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Updated on October 2, 2016
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I am interested in making some delicious, unusual meals and desserts, particularly for special occasions.

Cheese Cake

This is a piece of Cheese Cake that I made.
This is a piece of Cheese Cake that I made.

Cheese Cake for a Gift or Your Family

This particular recipe was given to us when I was a child by our neighbor who was from Australia and we have made it every Christmas since that time. It is a bit different from your typical cheese cake, more like a cheese pie but the taste is outstanding.

Crust:

Filling:

  • 12 oz cream cheese (let soften at room temp.)
  • 2 eggs, lightly beaten
  • ½ c sugar
  • ½ tsp. Vanilla
  • Mix until smooth, pour into pie crust. Bake at 325 degrees for 20 mins.
  • Remove from oven & let cool, then spread on topping.

Topping:

  • 3/4 pint thick sour cream
  • 2 tbsp. Sugar
  • 1/2 tsp. Vanilla

Return to oven for 5-10 minutes, then refrigerate overnight.

You can also top it with cherry pie filling or any fruit by just leaving off the sour cream and replacing it with the pie filling.

Wonderful Fruit Salad

This is a fruit salad you make 24 hours ahead of time which frees up your day when you are having company,
This is a fruit salad you make 24 hours ahead of time which frees up your day when you are having company,

24 Hour Delicious Fruit Salad

This salad is delicious and goes with turkey or ham. You make it 24 hours ahead to let the flavors meld, which is really an advantage as you don't want to do more than necessary on the actual holiday. The recipe is easy to make and it is well liked.

Christmas Twenty-Four Hour Salad

  • 1 Large can pineapple tidbits 4 egg yolks
  • 1 can white Queen Anne cherries 1/2 cup of milk
  • 1 lb. miniature marshmallows 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1 cup pecans or walnuts 1 Tbsp. sugar
  • 1 large can pears, cut up 2 Tbsp. lemon juice
  • 1 pint whipped cream hours.

Cook egg yolks, milk, salt, sugar until custard stage and when it coats the spoon. Cool. Drain all fruit and add lemon juice. Add all fruit to cooled custard and fold in whipped cream. Put in refrigerator for 24 hours. It is delicious and looks lovely in a crystal bowl.

Frosted Pumpkin Cranberry Bars

This is a delicious recipe that I made.
This is a delicious recipe that I made.

Frosted Pumpkin Cranberry Bars

With tangy dried cranberries tucked inside and a creamy brown butter frosting on top, these mildly spiced pumpkin squares are doubly delightful.

Pumpkin Cranberry Bars

  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour 1 1/4 cups sugar
  • 2 tsps. baking powder 2 tsp. ground cinnamon
  • 1 tsp baking soda 1/2 tsp. ground ginger
  • 3 eggs 1 can (15 oz) can solid-packed pumpkin
  • 3/4 cup butter, melted 3/4 cup chopped dried cranberries

Brown Butter Frosting

  • ½ cup butter 4 cups confectioners’ sugar
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extracts 4-6 Tbsp. milk

In a large bowl, combine the first six ingredients. In another bowl, whisk the eggs, pumpkin and butter; stir into dry ingredients until well combined. Stir in cranberries.

Spread into a greased 15” x 10” x 1” baking pan. Bake at 350 for 25-30 minutes, until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Cool on a wire rack.

For the frosting, heat the butter in a saucepan over medium heat until golden brown, about 7 minutes. Remove from heat and cool for 5 minutes. Stir in confectioners’ sugar, vanilla, and enough milk to achieve spreading consistency. Spread over bars before cutting.

Yield: about 4 dozen

White Chocolate Macadamia Nut Bark

Easy and delicious candy.
Easy and delicious candy.

