Thursday, December 24, 2009

Christmas Greetings to all!

Christmas Greetings to all of you in blogland. I hope Santa brings you everything you want. Of course, in this economy, he might have had to lay some elves off, and production is down.
I will be traveling to Michigan, (Yes the car maker state). I will post when I can, so until then....

Have a wonderful Holiday!!!

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Christmas 1965

Here we are at Christmas with Grandma and Grandpa, I am the cute little blonde on Grammy's lap. (I knew I was always her favorite...LOL). My grandparents are not with us anymore, but it is great that I have found this picture to post. These are the first of the grandchildren, as there were more to come after us. My grandparents had 8 children, so that makes for many grandchildren.

The oldest in this picture turns 51 years old this year, hard to believe. Where has the time gone? There are so many happy memories that I have of my grandparents and the gatherings that they had at their house. They didn't have much money, but made up for it in the love they had for their family. It was wonderful to get a new pair of socks and $2 in a card. Made us so happy!
These were special times indeed....

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Baked French Toast...for Christmas Morning


Another great breakfast brunch idea that would be delish for Christmas morning.
I mix in blueberries and cream cheese chunks,
That will melt right in when it bakes......
Yummy!!

BAKED FRENCH TOAST

INGREDIENTS

**NOTE : You can mix in Fruit if you like...
1 lb. (approx.) French bread, cut into cubes
6 eggs, beaten
1-3/4 to 2 cups milk
1 cup packed brown sugar, divided
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/4 cup butter, melted

DIRECTIONS

**Place bread cubes in a greased 13-in. x 9-in. x 2-in. baking dish.

**In a bowl, combine the eggs, milk, 3/4 cup brown sugar, cinnamon and nutmeg; pour evenly over bread.

**Cover and refrigerate for 8 hours or overnight.

**Remove from the refrigerator 30 minutes before baking. Combine melted butter and
remaining 1/4 cup brown sugar; drizzle over the top.

**Bake, uncovered, at 400° for 30-35 minutes, until a knife inserted near the center comes out clean. Allow it to cool for about 5-10 minutes before serving.
Yield: 8 servings

Saturday, December 19, 2009

Snow is coming....Get Ready!


To all my East Coast Friends who have already been hit:

Snow is coming our way, and we're excepted to get a foot plus+++ So we will soon be house bound like you. I stopped into the supermarket earlier to just get a few things to tide us over until next week, and boy was it crowded. When snow is announced here in the Northeast, everyone goes crazy. Schools are closed the night before, and the Governor comes on the TV to tell all employers to suggest the employees stay home, if you work in the city.

It is the last weekend to shop for the holidays, and the stores will be devastated. The economy was bad enough , then the weather is bad to boot! This is a picture of Boston, getting plowed out during a bad storm , same time last year. People were stuck on the freeway for 5 hours, because the city wasn't prepared for the storm, and everyone tried to get out at the same time.

So I'll keep on baking, and making....First, I think I'll start my Broccoli Cheddar Soup sounds like a good cold weather meal. Yummy!!

Friday, December 18, 2009

Cissy Bars


These are a super easy bar type snack to make to
add to your cookie platter.
I found this recipe last year.....and have no idea why
they call them Cissy Bars.

The kids love them, and they did well at the bakesale too!

Some of you might have seen them made with saltines.






CISSY BARS (or Praline Bars)


INGREDIENTS
24 graham cracker squares (or as many as it takes to cover the sheetpan)
1/2 cup packed brown sugar
1/2 cup butter or margarine
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
1/2 cup chopped pecans




DIRECTIONS
**Heat oven to 350ºF.

**Arrange graham crackers in single layer in ungreased jelly roll pan, 15 1/2x10 1/2x1 inch.

**Heat brown sugar and butter to boiling in 2-quart saucepan. Boil 1 minute, stirring constantly; remove from heat. Stir in vanilla.

