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Monday, October 20, 2014

Halloween Decorated Sugar Cookies


I am so happy to bring you another great post from my contributor and daughter,  Kristi!   And now her daughter Kimmie has also joined our team so this is officially a three generation blogging family!  
 Take it away Girls!!

Growing up my mom (Evelyn) made every holiday special. From home hole-punched confetti with sparkling cider on New Year’s Eve to decorating our hair with clover on the way out the door on St. Patrick's Day. It left an impression and it is a tradition that I continue with my own girls. Every holiday is filled with decorations and our own traditions and now I am starting to see the same excitement about upcoming holidays in my girls that I remember feeling.

For Halloween this year, Kimmie and I decided to try some new cookie designs and let our creativity run free. We had a blast sketching the designs and buying supplies. I loved the look of joy on her face when she saw her designs turn into actual cookies. I think this post is less about the cookie recipe, and more about the quality time you spend with you family and the impact it makes on them.
To that end, I have had Kimmie write a little about her experience as well. The recipe is one I have shared before and will link here again, but I want you to take from this post, is the experience.
 Have a great Halloween! 



Kristi


My mom and I made Halloween cookies. I think the cookies were yummy! They were sugar cookies. There were spider webs, pumpkins, ghosts, and vampires too. They were fun to make! The icing was the best part of all! I love making cookies! I wrote this post for my Grammy. Happy Halloween!

Kimmie



Halloween Sugar Cookies

For the cookies you will need:
 1 1/2 cups powdered sugar
1 cup butter, softened
1 tsp vanilla
1/2 tsp almond extract
1 large egg
2 1/2 cups flour
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp cream of tartar
Gel food coloring (optional, but it can be fun to work with colored dough)

To make the cookies: Beat together the powdered sugar, butter, vanilla, almond extract, and egg, until smooth and creamy. Mix in remaining ingredients using the paddle attachment of the mixer. Cover and refrigerate for at least 2 hours. Heat oven to 375 degrees. Roll dough in portions to about 1/8- 1/4 inch thickness and cut with your choice of cookie cutters. I even grabbed my Valentine’s Day lips cookie cutter and made vampire teeth. So be creative and feel free to use your other cookie cutters in fun ways. I also decided to dye a small portion of the dough black for the bats and the vampire capes. To do this, we separated a small amount of the dough into a separate glass bowl and then, using gloves (to prevent dyeing our fingers), we kneaded the color into the dough until it was all one even color. It can then be worked with the same as the other dough. 





Bake on a cool cookie sheet lined with non-stick foil or a baking mat for approximately 7 minutes. Remove from the oven and allow to cool on the cookie sheet for 2 minutes then move the cookies to a cooling rack. 



For the powdered sugar icing you will need:
1 cup of powdered sugar
1 tsp almond extract
1 tbsp melted butter
milk
gel food coloring in the colors of your choice

In a bowl, combine the powdered sugar, vanilla, and melted butter. Stir well. Then add milk, 1 tsp at a time until the frosting is of desired consistency to frost cookies. Finally, color with brown gel food coloring, mixed to your desired color of turkey. I use almond extract instead of the traditional vanilla for 2 reasons. First, I have found that the flavor is much better. Second, vanilla darkens my white icing, making it look brown and dirty. Since the almond extract is clear, I don’t have that problem.

Now, for the decorations. I made and used Royal Icing to create custom icing transfers. I have seen these a lot, and I found out that they are not that difficult to make.

For the Royal Icing you will need:
5 Tablespoons of Meringue Powder
1/3 cup water
4 cups powdered sugar
Juice from 1 lemon
Gel food coloring (Colors of your choice for your choice of projects)

Beat Meringue powder and water on high for approximately 1-2 minutes, until the mixture is slightly thickened. Add the sugar and lemon juice and mix until smooth. You don’t want the icing to thin, so it will not run when you are creating your designs. Traditionally, Royal Icing is made with Egg Whites. However, I have small children and it is not recommended that children (or pregnant women for you that this applies to) eat uncooked or under cooked eggs. Therefore, I have provided this recipe instead. It worked beautifully and tasted great.

This makes for a good amount of icing. I divided the icing into separate bowls, one for each color I was going to be using, and mixed in the gel food coloring of the colors I wanted. I then placed each color into a plastic squeeze bottle to allow for easy tracing of the decoration designs.

