Chocolate Peanut Butter Bon Bons

A simple, but delicious treat that is perfect for gift giving!

When I was a kid, I used to think about how great it would be once I was all grown up and could make my own decisions about everything and eat all the dessert I desired.  (The dessert part was a key element in this thought process.)  Once I got older and moved out, I was sitting in my apartment one day and realized, “Hey, I can eat dessert whenever I want now!”  Despite that revelation, I continued to stick to my (overall) healthy habits, because I had come to realize that there were very good reasons why my parents limited the quantities of cookies and candy that I was allowed to consume as a child.

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Old Fashioned Divinity

This classic divinity recipe takes a little patience and elbow grease, but the delicious result is so worth it!

Let’s talk about divinity.  Allow me to begin this post with this statement:  “I’m not a divinity expert”.  The recipe I’m sharing today is an old one, and you can find dozens of slight variations of this recipe online and in old cookbooks.  My point in this particular post isn’t to share something new and undiscovered, but instead to focus on tips and tricks for getting your divinity to come out just right.  Because, let’s be honest, unless you’ve been making divinity your whole life and know exactly what works for you (aka your environment, mixer, etc), this candy is tricky.  If you usually use the “Jump to Recipe” option in my posts, I would suggest reading the whole post this time if you’ve never made divinity before.

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15-Minute Fudge

This quick and easy fudge only takes about 15 minutes!  If you love fudge but find candy making to be tricky, (or just don’t have the time), this recipe is for you!

Today is day 4 of sharing classic cookies and candies before Christmas!  I usually don’t post on the blog on Wednesdays, but today I’m making an exception.  Fudge is important, ok?  Especially when it only takes 15 minutes. 🙂

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Classic Snickerdoodles

Soft and chewy Classic Snickerdoodles – no chill time required!

Snickerdoodles were my childhood favorite cookie, and they are still among my top ten (a close competitor with Chocolate Chip Cookies and Molasses Cookies).  In my kid mind, there was no other that could compare to the beauty of a warm Snickerdoodle.

I have one particularly distinct memory of standing in my grandma’s old kitchen, “helping” her make a batch of these cookies.  (I’m pretty sure that my helping consisted of rolling the cookie dough balls in the cinnamon and sugar after she did everything else.)

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Chocolate No Bake Cookies

A simple classic – these fudgy Chocolate No Bake Cookies don’t require any baking time and are full of oats, chocolate, and peanut butter!

Brrr…  It’s cold outside!  On days like today I would be perfectly content to curl up next to our Christmas tree, wrapped up in a warm blanket and holding a cup of hot apple spice tea in my hands.

On Saturday I mentioned that I’m doing something a little different on the blog over the next couple of weeks.  Instead of my usual fare, I’m sharing a variety of cookie and candy recipes leading up to Christmas.

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Photos of the Week – Old Cape Henry Lighthouse

It’s a chilly Sunday afternoon here at our place, and I am enjoying some relaxation while watching a Christmas movie.  Casey and I went to a Christmas party yesterday evening, which was fun, but the hotel we stayed in was rather loud and therefore I am running on only a few hours of sleep today.  For whatever reason, I am very rarely able to nap, (and if I do fall asleep I wake up completely confused as to who I am and what century it is), so I’m just ignoring the fatigue and hoping I’ll sleep better tonight.

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Coconut Butterscotch Poinsettia Cookies

Some of my favorite Christmas cookies – these buttery cookies are full of coconut and butterscotch chips, and topped with maraschino cherries.

Good morning!  For those of you who follow my blog regularly, you know that I usually tend toward creating healthy-ish recipes, with some treats thrown in here and there.  Over the next couple of weeks I’m planning something a little different.  I’m hoping to share a variety of fun cookies and candies leading up to Christmas.  (That’s assuming the humidity allows me to make candy.  It’s 99% humidity out this weekend haha.)  Whatever the case, this will be fun, and I’ll have some delicious new treats up on the blog for Christmas!

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Turkey & Bean Enchiladas

Ground turkey, beans, bell peppers, and onions are cooked together, combined with enchilada sauce and cheese, and wrapped in whole wheat tortillas.  

For a second I almost said, “Hey, it’s Saturday!” and then I realized it’s actually Friday.  Casey and I just got back from a week long trip to Virginia, and traveling seems to mess with my sense of time.  I’ve been one day ahead all week.

Even though our trip was for business, I had a lot of time to explore the Virginia Beach area while my husband worked.  (I’m the moral support, right?)  On Sunday I’ll share some pictures here on the blog. 🙂

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Apple Pudding Cake (with Cream Cheese Frosting)

This cinnamony Apple Pudding Cake is reminiscent of a lava cake – firm on the edges and gooey in the center, and topped with cream cheese frosting!  Plus, it’s made with whole wheat flour. 🙂

Hooray!  I survived yesterday’s Christmas shopping.  Well, almost.  I still have a few more things to get.  (Amazon Prime, you are a life saver.)  The only incident noteworthy is that I almost got hit by a car while crossing an intersection.  I’m not used to walking around in a downtown area, ok?  I stupidly crossed the intersection too soon and almost died in the process.  (Note to self:  Don’t ever walk unless the sign says it’s ok, and even then watch for cars because the drivers do not pay attention.)

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Double Chocolate Pumpkin Muffins

You can’t go wrong with pumpkin + chocolate! 🙂

I know, I know.  According to all the big retailers, pumpkin season is over.  Going to the grocery store is confusing this time of year, because one minute everything screams pumpkin, and the next minute *whoosh* all the pumpkins are gone in order to make way for peppermint and those premade gingerbread houses that taste like cardboard.  Just for the record, I hate peppermint.  Ever since I was a kid I’ve hated mint, and I’m not going to change now just to suit the status quo.  (I’m not hating on all things Christmas food…just the cardboard gingerbread houses and peppermint.) 🙂

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