Monday, December 15, 2014

Wonderful Wednesday Blog Hop #103

Welcome to Wonderful Wednesday Blog Hop #103!

Last week's party was so much fun and so popular!
LOTS of views!
Here at the posts that our readers visited the most...
Editor's Pick

Christmas Crafts
Hershey Bar Reindeer Holiday Craft from About A Mom



This week I picked Eggnog Pie from Dee at Meatloaf and Melodrama. I love eggnog during the holiday season and had my first glass of it with some cookies the other night. This pie really steps it up a notch, I bet it's delicious!! I am totally going to give it a try!!


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Nicole and Susan of Flavors By Four

Carrie of A Mother’s Shadow

CD of CD's Country Living

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Linzer Tart Cookies


If I had to pick a favorite cookie this would probably be it.  I've have gotten big Linzer Tart Cookies from different bakeries through the years and loved them all. I have always wanted to try and make these at home and decided to do it at Christmas time after I bought mini Christmas tree and angel cookie cutters.  The raspberry jam with the sweet sugar cookie and powdered sugar topping is just perfect.  

Ingredients:
2 sticks unsalted butter, softened
2 cups sugar
2 large egg
3 tsp vanilla extract
4 cups flour plus more for work surface
1/2 tsp salt
confectioners sugar for dusting
3/4 cup raspberry preserves

Directions:
Cream butter and sugar together in bowl of an electric mixer on low speed.  Mix thoroughly. Scrape down the sides of the bowl and mix again for a few more seconds.


Add eggs slowly and mix.  Scrape down the bowl again and mix again.  Add vanilla and mix briefly.  Stir your dry ingredients together.  Add all of the flour mixture to the bowl.  Mix on low for a few seconds.  Stir on medium until everything is incorporated.


Roll out the dough between two pieces of parchment paper.  Place on a baking sheet and cool in the refrigerator for a minimum of 1 hour.


Roll out the dough further and cut out the cookie shapes.  Make sure to do an even number for pairing later. Cut out shapes on 1/2 of the shapes for the cookie tops.


Place on parchment paper lined baking sheet.  Re roll scraps and repeat until most of the dough is used.


Chill cookie sheets again for at least 15 minutes.  Then place in a preheated oven set to 350 degrees.  Bake cookies for 8-12 minutes or until the edges become slightly golden brown.  The baking time will depend on the size of the cookie.


Let cookies cool to room temperature and apply jam to the bottom cookie with a knife.  Put the top of the cookie on and once all of the cookies are put together, dust thoroughly with powdered sugar.



Enjoy!!

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Wonderful Wednesday Blog Hop #102

Happy December, everybody! We had some amazing posts shared last week, many of which featured a holiday theme. And let me give you some encouragement. You don't always have to be first to arrive to get lots of attention. Our most viewed post from last week was number 114!




Very Popular
Editor's Pick


Adorable Christmas Tree Ornaments Made From Buttons by My Little Shop Of Treasures

I love the combo of peppermint and chocolate during the holiday season as you can probably tell since this is the 2nd week in a row I've chosen this type of dessert!! Too bad my mom doesn't like any kind of mint so next week I'll have to pick something else!! These Easy Peppermint Oreo Bark caught my attention from Tatanisha from A Worthey Read.


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Monday, December 8, 2014

No Bake Granola Bars


It is time for another round of Secret Recipe Club. This month we were assigned Shelley from C Mom Cook. She is very adventurous in the kitchen and takes part of two other monthly cooking challenges. She participates in Daring Cooks which chooses recipes from different countries such Bibimbap from Korea. She also has a sourdough starter that she has been baking with for over a year and uses it once a month for different baked goods such as croissants or pop-overs. A lot of her recipes use a Sourdough starter but since I don't have one to work with I chose these No Bake Granola Bars. Unfortunately, the bars didn't stay together as much as I was expecting. Instead most of it crumbled into granola, buts it tastes delicious so I have been putting it on top of yogurt for breakfast and ice cream for dessert.

