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December 2013

Sour Cream and Chive Biscuits

I’ll be honest, I’ve always been the type of person to just grab a can of biscuits or crescent rolls from the dairy aisle.  It just seemed easier, especially when cooking a large meal.  However, these biscuits seemed so easy that I had to give them a try.  I got the recipe from Cinnamon Spice & Everything Nice, and overall they were pretty good, next time want to try to increase the flavor a bit more though.

Sour Cream and Chive Biscuits

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Ingredients

2 cups all-purpose flour
1 + 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 cup cold butter, cubed
1/2 cup whole milk or heavy cream
1/2 cup full-fat sour cream
2 rounded tablespoons snipped chives or green onions
1 – 2 tablespoons melted butter, for brushing over tops

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.
  2. In a large mixing bowl whisk together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt.
  3. Cut the butter into the dry ingredients using a pastry blender or two knives scissor fashion until the mixture resembles coarse crumbs.
  4. In a small bowl stir together milk and sour cream until mixture is almost smooth then stir in the chives.
  5. Make a well in the center of the flour mixture and add the milk mixture. Using a wooden spoon stir just until the dough sticks together.
  6. Dump the dough out onto a lightly floured surface, flour your hands and knead about 10 times or until dough holds together.
  7. Pat or roll out dough to 1/2-inch thickness. Cut with a biscuit cutter (I used a 2″) or round cookie cutter and place on a parchment lined or non-stick baking sheet.
  8. Bake for 12 to 15 minutes or until golden brown. Serve warm.

I tried brushing the tops with butter both before baking and after but both methods produced the same result, so its really up to you.

Hi everyone! We’re back! Miss us? Oh come on…just a little?…  Jodes and I took the week off the spend Christmas with our families. Between the two of us we each hosted some sort of family dinner, did last min shopping and wrapping and baking. Dan and I spent most of the week doing work to our place, put in two new windows, and patched up the roof. Currently sitting in my dinning room is a grill (Dan got bored and decided to put his new toy together…) and a shower unit…(because the dinning room is apparently the most logical place to put such a thing..Lol.). But I can’t complain too much, at least we’re making progress and if that means anyone we have over in the next couple of weeks  has to eat in the living room and get a good chuckle out of my dinning room, I can live with that. Its never a dull moment in my house, that’s for sure…

Over my week off I did some baking as well. Its tradition for Dan and I to deliver boxes of baked goods to people who have been good to us throughout the year. Most of these people we don’t normally get to see due to a crazy schedule so its nice to catch up with them, even if its for a little while. This year the calendar wasn’t as friendly to me as in past years…so I had to scramble at the very last min to bake off all my goodies…AND my cousin who normally helps me is stationed in AK…

I made chocolate chip cookies, pumpkin chocolate cookies, break and bake sugar cookies…the ones with the fun faces on them…brownies with butter scotch chips, cinnamon roll cookies and peppermint pinwheels.

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Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies

Ingredients

1 cup canned pumpkin

1 cup sugar

1/2 cup vegetable oil

1 egg

2 cups all-purpose flour

2 tsp cinnamon

1/2 tsp salt

1 tsp baking soda

1 tsp milk

1 tbs vanilla extract

2 cups chocolate chips

Steps

1) Combine pumpkin, sugar, oil and egg.

2) Stir together flour, baking  powder, cinnamon and salt.

3) Dissolve the baking soda with milt and stir in.

4) Add Flour mixture to pumpkin mixture and mix well.

5) Add Vanilla and chocolate chips.

6) Scoop by spoon on greased cookie sheet and bake 350 degrees for 8-10 mins.

Peppermint Pinwheels

These cookies a good friend brought to my cookie swap and I had to share with others.

Ingredients

3/4 cup (1 1/2 sticks ) salted butter

1 cup sugar

2 eggs

1 1/2 tsp vanilla extract

2 1/2 cups all purpose flour

1 tsp baking powder

1/2 tsp salt

Red gel food coloring, as needed

Steps

1) In a large mixing bowl, cream together the butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add in the eggs one at a time, mixing well between each addition. Beat in the vanilla. Add the flour, baking powder and salt, mixing until well combined.

2) Remove 1/2 of the dough and add red food coloring to the remaining dough, beating until well mixed. Wrap each dough separately in plastic wrap and refrigerate for a half our to an hour to firm up the dough.

3) Roll out one color of dough to 1/4 inch thick rectangle on a lightly floured non-stick baking mat or wax paper. Roll out the second color of dough to 1/4 inch thick rectangle of the same size on a lightly floured non-stick baking mat or wax paper. Place the second rectangle on the top of the first and trim the edges. Using the mat or wax paper, roll dough into a log. Secure with rubber bands and place in the refrigerate for 4 hours to firm.

