Orange You Glad It’s the Holiday Season?

One of my favorite parts of the holiday season is the food. What other time of the year is it fully acceptable to eat cookies and candies and other delicious treats?!

Oh, yeah… Halloween.

A favorite sweet treat of mine are orange nut balls. They’re small bites of a delicious, sweet, orange, pecan, and coconut mixture that melt in your mouth. It’s hard to eat just one! It took a little while for this recipe to grow on me, but as my taste buds matured, a fondness grew for this dessert and I looked forward to having them every year. The great part about this dessert is that it’s fairly simple to make – it just takes a little time.

For this recipe you’ll need:


  • 1 box vanilla wafers
  • 1 box powdered sugar – the recipe calls for 4x, but if you can’t find it 10x will work just fine
  • 1 cup pecans
  • 1 small can frozen orange juice concentrate, thawed
  • 1 stick butter, softened
  • shredded coconut

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Back Again with Grandma’s Fudge

Well it’s been a whirlwind summer-to-fall season. A lot has happened between my last post and now including the passing of my mother, college graduation, the end of my internship on Hilton Head, moving back home to Alabama, and getting a job in Knoxville.

Since it’s almost Christmas, I figured I would make some cheery desserts. First on the list: Grandma’s fudge. Grandma (my mom’s mom) was an excellent cook and baker from what I’ve heard. When my Papa (her husband) passed away a few years ago, I was given the book she was published in. Yes, you read that right. Grandma’s recipe was published in a book – Farm Journal’s Choice Chocolate Recipes to be exact! Her copy has a letter from Farm Journal’s food editor as well as a picture of her with the book.

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Holiday Sugar Cookies

It’s Christmas Eve! Know what that means? Time to make some cookies for Santa.

Mom and I made these sugar cookies together tonight, but we kind of struggled with them. Our kitchen gets really hot when the oven is on, and since there is so much butter in the dough, it made them sticky pretty quick. So, word of warning, if your kitchen has the same problems I would roll out the cookie dough in small batches. Otherwise you will have to keep putting the dough back in the refrigerator to let it harden some. Now that that’s out of the way, time for the ingredients! This recipe came from a Cookie Collection cookbook and was listed under the “All-Time Favorites” section.

  • 1 cup (2 sticks) butter, softened
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 tsp. baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp. ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • Colored sprinkles or sugar for decorating (optional)

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