Christmas Clocks & Car Decor

To everyone who has read Chocolate Castles in 2015, I just want to thank you. The Annual Report from Word press arrived today and it was exciting to see that over 18,000 people from over 90 countries read my blog this past year. So just wanted to thank each of you who have stopped by … Continue reading

Holiday Stew

Originally posted on Chocolate Castles:
This one is a winner, all you little elfs out there. It was served at a friends progressive dinner the other night and everyone had a fit over it. 1 1/2 lb pork cut into cubes 2 cups chopped onion 16 oz Kielbasa or Polish sausage cut in to 1/2…

A Different Type of Christmas Carol

It’s the dream of every (well almost every) grandmother to have a houseful of family over Christmas, and I am no exception. When our kids from Phoenix decided to come here for Christmas week, we were elated. Oh I could just imagine the sights and sounds we would get to have all around us. The … Continue reading

Not That God

The other evening a sweet friend, Janet, gave me a book which was written by her son– in- law, Ryan Smith. The name of the book was Not That God. This morning I again woke up around 4 am and could not go back to sleep so found myself coming downstairs once again to drink hot … Continue reading

Friday Night Chicken Party

Originally posted on Chocolate Castles:
This is an exciting night….4 couples are coming over to experience a true southern fried chicken dinner, complete with homemade rolls, mashed potatoes, gravy and creamed corn. Their entrance fee is that each couple will have to sing a Christmas carol to get in the front door. Frosty and Noel…

Raspberry Almond Bars

3/4 cup butter, softened 3/4 cup powdered sugar 1 1/2 cups flour 3/4 cup seedless raspberry jam 3 egg whites 6 tables sugar 1/2 cup flaked coconut 1 cup sliced almonds, divided Additional powdered sugar In a large bowl, cream the butter and 3/4 cup powdered sugar until light and fluffy. Gradually add flour and … Continue reading

Dashing Through the Snow

OK, maybe I wasn’t dashing through the snow, maybe it was more like “dashing around the parking lot trying to find where my husband was waiting for me to come out of Walmart”! But it really was “dashing” at least. We had been out running errands when I realized that we were in a different area … Continue reading

Simple Ginger Cookies

I have to admit that I bought some Little Debbie Gingerbread men cookies the other day when we were in Phoenix out shopping with some of the grandkids. I have NEVER bought any Little Debbie anything for myself but didn’t have anything at my daughter’s house to make anything. (It is still such a shock … Continue reading

Raspberry Coconut Cake

What a gorgeous cake to complete your dessert buffet this Christmas Season.  Red and White in color and coconut and raspberry in flavor. 1 box Duncan Hines French Vanilla or White Cake mix 3 cups flaked coconut, divided 6 ssquares (1 oz ea) white baking chocolate 1/4 cup heavy whipping cream 3/4 cup seedless raspberry … Continue reading

Pecan Pie Cookies

Perfect for the cookie exchanges which we all love to attend. *Am using a mini cupcake pan for these 1/4 cup butter 1/2 cup powdered sugar 3 tables light corn syrup 3/4 cup finely chopped pecans 2 cups flour 1 teas baking powder 1 cup light brown sugar, packed 3/4  cup butter, softened 1 egg … Continue reading