Just what is a Sugar Plum you may ask?

Those famous sugar plums that fill children’s dreams at Christmas were originally sugar coated coriander, a treat that offered a sweet start and then a spicy burst of flavor.

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In Victorian times a recipe for Sugar Plums included small bits of fruit and nuts that became the confection we know today. Sugar Plums are any combination of dried prunes, dried figs, dried apricots or dried dates finely chopped and combined with chopped nuts such as almonds, honey, and aromatic spices, of anise seed, fennel seed, caraway seeds, or cardamom, then the mixture is rolled into balls, often coated with sugar or shredded coconut.

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Learn how to make the Sugar Plums pictured above by the English Kitchen, step by step in pictures. When finished they are placed in festive paper cups, a ready treat for unexpected guests. Nibble on one as you play Tchaikovsky’s Nut Cracker and let it bring out the Sugar Plum Fairy in you and pirouette around the house.

My friend, Corryl, has a version of this recipe her mother makes incorporating Rice Krispies and dates, and they are the bomb. Gotta get that recipe again, plus Devon’s MIL’s toffee cookie recipe – which are both dancing in my head!

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The children were nestled all snug in their beds. Well, little Clara here is almost nestled. Will she slumber with her tiara placed on her head?

Totally Kids had the honor of providing Clara’s bed and props for the Royal Russian Ballet’s “The Nutcracker”.

Many other theme beds are available too. Call one of our interior designers to help turn your bedroom dreams into reality.

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Be gone Mouse King and boring bedrooms. Any young Nutcracker Prince would surely enjoy our regal castle bed. This bed comes in other finishes and is part of the as you grow systems which will grow with your child from first big bed to college loft.

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Make Your Very Own Nutcracker Snow Globe.

Or how to recycle the holiday globe Coke bottles….

Ziggity Zong shares the how to secret.