I just wanted to give a HUGE THANK YOU HUG to all who made it for out to my OLDE TYME CHRISTMAS HOLIDAY GATHERING. For those of you who were able to come to our First Candlelight Night.....WHAT A BLAST HUH??? All of your support, kind words and compliments were so sweet and meant the world. When I had a minute to look around, I must say that it was magical!!! Everyone had smiles, yummy treats in their hands, the glow of the lights were so peaceful and then it occured to me....there was just pure JOY filling the shop! What a treat to be apart of something so special. I hope you all enjoyed it as much as I did. Everyone looked so nice and festive and HAPPY! I thank you from the bottom of my heart for making it such a great evening!
Speaking of the yummy treats.....we had a slew of um!! I need to thank my friend Janna for whipping up these bacon/sesame stick appetizers, and Lisa for the chocolate dipped cherries, mini pecan tarts and chocolate covered mini pretzel sticks rolled in walnuts! Everything looked so great it looked like I had the thing catered! My friend Gail brought her friend Leslie and they were a HUGE help in putting it all together! Many of you requested the recipes for the Graham Cracker Pralines and Pumpkin Dip so because you all asked soooooo nice , I will post them for ya here in a bit!
We have already planned that next year we are going to have a contest to count how many candles were lit!! Gail....thanks for helping to light them all!! I will admit that I must have walked around the shop at least a DOZEN times before I left to make sure they were all blown out...we did good! The winner of the $50.00 gift certificate will be announced in the next post!
Okie Dokie...now for the recipes!!!!
4 CUPS POWDERED SUGAR
2 8 OUNCE PKGS. CREAM CHEESE (SOFTENED)
1 SMALL CAN OF PUMPKIN
2 TBS. CINNAMON
GINGER OR NUTMEG TO TASTE
COMBINE THE CREAM CHEESE AND POWDERED SUGAR 1 CUP AT A TIME WITH THE MIXER IN A LARGE BOWL. ADD THE PUMPKIN AND SPICES AND BLEND THOROUGHLY. CHILL FOR TWO HOURS BEFORE SERVING. BEST SERVED WITH GINGER SNAPS OR MY PERSONAL FAV....CINNAMON GRAHAM CRACKERS! (This makes a large amount of dip and could easily be cut in half)
GRAHAM CRACKER PRALINES
GRAHAM CRACKERS (plain)
2 STICKS OF BUTTER
1/2 CUP DARK BROWN SUGAR (LIGHT BROWN MAY ALSO BE USED)
1/2 TO 1 CUP CHOPPED NUTS..(I use pecans mostly)
LINE YOUR COOKIE SHEET WITH THE GRAHAM CRACKERS. MELT BUTTER AND SUGAR IN PAN. LET IT BOIL FOR THREE MINUTES. TOSS IN THE NUTS. POUR MIXTURE ALL OVER THE CRACKERS. SPREAD WITH A SPATULA FOR EVEN COVERAGE...BUT WORK FAST!!!
BAKE AT 350 DEGREES FOR 7 MINUTES OR UNTIL NICE AND BROWN AND BUBBLY. CUT APART AND REMOVE FROM PAN WHILE THEY ARE STILL HOT!!! YUMMY!!!
WELL THERE YA GO! THANKS AGAIN AND CONTINUE TO TO BE FILLED WITH THE HOLIDAY SPIRIT! IT'S THE MOST WONDERFUL TIME OF THE YEAR!!!!