35 Holiday Entertaining Recipes

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You will love these amazing 35 Holiday Entertaining Recipes that are perfect for both Thanksgiving and Christmas!  Plus, we’re giving away a $350 Amazon Gift Card to one lucky winner!!!

You will love these amazing 35 Holiday Entertaining Recipes that are perfect for both Thanksgiving and Christmas!

I am so fortunate to be part of the Real Housemoms Creative Team. Not only do I get to write content for the Real Housemoms blog (hello… over 2 Million Facebook Fans!?!), but I get to be part of this fantastic little community, or tribe, where we all help each other grow our blogs. I mean, just look at the quality content these folks produce. Crazy, good, right? Well, we have some treats in store for you. To start off, you’ll see an amazing Thanksgiving round up. Can you believe its just around the corner? Where on earth does the time go? Then, on the page after that, you’ll see the most amazing Christmas recipe round up. I can’t get over how much I love this time of year! And, not to be missed, on the final page you’ll see the giveaway where one lucky person will win a $350 Amazon gift card!  I know I’ll be using every single one of my entry options because I could easily spend every penny on that gift card in one easy transaction!!!  So, click on the NEXT PAGE button at the bottom to take you through a tantalizing journey of delicious holiday recipes and, assuming you don’t get distracted and run to the kitchen to start cooking, you’ll finish up on the giveaway page. Enjoy!!!

You will love these amazing 35 Holiday Entertaining Recipes that are perfect for both Thanksgiving and Christmas!
35 Holiday Entertaining Recipes | Self Proclaimed Foodie
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Pumpkin Chocolate Crunch Fudge

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Homemade Pumpkin Chocolate Crunch Fudge combines smooth pumpkin spice fudge with a delicious Nestlé® Crunch® bottom for the perfect fall dessert.

Homemade Pumpkin Chocolate Crunch Fudge combines smooth pumpkin spice fudge with a delicious Nestlé® Crunch® bottom for the perfect fall dessert.

Homemade Pumpkin Chocolate Crunch Fudge combines smooth pumpkin spice fudge with a delicious Nestlé® Crunch® bottom for the perfect fall dessert. 

Guess what? I roasted my first pumpkin this past weekend. Not my first pumpkin ever, but my first one of the season. I’m always so surprised at how much pureed pumpkin I always get from one seemingly small pumpkin, but all it does is motivate me to make delicious things and this fudge was SO YUM. Do you know what pairs really well with pumpkin?  CHOCOLATE!Homemade Pumpkin Chocolate Crunch Fudge combines smooth pumpkin spice fudge with a delicious Nestlé® Crunch® bottom for the perfect fall dessert. 

I’m a big fan of fudge, but I wanted to take this fudge from really good to wow-I’m-in-heaven-this-is-so-freaking-delicious good. That’s when I had my light bulb idea. Why not add delicious texture along with an awesome crunch to pair with the smooth and sweet pumpkin fudge. BAM! Nestlé® Crunch® to the rescue!Homemade Pumpkin Chocolate Crunch Fudge combines smooth pumpkin spice fudge with a delicious Nestlé® Crunch® bottom for the perfect fall dessert. 

Here’s an added bonus for you… Halloween is coming up, so plan ahead and pull out all the Nestlé® Crunch® bars from those variety bags that you hand out to trick-or-treaters, or even better, raid your kids’ candy bags and slyly remove any of the Nestlé® Crunch® bars and use them for this recipe. That is, of course, after you go buy a bag this week and make this fudge for the first time this weekend.Homemade Pumpkin Chocolate Crunch Fudge combines smooth pumpkin spice fudge with a delicious Nestlé® Crunch® bottom for the perfect fall dessert. 

My idea was to line the bottom of the pan with the Nestlé® Crunch® bars and then pour the hot fudge over the bottom, thus melting the chocolate to “become one” with the pumpkin fudge. Much to my delight, every single one of those Nestlé® Crunch® fit absolutely perfectly in my baking dish!  I had to show some serious restraint not to eat one either!Homemade Pumpkin Chocolate Crunch Fudge combines smooth pumpkin spice fudge with a delicious Nestlé® Crunch® bottom for the perfect fall dessert. 

I didn’t take any photos of the hot bubbly sugar mixture because I was stirring it for the entire time it was over the heat, but this is what my fudge looked like after I poured it over those yummy Nestlé® Crunch® bars.Homemade Pumpkin Chocolate Crunch Fudge combines smooth pumpkin spice fudge with a delicious Nestlé® Crunch® bottom for the perfect fall dessert. 

Because I was right and the hot fudge does melt the Nestlé® Crunch® bars, once the fudge sets, you need to cover it tightly with plastic wrap and cool it down in the refrigerator to get the chocolate to harden once again. If you’re impatient like me, you can bypass the refrigerator and go straight to the freezer.Homemade Pumpkin Chocolate Crunch Fudge combines smooth pumpkin spice fudge with a delicious Nestlé® Crunch® bottom for the perfect fall dessert. 

My trick to getting it to slice nicely is to dip a large sharp knife in a tall glass of super hot, or even near boiling, water in between each slice. I just get a clean dish towel to wash off all that delicious fudge and chocolate in between each cut.Homemade Pumpkin Chocolate Crunch Fudge combines smooth pumpkin spice fudge with a delicious Nestlé® Crunch® bottom for the perfect fall dessert. 

If your taste buds not only crave delicious foods but interesting textures, this fudge will certainly win you over. Like any good fudge, it is rich and incredibly sweet. I love a little crunch to go with my fudge and the Nestlé® Crunch® bars were absolutely the perfect addition to this dessert.Homemade Pumpkin Chocolate Crunch Fudge combines smooth pumpkin spice fudge with a delicious Nestlé® Crunch® bottom for the perfect fall dessert.

