Thursday, December 18, 2014

Pretzel Turtles

Hi Everyone!  The holiday season is well underway. Do you still feel like there is still so much to do or and I the only one? House is decorated, cookies are baked (see what I made here), gifts bought, so now let the wrapping begin.

My parents are coming up from Florida to celebrate the holidays with me, the Hubby, and Otis. Our home is all a buzz with anticipation. I see a lot of spoiling in Otis's future... lol.

Today I have a real quick and easy recipe for a candy treat. I am not kidding you, I mean this is really, really easy, the perfect recipe for a busy time of year.

It only requires 3 ingredients, there are no bowls to mess, no special kitchen gadget needed, and practically no clean-up. Are you ready?

Here is what you will need:
  • Salted Pretzels (I used the waffle kind, but the traditional shape works just as well)
  • Bag of Rolos Candy
  • Bag of Pecan Halves

Here is what you do:
  • Preheat oven to 300 degrees.
  • Line a cookie sheet with tin foil (that way there is no clean up). Line your pretzels on the cookie sheet. Unwrap the Rolos (this is probably the hardest part (not really), but if you have little one this is a perfect job for them). Place 1 Rolo in the center of the pretzel. 
  • Pop them into the oven for 3-4 minutes.

  • Remove from oven and smush (yes I said smush) a pecan half into the melted Rolo candy.

  • Then let cool. If you like you can pop them into the fridge for about 10-20 minutes. If you do after removing from the fridge let them warm up a bit before eating so the caramel is not too hard.

Did I not tell you this was an easy peasy recipe and they taste amazing!
Mom & Dad can't wait until you are here to taste them.... YUM!

Are there any short cut recipes you like to make?

Many Blessing,

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Cookies, Cookies, and More Cookies

Hi All! Hope you had a fantastic weekend!!! We were busy, busy, busy in our house hold. It was a Christmas Cookie Baking kind of weekend. The kitchen and dining room were all a buzz.  Since I have a galley kitchen, there were cookies everywhere (and flour dust)...

I baked 7 different kinds of cookies, bring the grand total to about 700+ cookies.... WOW.

It is a lot of work and each year when I start I think this might be my last year. But then the cookies start coming out of the oven. Their nostalgia smell fills the air and I am brought back to my childhood, helping my Mom with the baking. Without a doubt next year I will be baking cookies yet again.

There are ones I bake every year (without fail) that are traditional Italian cookies like Anginette, Morsetti, and Biscotti. In addition to those I like to shake things up each year selecting a different variety of cookies. This year I selected a Hungarian Cheese-Filled Thumbprint, Mint Chocolate Chip (they taste like GS Thin Mints), Raspberry Oat Bars, and the 7 Layer Bar.

The chocolate frosted are Morsettis (spice cookie).  The white frosted are Anginettes (lemon and ricotta cookie).

I also made a candy this year which I will share later this week. So easy.

Tell me, do you do a lot of baking for the holiday? Do you have a traditional recipe you make every year? I would love to hear all about it.

Love from my kitchen to yours,

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Cookie Cutter Wreath

Welcome! It is almost Friday! This weekend I will be busy baking holiday cookies. So today I have a quick and simple craft idea for you... a cookie cutter wreath. This is a great 20 minute craft.

I started with a package of cookie cutters, I used small ones, since this was going to be hung above our kitchen sink. My Hubby does the dishes and since our sink faces a wall, I figured I would give him a little holiday cheer to gaze upon.

I created a circle on the computer and printed it out.

Using my circle printout as a guide I placed the cookie cutters around it create the wreath. I hot glued them all together.

Next just add a bow and hang.
See I told you this was an easy craft.

Have a great weekend!

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Christmas Home Tour

Hi All! Are the holidays sneaking up on you faster and faster. I certainly feel that way. We decorated our entire downstairs Thanksgiving weekend and I have spent the past week tweaking everything.

We will start here with our tree. It is an artificial prelit tree. I used a burlap sack to cover the stand. The wooden wagon we bought at a Christmas craft fair. The reindeer was a recent purchase at Walmart. My refinished stool is behind the wagon (read about it here) and Santa sits on top.
Wooden ornaments and ones we have collected during our travels decorate the tree

Wall above the couch
Mantle with the stockings hung with care
This is the opening between the kitchen and living room
The opening between the living room and dining room we hung garland and large ornaments and snowflakes
This is the side of the opening by our staircase, we added a lantern here
My display of crates and Decor Steal finds
The ceramic tree and another hand-me-down favorite
Table centerpiece filling my dough tough with ornaments, pinecones, and a flameless candle
Last but not least, on my buffet table, the Nativity Scene, read about its meaning to me here

Well I hope you enjoyed the tour. How have you decorated your home for the season?