Using Pectin

It’s spring, which means it’s time to start thinking about your garden and what you want to put in it.  For me, that means thinking about what I want to make with my plants from the garden – and lately I’ve been a big fan of jams and jellies.  Really, this means I need to Read More …

Easter Blossoms

These flowers are a fun and colorful way to celebrate the spring holiday. Ingredients: 1/2 cup butter (must be butter), softened 1 3-ounce package of cream cheese, softened 1-1/2 cups sifted powdered sugar 1/2 teaspoon baking powder 1/4 teaspoon salt 1 egg 2-1/4 cups all-purpose flour Pastel coated candies Optional: add 1/4 teaspoon almond extract Read More …

Chicken Gnocchi Soup Recipe

This recipe for Chicken and Gnocchi Soup is one of my favorites.  I absolutely love this soup.  It tastes exactly like the chicken and gnocchi soup at Olive Garden – all creamy and delicious, but I don’t make it very often because Matt isn’t a big soup person.  However, with the cold weather lately, I decided Read More …

Poppy Seed Thumbprints

I love thumbprint cookies, and these Poppy Seed Thumbprints are just special enough to make a great treat for Valentine’s Day.  To make them extra special, roll your cookies in sugar before baking. Ingredients: 1 cup butter, softened 1/2 cup sugar 2 egg yolks 1 tablespoon orange liqueur like Grand Mariner, or if you prefer Read More …

Almond Toffee Bars

Ingredients: 1/2 cup butter 1-1/2 cups quick rolled oats 1/2 cup graham cracker crumbs 1 6-oz package of semi-sweet chocolate chips 1 cup almond toffee pieces 1 cup sliced or chopped almonds 1 140oz can sweetened condensed milk Instructions: Heat oven to 325 degrees. Melt butter or margarine in a 9×13 inch pan in the Read More …

Spiced Spritz with Browned Butter Glaze

I originally found this recipe in the 2012 Land O Lakes holiday cookies publication.  One reason I love this publication is that it has great tips, like what to do when you want to make spritz cookies and don’t have a cookie press.  Did you know you could use an icing bag with a large Read More …

Spiced Molasses Cookies

This year I’ve decided to try several new recipes, for the holiday season.  I’ve made Red Velvet Fudge – which is amazing, even if it turned out a little dry.  It was totally the fault of my cooking thermometer though… I think I totally need a new one. I made some Subway style chocolate chip Read More …

Homemade Chicken Pot Pie

This is the recipe for Chicken Pot Pie that my mother-in-law makes.  It’s based on the Betty Crocker recipe, with a few variations.  The crust I use for this is her mom’s. Filling Ingredients: 3 cups cooked chicken pieces ( I boil mine, but Mary Kay pressure cooks hers.  You could also just use a Read More …