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Candied Cinnamon Pecans – Christmas Making and Baking

Have you ever walked around the mall and smelled the delicious smells of roasted pecans or almonds?  Or walked around Walt Disney World and saw the carts of candied nuts?  You can now make candied pecans and pretend to be in WDW.

Walt Disney World’s Cinnamon Candied Pecans

I made these many years ago as part of my Christmas-making and baking.  However, I stopped making them because of family circumstances.  Today I made them once again.  Yum!  My house now smells wonderful!

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Eggnog Creamer

If I could describe this creamer, I would say yum!

I made a batch of this on Monday evening.  The next morning, my coffee maker decided not to work.  😦  Finally, my husband was able to get it to work on Wednesday afternoon.  We don’t know why it stopped working and why it began to work once again.  Crazy.

Wednesday evening, I had a cup of coffee with this creamer.  It was even better than on Monday.

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Gingerbread Coffee Creamer

It costs $4.25 for a tall (small) Starbucks’ gingerbread latte.  You can make this creamer for half that price.  You’ll get the same great flavors found in gingerbread.

Molasses, cloves, nutmeg, cinnamon, and ginger are flavors you associate with gingerbread.  So those are the flavors I put into my homemade creamer.

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Lumps of Coal – Christmas Making and Baking

This recipe made its rounds on Facebook last December.  When I made it last year, the boys absolutely loved it.

Today I made a batch, and the Wee One told me it was as good as last year.  Score!

lump of coalLumps of Coal

Stars of the recipe:

  • 1 package of Oreos (or 36 Oreos), crushed
  • 5 c. mini marshmallows
  • 4 Tbsp. butter


  1. Crush Oreos and then place them in a big bowl.
  2. Meanwhile, melt butter and marshmallows in a big pot.
  3. Add the crushed Oreos.
  4. Mix the Oreos and melted butter, and marshmallow mixture until combined.
  5. Place the mixture in an 8 by 8 pan sprayed with cooking spray.  (I sprayed cooking spray on my clean hand before pressing the mixture down.  You can also use a spoon sprayed down with cooking spray.)
  6. Allow the mixture to set for 1/2 hour before cutting it into squares.

Happy Eating,

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The Boys’ Top 5 Favorite Christmas Treats

We will start our annual Christmas-making and baking as soon as Thanksgiving is over. The boys look forward to this annual tradition.

Hopefully, this tradition will become a favorite childhood memory. I know they look forward to the treats and have been begging for “test runs” of some of their favorite treats.

Here are some of their top 5 favorite treats I make every year:

 Mock Thin Mints – The Imaginative One loves this treat. This year I need to get a picture of this treat.

Christmas boys

#1 – Watermelon Cookies – We changed the flavors of the Kool-Aid used in the cookie. I highly suggest a flavor of Kool-Aid, such as cherry, for red cookies. You can use green sugar for a cookie that looks festive.

#2 – Peanut Butter Blossoms – The boys have already begged me to bake this one treat for them. They love to help roll the cookie balls in sugar and then put the Hershey Kiss on top. The batch of cookies we baked was eaten within 3 days.

#3 – Snickerdoodles – This is one of the Imaginative One’s favorite cookies. We roll them in green and red sugar to make them more festive.

#4 – Rolo Turtles – This is another treat the boys begged me to allow them to make. They like the turtles with M&M’s instead of pecans. We made a small batch on Monday. We divided them up into 3 parts so that they each only had a certain amount to eat.

What are some of your favorite holiday traditions?

Happy Eating,

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Homemade Hot Chocolate – Christmas Making and Baking

This is our family’s newest favorite hot chocolate.  The boys drink it with marshmallows or my homemade whipped cream.  The Imaginative One also loves to sprinkle cinnamon on his hot chocolate.

I’m sure you will love this hot chocolate as much as my family.

Hot Chocolate MixHomemade Hot Chocolate

adapted from Add a Pinch

Stars of the recipe:

  • 3 1/2 c. sugar
  • 2 1/4 c. cocoa powder
  • 2 tsp. salt


  1. Combine all ingredients in an air tight container.

To prepare the hot chocolate:

  1. Pour 1 cup of milk into a mug.
  2. Add 2 Tbsp. of the mix.  Stir.
  3. Microwave for 45 seconds.  Stir.
  4. Microwave for 45 more seconds.  Stir.
  5. Enjoy!

We like it with homemade whipped cream and marshmallows.

To make it for a Christmas present:

Place 10 Tbsp. of the mix and 1/2 c. mini marshmallows in a bag with directions on how to prepare the mix.

Happy eating,