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Tag Archive: holidays

Cherry Nut Nuggets: Delicious Cookies Any Time of Year #FBLCookieExchange

Cherry Nut Nuggets: cream cheese cookies rolled in nuts and topped with a cherry. Like an ice cream sundae in a cookie.

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My Favorite Old Fashioned Gingerbread Men Cookies

Gingerbread Men Cookies: Easy recipe for traditional gingerbread men cookies. Christmas cookies.

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20 Recipes for Pancake Tuesday – Fastnacht – Mardi Gras

Ash Wednesday is quickly approaching, and depending on where you are from, or your personal tastes, it can dictate the food choices on that last day before the fasting and abstinence begins. In England, Ireland, Australia and Canada it is Shrove Tuesday, with pancakes, pancakes and more pancakes. In German areas it is Fastnacht and gorging on donuts is …

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Traditional Irish Coffee

Today is Irish Coffee Day, and for many of you in frigid temperatures I am sure some spiked creamy coffee sounds pretty tasty right about now. I came over to the site a few hours ago so I could share our recipe on social media (you are following us aren’t you?). Oopsy! I quickly realized that …

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Ham Hocks and Black Eyed Peas in a Pressure Cooker

Ham Hocks and Black Eyed Peas with Cornbread are a family tradition on New Year’s Day. My brother and I were told (as Ma’am and her brothers were told and probably generations before were told) that you will earn a dollar in the coming year for every black eyed pea you eat on New Year’s Day. I …

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New Year’s Eve Party Recipes

Wow, I have been so busy enjoying my family this week that I haven’t had a chance to get over here and post. Hope you had a wonderful Christmas if you celebrate the holiday, otherwise I hope you have had a wonderful week. To top off my laziness I am going with another recipe round up. This …

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Christmas Breakfast Roundup

I still haven’t decided what I am going to make for breakfast Christmas morning. In case you need some suggestions too, here are eight different ideas. Some are ultra easy, some can be made ahead, and some are special treats I would only make on a special day – mostly because I hate to fry. …

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Cherry Coconut Bars and Holiday Cookie Mix

These Cherry Coconut Bars are the second cookie I made for the teachers at J’s school the other night using the Holiday Cookie Mix. They are just as easy as the Toffee Bars, with the only difference being these need the top layer baked for another 25 minutes. I still made the mix and both …

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Holiday Cookie Mix and Toffee Bars

I wanted to make something for the teachers at J’s school, but my mother-in-law’s Kolatch seemed like too much work last night. That recipe is coming, I promise. Instead, I pulled out my Betty Crocker’s New Christmas Cookbook that I have had for a few decades and hunted for some quick and easy bars. Bingo! …

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Gingerbread Pancakes

Just before Halloween, J decided he wanted a gingerbread house. While I have a great recipe with a pattern I wasn’t quite ready to bake one yet, especially when he meant he wanted it NOW and not an hour or more to mix bake and cool. So, I just added a few simple ingredients to …

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Bacon and Egg Cups

These Bacon and Egg Cups are easy, fast and customizable for each diner. Not all of my breakfast ideas for Christmas morning are difficult or time consuming. These would also be good for a breakfast/brunch buffet since they are easy to just pick up and eat. I stumbled on this cute idea on Pinterest, but it was …

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Homemade Candy Corn

I love candy corn and mellow cream pumpkins so much that my husband wisely hid the bag he bought for J so I didn’t eat them all. Who knew you could actually make them? I pinned this recipe last year with the comment that it seemed like a lot of work. Truthfully, it was quite a bit …

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New Years Good Luck Recipes

If you are like most people, 2012 was a pretty rough year. I am hoping to bring in plenty of luck in 2013 by having some black-eyed peas. Ma’am always told us we’d have a dollar at the end of the year for every pea we ate on New Year’s Day. One year, Michael heard …

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Hey Good Looking What Ya Got Cooking? Christmas baking

I don’t know about good looking, but here’s what’s been cooking (or we plan to cook in the next few days) in the That Recipe Test Kitchens – both mine and Ma’am’s.   Plus Peanut Brittle, banana bread and cinnamon rolls and… sheesh. And I thought I said I wasn’t going to cook much this Christmas. …

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Hurray for the Red White and Blue

Three big patriotic holidays are right around the corner. Yes, three. I bet you forget to count Flag Day on June 14th. That’s okay, I think I am one of the few people that remembers to put out the American Flag on that day because my Dad always did. The whole meal doesn’t need to be …

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Another Hodgepodge

We’ve had a bunch of things going on in our kitchen the past few weeks, nothing to write an entire blog about so we are going to have another mishmash entry. Easter: I made the best ham I have ever made this year. Not the best holiday ham I have ever had – that honor …

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Hoppy Easter – Easter memes and recipes

Another holiday is almost upon us. Before I offer some recipe suggestions, how about a few smiles? Does anyone else find it odd that we make Deviled Ham and Deviled Eggs out of the leftovers from the celebration of the Resurrection of Jesus Christ?  (To which my friend, Carol the Pastry Chef,   responded, “It’s okay as long …

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That’s The Way The Cookie Crumbles

It seems every newspaper, magazine, e-zine, blog, newsletter, etc. is publishing cookie recipes this time of year.  I love making cookies, and will be making my favorites over the next few weeks to give away to family and friends: peanut butter blossoms (pb cookies with a chocolate candy on top), Spaghetti Cookies, Shortbread, Cherry Nut …

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Bunnies and chicks and lambs – oh my!

Here are some ideas to make your Easter celebration more festive. If you don’t celebrate Easter these are still some fun ideas for a spring celebration as well as some plain old good food to serve anytime! The ham/pork industry must have a very powerful lobby or at least an awesome marketing arm here in …

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Laissez les bon temps roulez!

On March 8 of this year, the Christian world will celebrate Shrove Tuesday aka Fat Tuesday aka Mardi Gras aka Pancake Day. The Reader’s Digest explanation of the day is that it marks the final day before Ash Wednesday and the start of the Lenten season. The 40 days of Lent commemorate the 40 days Jesus spent fasting and praying in the desert and …

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