Homemade Marshmallows

Have you ever made your own marshmallows? I made some for the hot cocoa baskets we did this past Christmas. I know it seems time consuming for something you can usually pick up at the dollar or grocery store, but I think it adds a nice touch to a basket…. especially if you colour them to match the season.

I didn’t cut mine into any fancy shape for Christmas, just added food colouring to make them a nice green colour for the season. As I said, they do take a bit of time but I think it’s worth it to add that little bit extra to a gift basket!

Sandie

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Hot Cocoa Mix

I would like to start by apologizing for being absent for so long.  Hopefully this is the end of the absence.  I’m not sure what was different about this Christmas/holiday season, but my holiday hangover has been severe. The exhaustion unbearable. I think the only thing that kept my sanity somewhat in place was Little Lucy. Having the forced breaks so she could do her “business” forced me to take breaks when I normally wouldn’t. At least I had that in my favour lol. Lucy’s sanity saving breaks or not,  I’ve had real trouble recovering from the hustle and bustle,  stress and overall rush of getting ready for Christmas and just had to step back for a bit to recover.  Hopefully I’m done!

I hope everyone had a wonderful holiday season that was spent with family and friends!

This year because I somehow ended up way behind schedule we opted to do a hot cocoa basket for everyone. The base of which is this homemade hot cocoa mix!

It mixes up easy,  tastes wonderful and even mixes better in the cup than regular hot chocolate mixes!

The recipe calls for:

  • 3 cups dry coffee whitener
  • 1/2 cup white sugar
  • 1/2 cup cocoa
  • 1/8 tsp. salt

To make the hot cocoa mix, you place everything in your blender and mix until the coffee whitener is no longer grainy looking and everything is well mixed.

Store in an airtight container or if gifting place in bags with measured amounts.

1/4 cup of the mix to 8 ounces of boiling water makes a perfect cup of hot cocoa!

Sandie

“Eat More” Squares via www.rockrecipes.com

Yesterday I spent a wonderful day with my mother-in-law, doing some online Christmas shopping, eating things we shouldn’t be eating lol, doing a quick tour of the local antique/consignment stores (those that were open) and just enjoying chatting. I didn’t get anything “crafty” done other than cutting a few words out using my Cricut for some wine glasses she wanted to gift friends of hers. That meant we had to go into my craft room which is a complete disaster area right now. I had hoped that was something we could avoid lol… but thankfully she is also a very talented crafter and understands the mess that accompanies the hobby lol!!!


When I made these squares the other week, Chris apparently took the name of them to heart lol. He couldn’t seem to stop eating them lol! I am glad he enjoyed them. I knew he liked the chocolate bar with the same name so I thought for sure he would like squares fashioned after them… and he most definitely did!

Here is where I found the recipe I used to make them: https://www.rockrecipes.com/eat-more-bar-squares/

They were easy to make, as long as you followed the recipe to the “T” in order for them to set properly and he found them to be delicious!

Sandie

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Grinch Cookies via Natasha Kitchen.com

I figured that since I spent the WHOLE weekend getting ALL of the Grinch Mugs ready to go to customers that I would share a recipe with everyone that I made a few years ago and were a big hit.

Grinch cookies just seemed appropriate considering lol!

I will admit that I did have a bit of an issue finding the cinnamon hearts at that time of year but when I eventually did they worked perfect for these Grinch Cookies.

I found the recipe at Natasha-Kitchen. The recipe is easy to make because it starts with a cake mix and look really cute on the cookie plates at Christmas!

Here is the link to the cookies! Grinch Cookies via Natasha-Kitchen!

Sandie

Christmas Cookie Preview

Yes, I have already started to plan what Christmas cookies I am planning/hoping to make this year. I usually make at least 5 plates as gifts/hostess gifts each year so I like to try a few different things each year to change things up a bit.

I do stick to a few of the “usual” types…. gingerbread, plain shortbread, thumbprint cookies, that sort of thing but I really enjoy trying new types of cookies.

This post is to introduce everyone to some of the cookies I have come across that I want to add to my baking list this year. I am sure you will agree that they all look drool worthy!

I will include a picture and a link to the sites I found the recipes!

First one up is called Toasted Coconut Shortbread! Coconut!!! Need I say more?

Here is the link to this recipe: https://www.rockrecipes.com/toasted-coconut-shortbread-cookies/

Next one up are called Strawberry Truffle Kiss Cookies. They are intended for Valentine’s Day on the website but I think the colour will be a great addition to any Christmas cookie tray!

Here is the link: https://thedailyspice.com/easy-valentines-day-cookies/

Next up we have Red Velvet Kiss Cookies. These just look so decadent!

Here is the link to these cookies: https://thecafesucrefarine.com/red-velvet-kiss-cookies/

These next ones are so delicious looking! Chocolate Dipped Toffee Pecan Shortbread Cookies!

The link to this recipe: https://www.cookingclassy.com/chocolate-dipped-toffee-pecan-shortbread-cookies/

Check out these Cherry Bonbon Cookies! Don’t they look awesome????

Here is the link: https://www.cookingclassy.com/chocolate-dipped-toffee-pecan-shortbread-cookies/

Yes, another coconut recipe lol… I love coconut!!! No Bake Coconut Snowballs!

And here is the link for this recipe: https://forthefamily.org/no-bake-coconut-snowballs/

These are just a few of the recipes I want to try this year. I could honestly do about 100 posts of Christmas cookies that look so good I want to try them… but there is only so much time and only so many cookies I can make each year so I have to pick and choose wisely lol.

I like to have a selection of flavours and colours to make the Christmas Cookie Trays look interesting!

Sandie

Butter Tart Pan Squares

This is something I can remember my mother making… mainly around Christmas for cookie trays and such. But… in my opinion, anything butter tart can and should be made all year. I made these on Sunday for lunch box snacks. I am sure Chris will be the hero of the lunch room… again lol!

These are delicious, albeit sweet and much easier to make than actual butter tarts!

Sandie

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Gum Drop Fudge

I guess I really should have posted this recipe before Christmas but I simply ran out of time! The past two weeks or so have been so busy that when I actually get to my laptop to post I find I am typing 2 or 3 posts at once to get them done and posted. I sure dropped the ball getting to this one lol!

This is another version of a condensed milk fudge…. which means it is quick and easy to make and can be done entirely in the microwave!

(The cookie trays assembled!)

Sandie

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Peanut Butter Balls

These are a huge family favourite, they always have been for as far back as I can remember. They are such a favourite that I can always get Dillon to do the rolling part for me lol. While that isn’t necessary always a good thing, it is one thing I can mark off my list of things to do. This year he not only rolled the requisite “balls,” but he also made a log and a cube???? I don’t know if he is reverting back to his childhood and pretending it’s playdoh or what he’s up to but the help is appreciated!

Sandie

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