Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Crisis-free Christmas

As a child, Christmas was all about bright colored lights, and sweet smells and wonderful things coming from the kitchen, and of course, PRESENTS!

As adults, too often we get caught up into the frenzy and lose track of the joy. We can get a handle on stress. Plan ahead, Think, Focus, and have a few things up your sleeve to “save your sanity”.





Remember: “Angry Words You Don't say will float away: “Once Spoken, the Hurt can Never be Broken”. You can take a break, disappear, go to the bathroom, take a walk, breathe.



You are making memories, let them be pleasant ones.



Here are a couple of last minute ideas for some sweet treats. Simple and quick to make: pleasing and sweet, just the way you want to be remembered.




Orange Creamsicle Fudge


Ingredients

  • 1 (12oz) bag white chocolate chips
  • 1 (16oz) tub store bought vanilla frosting
  • ½ tsp orange extract
  • orange food coloring

Instructions

  1. Prepare a 9 x 9 inch baking dish by lining the inside of the dish with foil or parchment. Set aside.



  1. Place white chocolate chips in a large microwave safe bowl and heat in the microwave. You will be watching and stirring after each 30 second burst. It might take 2, it might take 3, just focus on how they are melting. When they are smooth and almost completely liquid, add in the entire tub of frosting and this time just heat for 15 seconds. Stir well to combine.





  1. Remove about ½ of the mixture to a different bowl. Add orange extract and a couple drops of food coloring. Stir well to combine. Add colored mixture back in with the white mixture and stir just a little bit. You want to see the swirl of the orange and cream, don't mix all the way. Pour into prepared pan and let cool then stick in the refrigerator to firm up.





  1. Remove from refrigerator and cut into 16 bite sized pieces to serve.

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Or try serving with these:

Fast and Fancy Fudge





Ingredients

  • 1 12oz. package semi-sweet chocolate pieces
  • 2/3 cup sweetened condensed milk (like Eagle Brand)
  • 1 tablespoon water
  • ¾ cup chopped walnuts
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla



Directions

  • Line a baking sheet with parchment paper; set aside.
  • In a medium microwave-safe bowl combine chocolate pieces, sweetened condensed milk, and water.
  • Microwave, uncovered, on High for 2 to 3 bursts, each at 30 seconds, stirring between each burst, or until chocolate is melted and mixture is smooth. Stir in nuts, and vanilla. 

  • Spread the fudge across the prepared pan into roughly a 9 x 12 rectangle  Allow to cool, then chill to firm.



    Then cut into 1 inch squares.

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Now if you have some more time here is another quick and easy treat:

Lagdelte ferie gl├Žde






Ingredients:
-2 tubes of crescent rolls dough
-2 (8oz) packages cream cheese (softened)
-1 cup sugar
-1 teaspoon vanilla
- ¼ cup butter (melted)
-Cinnamon & sugar (I used about ¼ cup sugar and 1 tbs cinnamon)

Instructions:
Unroll and spread 1 tube of dough in bottom of un-greased pan. Combine softened cream cheese, sugar, and vanilla, (if you like, add some fruit spread or favorite preserves) 



 
 Spread mixture over the dough. Unroll and spread remaining tube of dough over the mixture. 

 
Spread melted butter over the top and sprinkle with cinnamon and sugar.
Bake at 350 degrees for 20-30 minutes.





 Like they say: a Party in Your Mouth!



These simple and quick treats can make lasting memories of a great time. Even if You should find your self alone this holiday, make one of these and take them to a neighbor who might be alone. The sharing with someone else will act as a sharing with Your loved one, no matter how far away they are.



Merry Christmas to You and Yours





From a slave and its Master.






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