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Jill aka Jo
December 20 2016 @ 06:00 am
20th Day of Christmas

Serves: 8

My cousin makes these several times a year and hers are good but sometimes a little dry so I thought rather than cream cheese and butter maybe adding some sour cream would make them delicious. But it also depends if you freeze them. In my experience that dries them out a little.

4 baking potatoes (about 2 pounds)
¾ cup sour cream
6 tablespoons butter, softened
2 ounces cream cheese, softened
2 green onions, chopped
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon pepper
¼ teaspoon thyme
¼ cup milk
¾ cup grated Cheddar cheese
1-2 chopped jalapeno (optional)

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Jill aka Jo
December 19 2016 @ 06:00 am
19th Day of Christmas

Yields 2 loaves

I do buy cranberries, usually to make the cranberry salsa or dip but then I stumbled upon a Cranberry Christmas cake which probably means I'll need more cranberries on my shopping list every year.

But what I really like about this recipe, whether you are making it for yourself or to give away, it makes 2 loaves so you can keep one and give one as a gift or both if this is the second batch and there is just none left of the first.

2 cups all-purpose flour
1 1/2 cups cranberries, roughly chopped (fresh or dried)
1 1/2 cups sugar
1 cup buttermilk
1 cup unsalted butter
1 egg
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
powdered sugar, garnish

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Jill aka Jo
18th Day of Christmas
This is a tasty treat to me! And what a lifesaver. With all those crazy things I've been fielding at work, I wanted something that wouldn't be too hard to make when I got home. And bonus it is healthy, gluten free and delicious!

2 tablespoons olive oil
1 large onion, diced
4 cups chicken broth
1 14-oz. can (small can) fire roasted diced tomatoes
1 15-oz. can (small can) black beans, or 1.5 cups cooked black beans, drained and rinsed (I can't eat black bead so we did kidney beans but you could do pinto or white)
1 heaping teaspoon smoked paprika
salt and pepper, to taste
2 small-medium sweet potatoes, diced (about 3-4 cups total)
2 cups cooked shredded chicken (such as rotisserie)
2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley, plus more for garnish

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Jill aka Jo
December 17 2016 @ 06:00 am
17th Day of Christmas
I've actually gotten something like this as a gift and I really enjoyed it. It is something you can save for one of those days when you feel you just need to have something chocolaty.

1-1 quart jar
1 cup plus 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/3 cup cocoa powder
2/3 cup brown sugar
2/3 cup white sugar
1/3 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
1/3 cup white chocolate chips
1/3 cup chopped pecans

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Jill aka Jo
December 16 2016 @ 11:46 am

*big hugs* to you both!

serenitysangel, I really appreciate the message and I too hope 2017 is better.

yeuxdebleu, thank you so much for the card and the postcard! I'm so glad we are friends too and I hope I'll get to see you aren't more often.
Jill aka Jo
December 16 2016 @ 06:00 am
16th Day of Christmas
This is probably one of the cutest and easiest things I've ever seen. Polar Bear Cupcakes. And the best part is they will be a hit and go well with Christmas goodies or even just winter goodies.

Chocolate Cupcakes
Vanilla or Buttercream Frosting
Shredded Coconut
York Peppermint Patties
Chocolate Covered Raisins (or Peanuts if you prefer)

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Jill aka Jo
December 15 2016 @ 06:00 am
15th Day of Christmas
I adore corn. It's funny because I'm not a huge fan of cornbread but I adore most corn dishes. My favorite is probably the Creamed Corn recipe I shared last year but some very annoying people pointed out we've already had that a lot so I was tasked with coming up with a new corn recipe. This one will do it for me and make some of the corn bread lovers happy.

1 stick butter, melted
1 cup sour cream
1 box Jiffy corn bread mix
1 can regular corn, undrained
1 can creamed corn
1 beaten egg
toppings: bacon, scallions, and/or French fried onions

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Jill aka Jo
December 14 2016 @ 03:28 pm
I am incredibly saddened to learn of the passing of Alan Thicke. I watched this man on Growing Pains for 7 years of my childhood and realized quickly what a good father looked like. From the sounds of it, it wasn't an act because it seems he knew something about being a good father. My thoughts and prayers are with his friends and family and all the fans who loved him.
Jill aka Jo
14th Day of Christmas
Every year we have the same dilemma. Vegetables or salad? And usually we end up with just vegetables because everyone had a different idea of what should be in their salad. This year for the big family dinner I'm going to make this salad which is delicious and a favorite among the extended family.

1/3 cup walnut pieces
8 oz. baby spinach
2 ripe pears, cored and sliced
1/2 cup pomegranate seeds
1/4 cup crumbled feta cheese

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Jill aka Jo
December 13 2016 @ 10:52 am

tracyj23, technically I already said thank you but I wanted to post it here too. Also, I kind of miss the picture you normally send, not to guilt you or anything. I know you are very busy right now and I appreciate that you thought of me. *big squishes*

moondropz, I'm totally jealous! You lucky girl! What an awesome Christmas card to send out. Thank you very much for thinking of me and for the added bonus of some Jensen for Christmas!