Archive | December 2012

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Mix it up

Hello! I wanted to share with you a little bit about my grandpa’s blog. He’s really into carving (and he’s really good at it!) and he also loves playing and making cribbage boards.
He got me into it awhile ago and made me this awesome cribbage board.

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Check out his blog at: cribman.wordpress.com

Orange Fruit Tart

Orange Fruit Tart

Orange Fruit Tart

Make this tart when you need energy and happiness. Orange is a combination of the energy of red and the happiness of yellow. Orange also represents enthusiasm and stimulation, attraction and success, and joy and the tropics.
For more information on colors and more visit http://www.color-wheel-pro.com/color-meaning.html

I used mandarin oranges from a can and dried them very well before topping. Don’t worry if they don’t look glossy yet.
After you place the oranges on top, spread as much orange marmalade as you like on top.

all information was found on the website mentioned above.

Buckeye Cookies

This is a super yummy, peanut buttery filled chocolate cookie recipe. My aunt made these for Christmas baking and they were so good that I had to share them with you.

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This is from The Busty Baker’s recipes. Adapted from Sweet Pea’s kitchen. Makes about 20 cookies.

1 1/2 cups all purpose flour
1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 tsp. salt
1/2 cup granulated sugar ( plus more for rolling)
1/2 cup packed brown sugar
1/2 cup, 1 stick unsalted butter, at room temp.
1/4 cup creamy peanut butter
1 egg
1 tsp. vanilla extract

Filling:
1/4 cup plus two tablespoons creamy peanut butter
1/4 cup plus two tablespoons confectioners’ sugar

1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Line baking sheets with parchment paper or silicone baking mats; set aside.
2.in a medium bowl, whisk together flour, cocoa,baking soda and salt. 3.in a bowl of an electric mixer, beat together butter, sugars, and 1/4 cup peanut butter until light and fluffy. Dd egg and vanilla, beating to combine scraping down sides of bowl as needed. Add flour mixture and beat until just combined. Set aside.
4. In a medium bowl mix together peanut butter and confectioners’ sugar for filling stirring until smooth.
5. Using a one inch cookie scoop or a heaping tablespoon flatten a tablespoon of dough into a 2 1/2 to 3 inch circle with your hands. Place about a teaspoon of peanut butter filling in the center of the dough. Wrap the dough around the peanut butter, pressing to seal. Gently roll he dough into a ball, being careful not to squash the peanut butter filling out, mad roll the ball in granulated sugar to coat. Place cookies on the prepared baking sheets, spacing about two inches apart. Using the flat bottoms of a glass,press the cookies down he gently flattening to about a 1/2 inch thick. Bake, rotating halfway through for about 7-9 minutes. Let stand on baking sheet for 2 minutes before transferring to a wire rack to cool completely.
I hope you enjoy these delicious treats!!

Oh Christmas Tree…

Going outside in the middle of winter, chopping down a living tree, and bringing it into your home was a tradition started by the Egyptians who were a part of a long line of cultures that treasured and worshipped evergreens. When the winter solstice arrived they brought green date palm leaves into their homes to symbolize life’s triumph over death.

Now, Christians and – virtually everyone else – have a Christmas tree in their homes. To Christians the Christmas tree represents Life. Life of Jesus and our salvation because green is the color for life. Growing trees, bushes and plants etc.

Stringing the Lights on the tree!                                                                                         The Ancient people used to have actual candles lit up on the tree! Can you imagine how cool that would be into todays culture? Lights symbolize Jesus and how He is the Light of the World, the lights of heaven, and the stars twinkling in the sky when the angels appeared to the shepherds in the fields to tell about the birth of baby Jesus!

And of course, you can’t forget the angel or star on the tree! The star represents the star the wise men saw in the night that led them to their LORD Jesus.

The angel reminds us of how they came to the shepherds to share the Joy of the baby boy Jesus.

Keep these in mind when you look at your Christmas tree, and remember the true meaning of Christmas!