Monthly Archives December 2011

Caramel Corn

***I found this recipe in my Grandma White’s old recipe box. I’m going to start making some of her favorite recipes. She was so amazing! I miss you every day.


  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup dark corn syrup
  • 1 teaspoon of white vinegar
  • 1/4 teaspoon of salt
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1-1/2 Quarts popped corn (We used one bag of ACT II Light Butter, 2.9oz)
  • 1/2 cup sa...
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Southern Apple Crumble

3 large apples, peeled, coarsely chopped (about 3 cups)
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1/4 cup packed brown sugar
1 to 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
1/4 cup cold butter or margarine, cut into small pieces

1 pouch (1 lb 1.5 oz) Betty Crocker® oatmeal cookie mix
1/2 cup butter or margarine, melted
1/2 cup chopped pecans

1.      Heat oven to 300°F...
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Egg Nog



6 eggs
1 cups + 1 tablespoon white sugar
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
3/4 cup Brandy
1/3 cup dark rum (Captain Morgan or your favorite Dark Rum)
2 cups whipping cream
2 cups milk


All liquids should be very cold. Refrigerate in advance.

Beat the eggs for 2 minutes with electric mixer at medium speed until very frothy.

Gradually beat in the sugar, vanilla and nutmeg...

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Fresh Pineapple Upside Down Cake

3/4 cup butter
3/4 cup packed dark brown sugar
3/4 cup (6 oz. can of Dole) pineapple juice
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup white sugar
3 eggs (one egg yolk will not be used – I cook it for my dogs)
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 fresh pineapple – peeled, cored and cut into rings
Cherries & Whipped Cream for decoration &...
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Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Bacon Cookies


1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour

1/4 teaspoon baking soda

1/4 teaspoon baking powder

1/8 teaspoon ground cinnamon

Pinch of chipotle or ancho chile powder

1/4 teaspoon kosher salt

5 strips bacon (1/3 pound) Regular or Maple cured bacon

4 tablespoons unsalted butter, at room temperature

1/2 cup creamy peanut butter

1/2 cup granulated sugar

1/2 cup packed light brown sugar

1 large egg

1 teaspoo...
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No Bake Chocolate Oatmeal Cookies


2 cups Sugar
1/3 cup of Cocoa
1/2 cup of Milk
1 stick (1/2 cup) Butter
3 cups of Oatmeal
1/2 cup Creamy Peanut Butter


Add butter, milk, cocoa, and sugar in a pan on medium heat until everything is melted.

Heat on high heat until boiling.

Once boiling stir constantly for 3 minutes.

Remove from pan and place into a mixing bowl.

Add peanut butter and oatmeal.

Spoon out on wax paper...

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Cheese Ball Snowman


1 – 8 oz. package cream cheese

1 – jar Kraft 5oz. Old English Sharp Cheddar Cheese Spread

1 – jar Roka cheese spread – Kraft 5 oz. Roka Blue Cheese

1 – tbsp. garlic, minced

1 – bag (3.5oz.) Almond Accents Original Oven Roasted Sliced Almonds
Use raisons and carrot for buttons, eyes and nose. Cookie for hat

Allow ingredients to stand at room temperature until softened.

Blend and ref...

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Baked French Toast Casserole with Maple Syrup

Recipe courtesy Paula Deen

  • 1 loaf French bread (13 to 16 ounces)
  • 8 large eggs
  • 2 cups half-and-half
  • 1 cup milk
  • 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • Dash salt
  • Praline Topping, recipe follows
  • Maple syrup
Slice French bread into 20 slices, 1-inch each...

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Twice Baked Potato Casserole & Potato Skins

  • 10 large russet baking potatoes (about 7 pounds total)
  • 8 tablespoons (1 stick) plus 1 tablespoon unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons freshly ground black pepper
  • 3/4 pound bacon, cooked until crisp and crumbled
  • 1/2 pound sharp white Cheddar, cut into 1/2-inch cubes
  • 3/4 pound mild Cheddar, grated (3 ...
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Handmade Easy Christmas Ornaments


This is one of the easiest and quickest projects I’ve ever done!

What you need:

– Used wine corks
– Used shotgun shells
– T-Pins (1-1/4″, 31.8mm)
– Ornament Hooks, skinny ribbon, or twisted jute twine (Hobby Lobby has all the best choices) 
– Pick or something sharp to create the holes in the shotgun shells

How it’s done:

Shotgun ornaments: Make sure they are empty and pierce a hole with...

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