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Day# 1 Christmas Baking Has Begun!

k5084230Three of my Christmas “goodies”... done!…

Many more to go!…

I know I have to get started on my baking, candy making… to get it in the mail!…

Every year I get a list together of a few new items to make… and some old reliables…

My relatives in Georgia are my guinea pigs… (Bobby’s three sisters and families…) trying out my recipes… a tradition I started many years ago…

Last night I mixed up my batter for Cherry Chewy Cookies”... a recipe I saved from “Can’t Stay Out Of the Kitchen”…

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Cream everything but, flour, cherries, pecans and coconut…

Fold in these ingredients next…

Place rolled balls onto baking sheets covered with parchment paper…

Bake 375 degrees for 12-13 minutes…

I added 1/2 of a candied cherry to top…

This recipe made 5-1/2 dozen cookies

INGREDIENTS:

1- cup brown sugar

3/4- cup butter

1- egg

2-tbsp. milk

1-tsp. vanilla

2- cups all-purpose flour

1/2- tsp. salt

1/2- tsp. baking soda

1- cup quartered candied cherries

1- cup chopped pecans

1- cup coconut

and then an old recipe I have made off and on for over 40 years“I can’t even believe that!”…

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“Candied Strawberries”...

My Dad brought home this recipe for me to make…

He wanted to give them as gifts…

He bought all of the ingredients…

I was married with two young boys… and loved doing for Christmas anyway!…

I made so many of these… I couldn’t look at a strawberry for a year I know!…

I found a copy of this recipe on Cooks.com…

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Mix all ingredients in a big bowl… Best to refrigerate at least an hour or overnight…

Shape into strawberry shape… just play with it…not that hard and doesn’t have to be perfect…

I like placing them in small muffin tin papers…

Decorate a green leaf on top with canned green frosting…

can be frozen… until ready to serve… Keep refrigerated…

Just a few on a cookie tray adds some color…

I doubled batch to make 5-1/2 dozen…

INGREDIENTS

1-cup coconut

2- pkg. (3oz. size) Strawberry Dry Jello

3/4 – cup sweetened condensed milk

1- cup ground almonds…

1/2- tsp. vanilla

Roll in extra dry jello

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My one other recipe I made today and will definitely make a few more batches... Easy and pretty!

“Christmas Fudge”... from… share-christmas.com/recipes/fudge…

 

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Boil sugar, butter, heavy cream (half/half) and salt for 5 minutes… stirring often…

remove from heat and stir about 5 minutes…

Add powdered sugar, vanilla and chopped red and green candied cherries… folding in…

Pour into 8″ X 8′ pan…

Cool and cut into small squares…

Store in air tight container

I’m hoping to get 25 pieces ( 2-dozen) + 1 … from this pan…

INGREDIENTS 

1-cup sugar

1/2- cup butter

1/2- cup heavy cream

1/8 tsp. salt

2- cups powdered sugar

1-tsp. vanilla

1/2- cup red candied cherries( chopped)

1/2- cup green candied cherries chopped

All of these are quite easy… very tasty… and will be fun to make!

 

 

 

After Christmas “FINDS”!

Cleaned out my pantry to start off my day…

Did I plan to???

NO, but, when it hits me… I do it!…

Why not!

and it feels so good to accomplish these things…

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Have you ever found Christmas remnants after Christmas…

These are the things I found yesterday around my house…

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A Santa hanging high… you have to know I’m kinda short!…

An Angel holding a kitty…

I like cats so much… maybe I didn’t really want to take it down…

A few ornaments in the bathroom… They matched so well… they just blended in

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Do you after Christmas shop?

I like to… but, only a few oddities so far this year…

Unique Thrift shopping had me finding this cute older Santa Sleigh with Sweet Reindeer…

It requires batteries and when inserted later… it worked!…

The little reindeer move their legs and it plays various Christmas Songs…

I played it for the last time this morning as I will pack it away until next year… 140101_002

Another thrift find…

Snowman Candles… aren’t they the cutest!… Using them as my winter centerpiece on my kitchen table…140101_017 140101_019

Makes me smile!

A brand new Christmas Mug with a pretty ceramic topped spoon to match… These 50% off sales at a thrift store are the best finds… 140101_020 140101_021

A few boxes, wrapping paper, clings , pot holders, placemats… was fun to find too…

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I’m a “think ahead” girl…

I will still be on the look out for more bargains… because like I’ve said before…

“The fun is in the hunt!”… 

Candy Cane Cherry Pie and Brownie POPS

I’ve never baked so much as this Christmas Season

Cookies of all kinds… and then more cookies…

I was then asked to bring dessert for our Christmas Eve Party at my son’s…

I had seen a recipe… not really a recipe… just a design you can make with Crescents Dough and Cherry Pie Filling…

2- packages Crescent’s Dough…

1- Can Cherry Pie Filling

Powdered Sugar + Milk for glaze

Makes 2!

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Lay out dough in shape of Candy Cane

on a cookie sheet…

I love parchment paper for baking… slides right off…

Save a little of the dough for the stripes…

Spoon half of can of Filling over each candy cane…

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Bake for approximately 12-13 minutes until golden brown…

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Drizzle with a little glaze over the top…

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I just covered my baking sheets with wrapping paper to make more festive… and added a green bow of ribbon…

This was hit… served with Cherry Bourgoden Ice Cream with Chocolate Chunks…thCAGQO7WP

I then thought “CHOCOLATE!”… for the kids…

and bought “Fudge Brownie Pop” Kit…

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I made 2 packages for a total of 24 pops…

You make brownies as per recipe on package…

when cooled a little cut into 24 pieces…

(remember I made two packages)…

Roll each brownie while warm into balls…

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Cool in refrigerator… and then melt 1/2 of chocolate wafers in microwave…131224_008

dip sticks in melted chocolate and insert into brownie balls…

let cool in refrigerator again…

Take out and melt rest of wafers… dipping and spooning chocolate over balls… sprinkle!

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I tied little pieces of red and green ribbon to them… after cooling…

 a little time-consuming… but, all ingredients included in box except for the egg, oil and water…

and they look so cute… and really chocolatey!

With all of the cookies my daughter-in-law had made…we had plenty to choose from!

Great fun!

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

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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

350 degree oven for 13-15 minutes (when light golden brown)…

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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