So... my family has LOTS of traditions!!!  But one of our favorites it the drinking of Tom and Jerry's each Christmas Day! 

We had these warm, delicious and and frothy drinks every Christmas Day at my grandparent's house!

They taste similar to egg nog but much tastier and lighter!!!  And it is a warm drink! I was scouting around online the other day and actually found the recipe posted!  So apparently, we are not the only family that enjoys these tasty drinks!

I am going to share the recipe with all of you today and perhaps you can make this a part of your yearly Christmas celebration!!


12 eggs
1 pound powdered sugar
Nutmeg and Cinnamon
A roaster of boiling water
A pot of boiling water

Take big roaster pan and fill it with about 3 inches of water.  Place on stove top and keep water warm.  Keep mugs in hot water. 

Keep another pot of boiling water going!

Separate egg yolks from egg whites and place in different bowls
With mixer, beat eggs yolks until smooth
Add powdered sugar to egg yolks and beat until creamy yellow

Clean beaters
Photo Credit: Chowhound (my grandparents had these EXACT mugs!!!)
Beat egg whites until they form peaks
Fold egg whites into egg yolks and powdered sugar mixture

Ladle about one ladle full of egg mixture into a hot mug, fill to the top with boiling water!  Sprinkle with cinnamon and nutmeg!  

My family looks forward to these every year and my kids also love them!!!

They are very different... but so good!!!


Merry Christmas!

Love and Blessings
Your Friend

Tis the season for candy making!!!  Perhaps you have always wanted to make homemade candy but didn't have the confidence in your candy making abilities!!!  Well, I have a recipe for you!!  

This turtle recipe is SUPER easy and looks like you spent hours slaving away over homemade candy.  Put them in a cute box and they would make a great gift for any chocolate or candy lover!!


Homemade Turtles

  • 1 bag of caramels
  • 1 bag of semi sweet chocolate chips
  • 1 bag of pecan halves
  • 2-3 TBS heavy cream
  • 3 TBS butter
  • foil or baking mat
  • cookie sheet

-Remove wrappers from caramels, add 2 TBS cream and butter, microwave for 1 minute stir and continue to microwave in 30 second increments until the caramels are melted and creamy.  This takes a little bit of elbow grease... but you can do it!

Melts chocolate chips in a double boiler.  You can do this in a microwave, but the double boiler makes the chocolate very silky and easy to work with.  In case you don't know what a double boiler is, take a big sauce pan and fill it half way with water, place it on medium/high flame on the stove, place a glass or steel bowl over the water and dump chocolate chips in the bowl.  Stir and let chips melt.  The double boiler also prevents scorching!
Place a piece of foil over a cookie sheet and spray with cooking spray.  I use my baking mat, but if you don't have one, foil will work just fine. 

Place four pecans together creating a turtle effect, with four legs. Cover the pecans with about 1 TBS of caramel.  Then cover caramel with about 1 TBS of chocolate and spread with the back of your spoon. If you really want to be fancy, you can sprinkle sea salt on top of the chocolate!  Place in fridge for about an hour until they are set!  


That is literally all there is to it!!!

Consider yourself a candy maker!!

Peace and Blessings
Your Friend (and fellow chocolate lover!)

Coffee, coffee and more coffee!!

It's funny because when I was growing up all I ever remember being the options for coffee was black or sugar and creamer.  My mom drank a pot of black coffee every morning!

Today.... it's a coffee world!!  I hated coffee for many years.  I used to say it tasted like cigarette ashes!! LOL  Well. that all changed when my husband gained a passion for espresso and starting playing barista in our home.  He would make THE BEST coffees in the entire world.  We would have people calling and asking if he would make them a coffee for the road!!  

We got very good at coming up with our own drink concoctions as well!  Buying a special coffee daily can get extremely costly and here's the thing... you can make them at home and they can be just as great!!!

Today, I share with you one of my favorites.... Pumpkin Spice Latte!  It is easy and you can also make a huge batch of the mix and store it in the fridge so you can use it as often as you want!  

