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Contentment

I get up to two kitties greeting me… with this new addition… I never know if the older kitty will have a good or bad day… she is quite jealous szo0016of the little one…

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so far… so good.. .although the younger one decides to try out Jill’s favorite sitting and viewing site… by the window…

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and then of course there’s the feeding bowlk5896998

I have a grandson on the couch in the living room… sleeping… I steal a kiss… which he ignores… meaning he doesn’t mind…

He stretches and I cover him up better… and back to sleep he goes…

The house is quiet… leaving me to my thoughts…k14786957

the mind is funny… jumping from one thing to another…

My hot tea is soothingEMO0003 … later… coffee… and pancakes for my little visitor…k3554426

Jill comes by for a pet as I sit here writing…

The world is good at this moment…

I’m so content…

Later… Christmas get-together at my nieces house…

My contribution will be dressing to go with the turkey and ham she is baking…

and I need to decide on an appetizer…

I just can’t decide… but, it will be done…

We will take a $10.00 boy/girl gift… and play a “Dirty Santa” game of gift exchanging … that the guys just love!…

They tickle me as they exchange with each other… taking away and getting back some gift they all have decided is the best!…

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Ladies are more discerning… How pretty it’s wrapped… what they have decided is in it!…

Tomorrow… cousin and husband arrive for a week… from Tennessee…

outings are planned…

Christmas Eve 1525R-140129 at my son’s houseChristmas Day u30512130 at a nephew’s home…

and then it’s done…

All of the looking… gift buyingk7841113 … parties… baking Christmas-Cookies-Cutters… being with friends… Christmas cards u29520791 and music k7456554

and remembering of that tiny Baby that began this festive time so many years ago..k15617269.

I believe He smiles at our antics at times… and then can get sad at times… like we do when we remember times that have come and gone… with people who have come and gone…

Christmas… a memory maker for sure!…

God Bless Us Everyonetinytm_c( http://youtu.be/CC_lwk0UCe4 )

Enjoy what it is you do during this time…

will see you in the New Year… 2014…k16156552

Friend’s Hospitality

A Christmas Brunch… prepared with such a sweet spirit…k15801986

A friend I met at the YMCA… will be two years this January…

invited my sister, my sister-in-law and myself for breakfast brunch

The house is decorated with love jad0039… with all of the things she has been given, collected, made, bought and handed down…

It’s like walking into a Christmas Holiday Shop k7378484

It says “Christmas” in every room…

Angels, Santask8065258 , Flowers, a Train, Treesk15798853,  Ornaments, Nativitiesk2506061 . Snowmen k2704870

The table was set with Christmas dishes k16043781 … a small handmade bag filled with candy at our place settings

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Either side is so cute… with a few added sparkles…

I hung as a decoration when I got home!

Janice makes quilts and you see her handiwork everywhere… saf0028k10420019

Menu was just right…

Fried Ham/ Biscuits  k14470354

Homemade Apple Butter/ Strawberry Jam applebutterbyBougi

Cheesy/Egg Baked Dish k6194093

Fresh Fruit k4507135

Danish

Coffee/Hot Tea/Juice k8482848

It was delicious!

We all talked as we ate nri0123

enjoying each other’s company… learning more and more about each other…

My sister hadn’t been to Janice’s home, so I said, “You must have the tour!”…

An old farmhouse… fixed as cute as it can be…

so… to every room we went… downstairs and up…

We left a little sleepyvga0031 … with a full tummy… and good feeling of being with such a nice person…

Isn’t that the way it should be!…

Thanks Janice… for your hospitality! k10727309

Christmas Party Fun!

Last night there was a Christmas Party  u11216554 with my TOPS friends(Take Off Pounds Sensibly)…

We went out one year to eat and then the last three years we have opted to have our get-together at the meeting room where we meet each week…

It is so much more fun!…

Due mainly to our club leader

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Our Leader, Sharon… in red…

She makes the room into a wonderful Christmas Party atmosphere!k7497879

with decorations… pretty tablecloths… colorful festive tablewarecenterpieces u11289609… and little gifts running up the middle of the length of tables…

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Table decorations and lots of friendly conversation!

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There is meat and bread provided… along with drinks/ice…

( this time we had lean pulled pork and chicken ) with BBQ saucefrom Mark’s Feed Store…

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since turkey and ham is usually the meat served everywhere else…

We all sign up to bring lower calorie dishes

We are all pretty good cooksu11777124 … or we wouldn’t need the club to help us stay on track of our weight or encouragement to lose those extra pounds...

Menu last night included…

green beans, glazed carrots, salad, jello salads, carrot salad, fruit, couple of different potato dishes, turkey/ dressing (after all), frito corn salad, veggie pizza appetizer, deviled eggs, broccoli casserole and a few desserts…

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My contribution…Veggie Pizza Appetizer

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Enjoying all of the good food!

