четверг, 3 ноября 2016 г.

You must add this Cranberry Pistachio White Chocolate Truffles to your holiday party menu!

You must add this Cranberry Pistachio White Chocolate Truffles to your holiday party menu!

You must add this Cranberry Pistachio White Chocolate Truffles to your holiday party menu!

Are the cranberries with, or without sugar? Like Craisins?

You can use what ever you prefer. Truffles will be sweet enough from white chocolate and powdered sugar even if you use cranberries without sugar, but if you like sweeter desserts use Craisins. I prefer cranberries without sugar to cut down the sweetness, but it’s up to your taste.

These look amazing! May have missed it, but how many truffles will this recipe make?

Thanks Becca!

It makes more than 20 truffles.

Cranberry Pistachio White Chocolate Truffles are super cute and festive no-bake dessert! They look like little snowballs and when you take a bite, you’ll realize it’s seriously tasty stuff!!! This is the tastiest Christmas dessert recipe ever!!!

You must add this Cranberry Pistachio White Chocolate Truffles to your holiday party menu!

White chocolate speckled with pieces of bright red cranberries and green pistachio make these yummy little balls really cheerful. Plus, these Cranberry Pistachio White Chocolate Truffles are rolled into powdered sugar what makes them look super festive, like cute snowballs. What could you want more of a Christmas dessert?!

Cranberry Pistachio White Chocolate Truffles are not just pretty looking treat, they are incredibly tasty! Tart cranberries cut out the sweetness of white chocolate and pistachio makes them really decadent and rich. It’s perfect combination of flavors and white, red and green colors simply scream Christmas.

Here is one good reason why you should try this Cranberry Pistachio White Chocolate Truffles if you are looking for delish recipe to make for holiday. This is really simple no bake recipe and you could make it in advance and store in the fridge for a week or freeze it for longer storage.

I look forward to Christmas, but we all know how stressful it could be around Holidays. Don’t get me wrong, I love holidays! Holidays are great! Families gather at home to spend precious moments together and make unforgettable memories, but you have to put a lot of work to cook and bake for your loving family and friends. Plus decorating a house, a lot of shopping and wrapping gifts need to be done…! I don’t want to sound dramatic, but the key is in a good organization and planning in advance.

When you already know that you’ll be short on time just before holiday, good news is that some work can be done in advance. That’s what’s great about this recipe!

These Cranberry Pistachio White Chocolate Truffles will look great at your Christmas tray. And even if you don’t want to freeze them, they really don’t require a lot of active time. Just chop some cranberries and pistachio, melt white chocolate, butter and heavy cream, stir all together and place in the fridge for a few hours. While you are waiting the mixture to firm you could complete some other tasks. At the end, roll the mixture into small balls, coat with powdered sugar and your Christmas delight is ready for party.

You could take these cute and tasty Cranberry Pistachio White Chocolate Truffles to cookie exchange or pack them and make great homemade gift for a friends.

I love cranberry recipes and when Christmas season starts, I simply crave cranberry EVERYTHING! It’s maybe because of their bright red color what makes very dessert look so cheerful and festive. Cranberry desserts are also very delicious. I suggest you to try my White Chocolate Cranberry Pound Cake, too. It’s still one of the most popular recipe on my blog after a couple of years. And if you share my love for cranberries, please check these awesome White chocolate Cranberry Cookies that opened my Christmas desserts series this year!

If you need more great White Chocolate Truffle recipes look at those Lemon, Orange Creamsicle or even Blueberry truffles. They are all made of the same base, three simple ingredients: melted white chocolate, heavy cream and butter. You could easily adapt them to your taste, the possibility are endless!

Cranberry Pistachio White Chocolate Truffles preparation method:

Cranberry Pistachio White Chocolate Truffles


11 oz. white chocolate - chopped into small pieces

5 Tablespoon unsalted butter

1 teaspoon orange or vanilla extract (optional)

1/3 cup finely chopped dried cranberries

1/3 cup finely chopped toasted pistachio

1/3 cup powdered sugar


In a small sauce pan over low-medium heat melt butter, add heavy cream and stir just to combine, then stir in salt (and orange or vanilla extract if desired) and set aside.

Over a double boiler melt finely chopped white chocolate, stirring casually until smooth and completely melted. DO NOT over heat the chocolate!!! It takes some time to melt completely, but do not heat above 105 F or the chocolate will separate and be unusable (if touched with finger, it will feel about the same temperature as your body)

Remove from heat and using a rubber spatula gently stir in lukewarm mixture of butter and heavy cream into melted chocolate. NOTES!!!Butter and heavy cream mixture should be approximately the same temperature as melted chocolate when you combine them.

Stir in finely chopped cranberries and pistachio and let it sit at room temperature for an hour, cover with a plastic wrap pressed on the top of the mixture so a film does not form. Then refrigerate for 2-3 hours (until firm).

With a small spoon or a melon baler scoop out the mixture and roll into an inch balls. It might stick to your hands so clean your hands with a paper towel after rolling each ball.

Roll each truffle into powdered sugar to coat them well.

Store in the fridge in airtight container up to 1 week or freeze for longer storage

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вторник, 1 ноября 2016 г.

You know exactly what I’m talking about! Mmmmm, the scents of earth, pine needles pumpkins, spice, and apple cinnamon.

You know exactly what I’m talking about! Mmmmm, the scents of earth, pine needles pumpkins, spice, and apple cinnamon.