**Pour sugar mixture over crackers; spread evenly. Sprinkle with pecans.

**Bake 8 to 10 minutes or until bubbly; cool slightly. Cut between graham crackers into bars. Or you can wait until the cool over night and break them apart by the line that was originally formed on them.

Monday, December 14, 2009

English Muffin Casserole

This is a wonderful brunch item for Christmas Day. Let it sit over night and pop it in the oven the next morning. It's just that easy! I made this for a recent Parent's Brunch for school and everyone loved it. You can add just about anything you like, you don't have to put in just what I did. So give it a try, I'm sure they'll love it!!!



ENGLISH MUFFIN CASSEROLE
INGREDIENTS
5 English muffins, split and cut into cubes whole grain or regular
1/2 c. low fat cheddar cheese
1/4 sundried tomatoes
1/2 c. sliced mushrooms
1/2 c. honey ham, sausage, or turkey bacon, cut into small pieces
1/2 c. shredded potatoes, dried or frozen
You can also add cut broccoli, asparagus, spinach
-----------------------------

6 eggs
1/2 c. low fat sour cream
1 c. low fat milk
2 T. Dijon Mustard
1 tsp. Basil
Salt and Pepper to taste

DIRECTIONS
**Spray a 13 x 9 pan

**Starting with the cubed English muffins, layer the top 7 ingredients.

**In a medium bowl whisk together the eggs, sour cream, milk, mustard, basil, and S&P.

**The night before you want to serve or an hour before baking, you can pour the egg mixture over the muffins layered with goodies. So that it will soak in.

**Cover and place in fridge.

**Bake at 375 degrees for 40 minutes, it will be nice and puffy.

Sunday, December 13, 2009

Who is Your Secret Crush....


When it comes to music, this man is my secret crush. I have loved his music forever. His music was played as our first dance when we were married, and I have seen him a few times in concert. He doesn't live too far from me now, about an hour west. And he has a summer home on Martha's Vineyard.
James calls Massachusetts his home, and loves everything about it, even though part of his life was spent in Chapel Hill, NC. He has had some tough roads in his earlier days, but now has come into his own, as a father of 8 year twin boys. His 61 year old voice is so soothing, and his lyrics are wonderful. He seems like such a down to earth person, it would be great to sit down and chat about music and life.....

Friday, December 11, 2009

Happy Chanukah!!

Happy Chanukah!


Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Pecan Sables



This week's TWD choice of Sables comes from Barbara of Bungalow Barbara.
Just in the right time...during my holiday baking.
These cookies can last for awhile- - - - if you hide them!

I decided to add some ground pecan to Dorie's original recipe.
If you do this, bring the flour down to 1 1/2 cups,
and add 1/2 cup of ground pecans.
You will love them with a cup of tea.
To find the recipe check out Barbara's blog HERE
We give this 5 glasses of milk ,
for utter goodness!

Monday, December 7, 2009

Run, Run, Gingerbread Man...


Run, Run, as fast as you can! You can't catch me , I'm the Gingerbread Man! I'm sure that's what they were all saying. But, unfortunately for them, they were being eaten by everyone in the house!

I love gingerbread and the smell of gingerbread baking. I collect vintage gingerbread cookie cutters, which are hard to find right now. I started a long time ago, and am glad I did. I put them on a feather tree ,which I will post later. I thought I would pass along this recipe to you that I found on a Christmas card several years ago, and have used it ever since. It is so simple and de-lish!

GINGERBREAD COOKIE
INGREDIENTS
1/2 c. sugar
1/2 c. shortening
1 egg
1/2 c. molasses
2 c. flour
2 tsp ginger
1 1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp nutmeg
1 tsp gropund cloves
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp baking soda
1 tsp baking powder

DIRECTIONS

**Preheat oven to 350 degrees

**In a medium bowl , mix together the flour, ginger, cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, salt, b.soda, and b.powder, then set aside.

