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Saturday, December 7, 2013

Tiny Tim Christmas Cookies

These are a favorite at our house. My oldest sons name is Tim so of course he loves the fact that he has a famous character with his name. However he is not very tiny any more. Yet these little bites are. They are bite sized and colorful making them a favorite of ours

1 cup sugar, divided
2 to 3 drops red food coloring
2 to 3 drops green food coloring
1/2 cup butter, softened
1/2 cup shortening
1/4 cup confectioners' sugar
1 teaspoon almond extract
2-1/3 cups all-purpose flour

2 cups confectioners' sugar
3 tablespoons butter, softened
4-1/2 teaspoons heavy whipping cream
3/4 teaspoon almond extract
Red and green food coloring, optional

In a small bowl, combine 1/2 cup sugar and red food coloring; set aside. In another small bowl, combine remaining sugar with green food coloring; set aside. In a large bowl, cream the butter, shortening and confectioners' sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in extract. Gradually add flour and mix well. Shape into 1/2-in. balls. Place 1 in. apart on ungreased baking sheets. Coat bottom of two glasses with cooking spray, then dip one in red sugar and the other in green sugar. Flatten cookies alternately with prepared glasses, redipping in sugar as needed. Bake at 375° for 8-10 minutes or until edges are lightly browned. Remove to wire racks to cool completely.

For frosting, in a small bowl, combine the confectioners' sugar, butter, cream and extract. If desired, tint half of the frosting red and the other half green. Frost the bottoms of half of the cookies; top with remaining cookies. Yield: 5 dozen.

source: Taste of Home

Cheesy Bacon Dip In Bread Bowl

So yummy can be served with soup or stew or shared at a party. Yummy!!! Enjoy a delicious tasty treat with a warm at home taste

1 Round Loaf (1 pound)
1 Package (8 ounces) Cream Cheese
1-1/2 cups Sour Cream
2 Cups shredded Cheddar Cheese
1 1/2 c. sour cream
1-1/2 tsp Worcestershire Sauce
3/4 Pound Bacon, cooked and crumbled
Assorted Crackers

Cut the top fourth off the loaf of bread. Hollow out bottom, leaving a 1-inch shell. Cut the removed bread into cubes to use with dip.In a bowl, beat the cream cheese. Add the sour cream, cheddar cheese and Worcestershire sauce. Stir in bacon. Spoon into bread shell. Wrap in a piece of heavy-duty foil. Bake at 325 for 1 hour or until heated through. (or microwave while still in bowl and spoon into bread). Serve with crackers and bread.

Friday, December 6, 2013

If you are out there on the roads that are snow and ice covered my prayers are with you. Local county has considered the entire area to be dangerous and has ordered everyone not having to be out to not be on roads. I know that there are others that have no choice but be careful , take your time. I hate accidents this time of year so near the holidays

All The Snow Leads to Some Musical Thoughts

Today the weather hit, well actually it started yesterday afternoon but when we got up we could tell for sure that the weather was a bit different than the day before. In fact the whole world looked a bit different. The weather outside was frightful but it was a work day and I went to work. I wish I could have just sat at home and listened to this song

Getting stuck in the parking lot at work was not something that I much enjoyed but I must say all the snow does make for a beautiful sight. The Christmas lights just simply seem to glow in them and perhaps you to feel as if you are walking through a winter wonderland

But even with all the beauty we must all say a prayer for all those that are not so blessed to be in a warm place. Because baby its cold outside with all the snow on the ground

Taco Chip Dip

Every year there are a few places that we go that we need to take a dish to. We normally need an easy recipe due to our busy schedule. We also love to share something delicious with those that we love. This taco dip recipe adapted from is always a pleaser.

