Sunday, December 25, 2011

Happy Holidays!

From my family to yours...Wishing you all a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!  And Happy Hanukkah to all our Jewish friends out there!  

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Cherry Bonbon Cookies

One of my best friends from grade school posted this delicious Cherry Bonbon Cookie recipe that I couldn't resist making.  Every year she has been hosting an annual cookie exchange party (which unfortunately I live too far away to attend), and each year her friends request that she make these Cherry Bonbon Cookies.  If you like maraschino cherries, then you'll have no problem loving these cookies...and she's definitely can't stop at having just one.

Be sure to stop by and check out Jennifer's blog for ideas on her cookies exchange parties, it's never too early to start planning for next year. =)  I love the Reindeer Antler Game she has the girls play every looks like a lot of laughs and fun.

Cherry Bonbon Cookies

1/2 cup butter, softened
3/4 cup confectioners sugar
2 tablespoons milk
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1-1/2 cups all purpose flour
1/8 teaspoon salt
24 maraschino cherries

1 cup confectioners' sugar
1 tablespoon butter, melted
2 tablespoons maraschino cherry juice
Additional confectioners' sugar

Directions:In a large bowl, cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy.

Add milk and vanilla. Combine the flour and salt; gradually add to the creamed mixture.   Divide dough into 24 portions; shape each portion around a cherry, forming a ball.

My little helper bee

Place on ungreased baking sheets. Bake at 350° for 18-20 minutes or until lightly browned. Remove to wire racks to cool.

For glaze, combine the sugar, butter and cherry juice until smooth. Drizzle over cookies. Dust with confectioners sugar or red sugar.  

A hidden gem inside each one:

Yield: 2 dozen.

Thursday, December 15, 2011

Quick and Easy Mini Cinnamon Rolls

You must think I live on Pinterest, because yet again I am making something I found on there.  Today it was these deliciously cute mini cinnamon rolls. I must say I was attracted to them because it was titled the "8 Minute Mini Cinnamon Rolls".  Although disappointingly, that's how long it takes to bake them, not to make and bake them.  But I wasn't disappointed for too long, because they were sooooo delicious and very easy to make.  Please forgive me that mine didn't come out looking as nice as Iowa Girl Eats Cinnamon Rolls, but in my defense I had small children helping me.

For the cinnamon rolls:
-1-8oz tube crescent roll dough
-2 Tablespoons butter
-Brown sugar

For the maple icing:
-1 teaspoon maple syrup
-1 Tablespoon skim milk
-3/4 cup powdered sugar

1. Preheat oven according to crescent roll dough package directions. Layout half the dough (4 triangles) and pinch all the seams together. Flip over and pinch the seams on the back side together too.

2. Using a rolling pin, smooth the seams and roll the dough into a square about 1/4″ thick. Brush with half the butter, and sprinkle with as much cinnamon and brown sugar as you want.

3. Roll into a log and cut into 8 pieces.  Place mini cinnamon rolls into a non-stick sprayed mini muffin tin.

4. Repeat the first 3 steps with the other half of the crescent roll dough. Bake according to package directions.

5. Meanwhile whisk together maple syrup and milk in a bowl. Add in powdered sugar until desired consistency is reached. Drizzle over warm cinnamon rolls. gooooood!

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Bacon & Eggs

I stumbled across these cute bite sized Bacon & Eggs treats on Pinterest, that I couldn't resist making them.  They were so simple, that it took me less than 15 minutes to make.  Now I just need to figure out a good reason to make them.

-Wilton white candy melts or white chocolate chips
-Pretzel sticks
-Wax Paper

Line a cookie sheet with wax paper.  Melt Wilton candy melts, then blob a bit of melted chocolate on the wax paper (about the size of a quarter).

Then add  a yellow m&m in the center of the chocolate.  Break a pretzel stick in half and put your two "bacon strips" along side the egg yolk.

Put in refrigerator so the chocolate can set (about 20-30 min).

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Paint Car Tracks - Letter C

I'm trying to introduce fun ways for my daughter to learn her alphabet.  We've painted with cars before, but today I decided to have her paint on the letter "C", so she could recognize it's shape.  Notice how she used the letter "C" as a road for the cars.

Toy cars
Plates or shallow containers
Newspapers or Mat

Cover your table with a mat or newspapers. Prepare paint on plates or shallow containers.

Cut out the letter "C" and place it in the center of your mat.

Place a toy car on a plate of paint and move it back and forth so that the wheels pick up paint.

Roll the car along the letter "C" and you will see the wheels make colorful tracks on paper.

Here are the letter "C"'s that she painted:

Sunday, December 4, 2011

Christmas Tree Cupcake Topper

This is a simple craft that will make your cupcakes looking festive for the holidays.

Please note that this is a mini cupcake.

-Green metallic pipe cleaner
-Colored sequins
-Bamboo Skewer
-Scissors (not pictured)
-Glue (not pictured)

-Cut the pipe cleaner to desired length. Depending on how tall you want it to be you can cut 4 or 5 branches. Cut the skewer to desired length. Make the tree by gluing the longest stem about an inch to an inch in a half from the bottom of the skewer.  Glue the remaining tree stems onto the skewer in decreasing size.

-Glue the sequin star at the top of the tree, and glue the other sequins randomly on the remaining tree stems.

-Allow your tree to completely dry for a couple hours.

-Use as a topper on a cupcake.