Reese’s No Bake Fudge Bars

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Chocolate & Peanut Butter lovers unite!

This is the most delicious, decadent, chocolatety goodness you can imagine.

It’s a  super simple recipe that is no bake.

I make it for a church potluck and it was already completely empty halfway through the line.

Here is how you can make these No Bake Reese’s Fudge Bars.

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No Bake Reese's Fudge Bars
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9069 calories
1063 g
310 g
486 g
171 g
221 g
1891 g
4437 g
942 g
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239 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
1891g
Amount Per Serving
Calories 9069
Calories from Fat 4369
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 486g
748%
Saturated Fat 221g
1106%
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 63g
Monounsaturated Fat 176g
Cholesterol 310mg
103%
Sodium 4437mg
185%
Total Carbohydrates 1063g
354%
Dietary Fiber 53g
211%
Sugars 942g
Protein 171g
Vitamin A
52%
Vitamin C
22%
Calcium
285%
Iron
137%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
Ingredients
  1. 22 individual Reese’s peanut butter cups (regular size), unwrapped and divided
  2. 3 cups milk chocolate chips
  3. 1 (14 oz) can sweetened condensed milk
Instructions
  1. Line a 9x9 inch pan with foil and coat with cooking spray.
  2. Place 16 peanut butter cups in an even layer on the bottom of the pan. (if you use an 8x8, use 14 reese's)
  3. Place chocolate chips and sweetened condensed milk in a medium saucepan over low heat.
  4. Stir until chips and milk melt together.
  5. Once everything is melted, spread evenly over peanut butter cups in prepared pan.
  6. Crumble remaining Reese’s peanut butter cups and sprinkle over top, pressing them lightly into the fudge.
  7. Cool on countertop until fudge reaches room temperature, then cover with plastic wrap and place in the refrigerator to harden completely.
  8. Cut into squares and serve.
  9. Yields 32.
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Ideas for Decorating with Pictures

Hi friends! I’m Kristen Duke, and I share the ideas in my head over at Capturing Joy. If you need photo tips, want to see my favorite family recipes, travel adventures, or check out our home tour, I’d love to have you!
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Today, I’m going to share something I’m very passionate about, and that is Decorating with Pictures! I run a series each February, where I have contributors share how they display photos in their homes, I wanted to share a few examples of how I have incorporated decorating my home with our family pictures.

One of my most favorites is where I turned a Vintage Window into a giant Picture Frame. I didn’t invent the concept, but I loved how it was a way to add a little whimsy to my decoration, and be able to include a LOT of pictures from our family photo session on the beach.

Decorate your home with photos

Another favorite is a giant Repurposed Frame in my office, with a picture of my kids, looking right at me as I type on my computer. Reminding me what is most important.

Decorate your home with pictures

Lastly, I got crafty and made my own canvas art by adhering my prints to the canvas’ I found at my local craft store.

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To see how I put any of these together, clinks on the links to learn more. If you’d like to see 100′s of other ideas on how to decorate your home with pictures, head on over to my site, or check out my home tour. You can also follow along on Facebook, Instagram, or Pinterest!

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Friday Finds Linky Party #12

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Welcome to the first Friday Finds link party of 2015! We are so excited to see what crafting, cleaning, recipes, decorating, etc you’ve been up to! Scroll to the bottom to show off your latest and greatest!

Friday Finds Linky Party! #linkyparty #fridayfinds
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DIY Deer String Art

Hey there everyone! Jen here from Elevate-Everyday.com. My partner in crime is Summer and we are the founders of the Elevate Blog Conference.

But first here are the top 5 facts you should probably know about us:
1. We are real life BFFs who first connected over an email about HTML coding (so cliché we know lol)
2. We only get to see each other about 4 times a year, but we talk on the phone probably 500 times a year
3. We love dessert almost as much as we love our kids…all six of them between the 2 of us
4. We are happiest when we have so many things on our to do list that it makes our heads spin
5. We would LOVE to meet you all in person at the Elevate Blog Conference next year! Keep an eye on our social media for more details to come.

Now that you’ve got the skinny on us, let’s get to crafting!

When I was looking for craft ideas for Elevate, I stumbled upon this string art and was hooked. I knew it would be something different and unique, but a perfect thing to make while chatting.
We made a handful of pretty signs at Elevate and I realized this is the perfect girl’s night out craft, baby nursery piece, and Christmas gift.

