Boardwalk Quality Maple Nut Fudge

Lately I have felt a little...overwhelmed. I have been bombarded with emails, working from 8:00 am to 6:00 pm everyday, and have been struggling to put as much time and thought into my relationship as I'd like to.

When one of my sorority sisters asked me to go on an "impromptu" trip to Ocean City, I can't say I was quick to say yes. Not being a very adventurous person {which is something I've always hated}, all I could think about is how two days wasn't nearly enough time to get ready and how much money it was going to cost me. On top of that, I have been crazy stressed and wasn't interested in adding on to that.

I envy people who can make day trips to the beach, but I can't bring myself to do it. However, I thought about how I haven't seen the beach in three years and made the commitment to go {and made even more commitment to the trip by offering to drive}. There was no way to back out.

With the car loaded, iPods fully charged, and a bunch of vitamin water {thanks Paige}, we made the early morning, three and a half hour trip to the beach. Let me tell you, I may have been converted into a spontaneous, adventure kind of girl. Not only was it great to have an entire car ride to get to know my sisters better, but the walking on to the beach was one of the most freeing experiences I've had in a long time. We set up our towels, I put my phone away {mainly because I didn't want to ruin it with sand and tanning oil}, and got out my book. It was five perfect hours of tanning, talking, reading, and napping. It was so nice to get no text messages, emails, or calls, and!

After dinner, we walked on the boardwalk and came across a cute, family-owned candy shop, and took a look around. Like I said, I haven't been to the beach in over 3 years, so the sight of homemade fudge made me really excited. I got 5 pieces of maple nut fudge, and let me tell you, there is something so refreshing about savoring a small amount of something so amazing. I felt like I was a kid again.

On my way home, I finished my last piece of fudge and wished that I could enjoy that little piece of heaven at home....oh wait! I went online and googled around and came across this amazing recipe {tweaked for preference}. 

  • 3 Cups of White Chocolate Chips
  • 1 Can (14 oz.) Sweetened Condensed Milk
  • 1/4 Cup of Butter
  • 1 1/2 Teaspoon of Maple Flavored Extract
  • 1 1/2 Cup of Chopped Walnuts

Grease an 8x8- inch glass baking dish and line it with a sheet of parchment paper {having the edges come over the side of the dish}. 

In a microwave-safe glass or ceramic bowl, melt the white chocolate, sweetened condensed milk, and butter in 30-second intervals, stirring after each melting, for 1 to 3 minutes {depending on microwave} until smooth. Don't overhead past the mixture being smooth or the chocolate will scorch. Stir in the maple flavored extract until just combined, then add walnuts. 

Pour the chocolate mixture into the prepared baking dish; refrigerate until set {about one hour}. Remove fudge my lifting the parchment paper, then cut into squares.

Most of my family is out of town, so I decided to pull some of the reviews directly from the website that I found this recipe on! With a total of 43 reviews, the recipe averaged a 5/5 stars!

"I must say this recipe is just fabulous!, I followed the directions exactly and the recipe turned out great. My family really enjoyed this recipe and it is one that I will be coming back to again and again."

"The easiest, creamiest, yummiest fudge I have ever made! It looks and tastes PERFECT too! I definately will make this again and give for gifting!"

"Made this for the first time (never had maple fudge before) and it was divine. My son can't keep his hands off it. I had to hide a few pieces so I can have some more! It will become a yearly Christmas treat (if not more often)."

These fudge pieces are SPOT ON, boardwalk quality. Every time that I sneak to the fridge to get a piece of this fudge, I am instantly reminded of the little piece of heaven that I found at Ocean City.

Enjoy! Let me know what you think! Do you have any other cinnamon roll variation breakfast recipes? Please feel free to leave me a comment and let me know that you're reading! :] It would make my day.

Recipe Slightly Adapted From: All Recipes

Thrifty Thursday: Repainted Chair

For as long as I'm able, I'm going to try to do a "Thrifty Thursday" series! If you've been keeping up with my blog, you'll know that I'm really into shopping at thrift stores as well as the benefits that they provide my local community. The reason that I say "for as long as I'm able" is because eventually I will go back to school and I'm not sure how many local thrift stores we have! I will have to do a little bit of research! 

