Sunday, December 18, 2016

Cream Cheese, 🍑 Jelly 🍑 and Bacon Spread

We recently had an author's event at the library. One of the trustees prepared the most delicious (and extremely easy) dishes for the guests to enjoy. When Thanksgiving rolled around, I knew my bunch would love it. The original dish called for pineapple preserves. I substituted with the homemade reduced sugar peach jam I made this past summer to make this just a tiny bit healthier. In my opinion, the pineapple was much better but we are still being mindful of our sugar intake, so there you go.

Sunday, December 11, 2016

🎄 Rum Balls 🎄

Here it is as promised...FINALLY! When I started working at the library, I heard all about the different events and the numerous contributions Mrs. Pankey (who retired late summer) made to make the events a success. There's no way I can compete with the scale of her efforts as my responsibilites differ than hers (and she epitomized the word dedication) but I can definitely incorporate as many traditions as possible. We recently had our Christmas Quarterly Tea. It appears several of the attendees were very fond of Mrs. Pankey's rum balls. 

Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Peanut Butter Cornflake Clusters

It is easy treats like these PB cornflake clusters that will make one blow their good eating habits out the door. I made a batch of these for Thanksgiving and whatever was left would be treats for work. Well, it didn't work out that way. My kids and grandkids inhaled them and I opted for PB cornflake squares for work. (January 2012 post)

Monday, December 5, 2016

Peppermint Almond Bark

If I could only get through the holidays of Halloween, Thanksgiving and Christmas; I could easily by-pass sweets. I've had an instance at work recently where a few sweets for a snack was needed for groups who generously donate their time to decorate some Christmas trees. Now ya'll know I'm not a baker, but this girl can put together a plate of treats when needed. The great part? You don't even have to turn on an oven. I'll be sharing several recipes over the next few days but don't think Andy and I have totally back slid on eating healthy. Like I said, I "have" to do this. LOL! The Peppermint Almond Bark is one of my favorite Christmas treats to fix. Using this basic recipe, you can substitute the white with chocolate bark; and the peppermint with nuts and mini marshmallows to make a Rocky Road version or any combination you prefer.