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How to Roast Chestnuts

How to roast chestnuts

We all have heard the Christmas song – “Chestnuts Roasting on an open fire”. But have you ever actually roasted chestnuts? Every year my (Matt’s) mom would scavenge through the grocery stores to find the hard to find Chestnuts. Each Christmas she would cook them for our family. Chestnuts have a dry taste to them and are some what in need of a salt dip and a good cup of cider to go with it. If you are lucky enough to find these in your grocery store and have never had them, they are a fun way to spend time enjoying some Christmas music, a warm cup of cider, and your family making memories.

Ingredients:

1 pound Chestnuts

Items needed:

  • Roasting pan or cookie sheet
  • Salt
  • some friends to share the Holidays

How to Roast Chestnuts

First lay them all out with the flat side down. With a large knife that is easy to hold and with some weight to it. Tap small “X” shapes into the top of the shell. Be careful not to slice down into the Chestnut inside. Chestnuts have a inner husk also that peels off after roasting.

Place on a cookie sheet and roast the chestnuts in the oven for about 15 mins. The main thing is to allow the shell X you cut to peel back.

How to Roast ChestnutsOnce the shells start to peel back you can take one out to try it out. The nuts are soft nuts and have a “chew” to them. They shouldn’t be hard. Some nuts in stores tend to be old or dried out so it is hit and miss on the year if you get good nuts or not.

How to Roast Chestnut

Now pour a little pile of salt on your plate, break up the soft warm roasted Chestnuts and enjoy. They are as some say – different, but it is always a fun event to remember and enjoy with my family and I know yours will love it too.

Merry Christmas

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Christmas Tree Cupcakes made out of ice cream cones, easy christmas treats DIYI just love these Christmas Tree cupcakes, they look to festive and pretty. and they are simple to make!  You can make them as simple or glamorous as you want. You can even use the same idea on sugar cookies, just a tip.

CHRISTMAS TREE CUPCAKES

Yields: 24 Cupcakes, Time: 60 Minutes

Ingredients:

  • 1 box white cake mix (plus required ingredients listed on the box, i.e. eggs, oil & water)
  • 1 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 3 teaspoons of vanilla extract
  • 4 cups confectioners’ sugar
  • 4 tablespoons milk
  • White Sugar Sprinkles
  • Round Colored Sprinkles
  • Green Food Coloring
  • Sugar Cones

Christmas Tree Cupcakes made out of ice cream cones, easy christmas treats DIYDirections:

1. Prepare cake batter according to box directions and bake in cupcake pan using liners.

2. While cupcakes cool, make frosting. Start by using an electric mixer to beat butter until light and fluffy. Gradually beat in confectioners’ sugar until fully incorporated. Beat in vanilla extract. Pour in milk and beat for an additional 3 minutes.

3. Place two cups of white frosting in a piping bag with a round frosting tip. Mix green food coloring in remaining frosting until you reach desired shade of green.

4. Place one sugar cone upside down onto each cupcake. Using a butter knife, spread a thin layer of green frosting to completely coat each cone.

5. Fill a piping bag with remaining green frosting and use a small closed star frosting tip to make Christmas tree branches. Start at the top and turn the cupcake, continuing adding branches to fill the entire cone.

6. Using the white frosting, pipe a thick layer around the bottom of the cone to look like snow.

7. Add white sprinkles to the “snow” and add round colored sprinkles to the “tree”.Christmas Tree Cupcakes made out of ice cream cones, easy christmas treats DIY

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Cranberry Salsa Dip served over Cream Cheese, this recipe is amazing. I did not want to try it at first now i LOVE LOVE LOVE it!

 

My Mother in law made this recipe 3 years ago for Christmas, our family was a little worried about it since it was so different than anything we had ever tasted before.  But we ALL loved it, even my kids and it has become a family favorite!  The cranberries are hard to find fresh after the holidays so we buy them and freeze a few bags just for this recipe.

Cranberry Salsa Recipe served over Cream Cheese

  • 12 ozs cranberries (fresh or frozen) chopped
  • 1/4 cup chopped cilantro
  • 11/4 cup green onions chopped
  • 1- 2  small jalapeno peppers take the seeds out and  and mince
  • 3 tablespoons fresh lemon or lime juice
  • 1/2 cup white sugar
  • 3 tablespoons grated fresh Ginger
  • 1 pinch salt and pepper

Mix all the above ingredients in a glass bowl. Cover and chill for at least 4 hours before serving (best if made the day before).  To serve  pour over the top of 2 bricks of cream cheese 8oz. I only serve half at a time in case it does not all get eaten at once.  We eat it with wheat thins, club crackers or corn chips.