For these designs, I drew jack-o-latern mouths, triangle eyes, vampire teeth and widow’s peaks to create the templates for the icing decorations. The possibilities are endless, so feel free to be creative here.

 I printed these on a small square of card stock. I then taped a rectangular piece of cardboard to create a “handle” on my template (A tongue depressor or popsicle stick works also). I then taped a piece of wax paper, just big enough for my design, to the counter top where I was working. I slid the template between the wax paper and the counter and then traced my design, using the desired colors with the squeeze bottles of icing.


Once I was done, I removed the template from under the wax paper and set aside the design to dry. I repeated this as many times as the number of cookies I wanted to make. It is best to let the icing dry at least overnight, so that it is firm when you remove it from the wax paper.

Once I had iced the cookies with the powdered sugar icing, I then removed the royal icing decorations from the wax paper and arranged them on cookies. You want to be very gentle removing these from the wax paper to prevent them from breaking or cracking. Either use a toothpick to gently prod the icing decorations off the wax paper, or place the wax paper on the edge of the counter or table and roll it down over the edge. This will easily dislodge the pieces. Then simply arranged them on the cookies with the rest of the decorations and enjoy!!  




You will also love these Turkey Cookies from Kristi and crew!!



Saturday, October 18, 2014

Our Favorite Things Pinterest Party #3

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Welcome, Welcome all to the 3rd Monthly
"Our Favorite Things Pinterest Party!"

We are so very glad you could join us!


Please meet our hosts:
Evelyn from My Turn for Us
Kim, Cassie,Amber and Jessica 
from Lou Lou Girls

Here are the most clicked on Pinterest Pins:

Vintage, Paint and more... gold frame with blue painted pumpkin for fall mantel
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Vintage Paint and More


Decorative Tape Bunting!!
Decorative Tape Bunting by 
Sparkles in the Everyday



1.Follow each of your 

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Gina's Craft Corner Denise Designed 
3 Little Greenwoods View from the Fridge
Lou Lou Girls Eat, Drink & Be Mary 
Our Rosey Life My Turn for Us


2. Link up 3 of your Pins:
**Each pin will be re-pinned by our hosts.

**They must link back to your Pinterest pin, NOT your blog**
**They must be your original creation**




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Thursday, October 16, 2014

Freedom Fridays With All My Bloggy Friends #50

Welcome My Friends to another week of sharing, bloggy love and lots of fun!! 
This party is a Rules Free Party and we welcome all your recipes, crafts, projects, giveaways, etc!!
 Jamie @ Love Bakes Good Cakes, Linda @With A Blast and I love to see what you are doing and we work hard sharing as many of your links as we can on our social media sites!! 

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Lemon Crumb Loaf from Stephie Cooks***Most Viewed*** 
DIY Solar Light Ghosts from Florassippi Girl
Easy Pumpkin Streusel Cake from The Seasoned Mom
Featured Black Owl from Pam's Party and Practical Tips
Attack of Spider Cookies from OMG Chocolate Desserts
Fall Branch Basket Wreath from 3 Little Greenwoods
Candy Corn Bark from I Dig Pinterest

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Monday, October 13, 2014

Easiest Ever Chicken Pot Pie


Yes its true!!  If you can open cans, you can make this pie!!
I found this recipe years ago and it's one of my favorite go-to comfort foodies in a pinch.  
Easiest Ever Chicken Pot Pie


Ingredients
  • 2 cups of cooked chicken breasts, cut into bite size pieces
  • 2 cans (15oz) of Veg-All
  • 2 cans (10 1/2 oz) of Cream of Potato Soup
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 2 pie crusts
Instructions
1. Preheat Oven to 375 degrees
2. Mix chicken, Veg-All, Cream of Potato Soup, thyme, salt and pepper in a large bowl
3. Put one pie crust in a 9 inch baking dish
4. Pour in the chicken veggie mixture, top with 2nd pie crust, pinch the edges of the crusts together and cut a slit in the middle of the pie to let out steam
5. Bake for 60 minutes until crust is brown and pie is heated throughout
6. Allow to cool for 10 minutes prior to serving.
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Thursday, October 9, 2014

Freedom Fridays With All My Bloggy Friends #49


Welcome My Friends to another week of sharing, bloggy love and lots of fun!! 


