Friday, December 27, 2013

The 12 Days of Christmas Recipes


1 1/2 cups peanut butter
1 cup butter, softened
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
6 cups confectioners' sugar
4 cups semisweet chocolate chips

In a large bowl, mix together the peanut butter, butter, vanilla and confectioners' sugar. The dough will look dry. Roll into 1 inch balls and place on a waxed paper-lined cookie sheet.

Press a toothpick into the top of each ball (to be used later as the handle for dipping) and chill in freezer until firm, about 30 minutes.

Melt chocolate chips in a double boiler or in a bowl set over a pan of barely simmering water. Stir frequently until smooth.

Dip frozen peanut butter balls in chocolate holding onto the toothpick. Leave a small portion of peanut butter showing at the top to make them look like Buckeyes. Put back on the cookie sheet and refrigerate until serving.

Made this as part of my Christmas tin gifts this year. Another winner! And if I can make it, anyone can! lol

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 Eat-Your-Heart-Out Fudge
borrowed from Michelle King

I stole this recipe from my friend Michelle this holiday season. Let me just say, this recipe was a hit! It is simple enough and so tasty! I made some for our mailman, garbage man, neighbors, and put it in cute little Christmas tins. Definitely a winner!

Cut a piece of foil big enough to fit inside and up over the edges of an 8x8 baking pan or dish. Place foil in pan and press against bottom, sides, and corners to fit the pan. Set aside until later.

In a large microwaveable bowl, stir 1.5 cups powdered sugar, 1/4 cup milk, 1/4 teaspoons salt.

Add 1/2 cup butter or margarine.

Microwave, uncovered for one minute. Stir. Microwave for 1 1/2 minutes. Stir. Microwave for an additional 1 1/2 minutes or until bubbling. Total cooking time is 4 minutes.

BOWL WILL BE HOT. Use hot pads and place directly on a wooden board or heatproof surface.

Quickly add and stir until melted and blended, 1 package (12 oz) semisweet chocolate chips (2 cups), 3/4 cups peanut butter, 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract.

Spoon mixture into foil-lined pan or dish. Use the back of a spoon to press mixture into an even layer.

Place in the refrigerator for 2 hours or until firm enough to cut. Peel off foil. Cut fudge into small squares.


Thursday, December 26, 2013

The 12 Days of Christmas Recipes

 Chicken & Broccoli Casserole
by Linda O'Brien

3 packages frozen chipped broccoli (cooked and drained)
6 chicken breasts (already cooked)
2 cans Campbell's condensed cream of chicken soup
1 1/2 cups Hellman's real mayonnaise
2 teaspoons lemon juice
6 tablespoons of cooking sherry
1 cup finely shredded sharp cheddar cheese
2 cup of Pepperidge Farms stuffing mix crumbs
2 tablespoons melted margarine

Preheat oven to 350. In a 9x13in pan, arrange cooked broccoli in bottom of pan. Cut cooked chicken into small pieces, place over broccoli. In a bowl mix together the condensed soup, mayonnaise, lemon juice and sherry; pour over chicken and broccoli. Sprinkle shredded cheese and the stuffing crumbs over the chicken and broccoli. Melt the 2 tablespoons of margarine and drizzle over the casserole. Bake covered with foil for 1 hour at 350. Remove the foil and bake about 12 minutes until it is bubbly.

Linda O'Brien is my sweet mother-in-law. She is really thoughtful and takes good care of us. We are blessed to live very close to her and Dad. This recipe is one of Timmy's all time favorite dishes. He and his brothers devour this dish when she makes it. I'll definitely be keeping this one on file! :)

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by Jodi Holland

makes approximately 45 cookies

1-1/2 c. sugar
1 c. butter
1 egg
1 t. vanilla
1- 8oz. pkg. cream cheese
1 t. anise oil
3-1/2 c. flour
1 t. baking powder

Pre-heat oven @ 375
1. Mix together sugar, butter, egg, vanilla cream cheese and baking powder.
2. Mix in the flour and chill for 1 hour.
3. Roll out to 1/4 to 1/32 inch thick. Cut with cookie cutters
4. Bake for 5-7 minutes
5. allow to cool completely
6. glaze, frost and decorate optional. These cookies are great without anything but Hey it's Christmas time so go ahead and decorate them!!

Powdered sugar glaze:  4 c. powdered sugar, 1/4 c. milk, food coloring
To make a thicker icing  that stand up to a little more decorating:
4 c. powdered sugar, 3 T. milk and food coloring

Friday, December 20, 2013

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Sticky Toffee Pudding
by Samanatha Ogershok

I've decided to share my sticky toffee pudding (don't let the name mislead you: it has absolutely nothing to do with toffee or pudding!). We tried this for the first time in Scotland, and when I came home, I had to replicate it. DEFINITELY a comfort food here: zero calorie cutting!

