the temperature at which sweets happen

Month: December 2009

Happy Birthday to Me!

Happy Birthday to Me!

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 […]

Home For the Holidays

Home For the Holidays

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 […]

Playing House

Playing House

‘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:

Orange Blueberry Muffins

Everyone says,
“I would come visit you
if you made these!”


Yields 12, better make a double batch!
This recipe is adapted from “Southern Living Annual Recipes from 1983”, March p 54.

1 egg
½ cup half and half
Zest from one orange
Juice from half of one orange
¼ cup vegetable oil
Whisk together

Add
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!

One year ago: Guiding Light, Lime Tart

Shouting With Glee

Shouting With Glee

You know Santa’s Reindeers: Dasher and DancerandPrancer and Vixen Coment and Cupid and Donner and Blizten And when they all get together,it’s time for Santa to board his sleighand allowRudolph to guide him across the world! The last 10 days before Christmas are always the […]

Trimming the Tree

Trimming the Tree

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 […]

Begging For More

Begging For More

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.

Star Biscuits

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 egg
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

Frosting:
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?

One year ago: Compulsory Addictions, Pumpkin Cupcakes

Who is That Birdie in the Window?

Who is That Birdie in the Window?

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 […]

Say Cheese

Say Cheese

You won’t hear me complaining about the snow! Growing up in Oregon all I ever saw was a whole lot of 45° weather; year round. And I’m sure it snowed the winters I lived here in Utah while I was going to school, but I […]

Santa’s Secret

Santa’s Secret

I have it on good authority that Santa is getting a little tired of cookies and milk! After a few millennia of the same treat, wouldn’t you? 
Mrs. Claus confided in me while I was visiting her during my break from the toy shoppe, that Santa is so desperate for a different treat, he has been trying for some time now to devise a way to deliver his secret wish to all the little munchkins of the world!
He’s tried inserting it into conversation during picture time at all the mall, but the kids were so eager to spout off their wishlist, he found it impossible! Two years ago, he spelled out H.E.L.P. with candy canes as he laid out the presents in every single house, but no one noticed. He even went so far as to disguise himself in early December, and patronize nearly one million grocery stores in major metropolitan cities across the globe in an attempt to buy up all the chocolate chips!
He even considered, only for a split second, putting all the children who gave him cookies…. on the bad list!!! Gasp! I know! 
I have a solution!

Peppermint Candy Bars
Stay on Santa’s good list this year by whipping up this refreshing treat, brought to you by Holly Jolly Sisters!
Crust:
½ package of crushed Nilla Wafers
3 tablespoons melted butter
Mix together until mixture will keep its shape when pressed together
Press onto bottom of 8″ square pan
Chill in freezer
Chocolate Layer:
3 egg yolks
1 cup powdered sugar
½ cup butter
Mix together until light and fluffy
1-2 oz. favorite chocolate, melted
½ cup walnuts (or your favorite)
Stir chocolate and nuts into sugar mixture
3 egg whites
Beat whites until firm, fold into mixture until thick and shiny
Spread over crust until even and smooth
Chill in freezer
Peppermint Layer:
1 cup heavy cream + 1 tablespoon sugar
1 cup mini marshmallows  
1 cup crushed peppermint
Whip cream until soft and fluffy, and stir in peppermint
*Reserve a few teaspoons of peppermint
Heat marshmallows just until they begin to expand, stir into cream
Spread over chocolate layer until even and smooth
Sprinkle remaining peppermint over top
Chill until ready to serve
This recipe yields just enough for Santa and his 9 reindeer. Leave him a note to check for his treat in the freezer: He’ll be so delighted, you will be sure to get an extra present or two under the tree!
The Candy Cane is one of the most prominent symbols of the Holiday Season. It not only symbolizes the birth of Our Savior Jesus Christ, His purity and His sacrifice, but reminds us that He watches over us as our Elder Brother.

Head over to Pammy’s blog to see her great tutorial for keeping the reminder of Christ, through the symbolic candy cane as an attractive ornament, all season long!

One year ago: My First, Peppermint Pinwheel Cookies

Holly Jolly Sisters

Holly Jolly Sisters

I have a philosophy that a person’s favorite time of year coincides with a special event of their life. My favorite time of year is fall; it is when Gabriel and I fell in love, and I absolutely love the winter; I was born on […]