Pudding Shots

The Christmas and New Years holiday season is my favorite time of the year! During the holiday season Scott and I love to host different holiday parties so we can spend time with our families and friends.

Most of you out there are more than likely familiar with the “Jell-O shot” but they have never been my favorite party shot. Over the summer while attending a Bunco Party I got to try pudding shots and my-oh-my did they knock my socks off! I loved them! So, this past weekend while Scott and I were having friends over to play cards we decided to mix up some pudding shots.

Not only are these incredibly easy to make, but the combinations you could try with different flavors of pudding and liquors are endless! My favorite by far is the Butterscotch Pudding with Bailey’s but we also make Cherry Cheesecake (cheesecake flavored pudding with cherry vodka) and Chocolate Caramel (chocolate pudding with Bailey’s). For our New Years party we will be trying a few other flavors as well!

Pudding Shots
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Ingredients:
1 (3.4 ounce) box of Instant Butterscotch Jell-O Pudding
1 Cup Milk
3/4 Cup Bailey’s Irish Cream with Caramel Flavor
1 (8 ounce) Package of Cool Whip, thawed

Directions:
In a medium sized mixing bowl whisk together the milk, Bailey’s and instant pudding mix for two minutes. Fold in the cool whip till incorporated.

Spoon the pudding into disposable shot glasses or other serving containers. Refrigerate overnight (or at least 3 hours) until the pudding has set.

Source: adapted from Jodie’s pudding shots

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Holiday Gift Boxes

For those who live in central Michigan you know we got the first snow fall of the year. Not only did we get snow here in Lansing we got a total of 9.2″ of snow! A record for November!

Snow falling really made it feel like the holiday season! Christmas is my all time FAVORITE holiday of the year. The lights, snow, Christmas trees, family gatherings, baking, etc! Oh, I just can’t get enough of it!

For the last three years each Christmas season I have made “Holiday Gift Boxes” for all of Scott and I’s co-workers along with our close friends and families. Each year around the beginning of December everyone starts to ask when they will be getting their “goodie box” as they call it.

Last year’s “Holiday Gift Boxes” included:
– Chocolate Covered Oreo’s
– Chocolate Covered Pretzels
– Chocolate Covered Marshmallow’s
– Rice Krispy Treats
– Sugar Cookies
– Chocolate Chip Cookies

Sitting at home today, snowed in, I thought it would be the perfect time to beginning planning my 2011 “Holiday Gift Boxes”. This year I really stepped it up, seeing that I am going to have an assistant! I am so excited that Brian is here from Denmark and has offered to help me!

As it stands right now the 2011 “Holiday Gift Boxes” will include:
– Chocolate Covered Oreo’s
– Chocolate Covered Pretzel’s
– Sugar Cookies with Royal Icing
– Cookie Dough Truffles
– Raspberry Truffles
– Buckeye’s
– Golden Rugalach
– Linzer Torte Cookies
– Rice Krispy Treats

Stay tuned for recipes of the goodies!