White Chocolate Macadamia Nut Bark

  • 2 cups semisweet chocolate morsels
  • 2 cups white morsels (recommended: Guittard Choc-Au-Lait)
  • 2/3 cup toasted macadamia nuts or toasted almonds, coarsely chopped

Line a 13 by 9-inch cookie sheet with waxed paper, allowing 2 inches of paper to hang over sides. Melt all but 1/4 cup of semisweet chocolate morsels in microwave on medium power for 2 minutes, stirring every 30 seconds, or until smooth. Pour chocolate onto prepared sheet and spread to cover entire surface and form 1 even layer. Melt all but 1/4 cup of white chips in microwave on medium power for 2 minutes, stirring every 30 seconds, or until smooth. Drizzle melted white chocolate over semisweet chocolate layer. Using a toothpick or skewer, swirl the melted chocolates together, creating a marbled effect.

Place nuts in a plastic bag and crush, using a rolling pin. Sprinkle chocolate with nuts and remaining semisweet and white morsels. Gently press toppings into melted chocolates. Refrigerate for 30 minutes, or until chocolate is firm. Remove waxed paper from chocolate. Cut or break chocolate into bite-size pieces

Cranberry-Carrot Layer Cake

This cake makes any meal festive as it is dotted with cranberries and covered with cream cheese frosting.

  • 4 eggs 1 1/2 cups packed brown sugar
  • 1 1/2 cups vegetable oil 1 tsp. grated orange peel
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour 1 tsp. baking soda
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon 3/4 tsp. baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp. salt 1/4 tsp. ground cloves
  • 2 cups shredded carrots 1 cup dried cranberries

Cream Cheese Frosting

  • 2 packages (8 oz) cream cheese, softened
  • 3/4 cup butter, softened 4 cups confectioners sugar
  • 1 Tbsp. milk 1/2 tsp. ground ginger
  • 1/2 tsp grated orange peel, optional

In a large mixing bowl, combine the eggs, brown sugar, oil and orange peel; mix well. Combine the flour, baking soda, cinnamon, baking powder, salt and cloves. Beat into egg mixture. Stir in carrots and cranberries.

Pour into two greased and floured 9” round baking pans. Bake at 350 for 25-40 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the middle comes out clean. Cool 10 minutes before removing from the pans to wire racks to cool completely.

For frosting, in a large mixing bowl, beat cream cheese and butter until fluffy. Gradually beat in sugar, milk, ginger and peel if desired. Split each cake into two horizontal layers. Spread frosting between layers and over the top and sides of the cake.

Yield: 12-14 servings

Holiday Recipes

I hope you enjoy the various recipes for your holiday meals or most of them can be used year round. These desserts are good to serve when you have company or just for the family. These are unique recipes that are easy to make and will impress those that have the pleasure of trying one of them.

© 2010 Pamela Oglesby

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    Pamela Oglesby 2 years ago from United States

    Lady E, Thank you so much for your comments and hope you enjoy the dessert. I haven't been on Bubblews as much lately due to personal health problems, but I will probably return soon. Thanks.

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    Elena 2 years ago from London, UK

    Lovely and so east to make. Thanks for sharing.

    I think I might have also met you on Bubblews.

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    Pamela Oglesby 2 years ago from United States

    Randy, Thanks so much for your comments. I haven't posted much lately due to computer virus problems, and I hope I am past that now.

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    Randy Newton 2 years ago from Listowel, Ontario

    What a great site. Very informative and so many ideas. Love the recipes. I'm going to be a regular from now on.

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    Pamela Oglesby 2 years ago from United States

    ezzly, Well, come on over. The more the merrier! Enjoy the recipes, and thanks for the comments.

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    ezzly 2 years ago

    That's it, I'm coming to your house for dessert, especially if you are serving the White Chocolate Macadamia Nut Bark, yes please !

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    Pamela Oglesby 2 years ago from United States

    Hendrika, I hope you enjoy the recipes and have a wonderful Christmas. Thanks for your comments.

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    Hendrika 2 years ago from Pretoria, South Africa

    I just found this Hub, and for lazy me it is just the kind of recipes I am looking for to use this Christmas. Thanks

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    Pamela Oglesby 3 years ago from United States

    Samita, I hope you enjoy the recipes, and I appreciate your comments.

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    Pamela Oglesby 3 years ago from United States

    atiager. I hope you enjoy this recipe. Thank you for your comments.