You can really make this as big or small as you want. This is on approximately a 7×9 piece of wood.
Print out a silhouette of whatever you’d like to use. A letter, number, anchor, state, animal, there are so many cute possibilities! Stain or paint your wood.

diy deer string art

A deer is perfect for Winter!
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Here are the nails that worked the best for us. Found at Lowes for $1.30.
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Lay the paper down and nail around the silhouette. When you are finished, the paper easily rips off. To start tie a knot around a nail twice to be safe. Start wrapping! There are so many tutorials on Pinterest, but I would say if you are going right to left wrap clockwise so that the crochet thread is on the outside of the nail. If you are going from left to right it would be counter clockwise. I’ve heard it looks better on the outside of the nails and not the inside. When you are wrapping the thread make sure to push it down the nail so you can continue wrapping if you decide to come back through the pattern. You can do as little or as many “layers” as you’d like, but it’s harder to push down once your are a few layers in, so push as you are wrapping. I learned that the hard way.
cute deer string art
I used Red Heart Crochet Thread size 10. You don’t need much thread for a smaller board. At the end, tie 2 knots again and you are done! It’s not very hard depending on the silhouette you choose you do. The great thing is that you can use as much or as little string as you want. It’s not a craft that can be easily messed up. If you make a line you don’t like, you can unwrap it. Time consuming, yes. Advanced, no.
The perfect gift or decoration to make while having a show play in the background.

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Introducing: Baby Beau

Introducing Baby Beau

Guys, I can’t tell you how happy I am to write this post…because not only does it mean I get to snuggle this cute guy all day, it also means I’m not pregnant anymore. I truly hate being pregnant, and I truly love having this guy around, so it’s really Win/Win :)

Introducing Baby Beau

My kids have been anxiously awaiting his arrival for 1/4 of their lives. That’s a long time to wait…to say they were excited would be an understatement. Riley could not wait to meet her baby brother and Max just thinks he’s the most hilarious thing ever. Every time he holds him he laughs hysterically.

Introducing Baby Beau

My birth story is probably like a lot of other birth stories, so to summarize, I was dilated to 5 centimeters for a WEEK! I felt like he was going to fall out. I went in to be induced, got on pitocin, they checked me 5 hours later and I was STILL at a 5. It was crazy. They upped my pitocin and broke my water, then my epidural stopped working on the right side of my body. Holy crap, giving birth is really painful. I felt every pain on one side of my body for over an hour and I can honestly say how grateful I am for modern medicine. I Heart epidurals sooooo much!

Introducing Baby Beau

Anywho, they “topped me off” and the rest of the birth was a breeze…besides not being able to move the lower half of my body and puking the whole time I was at a 10. Grand fun. I pushed for about an hour (with my son, I pushed for a total of 2 minutes…not even kidding)…kid did not want to come out. When he finally did, everyone in the room started laughing because he was SOOO chunky and had a ton of hair. The nurses could not get enough of him and they were shocked when they weighed him and he didn’t weigh over 9 lbs.

Introducing Baby Beau

Beau was born at 2:27 am on New Year’s Eve. 8.7 lbs and 20 inches. He was also 2 weeks early, so I will be eternally grateful that he didn’t come any later A) because taxes, B) dang insurance deductible starting Jan 1 C) kid would have been a monster. He’s pretty considerate.

Introducing Baby Beau

And I think it’s crazy that these two are brothers…they don’t look a like at all. Except they are wearing the same outfit. Beau actually looks like the boy version of my daughter…so looks like my husband will have one mini me (Max) and I’ll have two :)

Introducing Baby Beau

So, if you don’t see me around for the next month, this is the reason…it’s a pretty good reason. He likes to stay up till midnight every night and then wake up every hour after that, so not much energy left for blogging. Luckily, I have some great blogging friends to keep you busy during January with guest posts, so stay tuned!!

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Blanket Scarf Tutorial

Hello Friends!
My name is Riva, from Riva La Diva and today I’m a guest host here at Strawberry Mommycakes while Erin awaits the new addition to the fam.
Blanket Scarf Tutorial

When I volunteered, my favorite and most easiest DIY, my popular Blanketscarf Tutorial.
The majority of the time, most things are usually two of the following three things. Fast, good quality, and affordable.
You can get fast and affordable food but it’s usually not good quality.
You can make a brand new table that’s affordable and of good quality, like I did here, but it was by no means a fast project.
HOWEVER, this DIY Blanketscarf tutorial is quick to make (less than 15 minutes), of good quality (you choose your favorite flannel), and affordable (you could make TWO for less than the price of one – compared to most retail stores).

