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Simple Christmas Dinner Recipes and Ideas

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Simple Christmas Dinner Recipes and Ideas

Try these Simple Christmas Dinner Recipes and Ideas for a more memorable and relaxing holiday! Sometimes it’s the easiest things like Spiced Ham and Green Bean Casserole that make the best memories.

Mike and our sister in law love the Green Bean Casserole and my brother and I love the Red Jello Salad so we always try to incorporate foods we love into our Christmas Dinner. We hope some of these recipes will help you make new traditions and keep the old ones!!

Simple Christmas Dinner Recipes and Ideas Tips:
  • For a different and fun Christmas dessert, make a wreath out of green frosted cupcakes. Place the cupcakes in a small circle. Then place more in a circle around the small one. Lay a fabric or ribbon bow at the bottom of the wreath. You could also tuck a couple of sprigs of plastic holly berries here and there if you like.
  • Most of the time we have to have a separate kids table, but it’s good to make them feel important, too! Place a battery operated candle on their table and give them stemmed glasses. It makes them feel so grown up to have “fancy” glasses. You will be surprised at how careful they will be with them.
  • Remember: Don’t panic if something goes wrong, like if you burn the ham, mess up the mashed potatoes or add too much salt to the gravy. It will be fine. Those are the dinners that memories are made of and the family will remember fondly later.
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Menu:

Spiced Honey Ham
Mashed Potatoes
Sweet Potatoes
Classic Green Bean Casserole
Relish Dish
Favorite Christmas Salads
Crescent Rolls
Pecan Pie, Apple Pie, Mincemeat and Pumpkin Pie
Gummy Bear Thumbprint Cookies

 

Recipes: Spiced Honey Ham

1/2 cup mustard
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup honey
1/4 cup orange juice
1 tsp. cloves
Ham

Mix all of the ingredients except the ham. Place the ham, cut side down, in a pan lined with foil. Score the top of the ham and pour the mixture over it. Cover with foil.

Bake at 250 degrees for 1 hour. Then turn the heat down to 200 degrees and cook another 12-15 hours, depending on the size of the ham. If you put it in the oven the night before, it should be ready to eat at your noon meal. Whenever you can, baste the ham with the sauce mixture and ham juices.

The cooking time is very adjustable. If you want to take it out of the oven an hour earlier so you can cook something else in the oven, you can do that. If dinner guests are late, you can keep it in the oven longer without hurting it because the cooking temperature is so low.

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Classic Green Bean Casserole

1 can (10 3/4 oz.) cream of mushroom soup
1/2 cup milk
4 cups green beans
1 3/4 cups french fried onions
dash of pepper

Mix the soup, milk and pepper in a 1 1/2 quart baking dish. Stir in 2/3 cup onions and the green beans. Bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes until heated through. Top with remaining onions and bake 5 more minutes.

 

Gummy Bear Thumbprint Cookies

1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, softened
1/2 cup light brown sugar, packed
2 egg yolks
1 tsp. vanilla
2 cups flour
1/4 tsp. salt
3 dozen gummy bears, one per cookie

Cream butter and brown sugar together. Add egg yolks and vanilla. Mix in flour and salt. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and set in the freezer for 10 minutes. Be sure to do this or you will have cracks when you make your thumbprint.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Roll the cookies into tablespoon sized balls. Place on a cookie sheet covered with parchment paper about 1 1/2 inches apart. Use your thumb to press a deep hole in the middle of each cookie. Make each hole deep and wide enough so the gummy bears won’t melt over the edges but not so deep that you crack the sides of the cookies too much. Bake for 8-10 minutes.

Pull the cookies sheet out of the oven just enough so you can reach the back row of cookies and place one gummy bear in center of each cookie. Push the cookie sheet back into oven and bake until the bottoms are golden brown. The gummy bears should melt in about 2 minutes.

 

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Homemade Christmas e-Book – FREE December 18th-22nd!

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  • How To Make A Candy Christmas Wreath
  • Christmas On A Budget!
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How To Make Homemade Fruitcake – Recipes and Tips

Wed, 12/17/2014 11:15 AM
How To Make Homemade Fruitcake – 21 Recipes and Ideas

Make the perfect fruitcake with these easy homemade fruitcake recipes and basic “how-to” tips to help you make better fruitcake and avoid common mistakes!

How To Make Homemade Fruitcake – Recipes and Ideas

Fruitcakes
(no, not your brother or your Aunt Mabel :-) )

Today’s recipes are dedicated to my sweet daughter who has for many years now tried desperately to bake herself the perfect homemade fruitcake. It has almost become a family tradition to watch and see what interesting combination she will come up with yet again this year.