4) Preheat oven to 350. Cut the cookies and place onto prepared baking sheet. Cook for 7-8 mins, don’t allow the edges to brown. Cool completely before frosting.

Frosting

8 tbs butter, room temp

2-3 cups powdered sugar

1 tsp peppermint extract

2 tbs heavy cream

Pinch of Salt

Steps

1) In a large mixing bowl, beat butter until smooth.

2) Add 2 cups of powdered sugar and continue beating on low until combined

3) Mix in peppermint extract, heavy cream and salt.

4) Put onto cookies and enjoy!

OH and an update on my Pinterest Fail…those cinnamon sugar cookies…I made them with store bough sugar cookie dough…they came out better, but still not like the picture…next time I will knead the dough a lot more so it will be easier to roll. But they were a big hit with my family and Dan.

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So happy Monday all.

Zombie Apocalypse Kit

Okay, so I have the worst time shopping for my husband for Christmas.  I saw this on pinterest and thought it would be awesome, since my husband is a pretty funny guy and a fan of the Walking Dead.

Zombie Apocalypse Kit

So this came from Comic Con Family I used their basic idea and template, but changed the contents a little to more suit my husband’s taste.DSCN0162I loved their template for the paint can mainly because it was something my daughter could see without giving her nightmares.

I added a flashlight, some jerky, snickers bars and of course the Zombie Survival Guide.

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I hope he likes it, but at the very least I know he will get a laugh out of it.

So over the weekend like I said we got a foot of snow…well Mother Nature wasn’t done just yet…Tuesday night she decided we didn’t have enough snow…and as of 9:30 Tuesday night we had almost 8 inches and it was still coming down…

I looked outside and saw the snow…and I had a craving for cinnamon buns…Yes Im THAT person…

I cracked out my bread maker and got to work…Im still new to the whole bread machine thing…but luckily the instructions I have for the machine had a cinnamon bun recipe…AND I had all the ingredients…WIN!

Bread Machine Cinnamon Buns

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Dough

(put all ingredients in order as listed and make sure they are all at room temp)

3/4 Cup Water

2 TBS Butter/Oil

2 Large Eggs

1 1/2 Tsp salt

2 TBS Sugar

3 cups bread flour

2 1/4 Tsp active dry yeast

Consult your bread machine for setting to put the dough on. My machine is a Welbilt ABM4000…Accdoring to my instructions I selected Dough, and selected start. I let the dough rise in the machine for a couple of hours (my house isn’t was humid or warm enough to make dough rise).

Take dough out of the machine and roll it out.

Cinnamon filling

1/3 cup dark brown sugar

2 Tsp cinnamon

2 TBS softened butter

Combine all ingredients and spread over the rolled out dough. Roll dough, cut and let rise again. Bake for 15 mins at 350.

Frosting

1 (3 ounce) package of soft cream cheese

1/4 cup butter soft

1 1/2 cups confections sugar

1/2 Tsp vanilla

1/8 Tsp salt

Combine into a mixer. Spread over cinnamon rolls.

Enjoy while watching the snow fall…because clearly…that what snow reminded me of…Enjoy and happy Friday!!!

Well as you can tell from my last post, there was a lot of drama and stress due to my pinterest epic fail the night before. I was very relieved when I got all my cookies baked off and packaged. Although not all things associated with my cookie swap was an epic fail.

I tried many new recipes which turned out pretty good. Most from one blog…Chef in Training….which if you haven’t checked out this blog…you are missing out…

Anyways… I tried Cheddar Bacon Ranch pull-apart bread, Brownie Batter Dip (…this one I could sit down and eat with a spoon…), Bacon Cheddar Deviled Eggs (at Dan’s request) and Artichoke dip.

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I also set up a hot chocolate and hot apple cider bar for my guests. A coworker of mine had a carafe that I borrowed and filled with hot milk. I set up different kinds of hot chocolate packets, marshmallows, whip cream, flavored syrups, candy canes and caramel. For each of my guest got their own Christmas mug they were able to take home…I even found two fun mugs for the kids…

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Everyone brought amazing cookies…I bought metal Christmas bowls for my guest to take home…I wrapped the different cookies in cellophane…tied a Christmas cookie cutter and tag to the package and sent my guests on their way…

We got a foot of snow over the weekend…after Dan and I dug out…all we ate was these fantastic cookies…by the end of the day…we both decided for the sake of our waste lines we had to bring the rest to work…

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All and all I say it was a fun event. I had good company and good food….this may becoming a tradition…Thank you to all who came.

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