Perfect Waffles


This is a recipe we enjoy making in the evenings with some scrambled eggs and sausage links. 

2 cups flour
3 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 egg yolks, beaten
2 cups milk
1/2 cup canola oil
2 egg whites, stiffly beaten

In mixing bowl, combine flour, baking powder, and salt. In glass measuring dish, combine egg yolks, milk, and oil; add to dry ingredients, beating just till blended. Carefully fold in stiffly beaten egg whites. Do not overmix. Bake in preheated waffle baker. Makes 6 9-inch waffles.
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Christmas Reindeer Snack


Here's a snack I made for my granddaughter last Christmas that she loved. We did too. Enjoy! 

3 cups pretzels
3 cups Bugles
3 cups Fritos
1 cup roasted peanuts
12 oz. peanut M and M's
10 oz. white chocolate bark

In a large bowl, combine pretzels, Bugles, Fritos, peanuts and M and M's. Set aside. Place chocolate bark in a medium glass bowl and melt in microwave in 2 minute intervals until silky smooth, stirring between each heating. Drizzle melted chocolate over pretzel mixture and stir to coat. When fully coated, pour mixture onto a baking sheet and spread it out to edges. Allow to cool completely. Break into pieces and store in an air-tight container. Makes 11 cups. 
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Orange Cranberry Scones


This is such an easy recipe to enjoy with a warm cup of tea in the morning or afternoon. This was the first scone recipe I ever made. Enjoy!

2 cups flour
1/4 cup sugar
2 teaspoons grated orange peel
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/3 cup butter
1 cup cranberries (chopped)
1/4 cup orange juice
1/4 cup milk
1 egg

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. In mixing bowl, combine flour, sugar, orange peel, baking powder, salt, and baking soda. Cut in butter until coarse crumbs form. Add chopped cranberries, orange juice, milk, and egg. Knead 6-8 times. Pat out and place in ungreased round cake pan. Cut into 10 wedges. Sprinkle with sugar. Bake for 12-15 minutes until lightly browned. If desired, drizzle with glaze: 1/2 cup powdered sugar and 1 tablespoon orange juice. Makes 10 scones.
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Christmas Dinner Party Ideas

We always celebrate Christmas Eve with a special dinner. Here are a few ideas for a special dinner with your family.

Main Course Idea #1 - Creamy Vegetable Soup 

Main Course Idea #2 - Slow Cooker Holiday Ham,

Main Course Idea #3 - Molasses-Brined Baked Chicken Thighs with Roasted Root Vegetables, Green Bean Casserole, and Garlic Rosemary Braid

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Mom's Pecan Brittle


Here's my Mom's famous Pecan Brittle recipe that she makes every Christmas. Enjoy! 

1 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon water
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 12/ cups sugar
1 cup water
1 cup light corn syrup
3 tablespoons butter
3 cups pecan halves or pieces

Butter 2-15x12" baking sheets, and keep warm in a 150 degree oven until candy is almost done. 

In a small bowl, mix together baking soda, water, and vanilla. Set aside.

In a large saucepan, combine sugar, water and syrup. Cook over medium-high heat, stirring occasionally until it reaches 240 degree on candy thermometer. Stir in butter and pecans. Continue cooking and stir constantly until it reaches 300 degrees. Watch carefully, so mixture does not burn. Immediately remove from heat and stir in baking soda mixture until thoroughly combined. 

Pour half onto each warm baking sheet and quickly spread evenly and as thin as possible. Cool, and break candy into pieces. Place in an air-tight contained when completely cool.

Tip: The key to brittleness is thinness. To ensure this quality, be sure to spread candy mixture carefully and thinly.
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Ambrosia Salad

Here's an easy dish to make up for a family gathering or church dinner.

1 can (20 oz) pineapple chunks
1 cup (11 oz) mandarin oranges
1 cup sliced apples
1 cup sour cream
1 cup miniature marshmallows
1/2 cup coconut flakes

In large bowl, combine pineapple, mandarin oranges, apples, sour cream and marshmallows. Place in serving bowl. Sprinkle top with coconut. Cover and refrigerate for several hours. Easy and so yummy. Serves 6-8.
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Baking Christmas Cookies


Here are Twelve Yummy Cookie Recipes to get you into the Christmas Spirit. Turn on the oven and put on your favorite Christmas music. This is a great activity to spend time with your family. Enjoy the moments . . . 