3/4 cup strong brewed coffee
1/4 cup canned pumpkin
1/4 cup milk, 1/2 and 1/2 or pumpkin spice creamer, I used almond milk and a little creamer!
1 tsp pumpkin pie spice
1/4 cup whip cream (like cool whip) and more for topping
3 Tbs brown sugar
1 tsp vanilla

Mix all ingredients EXCEPT coffee together in a blender or with a whisk.  The blender works much better as it makes it fluffy and light.  Pour mixture in a microwave safe container and heat up for about 1 minute. Fill a coffee cup (BIG ONE)  half way with pumpkin mixture, fill the rest of the way with hot coffee.  Mix well!  Top with more whip cream and sprinkle with pumpkin pie spice and cinnamon and sugar!!!

Make an extra one and share it with neighbor or friend!!!

Peace and Blessings
Your Friend In Christ

I absolutely love researching and finding household tips that are all frugal, easy and most of all WORK!  It is especially exciting to stumble upon a tip that you did not realize that you were looking for until you found it.  I am going to share a few of these with you today!  I hope they help you as much as they have me!

1. THIS ONE IS MY ALL TIME FAVORITE!!  Mascara.  So, I have found and read that within 3 months of buying mascara it pretty much is ready for the trash!  This drives me crazy because normally there is still a ton left in the tube, but it is all flaky and dried out!  Then.... I found this beautiful frugal and successful tip.  If your mascara starts to become dried and flaky, add about 2-3 drops of saline solution to the tube and kind of mix around with the wand.  I wear contacts so I always have solution, if you don't buy a little bottle and it will last your forever!  You can buy the little Target brand bottles for about $3. 

Once you do this, your mascara is like brand new again... NO JOKE!  It goes on smooth and easily!  I just keep adding solution as it dries out again and have had the same tube of mascara for about 8 months now!!  For real!


2.  REMOVING NAIL POLISH FROM CLOTHING!  My girls wanted to paint their nails the other day.  Normally, I would be supervising, however, I was in the middle of something, so I told them to go ahead.  They know to put a towel down and to sit at the bar in the kitchen. When I came down, they had followed all the rules, but with one little issue, Eden's new shirt now had a stripe of sparkly pink nail polish across the shoulder. 

Instead of getting frustrated (as I normally would) I realized it was partially my fault for not helping them, so, I hopped on the net and found this gem of advice!  

I always thought nail polish remover would take the color out of the clothing, but, I was wrong!  To remove the stain, first grab a paper towel and some acetone nail polish remover.  Place the stain FACE DOWN on the paper towel.  Saturate a cotton ball with the nail polish remover and press down on the stain, holding it there and then blotting.  Continue this process until the stain is gone.  When you lift up the clothing you should see the stain being blotted onto the paper towel.  

Once the stain is gone or almost gone, throw it in the washer immediately and wash!  I was shocked how well it worked.  If you look really close to her shirt, you may see a light stain, but it really is not obvious at all.  

Place your bowl full of dough on a heating pad to help it rise a little quicker!  WHY DID I NOT THINK OF THAT???  

4. THE WORLD'S BEST STAIN REMOVER!! Equal parts of hydrogen peroxide and dawn dish soap!  Yes!  Mix these two items together, pour on the stain, scrub with a toothbrush and throw it in the wash!  I have gotten stains out of clothing that I had already washed and run through the dryer!!

It works like a charm!

So, there you have it!  I hope these little tips may help you out at some point as well! Seriously, the mascara one is my all time favorite!!! 

Now, I know it it is pretty inexpensive to buy hand soap, however, I found this tip to be extremely easy and worthy of mentioning!  Buy a large container of hand soap refill and when your bottle of foaming hand soap is empty, simply pour about 2 TBS of the hand soap back in the bottle and fill the rest of the bottle with water.  Gently roll the bottle from side to side, mixing the soap and water without shaking and causing a major bubble party in the bottle!  

That's it!!  You are ready to use it!  

These are some of my favorite and most helpful tips!  I hope they may work for you and possibly save you a little money and perhaps some time as well!!

Peace and Blessings
Your Friend