Next to the last minute goodies!


Chocolate marshmallow reindeer with pretzel antlers and a cinnamon candy nose!



Really quick and easy to make- I made 30+ in less than 45 minutes!



Caramel corn.

Pop about 7 quarts of popcorn- I used an air popper and ran it twice.  Make sure the kernels are all popped

-discard the old maids.

In a small pot mix together the following:

  • 2 cups brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup light corn syrup
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup margarine or butter

Bring to boil on moderate heat.  Once you have a boil

stir constantly  for 5 minutes.

Remove from heat, add:

* 1/2 tsp baking soda

* 1 tsp vanilla extract

Stir over your popcorn ( have popcorn in large roasting pan)

and then pour on top of popcorn.  Don’t worry about coating it all at this point,

put the popcorn in the oven preheated to 250 F or 120C and bake for 1 hour,

stirring every 15 minutes.

Cool – then break up into smaller pieces and enjoy!


I put mine in plastic decorating cone bags and added a popcorn heart to dress it up!


,a nice and easy way to give bread is to shape it into stars.  Just use your favorite

dough and shape it into five long rolls- place them together into a star shape- make sure

the inside points are touching and then use an egg wash and sesame seeds to add a little

sparkle and flavor.


I’m almost ready for Christmas!

How about you?

8 thoughts on “Next to the last minute goodies!

  1. I’m no where near ready! But I love seeing all the treasures you’re making – you’re so creative, Heidi! Have a wonderful and blessed Christmas, dear friend.. xx

    • Celia- my plans always exceed my time and energy! But I’ve finally learned to take it one moment at a time- and to celebrate in each moment!
      Wishing you the best of holidays and a very joyous Christmas!

  2. What fun you are having with your treat making! I think those reindeer are really charming and have great expressions on their chocolatey faces. I was thinking maybe we should get a pop corn popper thing, we do eat it sometimes but I usually just rattle a saucepan and scare the dogs. I am guessing that ‘old maids’ are the ones that don’t pop but hide in the bowl of fluffy kernels waiting to booby trap your teeth? It is lovely to peek in on your preparations, much love, Joanna

    • I like to rattle the popcorn in a saucepan at times, Joanna- but when you need quarts of it at a time- the hot air popper is the thing. Ours is at least 30 years old- but it still does a very good job!
      Yes old maids are the kernels that never get to the altar of poppingdom!
      Tomorrow I’m driving 10 hours to get to Virginia’s eastern shore- so I’m pretty much done with preparation! Much like Mr Toad’s wild ride – all good things must come to an end. ( Not sure if that goes together- but it sounds right?).

  3. Your food treats look terrific! Your family and friends are in for many tasty treats. Praying your road trip is uneventful all of the way. Merry Christmas!!!!!

    • Martha- the recipe for the caramel corn called it Amish caramel corn- I like it even better than the recipe I’ve been making for years that I got from your mom. It has a little extra caramel flavor, I think.
      And the star bread is so easy and makes a nice presentation!

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