Wednesday, December 20, 2017

Merry Christmas!

Yanks RV Resort
Greenfield, CA

Ah, preparations..

We are having a holiday party at the Yanks clubhouse this Friday.
It's open to all the park, and staff and significant others :-)
Norma (the girl I work with) and I created a sign up sheet,
and started thinking of things to have.

Jodi and Steve are providing ham and potatoes,
and other people have signed up for different appetizers & desserts.

I've decided to pull out some traditional Christmas recipes,
fudge and 7 layer bars.
I gathered together everything..

I started with the 7 layer bars which are 7 different sweet things..
margarine, graham cracker crumbs, coconut, chocolate chips,
butterscotch chips, walnuts and sweetened condensed milk.
Not for anyone on a diet!

First the margarine is melted, and sprinkled evenly
with the graham cracker crumbs.

That is topped with the coconut, chocolate chips,
and butterscotch chips.

A can of sweetened condensed milk is poured on top..

..then the walnuts are spread on top and lightly tapped down.

All that is baked for 30 minutes,

Next I made two batches of fudge, one with walnuts, one plain.

This recipe is my Mom's, she learned how to make it 
in her home economics class in high school!
It's over 60 years old!

It starts with sugar, marshmallows, and evaporated milk
in a saucepan until it boils for exactly 6 minutes.


After the 6 minutes it is poured into a bowl that 
has chocolate chips, margarine, and if desired, walnuts. 

It is stirred until the margarine melts.

It is then poured into a pan with waxed paper,
and put in the fridge until hard.

It is very important to use margarine,
as butter would float to the top when cooling.
Do you know how hard it is to find margarine anymore!?

It's funny using this old recipe, as the measurements 
are based on older packaging.
For example it calls for 6 oz. of chocolate chips,
which is what the bag size used to be.
Now I just measure them :-)

Tomorrow we're getting together with friends,
and Christmas Eve we'll have our traditional Chinese food,
after going to Christmas eve service.
We'll spend it with Mom, Adam, and Jennifer.

We hope everyone has a wonderful holiday!


  1. How did you have time to write this blog post with all that cooking? Those pictures are making my sweet tooth hurt. Merry Christmas to you both!

  2. My mom called those all in one matter what you call them they are delicious. Merry Christmas to you and your family.

    Celebrating the Dance

  3. Say it ain't so, Christmas already! I'm still working on Thanksgiving leftovers... :cD

    Have a good Christmas!