Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Christmas Trash Candy Recipe

I think that the combination of cereal, M&M's and pretzels make a delicious combination.  Not to mention, it can be addictive to eat.

If you are looking for a quick candy recipe to throw together for a holiday, this should be one of your go to recipes.  You can easily substitute the holiday M&M's to go with another holiday (i.e. Valentine's Day, St. Patrick's Day, etc.)  Although, I am not sure how it became known as Christmas Trash, I promise it is wonderful!

Christmas Trash Candy Recipe:

24 oz. Almond Bark (vanilla flavored candy coating)
6 cups Kellogg's Crispix cereal
3 cups pretzels (I prefer to break mine into smaller pieces)
3 cups of dry roasted peanuts
16 oz. M&M'S Plain Chocolate Candy

In a medium microwave safe bowl, melt chocolate in the microwave for 2-4 minutes at 30 SECOND intervals until chocolate is melted; set aside.

In a bowl, add cereal, pretzels, peanuts and M&Ms. Pour melted chocolate over the cereal mixture using a large spatula to fold all together making sure not to break up the cereal to much.

Once all the mixture is coated real well with the chocolate, pour out onto a pan or table lined with waxed paper.

Once cooled, break up into piece and store in an air tight container..

Friday, December 20, 2013

Homemade Sweet Rolls

Homemade Sweet Rolls

Growing up, my mom would make these delicious and mouth watering yeast rolls that had just a hint of sweetness to them. They were addictive. Apparently, this recipe goes back to my Great-Grandmother Ruby Huddleston and I am pleased to share it with all of you.

Homemade Sweet Rolls

****Read the directions BEFORE you start the recipe****

1 cup of very hot water
2 packages of active dry yeast
1/2 cup of sugar
1 egg
1/4 t salt ( I usually just do a little pinch)
3 to 5 cups of all purpose flour

Dissolve yeast in hot water using a wire whisk. When the yeast looks dissolved add the egg, sugar and salt and continue to mix. Next add the flour --- one cup at a time mixing with a wooden spoon. Add just enough of the flour so that the dough is left a little sticky to the touch. Now, knead the dough with your hands for about 5 minutes. When your done kneading the dough, pinch off the dough into the portions of a muffin pan. Let rise for 1 hour in a warm place in the kitchen with a towel laying over the top, then bake at 375 degrees until they are golden brown on top. Eat with butter.

Start off with 2 packages of active dry yeast and
a medium sized bowl.

Dissolve the yeast in one cup of very hot water.
Stir with a wire whisk until the yeast has dissolved.

Then add the egg...

and the sugar and salt (not pictured) and stir until well

Use all-purpose flour.

Next, add the flour, one cup at a time mixing with a
wooden spoon.  I know I had my whisk in this picture,
but trust me, you'll want to use the wooden spoon.

Keep adding the flour, a cup at a time, until the
dough feels slightly sticky to the touch.
At this point, knead the dough with your hands
for about 5 minutes.

Pinch the dough off and put it in muffin pans.
Although this is a 6 muffin pan, you should
really do a 12 muffin pan.
I like to pinch the dough at put 3 little doughs
in 1 of the muffin cups together.  Once the muffin pan
is full, place a towel over the top and let the rolls
rise in a warm spot for 1 hour.

After the hour is up, bake the rolls at 375 degrees
until they are nice and golden on top.
I usually take out of the oven and baste the tops
with butter.

Serve rolls warm with any of the following:  butter, flavored butter, honey or jam.  Makes a delicious addition to any meal and I promise that they won't last long.

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Taffy Apple Dip

Taffy Apple Dip

1-8oz pkg cream cheese
1/4 cup sugar
3/4 cup brown sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/2 cup chopped peanuts (optional)
2 Tablespoons peanut butter
Sliced apples
Mix all ingredients with a mixer and serve with sliced apples.  Store in the fridge.

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Christmas Tree Made of Suckers

Christmas Tree Made of Suckers
After looking on Pinterest for ideas for some younger kids, I found something similar to this and decided to give it a try...just so my friends, as the parents, would love me...lol!
 The first thing I did was go to Wal-Mart and look.  I
found these cute little buckets for under $1 each.
 Next, I went back to the craft department and was looking
for some Styrofoam balls, but all they had were these
Styrofoam cones...and I was on a mission.

 When I got home, I placed the Styrofoam in the buckets
and made a pencil mark where the bucket and the edge
of the Styrofoam met so that I could hot glue them into
the bucket and they would stay.
***Note: I've only made one of these so far and they are
beautiful, but big.  I am going to cut the cone down
for the next couple that I do. 

 Hot glue the edges and stick them back down in the
bucket until the glue dries.

 You will need lots of suckers.  I purchased 3 one pound
bags of Dum-Dums suckers and one bag of the Tootsie Pops.
I used the Tootsie Pops for the top of the sucker tree.

Once the glue has dried, start working the suckers
in the Styrofoam in a circle, working your way to the top. 

 When you get to the top and are finished, go back
and put suckers in where you can see any of the

And there you have it!
A nice gift for little ones for around $6 AND it's homemade!