Friday, December 13, 2013

FAVE CHRISTMAS RECIPES AND FREE BOOKS!


What do these two things have in common?
CHRISTMAS!!!
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Congrats, Melanie B. for winning Polar Bear Plunge on Wednesday! Hope you enjoy!
HOW ABOUT A CHANCE TO WIN ROSE'S BOOK? See below!
Anyone with a favorite Christmas recipe? I’m giving you one here:

Wonderful Chocolate Fudge

2 cups white sugar
½ c whole milk and 1/2c half n half
½ cup cocoa
¼ cup butter
2t (or more) vanilla
Nuts optional

Butter sides of Dutch over or equivalent size saucepan. Mix sugar and cocoa together in pan, add milk and half n half until all is mixed well. Cook over medium heart STIRRING CONSTANTLY!!! Or it will separate. Once it is boiling, turn heat down a tad and stop stirring (just occasionally so that it won’t stick). Once it reaches the firm ball stage (unless you make a lot of candy, you’ll need a candy thermometer) if you can gauge it yourself, you know that a spoonful dropped into cold water, then drain and add more cold, you’ll pick up the glob and it will form a ball between your fingers that is slightly firm. (most recipes call for softball stage, but I’ve found that firmball works much better). Remove from heat, add vanilla and butter WITHOUT STIRRING. Don’t stir or move it around at all, just let it cool so that you can touch the outside of the pan comfortably. Grab a spoon and beat it until it starts to have a creamy look. Pour onto a piece of parchment, spreading out into a rectangular shape. Cut into pieces and seal in a container in the frig until Christmas (if you can wait that long). This is so creamy and wonderful. If it comes out sugary for any reason, it means it was disturbed while cooling, just add new milk and recook.

THIS IS DELICIOUS!!!
HOPE YOU ALL ENJOY! AND HAVE A VERY MERRY CHRISTMAS!
WHAT’S YOUR FAVE CMAS RECIPE? 

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Rose Ross Zediker’s: Wedding on the Rocks

15 comments:

  1. Holiday Eggnog! It's a must at our family, especially after Christmas Eve Service.

    Eggnog

    4 eggs
    ½ c sugar
    Dash salt
    3 cups milk
    2 tsp vanilla
    ½ tsp nutmeg
    2/3 cup whipping cream

    Whisk together in heavy saucepan the eggs, sugar, salt. Gradually add half the milk. Cook and stir until temperature reads 160-170 degrees or until mixture coats a metal spoon. Pour into heat proof bowl, stir in vanilla. Add nutmeg and remaining milk. Place bowl in ice water bath, stirring frequently until mixture is cool. Refrigerate at least 3 hours. When ready to serve, beat cream until stiff peaks form; fold gently into egg mixture. Pour into chilled glasses. Sprinkle nutmeg on top.

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  2. Ooooo, but I LOVE fudge when it sugars! Our fav seasonal recipe is Aunt Mert's Christmas Bread

    ¼ cup milk
    ¼ cup sugar
    3 tablespoons butter
    ¼ cup warm water
    1 pkg (2 ¼ tsp) dry yeast
    1 egg, beaten
    2 ¼ cups flour

    Scald milk. Add sugar and butter, stirring until butter is melted. Let cool. Mix together yeast and warm water in mixing bowl. Add cooled milk mixture. Add egg and 1½ cups flour and beat until smooth. Mix in remaining flour, then turn dough onto lightly floured surface and knead until shiny and elastic. Place in lightly greased bowl, turning to bring up greased side, cover with towel and let rise 1 hour. Punch down with fist (my favorite part!).

    Roll dough into a rectangle approximately 8″x12″. Spread with 2 tablespoons softened butter, top with a mixture of ¼ cup firmly packed light brown sugar and ½ teaspoon of cinnamon. Beginning at long side, roll up tightly and pinch to seal edge well.

    Place on greased cookie sheet and form roll into a circle shape. Snip ¾” into circle at 2″ intervals, and separate slightly. Bake at 350 degrees for about 20 minutes, or until lightly browned.

    Once it’s cooled, drizzle with glaze: 1/2 cup confectionary sugar, a dash of vanilla, and about a tablespoon of milk. Top with alternating walnut pieces and maraschino halves.

    As we say around here, "It's wicked good!"


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    1. And it sounds wicked good! Yum!

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    2. Hey, don't forget to leave your email addies so you can be entered to win!!!!!

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  3. Oh, *love* fudge! And that recipe sounds great! What's my favorite Christmas recipe?--right now, I think that one is!

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  4. Fudge is one of my FAVES for Christmas! Who am I kidding--fudge is my FAVE ANYTIME! Thanks for the giveaway and recipe! Merry Christmas!

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    1. Favorite Christmas recipe? Cornish game hen. Pop it in the oven. Serve with rice. Nom.

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  5. Different Scotch Shortbread from from my MacGregor and MacDonald family clans.
    Then Hopping John on New Years.
    JanetGrunst@gmail.com

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  6. Merry Christmas and Best Wishes for a Happy New Year!
    Bring you Good wishes of happiness.

    Sorry for greeting you earlier,, just don't want miss saying this.
    By the way, I'm clotee. It's my first time visiting your blog. I am blogger too, and now try my best luck to open an e-store. Nice to know you.

    Regards,
    Clotee

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  7. Hi Linda,

    I'm late to the party! Thanks for giving away my book. I hope the winner enjoys it.

    My favorite recipe is for cherry chocolate bars because they taste exactly like Palmer Candy's Twin Bing candy bars. AND I grew up about 20 miles from Sioux City, Iowa the home of the Palmer Candy factory. As a matter of fact, I'm going to their candy store with my granddaughters today!

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  8. Yum - there are too many great Christmas receipes to pick a favorite. But I certainly enjoyed reading Rose's book Wedding on the Rocks!

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  9. I have a candy favorite recipes, but I don't know the name. Take 1 bag of milk chocolate chips and 1 bag of Reese's peanut butter chips. Also, You'llYou'll need 1 cup of the kind of nuts you prefer. We've used pecans and walnuts. Get a glass bowl, pour in milk chocolate chips and Reese's peanut butter chips, then stir the chips. After that, put the glass bowl in the microwave. We usually microwave approximately two minutes, but everyone's microwave is different. You want to get the chips soft enough that you can stir them together well, then add your cup of nuts and stir it all real well. We use wax paper on cookie sheets and you drop a tablespoon on the wax paper. Then, we put them in the refrigerator until they are firm. It depends on how big you want your candy as to how many You'llYou'll get out of the recipe. Everyone loves them. I love them and they're easy to make. Thank you for the chance to win this giveaway and please enter my name.
    Barbara Thompson
    barbmaci61(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  10. Oh, Janet I love shortbread, too! How delicious AND, you won the copy of Rose's book!!! Will be sending to your email addy today.
    CONGRATS!!!!!

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  11. Yum! One of my favs is chocolate peanut clusters - pretty easy. Melt chocolate, dump in salted peanuts and drop by spoonful on waxed paper to set. I tried drizzling caramel over them and sprinkling seasalt but it didn't work very well.

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