Posts tagged ‘Christmas’

Baked Gouda

Christmas is my VERY FAVORITE time of year!  The cold weather, the giving spirit, the Christmas Story coming alive, special time with family and friends, amazing parties and delicious food everywhere…it really can’t be beat!   Every year my husband and I spend the holidays with both of our families starting on about the 23rd.  So before that date, we have one night that is our own special Christmas at home.   We clear the coffee table out of our living room and put the Queen Size Air Mattress out on the floor right next to the fireplace and Christmas tree.  We cover it with blankets and pillows and settle in for an evening of laughing, christmas movies, our own special stocking time and lots of smooching!  haha…it is one my favorite nights of the whole year!  We both turn into excited little children finding joy in giving each other gifts and delighting in the magic of Christmas!    We sleep out in our Christmas zone with the lights on the tree glowing long after the last embers of the fire have died down and it really is perfect!

This year we made dinner together as part of the evening and also made some yummy treats the next morning and day as our celebration continued with watching some football together!  This Baked Gouda made a short visit  to the Christmas zone before we devoured every morsel!  This is a recipe I got from Nancy Fike and it is a very simple recipe that is extremely tasty!   Once again…anything where the main ingredient is oozing cheese and you know it  MUST be good!   Merry Christmas!
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Christmas Fudge

One of the things that I LOVE about the holidays is the traditional foods that show up year after year!  There are certain foods that actually taste like Christmas to me and this fudge is one of them!  I make it every year and if it didn’t show up on the holiday dessert table, I might be excommunicated from the family haha…well not really I hope!

It is easy to make, you just need to be patient!  I made two batches this year.  I made one Dairy Free Vegan Batch and one regular batch with a little bit of peanut butter added in to make it extra special…and it was!  This dessert freezes really well and makes quite a lot so it is great to make early on in the season and then take to share at all of your holiday parties!

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Charlies! Chocolate Sandwich Cookies!

For the next few weeks I will be doing a series of holiday treats and yummies that you can make and enjoy with friends this holiday season!  This is the first post and it is a very simple cookie that tastes absolutely extraordinary!
These fabulous wonders were first introduced to me in high school!  A good friend of our family and one of my second mother’s, Mother Mott, made these for us as we were studying after school.  She called them Youth Group Cookies and I thought they were SO good I didn’t know what to do with myself!   Since then my family has made these many many times and will continue to!
One of my most special memories of these cookies is making these with my cousin Colter Brown!  He and I are very close and making these cookies became a semi-tradition whenever we got to be together…and somehow in that tradition…we renamed them Charlies!  So this post is dedicated to Mother Mott…and to my wonderful cousin Colter!  LOVE YOU GUYS!

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