5 days

Till Christmas! And today, I gave myself an early Christmas present …a day off.

No driving, no sliding, no conferencing, no filing.


As it turned out, schools in West MI closed today, 1″ of ice on the roads tends to slow everything – and everyone – down.

Kids are gleeful, as winter break comes early πŸ™‚Β  How I remember those days!

So .. I spent the morning baking and cooking and putting together a few care packages.Β  One for my Father-in-Law, whom we’ll see tomorrow, a few more for friends, and the rest .. the rest for my crew here at home.

Here’s one of Hubbs’ favorites, chocolate covered peanut clusters:

"I could quit smoking before I could quit eating these" - Mr Hubbs

“I could quit smoking before I could quit eating these” – Mr Hubbs

Want to make some? Want to dazzle your cast & crew, too?

Here’s what you need: candiquick

  • 1 jar (16oz) of dry roasted peanuts
  • 1 package of “Candiquick” chocolate coating (see pic at right)
  • waxed or parchment paper


Spread several sheets of waxed paperΒ  on your kitchen counter (not on a wood table, as these will be hot at first).

Melt chocolate according to directions on package; ~ 1 min on high, stir, melt another 15 seconds or so then pour in peanuts and stir to coat.

Drop tablespoons of the chocolate-peanutty goodness onto the paper and allow to cool — about 1 1/2 hours.

Break into smaller pieces (or not) and cover — these can be frozen, they travel great (if they break apart, who cares?) and are a hit everywhere I take them! I store them in zip-lock bags in the freezer, hidden away from Hubbs.

What Christmas treats are you making this year? Have you treated yourself to something special, like a day off? πŸ™‚

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22 thoughts on “5 days

  1. Those look AWESOME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  2. Great recipe! I might need to give this a try. πŸ™‚

  3. I hope Hubbs doesn’t read your blog or he will be ripping apart you freezer in January looking for them. Yum!

    • he doesn’t read it πŸ˜‰ and I used to hide them in the deep freezer but we gave it to oldest boy so now they are pretty easy to find in the fridge freezer πŸ™‚ MJ

  4. You’re making me hungry. I we weren’t taking off on a road trip to New York I would make a batch of these tomorrow.

    • They’re pretty wonderful – and good at any time of year. I’ve made them for baby showers, birthdays, well-wishes visits, and, of course, Christmas!

  5. I’m drooling. They have to be my favorite.

  6. OMG, those look like DELICIOUSNESS!

  7. What a perfect recipe – quick and easy with a lot of appeal! Yum.

  8. Those peanut clusters look totally deelish! I splurged on some inexpensive jewelry for myself this holiday. Because I can’t eat any dairy products, holiday food is not really a splurge for me. (And we don’t eat beef or pork any longer). Just think of all of your holiday favorites and I bet there is some sort of dairy in it: cheese, milk product, etc. Have a very Merry Christmas!!

    • Yes, probably so — I’d have to skip my favorite, Chile con Queso, which we’re having tomorrow night with Fajitas πŸ™‚

      Good for you for treating yourself thought πŸ™‚ Merry Christmas! MJ

  9. Oops! I “saved” this post to read later…and here it is THREE days later! Glad you took the day off. Those chocolate peanut clusters look delish! I’d probably have a hard time parting with any of those!

    • No harm, no foul. The day off was delicious, just what I needed πŸ™‚ I gave away about 1/2 of them, and Hubbs is closely hoarding the rest … MJ

  10. Those look simple and delicious. YUM!

    We can’t let Christmas go by without baking some sugar cookie cutouts and frosting them in pretty colors.

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