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November 25, 2013 | Moving Guides & Tips

Much like moving, it’s no secret that the holidays can be a stressful and hectic time. During the holidays, thoughts of recipes, wish-lists and travel fill our minds on top of everyday tasks. Wheaton World Wide Moving wants to help you make the most of your time with friends and family so you can focus on what matters and leave the details to us. Join Wheaton for a four-part holiday series during which we’ll walk you through tips to help make the holidays a recipe for SUCCESS.

Part one: A Recipe for Success:  In the Kitchen

Whether it’s digging up old family recipes or trying out something new you saw on Pinterest, everyone wants to have the tastiest recipes for their holiday spread. Today we share with you some of our family and friends’ best-kept-secret recipes. You’re invited to try these simple yet flavorful treats that are sure to please all of your holiday guests this year.  

Baked Sweet Potatoes Casserole

Courtesy of:  Grandma Strait (have to give credit where credit is due)


 To start:                                                                    Toppings:

2 Cups (23 oz. can) of sweet potatoes                        ½ cup of pecans

2 eggs, beaten                                                                 ½ cup of brown sugar

¾ stick of butter; melted                                             ¾ stick of melted butter

1 cup of milk

½ tsp. of nutmeg

½ tsp of cinnamon


Mix together six starter ingredients. Pour in greased baking dish and bake for 20 min. at 400°.

Mix together toppings and spread over casserole when done. Return to oven for 10 min.

You’ve got a yummy dish prepared to enjoy!

Mandarin Salad

Lighten up the heavy holiday foods with this easy-to-make and yummy mandarin salad!

Courtesy of: Kim’s Kitchen


For salad:                                                                             For dressing:

¼ Cup of sliced almonds                                                        ½ teaspoon salt           

1Tablespoon plus 1 teaspoon sugar                                       dash of pepper

¼ head lettuce & ¼ head romaine (or spinach)                2 Tablespoons vinegar (white or red wine)

1 C. chopped celery                                                                   ¼ C. Salad Oil (Olive or Vegetable)

2 green onions (with tops thinly sliced)                               dash of red pepper sauce

mandarin oranges (as many as desired)                              1 T. snipped parsley


Cook almonds and sugar over low heat, stirring constantly until sugar is melted and almonds are coated. Cool and break apart. Store at room temperature.

Shake and refrigerate dressing in covered container. Store no longer than 24 hours.

Tear lettuces (about 4 C.). Put all greens in bag, close and refrigerate.

Put dressing on greens just before serving, add almonds and mandarin oranges to top.

Serves 4-6

Recipe for: Let it snow…Candy!

Snow Candy is an easy and fun treat to make for dessert or an answer to the munchies in between meals. One of our employees remembers making snow candy with her mom as a little girl, which is the beauty of this treat. There is no real element of baking “skill” needed so it becomes less about the preparation of the recipe and more about family fun and making memories!


4 lbs. (64oz.) white chocolate candy

1lb. M&M’s (plain or peanut-your preference)

1 bag (2 lbs.) pretzel sticks

2 (12 oz.) cans salted peanuts

1 pkg pecans


Melt chocolate in microwave. Mix other ingredients in large bowl and pour melted chocolate over top. Mix and lay out on wax paper. Allow chocolate to dry. Store in an air-tight container.

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