You know exactly what I’m talking about! Mmmmm, the scents of earth, pine needles pumpkins, spice, and apple cinnamon.



Love the leaf shaped napkin rings – very unique.

I pinned the image.

Glad you like it! Thank you!

Beautiful fall tips Ursula! I love the fur myself and the pumpkin candles!!!

Ursula – absolutely lovely!. Your decor and images are so fresh & beautiful. Really happy you are on tour with us!

very clean festive look, love it

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Could you repost the pumpkin ‘how to’? I can’t find a link to it.

Ursula, what a gorgeous, inspiring post this is! I love your fall at home, it’s elegant, fresh, and just plain beautiful. You have taken a gilded spin on fall, and I love it! All your ideas would work so well in combination with my French antiques at home, too. I’m thrilled to be on this home tour with you.

You have touched on all of the wonderful things that I love about Fall….Your pumpkins are exquisite!….love the fur about your beautiful home….and the romantic glow of those amazing candles!…All so, so very beautiful!!…Happy Fall!!!

Ursula, ha ha, first, I’m totally with you on fall fashion!! I also romanticize fall quite a bit because it has a warmth about it that’s so homey. I, too, love the candles, the gold leaf and the faux fur to the max! I love your take on fall!!

What a gorgeous fall home, Ursula. I don’t know which I’m more smitten with, the white pumpkins or the lovely candle holders. Can I pick both as my favorite?

I love fall weather! I think it is my favorite season… spring is a bit too wet for my liking, although I always look forward to it with a desperate anticipation after our cold winters. Still, you can’t beat the ever so slight nip of cooler weather that tinges the warm air, the gorgeous golden hues as leaves change color, and apple cider and pumpkin everything! I guess I’m just a sucker for the picturesque romanticism I’ve somehow dreamed up as being the fall season. Ha, I even prefer fall fashions and finally being able to don my high boots!

Well, I’m excited to join in with my bHome comrades to give you a tour of a few of my favorite fall things! So, here are a few of my fall projects over the years, and everything I love about the season. Then be sure to pop over to my amazingly talented bHome blog friends via the links at the end of the post.

Yep, I adore the pumpkins. Although, I’m oddly less interested in eating them. Well that doesn’t make sense at all does it? Haha! There goes that strange romanticism I’ve somehow associated with all things fall.

These big white pumpkins aren’t real, but they are real beautiful and last a lot longer. I shared the tutorial to make them here.

You know exactly what I’m talking about! Mmmmm, the scents of earth, pine needles pumpkins, spice, and apple cinnamon.

Some of those wonderful scents sometimes need to be created, and my girls and I have begun making orange pomanders to fill the house with delicious smells all that last all season long.

By the way, these aren’t your mama’s pomanders; these cloved oranges can be placed inside a floral arrangement, then later placed in a bowl for months of spiced citrus goodness! Fall decorating is definitely my cup of tea! I love the broody colors that seem to come with it. I think of golds, deep greens, warm

Don’t judge me. I have a weakness, and it is faux lambskins. They are in my home all year round, but then as soon as the first nip of cold hits the air, I whip out those faux furs like they are going out of style! I mean, every. single. room.

Hey, they are warm and cozy, just like the fall and winter months. Okay I might be obsessed. Just a little tiny bit.

No, I’m not just talking about the golden leaves that dot your yard, I’m talking about decorating with leaf shaped everything! From leaf shaped dishes, to leaf shaped napkin rings, I love bringing a touch of fall into my interior design.

These cute little leaf shaped napkin rings are super easy to make, and take only a few minutes each! What a great addition these make to tablescapes for Thanksgiving, or throughout the entire season!

Then there are these little leaf cutouts that aren’t just pretty table decor, they are also a fun

dinner party icebreaker!

I’m not sure why I associate candles with fall weather, but I do. Hm, maybe it has something to do with the warm glow and heat of the flame during the cooler months? I guess I just like the flickering lights along with my warm apple cider, all curled up with a good book. It’s all about the ambiance baby!

These are a few of my favorite fall things! I hop you enjoyed this peek into my fall home, and why I love to bHome during the fall. Now, enjoy an amazing giveaway, and my fellow bHome blogger’s fall tours!

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понедельник, 31 октября 2016 г.

You can read more about our tree

You can read more about our tree

You can read more about our tree

Love your house and your decorating style!

Thank you so much, April!!

It looks great Lindsay! And the pictures are fantastic!

Thank you, Allison!!

Gorgeous Tour!!!! Christine from Little Brags

Thank you so much!! Have a great week!

It looks beautiful. Thanks for sharing

Thanks so much, Kimm!


Hope you enjoyed it! Thanks so much!

Everything looks so very beautiful and so festive!

Your home is lovely!

Welcome to my Christmas Home Tour, part one! I am going to be honest here...I am NOT a photographer so excuse the not-so-great pictures! One of these days, I am going to learn how to use our fancy camera! Hopefully you can still enjoy a glimpse into our home. Up first, the entryway and living room!

The theme this year was neutral and natural. I went with simple touches throughout the house this year and am really enjoying the subtle, cozy feel the decor has added!

I used faux garland and jute ribbon to add a festive touch to our staircase. While I love the look of real greenery, I like that I can use this year after year and it looks close to the real thing!

I made the JOY banner with letters I found at Hobby Lobby. A simple project that cost under $5! I added the same garland to the mirrors as I have on the staircase. The card catalog is one of my favorite antique store finds. I will be posting a tutorial of how I refinished it very soon!

