Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Gingerbread Buckeyes

I finally got around to doing some more holiday baking.  Its now New Years but better late than never, right?  I made Gingerbread Buckeyes which were pretty simple to whip up and even better, they didn't need to be baked.  You just mix peanut butter, Gingersnaps, powdered sugar and a little butter together.  Then form into balls and set.  Finally, melt some white chocolate and dip the balls.  Voila, you're done and you're eating some wonderful peanut butter and chocolate candy with a hint of gingerbread for that holiday flair.  My only regret?  I wish I would have made them sooner.  They were easier than I thought and I could have shared them with all the company I had this season. 

Gingerbread Buckeyes

1 c. peanut butter
2 c. powdered sugar
1/4 c. butter, softened
1 c. crushed gingersnaps (leave some pieces for crunch)
16 oz. white chocolate candy coating (I used Vanilla Candiquik)
additional gingersnap crumbs for topping

1. Mix peanut butter, powdered sugar, and softened butter in a large bowl until thoroughly combined.

2. Stir in gingersnaps.

3. Roll mixture into balls and set on wax paper. Chill 30 minutes.

4. Melt white chocolate over low heat or microwave.  In the concept of saving time I used the microwave and it was melted in a minute and half.  Use a fork to dip peanut butter balls into chocolate. Immediately sprinkle with gingersnap crumbs.

5. Cool until hardened. Store at room temperature.
I found this recipe here, on Lemon Tree Dwelling's blog. 

                          Where did the other half go?  Oh, yeah, in my belly.  Happy New Year!  May 2014 bring you happiness! 

Thursday, December 26, 2013

Christmas 2013 Highlights

Christmas this year arrived way to fast.  I'm keeping so busy with my new twin boys that the days are a blur and the months roll by.  I didn't do as much as I usually do for Christmas but we still had a nice holiday.  It was special this year because it was the babies first Christmas.  We had a power outage on Christmas Eve so we packed up the boys and stayed at our cousin's house.  It was an interesting Christmas but still wonderful. 

 My mom gave my boys each a Baby's First Christmas ornament for our tree.  So special and cute!

 My mom also made us a wreath and baked some chocolate mint cookies.  My dad made some peanut butter fudge they mailed to us from Montana. 

 Every year my aunt makes peanut butter and chocolate buckeyes and she knows I love them.  She always mails me a box.  I didn't have time to do much holiday baking this year so it was great. 

 My husband brought this fruit and nut tart home from The Harvest Vine restaurant.  It was so delicious and I loved the selection of nuts, fig jam and the melt in your mouth crust. 

 A friend bought the twins this adorable mini Christmas tree for their room.  I thought it was so cute and I decorated it right away to put in the nursery.  I love all the little baby ornaments the tree is adorned with.

 For special occasions I like to drink some Martinelli's Cider.  This bottle was Apple-Peach and was so crisp and refreshing. 

We had Christmas dinner with my husbands' family.  As usual, there were over thirty of us.  We had quite the spread.  The roast beef my husbands' cousin made was the star of the meal. 

                                  Thanks for checking out my highlights from the holiday!