Monday, December 23, 2013

DELICIOUS LAST MINUTE HOLIDAY TREATS

LAST MINUTE HOLIDAY TREATS

It's the LAST MINUTE (totally how we work here) and you need a treat to take to a holiday gathering or just need a small something to share. You debate going to the store to buy, but you would rather have a personal and homemade (of course) gift! Do not fret, Homegirl has these super quick recipes to save you (and saved me, too)!  

I go to Jo-Ann (or any craft supply store) and in their baking section buy clear, small cellophane bags that I keep on hand always and use cute yarn or ribbon, along with a cut out tag for presentation!  For the cut out tag, I LOVE this scalloped punch I got a Hobby Lobby (in their scrapbook section) made by The Paper Studio. It was the largest size you could buy of this design (3.5") and used a hole punch to make the tag.  The lace paper was found in the section where the individual papers are sold.  Love it!

Here are our two favorite QUICK recipes. 

Enjoy! Happy Making!
Homegirl

P.S. Brian and the girls did the baking, while I was out shopping :)!

EASIEST PEANUT BUTTER FUDGE

Ready In: 1HR 20MIN                                Servings: 15
Prep Time: 15MIN                                       Cook Time: 5MIN 

Ingredients:
1/2 cup butter                                               3/4 cup peanut putter
2 1/4 cup brown sugar                                 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 cup milk                                                 3 1/2 cups confectioners sugar

Directions:
Melt butter in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Stir in brown sugar and milk. Bring to a boil and boil for 2MIN, frequently stirring. Remove from heat. Stir in peanut butter and vanilla. Pour over confectioners sugar in a large mixing bowl. Beat until smooth; pour into an 8x8 inch dish. Chill until firm + cut into squares


PRETZEL PEANUT BARK

Ready In:   45MIN                                       Servings: 8 
Prep Time: 10MIN                                       Cook Time: 5MIN 

Ingredients:
18 (1 ounce) squares of white chocolate  
3 cups skinny pretzel sticks, broken into small pieces but not crushed, then measured
2 cups dry salted peanuts

Directions:
-line rimmed cookie sheet with wax paper
-melt chocolate in double boiler over simmering water until smooth
-stir in pretzel pieces + peanuts   
-spoon onto prepared cookie sheet, spreading mixture evenly  
-refigerate for 45MIN, until firm
-break bark into irregular pieces
-store in cookie tins




My awesome bakers!




Thursday, December 19, 2013


Monday, December 16, 2013

Holiday Family Photos





Even though it can be a little stressful to get family photos for the Christmas card, in the end it is so worth it!  It is the one time of year we actually all get pictures together and every year I get really emotional when the photos are being taken, especially the individual ones of the girls. I reflect on how fast time is really going and how much they have changed from the previous years.These were taken on our property and I love the background scenery.  Our photographer, Natalie Metzger of Matt & Nat photography is so talented and captures her subjects so well.  I feel so incredibly thankful for the blessings I have in my life and wish you all many blessings as well!