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M & M Christmas Bar Cookies

Today I have the BEST, easiest recipe for a yummy, CUTE Christmas Cookie!

(Say that fast 3 times!)

This  recipe is perfect for this time of year when everyone is so busy and you don’t have a lot of time to bake, but yet we have to take a treat with us almost everywhere we go!  There are parties every week and church socials and school functions and dance festivals, so you need to try this recipe because it is so simple, yet everyone will think that you spent a lot of time making them!

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Last Minute Neighbor Gift

If you are looking for a quick, cute, easy, inexpensive neighbor gift…I have one for you.  My daughter and I found this print on pinterest  and had them printed at Alphagraphics on glossy cardstock.  Then found frames at the dollar store and spray painted them red, and glittered some of them.  And look how cute they turned out.  Quick, easy, and a great message all in one.  Tie it up with a big bow and you are done!

You can print the picture from here.  We did 8 x 10, but you could also do 5 x 7 frames.  I paired my up with a cute little angel and it makes a darling setting.

I hope that you will all have a great week this week and that the true meaning of Christmas will be with you and your family!

We celebrated our Christmas, last night with all of our families, because this is our off year with the married kids and it was great fun.  The kids did the nativity story, a post that I will have for you tomorrow.  We exchanged gifts, which the kids loved because now they all have something to play with all week while they are out of school! And it is kind of nice to be done with the bulk of my Christmas shopping, the wrapping, the food and candy making etc etc etc.  So now this week I can relax a little bit and just enjoy the season!

Happy Holidays!


Fudge, Fudge, Call the Judge!

Am I showing my age, by the title?  How many of you remember, as a child, jumping the rope to that chant?  How many remember even jump roping as a child?   Oh, the good ol’ days.

Today this recipe comes from my special friend, Susan.  She is my exercise partner, my lunch friend, my sounding board, and my personal gardening expert! What more could a girl want?

This recipe is very rich and creamy, and I have made it many times and not once has it ever gone sugary!  It makes a big batch,( 2 pans full) which is perfect for gift giving! Are you ready to make some?

Susan’s Fudge

4 ½ cups sugar

12 oz. canned milk

Boil for 10 minutes, stirring constantly so it does not scorch!

3 bags of chocolate chips (I used milk chocolate, but you could use semi-sweet)

7 oz. jar marshmallow cream

½ lb butter

1 Tablespoon vanilla

Chopped nuts, if desired (I used about 1 ½ cups)

Add hot mixture and mix till dough consistency or 10 minutes in Bosch mixer.  Pour into 2 buttered 9 x13 pans.  Let cool.  This recipe freezes well.

You could add some candy canes and gumball to decorate.  Wrap in cellophane and tie with a big bow, or you could put them in Chinese take out cartons, etc.  I will have some fun ideas you can do with the take out cartons.

Are you ready to go make some yummy fudge?  This is so great, because you can get it all made up and put it in the freezer before your holidays get too much more hectic, and all you have to do is pull it out and let it thaw a bit and you are good to go! (Sometimes, I must I admit, I can’t wait that long!) This is a perfect gift for neighbors, Visiting Teaching, co-workers, friends and your family!