25 Days of Christmas Fun: Delicious Christmas Mice Recipe

We thought it would be fun to start doing a post each night about a fun Christmas craft, recipe, family tradition and all things holly jolly.

Crunchy Christmas Mice by our friend Carrie W!

Ahhhh…Christmas! I love this time of year! I love the lights, I love the decorations and most of all I love all of the fantastic crafts that tend to pop up all around us. In my family, I’ll be the first to admit, we have a few strange traditions that aren’t for the faint of heart.

One of these traditions is our Crunchy Christmas Mice! [Read more...]

25 Days of Christmas Fun: Christmas Morning Breakfast Casserole (Make-Ahead!)

We thought it would be fun to countdown to Christmas each night with a fun Christmas craft, recipe, family tradition and all things holly jolly.

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Kasey’s Moms Breakfast Casserole

“Christmas” Sausage Strata  - My mom made this every year on Christmas morning for as long as I can remember.  Now, I do the same for my family.  Even though I don’t particularly like sausage, I love my mom’s Christmas Sausage Strata.  This week the kids and I are going to go ahead and prepare our Christmas Sausage Casserole for Christmas morning to put in the freezer.!  On Christmas Eve, I’ll take it out of the freezer and place in the fridge overnight to thaw out.  Then, on Christmas morning while we are opening gifts I’ll pop it in the oven.

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25 Days of Christmas Fun: Hot Ham & Cheese Sliders & Chocolate Pretzel Wreaths! Yummy & Delicious Recipes

We thought it would be fun to countdown to Christmas each night with a fun Christmas craft, recipe, family tradition and all things holly jolly.

hot ham and cheese sliders

This week has been filled with Christmas baking at the Trenum home. Earlier this week, we made  Party Mix, Snowman Crunch, and Christmas sugar cookies!! I was feeling really behind, until then. Still lots of baking to do but at least we got started.  In case you are looking for easy recipes to make with your kids, my kids helped with these! During the month of December we are still following our healthy eating at meal time as often as possible but we do add in special treats we make.

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25 Days of Christmas Fun: Saltine Cracker Toffee or “Christmas Crack”

We thought it would be fun to countdown to Christmas each night with a fun Christmas craft, recipe, family tradition and all things holly jolly.

 

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Jamie here! Here’s a recipe for a deliciously salty/sweet treat that is sure to please!  Kasey shared this recipe with me year before last  - and last year my father-in-law, who is a Church of God pastor (and therefore eats very well) loved it so much he nearly fought another pastor over the last few pieces :)  It’s called Saltine Toffee or sometimes “Christmas Crack”.  It’s not fancy, it’s not pretentious – and the ingredients are cheap – that’s my favorite kind of recipe!

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Potato Candy Recipe (Aunt Ollie’s Holiday Specialty)

 

My Great-Great-Aunt Ollie was a fixture at all the family events – and her special treat to bring on the holidays was Potato Candy.  She used to tint it pink or yellow at Easter time, and Red and Green or Christmas.  And just so you can put a face with a name, here’s a picture of the two of us!

That young-at-heart little woman there is my Aunt Ollie (pronounced “AINTOLLIE” by everyone in the family) and the little chubber is yours truly. ;) (Obviously I’d already helped myself to a little too much potato candy)

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 Aren’t we cute?

In case you haven’t ever had this old-fashioned treat, rest assured potato candy tastes nothing like potatoes (so don’t be scared off!) – but is more like an inside-out cow tail.  The white icing-like filling is on the outside of the log, and a peanut butter swirl is on the inside.

It’s extremely sweet – the kind where you don’t want to put a big chunk in your mouth all at once, but you’ll keep going back to the plate over and over for just another pinch until you’ve eaten your weight in confectioner’s sugar.  It’s perfect for the holidays, to set out for guests – and it keeps in your fridge for a good little while as long as it’s wrapped up!

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To make this candy you’ll only need a bag of powered sugar, one smallish potato (If you use a big one, just make sure have more powdered sugar on hand!), vanilla and peanut butter!

Potato Candy Recipe:

 

Potato Candy Recipe (Aunt Ollie's Holiday Specialty)
Dessert
About 4 Dozen
 
This Potato Candy recipe is a treasure passed down from my great-great Aunt Ollie. It's a holiday tradition that will take you back to simpler times!
Ingredients
  • 1 Small Potato
  • 1 16oz Bag of Confectioner's Sugar
  • 1 tsp Vanilla extract
  • Peanut Butter
Instructions
  1. Cut a potato into big chunks and boil it until soft.
  2. Place chunks in a large mixing bowl and mash them up with a fork.
  3. Add vanilla.
  4. Add powdered sugar about ¼ of the bag at a time - stirring vigorously with a spoon until a stiff dough forms.
  5. You'll likely need the whole bag (or almost) - you want it to be like a cookie dough but a little stiffer - however not too dry.
  6. Lay out a long piece of waxed paper and dust with powdered sugar.
  7. Scrape the dough out onto the paper and spread into a rectangular shape about ¼" thick. If it's too difficult to get it that thin, just do the best you can!
  8. Spread a layer of peanut butter on top of that.
  9. Roll into a jelly-roll style log and place in the fridge for a few hours (or overnight).
  10. Once thoroughly chilled, slice and place on a plate to serve.
  11. Makes a TON!