I’m a super busy girl, and thanks to my love of food and cooking, bored I am not. Cooking recipes like this is my #LifeHacktoBoredom.  I’m giving $20 away to one person who shares this post on Facebook, Pinterest, or Twitter and comments what the do for a #LifeHacktoBoredom!  Will you be the lucky winner?

And because my childhood’s favorite candy, Nestlé® Crunch®, was the real star of this recipe, I encourage you to visit and like their Facebook page.

This recipe uses pure vanilla extract. Did you know you can make your own homemade vanilla extract? It makes the perfect gift too. Watch how in the video below.

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Homemade Pumpkin Chocolate Crunch Fudge combines smooth pumpkin spice fudge with a delicious Nestlé® Crunch® bottom for the perfect fall dessert.
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Recipe type: dessert
Cuisine: recipe adapted from the Nestlé® baking website
Yields: 50 pieces
Ingredients
  • 2 cups granulated sugar
  • 1 cup packed light brown sugar
  • 3/4 cup (1 1/2 sticks) butter
  • 2/3 cup (5 fluid ounce can) Evaporated Milk
  • 1/2 cups Pumpkin (I used freshly roasted, but canned is fine too)
  • 2 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice
  • 2 cups (12-oz. pkg.) white chocolate chips
  • 1 jar (7 oz.) marshmallow crème (or make your own)
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • NESTLÉ® CRUNCH® Fun Size Bars (11 ounce package)
Instructions
  1. Line 13 x 9-inch baking pan with foil or, even better, parchment lined foil. Unwrap NESTLÉ® CRUNCH® Fun Size Bars and place in bottom of pan.
  2. Combine sugar, brown sugar, evaporated milk, pumpkin, butter and pumpkin pie spice in a medium, heavy-duty saucepan. Bring to a full rolling boil over medium heat, stirring constantly. Boil, stirring constantly, for 10 to 12 minutes or until candy thermometer reaches 240º F (soft-ball stage).
  3. As soon as you reach your desired temperature, quickly stir in white chocolate chips, marshmallow crème, and vanilla extract. Stir vigoriously for 1 minute or until morsels are melted. Immediately pour into prepared pan, covering the NESTLÉ® CRUNCH® bars. Let stand until completely cooled and refrigerate tightly covered to set the chocolate.
  4. To cut, lift from pan and set on large cutting board, then remove parchment/foil. Place large sharp knife in tall glass of hot water and dip/wipe clean knife in between each slice. Makes about 3 pounds.

 

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The Ultimate Holiday Baking Giveaway

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I’ve teamed up with some amazing bloggers to bring you the Ultimate Holiday Baking Giveaway where you could win a KitchenAid mixer, recipes, cash & more!

Holiday Baking Giveaway | Self Proclaimed Foodie

 

This giveaway is brought to you buy an amazingly talented set of bloggers.  Together, we’ve put together an outstanding prize package. Its so cool, you’d better believe I’m going to try and win it myself!  We’ve also put together a collection of holiday recipes to keep everyone inspired to bake all sorts of goodies with your prize (should you be the lucky winner)!  Be sure to check them out by clicking the photos below.  There are 36 possible entries below, so what are you waiting for?  Go!!!
Prizes:
  • 1 White 4.5 Quart KitchenAid Stand Mixer  (provided by Aubrey of Real Housemoms)
  • 1 signed copy of Dessert Mash-Ups  (provided by Dorothy of Crazy for Crust)
  • 1 Holiday Baking Prize Pack  (including, but not limited to: 1 Sil-Pat, 1 Roul’Pat, 1 jelly roll pan, 3 OXO spatulas, 1 set of measuring cups, 1 set of measuring spoons, 1 set of 18 Wilton holiday cookie cutters)
  • $150 in PayPal cash “to buy your baking ingredients”
Giveaway Terms:
Giveaway is open to US & Canada. Non-US winners will receive an Amazon gift card in the amount of the prizes in addition to their PayPal cash prize. Must be 18 years or age or older to enter. Giveaway will runNovember 3, 2014 to November 21, 2014. Winner will have 48 hours to confirm prize notification email or a new winner will be chosen. All entries will be verified. “Giveaway accounts” will be disqualified. Amazon, KitchenAid, Pinterest, Twitter, and instagram are in no way affiliated with this giveaway.

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KitchenAid Mixer Giveaway

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Welcome to the KitchenAid Mixer Giveaway event!  We’re giving away a truly awesome prize today – a KitchenAid 5 Qt. Artisan Series with Pouring Shield!  What’s not to love about that?

KitchenAid Mixer Giveaway

Giveaway organized by Juggling Act Mama

ABOUT THE PRIZE: KitchenAid 5 Qt. Artisan Series with Pouring Shield

 

Winner chooses color – Empire Red, Ice (blue), Contour Silver or White on White

  • Multipurpose attachment hub, over 15 optional attachments
  • 5-quart stainless steel bowl, dishwasher safe
  • Tilt-head design
  • Includes coated flat beater, coated dough hook, wire whip and 1-piece pouring shield, 1-year warranty
  • 2-piece pouring shield with large chute for adding ingredients
  • 325-watt mixer with 10 speeds; 5-quart stainless steel bowl

Enter the KitchenAid Mixer Giveaway

Use the Rafflecopter widget below to enter.  Some entries, such as tweeting can be done daily so be sure to check back.

RULES: Open to US/CAN Residents only. 1 winner will be chosen. Prize must be claimed within 48 hours of announcement or a new winner will be drawn. Prize is valued at $300 USD. Winner may choose a $300 USD Amazon gift card in lieu of prize if desired. All entries will be verified. This giveaway is in no way associated with KitchenAid, Amazon, Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter, Instagram, Rafflecopter or any other entity unless otherwise specified.
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