I wouldn’t have liked to weigh after dinner  k12581406 … but, we did before and I am pleased to say I had lostYES!kch0052

As a group we gave our leader a gift card k4432558… and expressed how grateful we are for her hard work……

and then the fun began!

Sharon had 5 games…

Left-Right Game

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Seek/Find

Question/Answer

and 25 Christmas Items…

On this last one we all brought at least 25 or more Christmas Items in a bagk1658377 

Our leader read off a list of 25 items … Any items we had in our bag that matched her list counted as 1 point each…

Whoever had the most matches won a prize… gwil60212

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The kid in all of us comes out at these times!

Everyone left with a prizek15728629

We all help clean up… so it doesn’t take long to get everything packed away… divvied out… and cleaned up…

We are a good teamencouraging each other in every way!k11738059k9865422

Ugly Christmas Shirt and Spumoni/ Fruitcake Cookies…

I had read two cookie recipes k12782833 … I just had to make

These will be for us to have at home and any company that comes by…

(if we don’t eat all of them)… pix1157

Terry http://terry1954.wordpress.com/

a fellow blogger mentioned Spumoni Cookies… and I love Spumoni Ice Cream k14020681 … so I had to try them!

and then I had forgotten about Fruitcake Cookies…

YES!…

I’m one of those that love Fruit Cake… full of candied fruit… nuts… spices…CB005631

Says Christmas to my taste buds… k15817676

Before starting to bake…

I finished Bobby’s UGLY shirt for our Christmas Eve Party at my son and daughter-in-law’s…

Actually I think it’s quite cute!… I said, “I don’t or can’t make ugly… it’s just not in me!”…

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I found this T-Shirt at the thrift store…

Red… Christmas color!…

It just said “Sugar Daddy”… like the candy…

My mind starting clicking… Santa could be a “Sugar Daddy”…

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I added words…”I’m your…” pointing to Sugar Daddy…

 that was already embroidered on shirt…

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Santa “Sugar Daddy” with arms full of candy was added…

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Added stockings with hot glue like rest of additions…

filled with candy… Plus Gold Candy Coins…

Mine is in the making…

I’m stopping here to continue cookie baking…

Be back…

I have a few more batches to bake… then I’ll show you some yummy cookies that you could make for yourself…

I’m back! … cookies are finished and cooling…

Spumoni… A flavor of pistachio, chocolate and cherries…

Ingredients: 2 cups self rising flour, 1/1/2 cups butter (I used Butter Crisco Sticks),1 cup light brown sugar,1 large egg + 1 egg yolk,1 teaspoon almond extract,1 teaspoon vanilla extract…

Mix these ingredients together well…

then (fold in) …

1 cup semisweet chocolate chips, 1/2 cup chopped pistachios, 1/2 cup cherries… either dried, candied… I used maraschino cherries in jar (drained well on paper towels and chopped)

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Chopped Cherries, Semi-Sweet Chocolate, Pistachios

added to other ingredients…

Cover cookie sheet with parchment

Drop by spoonfuls on pan

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Fruitcake Cookies… ( I put in small baking cups like miniature fruitcakes)… or you may bake as a cookie

Ingredients: 2 sticks butter ( I used Butter Crisco Sticks), 1 cup brown sugar, 3 eggs, 1/2 cup milk, 3 cups  self-rising flour, 1 teaspoon cinnamon…

Mix these ingredients together well…

then fold in…

18-24 oz. mixed candied fruit, 3/4 cup raisins (golden or regular), 4 cups chopped nuts (either pecan or walnut) …

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Chopped Candied Fruit, Raisins, Walnuts…

added to batter…

Drop by spoonfuls onto parchment covered cookie sheets or put into small paper baking cups like I did…

I also topped with more of the candied fruit before baking…

350 degree oven for 13-15 minutes… little longer for “small cakes”… light golden brown

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My husband couldn’t resist these k14902800Not overly sweet

Great with a hot cup of coffee k3702550or tea! k11396555

Microwave Popcorn Snowmen

I made these “cuties” last year and couldn’t resist making more …

With the cute face of this snowman… you can only get smiles…

Purchase a box of regular size microwave popcorn

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I copied snowman face page on my computer…

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Bought a long knitted scarf at my favorite Unique Thrift Store for $1.99…

It has to be double-sided where it can be slipped over the pouch

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Cut it into 12 pieces about 6″ long… This one just happened to be long enough…

You might need more scarves depending on their length…

After slipping piece of scarf over head… I turn up the edge for a cuff and tie a piece of ribbon for tassel…

I use whatever ribbons I have on hand… trying to coordinate a little with colors…

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Wider ribbon for scarf works well… about an inch wide…

Believe me!… this is a simple project!…

and makes wonderful small gifts for a group… or for someone you are meeting for lunch… etc. …

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Front…

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Back…

12 cute gifts for $5.00 …= 41 cents eachOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Can’t beat that!