 

Cream Cheese Sugar Cookies Recipe

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There is nothing more classic than a cream cheese sugar cookie with sprinkles at Christmas (or any other holiday or regular day for that matter). This recipe is so easy to make, it’s a great opportunity to get the kids involved and make memories together. You’ll love how fast you can whip these up and even more how amazing they taste. The cream cheese and butter together make such a soft sweet buttery cookie you’ll have a hard time stopping at one. Wait? Who said you had to stop at one. Ha! [Read more...]

Candy Cane “Buttons & Bows” Cookies Recipe!

Candy Cane Buttons & Bows Cookies

I’m not a huge fan of peppermint candy – to me it seems like a total waste of sugar – but I am REALLY fond of the Hershey’s Candy Cane Kisses.

I picked up a couple bags yesterday, but let’s be honest:  If I sit here and look at that candy I will be as fat as Santa by Christmas time.  So I made these fun cookies with them!

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Being limited on time, I gladly went semi-homemade with the help of a bag of Betty Crocker Chocolate Chunk Cookie mix. (Also check out our “Lazy Girl’s Cookies in a Jar” idea if you’re strapped for time.)

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Following the directions for the mix, I whipped up a batch of chocolate chunk dough and dropped it by plops onto a cookie sheet.  I’m a big fan of using tin foil on my cookie sheets – because if I haven’t mentioned it yet, I’m kinda lazy and I hate to wash dishes.

 

 

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Once you pull the chocolate chunk cookies out of the oven – place a candy cane kiss into the top of each cookie. Push it in pretty deep, that way it can start melting into a pretty candy-cane puddle.  Every couple minutes, work your way around the cookie sheet gently pushing the tip of the kiss down to make sure it flattens out some more.  At the end it will look like a candy cane button. Cute!

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While my second sheet of cookies was baking, inspiration struck!  I sliced the candy cane kisses down the middle and lay them on top the cookies with their points touching – like a candy cane bow!  Again – as they melt you’ll want to gently push them down a bit so they spread out a little.

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Looking down at the sheet of cookies, I thought - Buttons & Bows!

For a delusional moment there, I thought about how extremely clever I was and how it would be even MORE awesome if I had brownie bites and I called them “button & bow brownie bites”.   But honestly – that might be just too much cuteness for one title.  :)   Of course, it was WAY too much cuteness for the teenagers at Youth Group last night who refused to refer to them as buttons and bows  – but instead eye-rollingly referred to them “Zippers and Snaps”, “Those zipper cookies” and other silliness.

That’s just teenagers for you.  They’ll stuff your awesome cookies in their ungrateful faces while making fun of you.  Gotta’ love ‘em ;)

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Regardless – the chocolate and mint combo was spot-on.  They complimented each other really well and both my family and the kids at youth group asked for me to make more!

Packaging Note: The kisses were still a little gooey a few hours later – so unless you have plenty of time to let these sit so the kisses can re-harden, the gooey-ness might make it difficult to pack for gift-giving.

Christmas Tree Grahams

I see so many cute recipes online that I think I can make. In reality, I know that most would take me hours upon hours and end up looking like a Pinterest fail. This recipe is so simple, easy, and festive for the Christmas season. It won’t take an entire day to make and the kiddos can join. In fact, I think it’s easier than rolling out sugar cookie dough and making decorated cookies. You can make as many or as little as they want and you could even try out other themes such as snowflakes, mittens, wreathes, etc.
Christmas Tree Grahams Ingredients - 
  • 12 oz green candy melts 
  • graham cracker squares M&M baking bits (located in the baking section)
  • Rolos, cut in 1/2 (keeping them in the fridge prior to making your trees help them hold their shape while cutting in 1/2)
  • small sadnwich baggie
  • kitchen scissors
  • toothpicks
Directions - 
#1. Pour the green candy melts into a microwave safe dish. Heat in the microwave in 30-40 second increments, stirring until melted. Allow the melted chocolate to cool slightly before handling.
#2. Scoop the melted green chocolate into the small sandwich baggie. Snip the end and make a small triangle outline on a graham cracker square (see photo).
#3. Give each tree a base using 1/2 a Rolo – use the toothpick to spread a little bit of melted chocolate onto the flat side and place under the tree.
#4. Fill in the tree with the green chocolate and use a toothpick to fill in the gaps (see photo).
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#5. Use the mini M&M baking bits to decorate the tree. (see photo)
#6. Repeat with the desired amount of graham cracker squares.

 

Christmas Tree Grahams
 
Ingredients
  • 12 oz green candy melts
  • graham cracker squares
  • M&M baking bits (located in the baking section)
  • Rolos, cut in ½ (if you keep them in the fridge prior to making trees they hold their shape better while cutting in ½)
  • small sadnwich baggie
  • kitchen scissors
  • toothpicks
Instructions
  1. Pour the green candy melts into a microwave safe dish. Heat in the microwave in 30-40 second increments, stirring until melted. Allow the melted chocolate to cool slightly before handling.
  2. Scoop the melted green chocolate into the small sandwich baggie. Snip the end and make a small triangle outline on a graham cracker square (see photo).
  3. Give each tree a base using ½ a Rolo - use the toothpick to spread a little bit of melted chocolate onto the flat side and place under the tree.
  4. Fill in the tree with the green chocolate and use a toothpick to fill in the gaps (see photo).
  5. Use the mini M&M baking bits to decorate the tree. (see photo)
  6. Repeat with the desired amount of graham cracker squares.