Hopefully I can convince some of you to try out thrift shopping, share some ideas or tips for thrift shopping, or just give more insight as to what benefits they have for the giver and the receiver! 

So, this week I purchased an old-ish wooden chair from The Good Shepherd Alliance for $5! Why did I want to buy a chair? Well, my sister recently got a new apartment and took mine with her. I wasn't going to the store to look for the chair but came across it and saw potential!

It looks pretty good from far away but unclose it had a few..."flaws." You can tell that it has had its fair share of time in somebody's home! Not overall a bad quality, but I just wanted to make it "mine."

I decided to take it on as a project and paint it so that it would match the furniture and decor in my bedroom! Although I did make a few mistakes (it was my first time ever trying to paint a piece of furniture), I'm pretty happy with the outcome! 

I have done a little bit of research on how to paint furniture (thanks to all of you bloggers out there) and came to what seemed like a logical "game plan."

The first thing that I did was paint the entire chair with Zinsser Primer. That's right. I didn't sand. The oil based Zinnser grips like glue and dries in two hours, so I was able to apply two coats in just one day! I made the mistake, however, of not adding any kind of additive (such as penetrol) to slow the drying process, which created a few brush strokes. Now I know for the future. Then I did a quick sanding (nothing too strenuous) to remove any drips and brush strokes.

Since I'm not very "paint-savy" just yet, I decided to spray paint the chair with a general furniture paint with a satin finish. I spray painted the entire chair white, painted it up, and the spray painted the base a light green.

So I bought and repainted this for a total of $25! Not too shabby, right? I'm pretty proud of it and it looks great in my bedroom!

Do you want to share a thrift store find on my blog? Type it up and send it to! I'd love to share it!

Also, leave a comment and let me know what you think! Do you have any advice for future projects like this?

Cinnamon Roll Pancakes

Who doesn't love a good cinnamon roll? Don't base your answer off of how horrible they are for you, and don't remind me that they are. I absolutely love cinnamon rolls, but you know what I also love? Pancakes. Why not mix them together? All you need is a box of Bisquick and a few ingredients (that you most likely already have) and you can enjoy that cinnamon roll taste that you love!

  • 2 1/4 cups Bisquick Complete
  • 1 cup  Milk + 1 Tablespoon
  • 2 eggs
  • 4 tablespoons Melted Butter
  • 2/3 cups loosely packed light brown sugar
  • 3 tablespoons of cinnamon
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla
  • nonstick baking spray

In a large bowl, whisk together 2 cups of the Bisquick (notice that isn't all of what the ingredients called for), 1 cup of milk, and both of the eggs. Whisk until smooth and set aside.

Preheat a pan to medium heat. Then, in a smaller bowl, combine the butter, brown sugar, the rest of the Bisquick (1/4 cup), milk (1 tablespoon), cinnamon, and vanilla. Whisk it all together until smooth. If the mixture is too thick for piping, then you can add a teaspoon of milk. Transfer the cinnamon mixture into a large plastic bag and snip a small corner from the bag. 

Spray your pan with nonstick cooking spray. Put about 1/3 cup of batter onto the griddle (adding the cinnamon mixture will cause the pancake to spread out, so you don't want to put too much batter on). Immediately pipe a swirl of cinnamon around your pancake, so that it looks like a cinnamon roll! 

For best results, spray a thin layer of nonstick baking spray right over the top of your pancake (to avoid the cinnamon mixture sticking to the pan). When its bubbling and ready to flip, flip it over and cook the other side until it is lightly golden!

Not the best quality picture, but here is Bentley begging for a taste! Believe it or not, he is a picky eater, so this says a lot about how good they must be!

And here is the final product!

Bryson says, "What guy doesn't want to wake up to this? Nothing has gotten me out of bed faster than when Elise said "Hey, I made some cinnamon roll pancakes and you should come eat them!" Needless to say I was out of bed, showered, and at her house in 10 minutes. They're as good as they look. Light and fluffy with the right balance of cinnamon swirl, that wasn't overpowering. I give it 5/5 stars."

Enjoy! Let me know what you think! Do you have any other cinnamon roll variation breakfast recipes? Please feel free to leave me a comment and let me know that you're reading! :] It would make my day.

Happy Eating!

Recipe Slightly Adapted From: Tablespoon