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Top 10 of 2010

Mama went shopping again, so keep an eye out next week for an awesome giveaway. Here are my top 10 most popular posts of 2010. It always amazes me which ones make it. Have any of you actually made any of my top 10? #10  Steel Cut Oatmeal #9  Roasted Vegetable Pasta #8  Sponge Bob […]

Happy Holidays.. kitty style

This will be my last post before the Holiday rush.I just wanted to tell all of you to have a safe and happy holiday.I would write something all sweet and gushy, but that’s not how I roll.Try not to have as much fun as my cat Archie, he has had a few too many.He fits […]

Mincemeat Cookies with Browned Butter Maple GLaze

Well, congrats to you. You made it past the title of the post to read about these delightful cookies.I mean mincemeat…yuck. When I hear the word mincemeat, I think of meat all minced up..ewwwww…in a cookies or a pie form…that is just nasty.My husband alway spoke of mincemeat cookies his Grandma used to make all the […]

Mitten Christmas Sugar Cookies

I went lazy simple this year. 2 colors of icing to mix. Some white Non-Pareils. That’s it. I mean, not as simple as running out to the store to buy your kids classes some cookies..cause that is what most normal people would do. However, I never claimed to be normal. Oh, and don’t forget to […]

Ice Cream Maker GIVEAWAY!

-CONTEST CLOSED as of Monday Dec 20th.I love you all! Each and everyone of you. So I bought you something. ( sorry just one of you)I was at Williams-Sonoma and picked up a fancy dancy Ice Cream Maker.The top rated(by Cooks Illustrated) Cuisinart Ice Cream Maker with extra freezer bowl, in RED.(value $110)Think of all […]

Cranberry Crumb Cake and Tate’s winner

Wow, once again I am late announcing the winner. My bad, I was knee deep in decorating mitten sugar cookies for my kids classes, like the 5 and 7 year olds will appreciate them, but whatevah. I am so excited for the winner because you are getting some delicious cookies and an amazing cookbook from […]

Tasty Tate’s GIVEAWAY!

Boy oh boy, do I have one delicious giveaway for you today.Please play along and leave a comment for your chance, even if you have never left a comment here before. I know you all are out there!It is courtesy of Tate’s Bake Shop. Have you ever had a Tate’s Bake Shop cookie?Well let me […]

Nutella Hot Chocolate

All is right in the world when you drink this little concoction of mine. It will be sure to warm your belly and add cellulite to your hips. Gotta love the Holidays. My jeans are already getting too tight, but that did not stop me from drinking this whole glass of Nutella Hot Chocolate with […]

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Top 10 of 2010

Mama went shopping again, so keep an eye out next week for an awesome giveaway.
Here are my top 10 most popular posts of 2010. It always amazes me which ones make it.
Have any of you actually made any of my top 10?

#1  Roasted Brussel Sprouts
Hmmm, Brussel Sprouts made the top spot….who knew!?

HAPPY NEW YEAR TO EACH AND EVERY ONE OF YOU!!!!!!!

Happy Holidays.. kitty style

This will be my last post before the Holiday rush.
I just wanted to tell all of you to have a safe and happy holiday.
I would write something all sweet and gushy, but that’s not how I roll.
Try not to have as much fun as my cat Archie, he has had a few too many.
He fits into the family just fine.

Archie is getting help for his issues. We are staging an intervention.

Mincemeat Cookies with Browned Butter Maple GLaze

Well, congrats to you. You made it past the title of the post to read about these delightful cookies.
I mean mincemeat…yuck. When I hear the word mincemeat, I think of meat all minced up..ewwwww…in a cookies or a pie form…that is just nasty.
My husband alway spoke of mincemeat cookies his Grandma used to make all the time when he was young. He has been wanting me to make them for the longest time. He finally had his Grandma find the recipe. She did. And then I was on the hunt for some mincemeat (shutter). I was obviously uneducated in regards to the makeup of mincemeat. There seems to be 2 varieties at the grocery store. One with actual BEEF in it and one with without. I took the safe route and bought the mincemeat without the beef.
I am here to tell you the stuff gets a bad rap! It is basically a spicy, fruit mixture. Apples,raisins, orange peel and spices that’s it. Sound yummy, huh? It is.
I made them current by adding a browned butter maple glaze on top. Uh huh, I rock.
Make them, you will love them. Grandma says so.

