Wednesday, August 1, 2018

August it is!

Cannot believe that we are to another August!!!

Start of summer brings list of to dos and hopes of getting it done---then it is fall and you see what isn't done!

We have made head way on a few things BUT lots more to go.  Not enough time.  Husband has been retired a couple years now but seems he is busier than before.  I still work.

At this time of year I really do start thinking Christmas more when shopping, the treats to make, games to play and the such.

Tuesday, July 31, 2018

Grammys Best Hot Chocolate Mix

4-lb pkg. powdered milk
2 15 oz. pkgs. chocolate drink mix
2 16-oz pkgs. powdered sugar
16 oz. jar powdered non-dairy creamer
2 3.9 oz. pkgs instant chocolate pudding mix
10 1/2 oz.  pkg. mini marshmallows

Combine all ingredients in a very large container and mix well.  Makes 3 gallons.

Place about 1/3 cu mix into a mug.  Add one cup boiling water, stirring to dissolve.  Makes 1 serving.

Store in airtight container.

Easy Peppermint Marshmallows

3/4 cup powdered sugar
1 teaspoon peppermint extract
10 1/2 oz. pkg. mini marshmallows.

In plastic zipping bag shake together powered sugar and extract.  Add marshmallows and toss to coat.  Store in an airtight container.  Makes about 5 cups.

Minty Hot Cocoa Mix
1 1/4 cup powdered milk
1/4 cup hot chocolate mix
1/4 cup mint chocolate chips
1 teaspoon cinnamon
2 tablespoons flavored powdered non dairy creamer
Mix all ingredients well and pour into a one pint jar.  Makes 2 cups

Place 1/3 cup mix into a mug, add one cup boiling water.  Stir until mint chips are melted.  Makes 1 serving.

White Hot Cocoa Mix
1 cup white chocolate chips
1/4 cup mini marshmallows
2 teaspoons powder
2 teaspoons orange zest
Combine all ingredients place in a small airtight container.  Makes about 1 1/4 cups.

Combine 3/4 cup milk and 2 tablespoons mix in a small heavy saucepan over medium heat.  Whisk well until chocolate is melted and smooth.  Makes 1 serving.

Monday, July 30, 2018

Cheesy Potato Skins

4 potatoes baked and halved
1/2 cup shredded Cheddar cheese
1/2 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
2 green onions, dropped
4 teaspoons bacon bits

Place potatoes on a baking sheet sprinkle with cheeses.  Top with onions and bacon heat under broiler until cheese melts.  Serves 4

Sunday, July 29, 2018

Gumdrop Bread

Very pretty for Christmas

2 cups biscuit/baking mix
2/3 cup sugar
1 egg
1 1/4 cups milk
1 1/2 cups chopped nuts
1 cup chopped gumdrops

In a bowl combine biscuit mix and sugar.  In another bowl, beat the egg and milk and add to dry ingredients and stir well.  Add nuts and gumdrops stir just until mixed.  Pour into 3 greased 5 3/4x3x2" loaf pans.  Bake at 350 for 35 minutes or until toothpick comes out clean.  Cool for 10 to 15 minutes in pan and remove to finish cooling.

Yield: 3 mini loaves

I have put these on trays and also made them bigger.  It was several years ago---may have to do them again.

Saturday, July 28, 2018

Cookies 'n' Cream Fudge

If you love oreos people love it

16 chocolate cream filled sandwich cookies broken into chunks divided'

1 can (14 ounces) sweetened condensed milk

2 tablespoons butter or margarine

2 2/3 cups vanilla chips

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Line an 8" square baking pan with aluminum foil.  Coat with nonstick cooking spray.  Place  half of the broken cookies in pan.  In a heavy saucepan combine milk, butter and chips cook and stir over low heat until chips are melted.  Remove from the heat stir in vanilla.  Pour over cookies in pan.  Sprinkle with remaining cookies.  Cover and refrigerate for at least 1 hour.  Cut into squares.  yield 3 dozen.

Quick Cooking November/December 1998

Friday, July 27, 2018

Fruitcake Squares

Normally people who hate fruitcakes (should say dislike) like these.

6 tablespoons butter or margarine melted

4 cups crushed vanilla wafers

3/4 cup halved green candied cherries

3/4 cup halved red candied cherries

1/2 cup chopped candied pinapple

3/4 chopped dates

1 cup pecan halves

1 can (14 ounces) sweetened condensed milk

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Pour melted butter in a 15x10x1" baking pan.  Sprinkle evenly with wafer crumbs.  Arrange cherries, pineapple, dates and pecans evenly over the crumbs press down firmly.  Combine milk and vanilla pour over fruit.  Bake at 350 for 20-25 minutes.  Yield about 6 dozen.

Thursday, July 26, 2018

Burlap Ornament

Cut a 5" square of burlap and carefully pull out threads to fray a 1/2" fringe border.

Cut a square of fabric to fit within inner edges of fringe border.  Glue fabric square onto burlap allow to dry completely.

Cut star (or whatever festive shape you choose) from cookie cutters or whatever pattern you have from a second fabric.  Glue it to center of square and allow to dry completely. 

Tie a length of jute, bakers twine or yarn to back of ornament with hot glue.