Party – Hot Chocolate

Lady Behind The Curtain - Party Hot Chocolate

IT’S TIME TO PARTY! The complete package all together.  Dress up your beverage table with these easy to make cute candy canes. Here’s how I made the candy canes. Supplies small candy canes ( 1 per serving) large marshmallows ( 1 per serving) white (vanilla) candy melts sprinkles Directions Place a cookie sheet lined with wax paper in the freezer. Push an unwrapped candy cane slightly off center into a marshmallow. Melt candy melts in microwave, dip the end of the marshmallow in the melted candy and then in the sprinkles.  Place on cold cookie sheet to harden.  Place them on … Continue reading

Reindeer Food

Lady Behind The Curtain - Reindeer Food

Making reindeer food is a fun activity to do with the kids on Christmas Eve.  Gather any snack items you have, put them in bowls or fun containers (I found mine at Cost Plus), print out the topper and let the kids fill the bags (I used party favor bags but you can use baggies if that’s all you have)  Staple or tape the topper to the filled bags and sit along side Santa’s cookies.   Here is the Reindeer Food Topper.   … Continue reading

Eggnog Muffins

Eggnog Muffins - Lady Behind The Curtain

A favorite seasonal drink is now a muffin!  These eggnog muffins are a generous size can be made ahead of time and frozen for up to 2 months.  Do you hate only having eggnog during the holiday season?  Make these muffins now and enjoy the flavors of eggnog months later, make them ahead of time for Christmas morning. Print Eggnog Muffins Prep Time: 20 minutesCook Time: 20 minutesTotal Time: 40 minutes Yield: 12 MuffinsServing Size: 1 Muffin Freezes well!IngredientsFor the Muffin: 2-1/4 cups all-purpose flour 1 cup sugar 2 teaspoon baking powder 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg 2 eggs, lightly beaten 1 cup eggnog 1/2 cup … Continue reading

Microwave Pralines

Lady Behind The Curtain - Microwave Pralines

Did you know you can make candy in the microwave?  Yep, you can!  Using the microwave makes candy making so easy.  There’s no guess work and NO STRESS! PLUS, (and this is the good part)  YOU CAN’T TELL THAT YOU MADE IT IN THE MICROWAVE! NOTE: IF YOUR MICROWAVE IS 1,000 WATTS, USE THE LOWER TIME OPTION LISTED BELOW. Microwave Praline Recipe (makes 2-1/2 dozen depending on the size of your candy) Ingredients 2 cups brown sugar, packed 2 cups pecans, chopped 5 ounces evaporated milk 1/4 cup butter 1 tablespoon vanilla extract Directions Combine all ingredients in a 2-quart microwave safe … Continue reading

Apple Crescent Casserole

Lady Behind The Curtain - Apple Crescent Casserole

This Apple Crescent Casserole is more like an apple dumpling dessert.  The apple dumplings are baked in a custard which also earns this recipe a place on the brunch buffet! Apple Crescent Casserole Recipe Ingredients (dumplings) 2 tablespoons sugar 1 teaspoon cinnamon 1 – 8 ounce can Pillsbury crescent rolls 1 large apple, peeled , cut into 8 slices Ingredients (sauce) 1/2 cup sugar 1/2 cup whipping cream 1/2 tablespoon almond extract 1/2 tablespoon vanilla extract Ingredients (topping) 1/2 cup sliced almonds cinnamon Directions Heat oven to 375 degrees.  In a small bowl, combine 2 tablespoons sugar and 1 teaspoon cinnamon; … Continue reading

Microwave Peanut Brittle

Lady Behind The Curtain - Microwave Peanut Brittle

GIVING CANDY AS A GIFT JUST GOT SIMPLER! Yes that’s right you make this candy in the microwave.  NO CANDY THERMOMETER!  After making peanut brittle for over 25 years I thought this would NEVER work.  But it did and it tastes just like I cooked it on the stove top. Microwave Peanut Brittle Recipe Ingredients 1 cup sugar 1/2 cup light corn syrup 1 3/4 cup raw Spanish peanuts 1 teaspoon butter 1 teaspoon vanilla extract 1 teaspoon baking soda Directions In a 4 cup glass measuring cup (or microwave safe bowl), combine sugar and corn syrup.  TIP:  Make sure … Continue reading