Who knows how old this little yellowed recipe card is. 

MINCEMEAT COOKIES WITH BROWNED BUTTER MAPLE GLAZE
Makes about 5 dozen
The Hungry Housewife

3/4 cups Butter, softened
1 1/4 cups Sugar
3 Eggs ,beaten
3 cups Flour
3/4 tsp salt
1 tsp Cinnamon
1/2 tsp Nutmeg
3/4 tsp Allspice
1 tsp Baking Soda
3 Tbsp Fresh Orange Juice
1 1/4 cups Mincemeat
3/4 cups Pecans or Walnuts, toasted

In a medium bowl, stir together the flour, salt, cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice, and baking soda. Set aside.
Cream the butter and sugar until light and fluffy with an electric mixer.
Add the eggs and mix well.
Add the flour mixture to the butter/sugar mixture and mix until just incorporated.
Mix in the orange juice and mincemeat.
Fold in the nuts of choice.

Preheat the oven to 350.
Line a baking sheet with parchment paper (or grease the baking sheet).
Form the cookies into Tablespoon rounds and place them on the prepared cookies sheet, 1″ apart.
Bake for 12-14 minutes, or until the cookies are set.
Allow the cookies to cool.
To frost the cookies put the Browned Butter Maple Glaze(recipe below) in a zip lock bag or a piping bag. Snip the end and drizzle onto the cooled cookies.

BROWNED BUTTER MAPLE GLAZE

2 Tbsp Butter
1 cup Powdered Sugar
2 Tsp Pure Maple Syrup
1 Tbsp Milk

Place the powdered sugar in a medium bowl.
In a small saucepan, melt butter over medium high heat. Cook the butter until it starts to lightly brown and smells “nutty”.
Pour the browned butter into the powdered sugar.
Add the maple syrup and milk and mix with an electric mixer until smooth.

And I suppose you would like to know who won my Cuisinart Ice Cream Maker Giveaway?
First, I want to thank you all for your comments. So many of you were 1st time commenters..and I love seeing new (and old) faces around here.

Congratulations to Lisa at Sweet as Sugar Cookies.
Please email me with your mailing information.

Stay tuned for another AWESOME giveaway from me to you!!!!!!!

Mitten Christmas Sugar Cookies

I went lazy simple this year. 2 colors of icing to mix. Some white Non-Pareils. That’s it. I mean, not as simple as running out to the store to buy your kids classes some cookies..cause that is what most normal people would do. However, I never claimed to be normal.

Oh, and don’t forget to enter my Cuisinart Ice Cream Maker Giveaway. All the cool kids are doing it! Click HERE to enter.

CLICK HEREfor the cookie and icing recipe and wonderful tips on how to decorate sugar cookies.

All wrapped up and ready to go

Ice Cream Maker GIVEAWAY!

-CONTEST CLOSED as of Monday Dec 20th.
I love you all! Each and everyone of you. So I bought you something. ( sorry just one of you)
I was at Williams-Sonoma and picked up a fancy dancy Ice Cream Maker.
The top rated(by Cooks Illustrated) Cuisinart Ice Cream Maker with extra freezer bowl, in RED.(value $110)
Think of all the yum-a-licios things you can make.
Come on and play, don’t be shy. I wont bite, I swear. You can’t win if you don’t comment!
Consider it my Christmas(insert any other holiday) gift to you.