1 cup of dates
1 tsp vanilla
1 tsp baking soda
5 tbsp softened butter
2 cups of flour
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
3/4 cup of sugar
1 egg

(These next ingredients are for the drizzle:)
1 stick of butter
1 cup of heavy cream
1 1/2 cups of brown sugar
(Optional) 2 tbsp of cooking rum

1. Preheat your oven to 350°. Boil dates for five minutes then drain and kill off the skins.
2. Return your dates to the pan with one cup of water, the vanilla, and the baking soda. Let boil, then simmer for two minutes (WATCH THE POT).
3. Soften the butter further in a mixer, then add the dates mixture, egg, and dry ingredients.
4. Kurt muffin tins generously with cooking spray or grease. Pour batter into muffin tens then bake at 350° for 27 minutes.

Meanwhile, make the drizzle:
1. In a sauce pan, combine butter, cream, and brown sugar with 3 tablespoons of water and boil. Let simmer 2 minutes (WATCH POT!).
2. (Optional) add rum.
3. After you have taken your pan out of the oven, pour sauce over "pudding" cakes, then bake an extra three minutes.

Serve with vanilla bean ice cream.

This one sounds yummy but a little too much for my skill level....someone who is a skilled cook needs to try this recipe and bring me a taste! :)

Sammi is my best girl friend in the whole world! We've known each other since we were tiny and have had the blessing of sharing many special memories and milestones together~classmates (3rd-12th), volleyball teammates, music lessons, All State Choir, school plays, music groups, weddings....and in between all of that several-hours-long coffee dates to just chillax. Sammi has been the most incredible friend over the past almost 20 years and I am so blessed to have her in my life!

My wedding April 2013~Her wedding March 2012

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Pineapple Cranberry Salad by Crystal Messenger

(prep 10 in.)

1 can (20 oz.) crushed pineapple, undrained
2  pkgs. (4 serving size each) JELL-O Raspberry flavor jello
1 can (16oz.) whole cranberry sauce
1 apple, chopped fine
2/3 c. chopped walnuts

Drain pineapple, reserving juice. Remove 1 Tbsp. pineapple, set aside. Add enough cold water to juice to measure 3 cups. Pour into sauce pan. Bring to a boil, remove from heat and dry jello mixes. Stir 2 minutes. Stir in cranberry sauce. Pour into large bowl. Refrigerate 1 /2 hrs. or until thickened.

Enjoy this refreshing, and sorta healthy, dessert as a completion to your Christmas dinner! :)

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Veggie Casserole
by Jodi Holland

1 pkg. California Blend Vegetables (cooked and drained)
2 t. flour
2/3 c. mayonnaise
2/3 c. milk
2/3 c. shredded cheddar (divided)
1/2 c. bread crumbs
1 T.  butter

Preheat oven to 350.

1. Sauté the bread crumbs in the butter until light brown.
2. Mix the flour, mayonnaise, milk and 1/3c. cheese.
3. Combine the Vegetables and the mayonnaise mixture in a 1 quart casserole dish.
4. Top with bread crumbs and remaining 1/3 c. Cheddar cheese. 
5. Bake for 15 - 20 minutes.

I love cooked veggies~I'm really excited to try this recipe!

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

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Tex-Mex Dip

This recipe is definitely a family favorite, especially my Pappy's. It's a simple, yet tasty taco dip that is always a big hit at any party! Our Christmas "Eve Eve" night wouldn't be the same without it!


1 can of refried beans
1 8 oz container of sour cream (I like to use lite or low-fat)
1 taco seasoning packet
1 small can of chopped olives (or slice up about 4 oz of whole olives)
2 medium tomatoes, chopped
2-3 green onions, chopped
cheese (amount is up to you! :))

I like to make this in a dish that has a lip so that people don't scoop it off the plate onto the table. All you do is layer up the ingredients! Start by spreading the beans on the bottom of the dish. The next layer is the sour cream combined with the taco seasoning. (You can usually just add the packet carefully to the sour cream container and mix with a spoon.) Add to the dish. Next, add the cheese in a layer over top. Follow that with the tomatoes, onions, and olives. The order really isn't important, whatever looks best to you!

Throw some tortilla chips in a basket or bowl and enjoy!

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Sausage Bread
by Beth Holland

My Mother would always make sausage bread for New Year’s Eve. We enjoyed it other times of the year too though! Something about the Holiday season brings back memories of sharing meals with family and this was always one of our favorite recipes! Now that I have my own home, I make this every now and again and plan to carry on the New Year’s Eve tradition! 

