Eggnog marshmallows {101 Days of Christmas}

I didn't discover eggnog until I was almost 30, but I now have a deep, deep love and appreciation for all things eggnog (and that's even without the booze!). I'm not sure why it didn't occur to me to try eggnog marshmallows until now, but I'm so glad it did because these are yummy. The most amazing part…

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Paula Deen’s caramel corn {101 Days of Christmas}

Friends of ours gave me a tin of this popcorn at our end-of-the-year celebration for our homeschool group, and I sent her a message just as soon as I took my first bite because it's that good! I wouldn't even call myself a caramel popcorn fan, but I seriously could not stop eating this stuff. It…

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Royal icing shapes and decorations {101 Days of Christmas}

I think royal icing just might be my favorite discovery of 2014. It's easy to make at home, lasts forever in the fridge (which will be perfect next birthday season, when we have four birthdays in six weeks!) and can be used in so many different ways -- to decorate cookies, hold graham cracker houses together, and now...to…

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Chocolate-covered mini candy canes {101 Days of Christmas}

I tried to make chocolate-dipped candy canes a couple of years ago, but my chocolate was too hot and the candy canes kept breaking. I got frustrated and gave up, but this year -- after realizing what had caused it! -- I wanted to try again. I went with mini candy canes this time because everything is cuter…

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Peppermint swirl marshmallows {101 Days of Christmas}

I feel kind of guilty about these marshmallows. Not because I ate too many (although that's a possibility as well!), but because I shared our oldest daughter's struggles with food dyes a few months ago, and I fully intended to avoid any artificial dyes for this year's series. Then we pulled our old dyes out…

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Easy eggnog fudge {101 Days of Christmas}

I love eggnog and I love fudge, but what really makes this recipe great is that it uses just a few simple ingredients and doesn't require a candy thermometer, so it's easy to whip together whenever you have a craving for eggnog! This is also a great recipe to make with kids (or to have…

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Homemade nonpareils {101 Days of Christmas}

Okay, y'all. We're exactly three days into this year's series, and I hereby declare this my favorite project of the year! My mom and I share a love of nonpareils, and when I realized last year that you could make them at home, I immediately added them to the list of projects for 2013. But for…

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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: Homemade Candy {Roundup}
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101 Days of Christmas: Homemade Candy {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! I've always loved making chocolate-dipped treats and homemade candy, but it's one of those time-consuming things I usually put off for another time {that never comes}. Putting this post together sure had…

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101 Days of Christmas: Easy Peanut-Free Brittle
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101 Days of Christmas: Easy Peanut-Free Brittle

Crunchy and super sweet, this candy is more than a little bit addictive, so you'll want to make it and gift it right away rather than keeping it around the house! Although it still contains nuts, this recipe, adapted from Betty Crocker, is peanut-free for those dealing with peanut allergies (you'll obviously want to check to…

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