Cool extra freezer bowl included.
Ice cream topping and ice cream starter not included 🙁

Want it? Just leave me a comment..what’s your favorite ice cream?
Extra entries……
Leave another comment if you blogged about it.
Leave another comment if you tweeted it.
Leave another comment if you Face Booked about it.
Contest ends Monday Dec 20th at 4 pm EST.
Contest open to US residents only. (hey I am cheap, and this thing is really heavy, shipping would be a fortune)

* this is NOT sponsored by Williams Sonoma or Cuisinart. The giveaway is courtesy of little ole me!

Cranberry Crumb Cake and Tate’s winner

Wow, once again I am late announcing the winner. My bad, I was knee deep in decorating mitten sugar cookies for my kids classes, like the 5 and 7 year olds will appreciate them, but whatevah.
I am so excited for the winner because you are getting some delicious cookies and an amazing cookbook from Tate’s Bake Shop
And the winner is
# 21 is Nadilah Sungkar Magee. Congrats to you. Please email me your address so Tate’s can get your goodies out to you.
And below is a delicious recipe from the Tate’s Bake Shop Cookbook.
Cranberry crumb cake. Perfect in every way. Cranberries are in right now and this is the perfect recipe to use them up.
When I made this, it was gone in about 24 hours. Who ate it? Don’t know. But I hear she is off to get her jaw wired shut so she will stop shoveling food in her mouth. 





CRANBERRY CRUMB CAKE
Tates’s Bake Shop


Topping:
1/2 cup firmly packed dark or light brown sugar
1/2 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon5 tablespoons salted butter, cut into tablespoons
1/2 cup coarsely chopped walnuts


Batter:
2 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 cup plus 2 tablespoons sugar
2 teaspoons baking pwder
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon salt
2/3 cup sour cream
2 large eggs
1/4 cup walnut oil * (you can use vegetable oil if that is all you have)
1 teaspoon grated zest, from one orange
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 and 1/2 cups cranberries, coarsely chopped (frozen is fine)

Method:
Preheat oven to 350* F
Grease a 9-inch square baking pan with pan spray or butter

To make the topping:  Combine all topping ingredients –except walnuts– in a medium bowl. Mix with your fingertips or pastry blender until the mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Add walnuts and toss all together. Set mixture asie in the refrigerator (this can be done the night before.)

To make the batter: 

In a small bowl, toss the cranberries with 2 tablespoons of sugar and set the mixture aside.  

In a medium bowl, combine the flour, 1/2 cup of the sugar, baking powder, cinnamon and salt.

In a large bowl beat the sour cream, eggs, oil, orange zest and vanilla until combined. Add flour mixture to the sour cream mixture and stir until combined. Fold in the cranberries.

Spoon the batter into the prepared pan. Sprinkle the topping evenly over the batter.  Bake cake for 45 minutes or until a cake tester/toothpick comes out clean.

Tasty Tate’s GIVEAWAY!

Boy oh boy, do I have one delicious giveaway for you today.
Please play along and leave a comment for your chance, even if you have never left a comment here before. I know you all are out there!
It is courtesy of Tate’s Bake Shop. Have you ever had a Tate’s Bake Shop cookie?
Well let me tell you, I thought only big and chewy cookies had a place in my heart. I would snub the thin and crispy cookies on any cookie platter. I still might unless they are from Tate’s.
They sent me 3 flavors..the same they will send one of you lucky peeps.
White Chocolate Chip Macadamia…Amazing in every sense. Thin, crispy and buttery. They almost melt in your mouth.
Chocolate Chip Cookies…Again, melt in your mouth buttery. Just the right  amount of chocolate chips.
Oatmeal Raisin Cookies…These have a delightful chew and are the perfect oatmeal raisin cookie.
And along with the triple play of cookies they are going to send you their Cookbook.
I can honestly say, that I have not been in love with a cookbook in a long time. I have my old standbys like Joy of Cooking. But EVERY SINGLE recipe in the book looks amazing. I made the Cranberry Crumb Cake(I will post it when I announce the winner) and it was to die for. Would you think I was pathetic if I told you it was gone in 24 hours? (we didn’t have any house guests). Sad I know. But it was that delicious!
To visit Tate’s on Facebook, click here
So here is the deal..the Giveaway will end on Monday December 13th at 4 pm est.
The winner wins the cookies AND the cookbook.
Just leave me a comment telling me your favorite cookie.
Post on your blog.Get another entry by leaving another comment.
Tweet about this. Get another entry by leaving a comment on your Tweet.
Friend Tate’s on Face book here. Come back and leave another comment that you “friended” them to get another entry.
The winner will be chosen by Random interger.org
You will win the triple box of cookies AND the Tate’s Bake Shop Cookbook.

