Written on Friday, December 6th, 2013 @ 12:42 pm
This weekend is the annual Take 10 With Tricia Cookie Exchange. There will be dozens of delicious cookies from the neighbors; and the competition is fierce. I have yet to win in this contest that involves several categories including the new “holiday drink,” but I will never give up hope. These ladies know their Christmas Cookies!
This year I decided to make my favorite of all the Christmas cookies, the Snowball (or Pecan Puff). They aren’t the most visually appealing, but they taste like heaven…if heaven were a combination of shortbread, pecans and powdered sugar.
1 cup butter or margarine, softened
½ cup powdered sugar
1½ tsp vanilla
2 cups all-purpose flour
¾ cup finely chopped pecans
¼ tsp salt
½ cup powdered sugar (for rolling cookies in after baking)
1. Preheat oven to 350ºF.
2. Mix butter, powdered sugar & vanilla in large bowl.
3. Stir in flour, salt and nuts.
4. Shape dough into 1-inch balls. Place about 1 inch apart on un-greased cookie sheet.
5. Bake 10 to 12 minutes or until set but not brown.
6. Remove from cookie sheet and cool for about 5 minutes on wire rack.
7. Roll warm cookies in powdered sugar; cool completely on wire rack.
8. Roll in powdered sugar again.
This recipe makes about 12 -18 cookies.
Written on Tuesday, January 22nd, 2013 @ 11:54 am
Another Valentine Day treat (or any day of the week treat) is Chocolate Dipped Pretzel Rods. This dessert takes no time at all; and you can’t eat just one!
Ingredients: 1 cup (6 oz.) NESTLE® TOLL HOUSE® Semi-Sweet Chocolate, Mike Chocolate or Premier White Morsels, 1 tbsp vegetable shortening, 16 pretzel rods, Sprinkles (optional), red food coloring (optional)
Line baking sheet with wax paper. Microwave 1 cup morsels and vegetable shortening in small, dry, uncovered, microwavable-safe bowl on Medium-High power for 1 minute. Stir. The morsels may retain some of their original shape. If necessary, microwave an additional 10- to 15-seconds intervals, stirring just until morsels are melted.
Dip pretzel rods about 3 inches into melted morsels, tilting bowl to easily dip. Use side of bowl to remove excess. Decorate with sprinkles. Place on prepared baking sheet. Refrigerate for 20 minutes or until set. Store in airtight container at room temperature. Best when eaten within a few days.
Note: Add some food coloring into the melted chocolate for a variety of colors.
Written on Monday, January 14th, 2013 @ 5:38 pm
Valentine’s Day is in one month. So until then, I will be posting recipes guaranteed to turn up the heat in your relationship.
Let’s start simple with Pink Chocolate Chip Cookies. I use the Ghirardelli® Milk Chocolate Chip Cookie recipe.
2 1/4 cups sifted flour, 1 tsp baking soda, 1/2 tsp salt, 1 cup butter (I like to use 1 Crisco® Butter stick plus 2 tbsp of water), 3/4 cup sugar, 3/4 cup brown sugar, 2 tsp vanilla extract, 2 eggs, 2 cups Ghirardelli® Chocolate Chips (choose your favorite: milk chocolate, semi-sweet or dark), Valentine’s M&M® candies and red or pink food coloring.
Preheat oven to 375°. Stir flour with baking soda and salt; set aside. Beat butter with sugar and brown sugar at medium speed until creaming. Add vanilla and eggs, one at a time, mixing on low speed until incorporated.
Gradually blend dry mixture into creamed mixture. Mix food coloring into mixture (use until the desired shade). Stir in chocolate chips. Drop by tablespoon onto greased cookie sheets and add three M&Ms to each cookie . Bake for 9 minutes.
Remove from oven and cool on sheet for 3 minutes. Then move to a cooling rack. Serve and enjoy!
Written on Saturday, December 1st, 2012 @ 7:38 pm
This year, the “Take 10 With Tricia” (http://www.take10withtricia.com/) Holiday Cookie Exchange will be intense. Over 19 women will submit entries; and will be judged based on Best Overall, Best Traditional, Best Presentation and finally, Best “Dirty/Naughty” Cookie.
Here is my entry:
Since the beloved Christmas character, The Grinch, is naughty, I hope to win the Best “Dirty/Naughty” Cookie with my entry of “How The Grinch Crinkled Christmas Cookie”. (You should see what popped up on Pinterest when I searched “naughty holiday cookie”….I am still blushing)
Note: I put the batter in the refrigerator to harden for 30 minutes before baking. This makes the cookie batter easier and less sticky when placing on baking sheet.
