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Easy Peanut Butter Reindeer Cookies!

Easy Reindeer Cookies Today over at Eat This Up,

I posted some super easy and really fun Peanut Butter Reindeer cookies that you can make with the kids. If you have something coming up and need a dessert, this is a perfect recipe! Go HERE to get the recipe and instructions!

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Fun Grinch Kabobs!

Grinch Kabobs

These were SOOOO much fun!!! If you have something coming up this next week and need a really cute appetizer, you need to try the Grinch Kabobs!

I posted the instructions over on Eat This Up if you want to take a look!

 

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How To Host a Gingerbread House Party!

How To Host a Gingerbread House Party

It is a little late… but I finally got around to posting my Gingerbread House party details! You can always “pin” it and save it for next year!

Go HERE to take a look!

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Royal Icing Recipe and Instructions for Decorating Sugar Cookies

Decorating cookies and treats with Royal Icing is a great way to make beautiful, detailed sweets!  It’s not as hard as it may seem if you follow our recipe and simple instructions.

Royal Icing Recipe and InstructionsIngredients:

  • 3 Tbs Meringue Powder
  • 4 cups sifted powdered sugar
  • 5 Tbs warm water +/- (plus additional water for thinning)

 

Instructions:

Combine all ingredients in bowl of stand mixer, beat on low speed for 7-10   minutes or until icing begins to form stiff peaks.

Divide your icing into appropriate portions to color for your project.

Add a small amount of gel food coloring to create each color, stirring until coloring is completely blended.

To create icing for flooding, place a small amount of colored icing into a bowl and begin adding water ½ tsp to a time until you reach the proper consistency.  You want the icing to be thin enough to spread easily but not too watery.  A good test is to drizzle a small amount off the end of your spoon and watch how long it takes for the drizzled icing to blend back into the bowl of icing.  It should blend back in within approximately 10 seconds.

To decorate a simple cookie, you’ll pipe a border around the cookie and fill the inside with the thinned “flooding” icing.

Royal Icing Recipe and Instructions

Royal Icing Recipe and Instructions for Decorating Sugar Cookies
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Recipe type: Dessert
 
Perfect royal icing for decorating sugar cookies.
Ingredients
  • 3 Tbs Meringue Powder
  • 4 cups sifted powdered sugar
  • 5 Tbs warm water +/- (plus additional water for thinning)
Instructions
  1. Combine all ingredients in bowl of stand mixer, beat on low speed for 7-10 minutes or until icing begins to form stiff peaks.
  2. Divide your icing into appropriate portions to color for your project.
  3. Add a small amount of gel food coloring to create each color, stirring until coloring is completely blended.
  4. To create icing for flooding, place a small amount of colored icing into a bowl and begin adding water ½ tsp to a time until you reach the proper consistency. You want the icing to be thin enough to spread easily but not too watery. A good test is to drizzle a small amount off the end of your spoon and watch how long it takes for the drizzled icing to blend back into the bowl of icing. It should blend back in within approximately 10 seconds.

 

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Christmas Sugar Cookies Recipe

Sugar Cookie Recipe

Here is a basic Christmas Sugar Cookie recipe you can use as a base for a lot of other cookies! Plus it is a pretty good cookie recipe all alone!

If you like cookies, make sure to check back over the next few days for some AWESOME cookie recipes!

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup softened, unsalted butter
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • ½ tsp pure vanilla
  • 1 tsp lemon extract
  • 3 ½ cups all purpose flour
  • ½ tsp baking powder
  • ½ tsp baking soda
  • ½ tsp salt

Instructions:

In the bowl of stand mixer combine butter, sugar, eggs, vanilla, and lemon extract mixing until creamed together.

In a separate bowl sift together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt.  Gradually add these ingredients to the butter mixture.

Divide dough into 2 balls, flatten each into a 2” thick disc and wrap in plastic wrap.  Refrigerate for 1-2 hours.

