Sunday, December 23, 2012

Christmas Kitchen


I always like to add a few touches of Christmas to the kitchen.
One year I had a big tree in the kitchen and another I had a smaller one on the island.
This year~ it's just a little garland,  boxwood wreaths and a couple rosemary trees.



Boxwood garland along the tall shelf and boxwood wreaths from Lowes in the windows.


Transferware plates bring a little touch of red
and a favorite holiday saying on the chalkboard in the breakfast area.


Simple but Christmasy.


I also wanted to share a favorite Christmas cookie~ Fudgy Bon Bons 
I have been making these for years- and the recipe is from Pillsbury.
Here's the original recipe  


1  12 oz package chocolate chips
1/4 cup butter
1  14 oz can sweetened condensed milk
1/2 cup finely chopped nuts (if desired)
2 c flour
1 tsp vanilla
60 unwrapped Hersheys hugs or kisses
2 oz white chocolate
1 tsp shortening or oil

1.  Heat oven to 350. In medium saucepan combine chocolate chips & margarine
Cook over low heat- stirring until melted ( will be thick) Add sweetened condensed milk
and mix well.

2.  In a large bowl
mix flour, nuts, chocolate mixture and vanilla and mix well.
Shape cookie dough around the kiss covering completely 

 3.  Place 1" apart on cookie sheet and bake for 8 minutes.
Do not overbake- cookies will be shiny.
Remove from cookie sheet to cool.

4.  Mix the white chocolate and oil and drizzle over baked cookies.

5.  Be prepared to eat a BUNCH of them... don't ask me how I know. ;)

(photo courtesy of Pillsbury)

I have also made them with peanut butter cups and kisses with almonds inside.
Delish.



Happy Sunday Everyone.

21 comments:

  1. LOVE hanging out in your kitchen, Courtney!
    Merry Christmas,
    Linda at Beautiful Ideas

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  2. Looks lovely. I bought a boxwood wreath this year too. Do you know how long it will last? Can I store it and use it again next year?

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  3. I think if it is a preserved boxwood wreath it will last longer- but not sure how long. I believe you can get them either preserved or fresh. I have seen the color of the boxwood fade and dry out a bit- but I think I would use them either way.

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  4. Lovely photos. Your chocolate Bon bons sound decadent..

    Merry Christmas!

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  5. Your kitchen looks so beautiful!! I hope you and your family have a very Merry Christmas!!

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  6. Merry Christmas, Courtney!
    I use Pam, cooking spray on my fresh boxwood to keep it from drying out!

    xo

    Andie

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  7. Your kitchen looks lovely! Just the perfect touch of Christmas. Thanks so much for the recipe...it looks quick, easy and so delicious!

    Marry Christmas

    XO,
    Jane

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  8. Your kitchen is beautiful, of course. The bon bons look so yummy. I have too many goodie ideas from blogland. I have to narrow it down, or we'll be in sweets overload. Merry Christmas!

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  9. Those look delicious Courtney and your kitchen as always divine!

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  10. What a pretty kitchen. Love it all:)

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  11. Love the kitchen, Courtney! Have a Merry Christmas.

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  12. They sound amazing...like your kitchen! I don't see how much flour to put in the recipe, though.

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  13. ooops... more coffee needed when writing a post early in the am.. ;) It's 2 cups of flour. Thanks for letting me know. Merry Christmas!

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  14. Hi, Courtney! Love the simple Christmasy touches in your kitchen. Perfect!
    Merry Christmas!

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  15. Your kitchen looks so fresh and the greenery is the perfect touch. Have a very lovely Xmas from Primroses Attic.

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  16. Love your simple decor. I was sooo into boxwoods this year and yours are lovely. Merry Christmas

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  17. Hey chickadee!!! I love the island and the garland and wreath! I hope u and your family have a wonderful Christmas!!!

    Toodles-
    Sarah

    P.S.
    Come by and visit my decorating/crafting blog! I just posted my Christmas decor!
    http://lifeasasteelmagnolia.blogspot.com

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  18. Your garlands in the kitchen look wonderful. Merry Christmas and all the best in the New Year.
    Denise

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  19. Your kitchen looks beautiful--I love the garland in the window! Merry Christmas to you!

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  20. Love the simplicity of your decorating. Less is more. Thanks for the cookie recipe, it has to be delicious with so much chocolate, yumm!

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  21. Can i come up and visit and have a cookie or 2?

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