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You Can’t ‘Fudge’ This Recipe Up!

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No marshmallows, marshmallow cream, or chocolate chips needed in this fudge recipe and if you fallow these directions, you will soon be enjoying your new favorite fudge!

Old Fashioned Scratch Fudge Recipe:

  • 4 Cups organic sugar
  • 1 Cup Cacao Powder
  • 2 Cups Milk
  • 8 Tablespoons grass-fed butter
  • 1 Tablespoon Real Vanilla
  • Optional: 1 cup of whatever you might want to throw in! [Cashews, pecans, walnuts, homemade marshmallows (recipe coming soon), raisins, pistachios, macadamianuts, dare I go on?]

Directions:

  1. Grease an 8×8 inch square baking pan. Set aside.
  2. Combine sugar, cocoa and milk in a medium saucepan. Stir to blend, then bring to a boil, stirring constantly. Reduce heat and simmer. Do not stir again.
  3. Place candy thermometer in pan and cook until temperature reaches 238 degrees F(114 degrees C). If you are not using a thermometer, then cook until a drop of this mixture in a cup of cold water forms a soft ball. Feel the ball with your fingers to make sure it is the right consistency. It should flatten when pressed between your fingers.
  4. Remove from heat. Add butter or margarine and vanilla extract. Beat with a wooden spoon until the fudge loses its sheen. Do not under beat. It will take some muscle if you’re able to use a mixer, it may shorten the beating time.
  5. Pour into prepared pan and let cool. Cut however you like!
  6. Enjoy!
  7. Post a comment on how it turned out! : )

Do You Know Your Ultimate Desire For Contentment?

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I found that it makes me happiest if I keep my needs very basic and, if you are anything like me, you too desire a life of contentment.

-You’re powering through most days with an ultimate goal of self satisfaction and ever-lasting fulfillment at that rest point I hope you’re imagining in your head for the future (When you’re not living in the now, of course; ).

-That place you can’t wait to be. The one you get up in the morning for and go to bed re-evaluating if you can check any “to-do’s” off your list.

My husband and I work (some would argue: overwork) our butts off in pursuit of this very goal, broken down to its most basic form: Find an attainable position of peace for our family to experience some form of comfort and security-before we’re too old to enjoy it.

For us, this means figuring out OUR best guess of where we would be happiest, purchase property there, create a fully sustainable life, create, live, love, enjoy, share and spread how we decided to do it.

I’ve taken the past few years to study everything I ever wanted to online. I wrote a project about “There is No Harm in My Farm” when I was 8. The fact that it has taken so long for me to attain my dreams was because of self made limitations brought on by my society (the world only I, personally was subjected to) That’s the world that only I experienced and that only I have memories of. It’s the world that created who I am today. I learned my lessons. I grew. I accepted and embraced who I really am and she loves love.

It feels completely attainable. I am aware that there are unfortunately plenty of heart wrenching things going on, practically every moment (somewhere in the world), but I want my families very existence to counter that stuff. However we can.

I want to know that whatever I purchase or make may alleviate suffering somehow.

Did I grow organic (un-poisoned) flowers and other plants for local bees?

Maybe, I purchased something with a 100% compostable packaging.

Maybe, I didn’t do anything at all… Maybe I spent more time at home, not driving around or ordering anything to be delivered.

I have started to do more myself. Looking into what I could be doing on my own instead of a product.

We have to remember that product commercials are meant to sell what they are talking about, so hearing “Why” you need something is meant to convince you that you need it.

I frequently think of how basic our needs really are, and when all those needs are met for every individual… Now that would be one peaceful world 🌎✌🏻.

That’s all I have time for right now. The kids are waking up and if I don’t post this now, I will fill my day with so much fun and chores, I may not find it again until I’m too tired to use my iPhone’s keyboard.

Peace ✌🏻

-Holly

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Holly’s Favorite Homemade Ranch Recipe

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Makes about 1½ cups

Ingredients

1 cup organic mayonnaise of choice (I use Trader Joe’s or another store brand organic mayonnaise)

1 tablespoon raw apple cider vinegar (probiotics!)

