Recipe: Date Balls


You didn’t think I could let the holidays go by without sharing a holiday recipe, did you? 🙂 This is a recipe that my mom got way back in the day when my dad was stationed in Germany. There was a cookie swap with neighbors/friends/fellow military families, and my mom ended up with this recipe: date balls. Ever since, it has been a staple in our holiday baking regimen. Granted, they aren’t technically cookies nor do they need baking, but they are delicious. And I have many fond Christmas-time memories of helping my mom make them. This was my first year making them on my own, and I was without the aid of child minions to help with the assembly. 😀 But they are still just as tasty – the perfect level of sweetness, with just the right amount of crunchy bits. Nom.

Date Balls



  • 1/4 lb. butter (1 stick)
  • 1 c. sugar
  • 1 c. chopped dates
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • 2 1/2 c. Rice Krispies cereal
  • 8 oz. chopped walnuts


  1. Cook butter, sugar, dates and egg over low heat til thick, stirring frequently.
  2. Add vanilla, stir, let cool.
  3. Add Rice Krispies, mix well.
  4. With greased (butter) hands, roll into 1″ balls, then cover/roll in the chopped walnuts.
  5. Enjoy! Makes 3-4 dozen.

What are some of your favorite holiday recipes?

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What I Wore: Plaid Hooded

This is what I wore yesterday. It’s maybe a little on the kooky side, but it’s comfy and I ended up loving it. Bonus is that every single clothing item here was bought at a super sale price. The dress is a nice light t-shirt like material, and the tights are heavier, so it all evens out and worked both for the 50-degree morning and the 80-degree afternoon. I think the dress is a tad too short for me to wear comfortably without tights, but since tights are the order of the day this time of year it’s not a […]

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Right Now

Right now, I am… feeling accomplished because I put together a succulent terrarium that is a Christmas gift for someone, and it looks fabulous. Now I just need to not somehow kill it for the next week. trying to be quiet because Ian is sleeping. He’s working night shift tonight and tomorrow night, so our schedules are all opposite. amazed that it is 80 degrees out right now. One week before Christmas! I know this is Texas and all, but that’s a bit unusual even for here. wearing a dress with a hood, a vest with pockets, and fun tights. […]

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December Jewelry

This month’s Etsy jewelry themed round up is appropriately icy. Both of December’s birthstones have nice cool tones, and picking silvery pieces to fit the look was easy. So here’s the December round-up, featuring blue topaz, tanzanite, narcissus, sagittarius and capricorn items. December Jewelry by Dragonflight Dreams HOLIDAY SALE Rhodiu… liliflurcreati… $24.30 Zodiac Sterling Sil… WeldedHeart $22.00 WINTER SALE Snowfla… OhKuol $41.65 Spoon Ring – Antiq… CaliforniaSpoo… $21.50 Sagittarius Star Si… ohsomeday $25.00 1.25ctw Round And M… bgexoticgems $67.99 osO FANTASY Oso tan… fleurbleue $18.00 Blue Topaz Earrings… FantaSeaJewelr… $74.00 Treasury tool supported by the dog house   Kind of […]

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Shop News

A few fun announcements for the shop today. 1. ALL of my designs are now available as custom art prints where you can choose the paper and ink colors for a completely customized piece. I figured out what standard sizes would work best for each design, made a nifty chart of all the available paper choices, and listed them all yesterday. So if you’ve been coveting one of my prints for your wall, it’s now easy to get. Go check them out.     2. I finalized the next design that will hit the shop, and will be making the […]

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Friday Favorites: Handmade Shops I Love


In case you still need to do some holiday shopping, I thought I’d share with you some of my favorite online, handmade/small business shops. Of course, they’re good anytime, not just for the holidays. But I’ll use the season as an excuse to give shout-outs to these ladies and their wonderful products:   Mama’s Nest Designs run by the fabulous Tricia. Unarguably one of my favorite shops. I own 7 – SEVEN! – necklaces made by Tricia. If you’ve been following my What I Wore series for awhile, you’ve seen some of them. Anyway, Tricia is awesome to work with! […]

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