This party is a Rules Free Party and Jamie @ Love Bakes Good Cakes, Linda @With A Blast and I love to see what you are doing and we will be sharing loads of your awesome recipes, projects and posts this week on our social media sites!! 


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With a Blast

Love Bakes Good Cakes

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Snappy Jalapeño-Cheese Biscuits @Taylor Made Ranch ***Most Viewed*** 
Rustic Wood Jack O' Lanterns and Frankie @ Meatloaf and Melodrama
Pumpkin Cake Roll @ Platter Talk
DIY No Sew Table Runner @ Titi Crafty
Peanut Butter Chocolate and Twinkies @ Crafts A La Mode
DIY Wooden Toy Camera @ The Casual Craftlete
Melted Witch Halloween Pudding Cups @ Williamette Valley Wonder Woman


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Monday, October 6, 2014

Hatch Green Chile Strips with Honey Teriyaki Dipping Sauce

Hatch Green Chile Store send me green chile hoping I would use their chile in a recipe and mention the Hatch Green Chile Store.   All opinions are 100% mine!
One of the biggest things I miss about New Mexico is the abundance of fresh green chile!  I really like jalapeños but totally love, I mean head over heels in love with green chiles!   
I have just learned that these babies can be shipped right to the ranch by the Hatch Green Chile Store
The Hatch Green Chile Store  ships authentic New Mexico chile in vacuum packed bags right to your door! 

This Hatch Green Chile is flame roasted in the traditional New Mexico Style, peeled by hand and frozen in 1 pound bags.   It's available in whole or chopped and in mild, medium or hot!  
As soon as I received this package, I knew exactly what I would be making using these fabulous green chiles!

Hatch Green Chile Strips


Ingredients
    For the Chilies
    • 1 cup flour
    • 1/2 teaspoon salt
    • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
    • 1/2 cup water
    • 2 egg whites, whipped
    • vegetable oil
    • 10-12 Fresh Green Chiles, roasted, peeled with stems still attached
    For the Dipping Sauce
    • 1/4 cup teriyaki
    • 2 Tablespoons honey
    • 2 green onions, sliced
    Instructions
    For the Chilies
    1. Combine the flour, salt, and baking soda in a large bowl
    2. Add the water and mix well
    3. Carefully fold in the whipped egg whites
    4. Heat oil in a large skillet or deep fryer over medium high heat
    5. Dip each green chile into the batter
    6. Fry each chile until golden brown, turning occasionally
    7. Serve with the dipping sauce
    For the Dipping Sauce
    1. Combine the teriyaki, honey and green onions
    2. Serve at room temperature
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    Sunday, October 5, 2014

    Mango Salsa


    This is an easy spin on plain salsa. The Mango adds a sweet contrast to the spicy jalapeños and onions!  Great served with chips or my favorite, Cedar Planked Salmon!


    Mango Salsa

    Ingredients
    • 1 Mango, diced
    • 1/4 cup red onion. chopped
    • 1 jalapeno, chopped (I used 2)
    • 1/4 cup red bell pepper
    • 1 clove garlic, finely minced
    • 1 tablespoon rice wine vinegar
    • salt to taste
    Instructions
    1. Combine all ingredients, cover and chill in fridge until ready to serve

    Thursday, October 2, 2014

    Freedom Fridays With All My Bloggy Friends #48


    Welcome My Friends to another week of sharing, bloggy love and lots of fun!! 


    This party is a Rules Free Party and Jamie @ Love Bakes Good Cakes, Linda @With A Blast and I love to see what you are doing and we will be sharing loads of your awesome recipes, projects and posts this week on our social media sites!! 


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    Now for the Features!
    Apple Cider Glazed Pork Chops @ Delightful E Made ***Most Viewed*** 
    Navajo Tacos @ The Pin Junkie
    Bread Bowl Hamburger Stew @ In Good Flavor
    Halloween Mason Jar Luminaries @ Anything and Everything
    Guide to Using Cast Iron @ A Return to Simplicity
    Tomato, Mozzarella and Basil Bruschetta @ Williamette Valley Wonder Woman
    How to Make a Witches Broom @ Katherine's Corner


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