I cannot believe that Christmas is almost here! We have flown through another wonderful year. Santa is busy packing his bag and finishing the last minute details on all of the wonderful toys for so many good little girls and boys!
My tree is up and it is time for the Gingerbread House to be decorated! Hansel and Gretel discovered that a Gingerbread House is irresistible. Do you remember the story? My precious Aunt Dot took me, my grandchildren and their cousins to the Viking Gingerbread House event for many years. We have so many fond memories of this special time with her! I just know that she was looking down into my kitchen yesterday when I had a group of little girls helping me decorate my Gingerbread House. I will use this as a centerpiece for the dining room table. It is absolutely magnificent! You will see!
How many times have you decorated a Gingerbread House and had the sides collapse or the roof fall in? I cannot tell you what a disappointment that is. Well this year, I found a CANDY COTTAGE at Place on The Pointe in Albany, Georgia that is reusable!! Call and order yours today (229-883-8585) and tell them that BUBBLES told you about it. Can you believe it? It was so easy to decorate with those little hands spreading, poking, LICKING, pressing and knocking it around!! You just snap the house together use canned frosting and tons of CANDY!! The most incredible Gingerbread House ever without any frustration!!!
We made several wonderful snacks to have during the decoration process. I let Collins and Carson invite several friends over to help. Rather than the regular after school snack, we decided to prepare – none other than holiday treats!
I hope that you like these. Easy and so good. I will have the cookie swap soon, working on the invitations today, and I will share those recipes with you!
Christmas Munchie Mix (pictured above)
Makes 14 cups
3 cups sweet and salty honey-nut Chex Mix
3 cups turtle Chex mix
2 cups pretzel Goldfish
2 cups honey flavored Teddy Grahams
¼ cup butter
¼ cup light corn syrup
2 Tbsp. honey
1 tsp. vanilla flavoring
13 oz. package of Gummy Bears
1 cup of plain M&M’s
1 cup of peanut M&M’s
Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Combine the first 4 ingredients in a large mixing bowl.
Heat butter and next 3 ingredients in a small saucepan over low heat, stirring until the butter melts. Pour over snack mixture, stirring until well coated. Spread snack mix on a 15 1/2”x 10 1/2” jelly roll pan.
Bake at 325 degrees for 30 minutes, stirring every 10 minutes. Spread snack mix on wax paper, let cool. Add Gummy Bears and M&M’s; toss well! Store in a large zip lock bag.
*Put a bowl out for the children to snack on while they are decorating the Gingerbread House. If there is any left you can put in Holiday bags for neighbor or teacher gifts. I gave each of the DECORATORS a smidgen to take home to share with their family. Attach the recipe!!!
Caramel–Chocolate Potato Chips
Makes about 9 dozen
13 oz. bag of Wavy Lays potato chips
14 oz. bag caramels (unwrapped)
1/3 cup heavy whipping cream
11.5 oz. bag of dark chocolate morsels
2 Tbsp. butter flavored Crisco
1 heaping cup finely chopped pecans (I am always generous with pecans in a recipe)
Spread whole potato chips in single layers on parchment lined jelly roll pans. (It usually takes about 3 pans) Combine caramels and cream in a heavy saucepan over low heat, stirring constantly, until smooth; remove from heat. Drizzle caramel over chips.
Melt chocolate morsels and Crisco in a small bowl in a microwave at HIGH for 1 ½ minutes or until melted. Stir until smooth, cool slightly. Drizzle chocolate over caramel on potato chips and sprinkle with pecans. Cool until chocolate and caramel harden. You can put in the refrigerator to cool if you are in a hurry!
Good luck on having any leftovers to share with the neighbors if you have chocolate lovers around!! Just love that sweet and salty taste!! You know the saying, “Bet you cannot eat just one?”
I hope that you will enjoy these recipes! Christmas is such a special time to share with family and friends of all ages. Take time this Holiday Season to enjoy making memories that will last a lifetime! Aunt Peggy just came by to see the Gingerbread House that the girls had decorated and left with her bag of Christmas Munchie Mix and some crumbs from the Caramel–Chocolate Potato Chips!
Happy Holidays from my house to yours!
Love and Hugs!
P.S. The Candy Cottage makes a great family gift. Just think how many times during the year you will be thought of!!! Love it, Love it, Love it!!!
Dear, Paula Deen
Well I think you are the most amazing person, you are my role model if they took you off from the set I would of died inside your the best cook and I can't waite to see you again
Alexis Conner in Summer Salad Days on December 04, 2013 at 4:59 pm
Paula, I used to watch your show on Food Network a lot when I still had the TV and cable many year ago. You weren't even that big a star back then. I always love watching you cook on Youtube after I ditched my TV and cable and read your recipes on Food Network Magazines. I hope one day you can return to Food Network and the Food Network Magazine. I stop buying the magazine since you were gone.
Orindary Jane in Love at Last on December 04, 2013 at 2:32 am
Great blog Cindy!!!! I always enjoy reading your post. This Thanksgiving centerpiece is absolutely beautiful and so easy to make.
Ann in A Perfectly Easy Thanksgiving Centerpiece on December 03, 2013 at 8:10 pm
Paula, made your Zucchini Custard Casserole for Thanksgiving and it was Fantastic!!! Thank you so much! Love you & your family. Happy holidays!
Pat Walker in Love at Last on December 02, 2013 at 8:45 pm