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I have to give her credit though. I don’t think I have ever seen anyone work with such vigor, determination and tenacity to accomplish something as she does each year with her fruitcake. I’m not sure what we will have to look forward to if one year she actually succeeds and bakes the perfect one. : ) : )

If you haven’t figured out by now, I am going to be talking about homemade fruitcake. You either love fruitcake or you hate it. There is no middle ground. If you are a fruitcake lover, then here are some tips for you (and my daughter) to help you have success in baking them.

Fruitcake Tips:
  • If you plan to make homemade fruitcake for Christmas, you need to make it now, this week, because most fruitcake has to “season” for at least a month and are even better if you can let them set longer.
  • I know some of you would love to give fruitcake as gifts, but I suggest starting small until you have some success with it. The ingredients for homemade fruitcake can be expensive. If you buy a ton of ingredients and make several batches that subsequently flop you can be out a lot of money.
  • Be sure to allow you fruitcake to age for at least a month before you put it in the freezer. Freezing stops the aging (or seasoning) process.
  • Always bake at low temperatures: 250 – 300 degrees is best, but some recipes do go a little higher depending on their ingredients.
  • Because fruitcakes take so long to bake, line the pan with 1-3 layers of brown paper (you can use a brown paper sack) to prevent them from getting too brown and drying out. Make sure the paper comes up a couple of inches past the top of the pan.
  • Fill the pan only 2/3 full with batter.
  • To help prevent the fruitcake from drying out, place a pan of hot water on a lower rack in the oven while it is baking.
  • To test whether it is done, insert a toothpick. If it comes out moist but not gooey, it is done.
  • Let fruitcake cool on a cooling rack before taking it out of the pan. When cool, dump it out of the pan and peel off the paper.
  • You can bake your homemade fruitcake in muffin pans or mini loaf pans, but be sure to adjust the baking time. It will be shorter.
  • Don’t store fruitcake in a plastic container. The fruitcake will absorb old flavors that have been left behind in the plastic. Wrap in plastic wrap; then foil. Do not wrap with the foil touching the fruitcake because in some cases it can cause a chemical reaction.
  • You can take any basic fruitcake recipe and change what you put in it as far as the fruits and nuts are concerned. Just be sure you use the same amounts. For example if it calls for one cup of dried pineapple, you can replace it with mango as long as you use one cup.
  • Always mix the fruit and nuts with some or all of the flour for the recipe before you put it in. This keeps all these things from sinking to the bottom. Do this with any recipe that calls for fruit or nuts.
  • As with any recipe, read the fruitcake recipe from start to finish before you begin!
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Homemade Fruitcake Recipes:

Here are 4 homemade fruitcake recipes that you might try. The first is not your usual fruitcake, but I thought it was perfect for our web site (Poor Man’s Fruitcake ;-) ) and the second is a more traditional homemade fruitcake recipe. Number 3 is a no bake fruitcake and the fourth, (No Fail fruitcake) I dedicate to my daughter in hopes of her success. : ) : )

Poor Man’s Fruitcake

1 cup butter or margarine
1 cup sugar
1 cup brown sugar
2 eggs, beaten well
4 cups flour
1 tsp. cinnamon
1/4 tsp. each cloves, nutmeg and salt
1 1/2 cup applesauce
1 tsp. baking soda
1 Tbsp. hot water
1 tsp. vanilla
16 oz. gum drops, no black ones
3 cups raisins
1 cup pecans

Preheat oven to 325°. Grease and line two 9×5 loaf pans with brown paper. Sift flour, and spices. Cut gum drops into fourths, and mix those, the raisins and nuts with part of flour mix. Cream together butter, sugars and eggs. Alternately, add the flour mix and applesauce. Add soda to hot water and mix it into the batter. Then add the vanilla. Add gumdrops, raisins, and nuts mixture. Bake for 2 hours. If you use a tube pan instead of loaf pans bake 30-40 minutes longer.

 

Christmas Wreath Traditional Fruitcake Recipe

(Don’t forget that you can take out anything like the dates or fruits and replace them with equal amounts of something you prefer.)

1 1/2 cup raisins
1 cup red and green cherries
3/4 cup dates, pitted and chopped
3/4 cup candied pineapple, diced
1/2 cup coconut
3 cups flour
1 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. salt
1 cup butter
1 1/4 cup white sugar
1 tsp. lemon zest
4 eggs
2 tsp. lemon juice

Preheat oven to 300°. Mix first 8 ingredients. In separate bowl cream butter, sugar and add lemon zest, eggs and lemon juice. Mix into flour mixture. Bake for 2 hours.

 

No Bake Fruitcake Recipe

14 oz. sweetened condensed milk
2 cups raisins
2 cups mini marshmallows
2 cups candied pineapple chunks
2 cups dates, pitted and chopped
1 cup dried currants
1 cup walnuts, chopped
2 cups almonds, chopped
1/4 cup candies cherries
1/2 tsp. each nutmeg, cinnamon, allspice, cloves, salt
4 cups graham cracker crumbs

Grease a 9×5 loaf pan. Mix everything well and pour into the pan. Cover and let stand in a cool place for 1 week to age.

