Category Archives: holiday

Spooky Peeps

Peeps have gone Halloween and they’re not chicks anymore. They’re Peep pumpkins and ghosts and they’re perfect for decorating Halloween treats.  Add your favorite candy to make them your own.  Calories don’t count on Halloween, right?

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Chocolate, It’s What’s For Breakfast

Gooey, melted chocolate chips are truly one of life’s little pleasures.  You’ve had them in cookies, but have you tried them in muffins?  They’re great for breakfast, brunch, or a snack any time of day.

Mix the dry ingredients the night before and they go together quickly in the morning.  You may or may not need coffee.

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How to Make Banana Bread

Making banana bread is easy.  Waiting on it to come out of the oven is hard. Crusty on the outside and moist and flavorful inside, this recipe is sure to become one of your favorites. It also tastes great if you add fresh blueberries, chocolate chips or chopped nuts.

Start with some ripe bananas.  I like to use them before they get too dark and mushy.

These are the basic ingredients and it’s so easy to make.

The mixed batter ready to be popped into the oven.

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How to Make Wedding Cookies

Wedding Cookies, Snowballs, Pecan Cookies are some of the names these cookies go by but what ever you call them, they’re delicious!  This picture captures them as a rolled dough ball, a baked cookie, and the final product, a rolled twice in powdered sugar Wedding Cookie.  Take one bite of these pecan filled, crunchy, buttery cookies and you’ll be hooked.

These were a staple at my house at Christmas time and they look and tastes as good now as they did back then.  Making cookies is a wonderful tradition to share with your family and pass on from generation to generation.  I hope you’ll make these cookies and enjoy them as much as we do.

The cookie dough after all the ingredients have been mixed in.

The rolled dough balls ready to pop in the oven.

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Holiday Lace Cookies

Make ’em, bake ’em, peel ’em and eat ’em.  These holiday Lace Cookies bake on foil and they’re so thin you have to peel them off to eat them. They’re crispy, crunchy, wafer thin bites laced with oatmeal and chopped pecans.  Surely this must be a Southern cookie.

These are so easy to make you don’t even need a mixer. One bowl and a spoon for stirring is all it takes.  The hard part is trying to stop eating them and I’m still working on that!

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How To Make Mrs. Reynolds Rolls

Lighter than air, screamin’ for butter, and melt in your mouth good; these are Mrs. Reynolds homemade potato yeast rolls.  My mom’s famous for these in our family and she always made them for birthdays and holidays. With Thanksgiving and Christmas right around the corner, I wanted to share this recipe so you could start a tradition of homemade rolls with your family.

I won’t tell you how many times I tried making these before I got them just right. I’ll show you how to make them so that your rolls come out right the first time and every time after that.

This is the dough after it’s risen overnight in the fridge.

Use a rolling-pin to roll the dough to a thickness of about 1/2 inch.  I work with half the dough at a time to make it more manageable.  Each half yields enough rolls to fill one 9×13 inch pan with a couple left over.

Use a biscuit cutter or a glass to cut the rolls, dip in butter, and place them in a pan to rise.

This is what the rolls look like after they’ve risen for about 2 hours.

These are the rolls piping hot just out of the oven.  Pass the butter please!

These taste great the next day split, buttered and broiled as toast for breakfast.  They also make great bread for sandwiches. (like leftover turkey)

If you have any extras, freeze them the day they’re made.

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Loaded Sweet Potatoes

Marshmallows or brown sugar pecan streusel are typical toppings for sweet potato casseroles.  Sure they’re tasty , but why choose one topping when you can have both with  these Loaded Sweet Potatoes?   Besides looking great, they’re easy and taste great too.  Roasted pecans are the perfect crunchy contrast to the fluffy sweet potatoes.  These would be delicious as a side dish for your  Thanksgiving celebration.

This recipe is from the Food Network.

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