Thursday, December 22, 2011

Christmas Goodies


Hello all! For many years now, I have been assigned to make goodies and treats for Christmas morning. But I have never made as many cookie varieties as I have this year... Guess it came with the fact I have a bigger kitchen, more space to put stuff in, and I am just plain old crazy. Not sure if I will be able to share pics of everything I made, but I will try. :)

Peanut Butter Fudge. This is the easiest fudge recipe ever!!! 



Coffee Cake Cookies.



Lemon Snowflakes.



This isn't even half of what I made this year. I may make a second post for the rest and probably share some of the recipes with you. 

But for now...

Merry Christmas from my family to yours!!! :)


I'm Lovin... Christmas Goodies!

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Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Holiday Goodies from my Kitchen


Hi friends! I have admitted to all of you how I have had no handmade cards done... but I am not behind on the baking [I THINK!]. I have been keeping myself busy as my husband wrestled with all the preparations for his two Christmas programs at work. For band directors and music teachers, December is one of the busiest months. :)

I have been surprising him with a new treat every day. But at the back of my head I am also hoping he doesn't eat them all before the actual Christmas day comes. LOL

The photo above is a picture I took of my kitchen yesterday after I got done cleaning to record this really happy moment of clean and spotlessness. :) It doesn't look like that anymore after all the baking I have done. LOL

Today I have made the easiest Chocolate Crinkle Cookies and a batch of cookies that I found at Pinterest, they are normally called Blossom Cookies but this one has been made festive by using red and green sugar and Hershey's Hugs and Kisses. I thought since I pretty much live in Pinterest, I might as well make something to add to the plethora of holiday treats that I am making to honor the friends and the hundreds of pinners that I follow.

 Here they are!!!


I got playful with this one and dipped it in both red and green sugars. :)


And here's the beginnings of a crinkle. This is an all-time favorite of mine... This is one of the few things I make that I actually do not enjoy sharing with anyone because I love them so much.


Here is the end result. Make chocolate cookies, roll them in powdered sugar and bake them in the oven for 8-10 minutes. Chocolatey tastiness!!! :)


I also made dog treats! But I didn't take pictures of it because I already have them all packaged to give away.

I hope all of you are all caught up with Christmas shopping, baking, gift wrapping, decorating, etc! And, keeping warm too!!!


Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Banana Split Cupcakes

Hello All! I hope everyone has had a good day. It's been nice here... Cold, but nice. I had a really good day today. So good, I baked half of the day off.

Yesterday, my Aunt Betty gave me a stack of books. Well really, mostly COOK books. It doesn't take much to make me happy. Give me a couple of cookbooks to look at, and I am in hog heaven. I've already made two things from the books she gave me. Last night, I made Fresh Corn and Chicken Chowder from Taste of Home's All Time Favorites. We ate the rest of it tonight. And the husband [while scraping the bottom of the pot] told me to keep the recipe so I can make it again. [Read: HE LOVES IT!] :)

Tonight, I added an element to the tasty ensemble. I made Banana Split Cupcakes. I will share the recipe soon. I gotta write it down yet, I made a couple of changes to the recipe. So for now, photos are all I have to show.



That's all for now, friends!!! I got cupcakes to devour!!! :)


Sunday, December 4, 2011

My Attempt at a Handmade Card, Candy-filled Cupcakes, etc

Hello there friends! :) This has been another busy weekend... Got to take a short break with my friend Sara, but soon as we got home, our husbands John and Quinton were fighting with washers and dryers and banisters and stairs.

In between all the other things I needed to do, I got to spend some time crafting and baking. I got out the stamps, papers, etc. It felt sooo good to be using my 12-inch Tonic guillotine again! So here's what I made... It's not too bad, but it is obvious I am lacking practice! There is embossing powder all over the background. Not good. But the card itself is worth giving away to some very special people. :)




And I baked too!!! I made chocolate-covered cherries cupcake. I so love how they turned out except that some of the candy melted while they were baking so some of the cupcakes had a huge crater when I took them out of the oven.  But I have been told by my taste testers, the recipe is a hands down WINNER.


