Showing posts with label holidays. Show all posts
Showing posts with label holidays. Show all posts

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Pumpkin Sugar Cookies / #BB Color Our World Round Up-Orange

I love to make decorated cookies! As the holidays approach, I tend to get into it a little more. I am not the best at it, so I like to keep the designs simple. These Pumpkin Sugar Cookies  are the perfect design for easy and simple, but still gives you pretty, decorated cookies to give as a gift or serve at a party!  

Pumpkin Sugar Cookies

Cookie Dough
5 cups Flour

3 teaspoon Baking Powder

1 teaspoon Salt

2 cups Butter

2 cups Sugar

2 Eggs

2 teaspoon Almond Extract

5-6 large parchment sheets

Antonia74 Royal Icing

6 ounces Warm Water
5 tablespoons Meringue Powder

1 teaspoon Cream of Tartar

2.25 pounds Confectioner's Sugar

Orange and Green Frosting Color

Pastry bag

Wilton #2 decorating tip

Mix together the flour and baking powder and set aside. Cream the butter and sugar together until light and fluffy. Mix in the eggs and extract. Add dry ingredients and mix well.
Place dough on a parchment sheet. Cover dough with another sheet. Roll out the dough using a rolling pin to a 1/4" thickness. You will be rolling on top of the parchment.  

Place the dough on a baking sheet, cover tightly with saran wrap, and let it chill in the fridge.Repeat the process until all dough is used, and all the sheets of parchment are in the fridge.
By the time you are done, the first sheet you put in should be cold. If not, wait about 30 minutes.Take out the first sheet, cut out, and start baking at 350 degrees for 8-10 minutes. The best thing is that you are not adding any additional flour to your cookies. When you have used all of the dough from one sheet that you can, re-roll it and place on the same parchment paper again. Refrigerate like when you started.
I found this recipe on the Kitchen Gifts blog. I love the recipe, and I have used it for years, but I made one change that has made it a great recipe for me. The original recipe calls for 6 cups flour. I use only 5cups. For some reason it just makes a better cookie for me. Let the baked cookies cool completely.
Continue by clicking the link below to see step by step instructions on  how to decorate the cookies.
The cookie in the link is a shamrock cookie, but the directions are the same for both cookies!
If you ever have questions about what I have written, or you need some clarification, just leave a note in the comments. I will answer you.  

This post is part of the Blooming Bloggers Color Our World Round-Up! Here what everyone else made:

Our Good Life  Halloween Decor
The Freshman Cook Orange Cookies
GardenChick  Orange Zinnas
Day to Day Adventures Volunteer Pumpkins
Blooming Secrets  The Year in Color: Orange
Sensible Gardening and Living  Growing Pumpkins

Click on the link to see all of these fantastic posts!

Wednesday, November 4, 2015

Southern Fried Pickles / #FoodieExtravaganza

This is the time of year when I start thinking about appetizers and party foods to serve during the holidays. I always enjoy coming up with new and different ideas that I think my guests will love. This season, these Southern Fried Pickle Bites are sure to be on the menu. I used no sugar added, Bread and Butter slices, a homemade batter, and a special, slightly hot dipping sauce that makes this appetizer something all your guests will love.
bread and butter pickles, battered, dipping sauce

Southern Fried Pickles

Monday, February 9, 2015

A Mantel of Love!/Day 8 of 14 Days of Valentine's Day!

Because this is the first time I have had a fireplace mantel in a while,
I tend to want to decorate it for just about every occasion that comes around.
So for February, that occasion is Valentine's Day. I could have gone with
a President's Day mantel. It is certainly a special day, but I think that 
Presidents Day lends itself more to elementary school bulletin boards,
and probably wouldn't make it as a cute mantel. :)

Valentines Decor

Thursday, November 29, 2012

Holiday Stove Top Potpourri~A Pinterest Find!

