Showing posts from November, 2012

Grammy's Parker House Rolls

Memories of fresh rolls from my Mother's kitchen!  Mom always had a way with breads, they were always tender, flavorful, and baked to perfection. So I am sharing  her amazing recipe with you today! I found the recipe in this adorable little cook book of hers!!  The cookbook alone-won me over!  I also have found out that I am a better bread maker when the dough goes to the fridge overnight and gets baked the next day-Another handy tip-this dough can stay in the fridge for up to 4 days-a great time saver for busy Holiday baking! Grammy's Parker House Rolls Recipe: oven 375 degrees 1 Package active dry yeast (Soften yeast in warm water (110 degrees) 1/4 cup warm water ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 1 cup scaled milk 1/4 cup sugar 1/4 cup shortening 1 teaspoon salt 3 1/2 cups sifted all-purpose flour 1 egg   Soften yeast in warm water, combine milk, sugar, shortening, and salt; cool to luke warm.  Add 1 1/2 cups of flour; beat well.  Beat in yeast and egg.  Gradually add remaining flour to form s

Peppermint Dessert

I was looking for a quick and easy Peppermint Dessert and was so pleasantly surprised when I found this one!  This is a great web site for all sorts of goodies it is This cool little dessert is a no-bake and no-fuss treat! Ingredients: 1 3/4 cups crushed keebler graham crackers 1/3 cup butter melted 1 1/4 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips 3/4 cup whipping cream 2 packages cream cheese softened 1/ 1/4 cup sifted powdered sugar 1 1/2 tsp peppermint extract 1/2 tsp vanilla extract 4 drops red food color 1 cup whipping cream 1 cup coarsely chopped peppermint candy canes 24 small candy canes(optional) Directions: 1- Finely crush crackers.  In a small bowl stir together crackers and granulated sugar.  Add melted butter, toss until well combined.  Press onto bottom of a 13x9x2 inch baking dish.  Refrigerate until needed. 2- In a small saucepan combine chocolate morsels and 3/4 cup cream.  Cook and stir over low heat until chocolate has mel

Holiday Bundt Cake Love

I enjoy sharing pretty and tasty recipes with you all and this is one of my special Holiday cakes that dresses up our table. This is a cake  that  says wow, here I am and I am dressed for the occasion. So if you love Bundt cakes and eggnog, this is a  recipe for you. If eggnog is not your thing, but bundt cakes are you might like  Blackberry Studded Lemon Pound Cake . I pretty much adore bundt cakes, maybe it is the shape of the pan,  the density of the cake or the way the frosting drapes itself over each little crook of the cake, I am really not quite certain but this cake is here along with a little information on choosing a bundt pan. Before I became obsessed with Bundt cakes, I did not know that  there are different sizes of bundt pans.  They come in all shapes and  sizes and some of them are amazingly intricate. If you are a  seasoned  bundt pan cake maker (that is a mouth full) then this will  not apply to you, if  you are  not I  suggest you  stay

Paperwhite Christmas

Last Christmas I became of huge fan of the(Narcissus)  Paperwhite.   If you aren't familiar with this fragrant, perfectly  white delicate flowering bulbs let me introduce you ! These bulbs are a member of the daffodil family and  wonderfully enough they can be "forced," to bloom. Source Place two inches of decorative pebbles into your container.  The sky is the limit on the container you choose,  so have fun  and plan ahead  on your decorating theme.  Add just enough water to cover the base of the bulbs- do not  cover the bulbs or  they will rot.   For decorative purposes I put the cool whip container inside  my white urn-will be so pretty in just about a month when  these sweet little bulbs start to bloom!!  Just in time for Christmas! It is very important that you keep the bottom of the bulbs in  water-they must not dry out- when they begin to grow and  bloom, they require more water. At this point, they do not need direct light and actually prefer a  cool environment-a

Gum Drop Christmas Tree DIY

This is a fun  and simple post on how to make a really cute Gumdrop Christmas Tree- Years and Years ago I made one very similar to this tree with a group of craft ladies at my Church.  I am going to share with you today on how to make this tree.  This project would be fun for children 6 and up. What you will need: Cone shaped styrofoam ( comes in a variety of sizes) Large package of red and green gumdrops Toothpicks Craft Floral Shears  Because these styrofoam cones were small, I used Floral Shears to cut the toothpicks in half. Insert the toothpick into the styrofoam cone and then push the gumdrop onto the toothpick. Alternate with different color gumdrops.  You can go vertical or horizontal, in your placement of the gumdrops. This project is short and fun-so, sit down with a hot cup of peppermint tea, some of your very favorite Christmas Carols and enjoy-it doesn't have to be perfect, it just has to be fun!! Jemma~ Linking up to

