Friday, October 29, 2010

candy corn sugar cookies

Make a sugar cookie recipe. Any recipe.
 I used:
*Makes 2-3 dozen sugar cookies (about 2-3 inch size)
 1 1/2 cups (3 sticks) butter, softened to cool room temperature
1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
1/2 cup powdered sugar
4 large eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/2 teaspoon almond extract
1 tablespoon lemon zest (from about 1 lemon) (optional)
5 cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
 In a large bowl, cream together the butter and sugars for 3-4 minutes, until the mixture is light and fluffy. Add the eggs one at a time, mixing well after each addition. Add vanilla extract, almond extract and lemon zest; mix. Add two cups flour, baking powder and salt. Mix. Add remaining flour and mix just until flour is incorporated and the dough is smooth and soft. 

Then split. I split it in 4 and froze the one I wasnt using for later.
So you will have 3 portions. Color one orange, one yellow and leave the other white.
Get a loaf pan. Line with saran wrap. Lay the orange dough in it. Spread it around pretty evenly. Then add they yellow and the white doing the same. cover with the saran wrap thats over the edges and refrigerate until firm. (can freeze if you want it to be quicker)
Take out of pan and sit on cutting board. Cut in half like so...

Then cut in about 1/4" pieces and cut into triangles like so...

Lay on cookie sheet and bake about 5 minutes at 350

Cool on wire racks and frost and put sprinkles on.

Yummy huh??

I used:
1  8-ounce package cream cheese, softened
1/2 cup butter, softened
2 teaspoons vanilla
5 3/4 to 6 1/4 cups sifted powdered sugar
Beat cream cheese, butter, and vanilla with mixer until light and fluffy.  Gradually add 2 cups of the powdered sugar, beating well.  Gradually beat in additional powdered sugar to reach spreading consistency.  This frosts tops and sides of two 8 or 9 inch layers.  (Half of this recipe will frost a 13x9x2 inch cake) 
I cut it in half and it still made a ton. I didnt measure the sugar just added to what seemed right. I did add a bit of milk to it though.
 GOT this idea from GET OFF YOUR BUTT AND BAKE she has some great recipes

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Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Dinner in a Pumpkin

I Have to say I've never tried this before. I googled some recipes and kinda combined them to do what I wanted.
Brown ground beef (or turkey) with some onions and garlic. Drain grease. Put into a pumpkin (remove seeds and guts). Add a can of cream of chicken soup. Add rice. I used a package of wild rice. Add beans. I used some fresh I had frozen. Next time I will cook the beans first. Add a can of mushrooms. Add a can of tomato sauce. Mix all together. Put on cookie sheet and put top of pumpkin on. Bake at 350 2-3 hours until pumpkin is tender. Be careful when taking lid off. Lots of liquid will come pouring out. When serving cut some of the pumpkin with it.
It is delish!

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Monday, October 18, 2010

Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Muffins

Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Muffins

4 Eggs
2 Cups Sugar
1 (16 oz) can Pumpkin
1 tsp. Vanilla Extract
1 1/4 Cups Vegetable Oil
3 Cups Flour
2 tsp. Baking Soda
2 tsp. Baking Powder
2 tsp. Cinnamon
1/2 tsp. Nutmeg
1/2 tsp. Cloves
1/4 tsp. Ginger
1 tsp. Salt
12 oz. chocolate chips (I prefer the milk chocolate It makes a HUGE difference in taste. )

Mix all ingredients together, then fold in chocolate chips. Fill greased or paper-lined muffin cups 3/4 full. Bake at 400 for 16-20 minutes.

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Monday, October 11, 2010


This is from ONE picking! YIKES!! what to do with these...

 Well I turned them all Into these!! 15 pints of bottled tomatoes
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