Archive for the 'Holidays' Category

Peppermint Mocha Brownies – Perfect for Valentine’s Day

on Feb 13th 2013

Here’s an easy variation of Best Brownies.  I’ve added some instant coffee and frosted them with a mint butter cream icing.  Perfect for Valentine’s Day!  Bake them for all the people you love who also love coffee, or just bake them for yourself.  Enjoy! 2 sticks melted butter 1/4 to 1/2 cup instant coffee crystals […]

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12 Days of Christmas Jar Gifts – Hot Spiced Tea and Cider Mix

on Dec 12th 2012

Here’s one of my hubby’s favorite fall/winter beverages. He asks me to make this mix so he can keep some at work to make whenever he wants.  I also had a request for this recipe from an old friend Pam.  The recipe is easy to make and can be stored in a pretty canning jar, […]

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Blue Ribbon Carrot Cake

on Apr 3rd 2012

While Carrot Cake is a typical Southern Thanksgiving treat, it also deserves a place on the Easter menu as well.  This cake was one of my first “from scratch” hits when I baked it nearly 25 years ago in our first newlywed love nest.  Time has deepened my love for both my husband and this […]

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End Zone Brownies

on Jan 20th 2012

Here is a recipe that has been a kids’ favorite around our house for a long time. These are the best brownies I have ever tasted. Be careful! They are very rich, but they will be a great way to top of your Super Bowl menu. Brownies In large bowl mix 2 sticks of soft […]

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Pineapple Cheese Ball

on Dec 28th 2011

Are you looking for a New Year’s Eve appetizer?  Here’s one of our family’s favorites – Pineapple Cheese Ball.  It’s tasty served with Wheat Thins or Ritz crackers or even pretzels.  And better yet, this one is quick and easy to whip up! Pineapple Cheese Ball 2- 8oz packages cream cheese (room temperature) 1- 8oz […]

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My Mamma’s Old Fashioned Southern Coconut Cake

on Dec 19th 2011

Growing up I took a lot for granted. I believed my parents existed for the sole purpose of fulfilling the needs and wants my little brother and me. I never really gave much thought to the notion that my parents might actually love each other or that they might also place a higher priority on […]

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How to Brine a Turkey -Best Turkey EVER!

on Nov 21st 2011

How to Brine a Turkey This is our third year to brine a turkey and we decided to make a video to share with you about the process.  Hope you enjoy it. This is an easy way to prepare your turkey for that Thanksgiving feast.  The fruits and herbs which go into the brine give the turkey […]

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Pumpkin Gingersnap Cheesecake

on Nov 21st 2011

Pumpkin Gingersnap Cheesecake Crust: In a food processor or blender add: 1 pound package Gingersnap Cookies Pulse or blend until cookies are crumbled smooth. Then add: 1 stick real butter – melted ½ cup pecan pieces 1/3 cup brown sugar Dash of salt Pulse or blend briefly. Press into a 9” springform pan. Cover the […]

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Crock Pot Pumpkin Butter

on Oct 24th 2011

I had never given much thought to Pumpkin Butter until recently.  To break the rainy month blues one Saturday evening, we loaded up the kids and drove to Cool Springs just to roam around for a while.  I had a few moments to myself, and the aroma pouring out of WILLIAMS SONOMA drew me inside […]

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Autumn Mix

on Oct 13th 2011

We really do try to eat healthy.  But we indulge occasionally in some festive treats that are family traditions.  I’ve made this Autumn Mix for years.  It can be varied to suit your own taste.  The peanuts provide some protein and the raisins some fiber.  The M&M’s and Brach’s candy corn are only good for […]

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