The. Best. Caramel. Rolls. Ever!!!

The. Best. Caramel. Rolls. Ever!!!

These are the most amazing breakfast rolls you will ever eat! Every Christmas morning at our house begins with these caramel rolls. Since I’m the one who actually bakes the caramel rolls, I am up earlier than anyone else and it’s my responsibility to taste-test the caramel rolls.  (The early bird gets the middle roll!) It’s a tough job but someone must sample them before they’re released to the masses.  I usually have a caramel roll with my coffee before everyone wakes.  Then I…

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More Balls!!! Love peanut butter?!?

More Balls!!! Love peanut butter?!?

These are “buckeyes” to many, but I dip the entire ball and add vanilla so I’m just going to call them peanut butter balls!  No matter what you call them, they are sooooo good!! 1 1⁄2 cups peanut butter (crunchy or creamy – your choice!) 1⁄2 cup softened butter 1 lb powdered sugar 1 teaspoon vanilla Dipping Chocolate – I like the Ghiardelli melting wafers. DIRECTIONS Mix peanut butter, butter, powdered sugar, and vanilla in bowl. Shape into balls. Refrigerate balls….

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You MUST add these to your goodies list. . . . . . . .

You MUST add these to your goodies list. . . . . . . .

Oreo Balls.  Oreo Truffles.  There are Oreos in these?  People who don’t even LIKE Oreo cookies love these!  This recipe seems to have been around since the beginning of Oreos, yet I didn’t know about it until a few years ago.  Now we have them every Christmas!  They are incredibly easy to make and whether or not you like Oreos (it doesn’t seem to matter!) . . . . . well, you will LOVE these!  These are undoubtedly the most simple…

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Want to impress your holiday guests?

Want to impress your holiday guests?

Not sure what you’re making for your Christmas Eve dinner?  Need a fabulous appetizer?  Want to impress your guests?  These are the BEST Crab Cakes EVER! Yes, this is actually the recipe for crab cakes from the world-famous Miami South Beach restaurant, Joe’s Stone Crabs. When Joe Weiss opened his family restaurant, Joe’s Stone Crabs, on the tip of Miami’s South Beach in 1913, no one thought of eating stone-crab claws until he perfected a way to boil and chill…

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The Absolute BEST Christmas Cookies!

The Absolute BEST Christmas Cookies!

I love, love, love frosted sugar cookies. Anyone who has been around me knows that I love to make them, I love to give them to friends & family and I love to eat them! My grandmother gave me a baking set when I was very young and got me started with cakes and cookies. The set included four tiered round cake pans – perhaps the most elegant thing I had ever seen – and several metal cookie cutters, which…

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Wow. These are really good. . . . . . .!

Wow. These are really good. . . . . . .!

Imagine a blondie – or a toll house bar, because a blondie is really just a chocolate chip cookie in bar form – covered with a layer of cheesecake. The perfect mix of a blondie and a cheesecake –  baked together to make one out-of-this-world treat! Chocolate Chip Cheesecake Blondies 1 cup butter, softened 3/4 cup sugar 3/4 cup packed brown sugar 2 large eggs 1 tsp vanilla extract 2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour 1 tsp salt 1 tsp baking…

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Leftover Ham? You should make this!

Leftover Ham? You should make this!

Yes, the Florida State coffee cup is in this picture on purpose.  It’s the weekend after Thanksgiving and that means two things:   The FSU vs UF game is “on” and we have leftover ham.  The latter is of no importance to anyone but me. . . . and the former is a big deal since I live with four ‘Noles.  I should note that Grandad was a ‘Gator. . . . so we have done our share of cheering…

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Be Yourself And Have Fun

Be Yourself And Have Fun

We should really try to be more like our dogs.  They act truly happy to see the ones they love – every time they see them.  They eat when they’re hungry, sleep when they’re tired and hide when they’re bothered.  Our Golden Retriever, Reagan, was the most resilient dog in the world.  She would go along with almost anything we wanted to do.  She just wanted to be included. A funny comedian named Mark Lowry says that he knows his…

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World’s Best Pecan Pie?!? You decide. . .

World’s Best Pecan Pie?!? You decide. . .

No guilt.  I’m not using my mom’s pecan pie recipe for Thanksgiving.  In fact, I haven’t used it for a many years.  Why?  Oh, it’s delicious.  But it’s not an easy recipe and I want to use a recipe that is BOTH easy and delicious!  My family loves my pecan pie and of course they really don’t care whose recipe it is. HERE is the recipe: Beat 3 eggs thoroughly with 1/2 cup white sugar, a dash of salt, 1 cup…

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The Must-Have Pie for your Thanksgiving Table

The Must-Have Pie for your Thanksgiving Table

Thanksgiving is around the corner and that makes me think of PIES!  I love to bake pies and I love to eat pies!   I made this Coconut Pecan Pie a few years ago and it’s now part of our Thanksgiving.  If a delicious coconut macaroon and a your best pecan pie had a baby, well, this could very well be the result! Coconut Pecan Pie 3 eggs 1 1/2 cups white sugar 1/2 cup butter, melted 2 teaspoons lemon…

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