“Thankfulness” . . . A Song for the Season, a Forte Friday Post

It's the Christmas Season . . . another season of "Thankfulness" It is the season of Christmas. And, while we associate being thankful with Thanksgiving, the spirit of thankfulness should be a part of our lives everyday . . . especially during the seasons of Thanksgiving and Christmas. We have much to be thankful for. If you are healthy, be thankful. If you don't have financial problems, be thankful. If you have family, be thankful. If you have faithful friends, be thankful. If you have food to eat, be thankful. If you have traditions during Thanksgiving and Christmas, be thankful. The list goes on and on. I'm sure you can add many more to the list I just made. The point being, there is ALWAYS  something in our lives that we can be … [Read more...]

Benjamin’s Pumpkin Pie, Cooking with Grandkids!

Cooking with Grandkids . . . such a joy! And, this pumpkin pie is a perfect choice to bake with them, especially if they like pumpkin pie, because it's a one-bowl filling.  Cooking with Grandkids . . . Benjamin's Pumpkin Pie My grandson, Benjamin, came over one day. I asked him what he wanted to do. He said, "Make a pumpkin pie." That's a little unusual for a 13-year old, but, we made Benjamin's Pumpkin Pie . . . Cooking with Grandkids!! Would you believe that he rolled out the crust and made the pie? Well . . . he did. I helped, but essentially, he made it all. Making Benjamin's Pumpkin Pie . . . Benjamin's Pumpkin Pie is really my mother's pumpkin pie. . . which is actually the Libby's Pumpkin Pie recipe on the can. And the crust … [Read more...]

Homemade Crescent Cinnamon Rolls, a family favorite!

If you want a REAL treat for the holidays, or any time, make these Homemade Crescent Cinnamon Rolls. Serve hot with glaze, or freeze to bake later. Delicious! Homemade Crescent Cinnamon Rolls for breakfast! Nothing says homemade like bread baking in the oven, especially if it is made from scratch! And these Homemade Crescent Cinnamon Rolls have become a favorite of my family. In my endeavor to learn how to make my sister, Jeri's, homemade crescent rolls, I also made her cinnamon rolls. Both use the same dough, you just add the sugar, brown sugar and cinnamon to the ones you want to be cinnamon rolls. Easy. And, once the hot cinnamon rolls are out of the oven, the sweet powdered sugar glaze makes a perfect topping. Making the … [Read more...]

Chocolate Crinkle Cookies for Christmas!

Christmas is comin'! Time to bake Chocolate Crinkle Cookies! With Thanksgiving behind us, we turn our thoughts and minds to Christmas. And that usually means lots of baking, especially Christmas cookies! And I can't think of any better cookies to bake than Chocolate Crinkle cookies. You might be thinking, "It's not even December yet. Why would I want to bake cookies for Christmas now?" Well, then answer is that most cookies are something you can make in advance and freeze for several weeks or even months until you need them. Wouldn't that be a great time saver? Bake cookies now, freeze and serve later? Or, what about planning a Cookie Swap? Bake the cookies you will swap, freeze them, then all you have to do is focus on your get-together. … [Read more...]

Peanut Snow Mix, a delicious treat!

This delicious Peanut Snow Mix is sure to become a favorite with your family and friends! Bag it up and give as gifts. I'm sure you will get rave reviews for this snack! Peanut Snow Mix, A Holiday Tradition . . . Snow Mix has become a holiday tradition! And, now, I'm adding Peanut Snow Mix to my list, which is a variation of the original. In fact, I think it is actually better than the original Snow Mix. In my previous post, I shared with you that on Saturday, Trey and his children came over for me to help him make Snow Mix. It has been one of my favorite "munch" type snacks to make during the holidays for years. It is both colorful and delicious. Plus, you can change it for the seasons by changing the color or type of M&M's you … [Read more...]