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VanVoorhis Holiday Open House

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Our friends who live in California (Aaron and Emily) were in town visiting family for the holidays.  Each year they host a Holiday Open House, and this is our chance to see them!  This year, I was excited to meet a mutual friend of ours (and fellow Nestie), Joelen, who is a part of a […]

Garlic and Sun-dried Tomato Corn Muffins

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My sister gave me my Christmas presents over Thanksgiving, since I won’t actually see her during Christmas.  :(  She was pretty sneaky in buying my gift while we were out shopping together on Black Friday.  We were in Williams-Sonoma and I was drooling over the cookbooks and cookbook stand…little did I know she was soaking […]

Ugly Christmas Sweater Party & Vote for Your Favorite Candy House

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We started co-leading a small group this year for church.  Wednesday was our Christmas party and the group decided to do an Ugly Christmas Sweater Party.  Everyone brought an appetizer and I served this cake for dessert.  (Got the idea from this site.) Our activity for the party was to do a guys vs girls […]

Jeweled White Chocolate Lollies

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This year’s Christmas basket included lollypops, which is a first for me!  I found these in the December/January 2009 issue of Everyday with Rachael Ray.  They added a little healthier flavor with the nuts and raisins.  I’ll be honest, I didn’t even get to eat one as every single lolly needed to be used for […]

Two Toned Chocolate Peanut Butter Fudge

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This was my first attempt at making fudge (if you don’t count this), and I will admit it was very successful!  I loved this fudge and will make it again very soon.  In fact, I’m think of baking again next weekend to make goodies for work.  If I do, this fudge is definitely going to […]

Candy Cane Biscotti

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I’m in love with these biscotti.  If I make them for myself, I probably won’t take the time to dip them in the white chocolate and crushed candy canes, because I’ll want to eat them right away instead!  They’re great dipped in coffee or hot cocoa…or even on their own. Print Candy Cane Biscotti Yield: […]

A New Addition…

I’m interrupting my posts of Christmas treats to tell you Pennies has an exciting addition coming soon. “Someone” will be joining me in this blog adventure of mine.  No, I’m not pregnant!  (My post will be much more exhilarating when that happens!)  But, stay tuned.  I’m not sure when I’ll unveil the mystery, but it […]

Scottish Shortbread

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I wanted to include a variety of tastes in my Christmas boxes this year.  Since I decided to break tradition and not include Pizzelles, I thought these cookies could make up for that sugary cookie taste.  This is my first time making shortbread, or really even eating it (yeah sheltered, I know, right!)  So, I’m […]

Peppermint Chocolate Cookies

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My only regret with these cookies is that I didn’t make a double batch!  They were so easy and yummy!  These cookies added such a festive look to my Christmas boxes.  The recipe made exactly 28 perfect cookies for me as it stated in the magazine.  Oh, and by the way, this comes from Rachael […]

‘Tis That Time of Year…

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It’s time to share Christmas cookies!  I spent Saturday and Sunday baking away for my annual Christmas cookie gift boxes.  This year was so much more fun than years’ past.  Could it have something to do with having a Light Box for my photos now?  Or, maybe it’s because I used fun cookies that I […]