Sunday, December 21, 2014

Buckeyes




Ingredients

1/2 cup peanut butter
1 stick butter
1 tsp vanilla
1/2 tsp salt
4 cups powdered sugar
2 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips
2 tbsp shortening

Directions

  1. Mix the peanut butter, butter, vanilla, salt, and powdered sugar. If the mixture is to dry, add more peanut butter. If the mixture is to moist, add more powdered sugar.
  2. Roll into 1 inch balls and place on a waxed paper-lined cookie sheet.
  3. Press a toothpick into each ball.
  4. Chill in the freezer until firm, about 30 minutes. 
  5. Melt the semi-sweet chocolate chips and the shortening in a small microwavable bowl. 
  6. Dip the peanut butter balls in the chocolate by holding onto the toothpick. 
  7. Put back on the cookie sheet, remove the toothpicks, and refrigerate until serving.  




Eggnog Cookies

These are the best eggnog cookies I have ever had!! These are flavorful and soft!! The perfect combination!! 


Cookie Ingredients

1 stick unsalted butter, softened
1 cup sugar
1 egg
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/4 tsp rum extract
dash of ground nutmeg
2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 to 1 cup of eggnog (depending on the dough)


Icing Ingredients

2 tbsp unsalted butter, softened
3 1/2 cups confectioners sugar
1/3 cup eggnog
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
cinnamon sugar


Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. 
  2. In a mixing bowl, cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in egg, vanilla, and rum extract.
  3. In a separate bowl combine flour, baking soda, nutmeg, and salt. Add to the creamed mixture alternately with eggnog. Mix well.
  4. If you feel the dough is to think you can add up to 1 cup of eggnog. 
  5. Drop by rounded tablespoonfuls 2 inches apart onto greased baking sheets. 
  6. Bake at 350 degrees for 10-12 minutes.
  7. Let the cookies cool on the baking sheet for 5 minutes then remove to a cooling rack. Let the cookies cool completely before frosting.

Icing Directions

  1. Combine butter, confectioners sugar, eggnog, and vanilla in a mixing bowl. Beat until smooth.
  2. If the frosting is to runny add more confectioners sugar. If it is really think add a bit more eggnog. It should be easy to spread. 
  3. Frost the cookies and sprinkle with cinnamon sugar on top. 

You can find the original recipe at: www.mommyskitchen.net

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Gifts in a Jar: Spiced Tea



I made these for my coworkers for Christmas!! They're the perfect little gift!! I made 10 jars for less than $20!! 

Spiced Tea Ingredients

3 cups Sugar
2 cups Lemon Instant Tea
2 cups Tang
2 tbsp Ground Cloves
2 tbsp Cinnamon

Supplies

10 (8 oz) Mason Jars
1 small roll of green ribbon (50 cents at Joann Fabrics)
1/2 yard of fabric

Steps: 

  1. In a large bowl, mix all of the ingredients together for the Spiced Tea.
  2. Divide the Spiced Tea into 10 mason jars (mine actually made 9 1/2 jars).
  3. Cut out ten circles that are about 5 1/2 inches in diameter.
  4. Place the fabric over the top, and secure the lid in place.
  5. Tie on the green ribbon.  






Sunday, December 14, 2014

Beer / Wine Christmas Tree (Advent Calendar)



The Beer/Wine Christmas Tree!! It's large enough to hold either beer or wine bottles!! Definitely the best way to count down to Christmas!! So you might be wondering why only 10 days of Christmas...Well I couldn't make a sturdy tree with 12!! haha...so here are the steps to make your own:
1. Buy 10 feet of PVC pipe (4 inch in diameter).
2. Using a handsaw, cut the PVC pipe into 10 pieces (1 foot for each piece). If you're lucky maybe one of the Home Depot workers will cut it for you!! 
3. Using 80 grit sand paper, sand the edges of the PVC pipe. 
4. Spray paint the PVC pipe.
5. Glue the PVC pipe together one at a time using Gorilla Glue. Clamp the PVC pipes together while the glue dries. I glued the bottom row together first (7 to 8, then 8 to 9, then 9 to 10). Then I glued 4 to 5 and 5 to 6. Then I glued 2 to 3. Once I had all of the rows made, I stacked the rows and glued them together. 
6. Spray paint one last layer onto the PVC pipes. 
7. Print the numbers 1 through 10 onto scrapbook paper. 
8. Trace a circle around the numbers and cut them out.
9. Laminate the numbers. I put my numbers through the machine twice to get them super thick/sturdy. Cut the numbers out. 
10. Tape the numbers on the inside of the PVC pipes, so the tape doesn't show.