1 tablespoon unsweetened plain nut milk or water (I use water)

1 small garlic clove finely minced or pressed, OR ¾ teaspoon granulated garlic powder

1 teaspoon onion powder

2 teaspoons dried parsley

2 teaspoons fresh chopped dill

2 teaspoons fresh chopped chives

¼ teaspoon sea salt

dash fresh ground black pepper, or to taste

Prep fun:

Stir all ingredients together then transfer to an airtight glass container to store in the refrigerator—a Mason jar works perfectly.

Add more or less unsweetened plain nut milk or water to your desired consistency. Let it sit for at least 30 minutes for the flavors to develop—it’s even better the next day. It will keep for about a week, so halve or double the recipe if needed.

This recipe is adapted from Mind Body Green‘s website for Vegan Ranch Dressing.

So simple! Give it a try and let me know how it goes below!

Blueberry Streusel Muffins – Holly-Style

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Ingredients

1/2 cup grass-fed butter, softened

3/4 cup organic sugar

2 eggs (preferably your own or local free range)

1 teaspoon real vanilla extract

2 cups unbleached all-purpose flour

2 teaspoons baking powder

1/2 teaspoon Himalayan salt

1/2 cup organic milk

1 1/2 cups organic blueberries

2 tablespoons unbleached all-purpose flour

2 tablespoons organic brown sugar

1/4 teaspoon organic ground cinnamon

2 tablespoons grass-fed butter, chilled

Directions

Preheat oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C). Grease muffin cups or line with paper or silicone muffin liners.

In a large bowl, cream together the butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Stir in the eggs one at a time, beating well with each addition, then stir in the vanilla. In a separate bowl, stir together 2 cups flour, baking powder, and salt.

Stir the flour mixture into egg mixture alternately with milk.

In a small bowl, mix together 2 tablespoons flour, brown sugar and cinnamon. Cut in butter until mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Sprinkle topping over unbaked muffins.

Gently fold blueberries and streusel topping until desired consistency and spoon into prepared muffin tins. I fill them up to the brim of liner, filling as many as I can along the way : )

Bake in preheated oven for 20 to 30 minutes (depending on muffin size), until a toothpick inserted into the center of a muffin comes out clean.

Did you try this recipe?

Let me know how it went below!

In It To Win It!

Posted by in Conversation Starters, Family, Inspiration, News

I love to sing. My husband knows this. That’s why he sent me the top Golden Buzzer winners on America’s/Britain’s got talent on YouTube.

I watched the sweetest little girl, I believe her name is Angelica Hail or something. She sang with an amazing professional adult sounding voice and when she finished her song and Howie Mandel asked her if she was.. “In it..” and she finished his sentence and says “to win it!”

..Something like that, but the point is that my husband knows me so well and I heard her sing a beautiful cover song that she had improved upon with her own unique sound and it just poured tea in my cup!

I was so excited thinking about what songs I could remake. I could let people know my favorites and why I like them. Honestly, I have so many ideas you’ll have to come back to keep me on track; )

I’m a go with the flow type, and I’m not one to make promises that I have no intention on keeping. I keep to myself. I help when needed and I go for the goals! The only lord I would ever follow already has a ring and I ate the pesky pea under the mattress. I love finding solutions to everyday issues and finding the kindest way to do anything and everything, but I’m no push over. You poke the bear… expect it to roll over easily and snore ’cause I’m only starting this to improve lives and if trouble is to be had, yee must move yonder! Fore, he who go to bed with itchy butt, wake up with stinky finger! …and! “Ain’t nobody got no time fo dat!”

Seriously though, don’t waste my time and we’re cool… 😎

(Psst! We’re totes cool either way!)

I’m from all over the United States and I watched a lot of TV and movies growing up so I bring a wide range of humor to my ramblings.

Enjoy!

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Peace!