 One of the things I have been shopping for lately is some type of candle, or anything, really, that would smell like Christmas through the entire house. Well, wouldn't you know, I was clicking my way through Pinterest the other night, when I came upon this Holiday Stove Top Potpourri Mix. It is exactly what I was looking for! It smells amazing, and it will last all season long, with very little upkeep. You gotta love it!!
Holiday Stove Top Potpourri Mix
1 Orange (or just the peel)
1/2 cup Cranberries
1 tablespoon Whole Cloves
3 sticks Cinnamon
bit of Grated Nutmeg (if desired)

Quarter the orange. Put the orange and all the other ingredients into your saucepan. 
Fill the pan with water.
Place on the stove, on your smallest burner, on a low setting. 
Refill water as needed.
Don't let the water completely evaporate. It's a good idea to just fill
the pot everyday when you turn it on.
This one mix will stay good for weeks. It will turn brown 
from the heat, but it will still smell incredible!

My Pinterest Find came from Calli at Make It Do.
Check out her site to see the creative ways she has
 to package this potpourri mix as a gift!

Thanks for joining me today!

Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Red, White and Blue Thumbprints!

Well, it is Day 14 of our "15 Days of Red, White and Blue" series, and today we are posting one of my favorite cookies, thumbprints! I have been in love with this cookie since I was a little girl. There is something about the sweet, buttery flavor of this cookie! When I was growing up, there was a bakery not too far from my house. My brothers and sisters and my mom and I would walk down the hill to the bakery, and always, the woman behind the counter would give us a complimentary cookie! What fun! I would always have a difficult time deciding between the icing of my favorite cookie, a type of buttery thumbprint. Did I want yellow, green, or pink icing? It's was always a big decision. I really don't know why, because they all tasted the same! But it was a decision I took very seriously, and the bakery lady was always so sweet and patient. Now, I haven't been in that bakery in quite a few years, but I have been salivating over the memory of the cookies, and I am on a quest to find a recipe for them. This recipe for Red, White and Blue thumbprints is not exactly like my cherished bakery cookies, but these are close, and oh soooooo delicious!
Red, White and Blue Thumbprints
(from Ladies Home Journal 12/10)
Makes 5 1/2 dozen
2 2/3 cups all purpose Flour
1 teaspoon Salt
1 cup Butter, softened
1 cup Sugar
1 Egg
1 teaspoon Vanilla

Antonia74 Icing
3/4 cup Warm Water
5 tablespoons Meringue Powder
1 teaspoon Cream of Tartar
2.25 pounds of Confectioners Sugar
Americolor Holiday Red
Americolor Royal Blue

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Cream your butter and sugar together on medium high
until fluffy, about 4 minutes.
Beat in egg and vanilla.
On low speed, add in flour mixture.
Once mixed together, wrap your dough in plastic wrap
and chill it until firm. It should take 
about 1 1/2 hours.
Roll 1" balls of dough and place them about 1"
apart on your baking sheet.
Using your finger, make an indentation in the center of each one.
Bake for 15 minutes, until cooked through, but not golden.
Remove the cookies from your oven.
Re-indent each cookie if it needs it.
Then allow to cool.

Icing Instructions
In your mixer bowl, pour in the warm water and
the meringue powder. Mix by hand with a whisk until frothy,
about 30 seconds.
Add the cream of tartar and mix again for 30 seconds.
Pour all of the confectioners sugar into the bowl at once.
Using the paddle attachment on the lowest speed,
mix slowly for a full 10 minutes.
When done, transfer a little icing to 3 different bowls.
I like to use plastic bowls with lids.
The icing gets crusty and dry if it is uncovered for even a few minutes.
Color the icing in one bowl with the red coloring.
Also add water to get the correct consistency
You basically want 10 second icing here.
That means that you can take a spoon through the middle of the
icing and it will take 10 seconds for it to go back together again.
Do the same exact thing with your second bowl,
only use the blue coloring.
For the third bowl, just make the correct consistency.
No color is needed, of course.
I used a Wilton Tip #5 to fill in the indentations in the cookie.
Once the indentation is filled in, shake the cookie
side to side, just slightly to smooth the icing out.
Fill in the white the same way,
and the red also. Let dry.
Enjoy your cookies!

Thanks for joining me today!

Stop by tomorrow for Day 15
of "15 Days of Red, White and Blue"
Have a Happy 4th!

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Crazy Cooking Challenge~Fudge!!!