** Cream together the shortening, sugar, molasses, and egg.

** Add in the flour mixture, mix to combine. Will be a little stiff. Wrap in refrigerate fopr 30 minutes.

** Remove from fridge and roll out onto a floured surface, and cut into shapes. Place on Parchment covered cookie sheet and bake for 10 to 12 minutes.
**When they come right out of the oven I put red hots on for the buttons, before they cool, and then when they cool I use royal icing to decorate the outline.

Thursday, December 3, 2009

Chocolate Ginger Snowballs


You know how I love a good cookie.......
So I couldn't help but join in Jessi's Cookie Exchange again this year.
Last year was so much fun!
These cookies are a hit with everyone,
especially with the little zing they give you.



I receive the Rachel Ray magazine each month, which isn't too bad. I exactly enjoy trying out the recipes, and looking in celebrity fridges, which she has in the back of each issue. She combines a chocolate crinkle cookie with ginger, which gives it a little zing. Then I put my 2 cents in, by not using the unsweetened chocolate squares, which I never have on hand, and I just combine the cocoa powder with butter after it has melted to make a thick paste.


After you have mixed all ingredients, the dough will be sticky. I put it in the fridge over night then scoop and ball it the next day. After rolling it into a ball, I roll it in granulated then powdered sugar, so that it will stick better after baking. It will also make them a little crinkly crunchy....


INGREDIENTS
1 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 tsp. baking soda
1/2 c. cocoa powder
1 1/2 tsp ginger
1/2 cup butter, melted
1/3 c. cocoa powder
1 1/2 c. white sugar
3 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 cup semisweet chocolate chips
granulated sugar and confectioners' sugar for rolling

DIRECTIONS
**Sift together the flour ,baking powder, baking soda, 1/2 c. cocoa and ginger; set aside.

**In a medium bowl, stir 1/3 c. cocoa powder into melted butter until melted and smooth.

**Mix in the sugar, eggs and vanilla.

**Gradually blend in the sifted ingredients. Stir in the chocolate chips.

**Cover dough and chill for at least 2 hours or overnight.


**Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease cookie sheets or line them with parchment paper.


**Roll the chilled dough into 1 inch balls and roll each ball in granulated sugar then, confectioners' sugar.


**Place cookies 2 inches apart onto the prepared cookie sheets.


**Bake for 9 to 12 minutes in the preheated oven, until the tops are cracked. Remove from cookie sheets to cool on wire racks.

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Teen Room On A Budget

The week before Thanksgiving was spent turning my daughter's deep purple room into a brighter room. She had inherited a rich deep purple and gold room, with antique dark oak furniture. We didn't have much of a budget to work with, so she would have to do with what we could find. We put all the antique furniture into storage, took away the gold drapes, and kilzed the walls before painting them a lighter shade.

I was able to find all the maple furniture on separate trips made over a weekend to the dump's swap shop. I took off all the handles, sanded and then filled holes. Then I painted them a creamy white which I had on hand. (All FREE) Then I spray painted the green furniture from the furniture I had used outside. ($4) I used a cheaper paint at Lowes that they now offer. ($14 gallon), the lighter purple was a mis-mix oops!(Scored for $5 a gallon). For the border, I taped off 5 inches and painted with white and blue that I had left over from other work around the house.


After painting it was on to decorating with found objects around the house and a little help from the Dollar Store. The curtains are dish towels and the pillows made from placemats from the Dollar Store. ($8) Window seat made from fabric picked up at JoAnn's. ($6) All stuffing came from pillows that were repurposed.

The big ticket item was the quilt and sham set bought from KOHL'S , half off with a 30% off coupon and free shipping. ($45) Art work by me with folk art paint that I already had. I just had to purchase canvas on sale at AC Moore (3/$24).
My daughter is so very, very happy with her NEW room. Hopefully she will keep it as neat and tidy as it is now :)


$106 Makeover.......Priceless!

