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Chestnuts roasting on an open fire……..

This is what Jim and I are doing every evening, and morning. We are gathering these to roast. This year I am going to try something new, I’m going to try and create my own Chestnut syrup for coffee. Fingers crossed.

We noticed a few more new trees growing on the property. They are over 10′ tall now, so in a few years, they’ll be producing. I was very happy to see these. They grow on their own, without our help, thanks to the deer stomping them, and spreading them; and probably the squirrels burying a few, and forgetting where they buried them.

We have gathered quite a few in the past few days. YUM!


Gummi Experiment

The boys were all talking last night about how they tried a variety of jello shots at a college party years ago – so I’m in kitchen listening to this conversation taking place in the other room, and being the curious person I am – I grabbed a bag of their gummy worms – put out 3 bowls and added something different to each one.

One was a peach vodka – too strong – we all thought – too much

Second was apple schnapps – it was ok – nothing jumped out like

the third dish which was peach schnapps – Yummy!

The other experiment – anything sitting over night – too strong – 1 hour – not enough time – 2 hours – just right.

Not something I’ll do again anytime soon, but I was curious

Black Forest Pinwheels

These Black Forest Ham pinwheels are a fun snack, and a great flavor. I also made with dried cranberries, instead of dried cherries.

I’ve been making a variety of pinwheels the past few days with leftovers. I came across this interesting recipe today.

Jim said, “these pinwheel ideas are fun!” The guys are enjoying the finger foods

Fruit and Caramel Brie

Fruit and Caramel Brie in the TOH 2011 Holiday Gathering cookbook.
This is delicious! I doubled the topping, and added half to the bottom of the brie. First, I put half of the topping on the tray, and set the brie cheese on that; I then added the rest of the topping to the top. I would definitely make this for gatherings.

I would definitely make more of the topping just to have on the side of this for anyone who wants extra.

Tip: I used a fresh apple as I didn’t like the smell of the dried apples which I had on hand. I tossed those and grabbed a granny smith, diced it and added to the cranberry and nut mixture.

𝗙𝗿𝗼𝘇𝗲𝗻 𝗣𝗲𝗮𝗻𝘂𝘁 𝗕𝘂𝘁𝘁𝗲𝗿 𝗣𝗿𝗲𝘁𝘇𝗲𝗹 𝗕𝗶𝘁𝗲𝘀

𝟜 ɪɴɢʀᴇᴅɪᴇɴᴛ𝕤 𝕊ɴᴀᴄᴋ – ᴏɴʟʏ 𝟝 ᴍɪɴᴜᴛᴇ𝕤 𝗙𝗿𝗼𝘇𝗲𝗻 𝗣𝗲𝗮𝗻𝘂𝘁 𝗕𝘂𝘁𝘁𝗲𝗿 𝗣𝗿𝗲𝘁𝘇𝗲𝗹 𝗕𝗶𝘁𝗲𝘀


This is easy – and so fun – Jim and I ate all of it quickly – I’m glad I didn’t make a lot because we would have eaten them all. When we want a quick, fun ice cream snack – this is it – this is delicious! Once you have these items in the pantry, and you have a sweet tooth – just make a couple of these – only takes minutes.


𝗙𝗿𝗼𝘇𝗲𝗻 𝗣𝗲𝗮𝗻𝘂𝘁 𝗕𝘂𝘁𝘁𝗲𝗿 𝗣𝗿𝗲𝘁𝘇𝗲𝗹 𝗕𝗶𝘁𝗲𝘀

Microwave 2 tablespoons creamy peanut butter with 1 tablespoon coconut oil for about 1 minute (I did 50 seconds). Set it to the side to cool – Top mini pretzel twists with a scoop of ice cream (I used a small cookie scoop); (your choice ice cream – I did vanilla); then drizzle the peanut butter mixture over, and sprinkle crushed pretzels. Let sit for a minute to harden and enjoy

This is from an older food network magazine. I’ve made it a few times over the years