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Thursday, December 18, 2014

~Merry Christmas 2014



Merry Christmas to all of my blogging friends and faithful followers.  Thanks for sticking with me all these years!

*One of our family's traditions is to make White Peppermint Hot chocolate on Christmas Eve.  Enjoy the recipe!

White Peppermint Hot Chocolate

4 Cups 1% low-fat milk
7 hard peppermint candies, crushed
½ cup white chocolate chips
½ tsp peppermint extract
4 hard peppermint candies
1 Tbsp light-colored corn syrup
6 Tbsp frozen fat-free whipped topping

1.    Cook milk in a heavy saucepan over medium heat until warm (do not boil!)
2.    Add crushed peppermint candies, stirring until candies dissolve.
3.    Add white chocolate, stirring with a whisk until chocolate melts. Cook until tiny bubbles form around the edge of the pan (do not boil), stirring constantly with a whisk.
4.    Remove from heat, stir in peppermint extract.
5.    Coarsely crush 2 peppermint candies; set aside.
6.    Finely crush remaining 2 peppermint candies.
7.    Coat rims of  3-6 mugs with corn syrup.
8.    Place finely crushed peppermint candies into a saucer; dip rim of each mug into candies to coat.
9.    Pour 2/3 cup of hot chocolate into each mug; top each serving with 1 Tbsp whipped topping. Sprinkle 2 coarsely crushed candies evenly over topping.

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Christmas gift idea


I know we haven't even had Thanksgiving yet, but I'm starting to get excited to decorate for Christmas.  My neighbor has her tree up, and I am officially in the mood for all the sights, sounds, and smells of Christmas.  I promise I will wait until after Thanksgiving to do anything about it though! :)

Since I'm thinking ahead about gifts, I thought I would share something that I did last year that went over really well.  Before you think it requires a lot of kneading and rising, think again.  These beautiful loaves of bread are Rhodes frozen pre made loaves!  So, all that is required is sticking them in a bread pan to raise, and then baking.  I tied each bag with a ribbon and attached a card with the scripture reference to Jesus being the bread of life...

"And Jesus said unto them, I am the bread of life.  He that cometh to me shall never hunger; and he that believeth on me shall never thirst."  John 6:35


I also included a link to some of my favorite Bible videos.  Who doesn't love a loaf of freshly baked bread?  ;)  And, if you are really in a hurry, you can use my rapid rise method using a heating pad!
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