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Orange Crush and New Years Eve

Orange Crush has become a tradition for Me and My Captain on New Years Eve.

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No substitute….only Orange Crush!

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Orange Crush?!!  you ask…how odd, you say!

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Biscochito Cookies (New Mexico Recipe)

 

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This Biscochito cookie (sometimes spelled bizcochito) is a traditional New Mexican cookie. I lived in New Mexico for about 6 years and I have come away with many great recipes with true Mexican heritage and flavors. This Biscochito cookie is usually made around the Christmas Holidays. It has ingredients unlike any other cookie recipe which makes them unique and very delicious. Ingredients such as Lard, Anise and Brandy! My sister-in-law Vera, who is more like a sister to me than an in-law was kind enough to share her family recipe with me when I first moved to New Mexico. I hope you like it! Thanks Sis!
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Ingredients
  1. 2 cups sugar
  2. 2 cups Lard (for a traditional New Mexican cookie, do not use shortening)
  3. 2 eggs
  4. 6 cups of flour
  5. 4 teaspoons baking powder
  6. 2 teaspoons anise, crushed (2 teaspoons of anise flavoring can be substituted)
  7. 1/2 teaspoon salt
  8. 1/4 cup of water minus 3 Tablespoons
  9. 3 Tablespoons of Brandy or Brandy Flavoring (extract)
Instructions
  1. Cream the sugar and the lard.
  2. Add the eggs and mix well
  3. Sift the flour and baking powder together
  4. Add to the creamed mixture
  5. Stir in the anise and the Brandy flavoring extract
  6. Divide the dough into two equal portions
  7. Roll out the dough on floured board to about 1/4 inch thick
  8. Using cookie cutter, cut into desired shapes
  9. Place cookies on ungreased cookie sheet
  10. Sprinkle the tops of the cut out cookies with the cinnamon sugar topping (recipe below)
Topping
  1. 1/4 cup of sugar
  2. 1 teaspoon of ground cinnamon
  3. Bake at 350 degrees for about 10-12 minutes until lightly browned
  4. Yield about 6 dozen cookies
Notes
  1. The dough is very stiff and I use a mixer, but you can mix by hand.
  2. I keep anise flavoring on hand, so I usually use 2 teaspoons of the anise flavoring.
  3. Anise tastes a bit like licorice, but not as strong. A nice subtle flavor.
  4. You may certainly use Brandy rather than the Brandy flavoring. If using Brandy, use 1/4 of a cup.
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Easy Chocolate Covered Peanut Butter Balls

Easy Chocolate Covered Peanut Butter Balls
These easy to make Chocolate Covered Peanut Butter Ball treats have been a staple at our house during the Holidays for over 40 years. The kids loved to help make them by sticking the toothpicks into the chilled peanut butter balls and dipping in melted almond bark. No parafin involved....just the melted almond bark
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Ingredients
  1. 1 stick of butter, melted
  2. 1 cup of graham cracker crumbs
  3. 1/2 cup peanut butter
  4. 1 1/3 cup of powdered sugar
  5. Chocolate Almond Bark
Instructions
  1. Combine all the ingredients
  2. Form by hand into tiny balls about the size of a quarter... or your own preference
  3. Chill in fridge for about an hour.
  4. Crush graham crackers until real fine crumbs or buy it already in crumb form
  5. Using a double boiler (or your microwave) melt chocolate almond bark
  6. Dip chilled peanut butter balls in the chocolate using a toothpick for a handle
  7. Place on waxed paper or parchment paper to firm up the chocolate
  8. Store in the fridge
  9. Yields about 30 chocolate covered peanut butter balls depending on the size of the balls.
Notes
  1. A double boiler or a bowl placed over gently simmering water keeps the chocolate thin and easier to work with. Of course you could keep putting the chocolate into the microwave if it gets too cooled. I have always used my old and trusty double boiler...It is old, but works very well. πŸ™‚
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Old Fashioned Chocolate Sour Cream Cookies

