Sugarplums

Just like the story- “while visions of sugar plums danced in their heads”. Now you can make your own. It takes more time to gather all the ingredients than it does to make them. Sugar Plums Ingredients: 2 cups almonds ¼ cup honey 1 ½ tsp. cinnamon ½ tsp. ground nutmeg ¼ tsp. ground cloves…

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Spicy Ginger Nuts

I love coated nuts. Unfortunately, most of the store bought ones contain wheat in them. Bummer! But….. ta da! We can make our own without too much fuss. Try this sweet and spicy blend and see if you don’t get hooked too. Spicy Ginger Nuts Ingredients: ¾ tsp cinnamon ¾ tsp. ground ginger ¼ tsp.…

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Peanut Butter Chocolate Cut Outs

Here’s a great cut out cookie that is neither sugar nor gingerbread. This gives you another option to put into your recipe file and pull out. Have fun! Peanut Butter Chocolate Cut Outs *Note: dough needs to chill overnight Ingredients: ½ cup butter, softened ½ cup creamy peanut butter 1 cup powdered sugar ¾ cup…

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Cranberry Chocolate Muffins or Mini Loaves

I don’t know about you, but I just love the smell of muffins baking in the oven. The whole house is filled with the wonderful fragrance as they bake.  This is a favorite quick bread and makes a great gift baked fancy papers. You can use either the foil ones at the store, which are…

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Microwave Homemade Caramels

Making candy can be a challenge. Standing over the hot stove top, stirring like a crazy woman so the mixture doesn’t boil over and start a mini volcano. That’s why I like to find microwave candy recipes. You pop it in, watch it. Stir down once in  awhile, pop it out, pour and let set…

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Chocolate Nut Toffee

I used to be a little afraid of making my own candy. It always seemed intimidating what with having to use a candy thermometer and cooking to a soft ball or hard ball stage (I’m like… a what?), and then making sure it doesn’t boil up and out of the pot and then all that…

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