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Fruit Tart

This week's choice of Rosy Poached Pear and Pistachio Tart was chosen by
Lauren of "I'll Eat You"

As you can see, I veered away from the pack and decided to make a basic fruit tart without the added pistachios (not in my budget). And using leftover fruit from a weekend catering event. I don't think the kids would have enjoyed the wine poached pears as much as I would have.

This particular dessert is popular around the holidays here in New England. Probably because of the Italian influence.Check Spelling The Italians are famous for their pastry cream. Some people find it hard to make , but I have found a trick to making the perfect cream. I use a strainer when adding back in my tempered egg mixture and continuously whip. This allows for a very smooth consistency. You can find the recipe here on Lauren's site or in Dorie's book.

Even though I didn't follow the recipe to the tee......
We give the 5 glasses of milk,
for utter goodness!

Monday, November 30, 2009

Holiday Cannoli

The November 2009 Daring Bakers Challenge was chosen and hosted by Lisa Michele of Parsley, Sage, Desserts and Line Drives. She chose the Italian Pastry, Cannolo (Cannoli is plural), using the cookbooks Lidia’s Italian-American Kitchen by Lidia Matticchio Bastianich and The Sopranos Family Cookbook by Allen Rucker; recipes by Michelle Scicolone, as ingredient/direction guides. She added her own modifications/changes, so the recipe is not 100% verbatim from either book.



This month's choice of dessert makes it pretty hard to compete with the local bakeries. We have the North End here in Boston where they say the best cannoli are made. I do believe that after making these, I may just have a chance! Oh yes, they are time consuming, but well worth it. I prefer to have these as dessert around the holidays. Eating these more often than that will probably pack on some pounds.............

You can find the recipe with some wonderful step by step pictures HERE.

Friday, November 27, 2009

Sleep...Who needs it!


Well, are you all full from yesterday's dinner and tired from the enzymes in the turkey? Or are you exhausted from a Black Friday shopping spree where you get up hours before the sun, in those lines going around the building and down the street??
There were definite sales to be had for sure. Walmart seemed to be running the best sales, if you were able to get in line before 5 am. Everyone is always giving them a bad rap for importing from 3rd world countries. But, it is that reason they are able to keep low cost items in stock. They are helping the economy in this terrible economic climate.

This year they decided to run some before holiday specials, like the $229 laptop..... They will continue every Saturday until Christmas.

I was one of those out there in the herds, just to get a look at the deals.

It was definitely not a "Shop til' you drop", day for me. I was back home by 7:30 am. after Target, Staples, and Toys r Us. Not much out there, that was too special, had to have it. But, the prices were low for sure!

Now, to finish wrapping, and hide away.....Oh, and MICHAEL's is running 20% of the entire store tomorrow in the morning, on sale prices too, up to 70% off! So it will be another morning of waiting in line, not too early though, 8 am. LOL :) Stay tuned for Cyber Monday if you missed any of the sales today, there will be more in 3 days!

Thursday, November 26, 2009

Happy Thanksgiving!!

Wishing all of you in Blogland,

a Wonderful Day!!

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Glorious Pumpkin Bread Pudding....YUM!

Thinking of something different to make for Thanksgiving, why not try a delicious form of New England Bread Pudding. And if you think it would be too much for the day, make it over this weekend. I love bread pudding any time of the year. I enjoy this as much as my Chocolate-Caramel version, during the Christmas holidays.
I use pecans or almonds as a topper when baking for an added crunch. I also bake mine in a water bath, for that steamed pudding like effect, but you really don't have to if you have a convection oven which distributes the heat. A water bath will evenly cook the pudding. To water bath, place pan in a larger pan and fill with a 1 1/2 inches of water, after you have placed it on the oven shelf. When getting it out after baking, be very careful not to get burnt. Take inner pan out and leave the larger in to cool.

