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Thursday, December 24, 2015

Slow Cooker Peanut Clusters and A Christmas Poem by MiMi



'Twas the week before Christmas, when in MiMi's house
She had a dusting of flour all over her blouse.
The sweets in her sunroom just weren't quite there,
There are traditions to keep to show my family I care.
With cookies and candies my loved ones want fed,
"I must get these baked," to her husband she said.
"Our children look forward to chocolates and nuts,
And there must be some Chex mix- No ifs ands or buts."
So onward she trudged with this baking and chatter, 
The messes she made just didn't matter.
Around the kitchen she ran in a flash,
Keeping an eye on the cookies or they'd burn into ash.
There's a strawberry shortcakepien almost ready to go, 
And white hot chocolate cookies down below.
When what to her wondering eyes should appear,
But a new recipe to try for those MiMi holds dear. 
Of course, she must change it a wee little bit,
So into her crockpot the ingredients will fit.
There's peanuts, three chocolates and peanut butter chips,
Oh, she hopes all these sweets won't go to her hips.
At this rate she'll never get to her bed.
But another new recipe just popped in her head. 
For white chocolate peanut butter candy nests,
This new treat just might be the one they like best!
Now chow mein noodles! Now peanut butter! Now white chocolate chips!
On miniature marshmallows! On peanuts! That's it.
Into the crockpot the ingredients must fall,
These will be loved by her family and all.
As Christmas time is drawing near,
She is beginning to realize there's nothing to fear.
The candies are dropped in nice little mounds,
And those that she dipped are sure to astound!
Then in a twinkling, Pops came into the room,
And offered to clean with a dustpan and broom.
MiMi was happy as she turned around
And a sweet little kiss on Pops' cheek could be found.
She was dressed in her apron from her chin to her toes,
And she even had chocolate on the tip of her nose.
Now her sunroom was full of many good sweets,
And Pops had the kitchen all tidy and neat.
His eyes, how they twinkled, when the thought entered his head,
MiMi would soon be getting ready for bed.
His cute little smile was hard to hide,
Which cookie to try would be hard to decide.
Biting his tongue to disguise his smile,
He hoped to be alone in a very short while.
She laughed when she saw him, in spite of herself,
He looked like a sneaky version of Santa himself.
A wink of her eye let him know he had nothing to dread,
And a plateful of treats Pops soon would be fed.
He spoke not a word, but went straight to the table,
And ate them all as soon as he was able.
He placed both his hands on his happy full tummy,
And told MiMi that each sweet was so yummy.
He sprang to his feet, to his wife he was grateful,
Because he was so happy she gave him a plateful.
And she heard him exclaim as she turned in for the night,
Honey, this Christmas will be just right!


Slow Cooker Peanut Clusters

Ingredients:

4 cups dry roasted peanuts
16 ounces vanilla flavored almond bark
One cup semi sweet chocolate chips
1/2 cup peanut butter chips

  1. Layer all of the ingredients in your crockpot in the order listed.  The crockpot that I used is 6 quarts.  
  2. Cover and cook for 45 minutes on low.  
  3. Stir and cook for another 15 minutes.
  4. Continue cooking and stirring every 15 minutes until the chocolate is melted and smooth.  
  5. Using a tablespoon scooper, scoop out the candy and place on parchment paper making sure to leave space between each scoop.  
  6. Allow to set completely before storing. 




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9 comments:

  1. I had so much fun with the poem that I neglected to share why I have enjoyed making candy in the slow cooker this year. I haven't used my crockpot for candy before but will from now on. I was able to be free to bake a batch of cookies without even thinking about what was in my slow cooker. When the timer went off I gave it a quick stir and moved on. If I wasn't free exactly when it was done cooking that was ok too. It stayed warm in the crockpot until I was ready. I really enjoyed that.

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  2. These cookies sound delicious!! Merry Christmas!!

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  3. I love the poem and the idea of using a slow cooker for this recipe! I can't wait to try it. Belated Merry Christmas and Happy New Year Carlee! I signed off my computer for most of the past week to focus on my family, but will hopefully be back in full swing for the new year.

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    1. She did great on the poem, didn't she? I hope you had a great Christmas, ours has been super!

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  4. Oh wow..this is such a neat recipe!

    Thanks for joining Cooking and Crafting with J & J! Happy 2016!

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    1. Thanks, it is certainly easy enough to make and the results are delicious!

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  5. Great poem and these peanut clusters sound delicious, great for gift giving! Thanks for sharing at What'd You Do This Weekend? Wishing you and your family a very Happy New Year!

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    1. Thanks Joy, I hope you had a great New Year's Eve and I hope 2016 is excellent to you!

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