Monday, December 18, 2017

Easy Candy.....

Some call it toffee, some call it brittle, some call it choc crackers....

and I call it easy!

At the end, I sprinkled on asst chopped nuts!

Easy Peasy!

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Thursday, December 14, 2017

My Holiday Home....

I am posting these photos, more for my "journaling" so I can reflect back in years to come and also to share some of my ideas with you.

Outdoors I have trimmed our home in purples to match the front door:

The snow makes it look so magical...

...but this is enough for me!

Our family room is all trimmed, Christmas music is playing and the scented candles are burning!

Our family tree is quite traditional with ornaments from my childhood tree, my grandfather's tree, homemade by our children and grandchild, many from our travels and many special ones gifted from dear family and friends:

My plan is to wrap in black and white this year (but I haven't got too far yet!)

The mantle is filled with mercury glass, crystal and silver trees:

The dining room usually has a tree, but somehow it just didn't make it up this year (but at the end of the post you can see last year's)

I bought Grandin Road's candle rings this year and they are beautiful!! This  is the M-C globe canister and I turned the lid upside down to support the candle!!

My favorite holiday collection is found in this cabinet:

Years ago I began collecting Possible Dreams carolers and santas:

The kitchen tree....

...with an assortment of Mackenzie-Childs, C Radko, Wegmans and hand painted ornaments:

My Swarovski Tree reflects little sparkles all over the ceiling!

My favorite Santa that I made in 1991:

The three wisemen stand on a side table:

My fav picture of Santa hangs in my favorite corner:

Fairy lights are tucked into another candle ring:

My kitchen table will see many different groupings throughout the month:

If you haven't read this book, do so, it's what family and the season is all about!

A small snowman collection sits on the kitchen counter:

I made this "Christmas Crate" in 1991 and it's another favorite of mine:

A candle, on a timer, brightens up the hallway at night:

The "sports" tree is my husbands favorite:

My home is ready for the holidays - finally!

May all who enter as guests, leave as friends:

Wishing you a Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah and a Peaceful and Happy New Year!

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Tuesday, December 12, 2017

White Chocolate Peppermint Blondies....

I found this recipe @ and had to try it - They were delish! 

White Chocolate Peppermint Blondies
Servings: 16

1 C AP flour
1/4 t baking powder
1/8 t baking soda
1/4 t salt
5 chopped Candy Cane Kisses
1/4 cup white chocolate mint M&Ms chopped
1/3 cup butter melted
3/4 C packed brown sugar
1 eggs + 1 egg yolk beaten
1 tsp vanilla extract
16 Candy Cane kisses chopped
1/4   cup whole white chocolate mint M&Ms
1 Preheat oven to 350°F. Prepare a metal 9x9 pan with parchment paper.
2 In a medium sized bowl, whisk together flour, soda, baking powder & salt until fluffy. Fold in 5 chopped kisses and 1/4 cup chopped M&Ms. Set aside
3 In a small bowl beat egg, egg yolk, and extract with a fork just until small bubbles appear. Do not over beat. Set aside
4 In a large bowl, combine brown sugar and melted butter until smooth. Mix in egg and extract mixture.
5 Gently fold in flour and candy mixture until just combined.
6 Bake at 350°F for 15 - 20 minutes, checking every minute after 15 minutes.
7 Combine remaining chopped kisses and whole M&Ms.
8 When the blondies look like the might be almost done, sprinkle with reserved candy mixture. Place in oven just until the kisses are soft, about 30 seconds to  1 minute.
9 Cool completely before cutting.

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