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

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Ingredients:

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

Directions:

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!

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Ingredients

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.

Seasoned Hamburger (for your pizza)

UPDATE – 11/29/2015:   I notice I get quite a bit of traffic for this recipe.  Since I posted this in 2011 I thought I would give you my 4 year old experience pizza advice.  You will not want to put an entire pound of ground beef on your pizza.  You may want to cut this recipe in half.  I have made many, many pizzas since 2011.  When I make a ground meat pizza I put 4-6 ounces of meat on a 12″ pizza.  When you overdo your toppings whether meat or veggies the pizza dough tends to get too “wet” and does not bake evenly.  You won’t get a nice crispy or even cooked crust.   Here is the recipe from 2011;

If you want to make the Hamburger Pizza this is what I did to season the Hamburger.  You can add whatever else you would like.  I wanted to be as true to the Nebraska pizza as I could.  Kent thought adding red or green peppers would be a nice addition.  Maybe next time.

1 pound ground beef
1 small onion, cut in half, thinly sliced
3 gloves garlic, minced (I like garlic)
1 1/2 teaspoon dried basil
1 teaspoon dried oregano
1 teaspoon dried parsley
1/2 teaspoon salt

Heat fry pan over medium heat, add hamburger.  Cook the hamburger until no longer pink.  Be sure to drain off ALL the liquid.  Bring back to stove and then add the onion.  Cook the meat and onion, add the minced garlic and seasonings.  Turn to low and slow cook for 30 minutes.  Then add 1/2-1 cup of pizza sauce and mix together.  Cook 5-10 more minutes and remove from heat.  This will be quite tasty on your pizza!

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