I’ve been craving birthday cake; I always do. My new years resolution is: Eat More Cake! Last year, you may remember, Gabriel made me a two tiered vanilla and chocolate cake for my birthday accompanied with a pledge that every year he would make a […]
Month: December 2009
William Shakespeare, Love’s Labours Lost “And I had but one penny in the world. Thou should’st have it to buy gingerbread.” Today is the big reveal of the Daring Bakers Challenge for December… The December 2009 Daring Bakers’ Challenge was brought to you by Anna […]
‘Tis the season for company… late breakfast, brunch, and oranges; all great reasons to make these delicious Orange Blueberry Breakfast Muffins.
I’m not the first to say it, but muffins are just cupcakes without frosting – this is why they always have a welcome home on my blog.
When I have company, I tend to have a penchant for playing house. I may, or may not go totally overboard when it comes to extravagant meals, including and especially desserts (yes plural), driving all over town playing concierge and chauffer, and laughing hysterically at every single joke or gesture so that my guests feel utterly and completely invited and at home.
Speaking of… it’s time we had some guests – anyone?
Unfortunately however, December isn’t always the season for an abundance of extra time which, of course, makes impressing those welcome house guests slightly more difficult. When you feel overwhelmed, but you still want to make a grand showing – forget the Warm Buns, and whip up a batch of hot and fluffy, fresh from the oven, buttery:
Yields 12, better make a double batch!
This recipe is adapted from “Southern Living Annual Recipes from 1983”, March p 54.
½ cup half and half
Zest from one orange
Juice from half of one orange
¼ cup vegetable oil
¾ cup sugar
1 ½ cups flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
½ teaspoon salt
Stir just until dry ingredients are absorbed
Stir in 1 cup blueberries
Spoon into muffin tins, greased or lined with cups, ¾ full
Bake at 400°F, 15-20 minutes
Now, make your way over to Pammy’s blog immediately! Today is the last day to enter the Holly Jolly Sisters Christmas Giveaway – you could win 3 great prizes from Malinda’s Designs, Unfortunate Alice and Tom Designs!
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Holly Jolly Sisters brings you, Trimming the Tree! Is it any surprise that Gabriel and I have a Christmas Tradition that consists of decorating our tree with seasonal fruits and candy? Over the years we have used rice kripsy treats decorated as presents with colored […]
Do you know animals can sense events before they happen? Throughout history, animals have been documented as behaving erratically prior to earthquakes and volcanic eruptions leading to a theory that animals can detect major events hours, days and even weeks in advance.
Certainly, Christmas is no exception. Your loyal friend can smell this day coming all year long, and he doesn’t want to be left out! He deserves new toys, lavish affection, and extra treats on this special day! The very first name you should cross off your Christmas list is Fido.
Like Danger, your doggie too won’t be able to resist snatching this treat from your generous hands!
Today Holly Jolly Sisters is bringing you Holiday Gift Ideas for those you can’t forget!
Fill your doggies stocking to the brim with these gourmet treats and leave them salivating, begging and wishing everyday was Christmas.
This recipe was adapted from Doggy Desserts by Cheryl Gianfrancesco (highly recommended!).
1 cup shredded cheese
1 cup wheat germ
2 cups unbleached wheat flour
½ cup chopped almonds
1 cup of oats
2 teaspoons Aloutte Flavored Spreadable Cheese
1 ½ cups water
¼ cup vegetable oil
Mix all ingredients together until incorporated
Drop 1.5 oz. of batter onto cookie sheet
Flatten and shape as desired
Bake at 300°, 50 minutes
Leave to harden in oven for 1 to 2 hours
4 oz. cream cheese
4 oz. Aloutte Flavored Spreadable Cheese
Mix together with handheld mixer and spread or pipe onto tops of biscuits
This recipe will make enough treats not only for your companions to enjoy, plus plenty more to drop off for Daisy next door, and to send to Frodo in Maryland and Molly in Alabama; approx 24, 1.5 oz cookies.
For ideas on the other names you don’t want to forget, skate over to Pammy’s blog to get a few great ideas for all those neighbors you just can’t leave out!
Who do you make sure to never forget each year?
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Traditionally birds have always been a part of winter and Christmas festivities. From french hens to turtle doves, no one can deny the sweet charm of a tiny bird and its melodic songs chirping outside your window. Despite the chilly frost covering my window this […]
Peppermint Candy Bars
Crust:½ package of crushed Nilla Wafers3 tablespoons melted butterMix together until mixture will keep its shape when pressed togetherPress onto bottom of 8″ square panChill in freezer
Chocolate Layer:3 egg yolks1 cup powdered sugar½ cup butterMix together until light and fluffy1-2 oz. favorite chocolate, melted½ cup walnuts (or your favorite)Stir chocolate and nuts into sugar mixture3 egg whitesBeat whites until firm, fold into mixture until thick and shinySpread over crust until even and smoothChill in freezer
Peppermint Layer:1 cup heavy cream + 1 tablespoon sugar1 cup mini marshmallows1 cup crushed peppermintWhip cream until soft and fluffy, and stir in peppermint*Reserve a few teaspoons of peppermintHeat marshmallows just until they begin to expand, stir into creamSpread over chocolate layer until even and smoothSprinkle remaining peppermint over topChill until ready to serve
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