Freshen Up Friday

Happy Valentine’s Day, friends! I hope you have something fun planned for today! I made a special treat for my Valentine a day early, since we had all that lovely snow and it made things romantic a day early! I’ll use any excuse to celebrate with my love!

This pie has been featured here before, but since it was never added to my recipe index, I thought it needed to be highlighted again! This is my favorite Valentine dessert, because my husband sent me this recipe when we were dating and I made it for him then, and have made it many times since. It’s our special treat for February 14th!

Here is the luscious treat just after being popped into the oven….

Then after being baked and cooled, it is served with Whipped cream that has cherries mixed in. I found bing cherries at the grocery this week in the marked down section of the produce department. I knew immediately where they were going! Yummmm.

After Christmas, we found bags of Nestle chocolate chips that were red, green and regular colored on sale for a great price.  We snagged several bags.  Did you know that if you melt those together it doesn’t make a strange color, it just melts into a lovely brown? Yeah, me either! That’s what I used for this pie. Lovely find!

Here’s the recipe:

Sweetheart Fudge Pie
1/4 Cup butter or margarine
3/4 cup brown sugar, packed
3 eggs
2 cups semi-sweet real chocolate pieces
2 tsp instant coffee
1 tsp vanilla
1/4 cup all-purpose flour
1 cup coarsely chopped walnuts
9 inch unbaked pastry shell
1 cup whipping cream
2 Tbl chopped maraschino cherries

Cream butter with brown sugar; add eggs, one at a time, beating well.  Melt chocolate over hot, not boiling, water; add to creamed mixture with coffee and vanilla.  Stir in flour and walnuts.  Pour into pie shell.  Bake at 375 degrees for 25 minutes.  Cool.  Whip cream stiff (I like to add about 1/4 cup powdered sugar).  Fold in cherries.  Spread on top of pie; decorate with chocolate or candy hearts.

Okay, now onto a little idea to additionally freshen up your Friday.  Which would you rather pull out to clean your bathroom…

or these?

I found these cute little spray bottles for $1 at the Dollar General in our town.  I immediately knew how I’d use them!  I had purchased a large refill bottle of bathroom cleaner, and rather than just pouring it into the old bottle, I labeled one for the cleaner and the other for my glass cleaner.  They are a handy little size, they spray well (some bottles are aggravating!), and they’re cute!  If you need cleaner in two different places, like the kitchen and the bathroom, why not divvy up some for each room by using plastic spray bottles?  I bet you’ll smile while you use it, too!

Happy cleaning!  See you in church!

Be refreshed,

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