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    Pamela Oglesby 3 years ago from United States

    Pkumarpal, Thank you for the comment.

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    Praveen Pal 3 years ago from New Delhi

    Thanxx a lot dear...

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    Pamela Oglesby 3 years ago from United States

    Pkumarpal, That is difficult to answer in this reply, but there is a lot of help from Hubpages. This is the email address that answers a lot of questions. http://hubpages.com/learningcenter/contents

    I will say after you choose your topic you might want to write an outline to follow. Be sure you use complete sentences and make sure there are no misspelled words. Make sure you use paragraphs that are not to long. It is more interesting to people and easier to read if you use shorter paragraphs. I hope this helps, but please check the website I listed. Good luck.

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    Praveen Pal 3 years ago from New Delhi

    Dear Pamela I want to learn from you that how to create a hub so that it can pass any quality assessment, because till now I had created 4 hubs but none of them had been published. So dear help me soon.

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    Pamela Oglesby 3 years ago from United States

    Pkumarpal, I hope you enjoy these recipes. I know my family does. Thank you for your comments.

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    Praveen Pal 3 years ago from New Delhi

    mouth filled with water by seeing this delicious recipe..

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    Pamela Oglesby 3 years ago from United States

    bethperry, I hope you enjoy all of them. Thanks for your commetns.

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    Beth Perry 3 years ago from Tennesee

    Mmm, these sound mouth-watering! Voted up and bookmarking.

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    Pamela Oglesby 3 years ago from United States

    Rae Saylor, That is the way to learn, just try them out. You will get better at cooking with practice. Thanks for your comments.

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    Rae Saylor 3 years ago from Australia

    I know nothing about cooking, but these recipes look yum so I might as well go ahead and try! Thanks heaps for sharing :) Voted up!

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    Pamela Oglesby 3 years ago from United States

    Hezekiah, I hope you enjoy all of the desserts. Thanks for your comments and enjoy!

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    Hezekiah 3 years ago from Japan

    Wow, nice looking food there, I may start off trying the Frosted Pumpkin Cranberry Bars. The others look good also.

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    Pamela Oglesby 3 years ago from United States

    MPG, I hope you enjoy it and have a wonderful holiday. Thanks for the comments.

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    Marie Giunta 3 years ago from Sydney, Australia

    Hi Pamela, I just came across this looking for recipes for Xmas at our house this year. I'm going to make the fruit salad. Pinned for future reference too.

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    Pamela Oglesby 3 years ago from United States

    SamitaJassi, What a sweet thing to say. I hope you enjoy the desserts.

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    Pamela Oglesby 3 years ago from United States

    Toytasting, The recipes are fairly simple and you may surprise yourself with a new delicious dessert. Thanks for your comments.

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    Pamela Oglesby 3 years ago from United States

    SamitaJassi, I hope you enjoy them as much as we do. Thanks.

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    Toy Tasting 3 years ago from Mumbai

    Amazing mouthwatering dishes. It looks so easy to make them. Thanks for sharing the recipe and also for making them look so simple and easy to make. Though I am sure I would goof up in the first try. :)

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    Pamela Oglesby 3 years ago from United States

    Full of love sites, These are some of my favorite recipes also and I certainly hope you enjoy them. Thanks for the comments.

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    FullOfLoveSites 3 years ago from United States

    These are all sumptuous! My mouth is watering right now. Even if it's not yet Christmas I will try one of these recipes. Thanks for sharing! :)

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    Pamela Oglesby 4 years ago from United States

    TopTenChristmas, It all tastes good! It is fun to have special desserts around the holidays. I appreciate your comments.

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    TopTenChristmas 4 years ago from Christmas Village

    Wow! I came here wanting Cheesecake and ended up wanting the nut bark.

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    Pamela Oglesby 5 years ago from United States

    unknown spy, I'm glad you liked the recipes. Thanks so much for your comments.

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    IAmForbidden 5 years ago from Neverland - where children never grow up.

    ohh im soo hungry. mouth-watering cakes itss so delicious!!!

