Archives for December 2008

Happy Holidays!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I wanted to wish each of you a wonderful holiday. I hope it is filled with love, laughter, family and of course…. good food!!! I leave you with a few more family photos! My cute kids. Me and the Hubby! Me and my sister And more sillyness!! Good night to all and to all a […]

Marshmallow Snowmen

Another Holiday classic that you can do with your kids in under 2 minutes(cause we all know thats how long their attention spans are anyways!)Since there is no snow here in Tampa, I resort to making Marshmallow Snowmen. Fills the void ya know! MARSHMALLOW SNOWMEN 3 large marshmallows 3 toothpicks Edible Black and Orange markers(can […]

Sugar Cookies (a.k.a Hell)

Disclaimer—-If you get offended by curse words stop here!!!! And don’t judge me for my awful piping skills! If you do, I will hunt you down and beat you with my wooden spoon! Sooooo, I thought I get in the Christmas Spirit and make Fancy Decorated Sugar Cookies. With all of my baking adventures, I […]

Coupon winners

Will the lucky winners please email me you address? Random Integer GeneratorHere are your random numbers:11512Timestamp: 2008-12-13 14:02:14 UTC Elizabeth said…Hahah…too funny!elizabeth.chavis@gmail.com #5 mikky said…i really hope to see you in daytime soon… bet you were great… oh, btw, your hubby really knows how to make his game room shine… the leg lamp does the […]

Ice Cream Cone Christmas Trees

Dont forget to enter my NEW GIVEAWAY I know these cute little Ice Cream Christmas Tress have been around forever. Who even knows where they originated. But aren’t they darling? The kids had such a great time with these, that is after they got past the sugar rush from eating the frosting by the spoon […]

Another Giveaway..and a leg lamp?!

Click for ….Harry & Davids..Wolferman’s English MuffinsClick for….Michael Angelo’sClick for….Daytime.

Pillsbury Giveaway WINNERS

Random Integer GeneratorHere are your random numbers:38155Timestamp: 2008-12-10 03:02:45 UTC #38 Jenny said…Pillsbury crescent rolls are my favorite!!! YUMO I want some right now!!!! =)December 3, 2008 11:19 AM #15 MarriedBliss said…I LOVE the pizza crust and the garlic breadsticks!! I also use the crescent rolls to put on little weiners…mmmm mmmm good! #5 Christy […]

Peppermint Bark

While a LARGE amount of my money is funneled into Williams Sonomas glorious pockets, it will not be going to the purchase of their ridiculously expensive Peppermint Bark. Yes it is heavenly..but come on..us food savvy people can make our own for a fraction of the price. Sure, we wont be getting the cute trendy […]

Pillsbury Giveaway and some Holiday Photos

How cute is this little giveaway? The fine folks at Pillsbury are giving THREE yes 3 of my readers this fun gift pack which includes a coupon for Pillsbury refrigerated crescent rolls, a magnetic coupon holder, a house-shaped mouse pad, pot holders, a cookie sheet, a bread basket and a lovable Pillsbury Dough boy figurine. […]

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Happy Holidays!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I wanted to wish each of you a wonderful holiday. I hope it is filled with love, laughter, family and of course…. good food!!!

I leave you with a few more family photos!

My cute kids.

Me and the Hubby!

Me and my sister

And more sillyness!!

Good night to all and to all a good night!!!

Marshmallow Snowmen

marshmallow snowmen Another Holiday classic that you can do with your kids in under 2 minutes(cause we all know thats how long their attention spans are anyways!)
Since there is no snow here in Tampa, I resort to making Marshmallow Snowmen. Fills the void ya know!

MARSHMALLOW SNOWMEN
3 large marshmallows
3 toothpicks
Edible Black and Orange markers(can find them at the craft store) or Black and Orange Tube writing frosting
2 small thin pretzel sticks
1 Sheet rolled fruit snack(such as a Fruit Roll Up) cut into a 1/4-1/2 inch long strip
1 Hershey’s Kiss
Place 1 toothpick in the center on 1 marshmallow.
Place a marshmallow on the top of that toothpick.
Place a second toothpick through the center of the second marshmallow.
Place the 3rd marshmallow on top of the second.
Using the markers or the frosting, draw on two black eyes and 3 black buttons and a mouth. Using the orange marker or frosting draw on a nose.
Place the pretzels in sides of the middle marshmallow for the arms.
Drape the Fruit Roll up around the neck and arms of the snowman for a “scarf”
Place the 3rd toothpick through the middle of the top marshmallow and poke the Hershey Kiss on top to serve as his hat.
FUN FUN FUN

Sugar Cookies (a.k.a Hell)

christmas sugar cookies Disclaimer—-If you get offended by curse words stop here!!!! And don’t judge me for my awful piping skills! If you do, I will hunt you down and beat you with my wooden spoon!

