Monday, December 26, 2011

Candy Cane Blossoms

Forget rolling out the sugar cookie dough to the perfect thickness,
cutting out the dough with cookie cutters,
and frosting them.

These are SOOOOO much easier
and cuter,
and yummier!

They're my new favorite Christmas cookie/treat!

Recipe from HERSHEY'S

What You Need
1 bag Hershey's Peppermint Kisses
1/2 cup (1 stick) butter, softened
1 cup granulated sugar
1 egg
1 1/2 tsp vanilla
2 cups all-purpose flour
1/4 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp salt
2 Tbsp milk
Red and Green sugar

What To Do
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees, remove wrappers from kisses
2. Beat butter, sugar, egg, and vanilla in large bowl until well blended
3. In separate bowl stir together flour, baking soda, and salt
4. Add flour mix alternately with milk to butter mixture, beating until well blended
5. Shape dough into 1-inch balls. Roll in red or green sugar. Place on ungreased cookie sheet
6. Bake 8-10 min. or until edges are lightly browned and cookie is set
7. Remove from oven; cool 2-3 min. then press kiss into center of each cookie
8. Remove from cookie sheet to wire rack.  Cool completely.


Sunday, December 4, 2011

I pinned it and then I made it...

This tree skirt.
I LOVE it!

Click HERE for directions.

I made mine a little different from them.
I used cotton material instead of linen 'cause the cotton was on sale for cheap.
I think I like the way mine turned out better.
It doesn't fray as much as the linen.
And I think it's a little more classy this way.
Just my opinion.

Anyway, it was really easy.
A little time consuming, but just throw on some Christmas movies and
get to some cutting and gluing and you'll be done before you know it.

PS...I still gotta finish decorating the tree :)

Thursday, December 1, 2011

My newest hobby... baking!

Baking BREAD to be exact.

Last month my new sister-in-law and I took a three-day 
(three hours each day)
course in downtown Houston on how to make artisan breads.

We learned how to bake
Rustic Italian
French Baguettes
Rosemary Sourdough
Pain a l'Ancienne
Pizza Dough

My faves were definitely the baguettes, focaccia, and ciabatta.

And let me tell ya...these aren't exactly the easiest breads to make.
They aren't exactly super difficult either, but they are time consuming and there are certain techniques that would probably be hard to figure out if you didn't learn from someone.
Hence, why we took the class.
And it was totally worth it 'cause I learned a lot!

So far, since I took this class, I've made baguettes twice and focaccia once.
Ciabatta is next on my list.

I'm sad that I didn't get a picture of my focaccia, but here are some of my baguettes.
They turned out heavenly!  

I'm thinking of becoming a baker.
Not really.
But maybe :)