Archive | December 2012

Happy Anniversary!

Today is our wedding anniversary! Here is the love of my life:

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He is still recovering from 2 major surgeries, plus we are having more winter weather moving in. and I’m also not excited about sharing the road with drunks. We are staying home, having some of our favorite appetizers and just cuddling together. Wow, it seems like yesterday that we were married in an ice storm. A fairy tale wedding on a shoestring budget, but it was still beautiful! I remember walking down that aisle and looking into those blue eyes, and knew my heart was home. Like any marriage, we’ve had our ups and downs; our share of life altering situations, and our fair share of temptations to tear us apart.

No one will ever love me the way he does, and I would never be able to give myself entirely to anyone else. My soul mate, the love of my life, and the best verbal sparring opponent in the world, I love you, Mark!

2 of the songs at our wedding:

I Swear:  The song had not been released yet. We heard John Michael Montgomery sing it at a live concert in October 1992. He opened for Reba McIntyre in Cape Girardeau, Missouri. We heard the song and knew we had to have it at our wedding. We contacted JMM’s management company, and were told that since it had not been released yet, they couldn’t give us a copy of the recording. Finally, we found a radio station that obtained a bootleg copy and gave it to us as a wedding present with the promise that we would never divulge from whence it came. 

Flesh of My Flesh: This song represents everything we took to the altar when we exchanged vows. Our union blessed by God and our families. 

Super Easy Appetizers!

If you are planning to host a party or just stay home and snuggle with your loved ones to welcome 2013, I have some super simple, few ingredient recipes to share with you. 

The first is for a Chili Cheese Log

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Ingredients:

  • 1/2 loaf Velveeta Cheese
  •  8oz pkg cream cheese
  • 1 tsp. Worchestershire sauce
  • 1 tsp chili powder
  • 1 Pinch paprika
  • 1/2 cup chopped nuts (optional)

Mix well and refrigerate until firm. Coat a cutting board with chili powder, and roll into logs.

Chill and serve with crackers of your choice.

Next, the YUMMY 3 ingredient bacon wrapped Li’l Smokies

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Ingredients:

  • 1 package cocktail Little Smokies
  • 10 oz bacon
  • Light brown sugar

Prep:

  • Preheat oven to 375
  • Cut bacon strips in thirds. Wrap one cut strip around one cocktail sausage, secure with toothpick
  • Place sausages in a foil lined baking dish to make cleanup easier
  • Generously sprinkle brown sugar over the sausages
  • Bake for about 1 hour at 375, or until bacon is crisp. Baking times can vary depending on the thickness of the bacon.

WARNING: THESE CAN BE VERY ADDICTIVE!!!

Next, we have a dual purpose appetizer; Sausage Balls

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Ingredients:

  • 1 pound of breakfast sausage, browned & drained
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 2 cups Bisquick
  • 1 cup shredded cheddar or monterrey jack cheese

Prep:

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees
  • Mix all ingredients together and shape into 1.5 inch balls
  • Place on baking sheet sprayed with non-stick spray. (I prefer the butter flavored spray for this recipe)
  • Bake at 350 for 20 minutes or until the sausage balls are golden brown

These can be frozen after cooling and microwaved for a quick breakfast.

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Cranberry White Chocolate Drizzles

I usually try to invent a new cookie recipe every year.  This year I came up with two definite keepers. This is the first of them.

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Ingredients:

1 stick salted butter, softened             3 cups all-purpose flour 

1 cup packed light brown sugar         1/2 teaspoon salt

1 cup granulated sugar                          1 teaspoon baking soda 

1/2 tsp orange extract                            1 cup Craisins

2 eggs                                                             2 cups white chocolate chips

             3 Tablespoons Milk                                   1 cup sliced almonds

 

Preheat oven to 375 degrees

 

In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, salt & baking soda

In a large bowl, cream together butter and sugars. Add orange extract and eggs, one at a time. Blend in the milk.

 

Slowly add the dry ingredients to the wet, and mix just until fully incorporated.

 

Stir in Craisins, ONE cup of the white chocolate chips, and almonds.

 

Cover and refrigerate dough for at least one hour. 

 

Drop by 2 ounce scoops onto ungreased baking sheet, and bake 9-11 minutes.

 

When cookies are cool, melt remaining white chocolate chips and pipe the design of your choice on top of the cookies. 

 

Makes 4 dozen cookies

 

For a printable recipe, click here

 

More Cookies!

Mocha Mint Cappuccino Cookies

Warning: These are addictive!           Click for printable recipe

Preheat oven to 375
In large bowl, whisk together:
  • 2 1/4 C. all purpose flour
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp salt 

Cream together:
  • 2 sticks unsalted butter
  • 3/4 C. granulated sugar
  • 3/4 C. packed light brown sugar

When thoroughly creamed, add:
  • 2 eggs, 1 at a time
  • 1 C. melted white chocolate chips
  • 2 Tbls milk

When the liquid ingredients are completely combined, add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients in 3 parts. 
Stir in 1 bag of Andes Creme De Menthe baking chips. 
Cover and refrigerate at least 1 hour.
Scoop chilled dough onto ungreased cookie sheets and bake 8-11 minutes at 375. Cool on a rack. When completely cool, store in an airtight container.