December 21, 2007



First of all, thanks to all of you for your wonderful words of encouragement and has really helped with everything going on! I have not even had the chance to go and visit everyones blogs but believe me, I have not forgotten you and cannot wait until our high speed internet is hooked up this weekend and I can browse at my leisure, cup o' joe in hand!!! Yes, we will be in the house at long last this weekend and I cannot wait! My oldest son comes home from college tomorrow - yippee!!!! So, things are slowly starting to fall into place! Now, on to the blog candy! I am celebrating my 7500 hits (thanks so much to all of you who visit and give me such great feedback!) and YOU are the winners! So, here is what I am doing: in keeping with the holiday spirit, the candy will not be revealed but will be "wrapped" until it is time for the drawing! I will do the drawing on Friday, 21 December 2007. Okay, just a little hint. There will be ribbons, paper, embellishments, and of course a few stamps! I promise it will be yummy!! Here is all you have to do to win: post a comment on this blog entry providing a favorite holiday recipe. This is a great way to get new ideas and share with others! I will provide a yummy family favorite the day I reveal the winner! Also, you will get an extra entry if you post a link on your blog about my blog candy! Please only one entry here though to make it fair. Let me know if you do create a link and I will ensure you get two chances when I do the drawing! This post will remain at the top of my blog until the drawing so please make sure you scroll down for new entries (should I actually get time to make one!). Good luck to all of you - I cannot wait to read the yummy recipes! Also, there will be something special for the first person to post as well *wink*


pescbrico said...

A Recipe... we eat that every Chirstmas Eve and it's really simple :
1 can of Fruits salad (16 oz)
1 box of dream whip (any kind work)
1 Bag of marshmallow

Put all that together in a big bowl. Stire well and put in the fridge for a whole night.
Then stire and serve with Tea cockies!
Congratulations on your hits!!!

ScrapMomOf2 said...

OK, my recipe is easy. You need Hershey Hugs (not Kisses, Hugs!), and you need Christmas M&Ms. Then find round pretzels. Jays makes them, and sometimes there are a generic store brand that is round. Place the pretzels on a greased cookie sheet. Fill the sheet up. Place a Hug in the center of each pretzel. Place in a 200 degree over for just a couple of minutes. Just let the Hugs get warm, DON'T wait for them to melt. Take them out of the oven, and press the Hug into the pretzel with an M&M. Let them cool, remove from sheet, and Enjoy! We make them every year, and they're fantastic. Salty and sweet!

I'll link to you in tomorrow's post! Congrats on your hits!

Melody (lacyquilter) said...

Christmas Miniatures
1 cup butter
1/2 cup powdered sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/8 teaspoon salt
1 cup cornstarch
1 cup flour

Cream butter; add sugar gradually. Mix in remaining ingredients. Chill several hours. On floured surface, roll about 1/2" thick. Cut with miniature cookie cutters or cut into very small squares or other shape. Place on greased cookie sheets. Bake at 375 degrees 6 - 10 minutes, depending on size. Cool. Decorate with small red frosting roses & green leaves. Makes about 7 dozen.

And yes, it is 1 cup of cornstarch. These literally melt in your mouth.

Congrats on the hits. I linked your blog candy on my blog and also tagged you, Alex.

Mandee said...

My favorite and easiest Christmas
Chocolate coveed pretzels....
1 bag of pretzels ( any kind)
i package of almond bark ( i like white the best)
melt the almond bark, submerge the pretzels and set on waxed paper to dry... YUMMY!!

Pam Speidel said...

Yeah! I'm so happy to hear you're finally getting to move into your beautiful new home! How exciting for you and your family ~ and a wonderful Christmas gift too! :)

Here is one of our all-time favorite holiday recipes that we make every year to share with family and friends:

Mom’s Christmas Cutout Sugar Cookies

Crème together until fluffy:
1 cup margarine
1-1/2 cups sugar
3 eggs
1 tsp vanilla

Sift together:
3-1/2 cups flour
2 tsp cream of tartar
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt

Mix flour mixture with butter mixture and chill 3-4 hours. Roll out on a well floured surface, 1/8 – 1/4" thick. Cut out with cookie cutters.
Bake on ungreased cookie sheet – 375 degrees, 6-7 minutes

Frost, decorate with sprinkles and enjoy!!!

I will mention your blog candy on my blog, "Stamping with Serendipity". Congrats 2 U Alex!

CAKVD said...

Here's my favorite recipe:
Bailey's Irish Cream Fudge:
Combine the following
-3 c. melted semi sweet chocolate chips
-1 c. melted white chips
- 3 c. powdered sugar
-1/4 c. melted butter
-1 c. Baileys Irish Cream
Simmer for a few minutes then put into a pan and refridgerate for 2 hours.
* If you eat enough, you'll get the giggles!!

