December 2013 – A Month Of Photos From The Red Double Wide

Happy New Year Everyone!  Hope you all had a blessed Christmas and are looking forward to an AMAZING 2014!!

We started off December by decorating.  I love that the girls are now big enough to put our ugly, fake, redneck beautiful, artificial tree together by themselves.  They needed a little help from dad when it came to the lights but other than that, it was all them!

TreeJade came home for an early Christmas and we remembered to get a family picture this time.  It’s not the best pic, but it’s all of us. 😀

FamilyDecember was a month of cookies, cookies, fudge, dipped pretzels, almond roca, and more cookies…….I really need to get back to work and away from my kitchen before I can’t button my pants!

CookiesThis is what happens when you turn your back on the 9 year old with sprinkles in her hand.

SprinklesSadly we have received no snow so far this winter.  Everything is brown and cold.  These are our dormant raspberry bushes.

Raspberry BushesThis goofy dog locked himself in the garden….he’s looking a bit worried. 😉

StigDigger hauled this home the day before Christmas Eve.  It was his Christmas present to himself!  As you can see he has LOTS of work to do on it.

Pick-upWe are praising God for a 2013 that was full of change and challenges and praying for a healthy, productive, and happy 2014.

Peppermint Crunch Christmas Cookies

These might possibly be my favorite Christmas cookies.  They are so DELICIOUS but the best part is the absolutely wonderful aroma that fills my house while they cook.  A Christmas candle or Scentsy Pot can’t even touch the Christmasy (is that a word?) smell from these cookies!  My sister told me about this recipe a few years back and I have made them every year since.

Peppermint Crunch CookiesThe secret to these amazing cookies is Andes Peppermint Crunch Baking Chips.

Pettermint baking chips These things are creamy, melt in your mouth, goodness!  Add them into a cookie with oatmeal and coconut and…….WOW!  Or you could just upend the bag into your mouth, that would work too.

Peppermint Crunch Christmas Cookies
 
This makes about 30 cookies.
Author:
Recipe type: Dessert
Cuisine: Cookies
Ingredients
  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 1 cup brown sugar, packed
  • ⅓ cup granulated sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1¾ cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup oatmeal
  • 1 cup sweetened grated coconut
  • 1½ cups peppermint crunch baking chips
Instructions
  1. Using an electric mixer, cream the butter, brown sugar, and granulated sugar.
  2. Beat in the egg and vanilla extract.
  3. On low speed, add baking soda, salt and flour. Mix completely.
  4. Stir in oats, coconut, and peppermint chips.
  5. Measure 1-2 Tablespoons (depending on how big you want them) of dough and place round balls on a cookie sheet, 2 inches apart.
  6. Press lightly on each ball to flatten a little and sprinkle some of the remaining chips on top of each cookie.
  7. Bake at 300 degrees for 10 to 15 min.
  8. This made about 30 cookies.

Christmas Cookies 2Note:  It is a little tricky to figure out when these are done.  I check on them at 10 minutes and don’t take them out until they are a little brown around the edges.  After they come out of the oven if you let them rest on the cookie sheet for a few minutes they will stiffen up a bit and be much easier to lay on a cooling rack.

This recipe was adapted from tootsie.com.    I am in no way being compensated for saying these things about these baking chips, I just think they are delicious and Christmasy!

Dipped Pretzels

Dipped pretzels are a holiday FAVORITE at our house.  They are not only yummy but extremely fun to make.  There are no limits on the varieties you can make, and they also make easy, inexpensive gifts!!  Here are some examples of what we have made so far this Christmas.

Jo’s Chocolate Dipped Pretzels
Little Chef’s vanilla pretzel rods

Dipped pretzels are a great idea for Christmas parties, kids can make them all by themselves and as you can see each pretzel is a masterpiece. 🙂

All you need to make these sweet, salty, crunchy goodies is:

Pretzels – Any shape or size and Almond Bark – Chocolate, Vanilla or both.

Melt the Almond bark in a microwave safe bowl following the directions on the package.  Don’t over heat it!!  You will end up with a HARD, over cooked mess and there will be no dipping and very sad faces (yes, I’m speaking from experience).  When you reach a nice, silky, smooth consistency start dipping, dunking and sprinkling!!  They will cool quickly, so sprinkle fast.  For easy clean up, place them on waxed paper to cool.

I hope your family enjoys these as much as ours does.  Be creative and have fun. 😛

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