Don’t get me wrong. I love get-togethers. I’m just not that fond of hosting them. All the preparation stresses me out. The shopping. The cooking. The cleaning. The kid wrangling. I can feel my blood pressure rising already.
One way that I try to keep hosting stress-free is by keeping the menu simple and easy. This means no fancy, complicated dishes. Instead, I choose recipes that I know like the back of my hand, and because I’m an absent minded cook — I enlist my husband to watch the kitchen timer!
One of the easiest recipes is my husband’s microwave fudge. Not only is it easy to make, but it’s perfect for when I need to bring something to a party. In about 10 minutes, you have an dessert or snack that looks like it took way longer to make and everyone will love it. I promise.
Easy Microwave Fudge Recipe
Ingredients & Directions
- 12 ounces semisweet chocolate chips
- 14-ounce can sweetened condensed milk
- 1 1/2 cups chopped nuts (optional)
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Microwave 12 ounces semisweet chocolate chips and a 14-ounce can sweetened condensed milk, 5 minutes. Stir vigorously, then add 1 1/2 cups chopped nuts and 1 teaspoon vanilla extract. Spread in an 8-inch-square pan lined with buttered parchment paper. Refrigerate, then cut into squares. Total prep: 10 minutes
Holiday Party Checklist
Before every party I mentally run through the following holiday party checklist to get my house (and myself) ready. Feel free to click the image to print a copy for yourself.