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This recipe is from my sister, Janie. She always makes this treat around Christmas time. It is so good and it is impossible to just eat one of them.

Janie's Christmas Boston Cream Croissants Recipe

1-1/4 c. cold milk
1 (small) pkg. instant vanilla pudding
1 c. thawed whipped cream
12 miniature croissants
1 square Bakers Unsweetened Chocolate
1 T. butter
3/4 c. powdered sugar
2 T. water

Pour milk into large bowl. Add pudding mix. Beat with wire whisk 1 to 2 minutes. Gently stir in whipped topping. Split croissants horizontally and fill with whipped topping mixture. Melt chocolate and butter in small heavy saucepan on very low heat, stirring constantly. Remove from heat. Stir in sugar and water until smooth. Drizzle over tops of croissants. Refrigerate until ready to serve.
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This recipe is so good. Our family loves it whether it is made during the holidays or any day. I like it but never seem to get my fair share, LOL.

Brenda's Banana Split Cake Recipe

1 c. cool whip
12 graham crackers (2-1/2" squares)
1 (small) pkg sugar free, instant vanilla pudding
2 c. skim milk
1 med. banana, sliced
1 c. crushed pineapple, drained

Crush graham crackers into crumbs, reserving 1 tablespoon for topping. Spray 8-inch square pan with Pam, place crumbs in bottom of pan and spray again. Mix pudding (according to directions on box) with the skim milk. Pour pudding over crumbs, then banana, then pineapple. Top with the cool whip. Sprinkle on remaining crumbs and chill.
Serves: 6
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Esther's Key Lime Bundt Cake Recipe

1 box lemon cake mix (no pudding)
1 box instant lemon pudding
3/4 c water
1/2 c Crisco oil
4 eggs
2 T. key lime juice

3/4 box powdered sugar
key lime juice

Mix cake mix, pudding, water, oil, eggs, and key lime juice with an electric beater for 2 minutes. Pour into a greased bundt pan. Bake cake at 325° for 40-45 minutes. In a separate bowl mix powdered sugar and enough key lime juice to make frosting the consistency of a glaze. When cake is done and is still hot, poke holes in the top and bottom sides. Pour frosting in and around the holes. Place the cake in the freezer to cool.
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When I was growing up my mother always made this pudding at Christmas. I remember it being so good so I tried it recently. It was even better than I remembered.

Momma's Pina Colada Salad Recipe

1 small box banana cream instant pudding mix
1 (20-oz.) can crushed pineapple and juice
3/4 c. coconut
1/2 c. chopped pecans
1 (6-oz.) jar maraschino cherries, drained and cut
1 (12-oz.) tub of Cool Whip

Combine pudding mix, pineapple, and juice, stir in coconut, pecans, and cherries. Mix well. Fold in Cool Whip. Pour into a 0 by 13 inch dish and chill.
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My grand kids are coming for Christmas.  I want them to have fun and feel a part of the Christmas holidays.  I would like them to understand why we have Christmas and it is not just the gifts.  Does anyone in this group have any suggestions.  Church is such a part of our lives but it is not in their lives.  How to I approach this?  I need help.
Grandma T

This dip is one that I take to any party around Christmas time. It doesn't last long. I slice fresh peaches, apples, and pineapple then put toothpicks in the cut up fruit.

Linda's Favorite Pina Colada Fruit Dip Recipe

1 box coconut cream instant pudding
1 can crushed pineapple
3/4 c. milk
1/2 c. sour cream

Mix all ingredients in a blender and puree. Serve as dip for fruits.
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Neither of these recipes are to eat but do make our house smell like Christmas and make my grand kids feel like they are a part of decorating the Christmas tree.

Christmas Smells Recipe

3 sticks cinnamon
3 bay leaves
1/4 c. whole cloves
2 sections lemon (1/2) with peels
2 orange slices with peels

Add 1 qt. water; simmer on low, adding more water when needed.