This little pine tree was an Ikea purchase from last year. I wrapped some burlap around the base to cover the planter it came in...a simple way to give it a fresh look. The sparkly antlers are from Michaels, one of my favorite purchases this year!

A faux fur throw adds a touch of warmth to the couch! It's a great place to snuggle up with a cup of coffee!

Another one of my favorite purchases last year was the NOEL marquee sign from Target. I gave it a fresh look this year by painting the letters gray. I love the way it matches the rest of our decor. The two small trees are from Tuesday Morning. I placed them in galvanized buckets from the hardware store to compliment the industrial elements in the room.

The burlap stockings added some texture to the fireplace. They were purchased off etsy a few years ago. I added the mini-chalkboard name tags to give them a personalized touch!

Our Christmas tree sits in the \"reading nook\" area. It is the perfect place to sit and read while enjoying the glow from the Christmas tree!

I found this little bottle brush tree at Walmart a few years ago...this is one of my favorite ornaments and cost under $2! Jute and burlap ribbon were used to finish off the tree.

You can read more about our tree

A simple crate full of pinecones and a oversized jar with branches carry out the natural theme on the coffee table. I added small lights to the pinecones to create a whimsical look!

There is just something to welcoming about a house decorated for the holidays! Thank you for stopping by!

Original article and pictures take http://whimsygirldesign.blogspot.com/2014/12/christmas-home-tour-part-1.html site

пятница, 28 октября 2016 г.




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четверг, 27 октября 2016 г.

Would be perfect to add to your holiday plates with your favorite Christmas cookies.

Would be perfect to add to your holiday plates with your favorite Christmas cookies.

Would be perfect to add to your holiday plates with your favorite Christmas cookies.

This looks so yummy! Plus its easy enough that my kiddos can help!

looks amazing! pinning!

This is making my mouth water! This would be a great neighbor gift for Christmas.

love love love the stuff! pinned!

Yummy… YUMMY! I am pinning :)

How fun and easy! Will be trying. Thanks for sharing!

I hope you enjoy it, it is so yummy and addicting!! :)

I’ve tried the regular kind (ummm toffee crack, not crack crack). But never Christmas kind. Will have to try this asap. Pinning!

I love this, totally pinning to do this later. Thanks.

Hope you like this toffee as much as my family does! Thanks for stopping by Sandra!

Can’t wait to make Christmas crack, we had some last night at a friends house and instead of M&Ms they use chopped up peanuts it was so so good and a very addictive!

Yum! Peanuts would be delicious too! Christmas crack toffee really is so addictive! :)

I only know it’s christmas when I go to the chocolate store and smell the toffee/caramel…Yes! The is the season! I can smell it now!

Yummy! I love the smells of christmas baking! :)

:/ I can’t find Saltines here in Ireland!!! :( What is a girl to do????????

Hmmm…you could try using graham crackers, club crackers, or any kind of plain cracker! Hope that helps! :)

I’m going to try it with a graham wafer bottom. Do you have those in Ireland?

Do you try to break it into the squares keeping the crackers intact or do you just go to town breaking it? And I know this is specific, but do you lay the crackers salt side down or up? I would think down might be good so you get more of that salty taste? :) Sounds yummy!!

I try to break it into the squares and it usually breaks pretty easy! I’ve only done them salt side up…but you should give it a try doing salt side down! That would be yummy to have more of a salty taste!

This recipe doesn’t work for me. The toffee spreads to thin after baking and then choc chips melt INTO the toffee and are not spreadable… Any suggestions?

You might not have pushed your saltines close enough together, maybe try putting them closer. And try letting it cook a minute before you add the chocolate chips! Hope that helps!

Thank you. I think they were too spread out. I ended up cooking the choc chips for a minute and the. They spread a little better. The end result was not perfect but definitely still delicious! Luckily that was my practice batch and now with a little more confidence I am making them again time for thanksgiving. I am putting m&m’s and pretzels bits on the top :)

I tried this last weekend…I let it cool for hours and I basically made caramel. Toffee is supposed to be hard, right? Did I over boil? Under boil? It was good but oh so messy!

Hmmm…it is supposed to be harder! I would try baking it a little longer and then refrigerating it longer! I hope that helps! :)

Oh, I had this problem too! It still tastes good, but the toffee didn’t harden. I worried I’d underboiled it (I actually burned the first batch by overboiling it!). Thanks for clearing that up! I’ll have to bake it an extra minute next time!

Mine seemed really runny too. I’m waiting on mine right now, it’s in the fridge! And my chocolate was mixing into the toffee as well! I’m beginning to wonder if it’s gonna sticki to the foil?!:/

This stuff is amazing with pecans on top! I make it every year!

Yum, sounds delicious Alexis! I love Christmas crack toffee!

Can you give the measurement/eqivelent for two sticks of butter…..as we don’t have ‘sticks’

Two sticks would be one cup of butter. Hope that helps.

This looks delicious and festive, but respectfully , why even make fun relating it to an illegal and dangerous substance?

Hi Ele! It is quite delicious. Not sure who was the first to call it that but it’s always stuck. I think it is more named that because when you pick it up you crack it into pieces. Enjoy!

Does this freeze well?

I’ve never tried freezing it, but I would probably recommend eating it within a few days!

Mine didn’t turn out very well, the toffee was so soft I had trouble breaking it and most of the m&m’s fell off/broke off.

I’m sorry you had trouble with it Shirley. I would try cooking the toffee mixture a little longer and putting them m&ms on sooner so they have time for the chocolate to melt on them. It may be different depending on the altitude! Hope it works better next time!

mmmmmm!!! looks delish!!

