Monthly Archives: December 2012

Happy 2013


Happy New Year to everyone. I hope your holidays were filled with special memories. I thoroughly enjoyed my time off from work and the blogging world.  I was able to spend time with Mark doing all the things we enjoy. I cooked constantly and can’t wait to share my recipes with you all.

I have some housekeeping I need to take care of in my little world of blogging. Over the last couple of months I have received a number of viewer’s blog award nominations. To those that have nominated me, I didn’t forget, nor am I ungrateful, just was really busy with the holidays approaching. So this weekend I plan to update everyone on those awards and my nominations. 

As for my recipe blog, I will continue to post the recipes from the meals I prepare, just less frequently. Those that follow me probably are aware that I try to post 6 times a week. Well this has become a bit much with working more hours outside of my home. It’s not that I’m not cooking, but I’m not documenting well enough. So for the new year I will probably post 3 times a week and see how that works for all of us.

I was able to make many of my favorites dishes over the holidays. Here’s just a taste of what’s to come.

My Easy Gumbo          Ham Salad? or Spread?     Cuban Sandwich    

and not to be forgotten . . .  Chipotle Chicken Tamales

I’d love to hear what you all think about my recipes. So please don’t hesitate to comment on them. Let me know if you have tried any of them and how did they work for you and your family.

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Posted by on December 31, 2012 in Uncategorized


Merry Christmas & A Happy New Year!

Christmas on Disneyland's Main Street

Christmas on Disneyland’s Main Street

The season is upon us.

I wish you all a Very Merry Christmas and A Happy New Year.

Just a quick note, I will be taking a brief vacation from posting recipes here on my blog. It’s Christmas and there’s nothing more special to me than spending time with my beloved Mark. So, I’ll see you all back here in January.


Posted by on December 24, 2012 in Uncategorized


Cranberry Salad

Cranberry Salad

Cranberry Salad

I just had to post this recipe before Christmas. Jane again shared her family recipe for this delicious Cranberry Salad. I now understand why everyone who taste this, loves it.


  • 3/4 of a 12 oz bag of fresh cranberries
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 2 cups water
  • 1/8 tsp salt
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 large box of strawberry jello
  • 1 1/2 cups miniature marshmallows
  • 1 cup chopped pecans or walnuts
  • 1 cup diced celery
  • 1 cup shredded carrots
  • 1 cup diced apples

Ina medium sauce pan bring the cranberries, water and salt to a boil. Once it starts to boil add the baking soda and continue to boil for about 10 minutes. Remove the saucepan from the heat and add the sugar and jello, stirring until completely dissolved. Stir in the marshmallows while the mixture is still hot so they will also dissolve. Let the mixture cool a bit then add the nuts, celery, carrots and apples. Pour into a 7 x 9 baking dish and refrigerate overnight to set.

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Traditional Wassail

I’m feeling very homesick this year. So I have surrounded myself with treats from my childhood Christmases of years past. A traditional Wassail reminds me of my Great Uncle Lou and Great Aunt Wanda’s yearly Christmas Eve open house. Not only was it a pleasure to share this warm holiday drink with Mark’s family but it placed a warm feeling in my heart to revisit those lovely memories of my Aunt and Uncle.


  • 2 oranges generously studded with whole cloves
  • 6 to 8 cups apple cider
  • 3 to 4 cups pineapple juice
  • 1/2 tsp ground nutmeg
  • 1/4 to 1/2 cup honey
  • the zest and juice of 2 limes
  • 2 to 3 cinnamon sticks
  • 1 apple, peeled, cored and thickly sliced.

Place the studded oranges in a shallow baking dish. Add about 1/2 inch of water and bake in a 325 degree oven for 30 minutes. While the oranges are baking combine all the remaining ingredients in a crock pot. Stir and set the temperature on high. Once the liquid becomes hot reduce the temperature to low. When the oranges are done baking, remove them from the baking dish, slice in half and add to the crock pot. Serve warm.

(I’m sorry I don’t have a photo of my Wassail but we drank it all before I remembered to photograph it)


Posted by on December 23, 2012 in Drinks, Holidays, Thanksgiving


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Cracker Toffee

cracker toffee

cracker toffee

Mark’s niece brought this fabulous treat for our Christmas Party. When I say fabulous, that’s truly an understatement. Cracker Toffee so addicting and enjoyable. It’s so good that when they left she took the leftovers with her. Now that’s a great Christmas treat. Lucky for me the secret was shared that she found the recipe on Pinterest, imagine that. So here’s the recipe as it appears on that site and here’s the link to the blogger who shared it. Believe me I will be making more of this deliciousness for just Mark and I to eat on Christmas day. You can find the original recipe and how-to tips at Comfy In the Kitchen @
  • 1 box Club Crackers (appx 40)
  • 1 cup butter
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 2 Tbsp Karo corn syrup
  • ¾ cup chopped pecans
  • ½ tsp vanilla
  1. Line baking sheet with parchment paper
  2. Place crackers in a single layer on paper and set aside
  3. In a medium sized saucepan boil on med high heat your butter, brown sugar, syrup, and vanilla
  4. Cook and stir for approximately 2 mins
  5. Stir in pecans
  6. Spread evenly over crackers
  7. Bake at 350 for 10-12 mins until top appears “dry”
  8. Cool until able to separate but still flexible so it doesn’t crack.
  9. Separate crackers and store in an airtight container
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Posted by on December 23, 2012 in Desserts, Holidays, Snacks


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Green Eggs and Ham?

Deviled Eggs

Deviled Eggs

I’m not sure when it all started and not sure why it all started….but for a few years now Mark and I make up a theme for the holiday table and food. Like the holidays themself don’t carry their own themes, we add to all the craziness. This year for Mark’s family Christmas Mark picked Green Eggs and Ham. Don’t ask me why, I have no answer for that question. We started the day with treats of all kinds, hot chocolate and Wassail. Later we served a lovely baked ham, potato salad, baked beans, cranberry salad, and deviled green eggs.


You can find my recipe and instructions for making Deviled Eggs and coloring the white right here on my blog. Just search Deviled Eggs. Now for coloring the filling, I just added a few drops of coloring the deviled filling. For the Green Deviled Eggs I used traditional food color of Green for the whites and neon lime green coloring for the filling.

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Posted by on December 23, 2012 in Holidays, Snacks


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Jane’s Candy Cookies

Candy Cookies

Candy Cookies

I work with Jane who has wonderful family recipes. This is just one of them.. It seems some people call them no bakes, but their traditional name seems to be “Candy Cookies”. I made them for the first time tonight. Unbelievably easy, no baking and so wonderfully good. Thanks Jane for sharing your family recipe with me.


  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1 stick unsalted butter
  • 4 Tb unsweetened Cocoa
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/2DSC_0369 (2) cup milk
  • 2 1/2 cups quick oats
  • 2 heaping Tb peanut butter
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 1/3 cups salted peanuts (optional)

In a medium saucepan over medium heat combine the sugar, butter, Cocoa, salt and milk. Stir occasionally until the butter melts into the other ingredients. Increase heat to medium high, bring to a boil, and boil for 2 minutes, stirring occasionally. Remove from heat and stir the oats, peanut butter and vanilla. (If you’re adding the peanuts, add them now also) Make sure everything is combined well. Place the mixture on wax paper by the tablespoonful. Let cool thoroughly before serving or storing.


Posted by on December 21, 2012 in Cookies, Holidays


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