Recipe Note:
This makes the house smell wonderful. I use a small simmering pot or can also be used in a small saucepan on the stove. I also add fresh cranberries; this makes for a nicer presentation and a nice country look. Merry Christmas!
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Lisa's  Christmas Ornaments Recipe

1/2 c cinnamon
1/2 c plain applesauce
dash of nutmeg
dash of cloves

Stir together cinnamon, nutmeg and cloves; add applesauce until well blended with hands. Turn onto lightly floured surface; roll until 1/8" thick. Cut with cookie cutter into desired shapes. Using a straw poke a small hole in top for hanging. Bake at 200° until hard - about 2 hours- turning every 1/2 hour or so to dry evenly. Store in airtight container. Thread with ribbons to hang. Nice fragrance. Do not eat.
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The e Cookbook Library is one of the best bargains on the internet. They have many downloadable pdf recipe books. It currently is on sale for $17.97 for a lifetime membership. The library is full of wonderful cookbooks and many recipe books have been added over the past 10 years. I especially like the cookbooks God Bless Texas, The Best of Amish Cooking and Know Your Ingredients.

This makes a great present as a subscription or on CD. Last year many of the NancyLanders used it as a stocking stuffer and others used it as a wedding present.
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Nancy Rogers

Oma wanted recipes for fruit bread in the 11/28 newsletter. Here are two recipes that we have enjoyed for years. If these are not what you had in mind, share more information about the ingredients you thought might be in the recipe. There are so many delicious fruitcake and fruit bread recipes.
Robbie IN

Rich Dark Fruitcake Recipe

3/4 cups melted butter

Sift together into large bowl
3 cups flour
2 tsp. baking powder
1 tsp. salt
2 tsp. cinnamon
1/2 tsp. allspice
1/2 tsp. cloves
1/2 tsp. nutmeg

1 pound(2 & 1/2 c.) chopped candied fruit
1/2 cup candied pineapple
1/2 pound (1 & 1/4 c.) cups) whole candied cherries
1 pound (3 Cups) raisins
1-1/4 cups (8 oz.) dates, cut in large pieces
2 cups pecans

Mix to coat with dry ingredients.
Beat 4 eggs till foamy. Gradually add 1& 3/4 cup brown sugar, firmly packed. Mix well

Blend in 1 cup liquid (milk, water or fruit juice) 1/4 cup molasses & the melted butter. Add to flour fruit mixture. Stir until well combined

Prepare One 10 inch tube pan, two 9x5x3 inch loaf pans or four one pound coffee cans by greasing well and lining with waxed paper. Turn batter into pans, filling 2/3 to 3/4 full. Bake in slow oven 275° for two and a half to three hours. Cool thoroughly before removing from pans.
Robbie IN
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Christmas Gum Drop Bread Recipe

1 cup shortening
1 cup butter
1 c. brown sugar
1 c. white sugar
4 eggs, beaten
2 c. applesauce
2 tsp. baking soda
4 c. flour
1 c. chopped dates
1 c. chopped nuts
1 1/2 c. gumdrops DO NOT USE THE BLACK ONES.
1 c. raisins
1/2 tsp. cinnamon
1/4 tsp. allspice
1/2 tsp. nutmeg
1 tsp. vanilla

Cream shortening and sugars thoroughly. Add whole eggs and beat thoroughly. Add applesauce and soda. Add flour, sifted with spices, saving about 1/4 cup of flour to add to the cut up gumdrops, dates, raisins and nuts. Use the large gumdrops and cut them in small pieces. (Do not use the black ones, they will color the batter.) Stir the cut up gumdrops, dates, raisins and nuts into the reserved flour mixture, then add to batter and stir until well combined. Adding them to the reseeded flour mixture helps prevent them to sinking to the bottom of the pan. Bake 1 hour at 300 degrees (275 degrees in glass baking pans).
Robbie IN
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Peanut Butter and Chocolate Chip Cream Cheese Cookies

1 can seamless crescent rolls (or pinch together seams on a regular can)
8 oz cream cheese, room temperature
1/3 cup sugar
2 tsp vanilla
3/4 cup mixed peanut butter and chocolate chips

Beat sugar, cream cheese and vanilla together until smooth and creamy. Unroll the crescent roll sheet onto lightly floured surface. Stretch out the dough then trim the edges to give it a rectangular shape (A pizza cutter works well.) Spread the cream cheese mixture over the top of the crescents, leaving a 1/2 inch gap at the edges.

