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Welsh Cookies (aka Welsh Cakes) Recipe

How to make Welsh cookies.  Also called Welsh cakes, this delicious dessert is fried on a griddle and packed with a unique flavor of currants and nutmeg. Although my parents and grandparents were born in the United States, my grandmother had several family member in Wales.  She would write them letters and visit them, so she passed on some of the food and culture. My absolute favorite Welsh treat is this Welsh cookie recipe.  Welsh cookies, also called Welsh cakes, are unlike other cookies.  They are made similar to a dough, then they are cooked on a griddle and then dipped in sugar. They are pretty easy to make, but the currants can be hard to find.  My grocery store only carries them in the fall though Christmas, so I stock up or order them online if I need them though the year. on My grandmother used to make these all the time.  She would spend hours making several batches of these delicious cookies and freeze the leftovers.  She would put them in an ice cream bucket and

Homemade Ranch Dressing Mix

How to make homemade ranch dressing mix.  This recipe saves you time and money, and it tastes better than what you buy in the store.  Use for dressing, dips, and more in the kitchen. My daughter is obsessed with ranch.  If she's not dipping into ketchup, she's pouring on ranch dressing. I was never a fan of it, but now I use it in cooking and to dip my veggies in.  I still don't use as a salad dressing, but I love it for other uses in the kitchen. I used to buy ranch seasoning mixes, but now I make a batch of this homemade ranch dressing mix.  It's cheaper, better for you, and tastes better. I live in Amish country, so there are bulk food stores all over.  I can get the ingredients fairly cheap and in smaller quantities. Even if you do have to buy your ingredients in big containers, it's completely worth it because this tastes so much better than the packets you buy in the store. Don't worry about making too much of this; I'll give you seve

Easy Slow Cooker Hot Chocolate Recipe Rich, Creamy

How to make an easy slow cooker hot chocolate for a crowd.  This recipe is rich, creamy, and perfect for parties.  Both kids and adults will love this rich chocolate flavor.  Use different flavored chips for different flavors of hot chocolate. Each year, we host a family Christmas party for the town.  I make graham cracker gingerbread houses for the kids to make, get snacks donated from local businesses, and have a hot chocolate bar. Making hot chocolate for a crowd can be tricky, but now I use this easy slow cooker hot chocolate recipe.  It takes about 5 minutes to prep, so I can make it quickly and let it cook while I'm doing other party prep. The hot chocolate bar is always a big hit.  Both kids and adults love it!  It's inexpensive, but it looks cute and gives people a lot of options. Easy Slow Cooker Hot Chocolate Recipe My kids always want this slow cooker hot chocolate when they have friends.   I mean, we have a family of 5, so I've even make it for fa

Hallmark Christmas Movie Blanket SVG File Free

Make your own Hallmark Christmas Movie blanket with this free SVG file.  You can cut it with your Silhouette or Cricut to make a cute gift or make for yourself. I'll admit that I spend most of my free time in November and December watching the Hallmark channel.  This year, we have the movies and mysteries channel too.  We like those movies better, but both channels have cute movies. My neighbor also loves Hallmark movies.  He's older and kinda gruff, so it's a little odd that he likes them.  He's also cold all the time, so a  Hallmark Christmas movie blanket was perfect for him. I got it made today, so I wanted to share the SVG file with all of you in case you need a last minute gift.

Apple Cranberry Glazed Ham Recipe

How to make an apple cranberry glazed ham recipe.  Use canned cranberry sauce or a homemade apple cranberry sauce for this twist on the classic dish.   In my family, it's a tradition to make a ham for Christmas.  I actually make it for Christmas Eve then eat leftovers on Christmas Day. I make a big breakfast for Christmas morning, and I'm just tired in the evenings.  I spent years doing it all to make Christmas magical, and I wore myself out. So now I make a big dinner for Christmas Eve.  Ham is perfect because we can eat it hot the first night and then use leftover in cold sandwiches or heat it up. This is a pretty easy recipe.  I almost always have the ingredients on hand, except maybe the apple cider cranberry sauce.  I make a double batch of that the day before and we eat it as a side dish and use it to glaze this ham.

How to Make Your Bathroom Smell Good

Learn how to make your bathroom smell good all the time.  No one likes cleaning the bathroom, but these tips will help you keep it smelling fresh all the time. Keeping a clean house is much more than sweeping, mopping and reducing clutter; a clean house has to smell nice, too.  One of the most difficult rooms in the house to clean is probably your bathroom. And of course, it gets even harder to maintain cleanliness in the bathroom with little kids running around.  Moms of boys, you know what I'm talking about, right? I'm really paranoid about my bathroom because we have in home therapists several times a week.  At our old house, I didn't let the kids use the guest bath downstairs.  Now we only have one bathroom, so I can't do that anymore.

Simple Mulled Wine Recipe Slow Cooker

How to make an easy and simple mulled wine recipe in the slow cooker.  Whether you're having a big party or a family get together, this wine is perfect for any holiday party.  Using the slow cooker means you have time for other part preparations while this cooks. The holidays mean alcohol.  Wait, is that just my family?  If your family likes to sip some adult beverages for Thanksgiving or Christmas, try this simple mulled wine recipe in the slow cooker. My slow cooker is my best friend as a busy working mom.  If it weren't for my slow cooker, we probably wouldn't eat most nights.  I love them so much, I have three of them. I like using the slow cooker for the mulled wine because I can make it hours before I need it and not have to worry about it.  I don't have to watch it and make sure the alcohol doesn't burn off because it gets too hot. Wine is almost always appreciated at parties, but this takes it up a notch.  It's a nice twist on a classic drink

How to Make a Mulling Spices Recipe

How to make a mulling spices recipe.  Use this blend of spices to make mulled wine or mulled cider.  You can also simmer these spices to make your home smell wonderful. I have a bucket list of sorts that I'm working on.  These are things that I've wanted to make, either a DIY, craft, or recipe, that just kept getting put off. When I decided to revive this blog, I decided to finally tackle that bucket list.  One of the things on that list was learning how to make a mulling spices recipe. Then I wanted to use the mulling spices to make mulled wine and mulled cider.  This is the first post in a series, and I'll be posting the mulled cider and mulled wine in the coming weeks. How to make a simple mulled wine recipe in a slow cooker. Since it's November now and almost Thanksgiving, I do want to mention that if you're looking for creative gift ideas, a jar of homemade mulling spices makes a great gift, especially for friends who love wine. Mulling spices