Christmas Sugar Cookie Tradition

My favorite activity to do at Christmas time is to make sugar cookies and decorate them. Thanks M. for all your help with the cookies the past few years!

The Santa my Mom painted. It reminded me of an ornament we used to have when I was a little girl.




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Pomegranate, A Delicious and Nutritious Fruit

Pictures are cleaned pomegranate seeds in a stainless steel collainder over a white bowl.
Pomegranates grow well in California.

 

A pomegranate fruit was one of my favorites as a child and still is. It is so delicious, worth the effort it takes to peel.I f you put one in a bowl or sink of water, it is less messy and also easier to peel. You can thank my aunt for that piece of advice. She uses them in a particular salad that she serves. Recently I read something about the pomegranate seeds being very good for you.  They have large quantities of antioxidants also.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Close up picture of a cleaned pomegranate seeds in a thin stainless steel weaved colainder, over a white bowl.
Pomegranates taste great!

 

 

 

I found this site which I found to be very well made.   If you have never had a pomegranate, this would be a very helpful site.

http://www.pomegranates.org

 

 

 

 

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Pictures are Ghirardelli chocolate covered peanut butter balls, about 40 of them at a close angle, I can fit about 90 per batch.

Grandma Terry’s Peanut Butter Balls and Recipe

Chocolate covered peanut butter balls with Speical K ceral.
Chocolate covered peanut butter balls.

Grandma Terry’s Peanut Butter Ball Recipe

My Grandmother used to make these every year for Christmas.  They were not a favorite of mine, but somehow I end up taking up the tradition of making them for everyone.  Funny how that works.   I’ve been doing it many years now.  I do it for the kids mostly, they look forward to them.  I make them also dairy free, for the people in the family allergic to dairy, they are just as tasty as the regular peanut butter balls.

 

 

Chocolate covered peanut butter balls, on a huge wood tray, covered with wax paper.
Chocolate covered peanut butter balls.

 

My Grandmother passed away this past July 2015, and this post is dedicated to her.  Most likely she got the recipe off the box of cereal many years ago.  I’ve seen other variations also, but my family would not be fans of a new recipe.

When I make peanut butter balls to give out at Christmas time, I make 3-4 batches.  Since I double the regular one, and then make one dairy free batch of peanut butter balls.  The peanut butter ball recipe takes two-three days to complete, keep in mind.  First you make the peanut butter balls, then roll them, and let them sit overnight.  Then you dip them in chocolate, and let them sit overnight again.

 

 

 

 

Grandma Terry’s Peanut Butter Ball Recipe

  • 1 C Sugar
  • 1 Cup Karo Syrup
  • Add 2 C Peanut Butter
  • Add 7 C Special K

Heat Karo and sugar until sugar dissolves. Do Not Boil. Add Peanut Butter and then Special K. Mix well, and Form into Balls onto wax paper (1 in. diameter). Let sit over night, covered lightly with wax paper.

  • 12 oz Bag Ghiradelli Milk Choc. Chips
  • 12 oz. Bag Ghiradelli Dark Choc Chips

For Chocolate: Melt both bags of chocolate together, in a double broiler pan or Grandma does it in the microwave.  Then Dip the peanut butter balls in chocolate covering them completely and put on a large covered surface to let sit overnight again to harden. Lightly cover those also after they have dried a bit.

For the dairy free version, use Rice Krispies instead of Special K. Yes, believe it or not Special K has dairy in it.  For the chocolate, you must find some chocolate without milk.  Unfortunately Ghiradelli changed their recipe, and now all their chocolate has milk.  Now, I use Trader Joes Semisweet Chocolate chips.

Grandma Terry’s Dairy Free Chocolate Covered Peanut Butter Balls

  • 1 C Sugar
  • 1 Cup Karo Syrup
  • Add 2 C Peanut Butter
  • Add 7 Rice Krispies

Heat Karo and sugar until sugar dissolves. Do Not Boil. Add Peanut Butter and then Rice Krispies. Mix well, and Form into Balls onto wax paper (1 in. diameter). Let sit over night, covered lightly with wax paper.

  • 2 – 12 oz Bags Trader Joe’s semisweet chocolate chips.

For Chocolate: Melt both bags of chocolate together, in a double broiler pan or Grandma does it in the microwave.  Then Dip the peanut butter balls in chocolate covering them completely and put on a large covered surface to let sit overnight again to harden.  Lightly cover after they have dried some.

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Pilgrim hat cookies made with shortbread cookies and rolos.

Thanksgiving Day

My aunt does a 25+ lb. turkey wonderfully stuffed, and roasted a lovely brown.
Turkey roasted to perfection by my aunt.


Hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving Day, with lots of food and good company. My aunt and uncle hosted and it was a beautiful Thanksgiving spread as usual. She is amazing, what a meal! Everyone brought some wonderful dishes in addition. Check out the cute pilgrim hat cookies!

Roasted vegetable salad with beets, carrots, shallots, walnuts, brussel sprouts, and more.
Roasted vegetable salad with beets, carrots, shallots, walnuts, brussel sprouts, and more.
Roasted vegetable salad with beets, carrots, shallots, walnuts, brussel sprouts, and more
This roasted vegetable plate was at a few Thanksgiving meals.
Cute cookies made from shortbread cookies and rolos into pilgrim hats.
Pilgrim hat cookies
Pilgrim hat cookies.

 

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