INGREDIENTS-
- For the Bread Pudding -
1 Loaf stale bread - (I prefer cinnamon or challah) cut into cubes
1 Can Pumpkin Puree (15 ounces)
3 Large Eggs,
2 Cups Whole Milk
1 Cup Brown Sugar, packed
1 Teaspoon Cinnamon
1 Teaspoon Nutmeg
1Teaspoon Ground Ginger
2 Tablespoons of Dark Rum (optional)
Pinch of Salt
Pecans or almonds

- For the Hot Buttered Rum Sauce -
1 Stick (4 ounces) Unsalted Butter
1 Cup Heavy Cream
1 Cup Brown Sugar, packed
3 Tablespoons Dark Rum


DIRECTIONS -

**Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
For the Bread Pudding:

**Grease a 9 x 13 pan with melted butter, place bread cubes in evenly.
**In a large bowl, whisk together the pumpkin puree, brown sugar, eggs, milk, rum, salt and spices.
**Pour ingredients into prepared baking dish. Let stand for 30 minutes to let the bread soak. Sprinkle on pecans or almonds if you prefer.
**Place pan on a cookie sheet and place in oven. Bake until a toothpick or knife inserted into the center comes out clean, approximately 50 minutes. **Good bread pudding is moist, so don't overcook. Some will bake in a water bath, which is fine too!


For the Hot Buttered Rum Sauce:
**Melt the butter in a medium saucepan. Whisk in the brown sugar and heavy cream.
**Let the mixture just come to a boil. Let cool a minute, then add the rum.
**The rum sauce can be made up to two days ahead of time. Reheat until just warm.

To Serve:
Cut the bread pudding into squares or scoop and place onto dessert plates. Drizzle the hot buttered rum sauce over the top. If you like, you can add whipped cream and candied ginger.
Enjoy!

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

All in One Holiday Bundt Cake


If you like pumpkin, cranberries, apples and pecans, this cake is for you. The pumpkin lends moistness, the cranberries tartness, the apples sweetness and the pecans crunchiness. Throw in some eggs, spice and flour to wrap it all together. Tie it up with a coat of icing and add nuts as the bow on top. It’s a holiday present for your taste buds.

This week's choice of All in One Holiday Bundt Cake comes from Britin of Nitty Britty. She chose a super simple all in one bowl cake. So moist and delicious....perfect for a Holiday Brunch. If you have time this week to fit it into your schedule, make this cake! You can find the recipe HERE, or in Dorie's "Baking from My Home to Yours". Add this book to your wish list!



We give this 5 Turkeys,
for Yummy, Gobbley Goodness!

Friday, November 20, 2009

Four Things That Matter Most.......

A few things about me you may not know already......A busy Mom who raises her family and volunteers at the elementary school, A Mom who also watches a couple of other Kiddos after school, A catering manager when the need arises, And most of all a Hospice Volunteer.

Yes, I volunteer for Hospice. I make weekly visits to my older friends, and for some who may not have any family members left. I also scrapbook their lives in a "Chart of Life". Of course I know that they are at the end of their life, but still, it can make it hard to lose a friend. It must be very hard for a loved one to lose someone after they have struggled with going through what it takes to get them through their illness. Over the summer I read this wonderful book that will help those loved ones. In fact, it is great for anyone. It is a easy read....I read it in a day!



Here is my review:

Four simple phrases — "Please forgive me," "I forgive you," "Thank you," and "I love you" — carry enormous power. In many ways, they contain the most powerful words in our language. These four phrases provide us with a clear path to emotional wellness; they guide us through the thickets of interpersonal difficulties to a conscious way of living that is full of integrity and grace.






In The Four Things That Matter Most, Dr. Ira Byock, an international leader in palliative care, teaches us how to practice these life-affirming words in our day-to-day lives. Too often we assume that the people we love really know we love them. Dr. Byock reveals the value of stating the obvious and provides insights into how we burden ourselves by hanging on to old grudges unconsciously and unnecessarily. He shows us how to avoid living with those awkward silences and uncomfortable issues that distance us from the people we love and erode our sense of well-being and joy. His insights and stories help us to forgive, appreciate, love, and celebrate one another more fully.






