Category: Seasonal

Rum Cake Recipe

How to Make Our Best Rum Cake

  We love making this cake at Christmas. Rum cake was my father’s favorite dessert this time of year, and he made it very tasty. We tried using our own white cake recipe from scratch. We found that a white cake mix worked great to show how to make our best rum cake. Our Best

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peanut butter cups

Homemade Peanut Butter Cups

Good morning everyone! Today we are making a traditional treat, loved at gatherings, our wonderful homemade peanut butter cups! Homemade Peanut Butter Cups   I made several dozen of these last Christmas for a fellowship but didn’t try one myself before we brought them. By the time I saw the tin during the fellowship, the

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Quick Hot Chocolate Cups

Because the days are still cold, we are still mixing up hot drinks. Quick hot chocolate cups are not difficult to prepare and deliver the quickest, sweetest food gift ever. Your friends are going to wonder why they didn’t think of doing this! The Difference Between Cocoa and Chocolate I had never really wondered if

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All Fruit Mincemeat Pie

Easy All Fruit Mincemeat Pie Recipe

This easy pie recipe is an all-time favorite from childhood. We always bought the frozen store mincemeat pie, which from what I remember was just fruit. Some recipes I’ve seen call for some sort of beef something, but this is an all fruit mincemeat pie, and it is delicious. Easy All Fruit Mincemeat Pie Recipe

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Make Apple Butter Using Your Crockpot

Homemade Apple Butter Using a Crockpot

I love fall! I especially like when apples go on sale. I almost inevitably end up with several bags that will go bad if I don’t do something quick. Apple butter, my love of all fruity spreads, is better homemade. It’s time to make homemade apple butter using a crockpot, horray! Make Crockpot Apple Butter

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Homemade Pumpkin Spice Creamer

Homemade Pumpkin Spice Coffee Creamer

Pumpkin spice coffee creamer is something I look for as soon as September hits. It’s my favorite flavor, and I would prefer grocery stores carry it all year long! I decided to give a homemade version a try. Pumpkin Spice Coffee Creamer Try creating a masterpiece of coffee delight in this creamer by playing with

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Chocolate Butterscotch Biscotti

Chocolate Butterscotch Biscotti

The days are looking like fall, I love it! I love the silence of cooler weather and the baking it brings with it too. The trees are finally starting to turn those pretty golden shades and the nights are cold enough that we can leave the windows shut. It makes me think of the wonderful color and

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Eggnog Fudge

Eggnog Fudge

Eggnog fudge… what says Christmas baking more than eggnog? This eggnog fudge is light and creamy, and super fast to make! And may I say that it’s such a pretty Christmas treat too? Be ready to share some of this yummy treat… it’s super-rich! I don’t think the neighbors will mind… I do recommend using

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Old Virginia Gingerbread Cookies

Old Virginia Gingerbread Cookies are adapted from the many recipes that I came across when I lived in Colonial Williamsburg. Some ingredients in these recipes are interesting, but I wanted easy, and I wanted to use butter. Simply searching out what ingredient does what helped me make a recipe that turned out spicy and easy

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Russian Tea Cakes Sprinkled with Powered Sugar

Russian Tea Cakes Recipe

This is probably one of our favorite Christmas cookies. Russian Tea Cakes is a traditional cookie recipe in most homes, and we’ve made them every year for as long as I can remember. Russian Tea Cakes In my house growing up, among the other Christmas cookies at the table, there was always a tin of

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Quick and Easy Molasses Candy

Quick and Easy Molasses Candy

Jessica made this candy years ago and put it in one of our journals. At the last minute one day I decided to whip up a batch. It was going so well, I thought I’d get a quick video. Quick and easy molasses candy is a recipe you’ll keep. The molasses gives it a deep

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Salted Caramel Chocolate Butter Cookies

Salted Caramel Chocolate Butter Cookies

We had a craving to make a small butter cookie, but really wanting chocolate in the recipe, and these were perfect. What I really like is how versatile the finished cookie is, so I added the ideas below. I decided that I’d call the recipe salted caramel chocolate butter cookies. Salted Caramel Chocolate Butter Cookies

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Best Brown Sugar Cookies with Perfect Maple Glaze

The Best Brown Sugar Cookies with Perfect Maple Glaze

There are a few variations of brown sugar cookies. In my recipe, I decided to spice them up just a bit and reduce the sugar and flour slightly. “The Best Brown Sugar Cookies with Perfect Maple Glaze” are not fat and cakey, but crisp on the outside and soft on the inside. The Best Brown

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Easy Star Runner Quilt

Make an Easy Star Quilt Table Runner

Make an Easy Star Quilt Table Runner The Star Quilt Runner is a simple star piece that a beginner can try. Some quilting knowledge is helpful. The fabric theme is up to you! I made mine in the fall, so it has a fall theme. I’ll be happy to answer any questions in the comments!

