Friday, November 19, 2010

Christmas Cookie Recipes

A dear friend Jamie asked me for some cookie recipes recently.  Here are some favorites of ours Jamie.  I have so many more so, if you had so mething else in mind just let me know. 

Keylime Cookies

softened. cup butter or margarine
1 cup of powdered sugar
1 egg
1 T Lime juice
1 c. all purpose flour
1 tsp salt
tsp baking powder
2 cups corn  flakes crushed

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Beat together the buttered sugau until smooth.  Add egg, and limu juice.  Mixture may appear to be curded.  Stir in four, baking powder and salt.  Place the crusched corn flakes in a bowl and drop cookie batter by spoonfulls into corn flakes and toss.  Place cookies on cookie sheet bake 13-16 minutes depending on your oven.

Kathy Register's Strawberry Cookies
1 box strawberry cake mix
2 eggs
1/2 cup oil
6 oz. white chocolate chips

Mix and bake for 10 min. at 350 you can mix this up with any cake mix combo.

My Moms Oatmeal Cookies

2 sticks margarine
1 cup brown sugar
1/2 c. sugar
2 eggs
1 tsp vanilla
1 1/2 c. all purpose flour
1 tsp baking soda
1 stsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp salt
3 cups oats
1 c. raisins

Heat oven to 350.  Bet margarine and sugars, add egggs, and vanilla beat well.  Add flour, soda, cinnamon, mix well stir in oats and raising.  Bake 10-12 minutes.

Grannies Chocolate Cookies (Carleighs Favorites)

2 sticks butter
2 eggs
1 c. white sugar
1 c. brown sugar
2/3 cup cocoa- add cocoa slowly
2 cups plain flour
2 tsp vanilla
1 tsp salt
1 tsp soda
1 tsp baking powder
1 c. chocolate chips (can use any kid: chocolate, white chocoalte, peanute butter, milk choc. I like milk choc)

cream butter, sugar, eggs.  Add remaining ingredients, add choc. chips last.  Bake 350 for 12 minutes.

Bakers Note : One time I was out of baking powder so I used 1 c. plain flour and 1 c. s.r. flour worked good

Pecan Sugar Cookies
1 c. buttter
1 c. sugar
1 c. powdered sugar
2 eggs
1 c. oil
4 1/2 cups flour
1 tsp soda
1 tsp cream of tartar
1 tsp vanilla

*add pecans if your making pecan cookies or leave out and have plain sugar cookies

Mix and chill for about an hour
Bake 350 for 15 minutes use top rack bottom they'll get to brown.

Saturday, November 13, 2010

Christmas Cards

Christmas is coming up quickly and it is time to think about your Christmas cards.  I love to use Shutterfly for my photo printing, and photo gifts.  Cards are a special yearly reminder that you are loved by family and friends.  I have a cute little card tree which I display all of my cards from Christmas over the holiday.  Then I save them in a "family/friend" photo album.  What do you do with your Christmas cards?  I really love the photo cards because you can see how everyone has changed from year to year.  I really love those who go all out and do something nontraditional for their card.  One year I had my two kids and dog Ripley sit in front of the fireplace with their mouths duct taped and put Silent night...It was a big hit.  I have done the park, the beach so many different things for our family photos.  Mixed and matched.  I really am looking forward to creating something special this year.

The selection of cards and designs can be used to describe any family.  If you are like me you want something really unique that's going to be talked about and remembered after you give.  A refrigerator card, or keepsake for those you are sending them to.  My design for this year will be ..oh my goodness it is so hard to decide I love them all.  The top picks for me will be Tree of hope.  This is a great card and 10%  of  this card purchase will  go to the American Lung Association.  I am also loving the Our ornament story design.  How sweet is this little card.  There is a space to tell your years story over several spots and a cute polka dot border.  And to finish off my top 3 designs for my great family I love love love the Family Wall Noir card. A 5x7 card that holds 6 photos and just classy.  Check out the designs yourself  at  http://www.shutterfly.com/cards-stationery   and choose the perfect card to fit your family.  Shutterfly will not disappoint.

