Category Archives: Holidays

New Years Eve!

We decided to stay home and have a little family house party to ring in the new year!


We planned to make special food and play party games until the clock struck midnight.  We decorated the house and the girls even turned our Christmas tree into a New Years tree!


We had a lot of fun with crazy photo props….


Here are a few of the fun recipes we enjoyed that night.


Who doesn’t love these meatballs??!!  The sauce is just awesome! http://www.smuckers.com/recipes/savory-glazed-meatballs-24
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These crackers were simple and delicious!  I served them with a meat and cheese tray.

These little Santa hats were made from brownies, strawberries and cream cheese icing.


We picked up a box of Auntie Anne’s pretzel mix and made salted pretzels, cinnamon and sugar sticks and a few pretzel dogs.  They were fun to make and the girls done a great job!

I hope you have a blessed 2017 with good health, love and happiness!

Caramel pecan rolls

I was searching for a special Christmas morning breakfast recipe and this was just perfect!

http://fix-it-at-home.com/2015/09/19/caramel-pecan-rolls/

It’s a special treat that is made the evening before and then just pop it in the oven the next morning.  I served the warm rolls with peaches and mandarin oranges.  This was ideal since Christmas was on Sunday this year….Sunday mornings are usually rushed anyways and then to add the holiday to it, a quick breakfast was needed to make sure we could get to the service on time.  

I didn’t use shortening in the recipe, I just sprayed the pan with bakers spray.  I will definately make this one again someday!

Christmas desserts

Over the next few weeks, I hope to share several holiday recipes that we tried this year!  The first three are yummy desserts and snacks.  They are not new ideas but they are great recipes worth saving.  

http://omgchocolatedesserts.com/red-velvet-truffles/
These little red velvet cake balls are rolled in white chocolate and then drizzled with dark chocolate! Just make sure to allow plenty of time to chill before dipping or they will fall apart.  These are easy to make and perfect to make ahead and keep in fridge.  

https://www.google.com/amp/www.tasteofhome.com/recipes/chocolate-peanut-drops/amp?client=safari
I hesitated to make these because I knew the ingredients would be a little expensive.  Fortunately, it makes SO much that I kept them in the fridge and served them at 2 parties.  I had 5 rotating cookie sheets full while making this recipe!   It was easy, quick and fun to make these in the crock pot.  It seemed so strange and I couldn’t wait to try it!  You just layer the ingredients, do not stir and let it slow cook/melt together for a short time.  Store in fridge when done and then set out a couple hours before serving.  This TOH recipe could easily be divided in half and it will still make so much.  


https://www.google.com/amp/www.tasteofhome.com/recipes/peanut-butter-snowballs/amp?client=safari
These peanut butter balls are just amazing!  It is definitely a new holiday favorite!  Double the recipe though because it really doesn’t make 24 unless they are very tiny.  

I’m filing these recipes under Holidays so it will be easy to find in the future.  

PB Fudge!

http://www.tasteofhome.com/recipes/easy-peanut-butter-fudge

This is my go to recipe for pb fudge.  My worn out copy is dated 2010 and I’m pretty sure I’ve never used another recipe since I found this one!  It’s easy to make, delicious and it never fails!  It always sets up just perfectly and is so creamy.  This is also a great make ahead dessert.  I have made it a couple days in advance, store it in the fridge and then just pull it out when needed.  It’s perfect for cookie trays and parties because one batch makes so much!

The good and the bad

I bought this magazine back in August to take camping with me while at the county fair for a week.    It was a fun but full week and the magazine just laid on the camper table until I packed to come back home. While camping; Adam was recovering from surgery, I was nursing my sick little dog, 4H parade, fair activities and events, friends and family stopping by, Adam’s birthday, 2 doctor appointments and helping Lacey take care of her horse…no time to sit and read magazines.   But lately I have tried 2 recipes so far in this book.  I’m a big fan of Taste of Home and that’s sorta why I was so disappointed with the sweet bread.  I can usually count on their recipes being accurate and delicious!

Wasted ingredients and wasted time on this one….

http://www.tasteofhome.com/recipes/yummy-apricot-pecan-bread
I planned to have it for breakfast for a couple days with some fruit and freeze the second loaf for later.  It was so dry and had a very strange flavor.  And, I’m still not sure why it would have 8 oz cheddar cheese in it.  Both loaves went in the trash, so disappointing!

On to the good news….I finally made a great pumpkin roll using the recipe in this book!  There are so many recipes for this dessert but this one works, is super yummy and it’s a keeper!  I had one little pie pumpkin left and decided to make this dessert.


I only remember trying to make this recipe one other time years ago and it turned out bad.  I couldn’t get it rolled up and it was just a big mess.  It wasn’t fun and I never tried again, until now!  Plan ahead, it takes awhile to make and it still isn’t that fun in my opinion but it is delicious!   I love to bake but for some reason this recipe isn’t enjoyable….but the results are worth it!

http://www.tasteofhome.com/recipes/walnut-pumpkin-cake-roll