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Sunday, November 27, 2011

Yule Love'em logs aka Cathedral Windows Bake Exchange recipe

As kids we loved these logs! A refrigerated slice that is ready for company! I do not have a lot of pics as I found this messy to make and was not planning to do it again..however my kids love them and they were well accepted at the bake exchange so here goes!

More of a candy than a cookie, slices of colored marshmallows create the "stained glass" in a chocolaty window surrounded by flaked coconut.

Makes about 60

1/4 pound butter or margarine
1 (12-ounce) package semi-sweet chocolate chips
1 cup chopped walnuts (I left these out as we did a nut-free exchange)
1 (12-ounce) package colored mini marshmallows (about 9 cups)
7 ounces sweetened grated coconut (about 2 cups)

Heat butter and chocolate chips in the top of a double boiler over low heat, stirring occasionally, until melted and smooth.( I used my microwave,just under 2 minutes,find that much friendlier then dealing with a double boiler!) Cool slightly. Toss marshmallows and nuts in a large bowl; stir in chocolate. Tear five 9-inch sheets of waxed paper and sprinkle each generously with coconut.(I used a mix of dessicated and shredded) Divide dough into fifths and place each fifth on a sheet of waxed paper. Roll tightly into 2-inch diameter logs(I had a bit of a struggle with this and used scotch tape to keep everything rolled up tight!) and refrigerate overnight(I cooled in the fridge and then transferred to freezer) or until firm. Before serving, unwrap from waxed paper and cut into 1/2" slices.

Lovely wax-paper wrapped logs! Any one who has made these before and has any tips let me know! They are messy but worth it when you have neat slices of 'Cathedral Windows' lined up on your baking tray! They make me smile!
Also pictured are my 'famous'chocolate dipped marshmallows. The big boys named these Snowman Hats and the are a kids favorite! How too's coming soon!

Monday, November 14, 2011

VINTAGE TREASURES Santa Hot Chocolate set made in Japan

Treasure hunting is one of my favorite pastimes..Love vintage and kitsch..was very excited to find this set to dress up my Christmas themed china cabinet!
Vintage Santa Hot Chocolate pitcher and six matching mugs.
Original box..Original price?
$1.25!!!!!!!!!!!!! This one really set me back! LOL!
Santa is a little sneaky looking...has to be to keep all those secrets I guess!
Matching mugs are tooo sweet!

Thanks for peeking! Comments are loved shared stories are loved even more! What is your favorite vintage score?


Sweet Candy's,so easy to make,a favorite on my baking platter! Peanuts are involved!
  • Recipe
  • 1.5 cups each
  • peanuts
  • chocolate chips
  • butterscotch chips
1 bag of chips easily crushed.
I melt the chocolate and butterscotch chips in a large bowl in microwave,about 2 minutes
Stir in the peanuts and crushed potato chips
Keep mixing until all you see is the color Chocolate!
Scoop a heaping teaspoon full
Drop into cups layed out on baking sheet
Makes about 60, 90 or more if you use a smaller cup
I sprinkle half in candy balls in Christmas colors,you can do them all or none,personal preference!
Cool in the fridge until hard,and serve or freeze and serve later!