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Saturday, December 31, 2011

Lemon Gems

These Lemon Gems were shared at our annual cookie exchange recently and they were delicious!  Bonnie offered this recipe as a Christmas dessert, but these could be an anytime-of-the-year bar cookie on your dessert menu.  Bonnie said she received this recipe from a friend, a former school secretary, who brought these Lemon Gems to school holiday breakfasts.

(Printable Copy)
2 1/3 cups unsifted flour
2 cups sugar
1 teaspoon grated lemon peel
1 cup butter or oleo, softened
4 eggs
1/2 cup fresh lemon juice
1/2 teaspoon baking powder

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Monday, December 26, 2011

Gingerbread Houses and Sugar Cookies

A yearly tradition in our family each Christmas is to get together and make gingerbread houses and sugar cookies.  I have a very artistic daughter, creative daughter-in-law and two fun grandchildren who come to my kitchen to have a day of fun. My job is to make the cookie dough and keep the frosting in supply.  We make a mess, but this grandmother loves a messy kitchen when fun is involved!  I am still cleaning up sprinkles from my kitchen floor three days later.  I make the same cookie dough I have for years....I call this recipe "My Kid's Favorite Sugar Cookies."  When I try to sneak in the store bought dough, when time is scarce, it is noticed.  
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Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Favorite Christmas Pins on Pinterest

What has consumed all my blogging time lately, one might ask?  The response would include a mix of many of the following:  my day job, holiday parties, Christmas programs, a trip to Silver Dollar City in Branson to see Christmas lights, shopping, baking, wrapping packages, cookie exchange at my home and I can't forget to mention cooking, cleaning and stocking my kitchen for the holiday season.  Eating out has been a regular routine lately and that makes me weary and very little to blog and photograph, but January is on the horizon and a possible blizzard, snow days at school and a well-stocked kitchen will provide blog posts for the future.  When my evenings wind down and I'm too keyed-up to sleep, I sometimes turn to Pinterest to relax before hitting my  fluffy pillow.  Here are some of my recent favorite pins on my Christmas board at Pinterest. 
Let's start with pretty and then I'll show you
cute.  These irresistible O' Tannenbaum
Cupcakes by Better Homes and Gardens
are stunning!  
I follow Bakerella on a regular basis. Look at these 
amazing Candy Cane Christmas Trees.  Too cute!

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Wednesday, December 14, 2011

White Chocolate Popcorn

Pinterest has caught my attention.  If you not familiar with Pinterest, here is a little information...
Pinterest lets you organize and share all the beautiful things you find on the web. People use pin boards to plan their weddings, decorate their homes, and organize their favorite recipes.  Check out this link to learn more.  I warn you... Pinterest is fun and addicting.  

I have found many new recipes, blogs and ideas of all sorts.  Pinned on my "Future Recipes" board recently was this Christmas Popcorn from Easie Peasie blog.  I added peanuts and stirred in my sprinkles instead of layering them on the top of the final product.  I renamed it "White Chocolate Popcorn" and bagged it up to sell at our elementary school's bake sale which will be held before our third grader's program.  Thanks, Tiffany, for sharing this on Easie Peasie and on Pinterest.  
Start with fresh, popped yellow popcorn.
Add a little salt.
Note;  I'm still using the Stir Crazy I
got as a wedding gift in 1978.  They knew how
to make popcorn poppers back then.

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Saturday, December 10, 2011

and the winner is...

DRUM ROLL PLEASE... The winner of the "Cookie Cutters and Sprinkles Giveaway" is Kristin B.  Her favorite cookie shape is the snowman.  Several of you chose the snowman.  Here is a picture of a decorated snowman you might like.

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Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Deviled Egg Gourmet Chef

Easter, Thanksgiving, Christmas or whatever the holiday...deviled eggs are sure to be found on our family's table.  I can't make deviled eggs and not think of my Grandma Meals.  She taught me how to make them.  Grandma would be called a "deviled egg gourmet chef."  She didn't record her recipe for us, but no problems...we made them enough to know what it takes - a little of this, a little of that.  I will try to explain the formula.
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