Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Sorry about the none posting phase!

Okie dokie everyone. With Christmas being this weekend my posting has come to a 'time out'! I'm getting my last minute shopping, baking, present making all in now...right before christmas! I put the "Pro" in Procrastination! So Look for an update sometime soon after Christmas! On that note...
Merry Christmas everyone!
Dottie ^_^

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

A Wine Gift Idea

It's that time of year of parties and fancy dresses! When we all want to give that gift to impress! Something that shows that we put some thought into it. That we just didn't pick up something off the shelf! But, the problem is you just aren't to sure what they like.

Each particular bottle of wine is unique. Pinpointing a good bottle for one person you know nothing about , but finding something they would  enjoy would be hard. So after a few moments of thinking over some of the more  popular brands and bottles I came up with an idea!

Now remember I myself have just started trying out wine. I have plans to try out this gift idea myself I like it so much!

Most people out there are like myself. Clueless when it comes to wines. I have a very small knowledge of wine and I'm working on expanding it. So armed with my small knowledge of wine and creativity this thought came to me:  Blended wines. But not just one bottle! A matching set of the same brand! One red and one white! This way you don't have to deal with the headache of deciding between all the bottles out there!

A brand I would suggest is Menage A Trois. The bottle design is very pretty and I've only heard good things about it!

They look great together in the gift bag and shows how thoughtful you are! That you just didn't pick up just any old bottle off the shelf. Good luck! I hope I've helped some of you out there with one less Christmas gift!

Dottie ^_^

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Peppermint Truffles

These were actually my very first attempt with making truffles. So I decided to try it again and this time actually measure how much extract I put in them! I'm one of those people that I just enjoy dumping things together without measuring. Not so good for recipe writing, but amazing for the taste buds!

Peppermint Truffles

1 12oz bag White Chocolate Chips
1/3 cup Heavy Whipping Cream
3 tsp Peppermint Extract

 1 12oz Bag Dark Chocolate Chips

Using a double boiler melt the White chocolate chips and heavy whipping cream together.
Remove from heat and then add the peppermint extract.
Mix completely to evenly spread out the flavor!
Pour into a flat dish and place in the refrigerator until the chocolate is stiff yet moldable.

Begin Melting the dark chocolate over the double boiler.
As the Dark chocolate melts begin making balls out of the white chocolate.
Using a small bowl place a small amount of dark chocolate in the center.
Using a spoon roll the white chocolate ball in the dark chocolate coating it completely.
Place the dark chocolate covered ball on a wax paper covered plate.
Allow to cool and harden completely. Try placing them in the fridge or freezer to speed the process!

Dottie ^_^

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Party Menu

My motto: Simple and easy.  

   No one is going to honestly remember what your house looked like for the party. Honestly they aren't going to care. What they will remember is if you took the time to greet them specifically and if you were genuine about it. The next thing they will remember is the food. If it was good or bad and if there was plenty of it. 

   The parties that my husband and myself put together were always known for the amazing food we served and that there would always be plenty of it and at times enough for people to take plates home. As well as the fact that we took the time to greet everyone and I demanded hugs from every single person that walked in that door! We provided that relaxed, family, good ol' southern hospitality atmosphere that we all love and adore so much.

  Now is that your style...not necessarily. We each have our own and that is what makes every party special.

Simplicity will make your life less stressful, won't cost you as much money, and you will be able to enjoy your party as well! Which is always nice. So to help out I've put together a simple menu. The great thing is that you can make most of this the day before so that you have a clean kitchen for the day of the party and you don't have to think about it, except to set it all out!

For Appetizers. Keep it light and super simple. Let your talent shine with Dinner and Dessert. 
Now we each have our favorites. A few of mine are as follows:

-Salsa and chips

-Tomato and Avocado Salad served with chips
(chunks of fresh tomatoes, avocado, chopped onion, splash of lemon juice, sprinkle of salt) 
I came up with this one day when I didn't feel like smashing up avocado and I had tomatoes I had to use up! But this you have to make the day of the party so the veggies look pretty!

