Friday, December 12, 2014

Christmas decorating...



Quiche and Gingersnaps

One of the best things my husband loves about turkey for Thanksgiving is quiche. This is from a 2011 post I made...

Cook chicken or turkey in onion,1/2 tsp.thyme and rosemary, (I use Italian seasoning,usually use leftover meat and broth).Take 2 cups chopped, cooked chicken or turkey, and place in greased pan( I use my iron frying pan) pour 1/2 cup of the broth on top chicken.

Combine 1 cup flour, 3 beaten eggs,2 cups milk,1/4 cup of melted butter,dash salt.Beat till smooth,
stir in the 1 cup shredded cheese,pour mix over top chicken.Bake 1 hour.

P.S. I sometimes use cooked ground beef instead of chicken.

What I do with some of the Thanksgiving turkey is put some turkey in freezer bags. I just thaw out what I'm using in the microwave, for about 25 seconds or so, just till thawed. Put the turkey in bottom of my pan, mix up everything else and pour on top. You can add a can of turkey or chicken gravy, instead of the broth, or skip it. It's good both ways. I love McCormick Italian Seasonings, and I put about a tablespoon of it in the mix. Most people would need only a teaspoon. :)

So anyway I made him a quiche tonight and afterwards made some gingersnaps. What I love about this recipe is they're not hard. I put them in for only about 7 or 8 minutes. They make the house smell so good with all those spices.

Chewy Gingersnaps

Preheat the oven 375 degrees

3/4 cup butter
1 egg
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/3 cup molasses
1 tsp vanilla

Mix ingredients above

2 1/3 cup flour
2 tsp baking soda
1 tsp ginger
1 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp ground cloves
1/4 allspice
dash of salt

Mix flour ingredients and then mix together with the sugar mixture above. Roll in one inch balls, dip tops in sugar and bake on baking sheets 7 to 8 minutes. Remove with the tops just start to look cracked, don't overcook.

Sunday, November 16, 2014

Leaf cookies

Oh my goodness, Hallmark has started Christmas movies already, doing the happy dance. No, it's not too early, never for Christmas. lol Anyway, we made peanut butter cookies yesterday, had cocoa and cookies while watching Hallmark last night.

It is too early to make our Christmas cookies already, so we made leaf shaped powdered sugar cookies today.My daughter said, "All these beautifully designed cookies we see online and ours always looks like these." :D I told her ours is done with love though, and taste good, if they looked all beautiful we'd hoard them and they wouldn't taste as good not being fresh. lol We love cooking together and have so much fun, esp at the holidays we get very excited.

Powdered Sugar Cookies

1 and 1/2 cups of powdered sugar
2 and 1/2 cups of flour
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp cream of tartar

1 cup softened butter,let butter sit out till softened
1 egg
1 tsp vanilla
1/2 tsp almond flavoring,(if you don't have any,just use vanilla flavoring)

We put the dough in the frig for a couple of hours covered, then roll them out to use the cut outs. Preheat oven, cook for 8 to 10 minutes on 350. 

Powdered Sugar Frosting

Recipe on box,but I use about a box,one stick of butter,1 tsp vanilla and enough milk to make it your thickness,maybe a few tablespoons,but recipe will tell you and you can work it to your taste.Just remember a little milk at a time.

 Peanut Butter Cookies

Mix together the following dry ingredients:
2 cups Flour
1 tsp baking powder
1 1/2 tsp baking soda
1 cup brown sugar
1 cup sugar

Then mix in with the dry ingredients the following:
1 cup peanut butter
1/2 cup shortening,(I use butter crisco)
1/2 cup stick of butter
1 egg
1 tsp vanilla

Roll into little balls,crisscross with fork.Bake 350 about 8 to 10 minutes,till lightly brown on edges.After the cookies sit and cool a few minutes,they will get harder and then put on plate.
P.S. I usually use two sticks of butter instead of 1/2 cup crisco and 1/2 cup butter, unless I don't have so much butter. I buy butter in four packs at Costco, cause I use alot of butter. :D 

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

November and Fall...

I'm so in my element with Fall, a chill in the air, wrapping up in a quilt, drinking cocoa and crocheting. Okay so in between all of this, in the last week, the hot water heater got a leak in the bottom, which is bad news, and the heater wasn't putting out warm air, which is more bad news. The only good news is we're renting while looking for a house, whew, and today we got a new hot water heater and they're putting in a new heater. YAY! Hey, I love wrapping in a quilt, but not because I'm really cold. LOL

Luckily I had a big roll of plastic to put down on the floor, because  otherwise it would be a big mess. Remember that when you have to have any work done such as this, not all companies require the men to wear shoe covers, or bring their own plastic or dropclothes to put down. Have some old rags on hand. So I'm told it will take part of a day to do the heater, that's a whole new mess to clean up. Make sure you move all things away from the area they'll be going in and out, because men are like bulls in a china shop and somehow think the inside is the same as outside. :)

Anyway, I'm almost finished with the hello kitty backpack for my granddaughter and working on doll clothes to fill it up.

