Candy Canes And Hot Chocolate

I’ve Been On A Christmas Movie Marathon

For me Christmas Eve is my time to celebrate. The tree has been decorated … the stockings have been hung … presents nestled under the tree … A time to make hot chocolate, add a candy cane, sit in front of the fireplace and enjoy …
Why should Santa have all the fun on Christmas Eve? 
Yes, parents need the time to put together some gifts and make sure batteries are in the toys …
But remember … it was Christmas Eve when Scrooge had his visitations from the Spirits of Christmas Past, Present and Future …
So … Celebrate Christmas on Christmas Eve … Stay up all night … And sleep all Christmas Day!!
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Interesting Craft Idea For All Occasions

I love crafts, especially those I can do for every holiday.


This pictorial tutorial shows you exactly what you need to do.

I like the coffee cup concept with the saucer, too. I may want to experiment with a wine glass or other glassware and also kitchen or other household objects that would be special to you, a member of your family or for whomever you’re making this “centerpiece” or the holiday or celebration.

We’re approaching fall and Halloween. You could use a witch’s shoe or a plastic pumpkin or plastic cauldron or even a plastic skull . . . I’m sure you could think of something else. And, of course, you could be thinking ahead to Thanksgiving, Christmas or the New Year.

You can add whatever you desire to the “plate/saucer” and use artificial leaves or other foliage that fits your holiday theme to cover the fork. I would truly love to make a miniature scene using small figurines for Halloween, Thanksgiving and Christmas. There could be artificial snow to cover the fork handle and the fork on the saucer. I may want to use a brandy snifter to spill out the pieces that magically are later placed in the saucer scene. It could be people being poured out of the snifter or elements such as trees or whatever fits the particular holiday.

The flowers and eggs do work out nicely with this concept, but I believe it is worthwhile to create something for the other holidays — it would definitely be a challenge. I’d have to do a lot of experimenting to see what looks and feels right for me. I’m confident something would work, it will just take a bit of trial and error to make it work.

I hope this pictorial tutorial was helpful and gave you considerable food for thought. I’ll be thinking about it and gathering various objects to see what would work for the concept I have in mind.

Thanks for stopping by! Please leave me a comment. I’ve love to hear your ideas.


Easy Potato Bacon Casserole Recipe

A hearty breakfast is a “must have” on Thanksgiving Day or Christmas Day. Those days when you’ll be waiting for dinner .  .  . maybe Easter Day, too. I’m not picky — this is a great breakfast casserole you can make any time.


This casserole serves 6


  • 4 cups frozen shredded hash brown potatoes
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped onion
  • 8 ounces cooked and crumbled bacon
  • 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1 can evaporated milk
  • 1 large egg — beaten


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Grease an 8 ounce square baking dish.
  3. Layer 1/2 of the potatoes, 1/2 the chopped onion, 1/2 the crumbled bacon and 1/2 the cheese.
  4. Repeat for the remaining potatoes, onion, bacon and cheese.
  5. Combine the egg and milk in a small bowl.
  6. Pour evenly over potatoes, etc. in the baking dish.
  7. Cover.
  8. Bake in the oven for 55 to 60 minutes.
  9. Uncover. Bake for an additional 5 to 10 minutes.
  10. Wait 10 to 15 minutes before serving.

This simple recipe is a real hit with family and friends. Give it a try. Add other ingredients or substitute ingredients. This would work well with left over turkey, ham or whatever left-overs you may have.

Cinnamon Almonds Recipe


You’re going to make these Sugar and Cinnamon Almonds in a slow cooker. They take about 3 to 4 hours to cook with stirring every 20 to 30 minutes or so. They are going to smell yummy and so will your whole house. Don’t be surprised to have neighbors wandering over to see what you’re doing.

Are you ready to get started?


  • 1 cup of Granulated Sugar
  • 1 cup of Brown Sugar
  • 3  tablespoons of Ground Cinnamon
  • 1/8 teaspoon of Salt
  • Egg White
  • 2 teaspoons of Vanilla
  • 3 cups Almonds
  • 1/8 cup of water


  1. Get out a large bowl and mix the sugars, cinnamon and salt together.
  2. Get out another bowl and a whisk. You’re going to mix together the egg white and the vanilla until frothy.
  3. Add the almonds and coat them thoroughly with the frothy mixture.
  4. Get out the slow cooker and spray it with cooking spray. This mixture is going to sticky.
  5. Add the cinnamon, sugar and salt mixture to the almonds.
  6. Put it all in the slow cooker and turn it to low.
  7. Stir until the cinnamon sugar mixture is coating the almonds well.
  8. Depending upon your slower cooker, it should cook for about 3 to 4 hours. You’ll want to stir every 20 minutes or so.
  9. After the almonds have cooked for about 2 hours, add 1/8 cup of water into the slow cooker and stir well. This helps the mixture harden and become crunchy.
  10. When your almonds are done, line a baking sheet with parchment paper and spread the coated almonds out to cool. The almonds are going to be sticky so carefully separate them. You don’t want almond clumps, but coated individual  almonds.

These are absolutely delicious and make wonderful gifts.