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Playful Pumpkin Patch Quilting Challenge

Playful Pumpkin Patch Quilting Challenge!

Joyous Home’s community is now open. Any homemaker may participate by registering to join. To start off the community, we have a Playful Pumpkin Patch Quilt Challenge! See the details below. A quick rundown on the community:  You have to register, or update your old password to login. We have one chat group, Joyful Homemaking Chat. Chat

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Cream Cheese Snickerdoodles

Cream Cheese Snickerdoodle Cookies

Snickerdoodles were part of my childhood, and my absolute favorite cookie. These comfort cookies, of course, have cream cheese, which makes them a little richer than the original snickerdoodle, and very soft and chewy. Cream Cheese Snickerdoodle Cookies Ingredients I love how fluffy the snickerdoodle batter gets! Butter and Cream Cheese – The combination of

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Homemade Cheeseball Spread For Crackers

The Retro Cheese Ball

Who doesn’t remember a cheese ball at every gathering when they were young? That’s a corny opening to a recipe post. Cheeseballs were classic and they’re still classic! Cheese balls are retro, they are simple and versatile because you can add almost anything to them and roll them in just about anything crunchy or soft,

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Old Fashioned Taffy Pull

How to Make Homemade Taffy

Homemade taffy is a fun activity for a rainy or snowy day. It was a highlight one year when we got adventurous and gave it a go. We aren’t big taffy eaters, but it was fun to pull and pretty tasty. Below is our great attempt on how to make homemade taffy! Homemade Taffy Recipe

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Make the Best Fourth of July Cake

Make the Best Fourth of July Cake! Since moving, I don’t have a lot of kitchen supplies unpacked to get fancy. I couldn’t even find my good spatula today. So, this is a last-minute, fun one I came up with when I saw the Pepperidge Farm Coconut Cake on the BOGO from Publix. Do you

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Soft Ginger Molasses Cookies

I absolutely love soft ginger molasses cookies. Last year I made these soft cut-out gingerbread cookies, loved those! The combination of ginger and molasses says Christmas baking to me even more than a good sugar cookie! The recipe I had used for soft molasses cookies wasn’t quite what I wanted anymore. The cookies were far

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Easy Cheesy Crackers

If you need a fast appetizer for a party, Easy Cheesy Crackers are it. Well, not as fast as out of a box, but homemade is always fun isn’t it? It took me a little over an hour to get these out of the oven! Beware – they go fast. The dough can be made

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Fresh Homemade Cornbread Stuffing

Fresh Homemade Cornbread Stuffing

Every Thanksgiving and Christmas we prepare our favorite dishes, with my husband having a big role in making the turkey and the fresh homemade cornbread stuffing. A few years back he had the task of making our Thanksgiving feast for a house full as I was two days out of the hospital with our 6th

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DYI Coffee Creamer

Fall! Easy Powdered Creamer and Our Best Pumpkin Cake!

Fall is gearing up at our house! I decided to dig out my Seasons at Home Magazines and the Joyous Home Journals and take a peek at our recipe collection. I found some great DYI coffee creamer and our best pumpkin cake. Fall! Easy Powdered Coffee Creamer and Our Best Pumpkin Cake! In the 2013 Fall issue,

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Perfect Lemon Shortbread Cookie Recipe

We love lemon cookies, especially lemon shortbread Christmas cookies! These are great for an afternoon treat with coffee and conversation! This lemon shortbread cookie recipe is the best we’ve made. They give just a twang of lemon that melts in your mouth. You definitely need the icing to make them a perfect lemon taste, so don’t skip it!

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Eggnog Thumbprint Cookies | Classic Christmas Cookie

These classic thumbprint cookies bring so many memories to my mind. My family has been making these thumbprint cookies for almost 15 years. My mom and I found a little cookie magazine many years ago in the grocery store, and it became our beloved “cookie book”. I think it’s probably the only cookie magazine we’ve

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