The Final Countdown and Recipe Fun

Five-Minute-Friday-4On Friday’s we meet with our friends over at Kate’s place for Five Minute Friday.  This week we are choosing our own word prompt and linking together here.  My word pick is: Countdown

We are in the final countdown… seven days ’til Christmas.

It doesn’t seem possible that we could be this close. But what’s even closer is the countdown to Sam coming home. We are three days out before the family is under one roof again. We are all looking forward to her coming home!  But before that happens other events must take place first.

I was chit chatting with one of my favorite cashiers in one of my favorite stores yesterday when she said, “I just have to get through Sunday then it will be smooth sailing.” I said, “Me, too…Let’s just get through Sunday.”

On Sunday, we have our kid’s production at church, our open house in the evening and Sam’s return in the late night. So it really is a “Let’s just get through Sunday” kind of motivation.

We do this craziness every year with the kid’s production in the morning and open house in the evening. It makes for a little crazy but I’ve learned some tips through the years so it’s not that bad.

Our open house is just that… opening our home for a 3 hour period where around 60-70 people stop over to say Merry Christmas and share in the goodies of the Season.

So in preparation for that event, yesterday was shopping, today is baking, tomorrow is rearranging furniture to make room for people and then Sunday is Sunday… and Sammy is home. (See how it keeps coming around to that! It’s all happiness and we’re counting down the minutes!)

One of the big hits of our open house is the food and a favorite is my mom-in-law’s recipe of Rocky Roads (aka Butterscotch Confetti.) This is an incredibly easy recipe and crowd-pleaser. Others have asked for the recipe so I’m sharing it with you.

Rocky Roads

  • 1 cup butterscotch chips
  • ½ cup smooth peanut butter
  • ¼ cup hard margarine (or butter…. We use margarine)
  • 8 oz package of miniature marshmallows

Heat first 3 ingredients in large heavy saucepan on lowest heat, stirring often, until chips are almost melted. Do not overheat. Remove from heat. Stir until smooth. Let stand until bottom of saucepan is cool enough to touch.

Add marshmallows. Stir until coated. Press firmly in greased or foil-lined 9 x 9 inch pan. Chill until firm. (Cut into 36 squares.)

My personal favorite is to eat these chilled and fresh out of the freezer… yummy and a bit addictive!!

peanut clusterAnother family favorite is Easy Peanut Clusters.  I made this last year. They are made in the slow-cooker and super-duper easy.  If you’re looking for simple and delicious, this is for you!  The recipe is shared here.

I am trying a couple of new recipes this year and one of them is Ree Drummond’s Bacon-Wrapped Dates. A friend of mine made these last week and they were amazing. Click here for the recipe.

I am off now to get this baking started, crank some oldies tunes, and corral this house of men with their Nerf gun wars. (A story for another day!)

Happy Friday, friends!

Jump into the conversation:

  • What does this last weekend before Christmas hold for you?
  • Share one of your Christmas recipe favorites.
  • What are you counting down to this year?



13 thoughts on “The Final Countdown and Recipe Fun

  1. Yummy! I’m going to have to try this recipe! (And when I say “try this recipe” that means beg my daughter to make it for me. 🙂 ) It sounds like you have many joyful things planned. What blessings! Merry Christmas to you and your family!

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  2. How exciting! Soon your family will be back under one roof. Yum peanut clusters. Those other goodies sound delicious too. Have a productive weekend friend. I’m over in the #15 spot.


  3. We have just had one return to the nest for Christmas, as well! It truly is a wonderful feeling! Another is overseas serving in the military, so, we will miss he and his precious wife dearly. Our family favorite is “magic squares”. Layer graham cracker crumbs in the bottom of the pan, pour 2 cans of sweetened condensed milk overtop, add a layer of chocolate chips, then crushed pecans, then coconut. Bake at 350 for 30 minutes. They are called “magic squares” because they disappear like “magic”!

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  4. What a blessed season for you, Rachel! I’m praying for your Sunday. Thanks for sharing these wonderful recipes as well. So glad I stopped over to read your choice of word. Love it! Merry Christmas!


  5. I love your word choice and I’ll have to come back to look for the recipes when we get to our daughter’s house–where we, too, will get to all be under the same roof again! It’s been awhile. Have a wonderful holiday and enjoy your family (and your craziness 😉 ).

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