These tasty morsels can be yours.
You can win this is well!

But don’t fret, even if you don’t win, you can still get 15% off any order at Tatesbakeshop.com. (valid until December 31st
Just use the code “cookie” at check out to get your 15% off! SWEET. There are some delectable goodies on their site that I am sure would make wonderful holiday gifts.
Contest open to US residents only. Tate’s will ship directly to you.
Good luck to all of you.

*The fine print. I was provided with the cookies and cookbook for review. The opinions on this review are of my own.

Nutella Hot Chocolate

All is right in the world when you drink this little concoction of mine.
It will be sure to warm your belly and add cellulite to your hips. Gotta love the Holidays.
My jeans are already getting too tight, but that did not stop me from drinking this whole glass of Nutella Hot Chocolate with homemade whipped cream.
I hope you guys are still not buying the pre-made “whipped topping”. Please tell me your not. Homemade whipped cream takes like 2 minutes to make and tastes FAR superior to anything that comes from a tub or aerosol can. Oh, and it is a million times cheaper!
I hope you enjoy this heavenly beverage!



Nutella Hot Chocolate
Recipe type: drink,dessert
Prep time: 
Cook time: 
Total time: 
Serves: 1
 
Nutella Whipped Cream. Nutella infused homemade hot chocolate with homemade whipped cream
Ingredients
Nutella Hot Chocolate
  • 1 cup milk (I use skim)
  • 2½ Tbsp Nutella
  • 1 Tbsp Cocoa
  • Tiny pinch of salt
Homemade Whipped Cream
  • 1 cup Heavy Whipping Cream
  • 2 Tbsp Sugar
  • ½ tsp vanilla extract
Instructions
Hot Chocolate
  1. In a small sauce pan over medium heat, whisk all ingredients together until well blended and hot.
  2. Pour in a cup and top with homemade whipped cream and shaved chocolate.
Homemade Whipped Cream
  1. Place a medium bowl and your beaters from your electric mixer in the freezer for 10 minutes (this helps the whipped cream stiffen faster)
  2. Pour all ingredients into the chilled bowl and start to beat.
  3. Start off on low and gradually work your way up to high. It will be done when it is the consistency of ..well…whipped cream.
  4. Don’t over beat.
Notes
The whipped cream makes several servings. The Nutella Hot Chocolate itself only serves one.

 

NUTELLA HOT CHOCOLATE
1 serving

1 cup milk (I use skim)
2 1/2 Tbsp Nutella
1 Tbsp Cocoa
Tiny pinch of salt

In a small sauce pan over medium heat, whisk all ingredients together until well blended and hot.
Pour in a cup and top with homemade whipped cream and shaved chocolate.

HOMEMADE WHIPPED CREAM

1 cup Heavy Whipping Cream
2 Tbsp Sugar
1/2 tsp vanilla extract

Place a medium bowl and your beaters from your electric mixer in the freezer for 10 minutes (this helps the whipped cream stiffen faster)
Pour all ingredients into the chilled bowl and start to beat. Start off on low and gradually work your way up to high. It will be done when it is the consistency of ..well…whipped cream. Don’t over beat.

You don’t see anything wrong with the Whipped Cream/Hot chocolate ratio, do you? No? I didn’t think so.