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Advent Day Sixteen 2016

Friday, December 16, 2016

Today I'm taking our oldest daughter to the doctor.  She's having terrible allergic reactions, and we need to find the cause.  If I'm not home, I'm not baking, so I'm recycling a post from several years ago. I will post my Literary Friday post late this afternoon.

Today's featured cookie is the ever popular date ball.  During Christmas, most Southern parties have the holy trinity of balls:  date, sausage, and bourbon.  We Southerners love our balls!  :/

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Southern Date Balls

1 cup sugar
1 stick butter 
1 egg, well beaten
1 cup pitted dates, finely chopped
1 cup nuts, finely chopped (I like walnuts)
1 teaspoon vanilla
2 cups Rice Krispies
Confectioner’s sugar

Melt butter and sugar in a medium sauce pan over low heat.
Add egg and stir until thoroughly incorporated.
Add dates, nuts and vanilla and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to low and simmer 10 minutes.
Remove from heat and stir in Rice Krispies.
When cool enough to handle, roll into bite-sized balls and roll in confectioner’s sugar.


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Perfect Pairings:

Galatians 4:1-7

4 What I am saying is that as long as an heir is underage, he is no different from a slave, although he owns the whole estate. 2 The heir is subject to guardians and trustees until the time set by his father. 3 So also, when we were underage, we were in slavery under the elemental spiritual forces of the world. 4 But when the set time had fully come, God sent his Son, born of a woman, born under the law, 5 to redeem those under the law, that we might receive adoption to sonship. 6 Because you are his sons, God sent the Spirit of his Son into our hearts, the Spirit who calls out, “Abba, Father.” 7 So you are no longer a slave, but God’s child; and since you are his child, God has made you also an heir.

Until next time…

Ricki Jill


  1. I've never had a date ball! I pray your daughter gets some relief soon, how terrible!

  2. I haven't had a Date Ball but I HAVE had a Ball on a Date...Does that count?
    Praying for your sweet daughter(s). Let us know what they find out...xo Diaa

  3. This looks so good! Definitely saving. My mother used to make date candy, but I have never had much luck with it. I think I could do this! You need to add "Lazyballs" to your repertoire of balls. I am about to publish some recipes that are our faves, and I will include it.

  4. I have missed reading your posts and seeing your smiling face on the screen. Life has been full of "everything" and I have missed the blogging world. I got up today and thought of making your Southern Balls. Of course that made me head over to find the best recipe ever!! Yours! Best wishes for a wonderful holiday. I hope life is as good to you as you are to it. Keep smiling!


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