Caramel Pecan Candies

I just have to give in to my sweet tooth every now and then, especially around the holidays. I try to save the rich calorie-laden treats for when we have parties and get-togethers so I don’t end up eating them all by myself! These are always a winner! Continue reading “Caramel Pecan Candies”

Cream Puffs

These are not really hard to make and once you’ve made them a couple of times you’ll be a pro and you will be impressing all of your family and friends! Continue reading “Cream Puffs”

Made From Scratch Vanilla Pudding

This is so easy to make that you may never make pudding from a box again!

Made From Scratch Vanilla Pudding

Made From Scratch Vanilla Pudding printable recipe

Ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 c. milk, scalded
  • 1/2 c. milk
  • 1/2 c. sugar
  • 2 1/2 t. flour
  • 1/4 t. salt
  • 3 egg yolks
  • 1 T. butter
  • 2 t. vanilla

Directions:

Blend half of the milk with the sugar, flour, and salt.

Add the hot milk and bring to a boil.

Cook 3 minutes, stirring constantly.

Add the 3 egg yolks and whisk well.

Cook 5 minutes, stirring constantly.

Remove from heat add the butter and vanilla.

Cover and cool slightly.

Chill in refrigerator.

Cocoa In A Crockpot

Just another recipe I found floating around in my Holiday Binder… we love to serve Hot Cocoa when we have a Polar Express Party and this is one of the recipes I have used in the past although we normally prefer to use our Hot Cocoa recipe. This one is super simple and delicious though.

Try serving it with some Chocolate-Dipped Goodies for an extra special treat!

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Rice Krispie Treats

These are so easy to make and I know people have been making them for ages but I found the recipe in my binder and thought I’d share it. These also work well for making different shapes and for using when making fancy cake decorations! There are a million things you can add into these to make them a little extra special so let your imagination go… the kids love helping with these too! Continue reading “Rice Krispie Treats”

Funnel Cakes

I went to a vendor event recently and they had funnel cakes… I LOVE FUNNEL CAKES, so of course, I had to get one but then after seeing how much they cost I remembered I had a recipe in my old recipe box so I can make them at home.

My older kids loved funnel cakes too so we made them on a fairly regular basis before moving to Florida. I know they aren’t the healthiest treat but they will be OK for every now and then. They can be a little tricky to make as you really need to swirl the batter to get the right texture but once you get the hang of it you’ll find that they are fun to make.

I know that traditionally they are sprinkled with 10x sugar but you can also try them with fruit and whipped cream or a Cinnamon Sugar mixture.

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Chocolate-Dipped Goodies

This recipe can be adapted for so many uses from those candy-coated spoons, to pretzel sticks and even marshmallows or cookies. The kids always have a ball helping with this and this is one of our favorite activities when we are preparing for a Polar Express Party. These are also great for gift-giving. Kids have a lot of fun helping with these treats! Continue reading “Chocolate-Dipped Goodies”

Ms. Shirley’s Hot Apple Cider

We had some of this at a dance the other night and Ms. Shirley was kind enough to share her recipe with me. There are many different things you can add to this to make it ‘yours’ and I’ve included some add-ins at the bottom of the recipe. You can also heat this on the stove instead of a crockpot.

Ms. Shirley’s Hot Apple Cider

Ms. Shirley’s Hot Apple Cider

Ingredients:

  • 6-8 c. apple cider
  • 1/4 – 1/2 c. Mrs. Butterworth’s syrup
  • 2 cinnamon sticks

Directions:

Place all ingredients in a large crockpot and heat until warm.

Serve hot!

Add-ins:

I love the hot apple cider that they serve at the Biltmore Estate in NC. You can add in a couple of these or just one or two to spice up your cider a little bit.

  • use real maple syrup instead of Mrs. Butterworth’s syrup
  • use 1/4 c. brown sugar in place of syrup
  • 1/2 c. orange juice
  • 2 t. cinnamon instead of cinnamon sticks
  • 4-6 cloves or 1-2 t. ground cloves
  • 1/4-1/2 t. allspice
  • a pinch of nutmeg
  • a pinch of salt

 

Cheesy Hash Brown Casserole

This is one of those easy, go-to recipes that can be made in a variety of ways. You could add some chopped, cooked meat or ham to this to make a hearty main dish. Continue reading “Cheesy Hash Brown Casserole”

Rolo Cookies

I haven’t made these in a while but I was reminded of them the other night when I was talking about how much I miss having our Polar Express Parties. Hopefully, we will be able to start this tradition back up soon! Continue reading “Rolo Cookies”

Easy Crockpot Apple Butter

I don’t post a lot of ‘canning’ recipes on here because most of what I know about canning is in my head. I just do things the way I saw them done when I was young and I can’t really guarantee the accuracy of all of them.

This recipe here is a good one for canning and giving out as gifts though. It never seems to stick around that long here though because my kids LOVE Apple Butter and I love that I know exactly what’s in it. The longer you let this cook the thicker it gets… we like it THICK so we always let it cook just a tad bit longer.

I haven’t tried using anything other than sugar to sweeten this with but I think it would probably be ok to give it a go. This also freezes well if you don’t want to can it.

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Crockpot Applesauce

I don’t post a lot of ‘canning’ recipes on here because most of what I know about canning is in my head. I just do things the way I saw them done when I was young and I can’t really guarantee the accuracy of all of them.

This recipe here is a good one for canning and giving out as gifts though. It never seems to stick around that long here though because my kids LOVE applesauce and I love that I know exactly what’s in it. This recipe can also be used for the Crockpot Apple Butter! If you decide to use this for Apple Butter you may want to omit the sugar and seasonings.

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