While you are checking out the great Christmas cards check out the great gifts Shutterfly has to offer.  My very favorite product from Shutterfly are the wonderful photo books.  I give them as gifts, buy them for  myself I just love them.  I use these books for so many different things.  First, let me say they  come in many many designs , sizes, and covers.  You can choose to auto fill, or custom fill.  I usually choose the custom or do it yourself selection.  I want my book to be just so but if you are in  a hurry auto fill works AWESOME.  I make these books for my mother of our yearly combined family vacation.  She expects her photo book and will quickly tell you if you forgot to make her one.  I use them for gifts for my sons baseball coach, and my daughters dance teacher.  I keep my babies baby book this way, I did his first year and I am currently working on from 1-2.  I love it.  I have made him an ABC about me book.  He loves it , it is his favorite bedtime story.  So, check out the site for yourself and think about creating a book of your memories.  You wont be sorry.  http://www.shutterfly.com/photo-books

I am also, really looking forward to the holiday gift tags.  I have not tried these out yet, but think they are going to be a fantastic addition to our holiday season.  How can you go wrong this personalized tags are super cute and ready to go.  No looking for a pen, or maker to label yours they are printed and many cool designs as well.  For $12 for 25 with envelopes.  A special touch to your special gift.  http://www.shutterfly.com/cards-stationery/christmas-gift-tags

Lastly, I would like to mention that I adore Shutterfly's wall calendars.  Last year I gave this as a gift to my Mom and Grandma.  They ranted and raved , and I did not make myself one.  Well, I missed it all year long because I had one the previous year.  I will definitely be ordering one of these this year.  I enjoy seeing my previous years photos all year long each month and at the end of the year the calendar makes a great scrapbook item.  You can find them at http://www.shutterfly.com/calendars/wall-calendars they  really do make a special and inexpensive gift. 

A special treat for blogger's from Shutterfly is 50 free Christmas cards for writing a blog about their Christmas cards.  Check it out if you are a blogger and interested a great deal http://bit.ly/sfly2010   I can honestly say I am looking forward to my Christmas cards, but I have used shutterfly for years and am 100% happy with all the products I try.  To sum it up I think you will find great gifts, preserve some great memories, and find the just so perfect card for Christmas at www.shutterfly.com.  Check them out you will not be sorry.

November Menu

1. crockpot bbq chicken, baked potatoes and texas toast
2.spaghetti
3. hamburger rice a roni, shells and cheese and broccoli, yeast rolls
4. pot roast, mashed potatoes, mac n cheese
5. chicken and rice, green beans , mac n cheese
6. homemade pizzas
7.  homemade vegetable beef soup, grilled cheese or yeast rolls ( individual choice)
8. pan fried steaks, french fries
9. taco salad
10. fried chicken tenders (buttermilk), rice and gravy, green beans, dinner rolls
11. homemade pizza
12. chili mac
13. bbq porkchops, mac n cheese, ff
14. stew over rice, green beans dinner rolls
15. meat loaf, rice and tomatoes, green beans, corn muffins
16. spaghetti, texasa toast
17. chili, gilled cheese
19. pork n rice, corn on the cob, mac n cheese
20. chili mac corn bread
21. hamburgers, fried potatoes, and sliced tomatoes
22. bb1 chicken, mac n cheese, baked beans , texas toast
23. spaghetti
24. hamburger steaks with mushroom gravy, rice, gb , rolls
25. Turkey @ Grannies Happy Thanksgiving
26. pizza/ leftovers
27. mummydogs, maccaroni and fruitcup
28.  meat sandwichs, and homemade soup
29. baked ziti
30.  fried pork chops, rice and gravy, green beans and rolls

*DESSERTs
*birthday cake
*banana pudding

*Kids Craft =Turkey apples