1 package yeast (or 1 tbs.)
1 cup warm water 
1 tsp. sugar
1 tsp. salt
2 tbs. olive oil
2 – 2 ½ cups flour

1 lb. ground Italian sausage, cooked and drained
1 green pepper , diced
1 md. Onion, diced
2 cups mozzarella cheese
Parmesan Cheese

Mix yeast and water and let stand five minutes until frothy. Add sugar, oil, salt, and flour one half cup at a time. Mix until a soft ball forms. Lightly knead on floured surface for about five minutes. Place in a bowl and cover in a warm, draft-free place. (I usually heat my oven for just a few minutes, turn it off, and then place the dough inside to rise.) Let rise until it is just doubled in size. With floured hands, press dough out on a baking sheet into a long rectangle. With this recipe, I usually split the dough in half and make two loaves.

Preheat oven to 350. Sauté the onions and green peppers in a skillet until tender. Mix with ground sausage and then spread over dough. Top with mozzarella layer and sprinkled parmesan. “Jelly roll” the dough into itself to create a long “log” and press the edge to seal it. I usually lightly spray the top of bread with cooking spray sprinkle some Italian seasoning on top. Bake for about 30 minutes or until the top is just golden brown.

Beth Holland is my cousin-in-law, married to the next oldest grandkid (after me) Russell. Russ and Beth live in Wyoming with Russell's brother and sisters. 

They just celebrated their first wedding anniversary this month. We are thankful for this sweet addition to our family!

Sunday, December 15, 2013

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by Crystal Messenger

35 waffle pretzels
1 bag of Kraft caramels
1 bag (10 oz.) Hershey Kisses
35 pecans
1/2 c. chocolate chips

Lay a waffle pretzel down on a baking sheet. Unwrap caramel and lay it on top of the pretzel.

Place the pan into an oven that had been warmed to 350 degrees and bake them for 4 minutes. remove the pan and immediately press Hershey kiss into the caramel. Place back in oven for 1 minute.

Take out of oven and place pecan on top of kiss.

In microwave melt 1/2 c. of chocolate chips. sing a spoon, drizzle the chocolate over your turtles.

before you store these, you will want to let the chocolate harden completely. Speed up the process by placing pan into the freezer.

Meet, the Madre. :) She's an incredible wife and mom, and I love her dearly! She is so thoughtful and goes out of her way to be there for me and my brother. I am blessed to have her Godly example in my life. I am thankful that she's always available when I call and need bailed out of a "situation" in the kitchen. lol Love her!

Saturday, December 14, 2013

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Christmas Party Mix


cups Corn Chex cereal
3cups Rice Chex cereal
3cups Wheat Chex cereal
3cups Cheerios
1.5cup mini pretzel sticks
1.5cups walnuts
1stick of butter
4tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
3teaspoons seasoned salt
1.5teaspoon garlic powder
1teaspoon onion powder

Preheat oven to 200°F. In an ungreased large roasting pan, melt butter in oven. Stir in seasonings. Gradually stir in cereal, pretzels, and walnuts until evenly coated. Bake 1 hour, stirring gently every 15 minutes. Make sure you get all of the seasonings off the bottom of the roaster each time you stir. Store in airtight container. The flavor continues to infuse in the container, so the mix is even better after the first day or so.

This is a really special recipe to me. For as long as I can remember my mom would bake this snack every Christmas.  When I was little I knew that Christmas must be getting close when I saw the party mix in the oven. :) My brother and I would sneak in the kitchen and try to sneak some from the big roaster cooling on the stove. This is a special memory that I hope to continue. I've made two batches of this so far this year. I don't have a roaster, but both times my mom was sweet enough to let me borrow hers. That's probably why it turned out so well~it was made in the Messenger party mix roaster! (shown in picture :))

Friday, December 13, 2013

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WHITE TRASH-Christmas Snack
by Jodi Holland

6 c. Crispix cereal
8 oz. dry roasted peanuts
12 oz. plain M&M's
3 c. small salted pretzels
1-1/2 c. Rice Krispies cereal
3 c. cheerios
2 lbs. white chocolate disc

1. Mix all ingredients except for the white chocolate disks together in a large bowl.
2. Melt the white Chocolate disks and pour over the cereal mixture and mix GENTLY.
3. Pour onto wax paper and allow to dry for 1/2 hour.
4. Break apart and store in an air tight container.

Who doesn't love this yummy treat, especially when you are using red and green M&Ms! This is definitely a treat that we love, especially when it comes from our Aunt Jodi because that means the family has arrived and Christmas can begin! :)

Todd and Jodi Holland (my mom's brother) are Christian missionaries to Arctic Canada, the Northwest Territory. The picture above was taken at almost -25 degrees F! This will be our first family Christmas without them and we are really going to miss them! Please pray for them as the follow God's will for them, and pray they stay warm! :)