Cleaning, relaxing and baking! Yum Thanks for sharing!

Where did you get the cute containers for the Christmas crack? They are adorable!

I found mine at Hobby Lobby, but I think Michael’s has them too!

This is delicious! Thank you so much for the quick and amazing holiday recipe. I brought it into work today for treat day and it has been very successful.

I’m so glad it turned out for you Danielle! It is such a yummy treat! :)

Love, love, love the toffee bars (crack) lol but mine didn’t break so evenly and although they taste great they don’t look great? Any hints on how to get them to break better and more even? Should I use a knife? Should I not overlap crackers? THanks for sharing this great recipe!

Hmmm…I usually will run a knife over it and then break it with my hands. I don’t overlap them, so you could try that to see if it looks better! Hope that helps!! :)

I tried this today and it is definitely crack! The only thing I couldn’t get was how to harden the chocolate. Even after it being in the fridge for 1 hour, the chocolate melts instantly when I touch it so it’s all over our fingers. Any tips on how to harden the chocolate properly or what I’m doing wrong? Thanks for the recipe!

Weird, that has never happened to me before! Hmm..I used Nestle chocolate chips, maybe try using a different kind of chocolate!

Where did you did those cute little containers that you packaged them in?

Hobby Lobby! Michael’s has them too I think!

i used all the small broken chocolate & toffee crumbs from the first batch to put on the top of the next batch. very yummy !!!!!!!

What a great idea Anne, that sounds amazing! Thanks for sharing! :)

very good only problem i can`t seem to make it fast enough

This is on of my favorite Christmas treats! I could eat a whole batch, just myself!

Dorothy made me a batch of this last Christmas, and I have been dreaming about it all year!!!! I might just have to make a batch of my own this year. And with M&Ms to boot! Brilliant :)

YUM!! Never made this before and can’t wait to try! :D

The first time I made it, I think I didn’t boil it long enough. The recipe I used said the toffee should start to pull away from the pan when it’s ready. It didn’t the first time and that batch never got hard enough. The bottom was messy. The next batch (thank goodness for the practice batches) was perfect and it did start to pull away on the sides. Mine didn’t look as pretty. I used club crackers because I heard they tasted better.

I’m glad it worked for you the second time! It is always a little hard to know when the toffee is ready in the pan. It definitely takes a little practice to get it perfect!

I made these tonight for a cookie exchange and they’re delicious. I forgot the M&M’s but they weren’t missed. Once the chocolate was hard I flipped them over on to a cutting board and was able to cut them into equal portions using the cracker as a guide. I can’t wait to share them with my friends at our Christmas party tomorrow. P.S. I followed the directions to a T (minus the M&M’S) and they turned out perfectly.

Revision……. My first batch I let cool in the refrigerator just until the chocolate set. I don’t know if it was the time I let it set but it was very easy to cut into equal portions. The second batch I made and went to bed while they cooled. In the morning I tried to cut them like the other batch and they were so hard they shattered and broke into very uneven pieces. I’m not sure if it’s because they set over night or maybe the toffee was coked a little longer than the original batch. They’re still delicious no matter the shape. However, next time to appease my OCD I will cut them the same night :)

Thanks for your comment Sindi! I’m glad that your first batch cut into equal portions…I am a little OCD about that too! ;)

My daughter makes this recipe all the time. It is the best. I decided to give it a go this year and it turned out great. Only problem is that it DOSENT last long enough for gift giving. It barely makes it to day two. My family LOVES it way to much. LOL. Me thinks me will be making a few mor batches before Christmas for gift giving. Hands off family!

I’m kinda glad to see that I wasn’t the only one with the issue of the toffee not hardening…are we supposed to let the toffee come to a rolling boil and then start stirring constantly for 3 min? Or is it just a matter of cooking it once it’s poured over the crackers?

Yes, let it come to a rolling boil and stir constantly for 3 minutes! :)

The recipe says 50 crackers, my pan holds 25 so do you add a double layer in the pan?

I need an answer for this too!!

You could try using 2 pans or a bigger pan, I don’t like to do a double layer because they don’t come out as pretty! Hope they turn out yummy! :)

Hi, just wondering, could I line the pan with parchment paper rather then foil or does that not work? Also, just wanted to wish you and your family a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year !!! Thanks for the great recipes to.

Yes, parchment paper would work! :)

I made this yesterday and it was a HIT!! Handing some out to friends and neighbors! Thanks for the recipe, Jamielyn!

Jamielyn….You evil, evil woman….I am trying to loose tonnage…your orgasmic recipes are not helping……keep up the good work!

I can’t help it!! Glad you are enjoying the recipes. :)

Exactly how much butter is two sticks?

I seriously laughed out loud (and showed my husband) when I saw that you also call this recipe “Christmas Crack.” I’ve been making this toffee recipe for many years now, and not long after the first time I made it I labeled it the very same thing, Christmas Crack! Because once you have had one piece, you are immediately hooked! It is amazing and I make it every year. Thanks for sharing!

Hahaha! This recipe is so addicting, I’m glad I’m not the only one that calls it Christmas Crack! Thanks for leaving a comment!

Mine turned out delicious. But, it’s chewy rather than hard like toffee? Is it because I used dark brown sugar?

It may have been the dark brown sugar! I’m glad you liked it! :)

Everything looks great! Can’t wait to try them all out!!! !

