Tuesday, December 13, 2011


I know you all think sexy Man Candy is my favorite thing *grin* but today I'm going to talk about a few of my other favorite things - Christmas things and Winter things....Food and Drink!

Honey Baked Spiral Ham! Yum. If you've never had one, treat yourself and your family this year. I promise you won't be disappointed.

Next, something I make - Mashed sweet potatoes. My recipe is 4 or 5 large sweet potatoes, 1 can of sweetened condensed mile, 1/2 cup of sugar. Cook potatoes, drain and mash, add milk and sugar, top with marshmallows. This is sinfully good.

My sister-in-law's rolls. They are so good, people pay her to make them for their family gatherings. Total warm, yeasty goodness. Mmmm. I want one now! :)

Oh, yeah. Red Velvet Cake. Can you believe until a couple of years ago I had never tried this delicious dessert?? Criminal, I say! If you haven't given into this pleasure, RUN to the store. And I have to add, just this weekend I tried Red Velvet Cheesecake. Total decadence.

OK, Pomegranate Margarita with a sugar rim and slice of lime. I recently discovered the cooling drink this summer. IT IS DELICIOUS! 'Nuff said.

Hot Chocolate with whipped cream - or better yet and much more decadent, put a scoop of french vanilla ice cream in piping hot chocolate, then top with whipped cream!

Peanut Brittle or Pecan Brittle! Oh yeah, it's hell on your teeth - and I can't make it without a total kitchen disaster, but it is something I buy every year. Or I want for my oh-so-talented friend, Shannon, to send me some. (Hi, Shan!)

And last but not least, Turtle Pretzels. My mother-in-law makes these and I quickly became addicted. You simply take a square pretzel, place a Rollo Candy on it, top with a pecan and bake just until the Rollo gets gooey - not too gooey. Oh, they are so, so, so good.

So tell me a few of your favorite foods for this time of year! One lucky commentator will win a $5 Wild Rose Press gift card and a PDF of my latest release, TWICE IN A LIFETIME!

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  1. My mother in-law made German Chocolate cake from scratch every year. I fell in love with her cake. My sis in-law carries the tradition on since we lost Mom, but I really want to learn to make it, too. My hubby makes his mother's scratch pineapple pie as good as she did. Me? I make a mean scratch fudge that people ask for. Some I leave plain, some gets walnuts and some gets walnuts and coconut (my fave way to eat it).

    Have a Happy Holiday!

  2. Hi Calisa-
    Yum, all of that sounds SO good. My daughters and I are going to make cookies today - trying a few new recipes. :)
    Thanks for stopping by today. Happy holidays.

  3. Those turtle pretzels sound amazing and easy to make! And I bake red velvet cake but haven't in a while, tee hee...my mom's recipe is, especially the icing, is to die for! well, that may be a little dramatic... :P

  4. Hi Lisa- Oh, then you've got to try pecan - or even walnut - brittle.
    Thanks for stopping by:)

  5. Kellie -
    Sounds delicious. One of my RWA chapter mates made Red Velvet Cupcakes for our Christmas party and the icing - ok, all of it - was soooo good!

  6. Roni couldn't get Blogger to play nice so she emailed me her comment:

    Jennifer, I tried to comment but it wouldn't let me.
    Marzipan is my fav treat this time of year. We used to get it when I was young and lived in NY. But out here in north west NJ it's harder to find.
    Roni Denholtz RSusan51(at)aol(dot)com

  7. Jennifer, that all sounds so good. I'm definitely making the pretzel bites! My mother made THE best date nut roll every year. It involved long cooking over low heat until the mixture reached a soft ball stage,quickly added tiny chopped dates to melt during massively long beating with a wooden spoon. Then she's pour in all on a wet cotten tea-towel, roll it back and forth unto a long roll. Then she's roll that in chopped pecans (that we'd picked up and picked out in the fall.) The whole thing then went in the refrigerator to cool and harden. Then she'd slice it.

    I tried to make it a couple of times and only made a mess. Thank goodness my husband only chuckled. (That was my second husband. The first would have made fun of me and accused me of being incompetent.)

    Have a great Christmas, everyone!

  8. OMG! These all look delicious! Thank goodness photos are calorie-free *g* I think my favorite special occasion recipe is Chocolate Brownie Pie -- triple chocolate decadence that tastes even better the next day (if there's any leftovers!). This is the second time in a week someone's mentioned Red Velvet Cake, so I'm definitely gonna check that one out *g*

  9. Hi Barb -
    Yum! That sounds delicious. I'm sure I couldn't make it ...when I tried to make peanut brittle I ended up throwing out the brittle, the pan, the spoon, my good humor...OH! *grin* Anyway, thanks so much for stopping by. Happy holidays.

  10. Hi Maree-
    Yes, you've GOT to try Red Velvet Cake. Today my daughters and I made Red Velvet Cookies with white choc. chips. Oh, so good!
    Thanks for dropping by today:) Happy holidays!

  11. I'm going to have to try the rollo/pretzel thing and adding ice cream to my chocolate milk. My favorite thing this time of year (okay any time of year) is sugar cookies. I have 6 different recipes that I make. Thank God my son eats what I don't freeze! Ohh and egg nog.

  12. I love a salty peanut brittle. Or fudge with walnuts. Yum.

  13. is all a category lol . my farorites are the big christmas dinner with the ham and turkey and all the fixing yumyum . its turkey day with presents yey


  14. Now why didn't I see this yesterday! Square pretzels and rolos are now on my baking must haves. Hubby loves turtles and I can make these in moderation just for him. Thanks Jenn!

    Okay, my favorites are my homemade stuffing with homemade, pan dripping gravy (turkey of course), homemade croissants, homemade fluffy coffee, and cowgirl quenchers.

  15. LOVE turtles! I make peanut brittle every year for my 94 year old grandma...so easy to make (my kind of cooking/baking)!

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  16. Hi Linda -
    I love sugar cookies too! Just made some today with a cream cheese base. They are YUMMY! And oh, yeah, how could I have forgotten the egg-nog??
    Thanks for stopping by and happy holidays :)

  17. Hi Lynn-
    Yes, I love salty/sweet treats.
    Thanks so much for stopping by. Happy holidays!

  18. Hi Jennifer -
    Yes, ALL is a category! LOL That's why I couldn't pick just one favorite;)
    Thanks for stopping by today and happy holidays!

  19. Hi Angela -
    Yum! All of that sounds delicious. And you have to tell us what's in a Cowgirl Quencher!
    Thanks for stopping by and happy holidays to you:)

  20. Hi Books4Me -
    I love eating brittle but just can't make it! HA
    I leave that to you more talented gals:)* I'm a really good taste-tester tho'*
    Thanks for stopping by and happy holidays.

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  23. I know this is late, but I had a medical dilemma as you angels all know. I had to tell you, though Jennifer, I'm gonna half to try those turtle thingees. Too easy and too good!