Making Christmas Merry: Peanut Clusters & Town-Wide Tours

Guest Post by LaRee Longtin

Christmas is a big Holiday that our family always looks forward to enjoying.  

There are many things we do to prepare for Christmas, one of which is making delicious sweets to eat!  We make fudge, peanut brittle, & peanut clusters [see recipe below].  We also make Christmas cookies in various Christmas shapes & decorate them with a variety of sprinkles. [Editor's note: DO YOU ALL SEE WHERE I GET MY SWEET TOOTH FROM NOW? TOTALLY NOT MY FAULT. IT IS SIMPLY THE WAY I WAS RAISED. *ahem* Moving on...]

One of our traditions close to Christmas was a drive around town to look at the Christmas lights and decorations.  Excitedly we would pick out which ones we liked the best.  

One Christmas Eve, as we were driving around our small town looking at the beautifully decorated houses and yards, we saw Santa walking into a house.  Sarah immediately wanted to quickly hurry home to get in bed & fall asleep, so that Santa would be able to come to her house.  She started acting tired, yawning a lot, and saying she was very sleepy.  We thought that was so cute!

Christmas is so special to us because our family is growing.  Our kids are married to great people, & we have an adorable Grandson, making Christmas even more special!

I wish you all a very Merry Christmas & a Happy & Healthy, Grace-filled New Year.

LaRee's Peanut Clusters

6oz.   - Milk Chocolate Morsels
10oz. - Peanut Butter Morsels
12oz. - Salted Spanish Peanuts

1. Combine morsels in a 2qt casserole dish.  Microwave on High for 3-4min, or until melted.  Stir halfway through cooking.
2.  Stir peanuts into melted chocolate.
3.  Drop by teaspoonfuls onto waxed paper and let set until firm.  Store in an airtight container.
[Editor's note: Unless you eat them all before you even get them in the Tupperware.] 



LaRee lives atop the valley in a small town  
with her husband Bill. They have two children, 
Sarah (the author of this blog) and Matthew, 
who are both married, and one grandchild (Little 
Mouse). When not spending time with her family 
and adorable grandson, LaRee is a volunteer at 
her local hospital & enjoys reading, baking, 
exercising, organizing, & decorating. She also 
has a cat named Enzo who she has taught to sit 
and shake.


  1. Now I just need the peanut brittle recipe.

    1. Ah yes, the coveted brittle! Actually, I think she sent it to us last year. I'm too chicken to attempt it after seeing what seering-hot corn syrup can do to your skin. YIKES. She STILL has that scar on her finger!