Saturday, December 15, 2012

Christmas Fruits

Food that's FUN to eat is at the top of my list over the holidays. Okay, I'll admit that cookies dominate the list, but these fruity treats are close runner ups. STRAWBERRIES dipped in 'candiquik' (I actually like this better than white chocolate) and green sugar. ORANGE JUICE made fresh from fruits sent to me by a good friend in Florida. The best tasting ones are those with the ugly, brownish peels. I can see why they wouldn't be very marketable in the grocery store, but they sure make great juice!

Sunday, December 9, 2012

Christmas Ornaments CERAMIC


This year I'm making ceramic ornaments.1. Newlyweds and a new home are the theme for a special couple. 2. My owl-loving daughter will add this bird to her collection. 3. The TWINS have just arrived! SO happy they are here....'Two Pea's in a Pod' will mark this year as a very special one.

Christmas Cookies

Spumoni (or 'Neopolitan') Cookies

Today...rainy and cold. PERFECT for baking Christmas cookies.
This is a favorite recipe. I'm making these to hand out at a nursing home tomorrow. Lots of fun to make...more fun to eat! Sometimes I keep the green dough white and call 'em Neopolitans!

NOTE: Chill dough overnite

375ยบ         bake 9 minutes

1 Cup Butter
1 ¼ Cup Sugar
1 Egg
1 teas. Vanilla
2 ½ Cups sifted Flour
1 ½ teas. Baking Powder
¼ teas. Salt

a)      ¼ cup chopped maraschino cherries mixed with 1 heaping TBLS. flour
b)      ½ cup chopped walnuts or pecans (green dye optional)
c)      1 melted square unsweetened chocolate

Mix ingredients, divide dough onto three equal parts. Mix each with a, b, c.. Line a loaf pan with aluminum foil large enough to cover bottom, sides and fold over top. Press dough into lined loaf pan one layer at a time. Fold foil over top and chill overnite. Cut lengthwise. Cut the two long pieces into 1/3 “ slices. Place on ungreased cookie sheet and bake in preheated 375 oven for about 9 minutes. Do not overbake.