Chocolate Pecan Turtle Clusters

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WARNING – May cause a Turtle Addiction so DON’T shoot the messenger 🙂

CHOCOLATE PECAN TURTLE CLUSTERS!!!
These are so easy to make and a great gift idea!!! Thanks to my life long #friendsofTenaciousM, Freida Bookman!

Ingredients

2 1/2 C pecans
1/2 C butter (I use salted)
1 C brown sugar
1/2 C light corn syrup
7 ounces sweetened condensed milk (1/2 of a 14 ounce can)
1/2 t vanilla
1 (12 ounce) package milk chocolate chips
1/2 t shortening (I use butter flavored Crisco)

Directions

1. Toss 2 1/2 cups of pecans into a large skillet. Toast them over medium high heat, stirring occasionally, until they have darkened just a bit and smell fragrant and wonderful. Should only take a few minutes.

2. Find yourself 2 large cookie sheets. Line them with parchment paper and spray it with cooking spray. Arrange your pecans into clusters, three to a group works well. You want to leave some space (about an inch) between each cluster.

3. Make your caramel. Place 1/2 C butter into a medium-sized sauce pan. Melt it over medium high heat. Add 1 C brown sugar, 1/2 C light corn syrup and 7 ounces sweetened condensed milk to the pan. Increase the heat just a bit and stir it continually. Cook and stir until it reaches 235-240 degrees. I generally remove it from the heat when it reaches about 234 degrees. It will continue to rise in temperature just a bit even without the direct heat, making the caramel just the right texture.

4. Stir in 1/2 teaspoon vanilla.

5. Carefully drizzle about 1 1/2 teaspoons of caramel over each nut cluster. You’ll want to work quickly, as the caramel will begin to set up. Be sure there is caramel touching all of the nuts in your cluster. The caramel works like glue, sticking the nuts together.

6. In a microwave safe bowl pour 12 ounces of milk chocolate chips. Heat in the microwave for 30 seconds at a time, stirring after each cooking interval.

7. Add 1/2 teaspoon of shortening to the melted chocolate. Allow it to sit for a minute or two (so it can melt and make the chocolate chips more spreadable). Stir it all together.

8. Spoon about 1 1/2 teaspoons of melted chocolate over the top of the caramel and nuts. Swirl it around along the top making a pretty swoop with your spoon.

9. Allow the chocolate to set up. Once
it has hardened and cooled you can serve them immediately, or transfer them to an air tight container.

Enjoy!

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Sunday Reflections

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Amazing Sunday to you all and blessings for a successful week ahead!

Chocolate of Course!! S’mores Icebox Cake

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It’s five layers of s’mores bliss. Loved more as this yummy cake was recommended by my lovely Goddaughter, Cassie.

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TOTAL TIME: 4:35
PREP: 0:30
LEVEL: EASY
SERVES: 8

Ingredients

2 3/4 c. heavy cream, divided
1 7-oz. jar marshmallow crème
1 1/2 c. Mini Marshmallows, divided
1 11-oz. bag semisweet chocolate chips
1 box graham crackers
Chopped chocolate, for garnish

Directions

1. Make marshmallow cream: Using a stand or hand mixer, beat 2 cups cream until stiff peaks form, 5 minutes.

2. Add marshmallow crème and keep beating, 3 minutes. Stir in 1 cup mini marshmallows and set aside.

3. Make ganache: Heat remaining 3/4 cup heavy cream until simmering. Remove from heat and pour over chocolate chips in a heat-proof bowl.

4. Let sit 5 minutes, then stir until combined and creamy.

5. In a 9″-x-9″ baking dish, spread a thin layer of marshmallow cream. Top with one layer graham crackers, then a thick layer of marshmallow cream, follower by a layer of ganache. Repeat layers until you reach the top (leave about 1/4″).

6. Garnish with remaining mini marshmallows, crushed graham crackers and chopped chocolate and cover loosely with plastic wrap. Refrigerate at least 4 hours or up to overnight.

6. When ready to serve, heat broiler. Broil 1 minute to toast marshmallows.

7. Freeze 5 minutes to let set and serve.

Sunday Reflections

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Happy, amazing Sunday #friendsofTenaciousM!!

#mylens Bapteme de l’air Helicoptere

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For my birthday on September 11th, I decided to take a helicopter ride from Paris to the gardens of Versailles. It was wonderful!!
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Sunday Reflections

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Praying for those from my home state who have been impacted by Hurricane Harvey. I thank God for my family in southeast Texas, especially those who were airlifted and rescued. Your resilience is so inspiring. God bless!! #TexasStrong