 

Never Fail Fruitcake
Daughter, dear, this one is for you. Luv, mum. : ) : )

This is a big fruitcake recipe but you can easily half it. Using half, you can make 22 cupcakes but, if you do, only bake them for 40 minutes.

1 lb. candied cherries, chopped
1 lb. dates, pitted and chopped
1 lb. candied pineapple, chopped
1 lb. pecans, chopped
4 (8oz.) pkgs. coconut
3 Tbsp. flour
2 (14 oz.) cans of sweetened condensed milk

Preheat oven to 300°. Grease two 9×5 pans and line with brown paper or parchment paper. Mix everything very well and press into pans. Bake 1 1/2 hours. Cool and remove from pan.

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Creamy White Chocolate And Cranberry Delight

Wed, 12/17/2014 8:59 AM
White Chocolate And Cranberry Splash

Here are different but yummy drinks to serve at your Christmas dinner or party for those of you who don’t like eggnog.

Creamy White Chocolate And Cranberry Delight

12 oz. white chocolate, chopped
2 cups heavy cream, divided
3 cups whole milk
3 cups cranberry juice

Combine chocolate and 1 1/2 cups cream over medium heat until melted. Whisk in milk and cranberry juice and heat through. Whisk in remaining cream.

Garnish with fresh cranberries or white chocolate.

 

Cranberry Splash

8 cups pineapple-orange juice, chilled
8 cups cranberry juice cocktail, chilled

Mix and serve.

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25 Ideas to Make Christmas Easier – Christmas Tips And Ideas

Tue, 12/16/2014 4:36 PM
25 Ideas to Make Christmas Easier - Christmas Tips And Ideas
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Try these easy tips and ideas to make your Christmas easier and more enjoyable! Planning ahead now will make everything go much more smoothly!

Christmas Tips and Ideas
  • Keep things as simple as possible. If you find that you are unable to manage the twenty-five different cookie recipes you want to make, pick two or three of your specialties and just make large batches of those. Don’t serve fifteen different dishes for Christmas dinner. Just make the five or six favorites.
  • Try making Christmas Candies instead of cookies. The clean up isn’t as bad and the kids can make them by themselves!
  • Try to have More with Less This Christmas. Maybe just cutting a few things out can help you save hours!
  • You don’t have to make everything homemade. Homemade Eggnog is great but if you just don’t have time just grab a bottle at the store.
  • Cut scraps of fabric or felt into Christmas shapes. You can do this by using cookie cutters or templates. Then attach them to twine, wire or ribbon and use for garland all over the house or on your tree.
  • When stringing popcorn for garland, let it sit for a couple of days to get stale. Stale popcorn is easier to string. (I sure wish I’d known that a couple years ago year! We made popcorn and cranberry garland. It was very pretty!)
  • Use gift bags instead of wrapping paper. We save our gifts bags each year and it’s always fun to see who gets a particular bag the next year. Start a tradition of writing the names in the top corner and each year add the next name and see how the bags go around.
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  • Put some vegetable oil on a rag and polish red and green apples. Place in a bowl and fill in the spaces with greenery. (Lemons look nice, too! …Or is that a different time of year? ;-)
  • Wrap some of the pictures you have hanging on the wall to look like packages. This can be a really cute and inexpensive addition to your decorations!
  • Send your Christmas packages early. This may seem like an obvious tip, but many people don’t do it. You can save a huge amount of money by doing this. Not only will you save money, but the more things you can get done and out of the way early, the fewer things you will have to do all at once at the last minute when too many tasks are already stressing you out!
  • When you have to send things through the mail, think about what you’ll buy. Is it fragile, heavy or very large? None of these are good candidates for shipping. (Some of our family spend $150 in shipping to mail $100 worth of gifts.) Instead, send smaller items like videos, CDs, or books, which can be sent inexpensively by Media Mail. If you’re OK with gift certificates, you can usually send them for the price of one stamp.
  • Use items you already have on hand to mail things like Christmas Cookies.
  • Do you like to have fresh greenery in your home for Christmas? Go to any place that sells Christmas trees (tree lots, Lowe’s, Walmart, etc.) and ask for the branches and cuttings that have fallen off. They are usually glad to get them off of their hands since they’re just going to throw them away. Besides using them for decorations, try tucking them in and around your artificial tree to give it that fresh tree smell. (We sometimes go to a local park after a windy day and collect freshly fallen evergreen boughs.)
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  • Put a candle in a glass jar or bowl for the kids’ table at Christmas or just to use as a cute decoration. Fill the rest of the bowl around the bottom of the candle with cinnamon candies, peppermints, nuts or colored gum balls or jaw breakers.
  • I like decorating my house in a Candyland theme each year. If you have the same type of theme, try this: Decorate a small glass jar with a ribbon around it and fill it with multi-colored candy. Then place one at each place setting for dinner. This not only adds to the table decorations, but you can write the person’s name on the jar and make it a small gift for him or her to take home.
  • One of our traditions at Christmas is to always dress up. After all, we are celebrating Jesus’ birthday, and in the same way that we would dress our very best if we were invited to the birthday party of the Queen of England or the President, why do any less for Christ’s birthday? Besides, dressing up adds to the fun!
  • Buy your Christmas tree after December 15th when they are much less expensive.
  • Instead of a fancy tree skirt, use a white sheet. The colored gifts look great against the white. (Then your seven year old can decide she wants to wear the tree skirt herself! ;-)
  • Don’t worry about the extra expense of a “tree extender”. They don’t really work. Your tree just needs lots and lots of water. Make sure the cut end is always under water or it’ll seal itself shut and stop drinking. Check often! Your tree may drink gallons of water in the first few days.
  • Go to your carpet store and ask for the cardboard cores that carpet comes on. I wrap them in white plastic trash bags and twist red ribbon around them. That way I have instant giant peppermint sticks for my outside decorations (and they don’t cost $50 each like the ones in the stores).
  • Are some of your Christmas decorations and ornaments looking a little battle-scarred and worn? Maybe you want to change from the country look to a more sophisticated look? Try spray-painting your older things with gold, silver or copper paint.
  • Recycle that artificial tree that you don’t want anymore. Bend the branches and connect them to make either one very large wreath or several small ones. If you’re not ready to part with an artificial tree, you can still watch at garage sales for inexpensive trees to use for wreaths in the coming year.
  • If you send a lot of cards each year, consider sending postcards instead of Christmas cards. They are less expensive to buy and cost less to send. You can even recycle some of the fronts of old Christmas cards to use as postcards.
  • Got more eggnog than you can drink? Use leftover eggnog for French toast. Just add a little cinnamon to it and it works wonderfully. You can also make Eggnog Pound Cake.
  • Give Consumable Gifts. That way you can give the kids treats they love but you don’t have them around all year long.

