Sunday, December 25, 2016

Sasha and Patti's Eggnog Cream Pie

Sasha and Patti brought this for our Christmas Eve dinner and it is going on my list of Seasonal favorites. Not too heavy, nor too sweet, and just the right amount of Eggnog flavor! Everyone loved it so much that I think it will be a great hit for any Christmas party.

Ingredients:
• 1 (3.4-3.9 oz) box INSTANT French vanilla pudding mix
• 1 (8 oz) tub Cool whip
• 1/4 tsp Nutmeg, ground
• Canned Whipped cream for garnish
• 9 Graham cracker pie crust, prepared, or homemade
• 2 cups Eggnog

Instructions:
In a large bowl, whisk together the instant dry pudding mix, eggnog, and nutmeg until thick, about 2 minutes. Fold in the Cool Whip or fresh whipped cream until fluffy and light. Spoon into the graham cracker pie crust and smooth out the top.

Refrigerate the pie for at LEAST 4 hours, or overnight, to set. Just before serving, garnish with more whipped cream or Cool Whip and a sprinkling of nutmeg, if desired.

Sunday, November 6, 2016

Lovin' some Sunday Food

Today Charlie and I made home made bread and beef barley soup. Delicious! I have never made bread from scratch before, and now it doesn't feel quite so intimidating as it once was. Our oven cooks much faster than the recipe called for so it was a good thing I caught it before the top crust any darker than it was.

It was a beautiful fall day here too so I am happy we were given an extra hour for daylight savings time. I am lovin' it. 

It seemed to rise faster than I thought. 

Beautiful

I never write down how I make this so I didn't get quite enough barley in there.

Slices of heaven. 

It even looks like bread!

Monday, October 31, 2016

Cherise's Pumpkin Cookies

This recipe reminds me of the large cookies I would find at the supermarket every fall back in Utah where I grew up. Now I didn't make my cookies as big as what I remember, but I could have. Nonetheless when Savannah saw them she thought they were big so they might have been close.

I got this recipe from my sweet sister in law after she posted a picture on Facebook the other day. Previously I tried a pumpkin chocolate chip cookie recipe using cake mix but it was in desperation for a quick fix from not finding any for sale during our first fall out here in Wisconsin. Heck, the hometown bakeries didn't even have them -and they still don't! Nor do they have bread bowls. Grr. On the other hand if you're looking for a harvest ale or some other selection of seasonal favorites in the beer aisle then you are set. Or maybe a nice selection of sausages and cheeses.

Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies

1 cup of vegetable oil
3 cups of sugar
2 eggs
1 largest can of pumpkin
2 tsp. vanilla
5 cups flour
2 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. nutmeg
2 tsp. cinnamon
12 oz. pkg. milk chocolate chips

Combine all wet and mix well then add dry, mix well Put on greased cookie sheet 375 degrees for 10-18 min. My oven up here takes longer, just make sure they aren't doughy in the middle. I take them off the sheet after 3 minutes Makes a lot and super yum!

I made these today and she was right, these are super yum! I only needed to leave them in my oven for 10 minutes probably due to the elevation. I love them with milk and next time I think I might add a half bag more of chocolate or perhaps use chunks -I just love the contrast of the chocolate flavor with the pumpkin.

If you know anything about me you know that I am a person that goes with word of mouth or what others recommend -not because I want to copy them but because I want to bypass all the trial and errors...you know, such as movies, or a good book - wouldn't you rather spend your time on something that someone you know or trust already has? Yes I live dangerously.

For recipes I think it is interesting to find out where that person got their recipe, like from their mother or grandmother or perhaps they created it. There is always a good story behind good food but if nothing else it makes for good conversation. I have yet to ask Cherise where she got this recipe from.

I get using a cake mix for an easy go to replacement when you need a quick recipe but nothing beats from scratch. Nothing.