Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Crock Pot Chocolates for Cozy at Christmas Blog Tour

I am participating with the Cozy at Christmas Holiday Blog Tour, organized by the lovely Katie, at Let's Add Sprinkles.  You can find a list at the bottom of my post of all the other participants.

  Today we are going to enjoy a fireside tea with some yummy candies that are so easy to make!  How about we have some Christmas Tea from Twinings to warm us up?  I'd like to show you some of my favorite Christmas decorations.  The big star quilt was one I machine stitched several years ago to blend with my favorite Christmas dishes.


 My son, Mike, made this Santa for me when he was in the 10th grade.  I had seen something similar in a magazine and he built it, painted it, and I made the hat and used a mop for the hair and beard.  It's cute, isn't it?

 My daughter and I used to pick out a Santa each year to give each other and she chose this for me, back in 1996.  Don't you love Santa's bunny ear slippers, and his pail of popcorn?  Gosh, that popcorn is 20 years old! 

 This Christmas mug hold special memories, along with the set of dishes, that my late beloved and I collected from various Target stores so very long ago.

 The cross stitch was gifted to me from a special neighbor.  


 My "kozy kitchen" and family room are all open to each other. My willow tree was sent to me from my mom and sister.  It looks so pretty sitting between my chairs.

My little tree on the counter is decorated with tiny kitchen utensil ornaments, with a cinnamon stick Santa on the top.  The sweet caroler salt and pepper couple were given to my mom from a dear friend, back in the 1960's.  I just love their vintage look.   My Baking Santa is perfect for my kitchen counter.  The reindeer were another gift from a talented friend who cut them and painted them. 

Thank you for your visit to my home, and thank you to Katie, at Let's Add Sprinkles for organizing this blog hop.   May many Christmas Blessings come to you and your families!



yield: 30-40 large piecesprint recipe

Crockpot Chocolates

This delicious and easy candy is adapted from Trisha Yearwood's recipe. I'm sharing the full recipe, but I only make half, and it still yields many, small size pieces. It's a great candy for kids to help with.

INGREDIENTS:

  • 2 lbs. salted dry roasted peanuts
  • 4 ounces German Sweet Chocolate, broken up
  • 1 (12-ounce) package of sewisweet chocolate chips
  • 2 and 1/2 lbs. white almond bark
  • 2 cups dried cranberries, or other dried fruit of your choice (my addition)

INSTRUCTIONS:

  1. Put the peanuts in the bottom of a 4 quart slow cooker. Layer the German Sweet Chocolate, followed by the chocolate chips, and then the almond bark. Set the temperature to low.
  2. Place a paper towel under the lid of the slow cooker, to absorb any moisture, and cover. Do not stir the mixture. Cook for 3 hours.
  3. After three hours, add the dried fruit, and stir the mixture until it is smooth. Drop the candy into cupcake liners, about 2 tablespoons per liner, or drop candy onto waxed paper. Allow the candy to cool completely.  Enjoy!
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Monday, November 28, 2016

Caramels for My Mom

 For Thanksgiving, I went to Ohio to be with my Mom and sister.  I took my mom some homemade caramels from a recipe from my friend, Diana, at Nana Diana Takes A Break.  Diana has THE BEST caramels recipe on her blog and I had been wanting to make them for sometime now.  My sweet Mom has loved candy her whole life, and I received the sweets gene from both of my parents!  I remember when I was a little girl, she would send me to the candy store (yes, just like you picture, with glass cases and all kinds of candy behind the counter), and I would bring her back some.  Yes, life was simpler and somehow safer back then.  My Mom always looks so pretty and I learned to make a cozy home from her.  She has such a sense of style, and even at the age of 87, she still coordinates her outfits beautifully, with a pretty necklace (which she made), and a matching belt.  I'll never live up to her style coordination.   Mom has always loved caramels, and Diana was kind enough to tell me to share the recipe on my blog, because she's a "let's share kind of gal".  To check out Diana's recipe and how she packages them so very attractively, please visit her recipe here, and tell her I said "hi"!



My Mom has loved to shop at thrift stores and several years ago she found this stacked teapot/teacup set.  Isn't it pretty?



yield: an 8 x 8"print recipe

Diana's Caramels

This is such an easy recipe for caramels, and as Diana says, "it has never failed", AND they're made in the microwave!

INGREDIENTS:

  • 1/2 cup butter ( 1 stick)
  • 1/2 cup light corn syrup (such as Karo)
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup light brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup sweetened condensed milk (NOT evaporated)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla

INSTRUCTIONS:

  1. In a large microwave safe, 2 quart size bowl, (such as Pyrex), melt the butter in the microwave. Remove from the microwave.
  2. Add the corn syrup, both sugars, and the sweetened condensed milk. Stir until mixed and dissolved. Microwave for 3 and 1/2 minutes. Carefully remove from microwave and then stir down.
  3. Return to microwave microwave for 3 and 1/2 minutes more. Carefully remove from microwave and add the vanilla. Stir gently until few air bubbles remain.
  4. Pour into a buttered 8 x 8" pan, and refrigerate until set.
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Friday, November 18, 2016

Pine Cone Cheese Ball

 Carol, at Blue Sky Kitchen, organized this Holiday Recipe Blog Hop.  I hope you will be able to visit all the wonderful recipes that were shared.  Thank you so much, Carol!


It's been so nice here in Texas and I can still enjoy time on the patio with a tray of my very favorite cheese ball , with some Cranberry Pumpkin crackers from Trader Joe's.   I made a mini version of this cheese ball to share today. 



 It's not too early to use my favorite pine cone teacup, by Clarence, Bone China .



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Pine Cone Cheese Ball

I've been making this family favorite cheese ball for so many years now. The recipe comes from Southern Living. I usually make a large pine cone and then a small one for the kids' table. I hope you try it and enjoy it as much as my family has.

INGREDIENTS:

  • 1 (8-ounce) container of Garden Vegetable cream cheese
  • 1 (8-ounce) container of Onion and Chive cream cheese
  • 1 cup shredded sharp cheddar cheese
  • 3 green onions, chopped
  • 2 cups pecan halves
  • fresh rosemary sprigs for garnish

INSTRUCTIONS:

  1. Mix together the first four ingredients. Shape into an oval, or ovals, if making two. Chill two hours or overnight.
  2. Place cheese ball onto a platter and arrange pecan halves over cheese oval, overlapping rows, beginning at the bottom and working up. Arrange rosemary sprigs at the top of the pine cone. Serve with crackers.
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