Blanket Scarf Tutorial

Have I sold you on this tutorial yet?
Did I mention it is this season’s must have? I will also add, changing the way you tie it changes the look of your scarf!

Blanket Scarf Tutorial
So let’s get started…
Here’s what you need:
1.5 – 3 yards (I used THREE for this, see update at end of post for more scarf options) of your favorite flannel plaid/tartan (I bought this example here)
and scissors.
What to do:

Cut fabric along the center of your 3 yards. So if you got 3 yards of a 44/60? width fabric, cut down the center of your three yards following a line in your plaid; so that afterwards you would have two 22/30? x 108? scarves.

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Find the halfway mark and CUT ON THAT LINE.

Blanket Scarf Tutorial
Following the pattern of your plaid, conservatively trim the entire edge of your scarf – take very little off but still keeping the lines of the pattern even and clean.

Blanket Scarf Tutorial
Pull off threads along the edges of your scarf so it frays like the picture below.

Blanket Scarf Tutorial
It should look like this, see those frayed raw edges below?

Blanket Scarf Tutorial
ALL sides will have those gorgeous frayed raw edges. BEAUTIFUL.

Blanket Scarf Tutorial
Then wear it out the door! CRAZY EASY, right?!?

Blanket Scarf Tutorial

There are a ton of different ways to tie the blanketscarf and you find a few ways to wrap it on my blog.

Until we meet again, have GLAMOROUS day!

XO/Riva

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Student Loans and Silver Linings

I have officially started my “Maternity Leave” that I am giving to myself…and I have some AMAZING guest bloggers lined up until the end of January. I’m so excited to introduce Kristen from Love the Miles as my first guest poster!

Hi there! I am beyond thrilled to be here today. I feel like the nerdy girl invited to sit at the popular table. Eek!! Erin and I grew up in the same small town, a place that’s probably the most beautiful spot in the Southwest and the food… oh my word. I miss good Mexican food. But enough drooling over the past, let’s move on!

Okay, yes, student loans are awful. Anyone that is paying them back right now (and living on a tiny budget) or has paid them off (and used to live on a tiny budget) can tell you that, but there is a silver lining. No really, I’m serious here.

  1. Having to work hard makes you realize just how much you’re capable of. For a lot of years I have been parenting essentially on my own either while Greg was in school or while he was working crazy hours. No, I’m not a single mom and I don’t even claim to have any idea of what it is like to walk that hard and lonely road but I do know what it’s like to be the only one making dinner and getting kids to bed and doing all of the other things it takes to run a family. I’m a lot more capable than I thought.
  2. Sticking to a tight budget is not a bad thing. Now that we carefully plan our budget it feels like we have more money to spend. We totally don’t, what with major student loan debt but because we have told our money what to do before we spend it there is a little room in the budget for things like running shoes and ice cream cones and ballet for the girls. That’s because we are making sure to take care of the essentials first rather than just spending and trying to make up the difference. Not having guilt attached to your purchases somehow makes you feel wealthy.
  3. Every time we plan our budget there are always conversations about needs versus wants. But as we have gotten further into our debt payoff we have realized just how little we actually need. Things that I insisted on 5 years ago aren’t as important right now because I see what a difference every dollar makes.
  4. Be okay with saying no. Our life is super busy right now. Greg works 2 jobs, I work part time. We have 5 kids. On and on. So our time together is really precious. That means we have to say no to a lot of outside activities. There is a Christmas choir that my kids have been a part of for the last few years but this year I just couldn’t do it. The thought of Thursday night practices just wasn’t going to work so I had to say no and it’s been okay. We also don’t let our kids play with their friends on the weekend (world’s meanest parents) because that’s our family time. We have to say no to our kids, to each other and to ourselves and as we do that we’re learning about things like delayed gratification, priorities and boundaries.
  5. Having a big common goal is good for your marriage. Now I’m pretty sure marriage and family experts don’t include paying off debt as a marriage building exercise but it has helped Greg and I. We’ve learned how to communicate. We talk about what our family goals are and all of those other things. Plus now that we’re sharing the budget work (he did the earning, I did the spending) it has taken the stress off of both of us. Neither of us feels like we’re all alone. After we go over the budget and talk about our plans I feel more attracted to my husband. Is that normal? No? Okay, I’ll put down my TI-83 calculator and pretend I didn’t just share that fact.
  6. Being grateful for what I do have is probably the greatest blessing of all. Somehow we are meeting all of our needs and making progress towards getting out of debt. My family is healthy and even more important, we’re happy. That’s priceless and maybe I wouldn’t be as aware of the magnitude of that blessing if our financial situation were different.
Greg and I aren’t perfect, we don’t always look for the good in this crappy situation we’re in but we try. We often feel discouraged by the amount of repayment we are facing but dwelling on that just makes things worse. So we keep trying and hope that the things we’re learning right now will stay with us and our children for the rest of forever. That’s the goal anyways.
PS- Click here for the budget planning tools that Greg and I use. They’re part of Dave Ramsey’s Financial Peace plan. They’re simple and intuitive and that’s my kind of favorite. Dave doesn’t have a clue who I am and he’s not paying me to tell you how great his tools are. But really, they’re amazing. I’m totally a fan.

