Showing posts from November, 2012

Grammy's Parker House Rolls

baking | November 30, 2012
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

Holiday Bundt Cake Love

bundt cake | November 28, 2012
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

Christmas | November 27, 2012
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

Projects | November 21, 2012
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

bread | November 19, 2012
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

chicken | November 15, 2012
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

Projects | November 11, 2012
                   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

Simplify Your Thanksgiving Decorating

Decorating | November 08, 2012
With Thanksgiving just around the corner, I have been thinking of   simple ways to utilize what I have and bring Fall into our Home. This season I have chosen to showcase some beloved treasures.  My Grandmother's Hutch, my Mother's lead glass bowl, along  with some handcrafted decorator pieces from my three talented  daughters! A cozy little spot in our family room needed some Autumn color. Thanksgiving is the time to share the things we are thankful for so I have added some sweet ceramics to this vintage  sewing machine that was my grandmothers.  My daughter  Amanda,  hand painted this delicate creamer which is just  perfect for a small bouquet of sunflowers.  Rebecca my youngest child decorated this polka dot bowl which turned out to be a  perfect spot for a pie pumpkin. These are two ivy topiary that I have had for several years.  I  purchased natural burlap from the JoAnn Fabrics and twine  from Home Depot.  I placed the topiary on top of the burlap,  did a rough measuremen

The Great Pumpkin

Family | November 03, 2012
Goodbye October-Hello Holidays Well, October is officially over and the night of Bewitching is gone.  November and December  will be such busy months and will be gone in a blink of an eye.  Before you know it we will be  ringing in the New Year , but before all of these festivities begin, I want to share with you my  most precious joys and treasures(including my children) my grandchildren-they were all dressed  up for Halloween! Thinking ahead to Holiday baking I have included a great recipe for Rich Chocolate Pound Cake. I like it because of it's simplicity, rich chocolate flavor and beautiful presentation. Afton-Captain America's Daughter (6 years) Afton is the first of our grandchildren, she is delightful, honorable and an enthusiastic little girl  with a  "can do attitude!" Maisy-Tinkerbell- very enthusiastic (3 years) Maisy is our second grandchild, she and Afton are sisters.  Maisy dances through life, loving all of  her family and sprinkling pixie dust wherever