Ingredients:
2 1/2 Cups Granola
1/2 Cup Craisins
1/4 Cup Chocolate Chips
1/4 Cup Butter
1/4 Cup Honey
1/3 Cup Brown Sugar
1/2 Tsp Vanilla
Pam Spray

Combine the granola in a large bowl with the craisins and chocolate chips. You can definitely interchange the mixins other options could be raisins, nuts etc... I increased the amount of granola and mixins in my granola bars because Shelley commented that the bars were too sticky and that is what she would've done had she made them again. I think maybe part of my problem was I added too much but didn't increase the amount of liquids. So I have fixed the amount of ingredients in hopes that your bars will form better than mine did.
In a small pot melt the butter with the brown sugar, and honey until it is bubbling. Allow it to cook for a few minutes until it has thicken a bit, stirring occasionally. Take it off the heat and add the vanilla. Mix together the granola with your choice of mixins and pour the warm syrup over top mixing so that it coats everything. Don't be alarmed if some of the chocolate melts cause it will harden as it sits. 
Spray a jelly pan with Pam and pour the granola onto the pan. If you are using a large one it will only fill up about 2/3 of the pan. Be sure to push it down and together tightly as you can with a spatula which will give you the best chance for it to stick well enough to form bars. Allow it to stick room temperature for at least 3 hours, then carefully cut it into bars. If you struggle like I did you can try drizzling some more honey over the top and putting the pan in the freezer for 30 minutes or so which is how I got a few bars to stay together long enough to take a picture.

Enjoy!!





Thursday, December 4, 2014

Chocolate Pistachio Thumbprints


If I could make my own version of Christmas it would be Christmas tree decorating, listening to Christmas carols, watching Christmas movies, driving around and looking at Christmas lights and decorations and making endless amount of Christmas cookies. I would skip the shopping for gifts, endless wrapping, and card sending.  Do you think my family would mind if I gave cookies as gifts? These are adapted from How Sweet Eats  who posted the cookies over at Delish Dish which is a Better Homes and Garden food blog.

Ingredients:
1 egg
1/2 cup butter softened
2/3 cup sugar
2 tbsp milk
1 tsp vanilla
1 cup all purpose flour
1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1/4 tsp salt
1 cup finely chopped pistachios
1/2 cup heavy cream
10 ounces dark chocolate

Directions:
Crack egg and separate egg white and egg yolk putting each in separate bowls.  Chill egg white until needed. In a large mixing bowl beat butter with an electric mixer for 30 seconds.  Add sugar and beat well.  Beat in egg yolk, milk, and vanilla.  In another bowl stir together the flour, cocoa powder and salt.  Add flour mixture to butter mixture and beat until well combined.  Wrap the cookie dough in plastic wrap and chill for 2 hours or until easy to handle.  Preheat oven to 350 degrees and lightly grease a cookie sheet.  Shape the dough into 1" balls.


Chop the pistachios in a food processor.  Slightly beat the reserved egg white.  Roll the balls in egg white
and then in the chopped pistachios.


Place the balls 1" apart on the prepared cookie sheet.


Taking your thumb or the back of a melon baller and press to make an indentation.


Bake for 10 minutes or until edges are firm.  If cookie centers puff during baking, repress with your
thumb or melon baller.  While cookies are baking prepare ganache center by microwaving the heavy cream for a minute.  Quickly add chocolate into heavy cream and stir until ganache forms.  Chocolate will be shiny.
Pour into center of lightly cooled cookies.  Let chocolate set for at least an hour or two before serving.


Enjoy!!


Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Wonderful Wednesday Blog Hop #101

Welcome to Wonderful Wednesday Blog Hop. 

It's December. Do you believe it? 
IT IS DECEMBER
The final parties of 2014 have just begun. 

We are so looking forward to seeing what you have to share with us this week but first, let's enjoy the favorites from our 100th party just two weeks ago... and find out who is the big WINNER of our giveaway!

In keeping with the holiday spirit, our most viewed post is a delightful Christmas treat...
Most Viewed

sweet rolls




Congratulations to Susan,  winner of our 100th blog hop giveaway!!!
She has won 30 days free ad space on Ducks' n a Row, 2Just4You and Confessions of a Mommyholic. In addition, she will receive a copy of Carrie Groneman's new novel "A Mother's Shadow."
Susan's blog is The Most Of Every Moment
Be sure to stop by and congratulate her!

Editor's Pick
DIY wreaths
Turkey Feather Wreath Tutorial from The Painted Hinge

This week we chose to feature this Chocolate Pound Cake with it's festive and minty candy cane topping from Linda at With a Blast!!


So let's see what you wonderful crafters, culinary geniuses, excellent homemakers, fun moms, artists, home decorators, great teachers and persons of unique creativity have to share with us this week!

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Elie from Chocolates and Crockpots

Libby and Rachel of Two Keck Girls

Janine from Confessions Of  A Mommyaholic  

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