I really want to try the Crack and other recipes

LOVE THESE!!! Thanks so very much for sharing! I’ll be certain to try out several if not all of these great recipes! Merry Christmas!!!

Salted or Un-Salted Butter? Or, does it matter. Making this tonight :)

Do you think these would stay fresh for at least a week? I need to mail them. Thanks!

Definitely! These should be good for about two weeks!

Can you substitute the saltine cracker with graham cracker? Have you tried that and would it change the taste to much? TIA

I won’t have as much of the salty/sweet combo going on with it, but I bet it would be delicious!

Looks easy and delicious

Making Christmas Crack this weekend. Question: is putting in the freezer the only option? Could you refrigerate, but for longer??? Thanks!

Yes, the fridge should work!

Haha…good one! Store for up to two weeks! That I would like to see. We can’t even get it to last two days.

Do you use dark chocolate chips or milk chocolate chips?

We used semi-sweet :)

Could you use peppermint pieces on top as well? I think that would look just as festive! :)

That would be delicious!

Can’t wait to try this!

These are amazing!!!! Instead of candy or nuts I use mini marshmallows on top. I also use a pizza wheel to cut them, so much easier than a knife!!!!

Are the crackers salted or unsalted?

Made this today and I LOVE IT!!!! Do I need to refrigerate it? Is it okay in a tin on the counter?


I’m so glad you tried it and love it! It is one of my absolute favorite holiday treats. Yes, you can definitely leave it in a tin on the counter. :)

I have made these before and one thing I did was crisp up the saltines in the oven first . It helps to hold up the toffee.

Can’t wait to try some of the recipes

I made a second batch and sprinkled coconut over the toffee. Mixture before putting it in the oven. Then I put 1 1/2 cups of butterscotch chips on top along with about 3/4 cup f chocolate chips. Gives a marble look. Instead of peanuts, I used chopped pecans.

Have you tried using gluten free crackers? If so what kind?

Hi Gina! This is Laura, the Community Manager – I eat gluten-free and I’ve found some “Glutino Table Crackers Gluten Free — 7 oztable crackers” that are a good substitute for Saltines. They don’t have as much salt on them, but you could sprinkle some between the toffee and chocolate layers to mimic the salty/sweet combo more.

I am from Australia and have never seen this recipe before so I tried it today. I made a mistake over lapping the crackers and didn’t work quick enough when applying the toffee BUT I covered it in a load of chocolate and it looks great. Waiting by the fridge to try it. Thank you for this easy quick receive

I make this but I put toffee pieces on top. They are scrumptious!!!

i will certainly be trying this. It sounds wonderful. My Mom & I used to make all kinds of Christmas candy & confections. I miss her & all of our good times together.

I have made this for years, only I use white sugar instead of the brown sugar and it is always wonderful, so either will work. I did laugh at the line “will stay fresh for 1-2 weeks”. hahahaha – it doesn’t last more than one or two DAYS at my house!

Great ! Now I have something new to try. Thank you for sharing.

What’s the best way to store it, refrigerator or is it ok left out in a container or ziplock?

Left out should be ok!

Silly question but, salted or unsalted butter? I can never remember for this recipe.

Either will work!

I’ve made this using waffle pretzels. Yummy

Hi Jamielyn…quick question. Should the caramel firm up completely like a brittle or will it still be soft? I refrigerated/froze mine and while it tastes AMAZING, I wasn’t sure if the toffee layer should be firm or pliable. Thanks so much for the recipe and taking the time to respond!

It should be firm, but not hurt your teeth firm. :)

Made Christmas crack & used m&m on top. Place in freezer for 30 minutes & the m&m lost their gloss. How do I keep that from happening?

I’m not sure – I haven’t had that happen before. I would think either the m&ms were a bit old (it’s so hard to find the “best by” dates on those packages!) or your freezer temperature is off (but if you aren’t having any issues with ice or frozen foods, then I wouldn’t think it’s that).

I have just tried this…….I’m in Australia, so for those of you playing at home….I used Saladas as the biscuit.

I think I was transported to some sort of other dimension with the taste!!!! These won’t last 3 minutes!!!

I told my husband we can’t keep them in the house, because I’ll eat them all….trouble is, if I give them to someone, I may slap them and snatch them back (kidding of course)….but seriously, I may snatch them back!!!!

Can’t wait to try this recipe! Did you try it with white chocolate chips yet? I can’t eat chocolate, so usually I swap out regular chocolate for white chocolate when making recipes. Wonder if I will need to melt the white chocolate a little to spread it…thanks for sharing!

That would be delicious! I think you could follow the instructions just substituting white chocolate chips. :)

Thanks so much for this. I have been stressing over what to bring to meeting and now I have one. I guess that you can tell that I don’t do much baking.

What size is a Large jelly roll pan?

Mine is 10.5 x 17.5 inches :)

Could gluten free crackers, vegan butter, and coconut palm sugar be substituted?

Hi! I’m Laura, the Community Manager, and my family and I have a lot of food allergies – so I can definitely say YES! to the gluten-free crackers (I added a sprinkle more of salt when I made it) and YES! to the coconut palm sugar.

As for the vegan butter – that I don’t know. Fake butters have water and oil, and don’t function like butter when cooked. I think coconut oil would be a better substitute but even that might not work out properly. I cannot think of any substitute that I can definitely say “try this instead of the butter and it will work.”

Can you make these with a buttery cracker like Ritz?

Yes, that would be delicious!