The December Crazy Cooking Challenge featured my favorite holiday treat ~ Fudge! The ultimate Christmas treat! I say that because I don't think I make fudge any other time of the year, except at Christmas. I really should though because it's so good. As soon as I saw that Tina picked Fudge for this months challenge, I knew what I wanted to make. I went looking for Biscoff Fudge! I found it at Tracy's Blog, Sugarcrafter!  Tracy has a wonderful blog full of recipes like Hush Puppies, Hashbrown Breakfast Bake, and Pecan Pie...Without the Pecans. Stop by her blog and be wowed!
     This Biscoff Fudge recipe is a simple, quick recipe with sweet results! I love all those things in my recipes at the holidays! Don't you?
Creamy and Dreamy Holiday Fudge!
1 cup unsalted Butter
1 cup Biscoff Spread
2 pinches Salt
1/2 teaspoon Vanilla Extract
3 cups Powdered Sugar, sifted
1st things 1st!!
Line an 8" X 8" baking dish with foil.
Spray with pan spray.
Melt your butter in a pan over low heat.
Add your biscoff spread.
Mix the butter and the spread together.
Stir in the salt and vanilla. 
Take off the heat, or turn your burner off.
Add your powdered sugar, 1 cup at a time until
completely combined. Then add the other 2 cups.
It's starting to look great!
Pour into your pan.
Cover with plastic by placing the plastic directly on the fudge.
Place in the fridge and chill until firm.
After removing the fudge from the fridge, cut the fudge into strips.
I cut the pieces small because the fudge is rather rich.

A little about this recipe: I only changed two things.
#1~ I used less salt than the original recipe called for.
#2~ The original recipe also was made in a microwave. 
I don't have one, so the stove top had to do. It worked great!

Other info: 
This recipe makes about 1 pound of fudge.
You should eat or freeze this fudge within a week.
What is Biscoff?  It is a European alternative to Peanut Butter.
It is sweet, and is great as a spread on toast, with jam or apples.
It is a product from Belgium.
I purchased my jar at World Market for $4.99.

Thank you Tracy for a great recipe!
If you are interested in joining the fun at
and see what we are all about!
The more,  the merrier!



It's Day 7!

It's Day 7 of our 25 Days of Christmas, and I am looking forward to what Lisa from By The Brook Designs has to say!

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December 1, 2011

Featured Blog - By the Brook Designs

Here is my mantle currently

I love it!

I wanted to do a little more though.

I love to change with the season and usually add a new sign but I am adoring the silver platter in the middle so I decided to paint it with chalkboard paint so that I could write whatever seasonal saying I would like.

Read the remainder of this post from By the Brook Designs!

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You'll be glad you did!

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

25 Days of Christmas Blog Share


You are cordially invited to 
25 Days of Christmas
A Christmas Blog Share!

When~ Everyday! December 1 ~25  
Where~ Stop by Here Everyday for your
               Post of the Day!

What~ Christmas Foods, Traditions, Ornaments,
             Craft Ideas, Gift Ideas, and Much More!

Who~ The Following Bloggers will Be Your Host!

 December 1~ Tots and Me
December 2 ~ vodkaandmotherhood
December 3 ~ Your Momma Said What
December 4 ~ Happy Go Lucky
December 5 ~ Bleak 2 Unique
December 6 ~ Parga's Junkyard
December 7 ~ By The Brook Designs
December 8 ~ RadCrafter
December 9 ~  Pounds 4 Pennies
December 10 ~Smitten...By Abigail
December 11 ~ Empty Nest
December 12 ~  Tiaras and Bow Ties
December 13 ~ The Freshman Cook
December 14 ~ Rabbit Slippers
December 15 ~ My Simple Walk
December 16 ~ Clipper Girl's Saving Spot
December 17 ~ How To Break Common Childhood Myths
December 18 ~ Larissa Hill Designs
December 19 ~ Coupons for Wisconsin
December 20 ~ Allergy-Free Vintage Cookery 
December 21 ~ It's not over until you quit!
December 22 ~  This Momma Said What
December 23 ~ lee, me, and the girls
December 24 ~  My Crazy Bliss
December 25 ~  Parga's Junkyard

25 Bloggers = 25 Days of Fun !

Christmas is my favorite time of year and I am so excited to be able to share a little of the excitement and fun with you! 

Special thanks to Parga of  Parga's Junkyard for being our leader! 
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