the pastry baking sheet.  If you forego the icing, sprinkle some cinnamon sugar on top after the egg wash.

5. Cook for about 10 minutes until lightly browned. Then, allow to cool before icing.

6. Mix the powder sugar, vanilla and milk in a small bowl.  Allow to thicken a few minutes before drizzling on pastries.

Use a fork to drizzle icing over the apple turnovers.

I hope you check out the rest of the Chicago Metallic bakeware, because they make quality products for the kitchen.  They are quick to order from Amazon, too.

 

We recently made pumpkin spice cookies with the baking sheets, and each cookie came out of the oven perfect.  The 5 ingredient pumpkin spice cookie recipe is so easy that my daughter often makes these within minutes from getting home from school.

Thank you for stopping by the blog!  Please save this to your ‘fall dessert recipe’ board on Pinterest or share with friends on Facebook to enjoy this season, too.  Hope you are enjoying your Fall season!

The Best Hot Cocoa Recipe for Christmas

The Best Hot Cocoa Recipe for Christmas 

Today I’m partnering with a group of bloggers, along with Olive and Linen to share some of our favorite holiday recipes with you. From tasty appetizers to sweet desserts and even homemade dog treats, you will find something wonderful to make for your holiday Christmas parties!  My daughter and I are sharing two of our holiday favorites, hot cocoa and hot cocoa candy sticks! At the end of the post, be sure to check out the rest of the amazing recipes on the blog hop.  Most importantly, I will share a code to get 30% off your next order of Turkish towels at Olive and Linen.  Plus, details to win a $100 gift card from Olive and Linen just by commenting on this post!

 

hot cocoa recipe

 

Olive and Linen Turkish Towels and Throws

First, let me tell you about Olive and Linen, because I think you will love the products as much as I do!  They carry an assortment of beautiful, super soft bath and kitchen towels and throw blankets.  I like that the linens are handmade with traditional weaving techniques and made from high quality materials sourced in Turkey.  Each linen is lightweight, yet surprisingly so absorbent.   Therefore, they not only look great in my home, but work well to clean up spills.

 

The striped throw blanket is my favorite because I love how soft the fabric feels, without being heavy.  My daughter Callie is already trying to claim it as hers.  The hand tied tassels are a nice detail too! You can find it here!

 

One of my family’s favorite Christmas Eve traditions is looking at Christmas lights after dinner.  First, we pack some homemade treats and hot cocoa in a thermos.  Then, we grab a cozy blanket, hop in the car, play Christmas tunes while driving around looking at Christmas lights.  There are quite a few extravagant displays in our town.  Now, let me share the sweetest hot cocoa recipe with y’all!

Hot Cocoa Recipe

Hot Cocoa Recipe Ingredients

  • 1 14 oz can of sweetened condensed milk
  • 2 cups heavy cream
  • 6 cups  milk
  • 1 tsp vanilla or peppermint oil
  • 2 cups milk chocolate chips

Hot Cocoa Recipe Directions

  1. Pour all ingredients except chocolate in a large pot on the stove top on medium heat.  
  2. Keep stirring for 2-3 minutes until mixture is well blended.  Turn heat to low.
  3. Add chocolate chips and stir occasionally until melted.

Serve immediately or keep warm in a crock pot on low heat.  Garnish with whipped cream, marshmallows, peppermints, or red hots as you like!  I like to add a red hot to the top of my whip cream swirl when hot cocoa is served in my Santa mugs!

Hot Cocoa Candy Sticks Recipe

Hot Cocoa Candy Sticks Recipe Ingredients

  • Candy canes
  • Simply Melt chocolate melting chips
  • Large marshmallows
  • Assortment of sprinkles, small candies like peppermint crunch, red hots, or chopped nuts.

 

hot cocoa recipe

 

Hot Cocoa Candy Sticks Recipe Directions

  1. Insert unwrapped candy canes into marshmallows.
  2. Melt Simply Melt chocolate chips in the microwave.  Start with a minute in the microwave, stirring in 30 second increments thereafter until melted.
  3. Dip the marshmallow in melted chocolate. using a spreading knife to cover in chocolate if necessary.
  4. Dip the chocolate covered marshmallows in sprinkles, nuts or small candies.
  5. Place on parchment paper to harden, then immediately place in air tight container.  These can be individually wrapped in plastic treat bags.

Hot cocoa candy sticks are one of my daughter’s favorite things to make at Christmas.  These are great to make when serving hot cocoa to use as stir sticks, or they can be eaten individually.  Certainly, they are easy enough for older kids to make at a holiday party, too!  Just leave melting chocolate in a small crock pot on low.  Then, have a variety of candies and sprinkles available in small bowls.  Kids will love dipping chocolate covered marshmallows in their favorite candies. Therefore, these hot cocoa candy sticks make a great addition to your hot cocoa bar whether you make them ahead of time or set up a station for guests to make their own.  If you missed my holiday tablescape with a hot cocoa bar, read it here.

Favorite Christmas Recipe Blog Hop

The Christmas season is a great time to say ‘thank you’ and give back to our loyal readers.  Not only is Olive and Linen offering you 30% off any purchase using the code MERRY30, but they are giving you a chance to win one of three $100 gift cards to their shop.   All you have to do is comment what you favorite recipe is in this comment section to enter.  The winner will be chosen randomly on Dec 22nd, 2018.  You can follow along at @oliveandlinen on Instagram to see if you win.  Don’t forget to pin this post to your Christmas Recipe board on Pinterest.  Enjoy all of my friends’ delicious recipes below.

Tx Sized Home – Holiday Fudge

Simple Cozy Charm – Christmas Tree Charchuterie

CG Home Interiors – Coconut Lemon Cheesecake Fat Bombs

Turquoise Lifestyle – Homemade Puppy Chow

Designs by Karan – Cherry Almond Thumbprint Cookies

Gathered Grace – Puff Pastries and Cream Tarts

My 100 Year Old Home – Honey Brie with Pomegranates

The Pickled Rose –  Homemade Dog Treats

 

I hope these recipes sound tasty enough for you to make!  My kids tell me that the hot cocoa recipe is like drinking melted chocolate!  Similarly, I am pretty sure that Santa would approve!  Thank you again to Olive and Linen for sponsoring this post!  However, all opinions are my own. I am really impressed with the quality of these Turkish towels and linens, and think they will make a wonderful gift to friends, family or even yourself.  Most importantly, happy holidays, y’all!