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Just a little different ribbon gives you a different look

even though the hats are all the same…

Have fun!…

http://www.freefunchristmas.com/

Go to this site for fun Christmas Ideas… FREE!

Sunday Grateful: December 8, 2013… Salt Dough Ornaments and Grandkids

My Granddaughter opted to go Ice Skating with a friend instead of coming over last night…

I admit I was a little disappointed, but so understood…

She will be 12 in April… and growing up so fast…420895_159860900825330_1322778887_n

Friends are so important… at any age… so… when you get the opportunity… on a snowy day… to go ice skating…x12160352

That was a no brainer! k12118130

Fun was calling her name…

Carson… my Grandson… did come… which was great!

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We like the same things… and have fun…

Off to Deal’s ( His favorite $1.00 store )…

He had brought along his saving’s bank with a couple of dollar bills and lots of quarters…k3604389

He had plans… and knew just how much he had to spend…

After leaving there… he said, “I’m really hungry!”… k13045020

I told him Chicken Nuggets… Fries or Pizza were in the freezer…

He would have chicken first… since it could be microwaved

He wanted something to eat soon!… and by the time he finished… the pizza would be ready…

As I said, “He is a planner!”…

TV is always fun… Me watching whatever he wants… “Jinxed” I think it was… Kinda cute…

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We then put together the salt dough and cut out some Christmas Ornaments… Fast and easy…OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Since the ornaments take 2 hours to bake and then have to cool…

We painted them this morning…

But, not until pancakes, sausage and bacon were cooked…k1868560

He got two of the ornaments ( Star and Gingerbread Boy)… finished before I told him it was shower time…OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

He was getting picked up by Mom and Dad… to go to an Awards Ceremony for a Football Trophyk1845737

He was looking forward to that!

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and a quietness seeped in after my little boy left…

Grandkids sure do bring happiness and joy to a home…

and I’m Grateful for them and the easy craft project!

Salt Dough Ornaments and Packing Cookies

Today has been any day but, Saturday… k15592485

I don’t know how many times… it has run through my mind…

“This can’t be Saturday!”…

But, it is… k8244780

and Grandkids are coming to spend the night…

I’ve decided to make Salt Dough Ornaments with them…

I made them with my own boys when they were young…

and are still popular to make with kids today…

A batch is made from:

1 cup flour k5321953

1/2 cup salt k15567264

1/2 cup water k15231832

Stir and knead it like a dough… (NOT Edible)

Need:

Rolling Pin sps0484

Cookie Sheet (I’m covering mine with Parchment Paper) k3256346

Toothpick or any object that will make a hole to hang the ornament with…

I usually use a straw… Makes a perfect hole for the hanger…k11774114

Miniature Cookie Cutters or any shaped object that will cut like a cookie cutter… k1256891

After baking in a 250 degree – 300 degree oven for 2 hours…

Let cool completely and paint with acrylic paints k5428594

Glitter Glue or Glitter Paint can also be used… k5218174

I also spray mine with a clear acrylic to make them shiny and lasting…

Ribbon… twine… string for hanging… k12873004

Will post our creations tomorrow…

Today… after deciding it IS Saturday…

I decided to pack cookies for mailing next week…

This post shows my baking

https://babyjill7.wordpress.com/2013/12/03/making-christmas-cookies/

I had bought containers for the ones going out of town…

Neighbors were put on pretty Christmas Paper Plates…

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I layered the containers… with the cookies… parchment paper… more cookies… paper… more cookies… and a last layer of tissue paper to keep them from breaking in their journey out-of-town…

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I will put them in another box… so hopefully they will reach their destination with little breakage

I’ve been doing this for many years…

so I think I’ve got it pretty much in control…

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With mailing them next week… I feel they will get to enjoy them before Christmas when people come by to visit…

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Change In the Weather!

The temperature has dropped

Baby It’s Cold Outside“… comes to mind…

http://youtu.be/7MFJ7ie_yGU

We are supposed to get from 3″-6″of snow…

The cats have found them a comfy spot…

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Jill found my coat/scarf…

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Kitty found her favorite chair with Christmas Pillow…

with my Grandkid’s photo…

I admit… I’m not out of my PJs yet…

No, I’m not cooking… well, something later… but, nothing special…

I made a salad if anyone wants some…

I’m just chillin!… as they say…

I took a few photos of some of the ornaments I have hung throughout the house…

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Kitchen: Bells that were Mom and Dad’s… with Reindeer Glitter Ornament

and an ornament from my cousin when she went to New York City a few years ago…

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This little Blue Wooden Lamb Ornament is 38 years old…

Made when my boys were young…

painted… glittered and tied with a red thread…

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My computer room of Louisville Cardinal Birds had to have a few red ornaments

