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Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Red Rasberry Jello Cream

I was given this recipe by one of my Mom's neighbors. This Jello is delicious and since it's not your regular jello it would be great for all sorts of events. We used it for a Christmas Dinner that my husband and I alone were almost entirely in charge of.

Red Raspberry Jello Cream
1 small raspberry jello

1 small vanilla pudding – cook and serve
1 small tapioca pudding – cook and serve
8oz tub of cool whip
frozen raspberries

Take 3 cups water – add the 2 puddings and the Jello mix to it and cook over a medium heat until it starts to boil. Boil for three minutes. Let the pudding mixture cool completely and then add 8 oz Cool Whip and at least two cups raspberries – thawed and drained – fold all together and refrigerate until serving.

Cheesey Potatoes

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Cheesy Potatoes

Makes 1 9x13 pan
2 pounds hash browns-thawed
1/4 cup onion
2 cans cream of chicken
1 pint sour cream
10 ounces grated cheddar cheese: divided
1/2 cup Parmesan cheese

Method: Mix all ingredients together, reserving some of the cheese to sprinkle on last. Spray 9x13 pan with cooking spray. Then spread out potatoes mixture on the pan. Sprinkle with a little more cheddar and Parmesan cheese. Bake at 350 for 55-60 minutes.

Sunday, December 26, 2010


I LOVE CARAMEL! Nothing says christmas for me quite like homemade caramel. I can't believe it but I made this recipe 4 times and they were still gone faster than lightning! A candy thermometer is crucial to making sure that the caramel is cooked to the right texture.

Christmas Caramels! 

 Recipe Yields: 1 jelly roll pan, or for thicker caramels put them in a 9x13
*I often double the recipe so that there are plenty to give away!

1 cup butter
2 cups packed brown sugar
1 cup light corn syrup
1 can (14 oz) sweetened condensed milk
2 tsp vanilla extract

  • Melt the butter in a large sauce pan.
  • Add your brown sugar. (brown sugar is the reason that these caramels taste so much better than most so don't even think about substitution) Stir it all around until it dissolves completely.
  • Add the sweetened condensed milk, and the corn syrup.
  • Over medium heat bring the mixture to a boil, while stirring. Stirring is crucial here. Don't stop stirring, no matter what!
  • The mixture will need to boil for 20-30 minutes or until the temperature on your candy thermometer reads between 235-240.
  • Remove your caramel from the heat then add 2 tsp vanilla. Stir until well combined.
  • Pour the caramel into a buttered jelly roll pan. Allow caramels to cool and set. This should take about 30 minutes.
  • Cut them into strips and then into the desired size squares. A pizza wheel works well for this.
  • Cut up some wax paper and you are set to wrap your fabulous caramels.