Thursday, November 29, 2012

30 days of Christmas Countdown

You are in for a treat....or two...or 30! For the next 30 days leading up to Christmas we will be posting ideas for great holiday treats, crafts, and gifts for everyone. We are super excited about this and hope you enjoy it as much as us. Happy first day of the 30 days of Christmas! 

Click here to see the recipe for Snowman Oreo Pops

Click here to see the recipe for Peppermint Oreos
Click here to see the recipe for Northpole Cupcakes
Click here to see Honey Lemon Cough Remedy



click here for Holiday Potpourri

Click here for Peppermint Krispy Treats

Click here to learn how to make these Doughnut Friends

Click here to see how to make Santa's Dream Cake
Click here to learn how to make Coconut Snowball Cookies

Honey-Lemon Cough Remedy

Day 4 on our 30 Days of Christmas Countdown



I know this isn't a Christmas recipe, but unfortunately this time of year brings along the dreaded flu!
This week I have had the flu, and my cough was becoming a true annoyance.  Not wanting to go to the store, (mainly because I didn't feel good, but I didn't look good either) I wanted to find something that would help with my cough.   I had always heard about lemon and honey helping to control a cough and break up the phlegm.  (Sorry, I know this is a food blog and phlegm isn't what you want to read about, but it is part of life!)  I decided to try making my own remedy.  I was truly amazed at how well this worked.  It not only helped subdue my cough, but it truly did help break up the congestion in my chest.  Honey has actually been found in many studies to appear to be as efective as a common cough suprressant ingredient!  I don't like taking medications if I can avoid it, so this was a perfect answer to helping my cough!
-Robin

(Please remember NOT to give honey to children one and under)

Honey-Lemon Cough Remedy
1 cup hot water (I put mine in the microwave and make it as hot as I can stand to drink it)
2 Tbsp honey
2 Tbsp lemon (I used freshed squeezed lemon, but you can use  lemon juice)
Stir and drink slowly!

If you have a good home remedy for the flu or a cold, please share it!


Check out these other great holiday ideas on our 30 days of Christmas Countdown


Tuesday, November 27, 2012

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Peppermint Vanilla Cupcakes

Day 3 on our 30 Days of Christmas Countdown

Day 3 of the 30 Days of Christmas Countdown


I love the faint taste of peppermint mixed with vanilla in my treats. With it being the Christmas season, what better chance do I have to make peppermint treats. Everything about Christmas excites me. The music, the lights, the cheery spirit, spending time with family, giving more thought to christ, turning our thoughts towards others, and of course all of the delicious goodies that come from the neighbors.

I remember when I was growing up, how excited I would get during the holiday season. I have always been a sucker for surprises. When December would hit, it seemed as though we were getting doorbell ditched nightly. I loved running to the door to see what treats had been left on our porch from the neighbors. As a little girl I always got so excited for the cute little crafty treats. Everything as a child was more exciting, but that is why Christmas is so special to me. It gives me a chance to glimpse back into my childhood and remember those sweet giddy feelings of the Christmas season.

I got this cute idea from the The Girl Who Ate Everything and paired it with a peppermint vanilla flavored cupcakes! I got so excited to use my cake decorating supplies and used a frosting tip to create the snow like frosting.
-Becky

Peppermint Vanilla Cupacakes
(frosting below)

Ingredients
  • 1/2 cup half and half
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon peppermint extract
  • 1 1/2 cups flour, sifted
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 egg, room temperature
  • 2 egg whites, room temperature
-Preheat oven to 350 degrees 
-In a small saucepan heat up the half and half, vanilla and peppermint (do not boiling)
-In a small bowl, sift the flour, baking powder and salt.
-In a large bowl, cream the butter until light and fluffy. Add the sugar and cream together. Next add the egg and egg whites. Beat well until fully mixed.
-Add half the flour mixture and mix well.
-Add in the vanilla milk mixture and beat until combined.
-Add the remaining flour and mix again. Scrape down the sides of the bowl to ensure that the mixture is fully incorporated.
-Fill your cupcake liners until about 2/3 full. (you can find cute seasonal cupcake liners at Michaels in their cake decorating aisle)

Bake for 22-25 minutes (15-16 minutes for mini cupcakes), or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.


Peppermint Vanilla Frosting
  • 1 cup unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 1/8 tsp salt
  • 3 1/2 cups powdered sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon peppermint extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon milk
In a medium bowl, beat the butter and salt until light and fluffy

Sift in 1 cup of the powdered sugar and beat well.

Grab the saucepan used for the vanilla milk mixture for the cupcakes. Add the vanilla and peppermint extracts and the milk. Mix them around the saucepan.