HAVE FUN!!! It’s Christmas and try to remember this is really about the birth of Christ and if we don’t get those cookies we wanted to make done it’s OKAY!!!

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Black Forest Fluff Recipe

Mon, 12/15/2014 8:09 AM
Black Forest Fluff Recipe

This black forest fluff recipe makes a tasty dessert that is perfect for holidays like Christmas and Valentine’s Day! Even though I mentioned holidays and parties, chocolate and cherries are good anytime for anything.

Black Forest Fluff

2 cups chocolate graham cracker crumbs
1 pkg. (3 oz.) cherry  gelatin
1/4 cup lemon juice
1 1/4 cups water, divided
1 (8 oz.) container whipped topping
10 maraschino cherries, chopped
1/2 cup pecan pieces ( could use walnut)

Spread crumbs in a 9×13 pan. Bring 1 cup of the water to a boil and dissolve gelatin in it. Stir in remaining water and lemon juice into gelatin. Refrigerate until partially set. Fold in whipped topping, cherries, and pecans. Spread over crumbs. Refrigerate until ready to serve. If desired, garnish with whipped topping, maraschino cherries, chocolate shavings or chocolate chips.

 

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Consumable Christmas Gifts

Sat, 12/13/2014 10:16 AM
consumable gifts

Consumable Christmas Gifts

From: Rachel H:

I was reading your post about Christmas. I have 5 grandchildren. The oldest will soon be 4, the youngest is 4 months. I keep my eyes open but just don’t find appropriate toys that are affordable, which they must be when buying for five! I am an avid couponer and love the buy 1, get 1 sales at Publix and Winn Dixie.

Today I was at Publix looking at some Del Monte fruit cups I had a $1 off coupon for, when it suddenly hit me… My grandkids would love these! Why not give food for Christmas presents? Sure, their parents buy food for them, but they buy toys too. I can use my coupons to purchase fruit cups, pudding cups, candy bars, cookies, etc… It’s in with my grocery bill each week, and I can start buying now and put in a box till December. The main thing is that at this age they love to unwrap. It doesn’t really matter what’s inside. I may not be able to do this forever, but who knows in later years, maybe treats and some money, they can buy what they want.

 

consumable giftsWe do this at our house. The kids don’t get “special” food items like these on a regular basis so they get them as treats for the holidays. Santa often brings them packets of microwave popcorn, juice boxes, gum, pop tarts, fruit roll-ups, fruit gummies, cocoa packets and all that kind of stuff that is the staple of most of their friends’ lunch boxes. Of course we regulate how much they can eat in one day. :-)

For birthdays Mike will get his favorite tea, candies or ice cream sauce. I will get my favorite tea, nuts, blueberry jelly or other goodies. 

This is a great way to get the one your love a gift without all the clutter.