Tracy.H said...

Some of these sound so yummy!! This one was given to me by my SIL and it really isn't a recipe...just throw in what you like kinda thing.

White Chocolate Mix:

White Chocolate(I buy the small bulk bits)
Nut mix of your choice(I buy a bag of the Sierra Nut Mix)
Crispix Cereal or similar type

Melt Chocolate in Microwave and pour over mix. Mix together. Spread out onto a cookie sheet and place it into the freezer for a bit to set. Break it up and enjoy! We usually keep this mix in the fridge or freezer. VERY YUMMY!

Lilian said...

mine is super simple, but very fun treats...

place pretzels (the loopy kind, not the sticks) on a cookie sheet, place chocolate kisses on top of each one. bake on low for 5 minutes. take them out and squeeze christmas colored m & m's on top of the chocolate kisses. you have a fun shaped yummy sweet, salty treat! :)

jodene said...

Congrats to your hits. I love to share my favorite holiday recipie. Seafood dip
1 package cream cheese
1/4 cup mayo
1/4 cup sour cream
Mix toghether spread onto dish
Top with cocktail sauce
Then add
1 can broken shrimp
1 can crab
grated cheese
Serve with crackers

Thanks for the chance! I love surprises

scrapnnMO said...

Congrat's on your 7500+ hits girl! How awesome is that! Recipe:

Sour Cream Chocolate Chip Cookies
2 C. all-purpose flour
1 t. baking soda
1 t. salt
3/4 C. butter, softened
1 C. granulated sugar
1/2 C. firmly packed dark brown sugar
1 T. vanilla
2 eggs
1/2 C. sour cream
1 C. raisins
1 C. coarsely chopped toasted walnuts (see note)
12 oz. bittersweet bar chocolate, chopped into 1/4-inch or smaller pieces

Position 2 racks near the center of the oven and preheat the oven to 375° F. Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper or foil.

Sift together the flour, baking soda and salt into a medium bowl. Set aside.

In the bowl of an electric mixer, using the paddle attachment, beat the butter, granulated sugar, brown sugar and vanilla at medium speed until creamy, about 2 minutes. Beat in the eggs one at a time, beating well after each addition and scraping down the sides of the bowl as necessary. Add the sour cream, mixing until blended. At low speed, add the dry ingredients, mixing just until combined. Using a wooden spoon, stir in the raisins, nuts and chopped chocolate.

Drop the dough by rounded tablespoonfuls onto the prepared baking sheets, spacing the cookies 2 inches apart. Bake 2 sheets at a time, 12 to 15 minutes, until golden brown. Switch positions of the sheets halfway through baking so that the cookies brown evenly. Transfer the cookies to wire racks and cool completely.

Note: To toast nuts, heat in a dry skillet over medium heat until they start to brown. Stir occasionally. Be careful not to scorch them. Or, spread on baking sheet and bake in 375° F. oven for 5 to 8 minutes or until brown.

Makes about 60 cookies.

Shannon McGann said...

Hi Alex, Thanks for the chance to win what I'm sure will be yummy blog candy! My favourite holiday recipe is for my mom's whipped shortbread cookies. It's very simple, but the secret is to beat the batter for a long time (at least 10 minutes). These cookies literally melt in your mouth!
2 c. butter (not margarine)
3 c. flour
1 c. icing sugar
Whip all ingredients together for at least 10 minutes. Drop by teaspoonful onto ungreased cookie sheets and top with a maraschino cherry quarter (if desired). Bake for 5 - 7 minutes at 350 (until the bottoms just turn golden).

I'll put a link to this entry on my blog for you, and I'll have some blog candy up this weekend, too, if you want to check that out!

dd2njoy said...

Enjoy your new home girl!!!I'm so happy for you!!
Here's my easy recipie...
1/2 cup butter or marg.
2 tbsp.cocoa
1tbsp. milk
1 cup brown sugar packed
2 lrg eggs
3 cups graham crumbs
1/2 cup med coconut
1/4 cup chopped walnuts
1/4 tsp.salt

icing:1 cup semisweet cho.chips & 2tbsp.butter or marg.

Bring butter,cocoa,milk,sugar & eggs to a boil in saucepan,stirring often. Boil 1 min
Stir in next 4 ingr.Press into greased 9x9 inch pan,cool.

Icing:melt choc.chip nd butter in pan over low heat stirring often. Spread over cooled bars. Allow to set before cutting ,store in fridge.cut in 36 squares.

Hope you enjoy it and congrats on all your hits!!!
Thanks for the chance at your candy!

GrammaStamper (Barb) said...

