Wednesday, December 3, 2008

Christmas Ideas and Recipes

There are so many things we could talk about at Christmas, with of course the most important of those being the reason that we celebrate this holiday season in the first place - the birth of or Savior, Jesus Christ. More than decorations, shopping, baking, wrapping presents, opening presents and and visiting with friends and family, I want my children to understand what Christmas is really about, and all things I mentioned in yesterdays post.

I intend to make that a priority again this year, by reminding the kids why we celebrate, reading the Christmas story, doing things for people in need, being involved in our Christmas church activities and concerts, praying together,etc. But - I also want to build warm memories in their hearts about their childhood Christmas experiences, and I truly believe that how a family celebrates their holidays is something that molds a childs heart forever.

So for the month of December, I want to share recipes, traditions and fond memories with all of you, my cyber friends!, and I cant want for you to share with me too. If you are normally one to comment on a blog, start a new years resolution early and comment on my blog this month! On December 15th, Im going to give away a special gift to the person who has left the most comments and shared the most ideas! So comment away!

I thought I would kick off the month by sharing the most delicious, mouth-watering, tongue drooling dessert that I have ever put in my month. Im serious! Over thanksgiving last week, we fixed this dessert at my Dads house, which was a recipe that we came across in the Paula Deen magazine. It is so easy, you wont believe it - it is so delicious, you wont believe it - trust me! And, it smells like chocolate when it is cooking, but it is not! So here it is below. Make and enjoy! I plan on carrying it to every potluck dinner and holiday party that I go to this month.

Blueberry Crunch Cake
1 20 oz can of crushed pineapple in juice
1 21 ounce can of blueberry pie filling (you could also use cherry, strawberry, blackberry, or peach pie filling if desired)
1 box of butter recipe yellow cake mix
1 cup chopped pecans
3/4 cup butter, melted

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Pour pineapple with juice into a 9x13 inch baking dish; spread evenly over bottom of dish. Spoon pie filling evenly over pineapple mix, and sprinkle dry cake mix over pie filling; Sprinkle pecans evenly over cake mix; drizzle with melted butter. Bake for 35-45 minutes or until brown and bubbly.

Tomorrow: My home made recipes for the holidays - Caramel Popcorn, and Pretzel Caramel Goodies - plus a few Christmas words of course!

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JottinMama said...

That Blueberry Crunch Cake sounds amazing!

Yum! I think I'll try it!

Kate :)

Angie said...

Cake Mix Cookies

1 (18.2 oz) pkg. devils food cake mix
1 large egg
1/2 (8oz.) container Cool Whip
1/2 cup shifted powered sugar

Combine first 3 ingredients stirring well(dough will be sticky).
Dust hands with powered sugar and shape dough into 3/4 inch balls.
Coat balls with powered sugar and place 2 inches apart on ungreased baking sheet.
Bake at 350 degrees for 10-12 min.
I take mine out after 10 minutes so the inside is still soft and they stay that way. Yummy!!
I take these everywhere and never return with any. Enjoy!!

Joyful said...

Thanks for reminding me about that Blueberry Cake. I used to make it all the time and haven't made it in ages.

Trust all is well with you,