We went to the pumpkin patch, had fun with the hayride and just everything there. Pumpkin butter and honeys, mm, I love pumpkins and now that I've seen so many pretty carved pumpkins people are doing I want to get a bigger one and carve it. There's nothing more fun than going to the pumpkin patch, and shopping in a little area where they sell honeys, pies, apples, preserves, jellies, jams and a bunch of other little things. It's something we look forward to every year. 

The first thing we always do there is go to the stand where they sell apple cider and apple cider donuts. I love apple cider and the donuts.

When I was a kid we had these little angel candle chimes where the heat of the candle causes the chimes to go around and the little pieces hit the chimes that ting everytime one hits them. The little candle light was for my birthday and I got it at my favorite restaurant Cracker Barrell. I love going there, love the food, and esp the little shopping area with all the old time things you can't find anywhere else. 

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Fall has arrived... :D

So it's upon us, my favorite time of year beginning, and I can hardly believe the summer season is over. Didn't it just begin? School was out, grandkids hanging out with me, the park, going to the beach, the apple orchard, movies and starting life with a new grandson. Life just keeps flowing like a river, with the changing of the seasons, and time doesn't stop, make the most of every minute. 
One of my granddaughters that I've watched since she was born, just started school this year. Her brother was going into 4th grade, so it wasn't like my son wasn't used to having a child in school. However, it's his baby girl, that was hard for them, it was hard for me. Now they have one at home during the day, the dreaded twos and I'm watching him some during the week, along with a new grandson that just turned seven months. Seems like the two year old was just as little. Seems like the granddaughter was just that little. Seems like my kids were just that little.

All of this has been on my mind this month, because of all the changes. My DIL was so sad, she posted on facebook about her baby girl growing up, but as I read that I looked over and saw my own baby girl, a 19 yo teenager. I messaged my DIL and told her it's just beginning, you have so many years of being her best friend, all the laughter, the talks, the passing on of what you know to her. As she grows and you have even more of a relationship with her, you'll discover so many things about her she can express that you never knew. I still have my older daughter calling me when she gets off work everyday. :) You never stop learning about one another.

I used to be so sad my kids were grown, with just one left at home. One day we had a family get together, I looked out and saw my "kids" playing ball together, my grandkids on the playset and running everywhere. I got that I didn't lose anything. I gained so much more and life became more of an adventure to take in, instead of feeling like you lost something, and it was over.

The two year old turns three this month, the seven month old just got a new tooth. You don't stop being a mother when your kids are grown, you become "Grand" mother. Jump in and live it over, (the fun part is you can enjoy them, and hand them back over at the end of the day.) LOL

So back to Fall, Oh the Starbucks Pumpkin Spice coffee, creamor, candles, and anything pumpkin spice I can get my hands on. The apple desserts, gingerbread, molasses cookies, and filling my kitchen with more baking at this time of year than any, besides Christmas. It's getting a little chilly of the mornings, so we're pulling out sweaters, and I'm starting to make Christmas presents, so far babydoll, barbie clothes, and a cupcake scarf.
I put out some of my fall things, garlands, candles, handmade this and that, then once again thought...Didn't I just do this? :D

So Molly and I hung out enjoying the cooler weather and see what Trixie was up to now. Trixie Belden my favorite book series and it never gets old. I don't know how many times I've read these books over and over. I do more reading and crafts when September starts and that cozy nesting in feeling comes.

Twinkie Chan also has an adorable snowflake scarf I'll be making, that's her scarf pattern above I'm working on.

Monday, August 18, 2014

Apple Orchard

We went to the apple orchard yesterday, and there's nothing like standing under apple trees and smelling the apples everywhere. It's so beautiful in the mountains. We love going. We also went into Front Royal, and my daughter had to get a photo of one of their blue info booths, that she says looks like an American Dr Who Tardis. :D She says it's a portal, magical, I love young minds. :) Here's some photos...

Here's the post to another visit... We go every year, sometimes a couple of times, then to Skyline Drive in the Fall. I'll have to take some photos of that part of the mountains. The leaves in October are gorgeous.