Sooooo, I thought I get in the Christmas Spirit and make Fancy Decorated Sugar Cookies.
With all of my baking adventures, I have never made decorated cookies or worked with cut out cookies. Hmmmmm, wonder why?

I see this post and this post over at Our Best Bites, and I was inspired. She gives a wonderful tutorial on both the cookie making and the glazing. And her cookies are adorable. Check them out.
Ok so enough being nice. As I am still a little bitter! Making the dough was a cinch. Throw everything in my KA mixer and in 2 minutes its done and into the fridge to chill.
Geeze..this is easy peasy. Holiday Cheer and Joy is flowing!!!
8 pm. This is when the first pain in the assness begins. The dough was too hard to roll. So I let it sit out for a bit so I could roll it. Ditzo me left it out for toooo long and it got too soft to roll. DAMN IT! Back in the fridge. The my daughter proceeds to blow across the floured counter top. And now it is snowing flour in my kitchen. Oh, Happy days!(can you sense my sarcasm??)
After the second blast of fridgid air from the fridge I get the rolling and cutting down pat. Ohh, yeah, I am so doing this! I get all my cookies baked.(a double batch I might add, what the hell was I thinking??!!) I mix up the glaze and decide I want all white snowflakes. I love the look of white on white cookies. I also do all white Christmas lights. My husband wants colored on the tree, I want all white, I give puppy dog eyes, so we compromise and do all white!!! LOL
As I sit here reliving my piping hell and nursing my sore wrist, I vow never to make this many decorated sugar cookies, EVER AGAIN!
I piped the outline, let it dry. I glazed the center(which I now call the glaze, “self Leveling concrete”, cause that it what it reminds me of. Let that dry, then pipe all the freekin decorations. All those damn snowflakes. I know that a 6 MONTH old could probably do a better job at piping.
But it is 12:15 am.(do you recall I started at EIGHT!! Over 4 hours to make cookies!!HUH) What do you want from me at 12:15 am! Let me tell you, there was NO MORE HOLIDAY CHEER flowing in my house. I am now traumatized from these cookies! Don’t get me wrong they taste amazing. I just bit off more than I could chew. What else is new???

And at 12:15..I was sooo absurdly sick of my piping bag. I said screw it, and just painted on luster dust and called it a night.

Sugar Cookies

1 C real butter
1 C sugar 1 egg
1 1/2 t almond extract (you could use vanilla too)
3 C flour
1 1/2 t baking powder
1/2 t salt
Cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy- about 2 minutes. Add in eggs and extract and mix to incorporate.
In a separate bowl combine flour, baking powder and salt and whisk to combine. Slowly add the flour mixture to the butter mixture and mix until completely combined.
Shape the dough into 2 flat disks and wrap in waxed paper and place in the fridge to chill for 1-2 hours.
When you’re ready to roll out dough lightly sprinkle flour onto your work surface and roll out dough with a rolling pin.
Cut to your desired shape
Bake at 350 for 8-12 minutes.
Remove onto cooling racks when you’re done and let cool completely.
Decorate as you like.
I doubled the above recipe. But I couldnt even tell you how many they made. Cause I didnt count. Again..I was flustered!
Glacé Icing
1lb powdered sugar (about 3 3/4 C)
1/4 C + 2T C whole milk (low-fat actually works, but use whole if you can)
1/4 C + 2T light Corn Syrup
1 t extract (I use almond because I use almond in my sugar cookies)
With a whisk, combine sugar and milk until smooth . Then stir in corn syrup and extract.You will use this same recipe for both glazing and piping. The way it is right now is the consistency you need it for glazing. Nice and thin.
To prepare the icing for piping, you just add more powdered sugar. You can’t really mess it up because if it’s too thick you just add more milk and if it’s to thin, you add more powdered sugar.
It is ready for piping when it gets difficult to whisk.
Want to see what I WATED and wished my cookies to look like???Nice and fancy and all professional looking. Click here.
I saw Sweet and Saucys post after my 4 1/4 hours of cookie hell. Talk about wanting to crawl under a rock!

Coupon winners

Will the lucky winners please email me you address?

Random Integer Generator
Here are your random numbers:
11
5
12
Timestamp: 2008-12-13 14:02:14 UTC

Elizabeth said…
Hahah…too funny!elizabeth.chavis@gmail.com

#5 mikky said…
i really hope to see you in daytime soon… bet you were great… oh, btw, your hubby really knows how to make his game room shine… the leg lamp does the trick… lol… 🙂

#12 Kimmie said…
Are there any plants in the game room? Maybe you can pull a Mrs. Parker and “water the plant” (aka ‘accidentally’ break the lamp) 😛

