Grandma B’s Fruitcake Cookies

The pictures of my fruitcake cookies on social media have been receiving a myriad of comments — everything from “Yuk” to “Yay” to family stories! I love the stories so keep them coming in the comment section below!

A cake once revered, is now the butt of many holiday jokes—and with good reason. Have you tried some of the things they sell as “fruitcake”???? 😳

The fruitcake is traced back to at least Roman times and is often the cake choice of royals. Did you know that Charles and Diana’s wedding cake was a fruitcake with cream cheese frosting.

We are the third generation to make these cookies. Christmas would not be Christmas for Mr. G without these cookies. For me they were an acquired taste, but I have crossed over the line and totally love these cookies too.

The recipe is so simple!

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Five ingredients:

  1. 1 lb candied fruit (mixed) chopped in small pieces.
  2. 1/2 cup self rising flour
  3. 3.5 – 4 oz of shredded coconut
  4. 2 cups chopped pecans
  5. 1 can sweetened condensed milk
  • Dredge fruit through flour
  • Add coconut, nuts and milk
  • Bake on parchment paper lined cookie sheet for 15 – 20 minutes.
  • 300 degree oven

Makes approximately 4 dozen.

Store uncovered — as much as possible.

Note: If you have trouble finding candied fruits … check here.

Give the cookies a try and let me know what you think!

Bloom Thyme Friday, Twinkle Lights, Hot Cocoa and Joy

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There is so much I love about the Christmas story as told in Luke 2. The Mother. The Father. The Baby. The Shepherds. Oh those shepherds! I can’t imagine that there was ever anything even remotely close to preparing these lowly shepherds for the celebration they had been invited to! Joy.

It is time for us to have our own celebration of our Lord’s birth. What a special time this is. Mr. G and I were just talking about how wonderful it is to be out and about in our small town. Our church is filled with praise, celebration, love, twinkle lights and hot cocoa! Local restaurant staff is dressed in Santa hats and reindeer antlers, the decor is twinkle lights, trees, snowmen and such.

Special to have the time to enjoy all these things and to reflect on the great blessings we have that start with a baby in the manger and move to the cross—God’s master plan. Joy. The blessings of our family and our friends. Joy.

I pray this season you are wrapped in love of friends and family, engulfed in twinkle lights and stuffed full of good food and hot cocoa.

I am looking forward to sharing more garden adventures with you in 2018. We will soon start plotting and planning. You know me, I’ll be counting down the days until spring starting the day after Christmas. Joy!

A BLOOM…
It IS Bloom Thyme Friday and I do have a bloom to share… This lovely Minerva Amaryllis! Blooming right on thyme! If you want to read more about my amaryllis adventures, read on here.

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SPEAKING OF JOY… 
We had the pleasure of caring for our grandboys for a week while their parents did some traveling. EXTREME JOY!

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Christmas Cran – A Holiday Tradition

Many of you have asked for the cranberry sauce recipe that my daughter affectionately named “Christmas Cran.” For my rose friends, Elena Williams tried this recipe and is a big fan!

I was introduced to this recipe when I bought my first microwave and was given the gift of a free microwave cooking class!

Several of the recipes I learned in the class I still make — but none more consistently than the cranberry sauce! Our family enjoys “Christmas Cran” every Christmas AND every Thanksgiving!

Sweet, citrusy goodness….

3/4 – 1 Cup of Sugar
1/4 teaspoon each of ground cloves, cinnamon and allspice (I usually add more cinnamon)
1/2 cup of apple or orange juice  (This year I used the juice from the tangerines I had on hand and it was fab.)
1 lb of whole cranberries
1 medium apple – peeled, cored and chopped
1/2 cup pecans or walnuts (They go in AFTER the cooking process.)

Combine SUGAR, SPICES and JUICE in 2 qt casserole. STIR. Add CRANBERRIES and APPLES. STIR.

COVER

Microwave on HIGH for 9 – 10 minutes.

Remove and add NUTS. STIR. (Caution: This is screaming hot!)

Pour into pretty dish and COOL.

Stirring up some Christmas Cran...
Stirring up some Christmas Cran…

Hope you enjoy and I hope you have a wonderful holiday season!

Even though we love our traditional recipes, we also love trying new things! Share your family favorites for the holidays!