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2 1/2 pkgs (20 squares) Baker’s semi-sweet chocolate, divided (8/12)

1 pkg (8 oz) cream cheese, softened


*Melt 8 chocolate squares.  Beat cream cheese in small bowl until creamy.  Blend in melted chocolate.  Put in fridge until firm(ish).

*Shape chocolate into 36 balls.  Place on waxed paper-covered baking sheet.

*Melt remaining 12 squares of chocolate.  Dip truffles, return to baking sheet.

*Decorate with finely chopped peanuts or sprinkles.  Refrigerate 1 hour.


from bakerschocolate.com


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Christmas Dinner

It’ll just be the 5 of us for Christmas dinner, so we thought we’d splurge on a couple favorites instead of the traditional feast.  I have to admit, I’m really excited!


Filet Mignon

Twice-baked stuffed potatoes

Caesar Salad

Jello & Raspberry salad

Garlic Bread

Apple Crisp & homemade icecream


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Christmas Brunch


While we’re opening presents…

orange juice, strong coffee, and cinnamon rolls



Lemon Cream Stuffed French Toast

scrambled eggs & cheese

Oscar Mayer Natural bacon

fruit platter

more strong coffee 🙂


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These are cute little treats.  Top with a cherry or sweetened raspberry for a festive look.

3 – 8 oz pkg cream cheese

5 eggs

1 1/8 cup sugar

1 1/2 tsp vanilla

*Blend cream cheese, sugar, and vanilla together until smooth.  Add eggs.  Mix.  Fill mini cupcake pans.  Bake 300 for 30 minutes.

*Cool in pans on racks.  Centers will sink as they cool, but perfect for adding a little garnish.


This can also be used as an appetizer.  Substitute vanilla with hot sauce, worchestershire, cumin, whatever sounds good.


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This has Christmas written all over it!



from countryhome.com


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cranberry tea

Perfect for a cold winter’s day!

Boil together:
2 cups sugar or less
3 cups water
3 sticks of cinnamon
2 quarts water
1 quart cranberry juice cocktail
1 large can pineapple juice
2 tablespoons lemon juice
2 cups orange juice
Simmer for 30 minutes on the stove, or transfer to crockpot.

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Rich and delicious… pecan pie has never tasted so good!  (Also a Thanksgiving tradition at our house that started when I made my first Thanksgiving dinner.)

photo (not recipe) courtesy of pillsbury.com

1 pie crust (I use the frozen ones)

3 eggs, slightly beaten

1 cup light-colored corn syrup

2/3 cup sugar

1/3 cup butter, melted

1 tsp vanilla

1 cup pecans halves

1/2 – 1 cup semisweet chocolate chips (depends on how rich you want it)


*Preheat oven to 350

*In medium bowl combine eggs, corn syrup, sugar, butter, and vanilla; mix well.  Stir in pecan halves and chocolate chips.

*Pour into pie shell, bake until set, about 45 minutes (use foil ring to prevent crust from burning).

*Cool on wire rack.  Drizzle with melted chocolate, if desired.


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