The inspiring stories in The Four Things That Matter Most demonstrate the usefulness of the Four Things in a wide range of life situations. They also show that a degree of emotional healing is always possible and that we can experience a sense of wholeness even in the wake of family strife, personal tragedy, divorce, or in the face of death. With practical wisdom and spiritual punch, The Four Things That Matter Most gives us the language and guidance to honor and experience what really matters most in our lives every day.





Please forgive me.


I forgive you.


Thank you.


I love you

Thursday, November 19, 2009

BeDazzle your Cupcakes with Jewels.....

My Cupcakes have been bedazzled!!

On a recent trip to my favorite store,
HOME GOODS........
I found these beautiful jewel toned sprinkles
in the gourmet section.

Are they not wonderful????
And for just a mere $1.99.... can't beat that!

Problem is, they're so special,
it will take a special event for me to use them.



LESSON for the DAY:

Never overlook the gourmet section,
you may find some good deals!

Especially at HOME GOODS!!!

You can find them here online.


Tuesday, November 17, 2009

CranApple Crisp

This week's TWD is hosted by Em from
She chose Cran-Apple Crisp,
which was a great choice for the season.
Apples combined with cranberries........
You can't get anything better in the Fall.
I added a little pecan to the topping to give it even more flavor.

It was AWESOME.
And I would definitely make it again.
And so should you!
You can find the recipe HERE.


We give this 5 glasses of milk,
for utter goodness!

Monday, November 16, 2009

Pumpkin Pancakes......Yummy!



Normally, I am not a box pancake person,
but I just had to try TRADER JOE'S Pumpkin Mix this season.
It was getting rave reviews from everyone,
and of course I'm always up for a trip to Joe's.
They have some unique items that you probably
won't find at the local supermarket.
And have you seen the flyers that they send out for their sales.
It's like reading a Culinary newspaper, so cute!!
Descriptions of products like they were JPeterson from Seinfeld.

This season they're offering many pumpkin items.




These were so delish, we couldn't stop eating them!
This is for sure a favorite with us!
If you're near a Trader Joe's stop by and pick a box up.
$2.99 makes about 28 - 6 inch pancakes.

Friday, November 13, 2009

Chocolate Cream Pie - Fast and Easy!


This pie is rich and creamy, and so easy to make, if you have a mixer or hand beater. You can make up plenty of these before hand, and freeze them for events coming up in the holiday season. It is always nice to have them on hand if company pops in. I'll even give you the lower fat version, so you won't feel guilty.....

INGREDIENTS -
1 Oreo Pie Crust or Graham Cracker Crust
1 8oz. pkg. of low fat cream cheese - softened, (almost room temperature)
1 small can of sweetened condensed milk (They do have a low fat version of this too)
2 pkg. (3.9 oz) Instant Dark Chocolate Pudding (Sugar Free is available)
1 1/2 c. 2% milk
Low Fat Whip topping for the top when serving or whip up some heavy cream,light on the sugar
Crushed Oreos or Chocolate Shavings for decoration

DIRECTIONS -
**Notes: I melt a couple of chocolate bars and paint the bottom of the crust with it, to prevent sogginess from setting in. You can also easily add another pkg. of Cream Cheese if you like it like a cheesecake-like or add in a few drop of mint extract for Chocolate-Mint Pie!

**Cream the cream cheese, adding in the condensed milk to combine.

**Sprinkle in the instant pudding alternating with the milk, keep mixing until smooth and creamy. Pour into prepared crust. Place in refrigerator overnight or freeze up to 4 months.

**Garnish with whip topping and decorations before serving.

Thursday, November 12, 2009

White Kitchens.....

I came across some beautiful kitchens I just have to share with you today.
Even though I love white kitchen cabinets,
for our family they're just not practical.
Dirty little fingerprints would be everywhere.
And those wingback chairs would have no chance
in keeping clean.......
I looked at both of these kitchens and thought,
a girl can dream can't she???

