Roo's Casa

Cute Santa Hot Cocoa Set
December 22, 2013, 4:59 pm
Filed under: Christmas

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Minty Candy Cane Truffles
December 17, 2012, 1:56 am
Filed under: Christmas, Recipes

My friend made these for a holiday party and they were excellent!


8 oz. chocolate chips

1/2 cup heavy cream

2 tsp. peppermint extract

1/2 cup cocoa powder for dusting

1/2 cup crushed candy canes


Mix the extract and cream, microwave for one minute.

Melt the chocolate chips in the cream until smooth. Refrigerate for four hours or until firm.

Scoop out one teaspoon of the mixture and roll into balls.  Place on a wax paper covered baking sheet in the freezer for 45 minutes. Roll the balls into the cocoa powder. Chill in the freezer again.

Roll the balls in the crushed candy canes. Store in the refrigerator, covered.  Leave at room temperature for 10 minutes before serving.IMG_1966

White Chocolate Peppermint Bark Cheesecake
December 16, 2012, 9:00 pm
Filed under: Christmas, Recipes

IMG_1968 My sister and I have a tradition of eating the Peppermint Bark Cheesecake from The Cheesecake Factory every year.  It is only available from Thanksgiving until it runs out.  I found this recipe on Baked by Rachel and it turned out great!  I did cut the recipe in half and baked it in a six-inch spring form.  I wasn’t sure how long to bake it and so started checking on around half the normal time.  The cheesecake ended up taking the regular baking time of 1 hour and 45 minutes.  I will for sure make this again.

*Note for next time: make sure to wrap the bottom better in foil so that water doesn’t leak in on the crust.

Christmas Sugar Cookies
December 20, 2011, 10:51 pm
Filed under: Christmas, Recipes

The kids made some cookies for Santa today.  We used this great recipe that I found on a Cooking Light Bulletin Board.


Melissa’s Iced Sugar Cookies

2 sticks (1 cup) butter, softened

1.5 cups sugar

1 tsp. vanilla

3 eggs

3.5 cups flour

2 tsp. cream of tartar

1 tsp. baking soda

1/2 tsp. salt

Mix the butter and sugar.  Add in vanilla and eggs.  Next put in the cream of tartar, salt and baking soda. Finally, add the flour and mix just until it is mostly mixed together. Refrigerate the dough for 2 hours or more.  Roll out the dough and cut with cookie cutters. Bake at 350 degrees for 6-8  minutes.

*I like to roll my dough in between two sheets of plastic wrap and then cut.

* I also only make 1/3 of this recipe since we don’t need a lot of cookies.  Here are the adjustments we make:

1/3 cup butter

1/3 cup +2.5 tbsp+ 1 tsp sugar

1/3 tsp. vanilla (I just eyeball it)

1 egg

1 cup + 2.5 tbsp + 1 tsp. flour

1/2 tsp. cream of tartar

1/3 tsp. baking soda

1/8 tsp. salt +tiny bit more but less than 1/16 (I think I made these last time with just the 1/8 tsp. since I used salted butter)

Rice Bags for Secret Santa
December 19, 2011, 10:45 pm
Filed under: Christmas, Crafts, Sewing

My Secret Santa put out an S.O.S. call for some rice bags the other day. They were easy enough to make so these are checked off the list.



1. Sew on all four sides of some fabric leaving a small hole on one of the sides.

2.  Using a funnel, pour in some regular white rice.


3.  Sew up the hole.

4. Heat in the microwave when ready to use.  I usually do at least one minute, but it depends on how hot you like it.


Snowman Gum for Secret Santa
December 18, 2011, 10:45 pm
Filed under: Christmas

My Secret Santa loves gum so I painted on snowman faces to the white part of the gum packaging.  I hope she likes it.

Reusable Container for Treats
December 15, 2011, 11:22 pm
Filed under: Christmas

For our neighbor treats I took an empty hot chocolate can and reused it.  Simply cut out a wrapping paper rectangle to fit your can and tape it in place. I made my rectangle a little longer and cut to size.