My Tuesday evening Bible study had their Christmas party last night. We had a wonderful time! It was a potluck. Now, when I host a potluck, I never assign dishes to anyone, nor do I have anyone sign up to bring something, carefully listing the items they intend to share. I know how life often gets in the way. You sign up to bring one thing & then something comes up suddenly & you don’t have time to make your favorite dish, the one you SWORE you were going to bring! Nope. None of that for MY potlucks. Instead, I just tell everyone to bring whatever they want & if we end up with all desserts, YAY! I have never had an event where we end up with only salads, nor have I had an event where we end up with only desserts (BOO!)
Last night worked out great. We had an excellent mixture of food from casseroles to appetizers to veggies & salads. And we had CAKE! (You knew there was a reason I was telling you this, didn’t you?) Jan brought 2 cakes and they were FABULOUS! One was angel food topped with a frosting made with Cool Whip & pineapple. The second was the one I had. It was yellow cake frosted with a delicious topping made from Cool Whip, pudding & egg nog. Yum! And guess who was lucky enough to bring the rest of the cake home with her! 🙂
Jan shared her easy recipes for both cakes with us last night. Today, I am share cake recipes from Southern Living. Every celebration deserves a cake! Enjoy!
Christmas is a wonderful time of the year, as the song says. Christmas also goes by in a blur. Time seems to speed up, leaving us gasping & wondering how we are going to get it ALL done! Betty Crocker to the rescue with a selection of recipes you can make ahead. Being able to prepare dishes ahead of time calms me. I feel a bit more in control of the situation, whether or not I really am. So take a breath & take moment to decide which of these delicious recipes might give you more time to celebrate Christmas! Enjoy!
Here in SoCal today, it is very rainy & cooler than normal. The thought of sitting by a cozy fire with a Holiday beverage appeals to me! With the weekend just a few hours away, it might be the perfect time for YOU to enjoy one of the tasty treats from Country Living. They may be just the thing to chase away the winter chill!
I LOVE making Christmas cookies. Sometimes, however, I get a bit tired of the same old cookies. How wonderful that Country Living has come up with such an extensive list of recipes for Christmas cookies. This should keep me busy for awhile! And inspire you to begin your baking! Enjoy!
Kids LOVE making Christmas cookies. Making cookies with my mom is one of my favorite Christmas memories. I always made cookies with The Child when she was growing up to continue the tradition. Both Katy & I share our creations with friends during the Holidays, passing the joy of baking along!
Betty Crocker shares her baking traditions with these darling Santa cookies. Your kids are going to enjoy making each of these sweet treats. Start your own tradition this year or continue an ongoing one when add these cookies to your Holiday baking schedule!
Cookies are a traditional treat for Christmas. Whether you only bake a batch for Santa or prepare dozens for friends & family, it’s always fun to add a new recipe to the mix! Midwest Living offers us a BIG selection of cookie recipes from which to choose this Christmas! Pick one or two. Let your kids pick a new cookie to make. However you decide, it’s guaranteed to be a Simple Joy!
Butter Rum Cake
- 1 cup butter
- 2 cups sugar
- 4 eggs, room temperature
- 2 teaspoons vanilla
- 3 cups sifted flour
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
- 1 cup buttermilk
- 1 cup sugar
- 1/2 cup butter
- 1/4 cup water
- 1 tablespoon rum extract
Cream butter until light. Gradually beat in sugar, creaming until light and fluffy. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Add vanilla. Sift together dry ingredients; add to creamed mixture alternating with milk, beat thoroughly after each addition.
Turn into greased bundt pan. Bake in 350 oven for 70 minutes or until cake springs back when tested. Place cake in pan on rack to cook. Pierce cake with fork. Pour hot sauce over cake. Cool thoroughly before removing cake from pan.
To prepare sauce: Heat sugar, butter and water in pan until butter melts, do not boil. Add rum extract.
Jean’s Beans Chili
I began making this dish for my friends who are vegetarians. However, many of my meat loving guests also enjoy my special chili. It is made with 4 kinds of beans and plenty of spices to make it thick and flavorful.
- 1 large can chili beans
- 1 large can pinto beans
- 1 large can kidney beans
- 1 large can black beans
- 1 cup frozen chopped onions
- 1 cup frozen chopped green pepper
- 1 large can crushed tomatoes
- 1 small can of tomatoes with chilies
- 1 large can of tomato sauce
- 1 box vegetable broth
- garlic salt
- chili powder
- hot sauce
- salt and pepper
Pour chili beans into large crock pot. Drain and rinse other beans. Add to crock pot. Mix. Add onions and green peppers. Add tomatoes and tomato sauce. Season to taste. Top pot with broth, making chili stirrable but not “soupy.” Simmer on low 4-6 hours adding broth as needed.
Orange & Spice Doughnuts
- 3/4 cup brown sugar, firmly packed
- 2 tablespoons shortening, softened
- 3 eggs
- 2 teaspoons grated orange rind
- 1/4 cup orange juice
- 1 cup canned pumpkin
- 3 1/4 cups sifted all-purpose flour
- 3 teaspoons baking powder
- 1 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/2 teaspoon cream of tartar
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
Cream sugar and shortening. Add eggs, one at a time, beating until mixture is light and fluffy. Blend in orange rind, juice and pumpkin.
Sift together dry ingredients. Gradually add to pumpkin mixture, stirring until blended. cover and chill 2 hours.
Roll 1/3 of dough at a time to about 1/3 inch thickness on floured pastry cloth. Cut with floured doughnut cutter. Let stand 15 minutes.
Fry in deep hot fat, 375 degrees, until nicely browned on both sides, turning once. Drain on paper towels. Roll in sugar or frost as desired.
1 loaf party rye bread
1 jar pizza sauce
shredded mozzarella cheese
Pre-heat oven 350 degrees. Place rye bread on ungreased cookie sheet. Bread may be place close together. Drop spoonful of pizza sauce on each slice of bread and spread around bread. Sprinkle top of pizzas with cheese. Place in oven for 5-10 minutes until sauce bubbles and cheese melts. Serve immediately.