This one was definitely the favorite because of the huge window above the sink.
It allows so much light to stream in, it's awesome.
And look in the back right corner you could just imagine
walking into your huge pantry that leads out to your herb garden.
And I just love, love , love the high ceiling.
So dear reader, do you have a kitchen that you just dream about,
And pull out idea pages and put them in a folder for future use?
And what do you think about the white kitchen..
for or against?

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Honor Our Veterans Today...

Take time to honor a veteran you may know.
They have made our freedom possible for us.
A few simple things you can do!

Watch a local parade lead to the honor guard ceremony at a monument.

Lay a wreath or flowers on the grave of a fallen soldier.
Take a moment of silence.

What ever you do, just let them know that you are thankful....



Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Sugar Topped Molasses Cookies TWD



This week I made the Sugar-Topped Molasses Spice Cookies which was chosen by Pamela of Cookies with Boys. You can find the recipe on her blog or on pages 76 and 77 of Dorie Greenspan's Baking From My Home to Yours.



Because of the upcoming holiday everyone is switching it up a bit. We can make any of the four chosen this month in the sequence that we prefer. I couldn't wait to try Dorie's Molasses Cookies. Because Molasses are my all time favorite! I have to say that these are almost like mine. They have the added Ginger, which makes them awesome and great for your stomach, should you eat them after a spice dinner. Ginger is known to settle your stomach.



They were so easy to put together, just mix up the dough and place in freezer for about an hour then start to roll the dough into little balls. I then rolled mine in sugar and placed on the sheet pan. I took a flat bottom glass, which had been dipped in sugar before hand, and flatten it out some more. I only baked 9 to a pan, off setting them as I placed them in rows.






These were great cookies, definitely a keeper recipe!

We give it 5 glasses of milk,

for utter goodness!

Friday, November 6, 2009

Birthday Dinner ----Chicken Marsala!

My all time favorite birthday meal, is something so quick and easy to make. Especially when you have to make it for yourself, LOL.... You can serve it over pasta, rice, gnoochi, or just by itself. Anyway you serve it, you will love it! I actually made this last night, because my family had taken me out for my birthday. The week has flown by so quickly it has been hard to catch up......even with that extra hour of sleep we got in the beginning!


Make sure to use Marsala wine or Marsala Cooking wine. The cooking wine will have more sodium in it, so you may want to take out the salt in the recipe.



INGREDIENTS
- 2/3 cup all-purpose flour for coating
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
- 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
- 6 skinless, boneless chicken breast cut into pieces or left whole and pounded
- 2 tablespoons butter
- 4 tablespoons olive oil
- 1 1/2 cups sliced, white mushrooms or more if you really like them!
- 2 heads of garlic, pressed and chopped
- 3/4 cup Marsala wine
- 1/2 cup Chicken broth



DIRECTIONS
**In a shallow dish or bowl, mix together the flour, salt, pepper and oregano. Coat chicken pieces in flour mixture. (NOTE: You can also add the flour mixture to a ziploc bag, add chicken and shake!)


**In a large skillet, melt butter in oil over medium heat. Place chicken in the pan, and lightly brown. Turn over chicken pieces, and add mushrooms and garlic.


**Pour in wine and chicken broth . Cover skillet; simmer chicken 10 minutes, turning once, until no longer pink and juices run clear.




Sit back, pour yourself a glass of wine and enjoy!

Thursday, November 5, 2009

Cooking Labels Decor

I have collected labels and old retail items for years.
Framing the labels can be a good way to display them.
You can frame magazine ads, bags, or even seed packets.
These posted below hang in my dining room.

I enjoy these cool shaped food labels that I picked up on Etsy.
I just arranged them on black paper and put them in a frame
I picked up at the swap shop....

The Baker's Cocoa is an advertisement from the
New Yorker Magazine circa 1920.



This label came from a flour sack.
The flour was milled in Clinton,
a town next to us in Michigan.

To find items like these you can check out

Ebay or Etsy, (like here)