Quick and Easy Fudge!

This seriously is the easy fudge and better yet it is so good!

3 ingredients, well 4 if you want nuts, microwave and that’s it!

This is a quick and easy recipe for any Christmas cookie plate, bake sale or hostess gift.   fudge

 

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3 cups semi-sweet or milk chocolate chips

1 can (14 ounces) sweetened condensed milk

1/4 cup butter

1 cup chopped walnuts (optional)

1. Place all ingredients except nuts in a large bowl.

2. Microwave at MEDIUM (50%) until chocolate chips are melted, 3 to 5 minutes, stirring once or twice during cooking. Stir in the nuts.

3. Pour into well-greased square baking dish, 8×8 inches. Refrigerate until set.

Variation: Substitute 1 cup peanut butter chips for 1 cup of the chocolate chips. I used Sea Salt Carmel chips as well! I then sprinkled Sea Salt on the top of the fudge.

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I also double the recipe and put it in a 9×13 pan.

Hopefully this helps in a pinch for a fast and easy holiday treat!

 

 

 

Christmas in the City – Minneapolis MN

In Minnesota we don’t stay indoors when it’s cold and Christmas time is one of the most beautiful times of the year in Minneapolis.

RwyCCcQjSeypSpYTg4jz%w_thumb_2c1eaThe Minneapolis Holidazzle is a wonderful event to visit during the Christmas season. My husband, St Bernard and I hit the opening of this special event and it really was like walking in a postcard.

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There are numerous tents with hand crafted items for sale, Christmas music, a beer garden and an ice skating rink. Grab a hay bale and hot chocolate and watch a movie.

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The night we attended they had Fireworks and it was spectacular.

 

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Check out Holidazzle if you can. If  time allows, stroll down Nicollet Mall to see the vintage Dayton’s windows. Our Saint Bernard loved the Santa Bear display!

 

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The Top 3 Staging Items to Purchase

Most people associate Home Staging with the dreaded ‘D’ word. Declutter! They think that a Home Stager will come in and tell them what they need to take out and remove.

That is part of it but most of my home staging consultations also include tips for the homeowner of items to purchase to make the home shine a little brighter. There are three top items I seem to always be recommending. These three things are not updates to the house or upgrades. They are items that you can take with you when the home sells.

1. New Towels

New towels are the best way to freshen up a bathroom. You know when you  buy them and they are all soft and fluffy before you wash them a few times? That’s what you want hanging on your towel bars.

 

 

They will become your ‘pretend’ towels that will only be hung for photos and for showings. Don’t wash them and don’t use them until your house sells. Then pack them up and take them to your new house because who can’t use new towels!

 

2. Lamps

No one likes a dark house. Even if your home has a ton of natural light or many recessed lights, table lamps on end tables and nightstands warm up the space and makes it feel more cozy.

 

 

Be sure to turn on all your lights whenever possible when you have showings, even if it is a bright sunny day. And again….you get to take them with you when you move!

 

3. Throw Pillows

Most sofas are a neutral color like brown or tan. These aren’t colors that photograph into a great statement for your MLS photos. By adding throw pillows you add color, pattern and texture to a room. It’s also a perfect way to make a tired looking sofa look more alive!

 

 

This applies to beds as well. A bed shouldn’t be just a comforter or bedspread with bed pillows. It too needs some interest and throw pillows are an inexpensive way to do so. This is most important in the Master Bedroom. A queen size bed should have three pillows (two matching and one accent in front) and a King bed may need as many as five but it does depend on the size of the pillows used.

 

 

Take a look around your home and see if these three things may help to make your home show better to both the camera and the buyers walking in your door. A professional Home Stager will be able to give you specific guidance as to color, lamp size and the number needed.

And remember……these items are not a sunk cost as you get to take them with you to use in your new house!