Saturday, December 11, 2010

Every Time A Bell Rings....

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....An angel get's their wings. My husband makes me watch "It's a Wonderful Life" every dang year! (Zuzu says it at the end of the movie.)

Friday, December 10, 2010

Old St. Nick

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Thursday, December 9, 2010

Baklava Recipe

A few of you requested the recipe for my sisters Baklava and she read my blog and was kind enough to email it to me to post. Here recipe is her own version and she never really measures it exactly every time so the measurements are "guess-timents". (Feel free to add or subtract as you go.) I may have to try it since she left her extra phyllo dough package in my fridge.


Andrea's Baklava

1 pack of Phyllo Dough Sheets 
2 sticks of butter
Chopped Walnuts (1/2 to 3/4 cup)
Chopped Pecans (1/2 to 3/4 cup)
2 eggs
1/2 tablespoon Vanilla
1 cup brown sugar
1 tablespoon flour
Honey


Mix 1 stick of room softened butter, brown sugar, eggs and vanilla until blended.  Add in chopped walnuts and pecans until the right mixture is obtained (consistency of googey chocolate cookie dough).  Add in flour.

Melt other stick of butter.  Using pastry brush, brush bottom of 13x9x2 pan with butter.  Put down one sheet of Phyllo, brush with butter, phyllo, butter, etc. until you have put down about 10 sheets of Phyllo. Pour the nut mixture into the pan.  Smooth over the Phyllo layers.  Continue with Phyllo, butter, Phyllo, butter until you've put another 10 or so sheets of Phyllo down.

Cut the UNCOOKED Baklava into whatever size pieces you want.  Bake at 350 for about 20-30 minutes - until the top is golden brown.
Drizzle honey on hot cookies.  Make sure you get honey along the sides and in all the cracks.  Let sit for about 30 minutes and then coat with honey again.  ENJOY!

One pan makes about 24 big pieces to about 60 small pieces.

There's No Man Like A Snowman

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Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Light A Candle For Me

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Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Perfect Poinsettias

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I love the image of poinsettias for Christmas. The last card is unique since I think it is printed on a real wood veneer.

Monday, December 6, 2010

Cookie Baking 2010

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 Mom was having issues with the Snickerdoodles sticking to the cookie sheet. About 6 of them had to be sacrificed to the cookie gods and they were eaten.

 Table full of yummy cookies!

 Me and Mom. Different glasses and longer hair but yeah that's me. 

Mom and Andrea.

Andrea cutting up homemade Baklava. YEAH it was really yummy!

As promised these are the pictures from yesterdays baking spree. We made less then last year and we were all very tired much earlier in the day. I feel like I'm getting too old for a day long marathon sometimes. (SIGH!)

Cuddle Up Next To The Fire

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Sunday, December 5, 2010

Cookie Baking Day

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My sister and I decorating the sugar cookies. (I'm the one wearing glasses.)

Mom is the official taste tester. (Couldn't keep her out of the cookie dough.) 

Mom's famous coconut macaroons. 

Don't they look all yummy and colorful?

Every year our family has a tradition of getting together and baking Christmas cookies. My sister (Andrea) and my Mom (Judy) and myself pick a weekend day in the beginning of December and we bake all day. We each make 4 or 5 different kinds of cookies and then bundle them all up in cookie tins to give away to people we know. (People like our mailman, hairstylist, nail tech. people at work, etc.) This set of pictures is actually from 2005 and it was the one year we went to my sisters cabin to bake the cookies over a three day weekend. Much slower paced and easier on our backs and feet but a pain to drag all that stuff up north. We currently do it at my house since we renovated our kitchen and have 2 ovens to bake in. I promise to take pictures of todays baking frenzy to post here tomorrow.

Christmas Greetings

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Here are some more greeting cards from  long ago. I love the soft look of the artwork on these cards.