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    Default Countdown to Christmas Day #4 (2 days left!!)

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    What one recipe do you HAVE TO HAVE every year? Share your favorite Christmastime Recipe- it can be for breakfast, lunch, dinner, appetizer, dessert etc.


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    Default Re: Budget101 Countdown to Christmas Challenge Day #4 (2 days left!!)

    What one recipe do you HAVE TO HAVE every year? Share your favorite Christmastime Recipe- it can be for breakfast, lunch, dinner, appetizer, dessert etc.
    Only 1 recipe? I'd have to say that it's just NOT christmas without Gingerbread Pancakes for breakfast!

    Christmas Gingerbread Pancakes
    1 cup all-purpose flour
    2 tablespoons sugar
    1 teaspoon baking powder
    1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
    1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
    1/4 teaspoon ground allspice
    1 egg
    3/4 cup milk
    2 tablespoons molasses
    1 tablespoon canola oil
    6 tablespoons maple pancake syrup
    3/4 cup apple pie filling, warmed
    3 tablespoons dried cranberries

    In a large bowl, combine flour, sugar, baking powder, cinnamon, ginger, and allspice, mixing well. Then add egg, milk, molasses and oil; stir into dry ingredients just until moistened.
    Pour batter by 1/4 cupfuls onto a greased hot griddle over medium heat; turn when bubbles form on top. Cook until the second side is golden brown.

    To serve, place two pancakes on each plate; drizzle with 2 tablespoons syrup.
    Top with 1/4 cup apple pie filling; sprinkle with cranberries.
    This serves 2, but can be doubled, tripled, whatever.
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    Default Re: Budget101 Countdown to Christmas Challenge Day #4 (2 days left!!)

    We make Reindeer Bites- you take little pretzels, add a rolo candy to it (make a whole tray of them!) them put them in the oven for about 2 minutes to soften the chocolate and caramel than cover it with a pecan and squish it down gently. I dont remember when the kids started calling them reindeer bites, but they are OH SO GOOD.

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    Default My 'must have' is the Pecan Pir recipe on the Karo syrup label.

    1 cup Karo Syrup, 3 eggs (fresh from my own chickens), 1 cup of sugar, 2 Tbsp of melted butter, 1 tsp of vanilla extract, 1-1/2 cups of pecans, 1 9" deep dish pie shell.

    In a mixing bowl, stir together the first 5 ingredients with a spoon. Then lightly stir in pecans. Pour into pie shell. Bake at 350 degrees for 60-70 minutes. Cool for 2 hours or over night before serving.

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    Default Re: Budget101 Countdown to Christmas Challenge Day #4 (2 days left!!)

    Peppermint Ice Cream Pie

    Simple - great to make with kids since there is no baking involved

    Chocolate graham cracker crust - Buy premade (Keebler)
    1/2 Gallon Peppermint Ice Cream - your favorite brand or whatever is on sale
    Peppermint Bark or any chocolate or peppermint candy like candy canes

    Melt ice cream until soft. Let it sit out. Do not microwave as it will turn to soupy liquid. You just want it soft enough to get out of the container.
    Fill graham cracker crust with melted ice cream/
    Break peppermint bark into pieces and sprinkle on top.
    Freeze until firm and ready to serve.

    YUM!

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    Heart Re: Budget101 Countdown to Christmas Challenge Day #4 (2 days left!!)

    I absolutely have to make peanut butter balls every year

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    Default Re: Budget101 Countdown to Christmas Challenge Day #4 (2 days left!!)

    My whole family has to have this dish for Christmas...it's probably terribly bad for you, but sooooo delicious:

    Sinful Potatoes

    2 one-pound bags of frozen O’Brien potatoes (small squares with red and green peppers, very festive!)
    16-ounce box Velveeta Mexican Mild
    2 cups mayo
    1/2 pound bacon, cooked and crumbled (but I actually use 1 whole pound)

    Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
    Melt Velveeta and mayo over low heat, stirring frequently. When thoroughly mixed and heated, mix cheese/mayo mixture and potatoes in a big bowl, and combine well. It takes a while, since there are so many potatoes and the cheese is pretty thick.
    Scoop it all into a 9 x 11 casserole dish and bake for at least 45 to 60 minutes, topping with the bacon after about 1/2 hour or so, since you don’t want the bacon burnt. Bake until the cheese and potatoes begin to brown just a little, for the best taste and creaminess. Sometimes it takes longer than 60 minutes, but it’s worth it!

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    Default Re: Budget101 Countdown to Christmas Challenge Day #4 (2 days left!!)

    We make a Graham cracker Cake every year. It is delicious, and never lasts very long!


    Ingredients:

    1 cup butter, softened
    2 cups sugar
    5 eggs
    2 teaspoons vanilla extract
    1 package (14 to 14 1/2) ounces graham crackers, finely crushed
    2 teaspoons baking powder
    1 cup milk

    Preparation:

    Cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Beat in vanilla. Add crushed graham crackers, baking powder, milk, and coconut; mix well. Pour mixture into 3 greased and floured 9-inch layer cake pans (or grease and line bottoms with wax paper). Bake at 350° for 35 to 40 minutes. Cool and frost with pineapple frosting.

    Pineapple Frosting

    1 can (12 to 15 ounces) crushed pineapple, or about 1 1/2 cups, well drained
    1/2 cup butter, softened
    1 box (1 pound) confectioners' sugar (about 3 3/4 cups, unsifted)
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