Awesome Recipe. I topped one batch with crushed Starlight mints (green & white spearmint candies); deLISH!!! It was fun and festive with the green & white color contrast to the chocolate which also added a bright fresh punch to a sweet, rich treat.

“Stays fresh 1-2 weeks”… As if it actually goes uneaten that long! Lol!

This is yummy ! Should you keep it in the refrigerator after it is made? Will not serve until next week Thanks. Kathie

I probably would! Then take it out the day before. :)

hi! would you say that this makes roughly 50 pieces per batch? making for a cookie exchange and just want to make sure i have enough!

It depends on what size you break them into – I think you could make 50 work!

I am currently making these and my toffee did not harden! Did I do something wrong? I have flipped the pan and peeled off the foil and threw it back in the freezer with hopes that this will help! Also the toffee seems to be a bit salty. Did you use unsalted butter?

The toffee shouldn’t be too hard – it is breakable but when you bit into it, it’s more soft than you’d think.

Regarding the saltiness, some butters have more salt than others, so I’d try unsalted. :)

I made these today, they were so good! My only question is for some reason the m and m’s faded a lot in color, so they look like Easter colors! Any idea what I did wrong?

I’ve heard from a few people that the m&ms are fading in the freezer, and I’m really not certain why. :(

I thought it might have to do with the age of the m&ms (it’s difficult to find their “best by date” on the packaging), but I’m not really certain. Did you cover it in the freezer then bring it to room temperature still covered? If so, maybe the condensation of coming to room temp did it?

Ok these don’t need to stay fresh 1-2 weeks because they don’t last that long! The only thing I did differently was to put the pan back into the oven after pouring the choc chips – this helped them melt more quickly and made spreading a breeze (I turned the oven off – be careful not to overheat or the choc will seize). About 45 secs was perfect. I topped mine with pecans as I didn’t want to add more chocolate – YUM!

As for the m&m’s loosing their sheen – I don’t know the science behind it, but the extreme and quick temp change (going from hot/warm to FREEZER) and for too long will cause them to become dull. So my suggestion would be to leave the toffee with the m&m’s at room temp for a few minutes and then use the fridge. If you use the freezer ( need quick turn-around time), be careful not to leave them too long (recipe says 30 mins, try not to exceed that) and the m&m’s *should* keep thier gloss.

Thanks for the tip!

THIS IS THE BEST STUFF EVER!!! I made a batch the other night for a church Christmas party and today I’m on batch #4 for friends and neighbors.

I tastes wonderful, but I must be doing something wrong… I can’t get my toffee to harden. Any tips?

Yay, so glad you like it! The toffee shouldn’t be super-hard, it should be soft to the tooth.

Are the chocolate chips sweetened or unsweet?


We used semi-sweet chocolate chips. You could also use milk chocolate chips. I would not recommend unsweet chocolate for this recipe.

OH! MY! GOODNESS! My friend brought this to a Christmas party and I could not keep myself from eating an embarrassing amount haha so much that she made me my own little tin of it for Christmas, loved it even more than the first time around so naturally I had to take to Pinteret to find out how to make it! THANK YOU! I had a friend pop in when I was melting my butter/sugar on med.low. so I am not sure how long it had been going for and I didn’t stir it at all…oops but dumped and spread just fine, didn’t have chocolate chips but did have left over almond bark so I did a half chocolate have white almond bark, its 1) beautiful and 2) amazingly delicious and if hasn’t even cooled yet haha thanks again!

Great recipe. This stuff is awesome. I’ve made a few minor changes, however:

1) Used graham crackers instead of saltines; they make the finished product crunchy instead of chewy.

2) Used mini baking M&Ms for the topping.

3) Added slivered almonds with the M&Ms

4) Added Reese’s Pieces or peanut butter chips to the toppings.

A pan won’t fit in my side by side freezer. Can I put in the fridge?

Made this tonight, the toffee isn’t hardened yet, don’t know if I boiled it long enough. It tastes pretty good already, have it hardening in the fridge as I type this.

The toffee won’t get too hard, it’s soft to the tooth. :)

I made this for my entire side of the family while in VA as their gift from us. All of the batches worked like perfection. Then I came home to GA and started making the batches for my hubsters side of the family and for some reason the first batch I made turned out all sorts of crazy. The toffee came out of the oven grainy and pulled away from the cracker when I tried to spread the chocolate. I made my second batch and, shockingly, it was absolute perfection. The only difference between batch 1 and batch 2, batch 1 was made with store brand butter and batch 2 with Land O’ Lakes. Never again will I laugh at my mom when she tells me all butters aren’t created equal. Lol.

Thanks for the wonderful recipe. After my mom trying for almost 3 weeks to get me to change my mind on making this our gift, because “it just sounds gross Rebecca”, my entire family has been converted. ;)

I am so glad everyone loved it!

(And weird on the butter, I wonder if the house brand had an additive in it?!)

This is in the freezer cooling right now. I can’t wait to taste it and share with my family. Thank you so much for sharing!

We have always made ours with Graham Crackers, saltines seem like they wouldn’t do it justice, but maybe I need to try it first. I do like the idea of Ritz oh sooooo good!

What kind of chocolate chips do you use? Semi sweet or milk chocolate?

I used semi sweet, but you can use whatever you like!

Has anyone ever tried to freeze the Christmas crack?

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Happy Friday!! Who is excited for the weekend? Me, me me! My husband has Saturday AND Sunday off this week so I’m hoping to squeeze in a date night. ;) You know what else I’ll be doing… making more Christmas crack. You are going to want to put this recipe on your MUST MAKE list this year because it is seriously amazing. It takes SWEET and SALTY to a whole new level. The best part? One of my favorite Christmas desserts and it only takes about 15 minutes to make!