(1) 8 ounce package cream cheese, softened
(1) 16 ounce container nonfat sour cream
1 package taco seasoning mix
Iceberg lettuce - rinsed, dried, and shredded
1 cup shredded Cheddar cheese
3 chopped tomatoes
1 green bell pepper, chopped
(1) 2.25 ounce can black olives, drained (optional)

Tortilla Chips

So good! I love taco dip and this was no exception. Serve it at a party and it will be gone in no time.

Thursday, December 5, 2013

Tonight as the weather is cold and not so nice I begin to think of all the simple things that I am thankful for. I am thankful for a family that is loving and one that loves to talk so the conversation is always changing. I am thankful that we have a roof over our house and heat to keep us warm. Even though we like to sleep with the house just a bit cool I am thankful for blankets and a soft bed to lay. The meal that we prepare tonight I am thankful for as well, something warm to put in my belly and to know that the meal was bought on the super thrift using coupons at different times. I am thankful for the knowledge that I have learned through many different sources older women in the family, bloggers that have shared many awesome tips.

My prayer tonight is for all those that are not as blessed as myself. I pray that with all my heart that all stay warm and comfortable.

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Peppermint Oreo Krispie Treats

This festive recipe brings together some delicious treats. Peppermints, oreos and rice krispie treat. Oh so yummy. They will be the hit of the party

Peppermint Oreo Krispie Treats


Yield: 24 squares (aproximately 2" square)


6 cups Rice Krispies cereal
20 Candy Cane Joe Joe's, or oreos, crushed/chopped (about 2 1/2 cups crushed)
6 cups mini marshmallows
4 Tablespoons Challenge butter
2 or 3 regular sized peppermint candy canes
2 oz. white chocolate
2 oz. semi-sweet chocolate
1/4 cup mini M&M's


In a large bowl, add cereal and crushed cookies. Mix to combine.
In another large, microwave safe bowl, add marshmallows and butter.
Microwave 2 1/2-3 minutes, or until the marshmallows are super fluffy, and melt together when stirred.
Stir together, until the marshmallows and butter are fully combined.
Pour melted marshmallows on top of the cereal and cookie mixture. Use a spatula that has been sprayed with cooking spray to quickly mix the marshmallow cream and cereal together. Stir until combined.
Quickly, pour/scoop the sticky mixture into a prepared 9"x13" pan. Spread the mixture around, and press down with spatula.
While the cereal treats cool, crush 2 or 3 candy canes in a small ziplock bag. Sprinkle crushed candy on top of krispie treats.
Melt the white chocolate by placing chocolate in a piping bag or heavy ziplock type bag, and microwave at 50% power until nearly melted. Kneed the bag a little in your hands (careful- it will be hot!) Snip off the end of bag and drizzle chocolate on krispie treats
Repeat as above with semi-sweet chocolate.
Top krispie treats with mini M&M's or festive sprinkles.
Allow chocolate to set before cutting into squares.

recipe source Glorious Treats
shared at Thursday Favorite Things

Christmas Crunch Bark

Christmas Crunch Bark

1 package (24 ounces) vanilla -flavored almond bark, coarsely chopped (in the baking aisle of the supermarket)
¾ cup whole or slivered almonds, coarsely chopped
¾ cup sweetened dried cranberries, coarsely chopped
2 cups crisp rice cereal
1 Cup Christmas M&Ms
10 oz dark/semi sweet chocolate, melted for drizzling

Line a baking sheet with parchment paper, place into the freezer at least 1 hour.
Place almond bark into a double boiler bowl, heat and stir until melted, being sure NO water gets into the chocolate bark.
Heat a small frying pan and toast nuts at a medium low temperature until golden brown. Keep an eye on the nuts so they don’t burn. Just takes a few minutes, be sure to stir them.
Remove from heat and add cranberries to the pan. Stir until combined.
Stir cereal and half of the nut mixture into melted bark.
Pour bark mixture onto cold tray, spreading evenly. Immediately sprinkle with remaining nut mixture and M&Ms, press lightly onto surface of bark.
Drizzle with melted dark chocolate, let stand 7-10 minutes or until bark is set. You could also place in the fridge for a bit to set quicker.
Bring edges of parchment up over bark and break into various size pieces.