-Tawra

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Tawra mentioned something that has been a pet peeve of mine for years and that is “treats” for our kids. We are depriving are kids of so much by giving them too much. We are depriving them of the excitement, joy and anticipation that comes from looking forward to and receiving a special treat.

They get all these things, which we used to think of as something special, on a daily basis so they see them as just everyday fare. When kids are given everything, they have nothing to look forward to. A whole can of pop or a novelty ice cream was something we looked forward to getting. The excitement of thinking about getting it was almost as wonderful as the treat itself.

Not only that, as in any war, my mom used all of the weapons she could and she never hesitated in blackmailing us. If we didn’t do our chores or behave properly, we didn’t get our treat. Stop depriving your kids by starting to deprive them a little more. Give them something to look forward to and add a little joy to their lives.

      -Jill

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10 Easy Gourmet Coffee Recipes

Fri, 12/12/2014 1:39 PM

 

10 Gourmet Coffee Recipes
10 Gourmet Coffee Recipes 

Mix these yummy gourmet coffee recipes and creamers for yourself to enjoy or put them in pretty jars to give as gifts all year long. They make great gifts  for birthdays, Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, Christmas or as housewarming gifts. They’re also a great “just because I care and know you are going through something difficult” gift.

If these aren’t enough for you check out Dining on a Dime for even more mixes.

French Vanilla Creamer Recipe
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French Vanilla Creamer

14 oz. milk (whole, lowfat, or skim – It doesn’t matter which you choose.)
14 oz. sweetened condensed milk
2 teaspoons vanilla
a mason jar (quart is perfect)

Mix all ingredients in a jar. Shake until well blended.

Variations:

  • Add 1 tsp. almond extract and 1/2 tsp orange extract for cappuccino.
  • Add 1/2 tsp cinnamon and 1 tsp almond extract for amaretto.
  • Add flavored syrups to taste for additional flavors.
Chocolate Almond Creamer Recipe
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Chocolate Almond Creamer

14 oz. milk (whole, lowfat, or skim – It doesn’t matter which you choose.)
14 oz. sweetened condensed milk
1 tsp. almond extract
1 Tbsp. cocoa
a mason jar (quart is perfect)

Mix all ingredients in a jar. Shake until well blended.

 

Coconut Delight Coffee Creamer Recipe
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Coconut Delight Coffee Creamer

1 cup coconut cream
1 Tbsp. vanilla

Mix and store in the refrigerator. Add 1 Tablespoon to each cup of coffee.

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Minted Coffee Mix Recipe
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Minted Coffee Mix

3/4 cup coffee creamer, powdered
1/2 cup sugar
1/4 cup instant coffee
1/4 cup cocoa
dash of salt
4 peppermint candies, crushed

Mix the ingredients and add 2-3 Tbsp. of the mix to one cup of boiling water. Adjust the amount of mix to your taste.

 

Orange Spice Coffee Recipe
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Orange Spice Coffee

2/3 cups instant coffee
1 cup sugar
dried crushed orange peel
1/4 tsp. cinnamon

Mix everything and add 2-3 Tbsp. of the mix to one cup of boiling water. Adjust the amount of mix to your taste.

 

Vienna Coffee Mix Recipe
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 Vienna Coffee Mix

1 cup sugar
2 tsp. cinnamon
11/2 cups non-dairy creamer
1 1/2 cups powdered milk
4 Tbsp. Cocoa
1 cup instant coffee

Mix the ingredients and add 2-3 Tbsp. of the mix to one cup of boiling water. Adjust the amount of mix to your taste.

 

Vienna Coffee Mix Recipe
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Cinnamon and Spice Coffee

2/3 cup instant coffee
1 1/3 cups sugar
1/2 tsp. cinnamon
1/2 tsp. nutmeg
1/2 tsp. allspice

Mix the ingredients and add 2-3 Tbsp. of the mix to one cup of boiling water. Adjust the amount of mix to your taste.

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Toffee Coffee Recipe
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Toffee Coffee

1 cup instant coffee
1 cup non-dairy creamer
1 cup brown sugar

Mix ingredients and add 2-3 Tbsp. mix to one cup boiling water. Adjust the amount of mix to your taste.

 

Italian Mocha Espresso Recipe
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Italian Mocha Espresso

1/2 cup instant coffee
1/2 cup sugar
2 1/4 cups cocoa powder

Mix everything and add 2-3 Tbsp. of the mix to one cup of boiling water. Adjust the amount of mix to your taste.

 

Orange Cappuccino Recipe
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Orange Cappuccino

1 cup instant coffee
11/2 cups sugar
2 cups powdered milk
1 tsp. dry orange peel

Mix the ingredients and add 2-3 Tbsp. mix to one cup boiling water. Adjust the amount of mix to your taste.

 

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Pizza by the Scoop

Fri, 12/12/2014 8:42 AM

 

Whether it is for that afternoon of football or a holiday party, here is a fun and yummy snack everyone will love. Serve with chips, crackers or bagel chips.

