Friday, December 12, 2008

Tamra's Wassail Mix

One cold morning I walked in to BYU half frozen from my ten minute "hike". If you're not familiar, parking at the Y is a joke and even employees have to walk in from parking lots FAR, FAR away. Tamra was there and made me a cup of this delicious hot wassail. It warmed my hands and heart!. Thanks Tamra.

2 C. Tang 1 ¾ c. sugar
1 tsp. cinnamon ½ tsp. ground cloves
¼ tsp. ginger 1/3 C. pre-sweetened lemonade mix

Mix ingredients and place in airtight container. This makes a great Christmas gift. Tie jar or container with a bow and attach the mixing directions.

Directions for mixing: Add 2-3 spoonfuls of dry mix to a glass of hot water. Add more if you like it sweeter!

Easy Microwave Fudge

I've been making this fudge for years. It provides a perfect base for any type of topping. See suggestions below

3 cups milk chocolate chips
1 can sweetened condensed milk
1/4 cup butter

Pour ingredients into a microwave safe bowl. Microwave on high for 2 1/2 to 3 minutes. Remove from microwave and stir until smooth and thickened. Pour into a greased 8x8 pan. Top with your favorite toppings. Allow to cool and harden. Cut into squares.


chopped candy canes
chopped Oreo cookies
Reece's peanut butter cups
white chocolate chips

IDEA: You can also pour half of the mixture in the pan, place toppings (such as York peppermint patties) in the middle and then pour the rest of the fudge on top. When you cut the fudge, you can see the layers.

Caramel Symphony Fudge

picture coming soon

This is the most delicious fudge I've ever had. Kaycie came home with a few pieces from young women's on Wednesday night and I called her leader the next day for the recipe. It is smooth, creamy and delicious.

4 cups sugar
2 cups whipping cream
2 sticks butter (no margarine)
16 oz. chopped Symphony candy bars (I used the almond and toffee chip kind)

In a large saucepan, mix the sugar and whipping cream. Bring to a boil and boil for one minute. Add the two sticks of butter and continue cooking. Boil mixture until it reaches 230 degrees on a candy thermometer. Remove from heat and stir in chopped Symphony bars until melted and smooth. Beat mixture with an electric mixer for 2-3 minutes. Pour into a greased 13x9 pan. Allow to harden and cool. Remove block of fudge from pan and cut into squares. Can refrigerate if desired.

Cinnamon White Chocolate Pretzels

My cute friend Holly from Alpine District gave me a big container of these delicious pretzels. She shared the recipe with me and I've already made two batches. These are inexpensive, super easy and very delicious.

1 bag of pretzels
1/4 c. melted butter
cinnamon & sugar (mixed)
1/2 bag of white chocolate chips
1 tsp. shortening

Spread pretzels out on a cookie sheet. Brush pretzels with melted butter, then sprinkle with cinnamon and sugar mixture. Mix around to coat. In a small, microwave safe bowl, add the white chocolate chips and shortening. Melt in microwave on high for 1 minute. Stir well. Melt for a few more seconds if needed until chocolate is smooth and melted. Using a fork, drizzle the white chocolate all over the top of the pretzels. Allow chocolate to set. Store covered in jars or in baggies.

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Coming Soon to a Kitchen Near You...

Hey followers. I've been so busy lately that I have neglected my little blog. I wanted to let you know that in the next week I am going to be uploading recipes and pictures of all my favorite Christmas Baking and Candy Making. I also have a couple of dinner parties next week that I am cooking for so I'll share those recipes too!

Stay Tuned! Here are the things I'll be making:

Symphony Toffee Fudge
Chocolate Fudge with toppings
Homemade caramels
Almond Bark Krispies
Dipped and Decorated Pretzels
Peanut Butter Balls
Oreo Truffles
Grandma's Drop Sugar Cookies (so easy!)
Homemade Christmas Mints (melt-in-your-mouth!)
Chex Mix (sweet & sticky)
Chex Mix (Monkey Munch style)

These recipes are all so easy that I'll be making them in one night!