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Family Game Night with Yummy Artichoke Dip

Family Game Night with Yummy Artichoke Dip

It’s getting closer to Christmas and my bundle of joy is supposed to be here any day now…so that means LOTS and LOTS of family visits. My family and my husband’s family love having game night when the kids are hopefully tucked in bed. It wouldn’t be game night without some tasty snacks! One of our favorite snacks is Artichoke Dip. It takes minutes to make and only requires 4 ingredients! Serve it with crackers or pita chips and you’re good to go for a fun-filled family night!

Family Game Night with Yummy Artichoke Dip

Before my husband and I had kids and before Pinterest existed, I used to buy artichoke dip all the time. Seriously, like once a week. It was a big splurge on our little budget and now I wish I had this recipe…it would have saved me like $10 a week….Okay, maybe not EVERY week, but it was quite a bit.

Family Game Night with Yummy Artichoke Dip

All you need to make this yummy appetizer is Kraft Mayo, canned artichoke hearts, garlic and parmesan cheese! Simply chop up a 14 oz. can of artichoke hearts and one garlic clove, mix together with 1 c. Kraft Mayo and 1 c. Parmesan cheese, then bake in a 9″ pie pan at 350 degrees for 20-25 minutes (or until it browns).

Click HERE for the full Artichoke Dip Recipe!

Family Game Night with Yummy Artichoke Dip

 

Also, check out check out the Cooking Up Good website for more food inspiration! Not only does it have recipes but you can enter sweepstakes, loyalty programs, coupons and more! If you’re looking for a new dinner idea or a chance to win some awesome prizes, be sure to check it out!

Family Game Night with Yummy Artichoke Dip

I got all the ingredients at my local Walmart. While you’re there, pick up some fun games! A few of my favorites are:

  •  The Game of Things- This is my absolute favorite game to play with family…we still laugh at some of the legendary responses people have to the game of things questions!
  • Pit- This game is fun on its own, but we do a thing where we have to use voices to shout out the numbers…our favorite it “The Count”…trust me, it’s a blast!
  • Wits & Wagers- Trivia for people who are bad a trivia…like me
  • Zero- Okay, this game makes me feel dumb because it’s another trivia game…but it’s really fun, I swear!
  • Apples to Apples- A classic…and with my family it’s a riot! We’re still laughing about the time we got a card that says “Things that are Fuzzy” and my card was “Fuzz”…I won that round in case you didn’t guess.

Family Game Night with Yummy Artichoke Dip

What are some of your favorite games and snacks for game night?

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Maintain a Clean Home Printable Cleaning Schedule

I really don’t like cleaning. I think few people do. The problem with that is that I LOVE having a clean house. I can’t concentrate if my house isn’t clean. I’m a better mother, wife,  and worker when I have a clean home. I used to clean my house every Saturday, but now that I’m 9 months pregnant and my feet swell up like balloons if I stand too long…I’ve resorted to a cleaning schedule. This Printable Cleaning Schedule is great for maintaining a clean home!

Maintain a Clean Home Printable Cleaning Schedule

We moved into our home almost 2 years ago, and while it’s not perfect…I love it. It’s the perfect size, has a lot of storage and it’s just pretty! Since moving here, you could say I’m a little anal…(wonder where I got that from, MOM!) I have some house rules, along with my cleaning schedule that help me out:

  1. NO eating on the carpet – the bedrooms have carpet, and I do not under any circumstances allow food in there
  2. NO shoes in the house – I have tile through most of the house, but I still don’t let anyone wear shoes unless it’s the day before I mop
  3. COASTERS – I think this is self-explanatory
  4. No playing with decor – I have a 3 year old…this constantly has to be enforced
  5. Wash hands after eating

I sound like a drill sergeant, right? Rest assured, I have very happy children that are messy and play outside a lot. Some day they’ll be really considerate when visiting other homes :) Also, my husband and I abide by the rules so we set an example (my husband is almost as anal as I am…almost).