Pizza By The Scoop

2 pkgs. (8 oz.) cream cheese, softened
1 cup sour cream
1 bottle (12 oz.) chili sauce
6 oz. of your favorite meat, cooked and chopped*
1 small onion, chopped
1 small green pepper, chopped
3/4 cup each mozzarella and cheddar cheese

Mix cream cheese and sour cream. Spread on 12 inch pizza pan. Spread with chili sauce. Sprinkle remaining ingredients in order that are listed on top.

*Canadian bacon, ham, bacon, hamburger

 

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7 No Bake Christmas Candy Recipes Kids Can Make

Wed, 12/10/2014 12:54 PM
7 No Bake Christmas Candy Recipes Kids Can Make
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Here are 7 easy no bake recipes for Christmas Candies your kids can make! Christmas is a great time for fun family traditions and kids love to get involved in making treats, decorating and making and wrapping gifts for everyone!

In our family we love to make Christmas Candies! I’m chronically ill and just don’t have the energy to spend hours baking cookies so I like recipes that you can make and be done and out of the kitchen in 30 minutes or less. All these Christmas Candies are easy for the kids to make and you can supervise without wearing yourself out!

7 No Bake Christmas Candy Recipes Kids Can Make 

 

Homemade Gum Drops Recipe - Gluten Free Candy Recipe
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Homemade Gum Drops Recipe
(called Applesauce Candy in our Dining on A Dime Cookbook)

 1 cup applesauce*
1 cup sugar
1 sm. pkg. fruit gelatin (3 oz.)
extra sugar for coating

Combine applesauce and sugar in a saucepan. Bring to a boil and cook 2 minutes.  Dissolve the gelatin in the applesauce mixture. Pour into an 8×8 inch pan. After 24 hours, cut into 1 inch squares and roll in sugar. Roll in the sugar a second time 24 hours later. Makes 64 pieces.

*Puree fruit cocktail, peaches or pears instead of applesauce

 

Chocolate Covered Pretzels Recipe
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Chocolate Covered Pretzels

pretzels
12 oz. melting chocolate (wafers or almond bark)

Melt chocolate in microwave, stirring every 20 seconds. When melted dip pretzels into chocolate and lay on waxed paper or silpat to harden. You can put them in the freezer for a few minutes to speed up the hardening process.

 

Chocolate Covered Oreos Recipe
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Chocolate Covered Oreos

Oreo Cookies
12 oz. melting chocolate (wafers or almond bark)

Melt chocolate in microwave, stirring every 20 seconds.  When melted dip Oreos halfway or all the way into chocolate and lay on waxed paper or silpat to harden. You can put them in the freezer for a few minutes to speed up the hardening process. 

 

Peppermint Marshmallows Recipe
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Peppermint Marshmallows

38-40 large marshmallows
1 package white chocolate coating
5-6 Peppermints crushed

Place marshmallows on a pan that is covered with wax paper and place in the freezer. They will be ready by the time you need to dip them.

Pour crushed peppermints in bowl.

Melt chocolate in microwave for a couple of minutes, stirring every 30 seconds until melted.

Place frozen marshmallows on skewer or tooth pick and dip in white chocolate and then in roll in peppermints.
Use a fork to slide them back on the wax paper. Chill.

 

2 Ingredient Easy Fudge Recipe-Gluten Free
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2 Ingredient Easy Fudge Recipe

3 cups of chocolate chips*
1 can sweetened condensed milk

Pour both ingredients into a microwave proof bowl. Melt in 30 second increments. Stir after each 30 seconds. When melted, pour into a greased 8×8 inch pan. Let cool in the fridge and then cut into pieces. 

 

Variations:
  • Add Nuts as desired
  • Cherry Mash: Use cherry chips to make to the fudge. Then pour melted chocolate chips on top with peanuts.
  • Peanut Butter: Use peanut butter chips to make to the fudge. Then top with chocolate or don’t, if you prefer not to. 
  • Dark Chocolate: Use dark chocolate chips
  • Mint- Use mint chips, mint pieces or 1 tsp. mint flavoring

 

2 Ingredient Nut Bark Recipe
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2 Ingredient Nut Bark ( Mr. GoodBars)

12 oz melting  chocolate
2 cups  roasted peanuts unsalted

Pour chocolate into a microwave proof bowl. Melt in 30 second increments. Stir after each 30 seconds. When melted, stir in peanuts and pour into a lightly greased cookie sheet with edges. Let cool in the fridge and then cut into pieces. 

 

No Bake Peanut Butter Cookies Recipe
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No Bake Peanut Butter Cookies Recipe

Ritz crackers
Peanut butter
Chocolate almond bark

Spread peanut butter on a cracker and top with a second cracker. Melt the almond bark in the microwave and then dip crackers in the melted almond bark. Lay on wax paper.

Try spreading different things that sound good on the crackers like marshmallow fluff, Nutella, or even a combination of these.