Add the remaining powdered sugar until you reach the desired consistency. If you accidentally add too much sugar, you can add a little bit more milk.

(Recipe adapted from Bayley Bakes)

Try to use a tip to frost the cupcakes after they have cooled. Use clear sprinkles to make them sparkle and jazz them up with the North Pole candy cane signs! SO cute and so delicious

Check out these other cute Christmas treats on our 30 days of Christmas Countdown:


Snowman Oreo Pops
Peppermint Oreos   
Peppermint Krispy Treats

   
     

Monday, November 26, 2012

Peppermint Oreo Cookies

Day 2 on our 30 Days of Christmas Countdown

My mother in law makes these amazing homemade Oreo cookies. In fact, out of all the delicious treats my mother in law makes ( wich are numerous) this is probably my husband's favorite of them all. My husband grew up in a family of 6 kids ( 5 of them being boys) so as you can imagine they learned at a very young age to fight for their food. Delicious treats like these homemade oreos go very fast in their home.  To this day there is still a mad dash for the kitchen every time my mother in law makes these ( maybe in a more subtle, mature sort of way since her boys are all grown up now, but they are still a very hot item).
Since they are such a hot item at the Gine's home, I decided I better learn how to make them ( mainly because it will give me more leverage to get my husband to do chores if I know how to make his favorite cookies..lol). So for the 30 Days of Christmas Countdown I decided to put my own little Christmas twist into the recipe and turn them into peppermint Oreos. They turned out super cute and delicious and full of Christmas cheer ( ha ha...cheesy right ). Hope you enjoy them! Happy second day of Christmas in our countdown :)

Ingredients:

1 box chocolate cake mix
( I used triple fudge but my mother in law uses Devil's food cake)
2 eggs
1/2 cup canola oil
peppermint chips or crushed candy cane
(I used Andes Peppermint Crunch and they were so good my husband I devoured about half the bag before I even made the cookies)


Frosting:

8 oz  cream cheese 
(at room temp)
3-4 cups powdered sugar
1/2 cup butter
1 tsp vanilla
Red food dye
( add to desired color) 
peppermint flavoring 
(optional)

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Mix cake mix, eggs and oil thoroughly in large mixing bowl with hand mixer ( or kitchen aid would be even better! ). Roll dough into quarter size balls ( you might want to let the dough sit in the fridge for awhile so it hardens up a little and doesn't stick to your hands). Then roll each individual ball in the peppermint bark on wax paper and place each ball about 2 inches apart on a greased cookie sheet. Cook for about 8 minutes. Remove from pan and let cool on a cooling rack. Do not try to frost them until they have cooled for at least 30 minutes.
In a separate bowl cream your butter and then add softened cream cheese, vanilla, and red food coloring. Mix thoroughly. Then add powdered sugar ( 3-4 cups depending on the consistency of frosting you desire). Spread frosting on bottom side of a cookie (that has cooled) and then place a second cookie on top to make an Oreo sandwich. Eat!
If you would prefer to not use peppermint chips but want the peppermint flavoring you can just at a couple of drops of peppermint flavoring to your frosting and omit the peppermint chips

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Check Out these other cute holiday ideas on our 30 days of Christmas Countdown

Peppermint Krispy Treats
Snowman Oreo Pops



Sunday, November 25, 2012

Peppermint Krispy Treats

Day 6 on our 30 Days of Christmas Countdown 



I LOVE Rice Krispie Treats. In high school I used to make up quick Rice Krispie Treat recipes, using different ingredients around my mom's kitchen. Still to this day, I have a weakness when I see a plate with these little temptations.
While shopping at the store with my mama, I came across a bag of peppermint marshmallows. Obviously Rice Krispie Treats popped into my mind instantly and how great these would be as a treat for the neighbors during the holiday season.
Turned out, these were a hit around the house and with our guests. These are definitely quick and easy, but definitely delicious!
-Becky
Peppermint Rice Krispies

8 cups of Rice Krispies
1 baggie of peppermint marshmallows 
1/4 bag of chocolate peppermint chips or chunks
5 tbsp butter
1/2 bag white chocolate chips
1 tsp vegetable oil

Directions
In a large saucepan, melt the butter and add the marshmallows. Stir continually until the marshmallows are melted.
Remove from heat and add Rice Krispies. Spray a 8x12 or 9x13 pan and scoop the mixture in. 

In a bowl melt the chocolate chips and oil in the microwave for 1 minute (or until completely smooth), stirring every 15 seconds.

Drizzle the white chocolate over the Rice Krispies and sprinkle the peppermint chips over the top.
Put in the fridge for 20 minutes, and then serve!

Check out these other great holiday ideas on our 30 days of Christmas Countdown