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Homemade Christmas Potpourri

I know I shared this a couple of years ago, but I just had to share this again for anyone that may have missed it!  I LoVe this homemade potpourri!  It is super easy to make and will smell up your entire home for the holidays!  Try it out and let me know what you think!

3 Cinnamon Sticks

3 Bay Leaves

¼ C. Cloves

2 Lemon Wedges

1 Orange Peel

(Top 3 ingredients are found in the dry spice section of the grocery store.)

CoMbiNe all of these ingredients in a small crock-pot.  Add water to cover top of all ingredients.  Leave on low temperature.  As the smell fades, continue to add water and various ingredients to keep the mixture moist for a continuous yummy smell!  EnJoy!

*Be sure to unplug your crockpot at night because all the water will be gone by morning and the potpourri will be burnt!

*If you are ready to start a new batch, drain the water and set out the old potpourri to dry.  Even as dry potpourri it smells AWESOME!  Place the dry potpourri in a pretty bowl on a table as another way to smell up your home and extend the life of your potpourri!

Need a quick X-Mas Present idea?!  Throw the ingredients into a basket or mini-crockpot and give as a gift!  Include a printed version of the recipe by clicking here!

~Lara

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Italian Knots with an Easter Twist

Every Christmas and Easter my Grandmother would make batches and batches of her Italian Knots.  They have always been my favorite cookie and I am so glad that she taught be how to make them.  This year I am adding a twist to the traditional knot cookie and shaping the dough into the shape of a bunny!

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Click here to see my original post on how to make traditional knots.

Recipe:

4 cups flour

1 cup sugar

4 eggs

½ lb. butter (2 sticks)

1 tablespoon vanilla extract

5 teaspoons baking powder

pinch of salt

Dough:

Melt butter, add sugar, eggs, vanilla, baking powder, and salt…slowly add flour.  Chill dough in refrigerator for an hour.  Form knots or bunnies and bake on ungreased cookie sheet at 350 degrees for about 10 minutes.

Icing:

Mix confectioner’s sugar, a drop of vanilla, and warm water until you get the consistency you want (I like my icing on this thick side).  Dip tops of cookies into icing and add sprinkles!  EnJoY!

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~Robyn (Jersey Girl)

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Easy Sweet and Salty Pretzel Nuggets

This recipe has been a LiFeSaVeR when I need to make a dessert but am short on time.  It is the perfect blend of salty and sweet!

Ingredients:

  • 1 16 oz. bag sourdough pretzel nuggets
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 1 Tb. cinnamon

Directions:

Mix oil, sugar, and cinnamon together and pour over pretzels in oven safe baking dish.  Bake for 8-10 minutes at 300 degrees.  Take out of oven and stir pretzels around to make sure all pretzels are coated with mixture.  Put back in the over for 5 more minutes.  Let cool and EnJoY!

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*Stay tuned for my Easy Garlic Pretzel Appetizer version of this recipe!

~Robyn (Jersey Girl)

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Super Easy Spinach Ball Recipe

I tried these spinach balls at a Christmas party and just had to get the recipe.  They were DeLicIoUs and I was thrilled to find out how EaSy they were to make!  They are now my “go to” recipe when I need to bring an appetizer anywhere and am short on time!

Spinach Balls Recipe:

  • 2 10 oz. packages of frozen chopped spinach
  • 2 cups of dry stuffing mix
  • 1 cup of grated Parmesan cheese
  • 6 eggs beaten
  • 1/2 cup soft butter
  • salt and pepper to taste

Cook spinach and drain well.  Combine all ingredients.  Chill in refrigerator at least two hours.  Roll into one inch balls.  Place on cookie sheet.  Bake at 350 degrees for 10-15 minutes or until slightly browned.

EnJoY!

~Robyn (Jersey Girl)

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Easy Black Bean Party Dip

Need a new idea for a dip/appetizer for your Holiday parties?  You MuSt try this one! It is so EaSy to make and is always a crowd pleaser!

1 can shoe peg corn

2 cans black beans – drained

1 bunch green onions (scallions) – chopped fine

1/2 cup red onion – chopped fine

1 medium green pepper – chopped fine

1 jalapeno pepper – chopped fine   * I don’t put this in mine

1 clove garlic – minced

Kraft zesty Italian dressing

2 bags Large Fritos

*Can be made 1 day in advance

EnJoY!

~Robyn (Jersey Girl)

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Homemade Christmas Potpourri

I know I shared this a couple of years ago, but I just had to share this again for anyone that may have missed it!  I LoVe this homemade potpourri!  It is super easy to make and will smell up your entire home for the holidays!  Try it out and let me know what you think!

3 Cinnamon Sticks

3 Bay Leaves

¼ C. Cloves

2 Lemon Wedges

1 Orange Peel

(Top 3 ingredients are found in the dry spice section of the grocery store.)

CoMbiNe all of these ingredients in a small crock-pot.  Add water to cover top of all ingredients.  Leave on low temperature.  As the smell fades, continue to add water and various ingredients to keep the mixture moist for a continuous yummy smell!  EnJoy!

*Be sure to unplug your crockpot at night because all the water will be gone by morning and the potpourri will be burnt!

*If you are ready to start a new batch, drain the water and set out the old potpourri to dry.  Even as dry potpourri it smells AWESOME!  Place the dry potpourri in a pretty bowl on a table as another way to smell up your home and extend the life of your potpourri!

Need a quick X-Mas Present idea?!  Throw the ingredients into a basket or mini-crockpot and give as a gift!  Include a printed version of the recipe by clicking here!

~Lara

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{Fabulous Fall Cider}

This is a ReCipE I got from a great friend and have used it for fall CeLebrAtioNs ever since.  It is my favorite on Halloween night and at Thanksgiving dinner…ENJOY!

InGreDieNts:

  • 1 gallon AppLe cider
  • pinch of all spice
  • 3 whole CloVes
  • orange cut into slices

DirEcTioNs:

Add all ingredients to CrOcK PoT. Simmer on low for 2 hours.  Remove cloves before serving.

~Jersey Girl~

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