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Candy Cane Wreath

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The beauty with this wreath is its simplicity, and that it’s made of candy is pretty awesome, too.

Check out this blog for the the instructions. I think I could make this for less than $10. The only additions will be a bow at the top, and maybe a monogram in the center. Like this:

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Check out this site for those amazing monograms. They come from the South, the region of the country that has such gracious and beautiful homes.

Happy decorating this weekend!

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Ghiardelli holiday assortment, win, win,win!

Seriously, these were made for me. Eggnog, peppermint bark, and pumpkin spice caramel.
Of course this is a limited time treat, thus this bag is hoard worthy. So, if you see me with a cart-full, don’t judge, just smile and walk on by.

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Road Trip Candy, and Snacks

It’s almost that time of year when we jump into the car and drive for hours to the grandparents’ for Thanksgiving, and then back home, totaling 10-plus hours each way…uggg.

The way I make it bearable is with a bookstore worth of magazines, and candy, of course!

Here are my top choices for the long drive:

1. Atomic Fireballs: the heat keeps me awake when I’m driving

2. Strawberry Twizzlers: Chewy goodness, a little stale makes them even better

3. Milk Duds: more chewy goodness, just don’t lose one in the car, your dog will find it later, and you’ll be sorry.

4. Cheez-its: salty, crunchy, and if I’m lucky, I’ll get a box with lots of browned ones, they’re Cheez-it gold!

5. White grapes: hey, you need your fruit

So whether you are driving, or flying this week, be safe and enjoy your snacks.

Pumpkin Roll, easier to make than you would think

I have just checked off one of the sweet things on my “bucket baking-list”. You know that list…it’s made of Pinterest pins, and recipes from magazines. The photos are enticing, but the techniques are always just a bit over my comfort level. Being the eternal optimist, I hold onto these recipes thinking that someday soon, I will create one and serve it to my family and friends, much to their delight.

So, back to the pumpkin roll…Rolled cakes have a special place in my heart, I mean really how could they not? Cake, cream filling, cake, cream filling, and cake in one bite! Rolled cakes, also called roulade, always looked to hard to make. I imagined that the cake would crack when rolled and look more like a 2×4 than a roll.

Then I came upon this recipe, and it seemed so do-able. I followed the directions,  and it turned out really well on the first try. The only part that I changed was swapping out the parchment with a clean sheet when I re-rolled the cake with the filling inside.

The filling is a cream cheese/butter-cream. I think you could use whipped cream if you were going to serve it all in one sitting.
It all worked so well. I am quite proud of it.

Tip:Use a serrated knife to cut, wiping it after each cut.
Bring this to a holiday pot luck, and you’ll be a baking star.
Enjoy!

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Say it aint so, Twinkie the Kid!

It’s a very sad day. Hostess is going out of business. The oven are growing cold, the mixers have stopped, and the truck loads of sugar are being rerouted to Little Debbie. I’m not making light of the thousands of people who are unemployed as of today. This really is a sad day.

Although I haven’t had a Twinkie or Ho Ho in over 30 years, it’s tough to see a part of your childhood fade into the distance…

If you could set the Way Back Machine to 1975 and you’d see a school bus full of excited young kids arrive at the Hostess factory for the best field trip ever! We toured the huge bakery, and afterwards it was all the sweet confections you could eat. Ahh the memories! (Can you image today’s school going to a Hostess bakery? Not a chance… there’d be allergy fears, obesity concerns, and other modern/first world worries.)

Here we see Twinkie the Kid in happier days joined by his pals (left to right) Captain Cupcake, Happy Ho Ho, and Fruit Pie the Magician. The last one I do not understand. How did a fruit pie decide to become a magician? It’s a curious career path for sure.

Watch this commercial from days gone by, and relive what was considered high art form advertising at the time.

Hard to believe that soon the shelves of mini marts will be barren of these cream, and fuit filled wonders. Speaking of wonder, this also means no more Wonder Bread.

There is talk that another company may revive the brands soon.
Maybe someday, Twinkie the Kid will ride again…

Pumpkin macarons, mais oui!

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Yes, it’s true. There are pumpkin macarons. And who but Trader Joe could make such a confection? The center is a creamy, pumpkin filling surrounded by two crispy, and yet, chewy cookies. It is way to easy to eat more than 1 serving (3 cookies) at a time….These little pumpkin clouds are found in the freezer case, and the best part is that by the time you get home, they’ll be thawed! Hurry they are a limited time cookie. Buy a few boxes, and you’ll be glad you did.

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This is how the delicate cookies are packaged.

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And this is how they look before you eat them….You would never know that they were recently frozen.

The people have voted…

And it a mandate against 3 Musketeers, or at least in my office.
This is what the left over Halloween candy looks like. See what’s still there?

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There one for all, but all for none….so sad….