101 Days of Christmas: Peanut Butter Balls
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101 Days of Christmas: Peanut Butter Balls

I used to make peanut butter balls as part of my regular Christmas baking but somewhere along the way, I got out of the habit. I always feel a bit like Lucy and Ethel in the classic candy factory episode of I Love Lucy when I make them, working as quickly as I can, getting…

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101 Days of Christmas: Gifts in a Jar {Roundup}

As part of this year's 101 Days of Christmas series, I'm sharing a roundup each Sunday with more ideas from around the blogosphere! Gifts in a jar are such a classic Christmas gift! Not only does a jar offer unique packaging for almost any gift, but giving someone an unbaked Christmas treat in a jar…

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101 Days of Christmas: Rosemary Honey Pecan Pie Tarts

The following post is from Shaina of Food for My Family and Olmanson Photography: These mini pecan pie tarts are kissed with fresh rosemary and made with pure honey, for a fun little twist on this classic holiday treat. I have a pecan pie lover in my house. He judges an entire holiday get-together on…

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101 Days of Christmas: Peppermint Milkshake
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101 Days of Christmas: Peppermint Milkshake

While the holidays bring with them scarves and mittens and wishes for a white Christmas for our family, I know it's not cold everywhere in December (the shame!). In fact, we actually spent two Christmases in St. George, Utah -- a high plains desert in the southwestern corner of the state -- after we got…

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101 Days of Christmas: Gingerbread Star Christmas Tree
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101 Days of Christmas: Gingerbread Star Christmas Tree

Want a ridiculously easy way to wow your kids? Well, look no further -- this is it! The girls watched me rolling out the dough the other evening: "Whatcha making?" they whispered, one by one. "You'll see," I replied. Then I pulled out the star cookie cutters, and that was enough excitement for them: "Ooh,…

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101 Days of Christmas: Pecan Sandies
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101 Days of Christmas: Pecan Sandies

Although my family doesn't share my enthusiasm, I love Christmas cookies with nuts! These cookies are simple to make but so tasty, and next time I plan to toast my chopped nuts ahead of time because I think that will just enhance the flavor more. (I don't think it's a good idea to toast the…

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101 Days of Christmas: Rosemary Honey Roasted Nuts

The following post is from Shaina of Food for My Family and Olmanson Photography: Food gifts are a wonderful way to show the important people in your life that you care, and they're also easy to do in bulk so you can gift them to your neighbor, the mailman, add a jar to a basket…

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101 Days of Christmas: Egg Nog Hot Chocolate
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101 Days of Christmas: Egg Nog Hot Chocolate

Mmm, this recipe combines two of my favorite holiday drinks -- hot chocolate and egg nog -- into one rich and creamy indulgence! You could definitely use store-bought egg nog instead, but I don't think anything really compares to the egg nog recipe my friend Barb shared with me last year. On the other hand,…

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101 Days of Christmas: Candy Cane Muddy Buddies
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101 Days of Christmas: Candy Cane Muddy Buddies

This treat combines two of my very favorites -- classic Muddy Buddies (often called Puppy Chow) and the very best holiday flavor combination: peppermint and chocolate -- in a delicious treat that's perfect for your next holiday get-together, packing in treat bags as gifts or just snacking on at home! And the best part? It…

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101 Days of Christmas: Hazelnut Mocha Mini Layer Cakes

The following post is from Shaina of Food for My Family and Olmanson Photography: 'Tis the season for steaming cups of hot chocolate and holiday parties. These mini mocha layer cakes are dotted with toasted hazelnuts and topped off with vanilla buttercream for a holiday treat that's hard to resist. Whether you're hosting holiday parties,…

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