Gift giving at Christmas Time

It has been a  long time tradition that I make cinnamon rolls as gifts for friends & neighbors. We deliver them on Christmas eve and label them “Christmas morning cinnamon rolls”. Since we have moved to Oklahoma over 18 months ago our new friends and neighbors don’t know about the cinnamon roll thing and I wasn’t going to tell them. Whew – as yummy as they were they were also lots of work!!! Now the new tradition is Homemade Baileys Irish Cream!! Easy and oh so delish!! Lots of calories but who cares??

Homemade Bailey’s Irish Cream

(Make this recipe in your blender)

3 eggs – blend for 15 seconds

1 pint whipping cream

1/2 t coconut extract

3T Heresey’s Chocolate Syrup

1 can Eagle Brand Milk

1 1/2 cup Scotch ( 1 liter will make 3 times this recipe)

Blend all together

I get my bottles at Hob Lob when they are 50% off –  or if you are really have your act together you can save your pretty bottles during the year and use them.


Pour your homemade Bailey’s into bottles and decorate!! Easy!! Here is the clear bottle.


Here is the green one. I got the little ornaments at Dollar Tree for a $1 each.




And here is the red one – there are so many wonderful ribbon combinations that spiff things up!!




When delivering Christmas goodies, we can not forget our friends and neighbors who have fur children….i.e. “doggies”.  I saw a recipe in our Sunday paper for homemade dog treats and just cut them out with a Christmas tree cookie cutter! I know ……..kinda over the top isn’t it!!

 Peanut Butter and Pumpkin Dog Treats

2 1/2 cups whole wheat flour

2 eggs

1/2 cup canned pumpkin

2 T peanut butter – I used a tad more

1/2 t. salt

1/2 t. cinnamon

1/2 cup water

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees

2.  Whisk together the flour, pumpkin, peanut butter, eggs,  salt and cinnamon. Add  water as needed to make dough workable, but the dough should be workable and not too wet. The dough should be a dry and stiff. Roll our and cut into desired shapes

3. Bake in preheated oven for about 40 minutes until hard.



Put em in little clear bags with ribbons.



Merry Christmas from Sedona & Bella (who are not so thrilled about having their photo taken)


It’s Christmas Eve………..wasn’t it yesterday that we were discussing Halloween decor. Time flies! I hope that all of you have a wonderful holiday with family and friends!!