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Saltine Toffee aka “Christmas Crack” just got easier with this 10 minute microwave recipe!

Saltine Toffee aka "Christmas Crack" just got easier with this 10 minute microwave recipe.

Last year I shared with you my family’s famous 10 minute microwave toffee recipe. It’s gone a bit viral on Pinterest since then, and has been super popular over the past few months. I think everyone appreciates a great quick gift or office treat this time of year.  I’ve seen a few recipes for saltine toffee here and there over the interwebs, but when I read through them I just keep seeing how much work they require. You have to melt butter on the stove, boil in the sugar, make sure it doesn’t burn, coat the saltines, bake them in the oven, top with chocolate, then refrigerate. It takes about an hour of continuous work. I don’t know about you, but I don’t have time for that when I’m busy running all over town playing Santa and getting ready for holiday entertaining. 

Saltine Toffee aka "Christmas Crack" just got easier with this 10 minute microwave recipe.

So, I’m here to tell you that you can have all the same goodness of “Christmas Crack” with this quick microwave version! It’s especially great if you’re trying to make a huge amount of toffee. I made 8 batches of this toffee in just a couple hours on Wednesday – a few for a Christmas party with the women at church and the rest to send with my hubby to work.… Continue reading

Earlier this Month, Meagan over at Novelties and Trinkets asked me to write a guest post about one of my favorite holiday memories. So today over on her blog I’m introducing you all to Pat the snowman. Much like Frozen’s Olaf, he brought our family a lot of joy during a very emotionally tough holiday season. Check out my guest post on her blog to find out why he’s so special to me and my family.    

 

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Sugared Cranberries have a sugary crust on the outside, but pop open to reveal their tart insides when you bite them. They’re easier to make than you think, and they’re the perfect accent for all your holiday baking and cocktails.

Sugared Cranberries have a sugary crust on the outside, but pop open to reveal their tart insides when you bite them. They're easier to make than you think, and they're the perfect accent for all your holiday baking and cocktails.

Our church had a Christmas concert on Sunday night and everyone was asked to bring their favorite Christmas treats to share. (If you follow me on Instagram, you’ve probably already seen the cake and these cranberries. I post a lot of behind the scenes there and would love to connect with you there!) I had seen this Cranberry Ginger and Coconut Bundt cake (my version is in the pictures) a little over a month ago on Beard and Bonnet, one of my favorite food blogs. Everything she posts there is absolutely beautiful, but this bundt cake is one of the prettiest holiday cakes I’ve ever seen. I knew the moment I saw it on her Instagram that I absolutely had to make it for our annual Christmas concert. (Bonus: you can listen to my a capella duet of Silent Night here on Facebook.)

Sugared Cranberries have a sugary crust on the outside, but pop open to reveal their tart insides when you bite them. They're easier to make than you think, and they're the perfect accent for all your holiday baking and cocktails.

This cake did not disappoint because it tastes amazing too! Even better, it’s gluten-free and dairy-free. (It has eggs, or else it would also be vegan.) It’s perfectly moist, and sweet enough to be a cake without being overly sweet. You can even control how sweet it is by how much icing you add to each bite (hubby loves it with triple icing, I would happily eat it without any icing at all.) I can’t tell you how many people gushed over the cake, so you know it’s a keeper recipe for sure. Hubby is even requesting one to take to work later this week. So yeah, you should probably go check out the recipe.  

Sugared Cranberries - they're easier to make than you think and they're the perfect accent for all your holiday baking and cocktails.

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Most of you don’t know this, but I really love getting awards. I’m fairly extrinsically motivated, and was always that kid who wanted the gold star, A+, compliment from the teacher, word of encouragement, or public recognition. (I can’t tell you how often I was called Hermione after Harry Potter was released – total Teacher’s Pet!) I’m still that kid in a lot of ways, only now it’s likes, blog comments, shares, and people telling me they have loved my recipes. (Seriously, y’all, it makes my day to hear about recipes of mine that you’ve tried and enjoyed!)
 
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So today my extrinsic little heart is very happy because I’ve been nominated for the Liebster award! 

 
The award is all about kindness and getting to know other bloggers. The word ‘liebster’ means sweet, kind, or lovely. There are many iterations of the rules that go with this award, but basically when you are nominated you’re supposed to:
  • Nominate 5 other bloggers who have fewer than 1,000 followers and let them know they’ve been nominated
  • Answer the questions given to you by the person who nominated you

 

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I was nominated by Natalie over at A Tiny Traveler. (Okay, to be technical, Natalie nominated “anyone who has never been nominated before” and I volunteered. But she then said it counted and nominated me specifically.) Natalie blogs about her travels and adventures along with some DIY and recipes too, so you should go check her out. 

I’m nominating:
Elizabeth @ Elizabeth Lives
Deborah @ Mommy Crusader
Kylee @ Kylee Cooks 
And You! Yep, you right there who secretly wants to be nominated. 

Here are the questions:

1. How did you decide on the title of your blog?
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Earlier this month, I signed up to participate in the Color Swap hosted by Melissa over at Two Miracles

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If you’ve never done a swap before, the basic idea is that you get paired with a partner, send some emails back and forth to get to know them, and then you each send a package to the other of a few things you think they’ll love. This one had the additional caveat that the items needed to be in the other person’s favorite color. It was so fun to shop for a box of items all in one color!

This was my first swap, but my partner, Jennifer at Inner-workings of the Female Mind has done several, so she helped me learn the ropes. (And we bonded over the fact that neither of us really likes chocolate.) You can check out her blog for some other swaps she’s participated in.

My favorite color is blue (you’re all SHOCKED right?), so she sent me several blue items.

Here’s what I received:

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