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A verse from my absolute favorite
Christmas carol...
O Holy Night ...
is written on the vintage chalkboard in the dining area.

I am a traditional Christmas music kind of girl- I love the classics -
and usually do not like the new versions of songs these days.. but...
have you heard this incredible song sung by Il Divo?
Just amazing... It actually chokes me up when I hear it.

So it is the perfect choice for my dining room chalkboard
and for the backdrop for my cloche pictures.
I wanted to join Miss Marty for her
Christmas Cloche party over at A Stroll Thru Life...
Here are a couple of the cloche's I have here and there...

A sweet little nativity...
This was a thrift store find one day a couple of months ago-
I came across a little baggie filled with this charming little vintagey looking Nativity set.
It shows its age and is not in perfect condition,
but I loved it anyway and so brought it home.
It sits perfectly on my cake display stand...
and looks so special under the glass.

A charming wee little birds nest with teeny tiny ornaments...

for now it looks so delightful under glass,
but will go back into the vintage birdcage that graces a spot by the tree
along with this cloche...

This large nest sits under a wire cloche and holds a shiny purple glass ball.

Of course, I had to put in a couple of Christmas treats as well.

With my sweet treats under the cloche above,
I am joining my sweet friend Vanessa
She is hosting her first Annual Cookie Exchange blog party~
I decided to join with a recipe that we have been making every year for the holidays
for probably about 10 years now.
It is hard to eat just one!!! These cookies are delicious!
They are best when they are a little warm yet...
as the Hershey kisses melt in your mouth!
I use the Hersheys Hugs candies-
they are little tiny kisses wrapped in white chocolate...


(12-oz.) pkg. (2 cups) semisweet chocolate chips
cup margarine or butter
(14-oz.) can sweetened condensed milk (not evaporated)
cups all purpose or unbleached flour
cup finely chopped nuts, if desired
teaspoon vanilla
milk chocolate candy drops or pieces, unwrapped
(Hersheys Hugs or kisses)

oz. white chocolate baking bar or vanilla-flavored candy coating (almond bark)
teaspoon shortening or oil
  • 1Heat oven to 350°F. In medium saucepan, combine chocolate chips and margarine.cook and stir over very low heat until chips are melted and smooth. (Mixture will be stiff.) Add condensed milk; mix well.
  • 2Lightly spoon flour into measuring cup; level off. In large bowl, combine flour, nuts, chocolate mixture and vanilla; mix well. Shape 1 tablespoon dough (use measuring spoon) around each milk chocolate candy, covering completely. Place 1 inch apart on ungreased cookie sheets.
  • 3Bake at 350°F. for 6 to 8 minutes. DO NOT OVERBAKE. Cookies will be soft and appear shiny but will become firm as they cool. Remove from cookie sheets. Cool 15 minutes or until completely cooled.
  • 4Meanwhile, in small saucepan, combine baking bar and shortening; cook and stir over low heat until melted and smooth. Drizzle over cooled cookies. Let stand until set. Store in tightly covered container.ENJOY!!!Go by and see what all the other party goers are sharing too!
    Sharing with
    Southern In My Heart
    FEATHERED NEST HOLIDAY decorating party is going on all weekend long~French Country Cottage just click on the link to join in or gather up some FANTASTIC inspiration!!


  1. Beautiful pictures. Those bon bons look scrumptious.

  2. Your cloche vignette is elegant and beautiful. I am so impressed! Thanks so much for posting the bon bon cookie recipe. I will need to share them fast or I will eat them!

  3. Love the cloches Courtney!!! And that recipe looks mighty tasty!

  4. Hi Courtney! Oh, thank you so much for linking up to our Cookie Exchange! It has been so much fun and this recipe sounds amazing. Anything with the words Fudge and Bon Bon has to be delicious! And, once again, our kindred spirit friendship shines through because O Holy Night is my all-time favorite Christmas carol too! I pretty much bawl like a baby when we sing it in church. :-) Thanks again for being such a blessing to me!

  5. So pretty. I love all your gorgeous silver decor and your cloche with the Nativity is stunning. Love your apothecary jars also. Beautiful. The Bon Bons look so yummy. Thanks so much for joining the party. Hugs, Marty

  6. Love seeing how you decorate under all your chloche's....very very very pretty! xoox

  7. Beautiful photos and blog, I lake it!!!
    Kisses and regards, Zondra Art

  8. MMMMM ... your photos are beautiful and your cookies looking so delicious! I'm actually looking for some new recipes today so I think I'll add these to my list! I too, love the 'ole Christmas classics with my music! xox

  9. Just GORGEOUS Courtney!! I absolutely love the chalkboard and the verse you chose! I am loving all your Christmas touches and those cookies look so YUMMY!!!

  10. I adore your chalkboard, and your cloche is just beautiful! I'm giving your cookie recipe to my fav chef/baker (i.e. hubby)! :)

    xoxo laurie

  11. Your chalkboard looks so nice. I like the old fashioned Christmas music best too. That is such a cute little nativity. I have been searching and searching for a different one, but nothing has really jumped out at me. Your cookies look sooooo delicious :)

  12. I just love your chalkboard and the Christmas song is my favorite, too! Your cookie recipe looks yummy, I just may try it!