Yield: about 1 cookie tray full
•You can use two packages (12 ounces each) premium white or chocolate-flavored confectionery coating candy wafers instead of the almond bark.
•When melting almond bark, make sure your bowl and utensils are completely dry. Even one drop of water will cause almond bark to harden and clump.
-Instead of a dark chocolate drizzle, you could also melt white chocolate and color it red or green with food coloring, festive for Christmas!

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Build A Snowman Without Getting Cold

Oh my it may be super cold where you are. There may be lots of snow or ice. Then again you may be in a warm tropical area (where I would love to be at times) and want to be a bit cooler. Whatever the case this snowman is super easy to build and the secret is something that many of us have our bathrooms.

This little snowman is made up of balls just like every other snowman but he is wearing lots of q-tips Check out this cute craft here

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Fritter Day

Today is a day to celebrate that tasty treat the fritter. Fritters may be savory or sweet. Today though I am sharing my hub's favorite fritter the Apple Fritter

Apple Fritters Recipe:

heaping cup all purpose flour
1/3 cup sugar
1 tsp. baking powder
dash salt
1 - 2 tsp. cinnamon (depending on how much you love cinnamon)
1/4 tsp. nutmeg
1/2 tsp. vanilla
1 T. butter, melted
1 egg
1/3 cup milk + plus more if needed
1 - 1 1/2 cups chopped apple, your favorite kind for eating, peanut sized or smaller

oil for frying
milk and powdered sugar glaze for dipping or just powdered sugar for dusting
(About 1 cup pwd. sugar + 1 T. milk or more) 

Mix all dry ingredients together, slowly add the wet ingredients minus the apple. Carefully mix until well combined but not overly beat,gently fold in apple pieces. The batter should be the consistency of a light cake mix. Once the oil is read (when a test drop of dough floats to the top of the oil) then using a cookie scooper or soup spoon, place a few balls of dough into the oil. Be careful not to overcrowd and watch carefully for the underside to turn golden brown, then gently flip over and continue frying until done. I cooked mine about 45 seconds per side, but they were the size of golf balls - adjust cooking times based on size of fritters and temperature of your oil. It is always a good idea to test one to ensure it comes out like you are expecting.

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National Roof Over Your Head Day

National Roof Over Your Head Day is celebrated every December 3. Today is also give back day in many areas. What is more special during the holidays than the day to celebrate what we have and to give to those that are less fortunate.  While many of us will be sitting in our comfy home when reading this post there are many that are less fortunate. Think about getting out there and doing for others and if not able to do that then how about those local charities that could use a boost financially or from volunteer work. NO better time to get started than now.              
Happy National Roof Over Your Head Day!

Snowmen Treat

SnowMan Trail Mix

•1 large container of black raisins (16 ounces)
•1 jar of peanuts (16 ounces)
•1 bag of natural almonds (16 ounces)
•1 bag of roasted soy nuts (16 ounces)
•1 bag of natural sunflower seeds (16 ounces)
•1 bag mini marshmallows (8 ounces)
•1 bag of mini chocolate chips (dark chocolate) or dark chocolate (at least 70% cocoa) bar broken into pieces (4-6 ounces)
Yield: 11+ cups

•Mix all of ingredients in a very large bowl.
•Measure into individual bags, cups or other containers

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Monday, December 2, 2013

Peaceful Prayerful Pretzels

Did you know that there is a prayer in every pretzel??? The first pretzels were created in France in 610 A.D. Yes they have been around for many years. The pretzels would be given to children by priest as a learning tool. The pretzel would help teach them how to pray properly. You see each part of the pretzel symbolizes part of a prayer The twist in the pretzel represents the arms of children in prayer. Each of the three holes represents the father, son and holy ghost. So why not share a pretzel with those that you see this season and say a little prayer tor them as well.

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