Merry Christmas to All!

We had a wonderful Christmas!  I know there are many people out there who have been suffering this year.  I think we have all had to sacrifice many things.  I am so thankful I have my family.  I don’t need to have material things to make my life better. All I need are my husband, my sons, my mom,dad and brothers.  The added benefit is the wonderful people my son’s choose to share their lives with.  I will share a picture of myself and my son’s .  New Years Eve I will make a point to get all of us together.  Hopefully, Martin will bring an extra friend to take a pic of all of us!  🙂  Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

Home Baked Crackers

I was listening to “The Splendid Table” the other day.  This is an APM podcast I listen to every week.  It is a great food show.  They were talking about making food gifts for your family and friends.  One of the suggestions was to bake your own crackers.  I don’t give food as a gift.   So, no worries there!  But, I never would have thought of making crackers.

Since the Holidays are here cheese and crackers are always on the table.  I went to an cheese shop I frequent and  bought some artisan cheeses I thought Kent would enjoy.   Well what would go with some artisan cheeses?  How about some home baked crackers!

I tried a very simple recipe I found, where else…Google. There are a couple of more I am going to try. You can get this recipe by googling . Parmesan Cream Crackers It is from the NY Times.  I will be baking some more crackers and as I go along I will post the recipe for those.  All I can say is these were simple and delicious!  Everyone loved them in this house.  🙂

Spritz Cookies

These cookies are a favorite in our family for the Holidays.  They take no time at all!

Spritz Cookies

Marto Motoko 009


1 cup softened butter
1 cup sugar
1 egg
1 teaspoon almond extract
2 1/3 cup flour 
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt


Preheat oven to 400 degrees.

  1. Blend together the butter and sugar.
  2. Beat in egg and almond extract.
  3. Add dry ingredients and mix on low speed until blended together.
  4. When mixed, divide dough and place in separate bowls.  Add food coloring for a festive look. I use red and green.  (I do not totally blend the colors together.  I like to have the buttery color from the dough also.)
  5. I use my cookie press, alternating red & green dough.  (If you do not have a cookie press you can roll into a 1 inch ball, flatten and place on  ungreased cookie sheet.)
  6. Bake for 5-6 minutes, until light, golden brown on bottom.

Chocolate & Peanut Butter Bars

Rachel and I made these over the weekend.  They are so tasty!

March 17 2013 002


1 cup butter
1 cup peanut butter
2 cups crushed graham crackers
2 cups powedered sugar

12 oz bag milk chocolate chips
1/4 cup peanut butter

Melt butter and 1cup peanut butter together.  Add graham cracker crumbs and powdered sugar.  Blend all together.  Press into a 13×9 baking pan.  Refrigerate for 30 minutes.

While above is in the refrigerator, melt 12 oz bag of milk chocolate chips and 1/4 cup of peanut butter.  Remove from refrigerator and pour chocolate/peanut butter mixture over top.  Chill for 1 hour and serve.

These are so simple and extremely delicious.  Enjoy!



Did you know…

M&M’s originated in the U.S. in 1941.  The original colors for M&M’s were; red, yellow, brown, green and violet.  Their original packaging was a cardboard tube.  In 1950 they started to imprint a black “M” on the candy.  The white “M” replaced the black in 1954.  Peanut M&M’s were introduced in 1954 and their original color was tan.  1960 they added; red, green, yellow and orange for the peanut M&M.   Last but not least, in 1986 M&M’s launched the “Holiday” candies for Christmas and Easter.

What is your favorite M&M?  What about your favorite color?  My favorite is the peanut M&M and my favorite color is green.

50 States, 50 Pizzas – Hawaii

Hawaii was the State for this Pizza Friday.  To be honest the pizza that Food Network chose for Hawaii was something I knew our family would not eat.  I enjoy making these pizzas and I want to make pizzas at least one person will try.  The Hawaii pizza that I should have made had anchovies on it.  Even Kent said NO to that.

So, we did a pizza we have never eaten that Martin suggested as being “Hawaiian”.  We used barbecue sauce, topped with mozzarella, red onion, canadian bacon and pineapple chunks.  Martin enjoyed it and brought that home.  Kent thought is was ok but not a fan.  No one else tried it.

Of course I made a cheese pizza with parmesan crust for Eric, sausage and canadian bacon pizza for Kyle and a mashed potato pizza for Rachel.

Would I make the Hawaiian pizza again?  Yes, only if Martin asks me.

50 States, 50 Pizzas – Nebraska

Nebraska’s pizza is a Classic Hamburger Pizza from La Casa Pizzaria in Omaha.  This pizza is topped with pizza sauce, add seasoned hamburger, mozzarella and cheddar cheese.  It also called for a twisted crust but I did not do that.  Maybe next time!  (I will put the hamburger recipe I made in a separate post.)  I also had the usual cheese pizza and sausage pizza.  Kent, Kyle and myself had the hamburger pizza.  Martin & Rachel filled up on the cheese pizza so they couldn’t try it.  Kyle thought it was bland. (That is why I ended up making a sausage pizza.)  Kent and I thought it was far from bland and thoroughly enjoyed it.
I also used a different pizza crust recipe which turned out to be quite tasty.  I made fresh pasta last weekend with Semolina flour. While I was making the pasta I thought Semolina flour would make a good pizza dough too.  I found a recipe that worked out great.  The crust was liked by all.  Eric actually thinks this crust is the best one I have made yet.  It was a crispy yet dense crust.

Martin and Jordan popped over tonight to try the hamburger pizza leftovers…GONE.  None left.  They were bummed.  Guess I will have to make this one again!