Maintain a Clean Home Printable Cleaning Schedule

I created my printable for my home, but I think it will work for most people…if not, I created blank designs so you can write up your own schedule! I’m the most forgetful person in the world, so it really helps to make a list and check things off. Plus, I feel really accomplished.

Download the free printable, then leave a comment letting me know how you like it!

Just remember, this is a guideline…once you start a schedule, you won’t have to do the daily tasks every day and give yourself a break once in a while…no one is perfect!

I think any mother of small children can agree that our floors are constantly dirty…CONSTANTLY! I’ve had to relax a little bit in that department because I would go insane otherwise. I vacuum the kitchen almost daily (it should be daily, but who has time for that??) I  love the new Eureka SuctionSeal 2.0 vacuum. You can find it at Walmart on rollback for only $129! I really love the way it cleans my carpet and rugs. The suction seal is great for tile floors since it doesn’t scatter debris around.

Maintain a Clean Home Printable Cleaning Schedule

What do you do to keep your home clean?

Maintain a Clean Home Printable Cleaning Schedule

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Party Size No Bake S’mores Cheesecakes

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Party Size No Bake S'mores Cheesecakes

Planning parties can be stressful…trust me, I KNOW! I not only have to make sure the party looks perfect for guests, but it also has to look perfect for pictures for my blog. Some days I want to pull my hair out…but I usually just lay around the day after the party because I like having hair. Since I’ve been doing this for almost 3 years, I’ve come up with some cheats to make fabulous parties with great food on a budget while keeping things as stress-free as possible. These Party Size No Bake S’mores Cheesecakes look like I labored over them for hours…but in reality, they were done in less than 30 minutes. I know, right???!!! One of my favorite cheats EVER!

Party Size No Bake S'mores Cheesecakes

I used to think that every party had to have cupcakes, a cake, cake pops, cookies, etc. I’ve thrown parties like that and they’re fabulous…but not exactly practical. I’m a very practical person, and while I like the way all those sweets look on a dessert table, it is just too much for me sometimes. Especially during the holidays. These cheesecakes are so adorable, unique, easy to make and TO DIE FOR delicious!

Party Size No Bake S’mores Cheesecakes

Yield: 2 dozen

Ingredients

    For the Crust
  • 1 package graham crackers
  • 1 Tbs. sugar
  • 5 Tbs. butter, melted
  • For the Filling
  • 1 8 oz. package Philadelphia Cream Cheese
  • 1 7 oz. jar Jet Puffed marshmallow cream
  • 2 1/2 c. Cool Whip
  • For the Toppings
  • Jet Puffed Mini Marshmallows
  • Mini Chocolate Chips
  • Chocolate Syrup

Instructions

    For the Crust
  1. Place graham crackers in a resealable plastic bag and crush them with a rolling pin (or I use a meat mallot) until crumbs are very fine.
  2. Add crumbs to a bowl and add sugar. Mix until combined, then add butter.
  3. Place about 1 Tbs. into the bottom of 24 small cups, then place in freezer for a few minutes.
  4. For the Filling
  5. While crust is in the freezer, combine cream cheese, cool whip and marshmallow cream in a mixer.
  6. Mix on high until combined, then transfer to a piping bag or plastic bag.
  7. Pipe 1 to 2 Tbs. of filling into the mini cups.
  8. Place in refrigerator until it's almost time for your party.
  9. Toppings
  10. Right before serving, top with about 1 Tbs. mini chocolate chips, then layer with marshmallows and chocolate syrup.
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It may be that I’m 36 weeks pregnant, but these are one of the most fabulous things I have put in my mouth. Everything just WORKS and they’re less messy than a S’mores. My kids managed to eat them without getting any chocolate on their faces, so I count that as a win.

Party Size No Bake S'mores Cheesecakes

I had most of the items at home already…because pregnancy. Seriously…who keeps a year supply of cream cheese in their fridge? I do…I do that. You can find all these fun ingredients at Walmart. For more holiday party food inspiration, check out the Cooking Up Good website. It has recipes, sweepstakes, loyalty programs, coupons and more!

Party Size No Bake S'mores Cheesecakes

These are great because you can make them the day before. I usually cut out all my printables the week before the party, make the food at least a day before, then clean my house the day of the party. That way, I’m not trying to do everything at once. Planning ahead is THE best way to keep your party stress-free! Having free printables doesn’t hurt either…

Party Size No Bake S'mores Cheesecakes

Download my FREE Printables HERE, then leave a comment letting me know how much you like them!

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