Sprinkle chips on cream cheese and press lightly into dough. Roll the crescent sheet up tightly and wrap in cling wrap. Place in freezer for at least 2 hours. Once chilled, line a cookie sheet with parchment paper (prevents sticking). Slice the roll into 1/4" slices (They won’t keep the precise round shape). Bake at 350 degrees for 12-14 minutes until golden brown.
A friend just sent this to me sounds great! thought I would pass it along
Judy in Montana
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Apple Pie Bubble Up Recipe

1 (12-oz) can refrigerated Pillsbury Grands Jr biscuits (10-count)
1 (21-oz) can apple pie filling
1 tsp cinnamon
1 cup butterscotch chips
1/2 cup powdered sugar
1 Tbsp milk

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Lightly spray a 9x13-inch pan with cooking spray. In a large bowl, combine apple pie filling, cinnamon & butterscotch chips. Using a spatula, chop up apple slices into bite-sized pieces. Cut biscuits into 4 pieces. Stir into apple mixture. Pour into prepared pan and bake 25-30 minutes. Combine powdered sugar
and milk. Drizzle over baked casserole.
Makes 8 Servings
Denise, the Villages, FL
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Granny's Christmas Sweet Pickles Recipe

1 qt. whole dill pickles, drained and quartered
1-1/4 c. sugar
3 T. vinegar
2 tsp. horseradish
1 tsp. celery seed
1 sm. onion, cut fine

Drain and cut the pickles into halves longwise then cut them into halves again. Put pickles into jar. Mix sugar, vinegar, horseradish, celery seed and onions together. Add to pickles in jar. Keep turning jar until sugar is dissolved. Keep in refrigerator.
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Lisa's Hot Christmas Wassail Recipe

64 oz. bottle cranberry juice
32 oz. bottle apple juice
12 oz. can frozen pineapple juice concentrate
12 oz. frozen lemonade concentrate
3 to 4 cinnamon sticks

Mix cranberry juice, apple juice, pineapple and lemonade concentrates, along with cinnamon sticks in a large pan. Heat and let simmer for 1 hour. May dilute with water, if needed. Great with fresh orange slices.
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This recipe has been around for many, many years and is known my several different names. It is so easy to make, and you can vary the ingredient to make several different types.
Robbie IN

Seven Layer Magic Cookie Bars Recipe

This EAGLE BRAND® best-loved classic is a favorite of kids and adults for its deliciously unique taste. EAGLE BRAND® is the magic ingredient in this easy cookie bar recipe. This sweet treat includes butterscotch chips, which can be substituted with other flavored chips (mint, peanut Butter, raspberry) , nuts, M&M's, Oreo pieces, candied cherries, dried cranberries name it!

1-1/2 cups graham cracker crumbs
1/2 cup (1 stick) butter or margarine, melted
1 (14-ounce) can EAGLE BRAND Sweetened Condensed Milk (NOT evaporated milk)
1 cup (6 ounces) butterscotch-flavored chips
1 cup (6 ounces) semi-sweet chocolate chips
1-1/3 cups flaked coconut
1 cup chopped nuts

Preheat oven to 350°F (325°F for glass baking pan). In small bowl, combine graham cracker crumbs and butter; mix well. Press crumb mixture firmly on bottom of 13x9-inch baking pan. Pour EAGLE BRAND® evenly over crumb mixture. Layer evenly with remaining ingredients; press down firmly with fork. Bake 25 minutes or until lightly browned. Cool. Chill if desired. Cut into bars or diamonds. Store covered at room temperature.

Notes: Tip: For perfectly cut cookie bars, line entire pan (including sides) with a sheet of aluminum foil first. When bars are baked, cool and lift up edges of foil to remove from pan. Cut into individual squares. Lift off of foil.
Servings: Makes 2 to 3 dozen bars
Robbie IN

These are very rich, but delicious and always a huge hit with peanut butter lovers. they are also quick to make, which is very nice with everyone being so busy at the holidays.
Robbie IN
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Baby Ruth Bars Recipe

1/2 CUP melted butter or margarine
4 cups instant oatmeal
1/4 CUP peanut butter
1/4 cup corn syrup
1 teaspoon vanilla

Combine above ingredients and pat into a 9 x 13 pan. Bake for 10 minutes at 350 degrees.

In saucepan melt
2/3 cup peanut butter
6 ounces chocolate chips
6 ounces butter scotch chips
1 teaspoon vanilla

Spread over mixture in pan. Sprinkle 1 cup peanuts over top and lightly press down.

Note – You can use either smooth or crunchy peanut butter, depending on which you like best.
Robbie IN
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