Ice Cream Cone Christmas Trees

Dont forget to enter my NEW GIVEAWAY

ice cream cone christmas trees


I know these cute little Ice Cream Christmas Tress have been around forever. Who even knows where they originated. But aren’t they darling? The kids had such a great time with these, that is after they got past the sugar rush from eating the frosting by the spoon fulls!
I went to the candy store in the mall and went to town in all of the candy bins. It was easier to get what I wanted then to buy a bunch of bagged candy and pick through it.
These are quick and painless to assemble. Just make sure you decorate them before the frosting has time to dry. The decorations stick better when the frosting is wet.
Have fun!!! Oh and dont forget to enter my
CHRISTMAS TREE ICE CREAM CONES
Pointy Sugar Cones
Premade White Frosting
White Tube Frosting
Green Food Coloring
Assorted Candies for “Christmas Tree Ornaments”
Shredded Coconut
In a small bowl mix approximately 80 drops of green food coloring into the white frosting. Stir until the color is even.
Place the ice cream cone, pointy side up on a paper plate.
Frost the entire outside of the cone with the green tinted frosting.
Decorated with your desired candies

Pillsbury Giveaway WINNERS

Random Integer Generator
Here are your random numbers:
38
15
5
Timestamp: 2008-12-10 03:02:45 UTC

#38 Jenny said…
Pillsbury crescent rolls are my favorite!!! YUMO I want some right now!!!! =)
December 3, 2008 11:19 AM

#15 MarriedBliss said…
I LOVE the pizza crust and the garlic breadsticks!! I also use the crescent rolls to put on little weiners…mmmm mmmm good!

#5 Christy said…
Pillsbury Orange Rolls are the best!

Congrats to you all!! Please email me you address so your good can be sent to you!!

I will be having another giveaway soon.

Peppermint Bark

While a LARGE amount of my money is funneled into Williams Sonomas glorious pockets, it will not be going to the purchase of their ridiculously expensive Peppermint Bark. Yes it is heavenly..but come on..us food savvy people can make our own for a fraction of the price. Sure, we wont be getting the cute trendy Holiday Tin to go along with it. But who the hell cares. Yours will be made with love people!!! All you need is love, all you need is love, love is all you need( cant you hear me singing in my best John Lennon?) Ohhh, how I love to sing, you might have seen me on American Idol 3 season ago..I made it in the top 50. HAAAAAAAAAAA. I kid…I know my family is peeing in their pants right now..Seriously, I suck a singing. If I went on American Idol, I would be one of those people in the blooper reel that Simon is ripping a new one!!! Enough rambling.tooooo much coffee this morning!!
Lets make some BARK.

peppermint bark

PEPPERMINT BARK

12 oz bitter sweet chocolate, finely chopped
16 oz white chocolate, finely chopped (NOT WHITE CHOCOLATE CHIPS)
1/4 cup whipping cream
1 tsp Peppermint extract
6 oz peppermint candies

Line a 13 x 9 baking pan with foil( use non stick foil), make sure you let the sides overhang so you can pull the bark out when its done.
In a heavy duty zip lock bag, crush the peppermints
In a double boiler, melt the dark chocolate, peppermint extract and whipping cream and stir until smooth
Pour the dark chocolate into the baking pan and evenly smooth out.
Place in the fridge for about 15 minutes to firm.
In a double boiler, melt the white chocolate and stir until smooth.
Remove the dark chocolate from the fridge and with a paper towel, blot off and moisture that has accumulated on the top.
Pour the white chocolate over the dark chocolate.
Sprinkle the peppermint candies over the white chocolate.
Place in fridge to firm for about 1 hour.
Remove and cut to your desired shape and size.

Store in the refrigerator in an airtight container.
*****DONT FORGET TO ENTER MY PILLSBURY GIVEAWAY*****

Pillsbury Giveaway and some Holiday Photos

How cute is this little giveaway? The fine folks at Pillsbury are giving THREE yes 3 of my readers this fun gift pack which includes a coupon for Pillsbury refrigerated crescent rolls, a magnetic coupon holder, a house-shaped mouse pad, pot holders, a cookie sheet, a bread basket and a lovable Pillsbury Dough boy figurine.

All you have to do is leave a comment telling me what your favorite Pillsbury Product is or what your favorite part about your holiday meals are. That’s it, and it can be allllll yours. Who doesn’t need a new cookie sheet for all of our upcoming cookie baking??!!

Please also check out The Pillsbury Home for the Holidays site. Every time you forward it on to your friends and family from the web site, Pillsbury will make a donation to help deliver more than one pound of groceries to America’s food banks! So really its a win win!!!
Unfortunately the gift baskets can only be shipped to US residents.
The giveaway will end on Tuesday December 9th at 10 PM est.

And I leave you today from a few of my Holiday Photos.
Oh look..I really do have a husband!
My sister, husband and daughter

My little rugrats! Pretty cute if I say so myself!

My sister and I being DORKY as usual!!!

Me and the kiddos

My son..as he says, “stuck with the girls”

Notice the husbands are still serious. Can you find the nerds?

Photos taken by the ever sooo talented Kelly