Creamy Maple Frosting

This would be good over just about any cake but my favorite is over a simple vanilla cake. I normally use my stand mixer for making icings but a good hand mixer would work well too. Continue reading “Creamy Maple Frosting”

Single-Serve Hot Cocoa

Craving something sweet and warm on a cold day? Try this single-serve version of The Best Hot Cocoa and you can be sipping on a warm cup of delicious hot cocoa in just a couple of minutes! Feel free to use non-fat milk and/or try it with almond milk and omit the sugar to sweeten it with your favorite low-calorie sweetener after microwaving! Continue reading “Single-Serve Hot Cocoa”

Decorating Icing

I love to bake and decorate cakes for my family. This is my go-to recipe for decorator icing.  Continue reading “Decorating Icing”

Granny’s Buttermilk Syrup

This is delicious over French Toast or Easy Pancakes and Waffles and can be used on almost anything you would put maple syrup on. The best part is that it only takes a few minutes to make! Continue reading “Granny’s Buttermilk Syrup”

No-Bake Eggnog Cheesecake

I absolutely love Papa’s eggnog but unfortunately, I don’t have permission to share it with everyone, yet. This cheesecake has not been tested with his recipe but it has been tried with other store-bought kinds and it is wonderful!

Try making your graham cracker crust with gingersnaps instead of graham crackers and use freshly ground nutmeg if at all possible!

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No-Bake Peanut Butter Pie

This recipe is very simple to make and can be put into a homemade graham cracker crust or a chocolate crust.

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The Best Hot Cocoa

I remember learning to make this on a wood stove when I was young. We had to be really careful not to let it get too hot and scorch or the whole thing would ruin… I miss those days! Well, some parts of them. We usually only had hot cocoa or hot tea on really cold days. We would get a cup before we left the house to walk to the bus stop which really was at least 1/2 mile uphill! The warmth in our bellies would help us get up the hill but we were always happy to see the old bus come clanking down the dirt road.

This is probably my favorite hot cocoa recipe although it does take a little bit of time and patience to make it… that just seems to make it better though. It’s really good to enjoy on a cold day or after coming in from playing in the snow which is something we don’t get to do here in Florida.  Continue reading “The Best Hot Cocoa”

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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Santa’s Top 10 Favorite Cookies That Can Be Made Ahead of Time!

santas-top-10-pin.pngI don’t know if Santa will be visiting your house anytime soon but I think he just might stop here for a handful of cookies. My kiddos love the tradition of leaving cookies for Santa although I suspect that it may be because they get to help sample the cookies.

This year I was determined to have a little bit less stress around the holidays but sometimes life seems to just happen around you. Our new house has been one thing after another and I really wasn’t sure just what else might happen before Christmas so I really tried to get things prepped ahead of time.

One thing I did was to make a TON of freezer meals, 35+ Freezer Meals In One Day!, and I also worked on adding printable recipes to all of my existing recipes on the blog as well as to the new recipes I’ve been posting. I’ve also gotten all of my recipes from my recipe box scheduled to post and I will continue to work on some of the others I have scattered around and packed up just as soon as I can.

This is so much easier than trying to keep your screen open in the kitchen… I apologize that I didn’t do this earlier! I also went ahead and made a bunch of Freezer Cookies! (Working on that post too!) 

I’m not completely against using store-bought cookie dough but I feel that homemade is ALWAYS better if you can. With these recipes, you CANI normally like to roll most of my cookie dough into small balls and flash freeze to make it easier to only pull out what I need. You may want to experiment with these recipes or divide them into smaller batches before freezing. Check out this article HERE for more information about freezing different kinds of cookie dough!

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