I also made peanut butter cup cupcakes! I used the same cupcake recipe as the one above but I baked a peanut butter cup in the cake this time. I tasted it, and I myself love it! ANOTHER WINNER!


And in other news, I finally got to do laundry in my new house.... Big thanks to John, Quinton and Dad for making this least favorite chore of mine possible tonight. You guys have no idea how much it means to me to be able to see the floor of my walk-in closet, because before you all moved my washer and dryer, the whole floor was covered with dirty clothes and socks! SO THANK YOU!!! You are my most favorite boys alive!!!


The photo above shows the end of my very first load. I was so excited John [the husband] was laughing at me.

Okay now that that's out of my system, I think I will go get in my toasty cozy bed and watch one of the shows I have on my Netflix queue.

I hope you all had a great weekend!!! And have a great week ahead!


Thursday, December 1, 2011

Happy December First!

Hello friends! I hope everyone is staying warm and cozy. It finally feels like it should be. It is 37 degrees here, and that makes me excited because two or three weeks ago, I thought summer weather/temps was never gonna go away... or the earth just decided to skip fall and winter altogether and head on over to spring!

Not sure if it's just me or does anyone feel like this year's holiday season has come in a hurry? One day we were riding the waves in Daytona Beach, next thing you know, I am making turkey gravy and side dishes for our Thanksgiving feast. Time has flown by so fast! Late 2010, we bought our yellow bungalow... Late 2011, we were gifted this beautiful home [by our family].



This is the new neighborhood. :) We know pretty much everyone here, because we frequented this place while my Mom and Dad-in-law lived here. We have spent many a family gathering in this house. And I have had four birthdays here too since I moved here.

I can't show much of the inside yet because we are still in the process of moving in. Between this and the holidays coming in such a hurry and a few other duties I have taken on, there is not enough hours in the day to get much done. Even my Christmas cards are digital this year. I have not made anything handmade to give away. If I can speed scrap by doing it all digitally, I sure could make speedy digital cards with my own photos! :)



There's so much to do and it makes me crazy that I can't get caught up no matter the time management I do. There's just not enough time to get all of it done!

One thing I am at this moment is GRATEFUL. Even how much I complain about not having time, my days are not wasted doing nothing. I am constantly around family and friends... Not so much friends lately, but that's what the cellphone and facebook and Skype is for. I love virtual hugs and long emails and twitter mentions! My friend Sara and I live in the same town, but the two of us have so much to do, I can't remember the last time we sat down and talked! We only get to talk in the evenings through text or twitter. On a good note though, our husbands [John and Quinton] hang out every morning at the gym...

John and I have been so blessed this year!!! We are overflowing! I don't mean material things, but we have been so blessed with all kinds of different reasons to be thankful for time with the people that we love and the opportunity to be with them while they are still here. The past two months with Aunt Betty has been a blast. She is not her best self every day being that she has health issues, but I take every happy, funny moment [with her] with so much joy. I have been introduced to soooo many people because of her. Now the whole town knows me... I am the cool niece that hangs out with old people at McDonald's for breakfast. They are all so much fun to be around. Yes, I get up at 6 in the morning so I can have breakfast with Betty and her friends.

Today is the first of December, and I can't wait for Christmas! Gifts or no gifts, the holidays always gets me all pumped up. All the decorating and getting out all the holiday trimmings give me a wonderful kind of high. :) John and I are like kids and so is his brother. Boy, soon as we were told that our gifts have been bought and have arrived in the mail, we go on a search in John's parent's 4,000 sq ft house for the gifts just to find out they are locked away in Dad's office. LOL

So now you know why I am going to be counting the days til Christmas morning when we could open those nicely-wrapped items! :) I only have three wrapped at the moment. All the rest are in a UPS or FedEx truck somewhere on their way to me.

Hope your holidays are as exciting as ours here. We all always have a great time. I pretty much bake every day in the month of December. I am starting tonight. I am going to start making cookies for my tins so this year I could actually send them out to some special people. :)

Til the next post! Have a happy December First!

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