Recipes For My Boys: Christmas
Showing posts with label Christmas. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Christmas. Show all posts

Sunday, December 14, 2014

Dark Chocolate Mint Candy

'Tis the season to make candy for sharing or just enjoying at home.  If you like chocolate mint candy as much as the boys and I do, you will LOVE this Dark Chocolate Mint Candy....it is definitely a keeper!
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Thursday, December 11, 2014

Mini Christmas Bread Loaf

Are you looking for something special to give teachers that help mold your little ones?  Or, perhaps, the neighbor that looks after your cat while you are away?  Then look no more, I have the perfect home baked gift for you to show your gratitude, Mini Christmas Bread Loaves! Rhodes Dinner Rolls, make it easy to make mini loaves,  baking one or 6 from one bag!  Please scroll down to enter another Rhodes Fantastic Giveaway!!!  **Giveaway has ended**
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Friday, November 7, 2014

Molasses Crinkles

These sweet and spicy cookies are perfect for the holidays to serve at home or give as gifts. I was greatly surprised when my boys requested these over and over again since they are not the spice in my dessert and snacks, kind of kids. 


















Thursday, February 13, 2014

Candy Popcorn

I didn't find out until a day ago, that my 5th grader is having a Valentine's Day party!   They have a field trip on Friday, Valentine's Day, that and I just assumed 5th graders didn't celebrate since my son thinks it is babyish to exchange cards.  Awww, where does the time go?  And, just when did my son think he is too old to celebrate?!  As a last minute contribution, I am making Candy Popcorn.  Made with flavored gelatin, it is a breeze to put together, taking literally minutes to make.  It is so colorful and full of flavor, certain to be welcomed by his friends when they open their treat bags.



Monday, December 30, 2013

Confetti Stuffed Cookies

Aren't these just the most amazing cookies to celebrate with?  They would be perfect for New Year's Eve, Valentine's Day (little hearts), St. Patty's Day (green clovers), Halloween (with little spider sprinkles), Christmas (trees and holly) and even a baby shower reveal with colored gems!  So many possibilities!

#celebration #holidaybaking #confetti #cookies

Monday, December 23, 2013

Cinnamon Ornaments

My boys and I love to make these Cinnamon Ornaments each year.  Hanging from the Christmas Tree or attached to homemade gifts, they will be treasured by all who receive.


  Please do not eat the decorations.

Saturday, December 21, 2013

Peppermint Chocolate Graham Bark

Looking for an easy gift to make and take for the holidays?  Try these Peppermint Chocolate Grahams..they are the best!  A lite bark that is bursting with flavor! Each little bite is like eating a thin chocolate mint cookie!


Friday, November 23, 2012

Stuffing Bites

What do you do with all the leftover dressing/stuffing you have from the feast you cooked yesterday?  Make stuffing bites, of course!  You don't even had to wait for leftovers..just mix a box or bag of stuffing according to directions, add whatever you want to it, form into a shape, pan fry or bake.  There you go..simple and perfect!  Great for watching the game, as appetizers for your guest, or just popping in your mouth while wrapping presents!  Enjoy! 


Stuffing Bites

Form leftover dressing/stuffing into shapes.  Spray skillet with non stick spray.  Brown bites on all sides.  Serve with Strawberry Cranberry Sauce or cranberry sauce.  Enjoy!  

Monday, December 26, 2011

Our Christmas and Mini Chocolate Pies!

We had a Beautiful and Blessed Christmas this year.  We shared the meaning of Christmas, as well as Santa.  The boys had an abundance of wealth...toys as well as meaning.

The boys youngest sister, which is older than they are...and me for that matter, ~smile~ ,  spent the afternoon with us on Saturday!  It was so much fun for them, and us!!!!  Opening their presents and playing with them was all they could have ever hoped for. 

Christmas morn was especially good for the boys, which I am thankful for.   (I was awake for almost two days and very tired)  We are Blessed to be able to share with them about the day, and also gifts thrown in from us that Santa overlooked getting. 

The afternoon was filled with fun from the boy's oldest sister and brother in law...yep, my boys have 50+ year old sister(s) and 59 year old Son-IL.  ~smiles~  What a fun time for all! 

Continued fun today, when they were able to spend gift cards they received from their Aunt Di Di.  My sister that will not speak to me but will send gift cards to my boys. The boys bought great gifts with them and are still playing with them.  I am thinking gift cards next year, with shopping December 26, is the way to go!!!!! 

We have shared with our boys the gift of giving to those that may not have a great Holiday.  That may not have presents.  That may not have a supper, or food whenever hungry, to eat. 

We had a Beautiful Christmas and hope you did also.  It's all about Love, Family, Sharing and Giving from the Heart and not the Wallet.  Showing the Love that Blossoms from deep within and grows as it is shared in the smallest of ways, to become a Bouquet of Beauty!

Blessing's to You All!  Friends are a Blessing and you are Ours!

(I know I have imperfections when posting..that's just me and the way it is.  I'm normally interrupted  ten thousand times by little boys and I Sooo Love It!!!!!)

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Mini Chocolate Pies

6"  flour tortillas
chocolate pudding made as directed on box for pie
whipped cream made as directed or cool whip
bananas, strawberries, chocolate chips....or other ingredients ....optional

Heat oven to 350 degrees

Fit tortillas in pan, or can...Using a large tuna fish or chicken can.  Heat until formed when taken from pan/can without being too flimsy.  
Cool shell. Do not over cook!
Add chocolate pudding.

Add banana slices, or other yummies, here if desired. 

Top with whipped cream or cool whip.
Enjoy!  <3 and Hugs!

