Monday, November 28, 2011

Pecan Butter Balls

These are a holiday favorite here at our house. They go by all sorts of names: Pecan butter balls, Russian tea balls, Meltaways, and Mexican Wedding Cakes. They are super easy to make. I'll be posting alot of items this month which I am baking to give you good ideas for holiday food gift giving. So stay tuned!

1 c. butter

2 tsp. vanilla

1/2 c. powdered sugar

1 tsp. salt

2 c. sifted flour

1 c. finely chopped pecans

powdered sugar

**Cream butter with salt and vanilla.

**Add 1/2 cup sugar gradually and cream well.

**Sift in flour and chopped nuts. Mix well.

**Shape stiff dough into balls and place on greased cookie sheet.

**Bake 350 degrees until light brown, 10-13 minutes, depending on size of cookie. When done remove hot from pan, let cool, and roll in powdered sugar.

**When cool store in airtight container.

Friday, November 25, 2011

Carving your Turkey has never been easier......

Check out this great video for carving on your special day.

Friday, November 18, 2011

Pumpkin Scones .....Yummo!

I'm still trying out those delicious flavors from Kernel Seasons.....Pumpkin Spice was next. I guess it's "Tis the season" to be hooked on pumpkin right? Boy, did they get this one right, it taste just like pumpkin pie....super yummy! Keeping with the quickbread theme, I tried out a wonderful Pumpkin Scone recipe. Adding in some craisins and pecans. Man, these are addicting!


2 cups all-purpose flour
2 cups whole wheat flour
4 teaspoons baking powder
1 1/4 teaspoons baking soda
1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
1/2 teaspoon allspice
3 teaspoons ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
1 teaspoon salt
1/4 cup butter, softened
1/2 cup applesauce
2 1/4 cups sugar
2 eggs, beaten
1 (15 ounce) can pumpkin
1 cup finely chopped pecans
2 cups craisins

Kernel Seasons Pumpkin Spice

*Preheat oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C). Lightly grease 2 baking sheets.
*In a large bowl, stir together all-purpose and whole wheat flours, baking powder, and baking soda. Mix in ginger, allspice, cinnamon, cloves, and salt. Set aside.
*In a separate large bowl, cream butter until fluffy. Mix in applesauce, then slowly stir in 2 1/4 cups sugar until well blended. Mix in the eggs and pumpkin. Gradually mix the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients. Then stir in pecans and craisins.
*Split into two disc, and roll out each to about 10 to 12 inch circle , cutting into the usual wedge shape. Sprinkle with KS pumpkin spice, and place on baking sheet.
*Bake in a preheated oven until golden brown, about 12 to 14 minutes. Remove, and let cool on cookie sheets 5 minutes before removing to wire racks to cool.

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Kernel Seasons Milk Chocolate Caramel......

Milk Chocolate and Caramel Seasoning makes it debut from Kernel Popcorn. And this is super yummy! First I made a big batch of popcorn and seasoned it with the chocolaty stuff. Then let it loose with my students. They really loved it! Said it was a winner!

Then it was on to coming up with something to shake it on that hadn't been done before. We are in the Quick bread Unit at school, so I thought scones may be the way to go. These were light and moist, with a wonderful hint of chocolate and caramel. I sprinkled on the seasoning just before baking. Yummy!!

1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
1/3 cup white sugar
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
5 tablespoons unsalted butter, chilled and cubed
1/2 cup miniature semisweet chocolate chips
3 tablespoons orange juice

*Preheat oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C). Spray a baking sheet with nonstick cooking spray.
*In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, sugar, baking powder and salt. With a pastry blender or a large fork, cut in the butter until the mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Stir in the chocolate chips. Mix in the orange juice to form a dough.
*Turn out the dough on a floured surface. Pat or roll into a 9 inch circle about 1/2 inch thick. With a 2 1/2 inch fluted biscuit cutter, cut out 12 scones, pushing the dough scraps together for the last few, if necessary. Transfer the scones to the baking sheet. (Add seasoning now)
*Bake in preheated oven until golden brown, about 12 minutes. Move to wire racks to cool.

Friday, November 11, 2011

Pumpkin Pie Pudding

Who can resist the chance to make something delicious and sweet in their crock pot. Mix and walk away for six hours. Super simple! I recently made this for a harvest luncheon dessert, along with a nice apple crisp. I thought people would enjoy the taste of a pumpkin pie without all the calories. Just make sure to spray the pot well.......

Pumpkin Pie Pudding

1 (15 ounce) can solid pack pumpkin
1 (12 ounce) can evaporated milk
3/4 cup sugar
1/2 cup biscuit/baking mix
2 eggs, beaten
2 tablespoons butter or margarine, melted
2 1/2 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
whipped topping

In a large bowl, combine the first eight ingredients. Transfer to a slow cooker coated with nonstick cooking spray. Cover and cook on low for 5 to 6 hours or until a thermometer reads 160 degrees F. Serve in bowls with whipped topping if desired.

Thursday, November 3, 2011

Love-----ly Story........

Read this beautiful story today and just had to pass it on. As a Hospice Volunteer, if I speak with family member during visits, I always remind them to tell their loved ones how they feel even if they do not feel that today may be their last. And how important it is surround that person with as nuch love as you can!

So here it is, copied from a posting on Facebook:

After 21 years of marriage, my wife wanted me to take another woman out to dinne...r and a movie. She said, "I love you, but I know this other woman loves you too, and she would love to spend some time with you."

The other woman that my wife wanted me to visit was my MOTHER, who has been a widow for 19 years, but the demands of my work and my three children had made it possible to visit her only occasionally. That night I called to invite her to go out for dinner and a movie.

"What's wrong, are you well?" she asked. My mother is the type of woman who suspects that a late night call or a surprise invitation is a sign of bad news.

"I thought that it would be pleasant to spend some time with you," I responded. "Just the two of us."

She thought about it for a moment, and then said...
"I would like that very much."

That Friday after work, as I drove over to pick her up, I was a bit nervous. When I arrived at her house, I noticed that she, too, seemed to be nervous about our date. She waited in the door with her coat on. She had curled her hair and was wearing the dress that she had worn to celebrate her last wedding anniversary. She smiled from a face that was as radiant as an angel's.

"I told my friends that I was going to go out with my son, and they were impressed," she said, as she got into the car. "They can't wait to hear about our meeting."

We went to a restaurant that, although not elegant, was very nice and cozy. My mother took my arm as if she were the First Lady. After we sat down, I had to read the menu. Her eyes could only read large print. Half way through the entries, I lifted my eyes and saw Mom sitting there staring at me. A nostalgic smile was on her lips.

"It was I who used to have to read the menu when you were small," she said.

"Then it's time that you relax and let me return the favor," I responded.

During the dinner, we had an agreeable conversation - nothing extraordinary but catching up on recent events of each other's life. We talked so much that we missed the movie.

As we arrived at her house later, she said, "I'll go out with you again, but only if you let me invite you." I agreed.

"How was your dinner date?" asked my wife when I got home.

"Very nice. Much more so than I could have imagined," I answered.

A few days later, my mother died of a massive heart attack. It happened so suddenly that I didn't have a chance to do anything for her. Some time later, I received an envelope with a copy of a restaurant receipt from the same place mother and I had dined. An attached note said: "I paid this bill in advance. I wasn't sure that I could be there; but nevertheless, I paid for two plates - one for you and the other for your wife. You will never know what that night meant for me. I love you, son."

At that moment I understood the importance of saying, in time, "I LOVE YOU."
And to give our loved ones the time they deserve. Because nothing is more important in life than family... and they shouldn't be put off until "some other time.”