Today's post is part of the Be Jolly By Golly blogfesting marathon! If you haven't signed up you should do so. The winner for best blogfest post gets a year supply of candy canes (which is like 3 of them because after you break into one you realize that candy canes aren't that good, or at least aren't good enough to eat one twice the size and length as a pencil, so you don't eat the other two and as you eat the first one you kind of realize it's stale and probably all of them are left over from what you didn't eat last year, or was it the year before?)
Anywho, here are the rules and regulations of said blogfest:
1.Blog Post to be posted on December 20th (whatever time you desire)
2.Show pictures of your decorations, holiday lights & Christmas tree!
3.Share your favorite treat (Recipe included, chance for others to steal the yumminess!)
4.Share your favorite drink (Recipe included, chance for others to steal the alcohol – or non)
5.Last but not least… visit others!!! Take part in their holiday cheer!
Note: For those who don’t celebrate Christmas, you’re welcome to share any other holiday you are celebrating in this year!
We have a fake tree. I've always had a fake tree. Always will. Why you ask? Because people who cut their own tree are murderers! Okay not really. But they do it as a tradition and you can never get out of traditions. If no one is coming over to my house before Christmas I want the option to not put the blasted thing together, even if in the end I always do. When you're a tree cutter there is no option. You just have to do it.
The wife also puts out a wreath. She seems to love it. I always hated those things because you have to be more gentle opening the door or the wreath could fall or need adjusting. Our screen door is 90 pounds of hydraulic death so I don't like the extra effort to both not die before entering my house and keep the wreath in place.
Even though I may sound very Scrooge-like I do also decorate. Here is a picture of a Santa Alf I won in a crane machine.
I made him a sleigh out of a shoe box and used to line him up in my classroom with reindeer that I also won in a crane machine. I amaze myself at what decorations are a hassle and which ones I hassle myself with.
I also decorate my pup! Since she's never actually said she hates it I just assume she doesn't!
Okay, so you know those cherry mash thingies you can find in the candy aisle? And you think to yourself, "cherry crap coated in chocolate?!? Oh, yes! Let's!"
And then it's pretty stale (more so than the candy cane) and the chocolate tastes like it has been coating a work boot. So then you start to think to yourself, "Self, if cherry crap coated in chocolate can taste bad, maybe there is no Santa, no Easter Bunny. Maybe nothing is real. Maybe I'm trapped in the matrix!"
Well fret no longer! Here is a recipe for homemade ones that are the exact opposite. It is basically a ball of cherry cocaine covered in chocolate. The melting of the wax makes it difficult, but holy craps they are well worth it. I try to con my mother into making them whenever I can so I don't have to do it. I stick them in the freezer and get them partly frozen so I can suck on them and savor the taste longer. Otherwise it slightly resembles Garfield eating lasagna.
Here it goes:
CHERRY MASH CANDY
2 boxes white frosting mix
1/2 tsp. cheery candy flavoring
2 lb. powdered sugar
1 can Eagle Brand
1 (10 oz.) jar maraschino cherries, drained and chopped
1 tsp. vanilla
1/2 stick butter, melted
2 (12 oz.) pkg. chocolate chips
2 oz. paraffin
1 lb. chopped salted nuts
Melt butter, add sugar, cherries, milk, vanilla; mix well. Roll into small balls then freeze on cookie sheet. Melt in double boiler chips, nuts, and paraffin dip balls into melted mixture with toothpicks.
There are only 2 holiday drinks I know w/ alcohol. In my family you could almost argue beer (Old Milwaukee) is a holiday drink, but that really only applies to us. The first is Eggnog, which is a shame to muddy the deliciousness of eggnog with alcohol. Also to properly get into the holiday spirit with eggnog you either have to make it taste truly terrible or chug enough nog to deck the halls on the way to your bathroom all night. Really there is only one good option here. Hot cocoa with peppermint schnapps. Get some higher quality cocoa so the schnapps makes it taste like an Andes mint instead of a candy cane. Again you run into the problem of alcohol to fluid volume, but you can always sneak sips of straight schnapps intermittently and then wash it down with Andes mint flavored cocoa. If you've ever wondered why Uncle Mort seemed sauced, but still smelled like candy canes it's because he was an avid reader of my blog.
Anyway that's how I roll up in this Holiday Seazizzle.