And Finally – Some Very Special Holiday Recipes

23 Dec

It’s been a pretty decent week.  As Jennifer asks, on a scale of 1-10 with 10 being the best, how do you feel?  This week, I’ve been a solid 7.  No nausea.  Praise God!  My headache seems to be going away.  Hallelujah!  And the port is not as sore as it was.  Oh, it’s still sore and reminding me that it’s there when I use my arm a certain way or stretch to reach something, but not AS sore, which is a good thing.

Today I have two classic recipes for you from my childhood along with a holiday candy recipe that my mother-in-law has made for decades that is also one of my favorites.  When I think of holidays growing up, there are two recipes that come to mind:  Date-Marshmallow Log and Cherry Go-Round.  The Date-Marshmallow Log is a pretty simple recipe.  The Cherry Go-Round is a bit labor intensive.  I don’t have the patience for it, but maybe one of you will.  :)  As you get older, you really learn to appreciate all the effort our mothers went to in order to prepare special meals for us.  And to think – they didn’t always have the convenience appliances like Cuisinart choppers that we have now!

Date-Marshmallow Log

45 graham crackers squares
24 marshmallows, diced
1½ cups dates, chopped
3 cups nuts, chopped
1½ cups heavy (whipping) cream (not whipped)
Cool Whip

Roll graham crackers to fine crumbs in large Ziploc bag.  Combine marshmallows, dates, nuts; mix thoroughly with 2¾ cups cracker crumbs.  Add cream (not whipped); mix thoroughly.  Shape into roll about 3½-inches across (or make 2 smaller rolls).  Roll in remaining crumbs.  Wrap well in waxed paper and chill in refrigerator.  Cut in ¾-inch slices and serve with a bit of Cool Whip.


Cherry Go-Round

I remember mom’s Cherry Go-Round looking much prettier than the one shown below, but this gives you an idea of what the finished product will resemble.

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1 cup milk
½ cup sugar
1 teaspoon salt
1 stick margarine
1 package dry yeast
¼ cup very warm water
1 egg
4 cups unsifted flour

Scald milk. Stir in sugar, salt, and margarine.  Let mixture stand until lukewarm.  Dissolve yeast in ¼ cup very warm water.  Add milk mixture, 1 egg, and ONLY 2 cups of flour.  Beat until smooth. Add remaining 2 cups of flour
to make stiff batter.  Place in refrigerator, covered tightly. Batter is ready to use in two hours, but will keep up to 2 days.


½ cup brown sugar
½ cup flour
½ cup pecans, chopped
1 (1 pound) can drained red tart pitted cherries

Mix together brown sugar, flour, chopped pecans.  Roll dough into two 14 x 7-inch oblongs.  Spread with drained cherries and sugar mixture.  Roll up and seal the edges.  Form into two rings on greased baking sheets (with sealed edge down).  Cut ⅔ through rings at 1-inch intervals from outside of ring.  Twist each section sideways.  Cover and let rise in warm place until doubled, approximately 1 hour.  Bake at 375° for about 25 minutes.  Frost with powdered sugar icing while warm.  Second ring can be frozen until needed.


1 (14 ounce) package caramels
3 to 4 tablespoons milk
2 cups pecan pieces
Butter or margarine
1 tablespoon shortening
1 (12 ounce) package semi-sweet chocolate morsels

Melt caramels in milk over low heat, stir in pecans.  Drop by teaspoonfuls onto buttered wax paper.  Chill.  Melt shortening and chocolate morsels in a heavy saucepan over low heat; remove from heat.  Dip candy into chocolate and return to waxed paper.  Chill.

Yield: ½ dozen

Note from Pat (my mother-in-law): I use the chocolate coating wafers available at cake & candy shops instead of the semi-sweet morsels.  I also leave off the shortening.

Note from Rachel: I highly recommend using the chocolate coating wafers instead of the semi-sweet morsels – it makes such a difference in the creamy texture of the chocolate.

I want to wish each of you a very, very Merry Christmas!  I hope that the love of Jesus surrounds you and your family this weekend as we celebrate HIS birth.  No matter how hard my/your year may have been, we all have HOPE and can look forward to 2012 with the promise that God will make ALL things good in His time.

♥ Rachel


2 Responses to “And Finally – Some Very Special Holiday Recipes”

  1. Jennifer December 23, 2011 at 2:35 pm #

    LOVE, LOVE, LOVE date nut log for breakfast, lunch and dinner and do NOT forget the cool whip on top.

    • rachturner December 23, 2011 at 6:35 pm #

      Completely agree and it’s not right without the cool whip. Yum!

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