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I bought my blog a new template for Christmas. I like it, but it is weird looking a new layout and design after seeing the same one for almost a year. Can you tell I'm not one who likes change?

Italian PIzzelles

See Santa....I told you I already have everything I need.....
For me, this cookie equals Christmas. The smell of anise spreading through the house completely makes me feel like a little kid....but also makes me want to run home to Ohio for the holiday as well.

As a child, it was my job to sit on a rickety old stool from my Dad's workshop and cook these every year. I had a few burned fingers over the years, but being able to lick the raw dough off those fingers made it all worth it.
If my pizzelle iron looks a little worn...well, it is! It was my grandmother's and I love telling my kids that their favorite Christmas cookies came from their great-grandmother's iron. It makes our family seem much closer than the 1,000 miles away that they are!

Italian Pizzelles
6 eggs
1 1/2 C sugar
1 C melted butter
2 T anise flavoring
3 3/4 C flour
4 tsp baking powder

1. In the bowl of your mixer, fitted with the whisk attachment, beat the eggs on high for 10 minutes. Gradually add the sugar and beat well. Add the anise, baking powder and melted butter. Beat. Switch to your paddle attachment and add flour. Mix until combined.
2. Heat your pizzelle iron until hot. Using a level 1 1/2" scoop, place batter onto iron, close the iron and cook until done, about 1 minute. Remove and place on a flat surface to cool.

Corn Souffle

Dear Santa:

For Christmas this year, there are many things I would like:
  1. Double oven, flat-top electric stove
  2. New sofa
  3. Cuisinart food processor
  4. Alaskan cruise with my hubby
  5. Clothes that fit over my nursing-enhanced chest
  6. A 10 hour night of sleep....un-interrupted please
I know none of these things can be pulled out of your bag this year Santa, but don't be sad. Those are just things that I would like. I already have everything I need and love. Thank you Santa.


Corn Souffle
1 stick butter, melted
1 C sour cream
2 eggs
1 can corn, undrained
1 can creamed corn
1 box Jiffy cornbread mix

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees and spray a 9x13 pan with nonstick spray.
2. Mix all the ingredients in a large bowl and mix well. Pour into pan and bake for one hour. Can be served warm or room temperature.

Praline Sweet Potatoes

Next week I get to head back to the gym and I'm so anxious to get going again. Yes, I want to work off these extra pregnancy pounds, but I enjoy more the non-physical benefits of working out every morning. That hour is sacred alone time for me. I plan out my day, ponder on my life and leave feeling empowered for the day ahead.

So on that healthy note, I thought I would post this very unhealthy dish. If you think you don't like sweet potatoes, you have to give these a try. They are amazing and converted me to sweet potatoes about 7 years ago. They are a necessity on our Thanksgiving and Christmas table.
Praline Sweet Potatoes
3 C mashed sweet potatoes (cook in the microwave)
1/2 C sugar
1 Tb vanilla
2 eggs
1/4 pint heavy cream
1/4 pound butter
1 C brown sugar
1/2 C flour
1 C chopped pecans

1. Spray 2 quart casserole dish with nonstick spray. Heat oven to 350 degrees.
2. Mix together the sweet potatoes, sugar, vanilla, eggs and cream. Spread in the casserole dish.
3. With a pastry cutter, cut together the butter, brown sugar and flour until crumbly. Mix in the pecans and sprinkle over the potatoes. Bake for 30 minutes.

Cranberry Marshmallow Salad

Honesty time.....I'm struggling. You would think I would have this whole mothering job down by now, but the addition of my precious little baby has thrown me for a loop I wasn't expecting. Ever since my amazing Mom and Dad went home, I haven't been able to even come close to getting "stuff" done.
Mom and Dad....any chance I can hire you as full-time, live-in nannies, cook, housekeeper and handyman?

Overwhelming doesn't even begin to explain the past few weeks, but we did manage to throw together a delicious Thanksgiving meal. This cranberry salad is a staple at both Thanksgiving and Christmas for our family. So simple and completely addictive.
Now, someone please help me snap out of this because Christmas is just 19 days away and I have six children that will be completely devastated if there are no presents under the tree (which, by the way, is the only decoration that has made it out of the boxes waiting to be unpacked in my entryway).

Cranberry Marshmallow Salad
1 1b bag of miniature marshmallows
1 pint whipping cream, whipped
1 C ground cranberries
3/4 C sugar
1 can crushed pineapple, drained
chopped pecans

1. In a large bowl, mix together the marshmallows and whipped cream. Cover and refrigerate for 2 hours.
2. In a small bowl, mix together the cranberries and sugar. Cover and refrigerate for 2 hours.
3. Mix the two mixtures together and add the pineapple and pecans. Best if the whole salad can sit in the refrigerator overnight before serving.