Monday, December 21, 2009
Wednesday, December 16, 2009
Well, my friends...the pineapple cookies came out great! So I learned that you can use ANY FLAVOR of cake mix for these Cool Whip Cookies although I think a fruit flavor (lemon, strawberry, pineapple) or chocolate would work best. I'm going to try a spice cake next. Or how about a white/yellow cake mix with extract flavors added? OOOOhh, maybe a boxed carrot cake?
In any case, the cookies come out light, moist, sweet and pretty. They are a little bit sticky though so keep this in mind when packing them up as gifts. Also, I recommend that you keep them small.
Monday, December 14, 2009
I have another demo next Friday, but I'm not as thrilled about it - all I'm doing is putting bleu cheese on crackers. I expect it may end up being a "slow" day... Anyway, the dish I prepared ended up being so popular I thought I'd share it here. Sorry I don't have a picture of the finished dish, but take my word for it - it may look a little plain, but it's packed with flavor.
Friday, December 11, 2009
Wednesday, December 9, 2009
Since I am over 50 now, I am a member of a chapter of the Red Hat Society - the Bling Bats in Red Hats. Tonight is the annual Christmas Party. I volunteered to help our Queen (Batty N Charming) with the food and I am busy preparing and cooking three of my yummiest dishes. One, Nancy's Loaded Potato Cassarole, was passed down verbally to me by my mom before she was stricken with Altzheimer's. It is oh so good but very high in calories (235 per half cup) so use some self-control. I'll post the other recipes tomorrow and the next day. I hope you try today's recipe and leave me a note telling me how you like it.
16 oz. sour cream
8 oz. cheddar cheese
1/2 cup diced red onion
1/3 cup chopped green onion tops
2 Tbsp. real crumbled bacon (not bacon bits)
8 Tbsp. salted butter (4 tbsp frozen and 4 tbsp melted)
1/2 cup seasoned bread crumbs
Sunday, December 6, 2009
Saturday, December 5, 2009
Well, I started my Christmas decorating today. So far I've got the tree up and put the lights on (6' tree, 500 lights), hung the wreath on the front door, hung the Christmas "pop-outs" in the windows, and started putting Santas and Snowmen on every available flat surface! So today, I'm posting some pictures and then at the end, you'll find a recipe for DESSERT KOLACHKY and a Sweet Cheese Filling to put inside. I'll post a picture of my tree when we are finished putting on the ornaments! Enjoy!
1/2 lb butter or margarine
1-8oz pkg of softened cream cheese
2 Tbsp sugar
2 cups flour
2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
About 3/4 cup raspberry, apricot, grape preserves or cheese filling (see below)
Thoroughly blend butter, softened cream cheese and sugar. Add flour, baking powder and salt. Mis well. Knead to form a stiff dough. Roll to 1/4" thickness on well floured board. Cut into 2-in. squares. Place 1/2 tsp of filling/preserves in center. Press opposite corners together. Place on ungreased baking sheet. Bake in 350* oven for 15-20 min or until lightly brown. Remove from pan and cool on rack. When cool, sprinkle with confectioner's sugar. Makes 5 dozen
SWEET CHEESE FILLING
1-8oz pkg cream cheese
1/4 cup sugar
3 tbsp flour
1 egg yolk
1/2 tsp grated lemon peel
1 tsp lemon juice
Soften cream cheese. Add sugar, beating until light and fluffy. Stir in flour, egg yolk, lemon peel and lemon juice.
Friday, December 4, 2009
So is everyone else getting ready for the holiday by baking cookies? I definitely am!! My daughter, Krystal, the grandkids and I get together each year and we spend a whole day baking and decorating cookies that we give away as gifts. We like to make a wide assortment of cookies (and candies, too). We have been gathering all of the necessary ingredients and supplies, and are organizing our recipes. I bake up dozens of sugar and gingerbread cutouts ahead of time for decorating. We'll probably have our Cookie Day the week of the 14th when Krystal is out of school for Xmas break. In the meantime, I thought I'd share some of my favorite recipes with you. This Macaroon recipe is a very old one -- I found it written on a little piece of paper stuffed in one of my grandmother's cookbooks. With only 4 ingredients they are quick and easy to prepare. It doesn't look like much when they are done, but they have a very interesting texture and everyone raves about them. They are really good when dipped in melted chocolate.
Thursday, December 3, 2009
Trevell was so excited when I told him about "Gramma's Restaurant". When he got home it was the first thing he did and he thought it was very cool that I mentioned him. In fact, to celebrate my new blog, today I am making a slow cooker pot roast and Gramma's Yummy Cabbage (see yesterday's blog for recipe).
This weekend is going to be very busy for me...Tashyra's Girl Scout troup will have a float in the Christmas Parade Saturday nite and Sunday is the Lincoln PAL Christmas Party for Kids. Tomorrow I have two job assignments: sit in 3 different movies and record which ads they show before the movies and counting chairs in a doctor's office. Merchandising work is nice because it's always something new and different...and I get to set my own hours to boot.
Anyway, I haven't had my breakfast yet so here's a "recipe" for a sweet treat that's nice to give as Christmas gifts! Enjoy!