Alex, I'm so happy you will be getting into your house at last. I've missed your comments, but hope to see you again when your high speed kicks in. My favourite recipe is the same as Shannon's, the Whipped Shortbread cookies. No need to repeat the ingredients here, I guess. I'm going to add a link tomorrow on my blog. thanks for the chance to win.

Jan Scholl said...

two rutabagas cubed and boiled. Drain. Add butter and salt and fresh parsley. YUMMY-my gramma always made it for me.

Anonymous said...

I make this cake every year in bundt pan, it is "my other mom's" Ukranian recipe and is easy and simply yummie... give it a try.
You need 3 bowls (wet, dry & icing)

Mix together in 1 bowl:
3 cups grated carrots
2 cups white sugar
1 cup oil
4 eggs beaten

In another bowl:
2 cups flour
2 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. all spice
2 ts.p cinnamon

Beat 1/2 cup of Butter(margarine)
4 oz Philadelphia Cream Cheese-1pkg
2 cups Icing sugar
1/2 tsp. vanilla

Mix cake ingredients together and bake at 350 degrees on middle rack, greased pan, for 1 hour. (9x13" pan).

I always use a good size bundt pan, your cake will go alot further with company.

Congratulations on your hits. Happy Holidays!

Debbie/StudioBeeCreations said...

Sweeto Frito Bars:
1 10.5 oz bag Fritos originals
1 cup white sugar
1 cup Karo syrup
1 cup creamy peanut butter
7 Hershey Bars

Grease or spray a 9 x 13 corn chips in bottom of pan.
In saucepan...bring the sugar and Karo to a boil over medium heat...just so the sugar is dissolved.
Remove from heat & stir in the cup of peanut butter until smooth.
Pour over the chips.
Place SIX of the chocolate bars on the top & let melt.....EAT the other one while awaiting the real treat!!!!
Cool....Break up or cut into pieces & ENJOY!!
Congratulations on your hits to your blog....AND A VERY,VERY MERRY Christmas!!

maiahs_momma said...

Here is my fav. Christmas time recipe for a yummy treat after supper. You take some chocolate wafer cookies (you can get them in any cookie aisle at your local supermarket), then you put a small scoop of cool whip in between each cookie wafer using a knife. In the end I think we use 4-6 pkgs of cool whip! Once you start to have a few of these wafers and cool whip, make a wreath shape with them (a large circle). Once you are done with making your circle, use any left over cool whip to cover the top and sides of your wreath. It will look like a white circle in the end, next we add some green and red gummy candies (swedish berry candies) on top. We also like to keep the wafers that have broken in the package and crumble them over top of the wreath too.
Once you are done decorating it, put it in the freezer over night and then when you are ready for it take it out and serve. It tastes like an ice cream cake, and it tastes better than plumb pudding if you ask me.

Congrats on all your hits, and hope you have a Merry Christmas :)!I am putting a link on my blog for your blog :)!


Angel Wilde said...

Here is a favorite of mine. I searched for it on the internet and found it is called White Lightening Cookies and Krispy Krunchies and Rocky Mountain Show Drops among other things. But these are so easy and SO good. AND no bake. :-)

1 lb. white chocolate
1/2 c. peanut butter
1 1/2 c. miniature marshmallows
1 1/2 c. toasted rice cereal
1/2 c. dry roasted peanuts

Place white chocolate in 3-quart casserole dish. Heat on full power in microwave 3-5 minutes or until melted. Stir in peanut butter until well blended. Mix in remaining ingredients and drop by teaspoon on wax paper. Makes 3 dozen.

Diane Noble said...

Chocolate Peppermint Cheese Ball

1 (12 oz.) pkg. semi-sweet chocolate chips
1 cup peppermint candies (about 36 candies)
2 cups pecans
8 ounces cream cheese, softened

Process chocolate chips, peppermint candies, and pecans in a blender or food processor until finely ground. Place mixture in an airtight plastic bag or container until ready to use. There will be enough mixture to make several cheese balls.

When ready to make a cheese ball, place cream cheese in a bowl. Remove 1/2 cup of ground candy/nut mixture from its bag and mix into cream cheese. Shape into a ball and wrap in plastic wrap. Refrigerate for at least 2 or 3 hours or until firm. Serve with chocolate flavored vanilla wafers, chocolate graham crackers, etc.

Yummy...thanks for a chance to trade my sweets for your sweets!!! Congratulations on 7500 hits!

Anonymous said...

Glad you're finally in your house and all is going well. Congrats on your hits too! ;) This is a fav that my DH makes every year.

Hard Candy - many flavors
Powdered sugar
3 3/4C Sugar
1 1/2C Karo light corn syrup
1C water
1/2 tsp flavoring oil
Desired food coloring

Sprinkle 18x24 inch strip of alum foil with pwdr sugar. Mix sugar, corn syrup and water in lg saucepan. Stir over med heat until sugar dissolves. Boil, without stirring, until temp reaches 310 degrees (F) or until drops of syrup form hard and brittle threads in cold water. Remove from heat. Stir in flavoring oil and coloring. Pour onto foil. Cool;break into pieces. Store in airtight container. Makes 2 1/4 pounds.

