Friday, December 19, 2014
Thursday, December 18, 2014
Love, love, love giving gifts in mason jars.
Here are a few ideas of things I've gifted in jars over the years - enjoy!
Wednesday, December 17, 2014
Sure wish I had the time this year to decorate a Christmas tree for the birds.
I had so much fun with this a few years back and wanted to share the ideas again.
Maybe I'll decorate a tree for my feathered friends in January! :-)
Here are all the how-to's!
Tuesday, December 16, 2014
What is Christmas without yummy, special, "only at Christmas-time" homemade candies??
I think I make more candy during the month of December
than probably the whole rest of the year combined!
I make the simple kinds, no candy thermometer involved. ;-)
Here are some faves...
And last, but not least,
our very favorite Christmas candy will always be
I've been making them for sixteen years now
and I think they have become my signature candy. :-)
I made 6 dozen this evening to share with co-workers!
Happy candy making from my kitchen to yours!
Monday, December 15, 2014
I'll be honest I was really thinking these might be a "Pinterest fail..." ;-)
But they worked!
I followed the instructions here.
I used a bit of shortening on the cookie cutters
instead of the cooking spray the original instructions suggested.
I also used a straw instead of a toothpick to poke the holes in the ornaments.
(I found if you wait a minute or so after they come out of the oven it is easier to make the holes.)
The whole process took just a little more than 30 minutes.
They harden back up really quickly.
I put some red ribbon on to hang them with,
and added them to my kitchen Christmas tree.
I thought they really turned out cute!
I would have made more, but only had a dozen peppermints on hand.
I put the star one on the top of the tree! :-)
Sunday, December 14, 2014
I LOVE gingerbread!
It tastes good. It smells good. And it's SO Christmas-y!
This afternoon I used this
to make gingerbread ornaments for my kitchen Christmas tree. :-)
I had a bit of dough leftover, so I used tiny cookie cutters
to also make a cute little garland for my hutch.
Saturday, December 13, 2014
December 13th - 19th
spaghetti, caesar salad, garlic knots
out for supper
You will need -
2 1/4 teaspoons yeast
1/4 cup lukewarm water
1 cup lukewarm milk
3 tablespoons melted butter, slightly cooled
1/4 cup sugar
4 cups flour, divided
1 teaspoon salt
extra butter, for basting rolls
What to do -
Combine yeast and water in bowl of stand mixer.
Let sit for 10 minutes.
Add milk, butter, and sugar.
Combine using paddle attachment.
Add 1 1/2 cups of flour and mix until combined.
Add egg and salt and mix well.
Switch to dough hook and add remaining 2 1/2 cups of flour.
Continue mixing for 5 minutes.
Dough should be smooth.
Place dough in a greased bowl, cover with a towel,
and put in a warm place to rise for one hour.
Spread dough out on a floured surface and shape into a square about an inch thick.
Using a pizza cutter, cut dough into 18 squares and place on a parchment lined cookie sheet.
Let rolls rise 30-45 minutes longer and then bake at 350 for 15 minutes.
Take rolls out, baste with butter and put under broiler for about a minute to brown tops of rolls.
Remove from oven and baste one (or two!) more times with butter.
SERVE WARM! :-)
(Three were consumed at my house before I even got them to the table!)