This years beer list:
Infamous IPA by Infamous Brewing
Imperial IPA by Epic Brewing
Enjoy By IPA by Stone Brewing
Cali-Belgique IPA by Stone Brewing
El Hopadillo Negro by Karbach Brewing
Maximus IPA by Lagunitas Brewing
Racer 5 IPA by Bear Republic Brewing
Space Cake Double IPA by Clown Shoes Beer 
7 Hop IPA by Rogue Farms
Green Room IPA by Uncle Billy's


Friday, December 12, 2014

Crockpot Hot Chocolate Bar




Crockpot Hot Chocolate Bar!! This is the perfect Christmas party drink!! It was super easy and yummy!! 

Ingredients for the Hot Chocolate:

1 1/2 cups Heavy Whipping Cream
1 (14 oz) can of Sweetened Condensed Milk
6 cups Milk
1 1/2 tsp Vanilla
2 cups Chocolate Chips

Add the above ingredients to a crockpot. Cook on low for 2 hours, stirring occasionally. 

Items we added to our Hot Chocolate:

-chocolate covered spoons
-candy cane sticks
-marshmallows
-white chocolate chips
-andes mint chips
-whip cream
-Bailey's
-Fireball

Jolly Cranberry Sangria


 1 Apple (cored and thinly sliced)
1 Orange (halved and thinly sliced)
1/2 cup Cranberries
4 cups Cranberry Juice
1 cup Orange Juice
1 bottle White Zinfandel

Mix all of the above ingredients and refrigerate for at least 4 hours.

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Christmas Stockings




  1. Draw a stocking onto the back of your fabric. If you're not good at drawing you can always trace an old stocking (don't forget to leave 1/2 inch  or so for the hem). 
  2. Trace the same size stocking onto the fusible interfacing.  
  3. Iron the fusible interfacing onto the back of the fabric.
  4. Sew the two stocking pieces together (pretty sides touching).
  5. Sew an extra line or two just at the bottom of the stocking.  These lines are to help strengthen the stocking for all of your goodies.
  6. Cut dashes on the corners of the stocking so it has a nice curve.
  7. Cut any excess fabric off the edges.
  8. Measure the circumference around the top of the stocking.  This will be the length of the white fleece. Again, don't forget to leave about 1/2 inch or so for the hem.
  9. Sew the white fleece so it makes a loop/circle.
  10. This is the tricky part!! You will sew the back side of the stocking to the "pretty" front side of the white fleece.
  11. Sew a small loop onto the stocking.
  12. Flip the stocking so the pretty fabric is showing, fold over the white fleece, and viola your stocking is done!! 

Bastrop Wine Swirl Round 2

I don't live in Bastrop anymore, but it's worth the 40 minute drive for the Bastrop Wine Swirl!! Every year 12 local businesses open their doors for this wonderful event!! At each business, a winery provides tastings to those attending the event (an event wristband is $40).  Here's a list of some of the wines I enjoyed:

Happy Trails by Fiesta Winery
Green Apple Creek by Colorado River Winery
Sparkling Almond by Flat Creek Estate Winery
Naturally Sweet Red by Messina Hof Winery
Orange Muscat by Majek Winery
Blanc du Bois by Pleasant Hill Winery
Bridal Blush by Wedding Oak Winery
Pink Floyd by Dionisio Winery
Armadillo Leap by Pedernales Cellars