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Small Victories in Rio Verde Foothills- Arizona

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I have lived in Northern Scottsdale on and off since 2002. I’ve lost count how many times, actually. Aside from one winter spent in Palm Desert, California, Scottsdale has been my go-to winter location because my family owns property there.

However, this snow season, sitting under the Arizona sun was brought on for a new reason. Not just to evade the lower temperatures (though it is a major plus). This years reason is one that no one plans for.

My father has just finished cancer treatments of radiation and chemotherapy for a cancerous growth near his tongue. I wasn’t extremely involved in the decision making process, but of course I had my own ideas of how I thought intense chemo might go for him. I’ve even worked as a Unit Secretary in an Emergency Room. I had seen enough to prepare me, but no amount of knowledge or prep can keep your insides from voicing your own opinion, secretly telling yourself everything you want to hear about how you would do it if it was you, wondering how you can help without causing more work. Hoping you actually have a positive effect on the situation. Pushing through the fatigue because there is no one else for the job. A sense of carrying on as so much changes in hopes to hold on to some sense of personal normalcy.

If I heard my mother correctly, my dad stopped eating January 9. His throat was so severely damaged from his treatments that it disabled his throat muscles completely. He is doing special motions that his speech therapist taught him to try and build the muscles back up.

It is now March 10 and I am happy to report that my dad had his first bite of food in however many days that is!

Here’s to the small victories!!

Have an amazing night!

-Holly

Are You In Your Prime?

Posted by in Conversation Starters, Life Hacks, News

Amazon Prime keeps my world goin’ ’round.

I use the Subscribe and Save section every month, making sure to subscribe to at least five products so that I can save even more money.

‘Cause… I’m trying to minimize and simplify in all aspects of my life, at all times.

So by buying in bulk, only getting the delivery once a month, and not having to drive all over town going to different stores. It’s a win-win for me. Now I have more time to take the kids to parks, meditate, learn something new together, use the yoga trapeze (that I ordered from Amazon), go on bike rides, hikes, create an original piece of jewelry, or expand my world in some other good for the planet way.

The possibilities ARE endless!

 

See you on the flip side!
– of my yoga trapeze ; )

-Holly

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Filipino Inspired Sweet Cheese Rolls 

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Aka: Ensaymada

Ingredients:

Dough

  • 2 tsp Instant Yeast
  • 2/3 cup Warm Water
  • 3 3/4 cups All-purpose flour, sifted
  • 1/3 cup Sugar of choice (I used organic cane sugar)
  • 1 tsp Salt
  • 3 large Eggs
  • 1/4 cup Evaporated milk or any milk substitute 
  • 1/3 cup Unsalted butter, softened

Inside:

  • 8 oz. Cold Cream Cheese (sliced)

Topping

  • 1 stick of softened and creamed butter
  • 1/2 cup Sugar

Directions

(Sometimes I like to take’er easy and throw all of the ingredients for the dough in my bread maker on the dough setting, but ultimately it’s users choice : )

Dissolve yeast in 1/3 cup of water. Set aside.

In a mixing bowl with dough hook, place sifted all-purpose flour, sugar and salt. Mix at low speed until incorporated.

Add the dissolved yeast, remaining water, eggs and evaporated milk. Mix for 2 minutes at low speed then mix at medium speed for approximately 4 minutes.

Add unsalted butter and continue mixing until gluten is slightly developed. 

Transfer the dough in a greased bowl and cover with plastic.

Let the dough rest for about 15 minutes at room temperature.

Punch down the dough and divide it into pieces weighing 60 grams each.

Let the dough rest for 15 minutes then cover with plastic sheet to prevent from drying.

Roll out the pieces thinly into 8″x5″ rectangles. Brush surface with butter.

Roll into a long rod and twirl into shape, locking ends to seal.

Place each piece on a greased or baking mat lined baking sheet .

Let the dough rise until it doubles in size. (Approximately 1 1/2 hours at room temperature)

Bake for 17 minutes at 325 F or until golden in colour.

Let the bread cool then remove it from baking sheet. 

Brush the top of each ensaymada with creamed butter and sugar.

Enjoy!

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