Sugar, Cinnamon Spice, and Everything Nice

Can you smell the spicy smell of cinnamon or feel the warmth of cocoa?

Greetings Readers!  Let me make you jealous…as I type, the scent of hot cocoa finds me in my room.  And I mean homemade hot chocolate made with Hershey’s cocoa and cold milk.  Oh how I love that smell!  Soon I will be sipping it from a large mug.  Speaking of delicious foods, that is what this post will be all about.  In this post I have decided to compile a few recipes that bring coziness and the feeling of warmth to a home.  I will also include a comfort-food recipe for this week-Potato Soup.

Let me begin with a “spice-up” recipe for cinnamon-apple tree ornaments.  This recipe will not only fill your home with the sweet smell of spice, but will also make many beautiful Christmas tree ornaments for next year!  Never too early to start planning!


  • What you will need:

1. 2 cups of applesauce

2. 2 cups cinnamon

3.  tacky glue (optional)

4. a pencil or a straw to poke holes into the ornaments

5. cookies cutters

6. colorful ribbon

Mix the applesauce and ground cinnamon  in a large mixing bowl.  Once thoroughly mixed, roll out the dough on wax paper about 1/2-1 inch thick.  Cut out fun shapes with various cookie cutters.  I recommend shapes like stars, gingerbread men, christmas trees, or candy canes.  Poke a hole in the top of the shape with a straw or pencil.   Once the shapes are formed, you can let them air dry for 3-5 days or you can bake them in the oven at 200 degrees until hardened.   If you bake them make sure you flip them over often.  I recommend air drying them.  Ours turned out better that way and they didn’t crack or break.  Once dried, string a piece of colorful ribbon through the hole and give as a gift or hang right on your next Christmas tree!

Another recipe I especially enjoy on winter mornings is a warm, soft, buttery slice of my mom’s pumpkin bread.   It is the best sweet bread that I have ever tasted.  I thought that I would share this delicious recipe with you.

Pumpkin Nut Bread

  1. 3 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  2. 3/4 cup quick or old-fashioned oats
  3. 2 teaspoons baking soda
  4. 1 1/2 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice
  5. 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  6. 1/2 teaspoon salt
  7. 3 eggs
  8. 1 3/4 cups LIBBY’S 100% natural solid pack pumpkin (15 or 16 oz. can)
  9. 1 1/4 cups granulated sugar
  10. 1 cup packed brown sugar               
  11. 1/2 vegetable oil {my family replaces the vegetable oil with 1/2 cup of melted butter}
  12. 1/2 cup water                                             {my family replaces the water and Evaporated Milk with 1 cup milk}
  13. 1/2 CARNATION Evaporated Milk
  14. 1 cup chopped pecans

Combine flour, oats, baking soda, pumpkin pie spice, baking powder and salt in a large bowl.  Beat eggs, pumpkin, sugars, water, oil, and evaporated milk in a large mixer bowl on medium speed until combined.  Beat flour mixture into pumpkin mixture on low-speed until blended; stir in nuts.  Spoon into 2 greased 9 x 5 inch loaf pans

Bake in preheated 350 degrees F. oven for 65 to 70 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean.  Cool in pans for 10 minutes; remove to wire racks to cool completely.  Makes 2 loaves. 

Is your mouth watering yet?  Now we come to our final recipe for this post; Potato Soup.  I found this recipe creamy, calming and delicious.  I hope you will too.  Just the thing to end a busy day.  This recipe is not only extremely easy, but will leave everyone satisfied.

Potato Soup

  1. 6 medium potatoes {washed and cubed}
  2. 3 1/2 cups of milk
  3. 4 tablespoons or 1/4 cup of chopped onion
  4. 3 tablespoons butter
  5. 2 tablespoons flour
  6. Cayenne pepper (be careful while adding cayenne pepper; don’t use too much.  Cayenne pepper can be very strong!) , salt and black pepper to taste

Boil and lightly mash potatoes (leave slightly chunky) using potato water.   Brown the onion in butter, add flour, then potatoes, milk and seasonings.  Stir and heat until smooth.  Serve sprinkled with grated cheese.  Serves 5. 

I hope you rest this weekend and try out some of my new recipes!  Bon Appetit!


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One response to “Sugar, Cinnamon Spice, and Everything Nice

  1. Mor Mor

    I will try these wonderful recipes. They sound delicious. Thank you for sharing them. I really miss you and hope it won’t be too long before seeing you and your family again. Mor For and I have been fighting symptoms in the last couple of weeks but are doing fine now. Mor For hasn’t had work for the last several weeks but has some work today for the day. I will be teaching my piano students this afternoon and then tonight we have prayer meeting. We will have company for one night and a day at the end of this week. That will be a special time for all of us.

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