Whew! That's it for something so simple and yummy! I'll be linking you blog on mine.

scfranson said...

Great blog!
Corn Flake Peanut Butter Bars
1 cup sugar, 1 cup white karo syrup, 1/2 cup butter in saucepan, melt and then boil for one minute. Stir in 1 cup of peanut butter and then pour over 7 cups of Corn Flakes. Stir really well to cover corn flakes and then press really hard with the back of a spoon into a greased 9 x 13 pan. Addicting !

JenMarie said...

Congrats on the hits and moving!!!

I just love this recipe from Better Homes and Gardens:

Chocolate Chip Meringues

2 egg whites
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
1/8 teaspoon crm of tartar
2/3 cup sugar
2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
2/3 cup miniature semisweet chocolate pieces

Beat egg whites, vanila and crm of tarter until soft peaks.
Add sugar mixed with cocoa powder 1 tablespoon at a time. Beat until stiff peaks. Fold in chocolate pieces.
Drop by rounded teaspoons 2 inches apart on greased cookie sheet. Bake at 300 about 20 minutes until bottoms are very lightly browned. Cool on wire rack. If desired can drizzle with melted chocolate.

These are best made the day of.

Michelle said...

A recipe I just discovered and will be making every year from now on. You will love too!! Gooey Toffee Butter Cake.

1 (18.25 oz) box of yellow cake mix
1 lg egg
1/2 cup (1stick) unsalted butter

1 (8oz) cream cheese
2 lg eggs
1 tsp pure vanilla extract
1 (16oz) box confectioners' sugar
1/2 c. (1 stick) of unsalted butter, melted
1 c. almond toffee bits or chocolate toffee bits

Preheat oven 350 degrees. Lightly grease a 13x9x2 inch baking pan

Cake: In a bowl combine the cake mix, egg, and butter and mix with electric mixer. Pour into pan and pat into bottom of pan and set aside.

Filling: Still using an electric mixer, beat cream cheese until smooth. Beat in the eggs and vanilla. Dump in confectioners' sugar and beat well. Reduce speed and slowly pour in butter. Mix well. Fold in toffee bits. Pour filling onto cake mixutre and spread evenly. Bake 40-50 minutes. Don't be afraid to make a judgement call on the cooking time, because oven temps vary. You want center to be a little gooey. so don't bake it past that point.
Remove from oven and allow to cool completely. Just remember that this wonderful cake is very, very rich and a little goes a longe way.

Congrats on your hits. I'm a new blogger and can't wait to get there. Could you help me with linking. I've tried doing several things but can't get it to work.

Nikki said...

I'm sooo glad to hear about your house being ready!!! What a relief!
Well one of my fav recipes is I'm sure one many other people use but here I go...
Monkey bread!!!
1/2 cup sugar and 1 tsp of cinnamon mixed in a baggie
1 cup firmly packed brown sugar
3/4 cup of melted butter
2 cans of grands bisquits or 4 cans of regular bisquits

Cut biscuits into pieces and coat with cinn/sugar mix then arrange evenly into bunt pan. Pour melted butter and sugar mixture over top and back at 350 for 28 to 35 mins. I gurantee everyone will be coming back for more! It makes an oooy goooy yummy treat that noone can get enough of!

Nikki said...

I linked a comment to my blog Alex! Thanks for the chance!!!

Vicki said...

I'm going to share a wonderful cookie recipe from Pictures in Time. They are yummy!
Chunky Peppermint Fudge Dream Cookies
3/4 c. packed brown sugar
3/4 c. sugar
1/2 c. butter or margarine, softened
1 tsp vanilla
2 eggs
2 oz unsweetened baking chocolate, melted and cooled
2 1/4 c. all purpose flour
1 tsp baking soda
2 pkgs creme de menthe candies
1 1/2 c. semisweet chocolate chunks or morsels

Heat oven to 350 degrees. In large bowl beat brown sugar, sugar, butter, shortening, vanilla and eggs with electric mixer on medium speed until smooth. Beat in melted baking chocolate. Beat in flour and baking soda until well blended. Reserve 1 c. of chopped mints. Stir remaining mints and the chocolate chunks into dough.
On ungreased cookie sheet, drop dough by 1/4 cupfuls 2 inches apart. Bake 11 to 15 minutes or until centers of cookies no longer look moist. Immediately sprinkle with remaining mints. Cool 1 minute; remove from cookie sheet to wire rack. Cool completely, about 30 minutes.

These really are yummy!