Preheat oven to 400 Degrees.

On a lightly floured surface or parchment paper, using a silicone rolling pin, roll dough out to approximately ¼” thickness.  Cut into desired shapes and place them on ungreased cookie sheets, leaving 1-2 inches between.

Bake for 4-6 minutes in preheated oven.  Allow to cool for 3-5 minutes then transfer to wire cooling rack to cool completely.

Christmas Sugar Cookies Recipe
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Recipe type: Dessert
 
Christmas Sugar Cookie Recipe has a hint of lemon, is perfect for rolling out, and decorating.
Ingredients
  • 1 cup softened, unsalted butter
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • ½ tsp pure vanilla
  • 1 tsp lemon extract
  • 3 ½ cups all purpose flour
  • ½ tsp baking powder
  • ½ tsp baking soda
  • ½ tsp salt
Instructions
  1. In the bowl of stand mixer combine butter, sugar, eggs, vanilla, and lemon extract mixing until creamed together.
  2. In a separate bowl sift together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Gradually add these ingredients to the butter mixture.
  3. Divide dough into 2 balls, flatten each into a 2” thick disc and wrap in plastic wrap. Refrigerate for 1-2 hours.
  4. Preheat oven to 400 Degrees.
  5. On a lightly floured surface or parchment paper, using a silicone rolling pin, roll dough out to approximately ¼” thickness. Cut into desired shapes and place them on ungreased cookie sheets, leaving 1-2 inches between.
  6. Bake for 4-6 minutes in preheated oven. Allow to cool for 3-5 minutes then transfer to wire cooling rack to cool completely.

 

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Easy Thanksgiving Menu Plan


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Thanksgiving dinner should not be stressful in planning. Stick with the traditional, tried and true recipes that everyone loves. I got fancy one year and added all kinds of fruit and things to the stuffing. The entire family was looking forward to my sausage stuffing and would’ve even been happy with Stove Top, but were disappointed in my “fancy” dish that took 2x as long to prepare.

Make preparation easy for the hostess. If you are hosting, ask for help, ask what another quests “speciality” dish is and if they would like to bring it. If you are going to someone else’s house, volunteer to make your favorite dish, or at least one you know your kids will eat :)

Go to the store NOW. Don’t wait until the store is crowded and stock is sold out.

 The Turkey – We prefer ours fried. They are so juicy and crispy on the outside and they don’t seem to have that weird turkey taste :) Paul gave some good advice as well as what your cost will be at Walmart over HERE. 

 

:: APPETIZERS & BREADS::

 Olive Bread - This is a ridiculously good appetizer that we serve because it is easy and good! Plus, the kids can help and so can anyone visiting!

 

 Beer Bread - This is the best “bread as a side dish” you can possibly have! I just recently posted this recipe and it is made with only 4 ingredients. You will fall in love!

 

 7 Up Biscuits – Light and fluffy and easy to make, these are just like the ones you get from restaurants!

 

::SIDE DISHES::

 Broccoli Salad – This is another family favorite and also one that you can make the day before. Have the kids help you cut everything up and toss it in the fridge for the next day. Just add the dressing when you are ready to serve!

Sausage Stuffing – This is pretty much the reason to have Thanksgiving dinner! I eat about 1/2 the pan making it! Give it a try if you have not done it before!

 

 Acorn Squash – Another SUPER easy, awesome side dish! Who doesn’t like bacon and brown sugar?!

 

::DESSERTS::

Chocolate Caramel Cake – Otherwise known as “Better than S*$ Cake!” Easy, good, and with so many variations, you can please anyone!

 

 Snickers Brownies- Pretty much as good as they sound. This might be the most complicated recipe but it is the most worth it!

 

Most importantly, relax and enjoy your family!

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Easy, Yummy, Olive Bread Recipe

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This is one of my family’s FAVORITE weekend and holiday appetizer. Olive Bread. Since you should be picking up some free cans of Olives this week at CVS and really cheap at Walgreens, this would be a great recipe to add to the menu!

