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The 12 Treats of Christmas: #6 – Easy Holiday Festive Fudge

Shhh, this is ‘my’ secret fudge recipe. The biggest secret is how little time it takes to make something this delicious. Confession: Though I usually make this with walnuts as per the directions, this year, in an effort to make more ‘nut-free’ goodies, I swapped the walnuts for Chippits Holiday Chips. Pretty good! And very festive. Recipe: (This is a Kraft recipe – One-Bowl Festive Fudge – from the 90’s, but I can’t find it exactly online. There are others that are close…) 10 squares Baker’s Semi-Sweet Chocolate 1 can (330 ml) sweetened condensed milk 1 chopped pecans or walnuts…

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The 12 Treats of Christmas: #5 Chocolate Bark 4 Ways

I’m really seeing a lot of chocolate bark this year – everyone from Starbucks to the corner grocer seems to be selling it for Christmas. It warms my heart a little to see it. For as long as I can remember, I’ve received bark in my stocking. As a little girl, the Laura Secord Almond bark was there, year after year. Maybe Santa will remember this and drop some in this Christmas for old times sake. Even if he doesn’t, the bark tradition continues around here. I find it to be an easy way to add a little something ‘extra’…

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The 12 Treats of Christmas: Santa Magic Bars

Magic Bars are an oldie but a goodie. These combine tart cranberries, sweet coconut, gooey marshmallows and crunchy nuts. Delicious and so easy, Magic Bars are a great choice for baking with kids. You can find the recipe online here. Prep Time: 10 minutes plus baking time Preheat To: 350ºF (180ºC)* Serving: 24 bars Ingredients: 2 cups (500 mL) graham wafer crumbs 3/4 cup (175 mL) butter, melted 1 can (300 mL) Regular or Low Fat Eagle Brand® sweetened condensed milk 1/2 cup (125 mL) chopped pecans 3/4 cup (175 mL) white, semi-sweet or milk chocolate chips 1 cup (250…

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The 12 Treats of Christmas: Chocolate-Caramel Thumbprints

Ok – now we’re really cookin’. Or baking, or whatever. Yesterday I said I’d give you a little something that would help use up any extra melty chocolate. These little fellas are the #1 cookie in my arsenal. Gooey, chocolatey. And they really look impressive. Again, not a huge batch – about 36 cookies, but so rich and decadent, that seems to be just enough. These also need a little fridge time for the dough so the delayed gratification only serves to make them sweeter.   Chocolate-Caramel Thumbprints Yield: 36 Cookies Prep 30 mins Chill 2 hrs Bake 350°F 10…

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The 12 Treats of Chirstmas: Peppermint Patties

Ok, one cookie down. Now for something that takes a little more commitment. Homemade Peppermint Patties. I know I posted about these a few months ago, but when looking to the Top 12, you can’t leave these out. They always get tons of compliments – I mean really, who knew you could make your own peppermint patties? So, so good. I usually let the innards sit overnight so they have a little snap. And, I find they take more chocolate than you think. The dipping is a real pain. You’ll want to quit about 10 times. But later, once you’re…

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The 12 Treats of Christmas: Whipped Shortbread

Are you ready to get baking? I’m digging deep into my legendary Christmas Baking Binder to bring you my top 12 Treats. Cookies, bars, brownies, bark, fudge and candy. We’re gonna make a little of everything. In my younger days I would make 30 types of treats and give goodie baskets to a rather long list of hungry and happy recipients. Sweet! Now that time is short, I’ve cut it down to my top 12, and bake mostly for family. After all this baking, I’ve learned a thing or two. Before we begin, here are 10 things you should keep…

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Just in the St. Nick of time

Wow! Everything seems to get done at the last minute around here lately. But I’m happy to say that BOTH kids will have an advent calendar this year. I squeezed out an extra day, as the boy is visiting grandparents tonight, so although it’s not hung, it’s ready to go. I got the idea from Lindsay over at Little House Blog a few years ago here and have enjoyed filling it ever since. Here it is handing last winter. I needed to make one for Obi so I went back to Little House Blog and used this free printable to…

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Williams Syndrome Wednesday: The Joy Edition

I wrote an entirely different post. But when I read it, it was well… sad. You see, it was this time last year that things started to go south fast in my pregnancy. Warning signs lead to tests lead to hospital bed rest lead to more failed tests lead to worry about baby’s safety lead to emergency c-section lead to Christmas, New Year’s, my birthday in the NICU lead to home on RSV season house arrest lead to a laser focus on Obi’s delays lead to tests lead to diagnosis lead to more tests, therapies, adjusting to the new normal….

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Adventures in Advent 1: Adapting

So my Sis (STOP READING NOW SIS) is embracing a sugar free life. But we’re both big fans of advent and this year, the Starbucks advent calendar. But what’s the fun in opening a calendar when you can’t enjoy the spoils? So I took it up on myself to adapt the calendar to include non-food trinkets. I tried to do this on a tight budget as the calendar itself is a little spendy. So cool though…the tins are sitting on a magnetic chalk board with a simple wooden frame. Nice! You should reveal a caramel each day…but instead my sis…

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Christmas Card Looks For Kids

Trying to decide what to dress the kids in for our Christmas cards photoshoot this week with the lovely and talented crew at barebonephoto. I’m super excited but I’m not sure I have the right outfits. There are still a few days to think about it. Do you do photo cards? Whole family or just kids or pets? Christmas Card Looks For Kids on Polyvore Gap Striped Boatneck Dress – french vanilla gap.com Gap Bow Ponte Dress – red gap.com Gap Plaid Lined Knit Waist Straight Jeans – denim gap.com Gap Convertible Plaid Double Weave Shirt – ariel yellow gap.com…

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