More Southern Christmas

In 9 days it will be Christmas! Can you believe it? I can’t. We have plenty of decorations around here, but, alas, no large tree. We love the large trees but we just have a little one this year.

A little Christmas tree.

We love to visit with family that have decorations! Here is some more from Mama:

The mantle
The mantle
The piano


It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas everywhere! More Christmas trees and decorations to come this week and, then, on Thursday it will be my 1 year blogversary! Got to save a little for that.

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Today’s Lagniappe: Christmas English Toffee
YUM, I love English toffee!

1 Cup Water
2 Cup sugar
4 sticks sweet (unsalted) butter
1 lb. raw shelled almonds
1 1/2 lb. milk chocolate


Grease 2 9×13 pans and place in ice water. It’s important that the toffee cool quickly.

Chop half the almonds finely in the food processor. There should be smallish chunks left and a fair amount of almond dust.

Melt the chocolate in a double boiler.

You’ll need a large heavy pot to cook the toffee in.

Stirring constantly over high heat, cook water and sugar until stringy.

Stirring constantly over high heat, add butter, 1 stick at a time.

Stirring constantly over high heat, add whole almonds. Continue stirring until you smell the roasted almonds. The mixture will take on a distinct brown color just before this and you’ll feel the texture of the mixture changing.

Pour evenly into pans in ice water. I try to stir the stuff while pouring. When pans are cool enough to touch, place them in the freezer for 15 minutes

Cover with half the chocolate and then half the chopped nuts then return to the freezer for another 15 minutes and then cover other half with remaining chocolate and nuts.

Break into pieces and store in the freezer.

You may half this recipe if you wish!





7 responses to “More Southern Christmas”

  1. Cheri Peoplesc Avatar

    You’ve been featured. Sorry I haven’t e-mailed back–it’s harry carry around here-but I am working on writing everything down and will work on getting an e-mail sent.

    Have a Very Merry Christmas

  2. Kim @ Cheap Chic Home Avatar

    The recipe sounds wonderful! I wish there was a picture of that, too!

  3. Jerri Avatar

    Great decorations! Hope to see you tomorrow for the Christmas Tree Party at Teresa’s place:

  4. Fifi Flowers Avatar

    Looks FAB and would LOVE to taste that treat!

  5. Cheri Peoples Avatar

    Are you with Word Press? I am literally trying to switched right now. I am so sick of all the problems with Google. I bought my name about 4 months ago and I am working on the page trying to work through everything–ugh-starting all over!!! How long does it take to do it all. I am doing everything myself right now after my husband has a job I will get it done professionally.


  6. Alana Avatar

    Very pretty! I love the mantle.

    -Alana Jo
    Please take a moment to check out my photos as well.
    Have a blessed day!

  7. Atticmag Avatar

    Oh I like the table runner draped over the mantel. What a super idea. Looks so pretty.
    Happy Holidays, Jane T.

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