Also, since I am a little competitive when it comes to my cooking, I want to be in the running for best presentation. I created a DIY Serving Tray using holiday mints.
To the cookie competitors, “May The Odds Be Ever In Your Favor!”
Written on Wednesday, November 28th, 2012 @ 6:32 pm
Nothing is better than a homemade sweet roll for holiday mornings. This recipe will win over the whole family; and the sticky bread can be made the night before.
3 cans Grand biscuits, 1 container of Philadelphia Cheese Cake filing, 1 cup sugar, 2 to 3 tbsp. cinnamon, 1 jar carmel sauce and 2 sticks of butter.
Preheat oven to 350°. Grease a 9×13 pan and set aside. Melt 2 sticks of butter in a large bowl. Mix cinnamon and sugar in a pie pan. Next take biscuits and roll them out to about 5 inches around. Cut each in half. Place a dollop of cheese cake filing in the center of the roll biscuit into a ball. Dip biscuit in butter and roll in cinnamon sugar mixture and coat entire biscuit. Place each biscuit in pan tightly packed. Once finished place in oven and back for 30 minutes. Let stand for 10 minutes and drizzle carmel sauce on top before serving.
*Recipe by Schnucks Markets
Note: This recipe can be easily cut in half.
Written on Monday, November 19th, 2012 @ 2:19 pm
Once again, I was on Pinterest; and found an easy-to-create holiday centerpiece or a stand-alone decoration.
Here’s the recipe for an easy holiday decoration:
-1 black lantern (Ikea, Lowe’s, etc)
-Extra ornaments (I purchased mine from Target)
-Holiday ribbon (Target dollar bin)
The new holiday decor looks great and the lanterns can be used all year long!
Happy Holiday Decorating!
Written on Monday, November 19th, 2012 @ 1:29 pm
This Thanksgiving, I am making a family favorite….Homemade Chex Mix. This is a great snack for the entire family.
Note: It makes a large amount, so think about cutting the recipe in half if you do not want leftovers.
1 box corn/rice Chex (I use corn Chex)
1 box Kix
1 box Cheerios
1 box Crispix
1 15oz. bag pretzels
2 lbs. peanuts or mixed nuts (I use peanuts)
2 lbs. butter (Paula Deen would love this)
1 Tbsp garlic salt
1 Tbsp salt
Set oven to 225°. Melt the butter and then mix in garlic salt, salt and nuts. Using 2 large over safe containers (disposable pans) divide the cereal and pretzels evenly between the containers. Using a ladle, spoon the butter mixture over the top of the cereal mixture, dividing equally between the containers. Mix the butter into the cereal and put in oven. Cook for 2 1/2 hours, stirring every 15 minutes.
Emily…Thanks so much for the recipe. My family loves it!
Written on Thursday, October 25th, 2012 @ 10:04 am
Halloween is such a fun holiday; and for my daughter’s preschool party I wanted a spooky snack for everyone to enjoy.
Ghost S’mores are easy and only three ingredients required:
1. Graham Crakers
2. Snack-size Hershey’s® Chocolate Bars
3. Marshmallow Ghost Peeps®
For the complete recipe along with a free printable click on: http://www.mommyskitchen.net/2011/10/halloween-ghost-peep-smores.html
Written on Thursday, October 11th, 2012 @ 10:36 am
Next weekend, my hubby and I are attending a friend’s annual Halloween party. We are looking forward to this adult night out; and have finally decided on our costume. Since we are big fans of the reality show “Survivor,” I will be a contestant (yellow buff) and my better half will be Jeff Probst.
Are you attending a Halloween party this year? Adult couple costumes can be so much fun..whether scary, whimsical or sexual innuendo.
Here are some of my favorite:
It’s Halloween, so be creative!
Written on Wednesday, September 5th, 2012 @ 3:24 pm
Today is official the start of the 2012-2013 NFL Season; and the commencement of Fantasy Football.
Last night, my husband drafted his picks. There were moments of sadness, triumph and finally contentment as his team was ultimately decided. He is sure his team is in the top three of the league.
Now and for the next several months, I will dearly miss my husband every Sunday and occasionally on Monday nights. I can already envision the constant check of stats, players and points from every available communication outlet.
Also, I can already hear the bashing of players and referees as he watches the games from the comfort of his favorite family room chair. Sarcastically, I will continue to ask if the people in the TV can really hear him?
However with the beginning of Fantasy Football, comes Fall, GNO’s and new fashion. So while he’s happily engrossed in football (even though sometimes stressed and going insane at the TV), I plan to be having coffee, dining or shopping with friends.