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

instructions:

mix ingredients together with hands.

roll into 1 inch balls.

bake at 350 degrees for 20 minutes.

enjoy!

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day 17: {mad hatters}

if i said we only made these at Christmas i’d be lying.  we made these a lot growing up.  they’re easy and yummy and you don’t even have to bake them!  some recipes call for peanut butter, but this recipe doesn’t.  however, you can add it if you like.   personally i like them with just plain cocoa.

Mad Hatters

{also known as no-bake cookies}

what you’ll need:

3 cups oats

½ cup cocoa

pinch of salt

1. in a bowl combine oats, cocoa, and salt and set aside.

 2 cups sugar

½ cup milk

½ cup Crisco

1 teaspoon vanilla

2. in large saucepan over medium heat combine sugar, milk, vanilla, and Crisco.

3. bring to a boil stirring constantly.

4. allow to boil without stirring for 90 seconds.

5. remove from heat and add oat mix.

6. stir until combined.

7. quickly drop by the spoonful onto wax paper.

8. allow to cool.

enjoy!

day 16: {cinnamon rolls at Macado’s}

so, it’s 9:00pm and i haven’t posted a yummy treat for today.  and here’s why.  i’ve been back in school for the past year working on my B.S.N. {hallelujah, i’m finally done!}  with that said, graduation was this afternoon, and me being the never prepared soul that i am didn’t plan anything for the blog today because if there’s one thing i’m really good at, it’s procrastinating.

{i love this little illustration!}

{this pretty much sums up the last year of my life}

and, of course, i had 7 million errands {i thought} i had to run this morning {one of which was exchanging the 5’0”-5’3” graduation gown they gave me for my 5’9” self}. so, the old bloggity blog got pushed to the back burner.  and now, all i have to share are a few pictures from todays events.

{proof that i really did go}

{my new favorite place to eat.  i love the honeymooner.  it’s delicious!}

{the cinnamon rolls at macado’s are to die for!}

{this was before we scrapped all the icing off the plate}

don’t worry, tomorrow i’ll have something yummy for you!

day 7: {pecan sandies}

my grannie makes these every Christmas.  i think they are delicious.  they’re one of my favorites. and one of my dad’s favorites.

Pecan Sandies:

2 cups flour

dash of salt

4 tablespoons sugar

2 tablespoons vanilla

2 cups pecans, chopped

{flour & sugar & salt are just not as much fun to instagram}

directions:

cream butter.

add sugar and salt.

add flour.

add vanilla.

add chopped pecans.

mix well.

roll dough into little balls.

place on parchment lined cookie sheet.

bake at 325 degrees for 20 minutes.

let cool.

roll in powered sugar.

yields about 4 dozen

 enjoy!

day 3: {Christmas ornaments}

growing up each year at Christmas my mom and brothers and i would make a Christmas ornament.  my mom is one of those crafty people and she always found fun things for us kids to make around the holidays.  the Christmas crafts were always my favorite.  so, today, i don’t have a yummy treat to share with you, but a fun little Christmas craft that you could do with the ones you love, for memories that just may last a lifetime.

these are just a few of my favorite ornaments from my childhood.

now to make your own!

supplies:

mod podge

white or clear glass ball ornaments

sponge brush

pages from an old book or a newspaper

wax paper

directions:

1. place a piece of wax paper down on your work surface.

2. remove the hanger from the glass ball.

3. pour a little mod podge into a small glass bowl or plastic container you don’t mind throwing away.

4. tear paper into small pieces.

5. using your sponge brush paint some mod podge onto a section of the ornament.

6. paint a small amount of mod podge onto a couple of the pieces of paper while they’re laying on the wax paper.

7. place the paper pieces on the ornament and paint over them with mod podge.

at first the mod podge will look white and cloudy, but don’t worry, once it dries it’s clear and shiney.

8. place the ornament on the lip where the hanger goes to dry.

9. let dry for several hours or overnight.

there you have it. your very own Christmas ornament!

just for fun, i thought i’d include an ornament my parents painted together when they were engaged.  this is just one of the whole collection of Charlie Brown Christmas ornaments we have on the tree.