Homemade Chocolate-Covered Graham Crackers

A few days before Christmas I had dipped all of my pretzel rods when making chocolate pretzels. When I ran out of pretzel rods, I still had leftover melted chocolate. (Actually, I had leftover white, milk, and dark chocolate.) I went in search of something else to dip and found a package of graham crackers. Since I know how delicious and irresistible Keebler's Deluxe Grahams are. I was thrilled to make my own chocolate-covered graham crackers. Chocolate grahams are a tempting, yet simple treat to make.

Chocolate-Covered Graham Crackers

How to Make Chocolate-Covered Graham Crackers

In a double-boiler melt chocolate wafers. (Or better yet, use the double-boiler alternative and leave your stove off. I explain how in my chocolate pretzel post.) Stir frequently. Break graham crackers at their perforations. Shake off any cracker crumbs. Dip in the chocolate or spoon chocolate onto the graham cracker. Set on wax paper to cool.

Though I didn't make them fancy, you could even drizzle other chocolate flavors on your chocolate-covered graham crackers. If gifting, this would be especially pretty.
~ Annette
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Banana Bread Recipe with Cream Cheese

I don't know about you, but I've always enjoyed banana bread, but I wasn't passionate about it. This past summer that changed; I couldn't stop thinking about banana bread. Weird. I know. 
A unique banana bread recipe. Cream cheese adds a smooth texture.
My husband and I had a one-night getaway this past summer. We stayed at a lovely bed and breakfast in Delaware, just a couple hours from home. The breakfast was fabulous. This banana bread was just one of many items served. It was unlike any banana bread I had had before; it was incredible. But we drove away without asking for the recipe.

How to Make Pie Crust

Let's talk pie crust. I wonder how many people avoid making pies because of their lack of success with pie crust. For years, I purchased pie crust or made my no-roll pie crust. I didn't think it was worth the fight, but my husband encouraged me to keep trying. I found that once I tried to make a crust every few months instead of once a year, we tasted improvements every time. If I can make a good pie crust, so can you.
I finally made good pie crust after watching Derek's grandma (now age 92 and still making pies) make pies. Quite honestly, I don't know if I make pie crust the way Martha Stewart (or even Grandma) does, but I make a good pie crust and am not ashamed to give it to company.

Book List of 2015

I've decided to keep track of all I read in 2015 in one blog post. The good news is I am finally keeping a list of books I want to read, too. 

I've gathered my to-read list for a while now from conversations, Facebook, friends' blog posts, and even my pastor's sermons. For years, I've been collecting friends' recommendations on Pinterest, but I think this list will work more effectively. (What? Don't you use Pinterest for books?) 

All of the books but one are available at my library or I already own. (I may not be able to read that one, but I will still try.) My intention is to not purchase any books for me  during 2015. Can I do it? I don't know. However, if I have this nice list of books accessible to me, I think I am more likely to meet that goal.

I know I'll read other books this year, but most of the books I'll read will come from this list.

* Indicates a book I highly recommend.
Names after title and author remind me who recommended them.

Clutter-Free Progress

This afternoon I had counted more than 600 items of stuff that will leave our home through donation, trash bags, or recycling bins. That's exciting!
This was a week ago! I have three columns filled now!

Clutter Free Printables

As I write this, it's Friday night. (We have a booming social life.) In the past three days, I have decluttered about 350 items in the past week as part of my clutter challenge. I'm keeping track with a clutter challenge printable with tally marks. 
Actually, other than three bags of garbage and a few items for recycling, nothing has left the house. I have a giant pile of bags and boxes ready for the Salvation Army to pick up later this month, but I have so much more to add to that pile before I'm done.

Readers' Favorite Recipes of 2014

It's fun to go back and look at what my readers like best. Thank you for sharing my blog posts with your friends! I appreciate it. It's thanks to your recommendations and sharing that so many people come to visit. 

My regular readers know I like to share our favorite recipes. Most of them are fairly easy and made with ingredients from your pantry or fridge. Here are the top ten recipes of 2014, based on popularity.
A couple of these were from December 2013, but I thought it was appropriate to include them here.