This recipe should be familiar to you. I’m sure many of you that have awesome grandma’s have tried this recipe before. ;) I shared my grandma’s saltine cracker toffee over the summer and this is just a glorified version. In my opinion everything tastes better with chocolate and the M&M’s make it so festive. You could also top your Christmas crack with crushed saltines, sea salt, toasted coconut, slivered almonds, pecans or heath bits.

Would be perfect to add to your holiday plates with your favorite Christmas cookies. Chocolate saltine toffee AKA Christmas Crack on iheartnaptime.com ... Seriously addicting and super easy to make!


Christmas toffee


50 saltine crackers (approx.)

2 sticks (1 cup) butter, cubed

1 cup soft light brown sugar, packed

2 cups chocolate chips

1/2 to 1 cup M&M's, chopped nuts or sliced almonds


Pre-heat oven to 325°F.

Line a large jelly roll pan with aluminum foil. Spray the foil with non-stick cooking spray and then line the pan with saltine crackers.

Place the butter and sugar in a medium sized pot over low medium-low heat. Stir until the butter is melted. Once the butter has melted, bring to a boil for 2-3 minutes. Stir constantly.

Once it's nice and bubbly, remove pan from heat and pour evenly over saltine crackers. Spread mixture with a knife... however it doesn't have to be perfect. Try to move fast during this part so the toffee doesn't harden.

Place pan in the oven and bake for 6-8 minutes. The mixture will spread evenly over the crackers as it bakes.

Remove pan from oven and then sprinkle the chocolate chips on top of the toffee while it's still hot. Let the chocolate chips melt for a few minutes and then spread all over the toffee with a spatula. Sprinkle M&M's (or nuts) on top and then place in the freezer for 30 minutes. Once chocolate has hardened break pieces off the foil and in an container. It will stay fresh for 1 - 2 weeks.

Beware… this toffee is seriously addicting! For step-by-step photos for making the toffee make sure to check out

this post.

Put some in a jar and pass out to your neighbors and friends. I even have a free printable for you.

Free download

You can download this holiday print HERE. Just right click on the image and then save to your computer. For personal use only.

I printed mine out on sticker paper (found on Amazon) and then punched it out with a 2inch circle punch. You could also cut it in a square and put a hole punch in the top and tie it on with ribbon or twine.

Chocolate saltine toffee AKA Christmas Crack on iheartnaptime.com ... Seriously addicting and super easy to make!

Enjoy!! :D

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Question: What are your weekend plans?

I’ll be doing a trial Thanksgiving on Sunday… since I usually leave the turkey making up to my Mom. Wish me luck!

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вторник, 25 октября 2016 г.

Winter Wreath for After Christmas

Winter Wreath for After Christmas

Winter Wreath for After Christmas

I LOVE this hanging basket. It has been so useful over the past year. I have used it for my front door for several holidays and seasons. In fact, I even mentioned in a post last fall that I should entitle it One Basket Five Ways. Now that the holidays are over, I wanted to do a winter wreath for after Christmas.

I didn’t purchase anything new. I rummaged through my existing decorations. I gathered some:

A garland from my outdoor Christmas decorations


And thick burlap ribbon.

When I make these things I never know exactly what I’m going to do. I just grab what I think might look good together and start arranging and rearranging. This particular piece just got bigger and bigger!

When I was satisfied I tied a giant bow with thick burlap ribbon. I simply tied it in a knot and then folded the edges back.

Here are a couple photos.

In case you miss the other wreaths I made with this basket, check them out here:

I hope you like it! Thanks for reading!

Original article and pictures take http://www.diyinspired.com/winter-wreath-christmas/ site

пятница, 21 октября 2016 г.

Why My Child Doesn’t Look Like They Have Special Needs

Why My Child Doesn’t Look Like They Have Special Needs

Why My Child Doesn’t Look Like They Have Special Needs

Beautiful post – fair and true.

Inclusion and compassion for ALL.

And, slightly more petty – grrrrr to all those people who see your kid for a short time and think they know better!!!! I have certainly met my share!!

Thanks and love,

Full Spectrum Mama

Thank you. Beautifully written, and expressed. This is my heart with my children. God so amazingly made every one…so blessed. I just pray each day, I do not let opinions (negative) go to my heart.

You and me BOTH, Mama!

Yes!! My son looks like any other 13 year old boy, on the larger size. And what no one appreciates is how far he’s come from the days when he didn’t understand what language was, and the days when he couldn’t leave any fun activity without melting down, and the days that I could take him grocery shopping for a million and one reasons. Looking at him now, you wouldn’t know that having certain teachers along the way have been traumatizing experiences because as much as I explained about him, they didn’t understand and couldn’t change their expectations. People don’t understand that my son doesn’t do activities after school because by the time he comes home from a day of school he’s fried and just needs to unwind in his own space. His SPD is kept well hidden. His learning disabilities only show at school. His anxiety has been pretty low lately. And his challenges brought on by ADHD, well, let’s just say there here. Thank you so very much for this wonderful article.

Oops! I meant to write- could NOT take him shopping…. (anxiety, impulsivity, etc.)

With my son’s Dyslexia, ADHD and sensory issues, he often doesn’t appear to have extra needs to the casual observer but we know what’s really going on and what my kiddo needs.

Great share.. So admirable..

