Showing posts from December, 2011

Christmas Wrap Up

Christmas Eve Morning We woke up early and packed up the car in order to drive to Marceline.  We stopped for breakfast at BK Bakery and then proceeded up to Moberly to do a small bit of shopping at Randolph Mercantile.  We got to Marceline around 10.  We opened gifts and then ate lunch.  Bob and I bought Taco Soup and mom made Vegetable Soup with Beef.  We had cookies and candies and of course, eggnog!  Afterwards we went into downtown Marceline to shop at the new shop Curiosity and to Debbie's shop Simply Made.  Found adorable things in both shops! Christmas Eve Santa Sack was opened to reveal our Christmas PJs from Target, Zingo, and Christmas Karaoke.  We had pan seared scallops, baked goat cheese and red sauce with crostinis, homemade meatballs, bratwurst wrapped in croissants and various cookies and candies.  We watched The Sound of Music (the ending) and played our game and then went to bed! Christmas Morning Ashley was the first up, as usual!  Santa had come and s

Merry Christmas

From our home to yours, Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

Nutella Cookies

The Steffes women put together a last minute cookie swap when I found out that we were mostly all going to be together in Macon this year.   Jeanne and David celebrated in Nebraska this year.  I put together an invite and put a plea on the Keep Smilin' Project page and off we went! Ashley and I baked our cookies when she got home on Wednesday.  Ashley baked a simple but delicious Nutella cookie found first on Pinterest.  I baked a Weight Watcher Strawberry Angel cookie.   Joy's Popcorn Cookies Our containers, ready to swap! This year's participants! Nutella Cookies 1 c of Nutella 1/2 c white sugar 1 c flour 1 egg 1 T milk Preheat oven to 350 F. Blend all ingedients together well. Form into 1″ balls. Place on a cookie sheet. Press down firmly with the bottom of a glass. Bake 7-8 minutes or until set. Cool. Strawberry Angel Cookies 1 angel food cake mix 3/4 c sugar free strawberry preserves 1 egg white 1 T milk 3 T mini chocolate

A Study in Tradition, part 2

Last year, I took you through a photo journey as Bob's cousin Dianne made the traditional mincemeat pies here and this year I am showing you how my sister, Tammi, makes the rolls that have been served for our Holt family for many years. My sister agreed to this photo essay under one condition:  I could only photograph her hands.  No other parts of her body.  I signed in blood. Ok, not really but it sounded very dramatic. Yeast, oil, water Add in some sugar... Oh yea, baby, the yeast likes some sugar! Add in a little flour.... Oh no!  How did this picture get in here?  {snicker} Work it, Tammi! It's magic!  That gooey, sticky mess is now a smooth ball of dough. Rise, oh master, rise! Even though its the next picture, 20 minutes or so elapsed... Make into little puffs of goodness, and bake. These bake in the oven and smell up the kitchen with a warm, yeasty smell that drives us all nuts!  As soon as they come out,