Nut Bread

I had been baking all day (more posts to come about all of that!)  I was just wrapping up the Eggnog Bundt Cake to freeze for Thanksgiving,  when my husband asked me "Where is my dessert?"  Honestly, I felt a little impatient, after all I had been baking all day and then I caught myself and asked him what would you like?  His reply "you know I like a spice cake."  So, this is the story of the Spice Bread which evolved from the Pillsbury Dough Boy Quick Bread Mix! During this time of the year, I always have extra baking ingredients on hand and thank goodness I did, because with this list of ingredients I turned this rather simple nut bread to a fantastic bread loaded with extra flavor and a pop of chocolate chips and pecans! Follow the instructions on the back of the Quick Bread Box, but add the following ingredients! 1/4 cup chopped pecans 1/4 cup chocolate chips 3/4 tsp cinnamon 1/2 tsp cloves 1/2 tsp nutmeg 1/2 tsp ginger 1/2 tsp allspice 1 1/2 t

Chicken Vegetable Soup for A Winters Eve

Yummy, warm, rich, savory chicken broth infused with tasty,tender vegetables and rotini. Garnished with Horseradish, sourcream, parmesan sauce. So, I had 2 Bone in Chicken Breasts and was really wanting some soup for dinner.  I was in the mood to be in the kitchen so I experimented with some sound ingredients and came up with this yummy winter soup. 2 bone in chicken breasts 1/2 cup chopped sweet onion 3/4 cup chopped cabbage 1/2 cup diced red pepper 2 carrots thinly sliced 2 zucchini thinly sliced 4 stalks of celery thinly slice 1 cup mixed frozen vegetables 8 cups water 1 can of diced chili ready tomatoes 1 small can of green chilies 1 can red enchilda sauce 1 cup mini rotini Salt and pepper to taste 1tsp smoked paprika 1tsp paprika 1tsp chili powder 1/2tsp cumin 1 small dried chipotle pepper 1/2 package Lipton onion/mushroom soup mix Horseradish, Sour Cream Parmesan Sauce 1 tablespoon horseradish 3 tablespoon Sour cream 2 tablespoon Parmesan cheese dash of garlic powder pepper to ta

6 Easy Christmas Projects For This Week

                   Thank you to Better Homes and Gardens For These Projects                                  Rock Candy Embellished Cones Aren't these wonderful!  And we can make them-here's how: Pour horizontal rows of candy crystals in three or more colors on a baking sheet-rows flush together. Wrap solid light-color cardstock around foam cones-slightly overlapping the paper at the back of the cone and securing it with hot glue.  DO NOT apply the glue directly to the cone, it will melt it. Large cones may need two sheets of paper to be completely covered. Spread Craft glue on the cones and roll them in the crystals; let dry. Re-glue and re-roll if needed, in order to cover cones completely with crystals.   Use hot-glue to fill in small gaps with hand-placed crystals                                       Winter Theme Votive Winter-theme votive's are an ideal accent or gift for a holiday table. Simply wrap silver or clear vo

Pecan bars

Pecan Bars A great Choice Over Pecan Pie Oh, it is that time of the year for baking special treats for family and friends.  I tried this recipe and fell in love with it for many reasons.  One I do adore pecans, second I really didn't want to make another pecan pie and third I was looking for sweet and simple! This great little recipe fit the bill!! Total Time 1 hr 47 min Prep  Time 7 min Preheat oven to 350 degrees Cook Time 1 hr Yield: 24 - 1 inch squares Ingredients for the Crust: 1/2 cup pecans, roughly chopped 6 tablespoons cold unsalted butter (3/4 stick), cut into small chunks 1 cup all-purpose flour 1/4 cup packed light brown sugar 1 teaspoon kosher salt Ingredients for the Filling: 3/4 cup packed light brown sugar 1/4 cup light molasses 1/3 cup light corn syrup 4 tablespoons unsalted butter (1/2 stick), melted 1 tablespoon vanilla extract 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt 2 large eggs, beaten 1 cup toasted and roughly chopped pecans