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    Pamela Oglesby 5 years ago from United States

    dxnworks, It sounds like you would really enjoy these desserts as they are all delicious. I appreciate your comment.

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    dxnworks 5 years ago

    Amazzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzing... no other words to express my feeling

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    Pamela Oglesby 5 years ago from United States

    molometer, I think they are! Thanks for your comments.

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    molometer 5 years ago

    Great desert ideas and the Pumpkin Cranberry Bars look delish!

    Voted up and useful.

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    Pamela Oglesby 6 years ago from United States

    cgreen, I'm glad you liked the recipes. Thanks for the comment.

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    cgreen7090 6 years ago from Tennessee

    MMMMMMMMMMMM

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    Pamela Oglesby 6 years ago from United States

    RTalloni, Thanks for your comments.

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    RTalloni 6 years ago from the short journey

    Some of these would make great gifts!

    Happy hub, this! :)

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    Pamela Oglesby 6 years ago from United States

    Support Med, I love both of those recipes also. I hope you the chance to make them. Thanks for your comments.

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    Support Med. 6 years ago from Michigan

    Delicious recipes. Love cheesecake and the cranberry carrot cake looks good too. Voted and rated.

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    Pamela Oglesby 6 years ago from United States

    AliciaC, I hope you do and enjoy them as much as we do. Thanks for your comments.

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    Linda Crampton 6 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

    I’m collecting new Christmas dessert recipes for this year’s celebrations. I’m adding your recipes to my list - they look delicious! I think I’m going to like the fruit salad the best, but I hope to try all of the recipes.

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    Pamela Oglesby 6 years ago from United States

    Martie, Enjoy yourself for the holidays. Thanks for your comment.

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    Martie Coetser 6 years ago from South Africa

    Absolutely delicious. Definitely bookmarked. Thank you, Pamela!

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    Pamela Oglesby 6 years ago from United States

    De Greek, Not to fear, I've removed the calories! Thanks for stopping by and viewing those delicious desserts.

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    De Greek 6 years ago from UK

    Kill me now! :-)

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    Pamela Oglesby 6 years ago from United States

    Amber, I think that is a beautiful cake for the holidays also. Thanks for your comments.

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    Amber Allen 6 years ago

    Hi Pamela

    A mouthwatering selection of recipes. I like the twist of adding cranberries to the Carrot Cake. The cream cheese frosting also gives a great background that you can decorate with a Christmas theme of your choosing.

    Amber:)

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    Pamela Oglesby 6 years ago from United States

    Habee, I drooled when I wrote it also. :} Thanks for the comment.

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    Holle Abee 6 years ago from Georgia

    Okay, I'm drooling now!

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    Pamela Oglesby 6 years ago from United States

    Prasetio, I'm glad you like these desserts. Thanks for your comment.

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    prasetio30 6 years ago from malang-indonesia

    This is so delicious, Pamela. I thought my favorite is White Chocolate Macadamia Nut Bark. Thanks for share with us. You made me hungry again..... Rating up!

    Prasetio

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    Pamela Oglesby 6 years ago from United States

    Lyria, I hope your enjoy it. Thanks for your comment.

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    Lyria 6 years ago

    O my gosh, that nut bark recipe looks fabulous. I've been thinking I'd like to make some candy this year for the holidays and that nut bark recipes doesn't look too hard. Thanks for writing the hub.

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    Pamela Oglesby 6 years ago from United States

    Hello, Thank you for your comments.

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    Hello, hello, 6 years ago from London, UK

    Thank you for the super recipes which I'll keep and choose from for the festivities.

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    Pamela Oglesby 6 years ago from United States

    Darlene, Enjoy all the sweet recipes! Thanks for your comment.

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    Darlene Sabella 6 years ago from Hello, my name is Toast and Jam, I live in the forest with my dog named Sam ...

    Yes, my dear Pam I will be their, you pictures and recipes are right on target and nothing can hold me back. You always know just what to write my dear, and this is excellent and I so enjoyed it. Rate up up and up

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    Pamela Oglesby 6 years ago from United States

    Nellieanna, That is the problem during the holidays. There are so many good things to choose from. Thanks for your comment. I think you would really like the salad if you decide to try it out.

