How to Make Edible Peppermint Tray

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Last year the kids and I made life saver candy cane ornaments. This year we’ll be making peppermint trays. All the rage now – make any size!   Preheat oven to 350. Arrange starlight mints on parchment lined cookie sheet. (I use my ancient, heavy duty cookie sheet). Bake until they look l like they’re …

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Loaded Baked Potato Casserole “Side Dish” of the Year

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 Loaded Baked Potato Casserole      My friend, Carolyn Grieme, a N Ky reader, served this at her home when she entertained us and other friends. (Carolyn found it online).  It was so good and I think this potato casserole would be a perfect side to a holiday meal. I adapted it only slightly. This …

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How to Prepare Dry Cured Country Ham: It’s All About Soaking!

Baked Country Ham studded with Cloves Beverly C. lost  her instructions from me about preparing a salt cured ham. Here’s how I do it – I follow Smithfield’s instructions for any salt cured ham, and here they are, with my notes added in parentheses and italics: When preparing an uncooked country ham, it must be …

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Five Fabulous Fudge Recipes for Giving: No Thermometer Needed!

5 Fast and Fabulous Fudge Recipes including Rocky Road, Candy Cane, White Chocolate Almond Cranberry and More Old fashioned peanut butter fudge My old-fashioned peanut butter fudge recipe is a perennial favorite during the holidays. My sisters and I make batches of this easy peanut butter fudge to give away.  But we don’t stop there. …

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Can Chickens & Wild Birds Eat Cranberries? Yes! Cranberry Nut Scratch Wreath Treat

It’s COLD here on my little patch of heaven! And my “girls”/chickens are feelin’ the chill. So I can’t wait to make this cranberry nut scratch wreath that colleague Lisa Steele shared in Countryside Magazine. Great for wild birds, too! Here’s the article: Lisa Steele • December 11, 2017   It’s the holidays and cranberries are everywhere. …

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Slow Cooker or Stovetop Butter Chicken (Does it always contain Butter??)

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OK so I’ve heard about this recipe time and again – from colleagues at my cooking school to folks at the grocery to the young moms group I presented for. A friend gave me the recipe adapted for stovetop, and the New York Times recipe (it’s their photo above) has it cooking in the slow …

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How to “Unstick” Frosting on Brownies and Cakes

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It happened to me today and I’ll be it’s happened to you. I covered my frosted brownies with plastic wrap and made sure the wrap did not touch the frosted brownies. Well sometime during the day the wrap fell onto the frosting and when I tried to gently pull if off – the frosting stuck …

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How to Make First Watch Restaurant Dressing: Vegetable and Fruit Salad

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I had a request from Andrea who loves First Watch’s dressing. I cloned it a long while back and thought it would be good to revisit the recipe for both the veggie & fruit salad. Here they are: RITA’S VERSION FIRST WATCH DRESSING Dressing for vegetable salad Go to taste on ingredients here. You can …

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How to Grow a Christmas Cactus for Generations of Blooms

I keep my Christmas cactus outside in a shady place during summer and bring it in the house in the fall. I get loads of blooms during the holiday season. Here’s some information that you need to know to grow Christmas cactus successfully. From my friends at Countryside Magazine.  Here’s the link: How to Grow …

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Points to Ponder for Poinsettias and are they Harmful to Humans or Pets?

  From friend and garden expert, Ron Wilson, comes some great and timely information about Poinsettias. Here’s what Ron has to say: While in Mexico, Poinsett, who was also a botanist, became enchanted by the brilliant red leafed plants he saw during the short days of winter, and sent some back to his home in …

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