Cinnamon Raisin Bread Pudding

Every time I make this recipe it brings me back to my childhood. My grandma and I would always go to one of the local restaurants in my hometown and order bread pudding for a special treat. As I got older and learned how to make this on my own, from the help of Grandma of course, it quickly became one of our family favorites.

You will need:

*Bread of choice

*8 Large Eggs

*1 Cup Milk

*3 Tbsp. Cinnamon

*1 tsp. Vanilla Extract

*1Cup Raisins-optional

*Caramel- I use caramel ice cream topping.

The first step is to decide what bread you are going to use for your bread pudding. I like to use day old donuts from Wal-Mart for mine but you can use any bread of your choice. The amount will obviously depend on how big of a batch you are wanting to make, but typically I use one of the 12 pack of donuts and that is perfect for a 9×13 pan.

Now it’s time to cube up your bread.

Next, I add in my raisins.

Next, I mix the eggs, milk, cinnamon, and vanilla together in a bowl and then pour that over my bread. I then toss this together until it’s evenly dispersed throughout the pan.

Before I put it in the oven I drizzle caramel sauce over the top and then bake at 350 degrees for 30-45 minutes.

How yummy does this look?!! You can garnish with ice cream or whipped cream for an even sweeter treat!

Crockpot Nut Clusters

I have to say this is the first year ever that I have used a crockpot for my holiday baking and I have to say it was pretty dang handy! I will definitely be trying more crockpot recipes for baking!

For this recipe you will need:

*Chocolate Almond Bark

*Roasted Peanuts

*Cashews

*Peanut Butter and Milk Chocolate Chips

*Holiday Sprinkles

Set your crockpot to low and add in your nuts. Any combination of nuts will work for this.

Next, break up your almond bark and add that in.

I let this melt for about a half hour, stirring frequently and then added in my package of peanut butter/chocolate chips.

I continued stirring for another half hour and then my mixture was fully melted.

To finish off the clusters, simply take a spoon or small measuring cup and drop by spoonful onto parchment paper or tinfoil. Before the clusters begin setting up be sure and add on your sprinkles. These set up rather quickly and are then ready to enjoy! They are sure to be a crowd pleaser!

M&M Christmas Crack

You will need:

*Saltine Crackers

*2 sticks melted butter

*1 1/2 cup brown sugar

*3 cups baking chips of choice-I used milk chocolate and peanut butter

*Toppings of choice-I used mini M&Ms and holiday sprinkles

The first thing you will want to do is line your cookie sheet with foil and place your saltine crackers in a single layer on the pan.

Next you will want to combine your butter and brown sugar. You can do this either in the microwave or on the stove top. You will want your mixture to come to a rolling boil for 3-4 minutes before you pour it over the crackers. After you have your mixture evenly spread over the crackers you will then put this into a 350 degree over for 5 minutes.

Immediately after you remove the pan from the oven you will spread your baking chips over your crackers. Let them sit for just a couple minutes and then they will be melted just enough to spread evenly over the crackers. Now it’s time to add your toppings. I chose mini M&Ms and holiday sprinkles for this batch. The possibilities are endless as far as the toppings go but a few of my favorites also include, heath bar baking chips and chopped pecans!

To finish off the Christmas crack you will want to stick it in the refrigerator to chill for 2 hours. Once it is fully set you can peel the foil back and begin cracking pieces off and that’s all there is to it!

Crockpot Turkey and Noodles

Ingredients:

*Turkey

*Turkey drippings

*Turkey base

*Celery

*Carrot

*Onion

*Minced garlic

*Egg noodles

*Salt & Pepper

This is the perfect way to use up that left over turkey from your holiday dinner. And not to mention it will make your house smell amazing!

The first thing you will want to do is reserve your turkey juices/drippings from the pan you cooked your turkey in. If your like my family we make our gravy from these drippings as well but usually there is more than enough to use for both. Next, I turn my crockpot on low and add my turkey drippings, carrots, celery, onion, and garlic to my pot. I like to let this simmer for an hour or so.

Once I am done with that, I add 2 tablespoons of turkey base, 3-5 cups of water depending on how big of a batch you are making, and my leftover turkey that I have cut up. Add salt and pepper and any other seasonings you like. I let this cook 2-3 hours and then I turn my crockpot to high and add in my egg noodles.

Once your noodles are fully cooked you are ready to enjoy!

Peanut Butter Sandwich Cookies

Ingredients:

*Ritz Crackers

*Peanut Butter

*Chocolate Almond Bark

*Sprinkles(optional)

These peanut butter sandwiches are one of my favorite things to bake during the holidays. They are super easy to make and only take 3 ingredients!

First, I cut the almond bark into squares and then toss them in a saucepan on low to melt. You will want to stir the almond bark often to avoid it scorching.

While the almond bark is melting I start assembling my sandwiches. For this step I simply take two Ritz crackers and spread peanut butter between the two crackers.

Once the almond bark is melted you are ready to start coating the sandwiches. I like to add some holiday sprinkles to mine to jazz them up a bit but you can certainly skip this step if you wanted. Once the almond bark has hardened you can now indulge in a sweet treat! These are perfect for any holiday gathering you may be attending whether it be a Christmas or New Year’s party, an office pot luck or even just on a goodie tray for your loved ones.

Crock Pot Green Pork Chili

Ingredients:

*4 Cups Shredded Pork

*48 oz. Box Chicken Broth

*2 Cans Bush’s Southern Style White Beans

*28 oz. Great Value Salsa Verde

* 1 Medium Onion

*2 Cloves Garlic

*Cilantro

*Shredded Monterrey Jack Cheese(for garnish)

*Sour Cream(for garnish)

*Corn Chips(for garnish)

This has quickly became a family favorite at house. We enjoying smoking various meats including pork loin and pork butt(pulled pork). We always have tons of meat left over so we usually make this for one of our meals from our leftovers. SO GOOD! The even better part is that it is super easy and crock pot friendly!

Simply combine all of your ingredients in the crock pot and turn on low for 6-8 hours. Easy enough, right? We like to garnish ours with a little bit of sour cream, shredded monterrey jack cheese, and corn chips. Yum!