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Two Last Minute Desserts – Peanut Butter Brownie Trifle and Easy Chocolate Chewies

peanut butter trifle_0001On this last weekend before Christmas, I am sharing to quick easy recipes that I think sound spectacular.  I love to cook and so I make many things from scratch and don’t think a second about it.  However, these recipes include brownie or cake mix and that can be a time saver and a good way for a first time cook to prepare something wonderful.

peanut butter trifle

These recipes are from my Christmas with Southern Living 1996 edition.  There is a fellow blogger that wrote about using cookie mixes to bake cookies and I followed her lead this year and purchased two cookie mixes and I was so proud of the results.  Here is a link to her blog and I really enjoy it: The cookie mixes were a great time saver and had a great taste.

I hope you have a wonderful weekend and thanks for stopping by.





Popcorn Wreaths – A Favorite For The Kids

The good news and the bad news all in one sentence.  The school kids will soon be on their Christmas break.  That is good news for the kids and maybe not such good news for the moms.

When I saw this recipe for popcorn wreaths I thought it would be a great option for a kid’s party.  I think the strawberry punch would compliment the wreaths. These recipes are from my “The Creative Christmas Kitchen” cookbook.

popcorn wreaths

I remember the super sticky popcorn balls I tried to make years ago and I am not sure I would be up to this challenge.  However, I can just imagine the shapes of the wreaths if the kids could help make them.

As Christmas is a or the favorite holiday of kids, I hope you are able to share some of your Christmas with a child.  Thanks for stopping by.


Key Lime Fudge – A Great Christmas Goodie

One of my favorite memories of returning home to my parents for Christmas was the wonderful chocolate fudge my Mother had made.  She always made the best chocolate fudge and made lots of it.  To this day when I visit a candy shop, I always get a small amount of chocolate fudge and the taste of it always reminds me of the Christmas memories of my childhood.

I think this recipe for Key Lime fudge sounds wonderful and would not be too difficult to make.  The hardest part would be grating for the lime zest and squeezing the limes for the juice.

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This recipe is from my Christmas with Southern Living 2004 edition. Wouldn’t this be a great gift for teachers, neighbors or just about anyone?

When I think of key lime, my mind goes to the beautiful coast of Florida and our most Southern city, Key West.  Since reading John Grisham’s book, Skipping Christmas, I’ve had this insane idea to run away for Christmas to a beautiful tropical location and skip the preparations and traditions I have created over so many years.  I think Key West would be a wonderful choice.

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Memories of My Southern Childhood Include Fruitcake

Fruit cake is a favorite target of late night comedians.  I just have to say that none of those comedians have ever eaten a good fruit cake.  Yes, it does include that fruit that is candied but that is what makes it so good. Growing up in the South I knew fruit cake was going to be part of our Christmas celebration.  One of my favorites was my Mother’s Japanese Fruit Cake.  It was a layered cake and coconut was included in the filling for the cake.

The recipe I am sharing with you today really caught my eye and I do believe it is going into my “recipes I must make” file.  Mr. D, my diabetic husband, loves fruit cake and it has always saddened me that he couldn’t have it because it contained candied fruit.  As I read this recipe I see there is only a small amount of candied fruit and a small amount of brown sugar.  I do believe this is a possibility for him.

yamsThis recipe is from “Christmas with Southern Living 1996 and I love the way it incorporates a long standing Southern tradition with updated ingredients.

Here is a Japanese fruit cake recipe that is similar if not the same as the one my Mother made.



jfc filling

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Sweet Potatoes – A Southern Tradition

A true southern tradition is to have sweet potatoes or yams as a part of just about any holiday occasion.  When I saw this recipe for sweet potato hash browns, I thought it would be a great recipe for a Christmas brunch or breakfast.



This recipe is from my Christmas with Southern Living 2004 Edition.  I hope you are able to include some of these wonderful vegetables in one of your Christmas meals.

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A Southern Favorite – Butter Pecan Cake

Today, I am sharing a final recipe from Christmas with Southern Living 2005 – 25th Anniversary Edition for Butter Pecan Cake.  Pecans are a favorite ingredient in the South and Georgia Pecans are a treasure to use in holiday recipes.  I usually make a pecan pie for Thanksgiving and they are very easy to make; however, I have never made a butter pecan cake.  This recipe will be added to my “recipes I need to make” file.

I think this cake looks luscious and would be a great dessert for a special meal during the Christmas season.

pecan cake 2

White chocolate has become one of my new favorites and I can just imagine how luscious that would be in this beautiful pecan cake. I think this could become a new Christmas tradition and would include those wonderful pecans.

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A Southern Christmas Favorite – Coconut

Growing up in the South, we always had coconut cake at Christmastime.  I especially loved my Grandmother’s coconut cake and when I grew up, married and moved away, she always baked me a coconut cake every year.  I know she had to be in her 80’s when she wasn’t able to make them for me anymore. Here is the recipe for my Grandmother’s coconut cake and she never used fresh coconut but always used the Baker’s coconut in her cake.

Granny’s Coconut Cake

1 cup shortening

2 cups sugar

4 eggs

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/2 teaspoon baking soda

2 and 1/2 cups of cake flour

1 cup buttermilk

1 teaspoon vanilla

Cream sugar and shortening.  Add eggs, one at a time. Sift together the salt, soda and flour.  Add milk and flour combination alternately, beginning and ending with flour combination.  Add vanilla.  Put in three eight inch cake pans that have been greased and floured. Bake at 350 for approximately 25 minutes or until tests done in the center.


1 can of evaporated milk (not small can)

1 cup sugar

3 cups coconut

1 teaspoon vanilla

Put milk and sugar in pot on stove and let come to a boil.  Stir in 3 cups of coconut.  Cool.  Add one teaspoon vanilla.  Let cool and place between completely cooled layers and cover top of cake with filling.

Below is another option for coconut that is a luscious looking coconut pie.  This recipe is from my “Christmas with Southern Living 2005 – 25th Anniversary Edition.

coconut pie recipeBelow is a picture of the pie and it makes my mouth water.

coconut pie pic


I must say that coconut has to be one of my dessert favorites and is a part of the Christmas celebration in so many Southern Homes.  Thanks for stopping by and I will be sharing more Southern favorites this week.



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