 

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Click here to get the Dining On A Dime Cookbook, with tasty recipes and great tips to make your life easier and save you money!

 

 

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Easy Non-Alcoholic Homemade Eggnog Recipes

Wed, 12/10/2014 8:39 AM
Easy Non-Alcoholic Eggnog Recipes

Here are two easy homemade eggnog recipes that you can prepare ahead and take to holiday parties or simply enjoy at home during the holidays!

Eggnog Recipe

3 1/2 cups milk
1 1/2 tsp. vanilla
1 tsp. ground cinnamon
1 cinnamon stick
Pinch of cloves
6 egg yolks
3/4 cup sugar
1 cup heavy cream
1/4 tsp. nutmeg


Over low heat, combine milk, vanilla, cinnamon, cinnamon stick and cloves in saucepan. Slowly raise heat and bring to a boil. (it should take about 7 minutes to get to a boil.) The minute it starts to boil, take off of the heat, let it steep for 2 minutes and then remove the cinnamon stick.

In a separate bowl, beat the egg yolks and sugar until they are pale and fluffy. Using a mixer on low, slowly pour the hot milk mix into the egg yolks (tempering the yolks). Whisk or beat until well incorporated. Pour everything back into the saucepan and heat on med/low for about 5 minutes, continually stirring, until thickened. Do not boil! It will curdle if it boils.

Stir in heavy cream and nutmeg and refrigerate over night. Before serving, sprinkle with cinnamon.

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Easy Creamy Eggnog

4 egg yolks*
1  (16 oz.) can sweetened condensed milk
1/4 cup sugar
1 tsp. vanilla
3 1/2 cups milk
1 cup heavy cream
1/2 tsp. cinnamon
4 egg whites
1/4 tsp. nutmeg

Beat egg yolks until they are fluffy and light. Add the remaining ingredients except the egg whites and nutmeg. Beat the egg whites in a separate bowl until stiff. Fold into milk mixture. Garnish with nutmeg.

* If you are worried about using raw eggs, you can use pasteurized eggs in place of regular ones. 

You can also adjust the spices to your own taste.

 

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Smoky Almond Cheese Triangles

Wed, 12/10/2014 8:19 AM
Smoky Almond Cheese Triangles Recipe

There are many people out there who don’t like their food too hot or spicy. If you’re one of them, this Smoky Almond Cheese Triangles recipe is the recipe for you! These would be something different from the usual nachos and salsa for tailgating or Christmas and New Year parties. This recipe would make a great after school snack, too!

Smoky Almond Cheese Triangles

6 (8 inch) flour tortillas
1/2 stick (4 oz.) butter or margarine
8 oz. (2 cups) cheese, your favorite – cheddar, mozzarella, Monterey Jack
1 can (6 oz.) smoke flavored almonds, chopped

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Spread butter on one side of a tortilla. Place, butter side up, on an ungreased baking sheet. Bake 6 minutes or until crisp and golden. Heat broiler. Mix cheese and almonds; sprinkle on tortillas. Broil 3 minutes 5-6 inches from the heat source until the cheese is bubbly. Cut each tortilla into 8 wedges.

 

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5 Homemade Christmas Treats For Your Dog and Cat

Tue, 12/9/2014 5:34 PM

 

5 Homemade Christmas Treats Recipes For Your Dog and Cat
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5 Homemade Christmas Treats for your Dog and Cat 

Homemade dog and cat treats are super simple to make! Our dog has bad grain allergies. If we let him eat wheat or corn we are ALL up all night long listening to him scratching. These recipes are a great way to make your own pet treats, especially if your pet has allergies!

 

Christmas Dog Bone Treats Recipe
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Christmas Dog Bone Treats

2 cups whole wheat flour
1 Tbsp. baking powder
1 cup peanut butter
1 cup skim milk

Mix flour and baking powder. In separate bowl, mix peanut butter and milk. Then add to flour mix. Knead until smooth. Roll out to 1/4 inch thick. Cut into shapes or use a cookie cutter* and place on a greased cookie sheet. Bake at 375 degrees for 20 minutes.

*You can roll into balls and flatten with a fork.

 

Homemade Diabetic Dog Treats Recipe
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Homemade Diabetic Dog Treats

1/2 cup whole wheat flour
2 eggs
1 1/2 cup beef liver, chopped

Place everything in a food processor and mix or mix chopped liver, eggs and flour in a bowl (make sure the liver is well chopped). Bake on a parchment paper lined jelly roll pan at 325 degrees for 15 minutes or until the center is set. Cool and cut with a pizza cutter into pieces. It will be sponge like. Store in the fridge in an airtight container.

