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Eggnog Fudge

I love fudge and eggnog, so to try this one was a no-brainer!  It is a creamy fudge, rich, and very pretty. Eggnog Fudge 2 eggs 1 c eggnog 4 T butter, chopped 1 1/2 c granulated sugar 1 pkg white chocolate chips 1 7 oz jar marshmallow fluff 1 t vanilla or rum extract fresh nutmeg, grated Whisk eggs with eggnog.  Place into large kettle and add butter and sugar.  Stir constantly until mixture reaches 234 degrees.  Boil for one minute.  Remove from heat and stir in white chocolate chips, fluff and extract.  Stir until smooth and creamy.  Add 1/4 nutmeg, stir.  Pour into a lined 9 by 9 pan.  Sprinkle more fresh nutmeg to the top.  Place in the refrig until set.  Cut into 1/2 inch squares.

Pumpkin Gingerbread Coffee Cake

Bob's staff was treated to an Open House at the college since time ran out to have an Open House at our house!  We used some of our tried-n-true dishes that we did at Lewis and Clark.  I lost my recipe for Mexican Mess but a teacher at Jefferson City had the recipe and rescued me.  Thank you!! Bob took shrimp and our doctored up cocktail sauce (can you say horseradish?), Mexican Mess, Meatballs with sweet and sour sauce, chocolate chip cookies and sugar cookies, Cream cheese block with jalapeno jelly, popcorn, chips and salsa and my new recipe: pumpkin gingerbread coffee cake. I wanted to make a coffee cake to serve as a breakfast treat for the staff.  I couldn't find a recipe I liked, so I created my own.  Cake is ready to serve! Pumpkin Gingerbread Coffee Cake 1 spice cake mix 6 T flour 3 eggs 1 c water 1 15 oz can pumpkin puree That pumpkin looks yummy. Mix together and pour into a 9 by 13 prepared pan.  Make the crumble topping: 3
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Christmas Lights!

Whimsical! Great lights!  Those starbursts move! Love seeing Santa on the roof! Elegant! It is a tradition in our family to see Christmas tree lights!  It has been a bit more difficult these days to get in all the traditions we had from before and doing all the new things that our new city has to offer.  One of the traditions I try to hold on to is seeing Christmas lights. Driving around our beloved New Town gave one the opportunity to see both lovely and whimsical lights.  I love a combination of sights, not just elegant, but the tacky and gaudy and the ones that are lovingly placed by amateur hands. I love the blow ups and the mixing of colored lights and white lights.  I love it all. Come along with me for a tour of the lights of New Town.  Some of my photos did not turn out, so forgive me if your lights are not on my tour! Beautiful! So elegant! Whimsical, love the sock monkey!! Lights move to holiday tunes!

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I have heard that I am a "no-reply blogger."  I have tried to fix this.  I'll find out if it works!

Mini Pecan Pies

Bob and I were invited to a Christmas party in New Town. I was happy to learn that I could bring a treat! I decided to make mini pecan pies since Bob loves pecan pie so much. Not as much as mincemeat but hey, we won't go that far in this house. These are very easy when you use the mini fillo crusts. All you have to do is make the filling. Preheat the oven to 350. In a mixing bowl mix together: 1 egg 1 T butter, melted 2 T honey 4 t brown sugar 1/4 t vanilla 1/2 pecans, chopped.  You can add more if you'd like Chop 1/2 c pecans. Add to mixture. Spoon filling into a package of 15 mini fillo crusts that have been placed on a baking sheet. Bake for 10-15 minutes. Remove and cool. Serve with or without a dollop of whipped cream or cool whip. Delish!

Thanksgiving 2014

We left Saint Charles around 7:30 with cups of coffee and hot chocolate in hand.  Also in hand:  homemade noodles, homemade cranberry sauce, brussels sprouts and a container of cool whip!  Bob turned on Christmas music and away we went! We met Ashley and Eric in Columbia, where Ashley promptly suggested we stop for coffee at Starbucks.  We did, with coffees for the three of them and a Chai Tea Latte for me.  Bob bought cake pops for all. We arrived in Marceline in good time, and when we walked in, Tammi, Mom, Pat, Debbie, and Emilee were already there.  The turkey was out of the oven and the kitchen was a bustle of activity.  We refrigerated our food and sat down to talk.  Tammi already had a story to share about the turkey.  Tammi is always looking for ways to perfect the turkey.  She had seen on TV that the first hour or so of cooking should be without foil.  Let the turkey get the perfect color, then cover it with foil.  Mom had already covered the turkey and it was ready to

New Traditions for Thanksgiving

  With my mom standing at number 1 on the waiting list for a senior apartment, this very likely could be the last Thanksgiving celebration we have in our family home.  We have encouraged mom to let the house go to another family, as it is too costly for her to maintain.  It took her awhile to get to the place where she was ready to let it go...she raised two girls, had a son, lost her son, remodeled every inch of the place, and cared for her husband while he fought cancer and eventually losing that battle.  The house held a lot of memories, or, was it her?  Of course, the answer is her, wherever she is, so are all the memories. So we are looking now at closing a chapter on the house on Lake Street.  I hope we will use the Frankoma brown dishes, with all the matching serving pieces.  Those dishes will be divided between my sister and me after Thanksgiving.  Mom cannot take all those dishes with her in her new tiny place.  It would be fun to use them together one last time.  As we

