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Christmas Countdown C -2

Butter Rum Cake 1 cup butter 2 cups sugar 4 eggs, room temperature 2 teaspoons vanilla 3 cups sifted flour 1 teaspoon baking powder 1 teaspoon salt 1/2 teaspoon baking soda 1 cup buttermilk Sauce: 1 cup sugar 1/2 cup butter 1/4 cup water 1 tablespoon rum extract Cream butter until light. Gradually beat in […]

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Christmas Countdown C -3

Jean’s Beans Chili I began making this dish for my friends who are vegetarians.  However, many of my meat loving guests also enjoy my special chili.  It is made with 4 kinds of beans and plenty of spices to make it thick and flavorful. 1 large can chili beans 1 large can pinto beans 1 […]

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Christmas Countdown C -4

Orange & Spice Doughnuts 3/4 cup brown sugar, firmly packed 2 tablespoons shortening, softened 3 eggs 2 teaspoons grated orange rind 1/4 cup orange juice 1 cup canned pumpkin 3 1/4 cups sifted all-purpose flour 3 teaspoons baking powder 1 1/4 teaspoon salt 1/2 teaspoon baking soda 1/2 teaspoon cream of tartar 1 teaspoon cinnamon […]

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Christmas Countdown C -5

Party Pizzas 1 loaf party rye bread 1 jar pizza sauce shredded mozzarella cheese Pre-heat oven 350 degrees. Place rye bread on ungreased cookie sheet. Bread may be place close together. Drop spoonful of pizza sauce on each slice of bread and spread around bread. Sprinkle top of pizzas with cheese. Place in oven for […]

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Christmas Countdown C -7

Happy Holiday  Hosting Shaunna Privratsky Holiday parties are festive, fun and bring together friends and families. But hosting one can become a nightmare. From the decorations to the last goodbye, there are so many things that can go awry; it is enough to make you pull a Scrooge and order takeout the entire holiday season. […]

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Christmas Countdown C-8

Cookie Exchange One of my favorite holiday traditions was baking cookies with my mother.  Each year, we made dozens of cookies for relatives, neighbors, friends and co-workers.  Once I had my own family, I worked to continue the tradition.  Unfortunately, my time was limited. I found the stress of doing too much was robbing me […]

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Classic Simple Joy Podcast: The Simple Joy of Holiday Entertaining Part 5

The Holidays are the perfect time to entertain family & friends in your home. Now, before you begin hyperventilating at the thought of preparing for an elaborate event in your home, you need to stop & consider entertaining the Simple Joy way! Hosting a party in your home doesn’t need to be elaborate, elegant or […]

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Christmas Countdown C -9

Holiday Buffet During the holidays, most women have too much to do and too little time in which to do it.  Our hectic schedules make it next to impossible for us to get together with friends.  One way to solve this is to host an open house that features a buffet.  You might hold your […]

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33 Christmas Table Settings & Centerpieces

Creating a fabulous centerpiece for your Holiday table doesn’t need to be expensive or hard. You don’t even have to buy a centerpiece. You can make it yourself! These days, a Christmas centerpiece isn’t just for company. You can create a centerpiece that decorates your table all season long! When company comes over, put together […]

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Christmas Countdown C -10

The Simple Joy of Holiday Entertaining Entertaining in your home is an important part of the Holidays. Spending time with family and friends over great food is an incredible way to increase the joy of the season. Unfortunately, most women I know groan when you mention Holiday entertaining. They are already tremendously stressed over the […]

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