This recipe is SUPER easy and you can adjust it to what you think your family will like. I would suggest making it the first time the way I have posted and then going from there.

Chop 14oz can of black olives
Chop 6oz. of green olives with pimento’s

Chop 3 stalk of green onions

Shred 1lb of Monterey Jack cheese

1 stick butter softened
1/2 cup real mayo

Combine all ingredients together. Now, you can do this a day ahead of time and put it in the fridge until you need it. Or, make it right away!

Cut one loaf of crusty french bread in half.

Smother each side with the mix.

Bake at 350 for about 15min. then turn on the broiler and brown the top until golden!
Not a single bit will be left! I was almost too late for a picture!

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Homemade Cinnamon Roll Recipe – Clone of a Cinnabon!

homemade cinnamon roll recipe

Last night I got the urge to make homemade cinnamon rolls because it was so rainy and ugly out, it seemed like the right thing to do! Plus, we had company coming in and I thought it would be a nice welcome from a long drive.

O.K. who am I lying to? I just wanted to eat some!

cinnamon roll recipeCinnamon Rolls are so easy to make, they just take a few steps, so give it a shot and don’t let them scare you!

Mix 1 quart Whole Milk, 1 cup butter, and 1 cup Sugar in a pan. Bring almost to a boil, just “scald” the milk. If you boil you went too far, it will curdle the milk.

Remove from the heat and let it cool until warm. Add 2 packages Active Dry Yeast, 0.25 Ounce Packets and mix in.

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Now transfer to a bowl all the liquid, then add 8 cups of flour, 1 teaspoon (heaping) Baking Powder, 1 teaspoon (scant) Baking Soda, and 1 Tablespoon (heaping) Salt.

Cover with a tea towel and let rise for about an hour. After it has risen, turn out to a floured surface ( like above) and add about 1 more cup flour while kneading it all in.

Now comes the fun:

assembling cinnamon rollsTake about 1/2 of the dough and roll it out into a rectangle. I would say 18 inches by about 9 inches or so. Cover with a thin layer of melted butter, sprinkle liberally with cinnamon and then sprinkle with brown sugar.

Starting with the long side away from you, roll the dough up towards you. Fold the dough up and close the roll by pinching it together.

Now take the sharpest knife you have and cut the roll into 2 to 2 1/2 inch sections. Now place them in a greased pan almost touching each other. Let these rise about 20 minutes and put them into the oven at 400 for about 15 minutes.

cinnamon rolls from ovenPull them out when they start to get golden brown, let them cool for just a few minutes, and pour frosting over the cinnamon rolls!

For the frosting, you might have to add more milk or even more powdered sugar to get the right consistency. You want it thick but pourable!

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8 Can Chicken Tortilla Soup Recipe

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Sorry!! One more recipe for today! We had this for lunch and it reminded me to post the recipe. If you need a quick meal, try my 8 Can Chicken Tortilla Soup recipe! I posted it over at Eat This Up today.

Screen Shot 2014-01-05 at 4.01.12 PMMy favorite dutch oven is on sale today as well! The Red Lodge dutch oven is on sale for $49 down from $119. The other colors are a little more today.

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Easy Pumpkin Bar Recipe


You know the fancy pumpkin roll that looks like only a baker could make it? Did you know you can make them in a pan?! Well, you can.

This is a super easy and standard Pumpkin Bar Recipe what anyone can make. My kids made this last night with me and I really didn’t do anything but supervise. Because I am good at that, oh, and did the dishes of course. For some reason everyone skedaddles when the dishes are up.

The colors are wonky on my picture because I used Instagram, but that is the only photo I got as they were all gone before I could get a good picture.

Just some advice…. Make something with Pumpkin this week. It will make you happy. I promise. Something about the fall and pumpkin makes you smile. :)

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