Special needs kid are amazing.

I work in child care and we have several children with special needs. We cry with them when they are having lows and we celebrate their successes! Some people come in and wonder why they “get special treatment” or why we have children that behave so inappropriately. It’s not because they are mean people, it’s because they don’t understand. I’m so excited to see articles like this that educate people on special needs. WTG and excellent article! Thank you!

It’s very true that people often assume a special needs child is getting “special treatment” just because there isn’t something physically obvious. I agree that many of these folks aren’t mean people — but ignorance can be just as awful.

This post is truly inspiring.It is true that when others come to our home,they see my child for few hours or for a day.But,only it is just few moments of our lives and doesn’t show the hard time we undergo when raising kids…

We particularly see this with family and friends who just can’t seem to grasp what really goes on in our house. Thanks for commenting!

Thank you, thank you, thank you.

You literally said everything I’ve thought and wanted to say.

I literally want to send this article to our family and friends.

Thanks again!

Feel free to share! I think many of our family and friends mean well but just don’t get it. It’s up to us to educate them.

Wow, an amazing read, and one that really hits home. Our 6 yr old has come a huge way in the last 2 yrs, thanks to an awful lot of hard work on our part and that of his special school. To people who only see snippets of him, they dont see any of his ‘special needs’ or how he struggles with his learning, anxiety, sensory, speech, understanding, toileting, social communication, play, i could go on and on. Fantastic, thankyou.

Wow — so true and so great. I have a son with autism and my mom would say “he looks fine to me.” If she ever took the time to look deeper, she would have seen his “stimming” whenever he was excited or stressed. She would have seen how he ran away whenever he heard loud noises. She would have seen his lack of eye contact and limited interests. When this same son was older, he developed a curvature in his spine and had to wear a brace. Because he often look stooped, it really bothered my mom. She noticed! People are just so superficial and appearances are everything. What you want — and certainly what I wanted — was some acknowledgement of all I was doing and sacrificing to help my son. I give that to you now because you earned it!

And I send all of that back to you as well, Nancy. It’s disheartening when people disqualify all you’re doing just because they can’t “see” the disability or how hard it is… beyond just raising a kiddo. <3

I have an absolutely awesome kid who has worked hard to learn how to manage many of his special needs. Throughout his life, people have offhandedly commented something like “He seems perfectly normal,” which honestly diminishes how much he has struggled (as well as the rest of the family) and how hard he has worked to get where he is.

Today I’m welcoming Kathryn from Singing Through the Rain to talk about the myths about what a kid with special needs actually looks like for my series Voices of Special Needs.

Why My Child Doesn’t Look Like He Has Special Needs

1. Kids With Special Needs Don’t Necessarily Look Different

Just because a child may have special needs doesn’t mean he or she will look any different than you or I. A lot of children with special needs look just like any other average, typical child. This is called an invisible disability. There are many many adults and children who have invisible disabilities, our job is to be more aware of this and to be compassionate and inclusive.

2. What You Don’t Know or See

My children may not look like they have special needs, but there are plenty of things that many people don’t know or see. People don’t see the behavior problems, the sensory problems, the constipation problems, the hours it takes at each meal to get my son to eat, the times where he has a meltdown because we can’t understand what he’s saying, and so much more. There are plenty of things that people can’t see, but they are all a part of his special needs.

For my daughter, there are also many things that people can’t see just by looking at her. She has a feeding tube that might not always be visible and no one sees the hours of time spent at multiple specialist’s offices. I get told a lot that she looks great and that they don’t understand why she needs a feeding tube. What isn’t understood is that the reason she looks great is because of the feeding tube. That feeding tube probably saved her life and continues to do so every day.

3. What Happens at Home

People think my children “look” or seem normal because they see my child for a short time. In that short time they may be doing great. We’ve had family members come spend a day with us in the past and they tell us nothing seems wrong with our kids. The point is that they are only seeing on single day in their lives, not seeing the whole overall picture.

My son has good days and bad days. Some days he does great, other days are very hard for him. Home is a safe place for him so the majority of the behavior and other problems he has happen at home. So just because you may see my child out and about for 10 or 20 minutes of that day and they look fine, doesn’t mean that they don’t have special needs.

4. Therapy

I saved this point for last because this is the most important to me and my family. We’ve been told that my son is a perfect example of a child who got early intervention. My son has been in therapy since he was 12 months old, my daughter started therapy at that the early age of three months old. They both have worked extremely hard to get to where they are today and to what you see as “normal.”

You don’t see my kids “looking” like they have special needs because of the early interventions, because of our advocacy for them, and because of the hours and hours of hard work they did in therapy. I look back and remember where my son was three years ago, and I am amazed at how far he has come. I look at my daughter and watch her improvement in walking, eating ,and sensory awareness each and every week in therapy and I am amazed.

When you see my kids, please know that they “look” normal because instead of playing with friends they were in therapy. Because we advocated for them and spent hours dealing with doctors and insurance companies so they could be where they are today. Instead of going on playdates or hanging out with other moms I was working with our kids at home and taking them to therapy. Special needs parents sacrifice so much and my kids are an example of that.

My kids may “look” normal, but when I look back to see where they were, I am so grateful. I am so proud of my kids and so proud of how far they have come.

The next time you see a special needs child that doesn’t “look” like they have special needs, I hope you remember that the reason for that is because of how far they have come and because of all the hard work it has taken to get that point.

This post originally appeared on Singing Through the Rain. You can read more from Kathryn there.

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