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My little old-time Angel Topper that used to be at the top of the Grandkids’ Tree…

makes it’s home in my computer room now…

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Bathroom has some Glittery Aqua Blue Ornaments…

above the Angels …

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and my little Caroling Family…

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My Paris Bathroom has to have a few Bright Pink Ornaments…

hanging from the Bicycle and Bird Cage Wall Hangings…

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These “Critters”… Puppy and Kitten Stuffed Ornaments…

used to be on oldest Granddaughter’s little tree…

Hanging on mine until she claims them…

for her first Christmas Tree…

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Five Kitties…

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Four Puppies…

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I have a lot of Santa Ornaments due to having Grandkids …

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and I’ve added this bright green this year…

to brighten up my tree and presents…

I put a little Christmas in every room…

Since I’ve sat down at my computer it has started snowing…

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showing how fast the snow is coming down…

within 30 minutes…

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My Santa Flag is beginning to blow…

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The front walkway…

Bobby ran to get some bread, drinks and cat food…

and can already make footprints…

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Deck in back… is covered…

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Out the back door… covering up fast…

School was called off today… so I figured we were definitely in for some change in our weather…

Now, I know what!

PS… Still coming down!

Love for Baby Jesus

When my oldest Granddaughter 487075_280642388714422_2000357850_n..

was about two years old…

Christmas had come and I put out the Nativity with Baby Jesus… Mary/Joseph… 3 Wise Men… Angel… Sheep… Cow… Donkey… Camel… Shepherds…

The figures were placed inside the Manger my friend’s Mom had given me…

My Granddaughter would walk up and look and look at it… and I would tell her all of the figures names…

She really liked Baby Jesusk3123947

and I would find Baby Jesus everywhere

In other rooms… on the couch… on the coffee table… in her toys…

As you can see by this grin… she was so sweet… and still is!

When I would ask her, “Where is Baby Jesus Taylor?”…

she always seemed to know…

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We still have this set of figures…

They have been handled a lot… and are 44 years old this Christmas…

bought when my husband returned from Viet Nam and we had our first real Christmas together…

Today our little new one… “Kitty” decided our other Nativity was very pretty… or maybe she liked Baby Jesus k3123947like Taylor…

I found her laying right beside it… Staying there for quite awhile just looking at the Holy Family

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I loved how she had laid her paws on it…

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as if needing to be close…

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So Sweet !

Making Christmas Cookies

I bake cookies k4328807 to mail to out-of-town relatives and give to some of my neighbors every Christmas

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I do easy recipes… and ones I feel will keep during the mailing process

Some basics I want to share …

For most of the cookies I made I used cake mixes…

Recipe: k10015436

1- box cake mix (your choice of flavor)

2- eggs

1/2 cup oil or… 1- stick of margarine or… 1- stick of butter…

(they all work well… but, I think I prefer the margarine)

Mix by hand…

Add whatever other ingredients sound good to you…

Pecansk11338433

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Candy Pieces orange_slices

Chocolate, Butterscotch, White Chocolate, Peanut Butter Baking Chipsk8953320

Coconut k13165428

Sprinkle with Decorative Colorful Sprinkles k0577487 if you like…

Makes them festive and yours!

DAY 1:

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Orange Supreme…

Added Orange Peel and topped with a piece of Orange Slices Candy

Also added chocolate/orange Candy Morsels to some of the dough…

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Key Lime

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Topped some with the Orange Slice Candy…

some with Green Sugar Sprinkles…

and some with Toasted Coconut…

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Oatmeal Chocolate Chip

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I also added Butterscotch Morsels…

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These 3 batches made 16 dozen cookies…

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DAY 2:

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Just added a few Chocolate Morsels on top…

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a few Peanuts on some with a Decorative Candy Snowflake

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Strawberry…

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Rolled batter in Strawberry Dry Jello (like sugar)

added a Snowflake Candy…

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Butter Pecan

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Added Chopped Pecans and Maple Flavoring…

Sprinkled with a few Colored Candies…

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Rolled some in Powdered Sugar…

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Funfetti (Vanilla Sugar Cookies)…

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Added Red/Green Sugar Sprinkles and

Candied Peppermint on some…

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These 4 batches made about 18 dozen…

Day 3:

Dark Chocolate Fudge…

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Added Choclate Chips and

some were sprinkled with Sugar Crystals

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Ginger Snaps…

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Pressed cookie dough balls down with a glass dipped in sugar…

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Made Candies (Chocolates) in small baking cups of red and green…

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Peppermint White Chocolate

White Chocolate/Pecan/Butterscotch

Dark Chocolate Pecan

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2 batches of cookie dough made 6 dozen cookies…

50 Chocolates…

They are all packaged and in freezer until next week… when I will package them in containers to mail… a variety going to everyone…

I hope they enjoy as much as I loved making them!