Friday, January 2, 2015

Snowballs!

Welcome Down Home Friends,
I have snow on my mind. I guess the cold and wet dreary winter weather has me wishing for snow rather than just the cold. Around my house when we talk about snow our conversation always comes back around to...snowballs. In Texas we are more likely to see snowballs in our kitchen rather than outside our windows but we have been known to have a white Christmas and a snow day or two! But in my family our favorite snowballs are the powdered sugar kind. I just had to share this recipe because I love it so much for a few reasons. I appreciate how simple it is to make because I am busy and don't have a lot of time for fussing around. Who has time for fussing around? Who are we kidding? Not a single person has time for that but you do have time to make a simple snowball, right? You will love this recipe too. You make the dough and put it in the refrigerator and let it chill while you take a little break or two... It can stay in the refrigerator for a few days if you really are that busy. This is a perfect holiday cookie because you can make it ahead and bake as needed. Also, these do not have to be perfect and I love that. These get dusted (or in my house covered) in powdered sugar. Just pretend it is a Texas blizzard and when your plate looks like that you will know you have "dusted" them enough. But seriously, in my house, we serve these snowballs on top of a plate of powdered sugar...we like to dredge them in a little more powdered sugar just in case some of it came off when it was sitting on the plate. I know, we are just terrible for that. But I bet you try that too and I swear I won't tell anyone. But before I give you the recipe for my favorite winter cookie, let me give credit where credit is due! This recipe comes from Martha Stewart and yes it is tried and true and you know it is good!
Snowballs!
2 sticks of butter at room temp
2 tablespoons of honey
1 teaspoon of bourbon
2 1/4 cups of all purpose flour
1 cup of chopped pecans
1/2 cup of powdered sugar
1/4 teaspoon of salt
In an electric mixer, cream butter and honey until fluffy. Add bourbon and beat to combine. In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, pecans, sugar and salt. Add to the butter mixture and beat to combine. Wrap in plastic wrap and chill for 3 hours. Preheat oven to 350. Line baking sheets, Roll the dough 2 teaspoons at a time into balls. Bake 12-13 minutes. Transfer to wire racks and cool. Roll in sugar to coat.

ENJOY! 



Monday, December 22, 2014

Replacements!


Welcome Home,
I have collected Christmas anything for all of my adult life. It is difficult at times to narrow down a favorite because there are many and for many different reasons. I always seem to want all of my favorites out each year. But this year I seem to be drawn to the color combination of red, white and black. There is just something about the black that I love. Black just makes everything better.
This color combination makes me think of the Christmas dishes I got years ago from my mother. I have always loved these dishes and can't wait to get them out each year. And even though this pattern is retired, I can still find pieces to it through a company called Replacements. Replacements is the best place to find those hard to find pieces to just about any retired set of dishes. If you sign up and register your pattern you will get notifications when new pieces are found. No more internet searches that lead to nowhere. You can even register to get notifications for pieces for other people which is a great gift giving idea at any time of the year. You can purchase items and tuck them away for birthdays and holidays. Who wouldn't love getting that treasured piece to replace a missing one?


Traditions!


Welcome Down Home Friends,
One of my favorite Christmas memories growing up was the year we had a cookie cutter tree. I guess my mom had a way with making Christmas memorable. Someone mentions the cookie cutter tree every single year because it was just that special. Each time we get together at Christmas, someone mentions it. I loved that tree as a child and I still carry on that as a tradition in my own home today. If you know me I am never far from any spool of gingham ribbon...ever. I have spools and spools of it to tie my little life together. It is one of those small things that keeps me grounded in my roots. It reminds me of my earliest days and of childhood memories.
 With just a little gingham ribbon, the cookie cutters were hung on the tree. And that year we even got multi colored lights. I still can see it in my mind just like it was yesterday.
Many years after that tree my sister gave me the cookie cutters that my great grandmother used to make cookies. It has to be one of the best gifts I have ever received. I keep those in a special tin nestled on my baker's rack. I guess in my own way I keep those little traditions alive in my home still today.


 
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