    Oceansnsunsets, It sounds like you need to get in the kitchen! Thanks for your comments.

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    Paula 6 years ago from The Midwest, USA

    Pamela, these all sound wonderful! Thank you for sharing them. I would love to try out the pumpkin cranberry bars right away!

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    Nellieanna Hay 6 years ago from TEXAS

    These are some fantastic looking desserts. That 24-hour fruit salad is incredibly yummy looking - but so are a bunch of the others. My mouth is watering!

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    Pamela Oglesby 6 years ago from United States

    okmom, Thanks you for your comments and I hope you will enjoy the recipes.

    Travel Man, Thanks for the comments. I think fruit should be a part of holiday celebrations.

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    Ireno Alcala 6 years ago from Bicol, Philippines

    Loved the photos! We always have fruit cocktails during Christmas eve; kinda comfort food for everyone where you can share and recount memorable events. :D Merry Christmas!!!

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    Donna Oliver 6 years ago from Midwest, U.S.A.

    Wonderful recipes! I will start with the cheesecake. Great pictures, thank you for sharing.

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    Pamela Oglesby 6 years ago from United States

    Sheila, I hope you enjoy it. My mother has made that fruit salad for years and it is always good. Thanks for your comment.

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    sheila b. 6 years ago

    I have to go back and choose one to make. Leaning toward the fruit salad. They all look and sound sooo good.

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    Pamela Oglesby 6 years ago from United States

    bandrocker, I'm glad you like the recipes. Thanks for the comment.

    Peggy, Some I make early but the cheese cake picture is from the last one I made. Thanks for your comment.

    POP, Welcome Home. That is my weakness now. It shows up for birthdays and sometimes for no reason as all. Thanks for your comment.

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    breakfastpop 6 years ago

    Fabulous recipes. Cheesecake is my weakness.

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    Peggy Woods 6 years ago from Houston, Texas

    My mother would have loved that carrot cake recipe if she was still alive. You must be very busy baking these days if all of these pictures are recently taken for this hub! I need to start making my Christmas cookies soon. I can freeze the different ones and then assemble them later as an assortment to be given away as gifts. Thanks for all of these good sounding recipes.

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    brandrocker 6 years ago

    Pamela, you are like an angel... Really awesome recipes to enjoy the upcoming holidays.

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    Pamela Oglesby 6 years ago from United States

    Spider Girl, I hope you do try them as I think you will enjoy them. Thanks so much for your comment.

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    Spider Girl 6 years ago from the Web

    Great recipes, I MUST try these, thanks for sharing! :)

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    Pamela Oglesby 6 years ago from United States

    Tnderhart, I hope you enjoy and thanks for the comment.

    Tom, I hope you enjoy those recipes. Thanks for the comments.

    Quill, I appreciate your comments.

    Eovery, I guess I'll have to take the blame.

    Bailup This is a little different recipe but we just love it and I hope you do to. Thanks for your comment.

    Chris, I guess its back the gym for you. Thanks for the comment.

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    carolina muscle 6 years ago from Charlotte, North Carolina

    I think I just gained a pound or two, Pamela... LOL

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    Bail Up ! 6 years ago

    You had me with that cheesecake. I have never made one before but this one looks easy and scrumptious. Thanks for the recipe, I love trying out new ones.

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    eovery 6 years ago from MIddle of the Boondocks of Iowa

    If I gain another 10 pounds this Christmas, it is all your fault!

    Keep on hubbing!

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    "Quill" 6 years ago

    Just finished dinner and now I heading over to your house.... hungry again... find a hungry man raiding the fridge that is me.

    Blessings

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    Tom Whitworth 6 years ago from Moundsville, WV

    Pamela,

    My mouth is watering as I write down your recipes for cheese cake and cranberry-carrot layer cake they look scrumptious!!!!!!

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    tnderhrt23 6 years ago

    These look just scrumptious! Voted up!