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2 Ingredient Dog Treats Recipe
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2 Ingredient Dog Treats

2 cups whole wheat flour (or oats – ground in a food processor to a flour)
2 (4 oz.) jars of  baby food – beef, chicken, turkey, sweet potato, carrots, fruit*

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Mix ingredients together and add extra flour or water to make firm dough. Roll out on a floured surface to about 1/4 inch thick. Cut with cookie cutters or a pizza cutter. Place 1/2 inch apart on a greased cookie sheet and bake for 20-25 minutes. Store in a paper bag. An air tight container will make them soft.

*If you have leftover veggies from your own meal, puree them and use them in place of the baby food.

 

Fruit and Vegetable Dog Treats Recipe
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Fruit and Veggie Dog Treats

1 sweet potato, cooked
1 banana
1 cup carrots, minced
1/2 cup applesauce
2 cups white or whole wheat flour
1 cup rolled oats
1/3 cup water

Mash the sweet potato and banana together well. Add the rest of the ingredients. Roll out on a floured board 1/8 inch thick. With a pizza cutter, cut into strips and place on greased cookie sheet. Bake at 350 degrees for 25 minutes. Store in a refrigerator for up to 2 weeks.

 

Homemade Cat Treats Recipe
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Homemade Cat Treats

1/2 cup whole wheat flour
1/2 cup powdered milk
1/2 cup tuna, packed in oil
1 egg
1/4 cup water

Mix the flour and milk. In a separate bowl, smash up the chunks of tuna and add the egg. Add this mix to the flour mix. Add water a little at a time until it makes a sticky dough. Drop by spoonfuls on a greased cookie sheet about an inch apart. Bake at 350 degrees for about 20-25 minutes.

 

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3 Ingredient Recipes – Chili Macaroni and Cheese, Buttery Peas and Zucchini

Mon, 12/8/2014 8:14 AM
3 Ingredient Recipes - Chili Macaroni and Cheese, Buttery Peas and Zucchini

Here are a couple easy 3 Ingredient Recipes including a Chili Macaroni and Cheese Recipe, which is a great way to use leftovers!

Both dishes can work as one dish meals!

Easy 3 Ingredient Recipes

Add some cornbread or dinner rolls to these two recipes below and you have a complete meal. You could also make this first Chili Macaroni and Cheese recipe to help stretch any leftover chili you might have. You can also add leftover grilled hamburgers, hotdogs, or sausage to it to stretch it more and add even more yummy flavor!

Chili Macaroni and Cheese Recipe

1 (16 oz.) package elbow macaroni, cooked
1 large can chili without beans
Velveeta chunks, to taste

Heat all ingredients and stir.

 

Buttery Peas and Zucchini

1 pkg. (10 oz.) frozen peas in butter sauce
1 medium zucchini, cut into thin strips
1 Tbsp. diced pimiento

In a skillet, add 2 Tbsp. water and zucchini. Simmer until tender and water evaporated. Cook peas according to package directions. Add peas and pimiento to zucchini. Makes 2 servings.

 

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Gingerbread Hot Chocolate And White Chocolate Recipes

Sat, 12/6/2014 1:37 PM
Gingerbread Hot Chocolate And Gingerbread White Hot Chocolate Recipes

These Gingerbread Hot Chocolate And White Chocolate Recipes are two great recipes for tasty hot chocolate. They’re great for cold days and holidays!

Gingerbread Hot Chocolate Recipe

3 cups milk
1/4 cup brown sugar
1 Tbsp. molasses
1/4 cup cocoa powder
1 1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon
1 1/2 tsp. ground ginger
1/4 tsp. nutmeg (optional)
1 tsp. vanilla

1/2 teaspoon salt

Combine everything but the milk in a saucepan over low heat. Then add the milk. Heat, whisking, until hot. Serve with whipped cream and sprinkle with cinnamon. Add a gingerbread cookie on the side.

 

Hot Gingerbread White Chocolate

1 1/2 cups milk
1/2 cup white chocolate chips
2 tsp. molasses
1/2 teaspoon apple pie spice (mix of cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, allspice and cardamom)

Mix all ingredients and heat either on the stove or in the microwave. Top with whipped topping.

 

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Potato Bacon Chowder Soup Recipe

Fri, 12/5/2014 10:34 AM
Potato Bacon Chowder Soup Recipe

This Potato Bacon Chowder Soup Recipe makes a hearty and delicious soup that is perfect for cool winter days!

Potato Bacon Chowder Soup Recipe

8 slices bacon, cut
1 cup chopped onion
2 cups cubed potatoes
1 cup water
1 can cream of chicken soup (regular small can)
1 cup sour cream
1 3/4 cups milk
1/2 tsp. salt
Dash pepper
2 Tbsp. parsley, optional

In a kettle, fry bacon until crisp. Add onion and saute 2-3 minutes. Drain. Add potatoes and water. Bring to a boil. Cover and simmer 10-15 minutes until potatoes are tender. Add soup and sour cream. Gradually add milk. Add salt, pepper and parsley. Heat until warm. Do not boil. Makes 4 servings.

 

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