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Christmas Ornament/Tags

This is really fun to do with your children.  The boys and I really had a Great time!  From rolling and cutting to turning and decorating!  Enlist the help of your little elves and have a fun afternoon together!


Christmas Ornaments/Tags

1 cup applesauce
1 cup ground cinnamon...I bought mine at Walmart for 50 cents.  Buy a couple jars
1/4 cup glue...optional, I just spread a little glue on the back instead
parchment paper
cookie sheets

Mix applesauce, cinnamon and glue (if using) together.  I made mine the night before and put in the refrigerator.  

When ready to roll, sprinkle a little cinnamon on the counter/workplace and rolling pin then roll to 1/4".  You don't want it too thin.  One twin had a great time rolling out the dough! ~smiles~

Cut out in desired shapes and put on cookie sheets lined with parchment paper.  Place in a 200 degree oven, turning every 15 minutes, until dry or almost dry and let them finish drying on the counter.  You can also leave them out for a couple of days instead of drying them in the oven, turning every few hours or so, until dry. 
Give your little elves paint, glue, glitter or glitter glue to decorate.  






Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Chocolate Covered Peppermint Candy

An easy way to make your family and friends happy!  Cover soft peppermint candy in chocolate...YUM!


Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Christmas Reindeer

Here is another cute craft to make with/for your children.  It is a little hard for the young ones.  I've made this one for years also.  Please forgive the fuzzy pictures...I guess I needed more coffee!  <3 and hugs!

What you need to make your Christmas Reindeer...

4 fuzzy sticks
2 seed beads
1/2 of a tiny pom pom

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Christmas Reindeer <3 and hugs!

 Make a clover shape with the nose part being elongated

 Make a few coils behind the face, leaving a straight piece

Wrap a fuzzy stick around a pencil, leaving a piece for the neck to connect and also to make a tail

Head and Body
Slide the pieces together and twist to secure
Twist end to make the tail

 Fold another piece halve and cut for the legs.

 Fold the halves in half to make legs.  Fold the ends under, or make a loop, to make feet.

 Fold over a small piece and cut to make a V for the antlers 
Twist around neck once to secure.
Cut 2 smaller pieces to make the branches of the antlers.
Twisting to secure to antlers.

Glue on the eye and nose.  <3 and Hugs!

Sunday, December 11, 2011

Christmas Candy Cane Mice

So cute for the little ones to make and receive!  I have been making these for years with my oldest and now with the twins.


Saturday, December 10, 2011

Little Bitty Penguins

These are soooo Cute! They are difficult for small hands but they love to receive them. I am not the best at giving directions so please bear with me.
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Little Bitty Penguin

What you will need....

Seed beads or little bitty eyeballs
black, white and orange fuzzy sticks, 12"
glue...I used my low temp glue gun

 Fold orange fuzzy stick in fourths
 Cut
 Bend
 Fold in half and then fold pointy ends under (don't want any sharp ends)
Bend top to make a small beak

 Wrap black fuzzy stick around a fat pen or marker
Use 1/2 of a stick for really small ones
These are hard to put eyes one
Some I do, Some I don't : )
 Fit over orange piece and put nose two or three rings down from top
 Take an 8th of a piece of a black stick 
Push through under beak
Fold under the side you pushed through to make a wing
Cut other side to match when folded under
See? ;D 
 Take a white stick, make a small hook and put under the beak
Guesstamate how much you need by holding the stick down
Cut to fit with enough left to fold under the bottom of the penguin
 See?  ;D
Glue Seed Beads or Little Tiny Eyes (I couldn't find any)

There may be some sharp edges left.  Use your own discretion who you give these to. 

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Chocolate Covered Chocolate Cherry Cookies

I found a lot of old recipes I had forgotten about last week and hope to share them with you very soon!  This is a twist on a cookie one.  The cherry is supposed to be pushed in the  cookie dough some of it still shows and you cover it with chocolate.  I hid the cherry in my cookie.  The boys love it...hope you do too!  <3 and hUgs!
Chocolate Cherry Cookies

1 1/2 to 2 cups all purpose flour
1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa
1/4 tsp baking soda 
1/4 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt
1/4 cup margarine (half a stick), room temp
1 cup granulated sugar
1 egg
1 1/2 to 2 tsp vanilla extract
1 10 oz jar small maraschino cherries
semi sweet chocolate, either chips or baking squares

Preheat oven to 350 degrees

Stir dry ingredients and set aside.  
Beat margarine and sugar until light and fluffy.  
Beat in egg and vanilla.  
Beat in flour mixture a little at the time.  
It should be  a stiff dough, add more flour or cocoa, if you need to.  
Put in fridge to chill a bit.

Drain cherries, reserve liquid if you wish for a later use, and make certain they are dry.

Take cookie dough out of fridge.  
Put a light coating of oil on hands, or spray them, make a small ball...flatten with palm.  
Put cherry in middle of dough, fold over to seal.  
Roll into a ball and put on an ungreased cookie sheet.  
Bake for 8-10 minutes.  As always, my oven cooks different than yours.  Adjust time accordingly.  

Cool on rack.  While cooling...melt chocolate 2 squares or half cup at the time according to directions.   
Dip  cookies in or drizzle over.
 ENJOY!!!!  <3 and hUgs!



Thursday, November 24, 2011

Greens

With cooler weather come Greens!  I just love a big ole pot of greens, but no collards for me please,  that have been simmered with ham seasoning.  reid  I see someone was on my blog.... <3  I like to cook them while in season and put in freezer bags for later in the year.

A standby side dish, or just eaten as a meal with Corn Bread and Hoecakes...it's a Southern favorite.  I have to admit, I hated them as a youngun and didn't acquire a taste for them until I was in my late 20's.  My boys don't like them now but I am certain, when they get older, they will like them, too.


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