-Meatballs and bbq sauce in a crock pot to keep them warm.
 (you can either make your own or just buy them.)

-A simple fruit tray is great as well! 
I have found that veggies...they have a tendency of just sitting there and becoming leftovers. Unless you have a vegan or vegetarian friend coming!

Main Course

Baked Potato Soup

Served with Angel Biscuits

One batch of this soup will feed an army! Make sure you have a big enough crock pot for the next day!

Graham Cracker Cookies

Hungarian Nut Horns

Chocolate Truffles

This can all be made the day before except for any fruits of veggies you are going to be serving. Nice huh? I think so!

I make the food the center of attention at my house. It is the first thing people notice when they walk in. Normally by smell first and then by sight! Have your table set up and ready to serve before everyone gets there. Maybe buy a few bouquets of fresh flowers to place around the living room and kitchen areas. Light a few scented candles that compliment the food. 

Then guess what...your done. It's as simple as that. Then all you have to do is clean up the food and dishes. Which by the way you would have had to do anyways. But now you don't have to worry about cleaning up any decorations or anything of the sort. You can enjoy the wonderful flowers for a few days and relax with the soft scent of the candles. How awsome is that!

Remember Simple and Easy.

Dottie ^_^

The Perfect Biscuit For Those Special Occasions.

This is one of my favorite homemade biscuits! I make them when I make my potato soup! It is the perfect combination of southern home cooking! Yum! These delicious soft biscuits pull apart so easily and using real butter on them is a match made in heaven! To fully understand my love of this biscuits please take the time to make them and indulge!

Try using real butter, honey, jelly, jam, and just good old potato soup!

Angel Biscuits

In small bowl:
  1/4 cup very warm water
    1 Tbls yeast
    sprinkle of sugar

In glass pitcher:
   2 cups buttermilk
Microwave for 3 minutes

In large bowl: Sift together:
   5 cups flour
   1/3 cup sugar
   1 tsp Baking Soda
   2 1/4 tsp Baking Powder
   1 tsp salt

Cut in until mixture is crumbly:
   1 cup shortening
  2 sticks real butter

Add buttermilk and yeast mixture to the large bowl.
Mix well.

Put half of dough on well floured counter.
Shape into a 9-10" roll.
Cut into 12 slices and put into a lightly greased muffin tin.
Repeat with the other half.

Bake at 450 for 10-12 minutes.

Makes 2 dozen!

Since I don't keep buttermilk in my house on a regular basis, I normally just make a double batch of these! Then share with my family and friends! They will love you for it!
Dottie ^_^

Graham Cracker Cookies

I haven't met anyone yet, that loves sweets, who doesn't like this cookie!

When I was younger I had taken over the baking in my family's kitchen! My mom had taught me well and gave me plenty of opportunities to expand my skills and knowledge. This was a particular favorite year round for taking to parties, church activities, and impressing my brother's friends! ;) Having made this recipe so many times I've actually memorized it! It's that simple and easy!

So onward to this easy recipe!

Graham Cracker Cookies

2 Sticks real butter
1 cup brown sugar
1 cup chopped pecans
6 oz (1 cup) Chocolate chips
1 Pkg graham crackers

Preheat Oven to 350.
Line cookie sheet (15 1/2" x 10 1/2" x 1") with foil-up and over the edges.
Line the graham crackers- divided into 1/4's -leaving a little space between them.

In a sauce pan, boil butter and brown sugar for 1 minute.
Pour mixture over the crackers. Make sure all of the crackers are covered.
Sprinkle pecans over this.
Bake @ 350 for 10 minutes.
Remove from the oven and sprinkle with the chocolate chips.
As they soften spread carefully over the crackers.
Refrigerate or freeze until they are rock hard.
Remove the foil carefully.
Then karate chop the cookies into smaller pieces!

Now, I actually use a full 12oz bag of semi sweet chocolate chips because I like chocolate!!!
A trick, as you preheat the oven and before you break up the crackers, put the sugar and butter on the stove on the lowest heat setting. So that it is melted by the time you finish with the crackers and ready to boil!

This is just a fun simple cookie! So just have fun!
Dottie ^_^