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open house invites

We have hosted an annual Christmas Open House for about 20 years. I’m not sure when the first one was, though I do know we held it for missionaries our church supported. The open house became an annual tradition. I told DH we’d have a hard time canceling it at this point because people would […]

open house

We made it! About 10:00 this morning, I was pretty sure we wouldn’t! I think this year was the hardest to pull together of any we’ve done. I guess renovating, a son’s wedding, and babysitting one year old twins doesn’t help make Christmas prep any easier! But with the tremendous help of my sister Genny […]

holiday icebox oatmeal cookies

These oatmeal cookies are one of my favorites. Not a fancy cookie, but crispy delicious! I’m always glad to see some left over after the open house. I put a few in the freezer to enjoy later. Holiday Icebox Oatmeal Cookies Makes 6-8 dozen 2 c. margarine or butter, softened 2 c. confectioners’ sugar 2 […]

Holiday Petits Fours

A rich, three layer, almond treat! This little bite of cake is one DD#2’s favorite Christmas goodies. There are five pieces on this tray. Can you find them? Don’t let this recipe throw you off. They are actually easy to make, beautiful to look at, and delicious! Holiday Petits Fours 1 can (8 oz.) almond […]

Oreo Truffles

18 oz. package Oreo Cookies, crushed (reserve 2 T.) 8 oz. package cream cheese, softened Crush the Oreo cookies. I put them in a zippered storage bag and hit them with the rolling pin. ๐Ÿ™‚ Stir together the cookie crumbs and the softened cream cheese until well blended. Form into small balls. Cool them in […]

Raspberry Truffles

Raspberry Truffles 12 oz. semi-sweet chocolate chips 2 T heavy cream 1 T butter 2 T seedless raspberry jam In a heavy saucepan, combine chips, heavy cream and butter. Cook over low heat, stirring constantly, until smooth. Stir in raspberry jam. Cover with plastic wrap; freeze 20 minutes. Drop mixture by teaspoons onto foil lined […]

Christmas Mice

Each year, for our annual Christmas open house, we make these very cute Christmas mice. They are a great addition to a cookie tray. I think more of them are taken home wrapped in napkins than are actually eaten at the party. ๐Ÿ™‚ The bodies of the mice are made from maraschino cherries dipped in […]

Toffee Bar Crunch Biscotti

We put a bowl of this on the coffee table at the open house. After the party there were only two pieces left. It smells *wonderful* while baking and tastes as good as it smells. I’ll be making it again. ~~Rhonda Toffee Bar Crunch Biscotti 6 T. butter, melted 1/3 cup vegetable oil 1/2 cup […]

Daniel’s Cookie Bar Bites

My son Daniel enjoyed making chocolate chip cookies when he was younger. Still does. ๐Ÿ™‚ He used the recipe on the back of the Nestlรฉ Toll House chocolate chips package and often doubled it to make cookie bars. I don’t remember when the idea came to me to use the cookie bars to make these […]

Spiced Cranberry Punch

This is a delicious hot (or cold) punch. My all time favorite hot punch. I served it at the home extension Christmas party this evening. ~~Rhonda Spiced Cranberry Punch 1 c. sugar 4 c. water 12 whole cloves 4 (3-inch) cinnamon sticks 2 T. minced ginger root 8 c. cranberry/apple juice cocktail 2 c. orange […]