Monday, July 31, 2017

Summer Punch (AKA my Christmas Punch)

I have probably posted this before on my blog somewhere but will share again because it is worth it!
We usually try to make it up 3-5 days before when it will be served.  We put the batches in gallon size bags and freeze.  I have been making this since back in the early 2000's and is all I serve on Christmas Eve.  Also I have only used the cherry but they say you can use other flavors. It is a slush punch.

1 3 0z. cherry gelatin
1 cup boiling water
1 46 oz. can unsweetened pineapple juice
1 1/2 cup sugar
4 cups cold water

2 quarts ginger ale chilled when serving.

Dissolve gelatin into 1 cup boiling water.  Add pineapple juice, sugar, cold water and stir well.  Freeze.

Set out 2 hours before serving.  Break into chunks. Pour ginger ale over it. Sometimes I get it out when ready to use and have to use a knife to break it up.

For about 19 people I do 3 batches and that is using red solo cups.  If any is left over people like to drink it, 

Your 2017 Christmas!

I would like to thank everybody that took the time to look at the postings I did daily and I hope that maybe you will try a recipe, craft or tip.

Remember the holidays are for being with family and friends and remembering the REAL REASON of the SEASON!!!  Do not stress or worry if not all gets done or isn't how you want.  You will be the ONLY one knowing it.  I know because I have been there!  JUST ENJOY!!!! 

Sunday, July 30, 2017

Ham Potato Puffs

This is such a easy, good recipe that I have made several times.  Taken it to work and church for breakfast. Could be left over Christmas Eve potatoes for Christmas breakfast.

1 tube (12 ounces) refrigerated buttermilk biscuits
1 cup cubed fully cooked ham ( lunch meat)
1 cup leftover mashed potatoes
1 cup (4 ounces) shredded cheddar cheese, divided
1/2 tsp. dried parsley flakes  ( I leave this off)
1/4 tsp. garlic powder (adjust to your taste)

Press each biscuit onto the bottom and up the sides of a greased muffin cup.  In a large bowl, combine the ham, potatoes, 1/2 cup cheese, parsley and garlic powder.
Spoon 1/4 cup into each prepared cup.  Sprinkle with remaining cheese.  Bake at 350 for 20-25 minutes or until lightly browned.  Serve warm. Refrigerate leftovers.
Yield: 10 puffs

Door Prize

For the last several years on Christmas Eve I mark either a cup, or plate (have been considering a napkin or silverware to try) for a door prize.  The prize is $10 gift card to Wal-Mart.  I put it in a box with candy or with chap stick, lotion, gum something that young and old could use.  Just alittle excitement. 

I am thinking this year to stick scratch off on the bottom of each plate and maybe the one without a ticket would be the gift card.....still thinking.

Saturday, July 29, 2017

Frosted Pecans

Another easy item to add to trays.

Also known as Candied Pecans

1 1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup sour cream
1 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 lb. pecan pieces

Combine sugar and sour cream in a large saucepan, bring to a boil over medium heat and simmer, stirring constantly, 5 minutes.  Add vanilla and pecans and stir until pecans are well coated.
Spread on wax paper, break into pieces when cool.  Store in and airtight container.
Makes 4 to 5 cups.

Candy Canes

Use PVC pipe and red tape and make candy canes to line you driveway or sidewalk.  Put lights from one candy cane to another to make a path on both sides.  Use a straight piece and elbow of PVC pipe to make the candy canes.  Or straight piece for peppermint stick and still use lights.

Friday, July 28, 2017

Bacon Wrapped Brussels Sprouts

10 slices bacon cut in half
3 tablespoons Savory Honey Mustard
10 large Brussels Sprouts (1/2 lb) cut lengthwise in half or 20 small ones

Heat oven to 400.

Place bacon in batches in single layer on paper towel-covered microwaveable plate cover with second paper towel and microwave on high 1 1/2 minutes.  Bacon will not be done.

Spread bacon with mustard.  Place 1 brussel sprout half cut side up on center of each bacon piece.  Fold ends of bacon over sprout.  Put seam side down on rimmed baking sheet.

Bake 20-25 minutes or until bacon is crisp and sprouts are tender.

Have a nephew who loves brussel sprouts---might have to try these for Christmas Eve.  Will do a trail run.