(Perfect for a Christmas Tea Party)

(wonderful with hot tea or coffee)

(My favorite for cut sugar cookies)

(We used to make these every Christmas Eve when the girls were little)

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Grandma's Chocolate Delight Dessert


My Grandma Swiler used to bring this to our family gathering every Christmas. It is still a popular hit. 

1 cup flour
2 cups chopped pecans, divided
1/2 cup butter, softened
12 oz. cream cheese, softened
1 1/2 cups powdered sugar
12 oz. whipped topping, divided
2 - 3.9 oz. instant chocolate pudding mix
4 cups milk

In small bowl, mix together flour, 1 cup pecans, and butter. Press into an oblong baking dish and bake at 350 degrees for 20 minutes. Cool.

In mixing bowl, mix together cream cheese and powdered sugar until smooth. Fold in 1 1/2 cups whipped topping until combined. Spread mixture onto cooled crust. 

In another mixing bowl, whisk together pudding and milk for two minutes until pudding begins to thicken. Spread pudding over cream cheese mixture. Top with remaining whipped topping and sprinkle remaining 1 cup chopped pecans to cover. Refrigerate for 4-6 hours or overnight before serving. Serves 20-24.
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Raspberry Vanilla Scones


Here's a delicious recipe to serve your family.

2 cups flour
1/3 cup sugar
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup butter
1/2 cup half and half
1 egg, beaten
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1/3 cup raspberry jam + 1 teaspoon water

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. In medium bowl, mix together flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Cut in butter with knife or fork until mixture is crumbly. Add half and half, egg, and vanilla extract. Stir into flour mixture and work together until completely mixed. Pat out onto a floured surface. Divide dough in half. Cut first half into eight pieces and place each in lightly greased scone pan. Press to form into the pan. In small bowl, mix together jam and water. Spoon half of the raspberry jam onto dough. Create a second layer by repeating the process with remaining dough. Sprinkle with 1-2 teaspoons sugar. Bake 15 minutes until golden brown. Allow to cool for 5 minutes and remove from pan.
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Christmas Tea Party Ideas


One of my favorite traditions at Christmas is to have a tea party with our daughters and those who are special to us. Here are some recipe ideas for you to try. Enjoy the moments . . . 

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Chocolate-Coated Raspberry Spritz Cookies

Here's a delicious recipe to make for your next tea party or for the holidays. You may omit the chocolate on the bottom, if you so desire...they are delicious either way! Enjoy! 

1 cup salted butter, room temperature
2/3 cup sugar
2 1/4 cups flour
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 egg
1/4 teaspoon almond extract
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 1/2 cups raspberry jam
12 oz. semi-sweet chocolate chips

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. In a large mixing bowl, cream together salt and sugar until well blended. Mix in flour and salt. Add egg and extracts and mix until combined. Fill cookie press cylinder with dough and press cookies out onto an ungreased cookie sheet. 

Fill a decorating press with jam and dot cookies in the center with jam. Bake for 14-17 minutes until cookies turn golden brown along the edges. Remove from oven and cool on wire racks. 

In medium glass bowl, melt chocolate chips in microwave in 2-minute increments until silky smooth. Using a decorating knife, glaze bottom of cookies with chocolate and allow to dry upside down on wire racks. Store in refrigerator. Makes 30-36 cookies.

Chocolate Caramel Cookies

We love chocolate covered caramel pecan candies --chewy caramel, pecans, covered in delicious chocolate. A quick search through my cupboards revealed all the ingredients, so I decided to try a cookie version of the candy. We LOVED them. I hope you will too.

1 cup butter
1 cup brown sugar
1 cup sugar
2 eggs
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
3 cups flour
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 cup caramel bits
1 cup chocolate chips
1 cup sweetened coconut
1 cup chopped pecans

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In large mixing bowl, cream together butter and sugars until light and fluffy. Add egg and vanilla. Mix in well. In a small bowl, combine flour, salt, and baking soda. Add to creamed mixture in three parts. Stir in caramel, chocolate chips coconut, and pecans. Scoop by tablespoonfuls onto a parchment-lined baking sheet. Bake for 10-12 minutes until golden brown. Cool on racks. Makes 5 dozen. Enjoy!
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