Birthday Wishes

Before Facebook, I would receive a good number of birthday wishes from my students, parents and family.  A few of my friends would remember with cards and phone calls.  Now, the world seems to respond to my birthday. This year there were over 400 Facebook posts alone.  Not to mention texts, phone calls, emails, and a couple of cards.  I tried to respond to each Facebook post and text messages, emails and cards.  It was a bit overwhelming but I wanted to express my gratitude.  To this day, I feel unworthy of all this attention. This doesn't count the belated birthday wishes, the ones that came the day before or ones that were tagged onto another post.  Still, 394?  Amazing, and I feel humbled by the attention!  Bob cooked a wonderful meal of a pan fried bone-in pork chop with diced acorn squash that was roasted with a little balsamic vinegar.  He topped this with white asparagus and served it all with home baked garlic bread.  We had a white chocolate cheesecake slice for dess

Happy Halloween!

Today the temperature went way down, after having some wonderful fall temps this past week.  The poor trick-or-treaters will be wearing sweaters and leggings under their costumes! We are ready for our little friends.  We made special baggies for those kids whom we have gotten to know their parents over this past year, who have done favors for us off and on, an who are such wonderful people it gives you hope for the future.  We sure hope they enjoy the treats! Bob didn't think I purchased enough candy so I made round two this afternoon.  I was able to get chocolate treats for around 19 cents each.  Since we generally give two treats, I felt that 40 cents a trick-or-treater was a reasonable outlay. As soon as we close the door and turn off the lights, I will be dismantling the Halloween and transitioning to Thanksgiving.  Does anyone else do that?  It's fun to have new decor up and I do save some of my fall stuff for Thanksgiving. We really don't have a H

Birthday Tailgate

For many years we have had a birthday tailgate party for Ashley.  Her birthday, being at the end of October, has been the same weekend as Homecoming at Mizzou for a very long time.  When she started college, this made a lot of sense because we could invite her college friends over to help celebrate.  Now that she's been out of college for four years, the tailgate has become just her dad, Eric and me.  From time to time one of her friends will be in town and we invite them over. The birthday girl! The tailgate is always so much fun to plan.  We made a Facebook Event invitation and let everyone know where we are going to be.  This year we plan to tailgate by the hospital parking garage.  Hopefully we can park fairly low so that we won't have to cart too many things up and down the stairs. We are having Buffalo Chicken Chili, corndogs, funfetti cake pops, a sausage and cheese tray, a vegetable tray, jello shots, apple cider tinis  and various drinks.  The food is always fu

Beach District=Halloween Fun

The Beach District at New Town is definitely ready for Halloween.  This year we have even more homes decorated for the holiday.  New Town is into the scary stuff at Halloween.  I still like the cutesy Halloween decorations versus the scary ones.  The Beach District seems to have a little of both. Our house! Our neighbors Fun and spooky! Fabulous mums! Cute pumpkin and border Cute visitor in the rocker! Great fall color Cute fall display Team spirit!! Several have lights, these orange ones are pretty!

Pumpkin Pinterest Party

A new New Town friend and I decided to have a Pumpkin Pinterest Party at my house and it has been so much fun planning the event.  I have been buying pumpkin goodies for the guests and have started making some yummy treats. I make the Pumpkin Cheeseball by Tastefully Simple.   I also made their Pumpkin Beer Bread in muffins.  Both are very easy and very delicious.  I love easy and delicious! I purchased Pita Chips with pumpkin seeds from Trader Joes to go with my cheeseball.  These chips are pretty and delicious.  Perfect pairing with my pumpkin cheeseball. At World Market I found pumpkin salsa and black and orange tortilla chips!  The salsa is a bit sweeter than regular salsa but there is definitely a little kick to it. I made tiny pumpkin tarts using the prebaked shells and instant pumpkin pudding. I made the pudding with less milk to make it thicker.  I topped it with candied bacon, just a smidge. One of our neighbors has a vinyl business and made monograms for
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Homemade Catsup

We have had a great crop of tomatoes this year.  Bob planted an heirloom (Purple Cherokee), a beefsteak, a plum and a cherry tomato plants this year. We ate tomatoes all summer long, gave some away and yes, a few were wasted.  The plants decided to give one big boost of produce last week and I ended up with too many tomatoes to eat at once. I had homemade catsup on a burger here in St. Louis and I loved it!  So tomatoey, not too sweet with enough spice and vinegar to make it interesting.  So I thought I would make some with the surplus tomato crop we had. I picked 4 heirlooms, 4 beefsteak, 40 plum and 10 cherry tomatoes and proceed to skin them.  I like the hot water bath/ice soak to skin tomatoes.  That job was done in less than five minutes.  Truly easy with the hot water bath. I pinch the green stem tops off and then pinch the bottom of the plum tomatoes and the skin comes off in one piece.  It's kinda fun!!     This is about half of the tomatoes I used.  You c
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