day 24: {cinnamon rolls}

no recipe for you today.  just some pictures of the most delicious cinnamon rolls ever.  the recipe is my great grandmother’s secret recipe.  so, you’ll just have to drool over the pictures!

merry christmas!


day 23: {cranberry crumble coffee cake}

this recipe is a fairly new to our Christmas tradition list, but I think it’s a keeper.  it’s festive and delicious and not too complicated to make.

Cranberry Crumble Coffee Cake 


¼ cup chopped almonds

1 cup sugar

½ cup butter, softened

1 teaspoon vanilla

2 eggs

2 cups all-purpose flour

1 ¼ teaspoon baking powder

½ teaspoon baking soda

¼ teaspoon salt

1 cup sour cream

1 cup whole cranberry sauce


¼ cup all-purpose flour

¼ cup sugar

¼ cup chopped almonds

¼ teaspoon vanilla

2 tablespoons cold butter


1. sprinkle almonds over the bottom of a greased 9-inch springform pan and set aside.

2. in electric mixing bowl cream sugar, butter, and vanilla; beat on medium speed for 1-2 minutes.

3. add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition.

4. combine dry ingredients and add to batter alternately with sour cream.

5. mix well.

6. spread 3 cups over almonds.

7. spoon cranberry sauce over batter in pan.

8. top with remaining batter.

9. for topping combine flour, sugar, almonds and vanilla.

10. cut in butter until crumbly.

11. sprinkle on top of batter.

12. bake at 350 degrees for 45-50 minutes or until toothpick inserted near center comes out clean.

13. cool on wire rack for 15 minutes.

14. remove sides of pan.

15. serve warm.


day 22: {felt ball garland}

i’m feeling all baked out.  however, i have been feeling crafty the past few days.  i’ve made several fun things i found on Pinterest.  most of them are gifts, so i can’t blog about them just yet.  but, i did make these fun felt balls and felt garland.  i followed this tutorial from my sparkle {a fun blog with cute and creative ideas!}  the directions were simple and the results…just as expected!  i’m not going to blog all the specific details but here are some pictures {instagram of course} of my short little felt ball garland.


day 21: {rum cake}

i have to be honest.  i’m running out of commentary.  i’m beginning to feel like i’m saying the same thing over and over.  so, here’s the recipe for a yummy rum cake.  that’s all.  it’s good!

Rum Cake


½ cup pecans, chopped

1 Duncan Hines Butter cake mix

1 3-oz. instant vanilla pudding mix

½ cup light rum

½ cup water

½ cup vegetable oil

4 eggs


1. mix all ingredients together.

2. pour into greased and sugared bundt pan.

{i used my cakelet pan and I only made 9 little cakes. the truth is i should have. divided the batter 3. to make 12 cakes because the tops poofed up real big.}

4. bake at 350 degrees for 45-50 minutes for large bundt pan or 20-25 minutes for mini cakes.


½ cup sugar

½ stick butter

1/8 cup rum

1/8 water


1. place all ingredients in microwave safe bowl.

2. heat for 1 minute intervals until boiling, stirring in between.

3. pour glaze over warm cake.


day 20: {incredibles}

well, their name pretty much says it all.  these are basically incredible.  and they’re easy.  they are kind of like a glorified peanut butter graham cracker with chocolate.

so how could you go wrong?


what you’ll need:

¾ cup melted butter

2 cups graham cracker crumbs

1 12-ounce jar peanut butter

2 cups powdered sugar

2 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips


1. pour melted butter over graham cracker crumbs and mix well.

2. add peanut butter and powered sugar and mix well.

{if you heat the peanut butter in the microwave for about 30 seconds it’s much easier to mix}

3. spread evenly into bottom of greased 9×13 inch pan.

4. in microwave heat chocolate chips for 30 second intervals on 50% power.

5. pour over top of graham cracker mix.

6. chill for 1 hour or until firm.


day 19: {sausage balls}

for as long as i can remember every year on Christmas morning my mom has made sausage balls and cheese grits for breakfast.  so today i’m sharing this simple recipe that works for breakfast, a Christmas get together, or just a yummy snack!

Sausage Balls

what you’ll need

1 lb. sausage, raw

{you can use spicy sausage if you want a little more flavor}

2 cups shredded sharp cheddar cheese

2 cups bisquick


mix ingredients together with hands.

roll into 1 inch balls.

bake at 350 degrees for 20 minutes.