Old Fashioned Chocolate Sour Cream Cookies
A soft mounded chocolate cookie w/ chocolate frosting.....yummy!
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Ingredients
  1. 1/2 cup shortening (I use Crisco)
  2. 1 1/2 cups sugar
  3. 2 eggs
  4. 2 squares unsweetened chocolate
  5. 1 cup sour cream
  6. 1 teaspoon vanilla
  7. 2 3/4 cup flour
  8. 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  9. 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  10. 1/2 teaspoon salt
  11. 1/2 - 1 cup chopped pecans (optional)
Instructions
  1. Mix together shortening, sugar and eggs
  2. Melt unsweetened chocolate squares and add to the above.
  3. Stir in sour cream and vanilla
  4. Sift together flour, soda, baking powder and salt
  5. Add to the wet mixture
  6. Add nuts if desired.
  7. Chill dough one hour
  8. Drop by teaspoonfuls 2 inches apart on ungreased baking sheet
  9. Bake at 375 degrees for 8-10 minutes
  10. When cool, frost with frosting by swirling a small amount atop each cookie
Frosting
  1. 1 cup powdered sugar
  2. 1 teaspoon milk
  3. 1 teaspoon cocoa
Notes
  1. 1 cup Carnation milk with 1 teaspoon vinegar can be used as a substitute for the sour cream.
  2. If frosting is too thin, add more powdered sugar
  3. If frosting is too thick, add more milk
  4. Frosting should be a thick consistency to be able to swirl atop each cookie. I don't frost the whole cookie....just a dab on top.
  5. Yields about 5 dozen cookies
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Christmas Wassail

Christmas Wassail
A Wonderful Cider Drink served Hot
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Cook Time
30 min
Cook Time
30 min
Ingredients
  1. 1/2 gallon Apple Cider
  2. 6 sticks Cinnamon
  3. 1 large package of Red Hots (Cinnamon candies)
  4. 1/4 teaspoon Cinnamon
  5. 1/2 teaspoon Nutmeg
  6. 1 teaspoon All Spice
  7. 2 tablespoons Lemon Juice
  8. *1 1/2 cups Rum (optional)
Instructions
  1. Pour Apple Cider into crock pot or a large pot on your stove burner.
  2. Add other ingredients in order given.
  3. Stir occasionally to keep red hots from sticking while they melt.
  4. Serve Hot.
Notes
  1. *Add Rum just before serving if desired
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This N’ That

Hmmmmm…on this Sunday…what to title this post, …  and I guess This N’ That would be good, because it will cover a variety of subjects.

Early this morning after our Daily Devotions, the Captain and I went to church.

Our church has 3 services,… One Traditional service at 8:30-9:30 a.m., and two Contemporary services at 9:45 a.m. and 11:15 a.m. Call us old-fashioned, but we prefer the Traditional with the old hymns. And so do most of our fellow parishioners over the age of 40! πŸ™‚ So after the Service this morning, the Captain and I went to a brunch at a favorite restaurant.

We had decided we would venture over to see Ozzie and Harriet after our meal…so we did just that.  For those who do not know who Ozzie and Harriet are, they are the beautiful eagles who just hatched 

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Philomena

Have you seen the movie Philomena?

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The Captain and I had a “date” which included dinner and a movie yesterday! 

We have occasional dates…

We think it keeps things fresh…by things I mean our relationship…yes, and a little exciting!

Sometimes we “meet up” at a pre-designated restaurant and after a delightful dinner decide to leave one car at the restaurant and go together to a movie! 

Didn’t I tell you I’m/we’re weird? πŸ™‚

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Baked Potato Fans with Garlic, Bacon & Cheese

 

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 There is a fancy term for these Fanned Baked Potatoes and it is called Hasselback Style Potatoes.  Simply put, they are baked potatoes with garlic, bacon & cheese! Hasselback Style Potatoes usually start with a peeled or not peeled baking potato and the slices are very thin which makes them fan out in a pretty display. The sour cream is usually not added to this style.

A printable Recipe follows these directions…:) Enjoy!

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Sunsets VS Snow

 

Beautiful sunsets versus the snow!

First I hope you had a wonderful Christmas and I wish a very prosperous and wonderful New Year to all.

Our families back in the Midwest called to tell us of the gifts or food or other exciting and wonderful happenings on their Christmas Day….and a few told us of : the cold.  the snow.  the ice.

Memories……ahhhhh yes!

As I have said before in other posts….I do miss the first snowfall of the season and it is especially beautiful on Christmas Eve….it doesn’t always happen that way though does it?  Perhaps only in the movies.  πŸ™

Most of my memories of living in the Midwest is the dirty slush and ice after a few cars have driven over the softly fallen snow. In my opinion, the snow is the most beautiful when it is untouched by tramping feet of animals and humans…. 

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Eagle Cam and Ozzie and Harriet

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Florida has an Eagle Cam and it is focused on Ozzie and Harriet’s huge Eagle nest! The Eagles have painstakingly built a nest in an 8o foot Pine tree!  Yes, there are pine trees in Florida… lots of them nestled in among the palms.

The website is listed at the end of my post and after a brief 26 second ad….I know, I know, sorry, I have nothing to do with that!….;(   ….you will see a live feed!

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