Cranberry Salsa Dip served over Cream Cheese, this recipe is amazing. I did not want to try it at first now i LOVE LOVE LOVE it!

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Cinnamon Bears by Tiffany

I love these cute little bears. I make them every year, no fail. I like to put one in the middle of each cookie platter just for fun, kinda like a little signature cookie. The kids and adults both, get a kick out them. They’re super easy to make and get squeals from the kiddos every single time. I had found this recipe years ago in a Pillsbury book and slightly adapted it. I love that these freeze beautifully too. I’m able to get a head start on all my holiday baking with recipes like this. Enjoy! Yields 1 dozen.

Ingredients

  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup unsalted butter, room temp.
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 2 1/4 cups unbleached all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • mini semisweet chocolate chips, for eyes
  • cinnamon candies, for nose
  • powdered sugar, for dusting cookies

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. confection setting.
  2. In a standing mixer, beat butter and sugar for 10 minutes until light and fluffy. Scrape down sides if needed.
  3. Add egg and vanilla; beat well.
  4. Add flour and cinnamon; blend well.
  5. For each bear, shape dough for head into approx. 2 inch ball; place two inches apart on an ungreased baking sheet. Flatten slightly.
  6. Shape the dough for ears into approx. 3/4 inch balls.
  7. Place two of the ear dough balls above and touching head dough ball for ears. Flatten slightly.
  8. Make twelve slightly smaller dough balls for snout. Flatten slightly.
  9. Bake in preheated 350 degree F. oven for 12 minutes. Immediately remove from oven and transfer to a cooling rack.
  10. Without cooling, press two mini chocolate chips into each cookie for eyes and one cinnamon candy for nose.
  11. Let cool, sprinkle cookies with powdered sugar.

Here’s a picture for you to see how they should look before baking. Before adding the snout and ears to the head, gently press the dough ball to slightly flatten the bears head. Add the snout and ears, gently press, to slightly flatten snout and ears. Bake as directed.

 *Notes* These freeze beautifully. To freeze, store in gallon sized freezer Ziploc bags. To serve, thaw cookies at room temp. and give them a fresh little sprinkle of powdered sugar before serving.

Slightly Adapted Recipe by: Tiffany

Original Recipe: Pillsbury

 

 

 

 

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 White Chocolate Andes Layered Fudge by Tiffany

I absolutely LOVE this time of year! I enjoy the fellowship with friends and family, the Christmas parties, the delicious goodies delivered by friends, the beautiful Christmas cards that come in the mail and the smiles on my kids’ faces when they are opening presents on Christmas morning. If you couldn’t guess, Christmas is one of my favorite holidays.

One of my favorite things to do around this time of year is create new recipes in my kitchen. My family loves fudge, so I’m always experimenting with different ways to make it. While talking on the phone with my mom the other day, she said, “Tiffany, I think you should make a fudge with those yummy Andes mints.” That’s all she had to say. I love those babies! This layered minty goodness was born. A white chocolate creamy fudge with three layers of delicious Andes Chocolate Mints. Thanks mom for the inspiration. Enjoy!

Ingredients

  • 2 packages (4.67 oz. each) Andes Creme De Menthe Thins, coarsely chopped
  • 2 cans (14 oz. each) sweetened condensed milk
  • 4 tablespoon unsalted butter, room temp.
  • 2 packages (12 oz. each) vanilla chips
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon pure mint extract

Directions

  1. Line a 2 qt. baking dish with waxed paper.
  2. Open mints, discard wrapper and coarsely chopped. Divide mints evenly into to three piles. (approx. 18 mints in each pile.)
  3. Layer one pile of mints into the bottom of your lined baking dish, set aside.
  4. In a large heavy-duty saucepan, combine sweetened condensed milk, butter, and vanilla chips; cook and stir over low heat until butter and vanilla chips are melted.
  5. Remove from heat, stir in extracts.
  6. Pour 1/2 the mixture evenly over the mints.
  7. Top mixture with another pile of mints.
  8. Pour remainder of mixture over mints. Layer with remainder mints.
  9. Cover and refrigerate until set. Approx. 1 hour. Cut into squares.

 

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Creative Gift and Party Ideas posted this adorable idea.  PERFECT for all you folks that do not like bake but want to make a cute little treat.

All you will need is….

  • White powdered Donuts
  • Candy Corn
  • Black icing for cake decorating
Push the candy corn into the hole in the middle, use the black icing for the eyes and mouth and you are DONE!

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