December 2009

Posted in Kate, Pork, Skewers
Bacon-Wrapped Cocktail Sausages

I feel like I’ve been churning out unnatural amounts of food from my kitchen since mid-October and I’m just done. I swear, we’ve only eaten frozen pizza and cold cereal in the last week-and-a-half and I’m not a tiny bit sorry. Problem is, we still have New Year’s Eve festivities and, well, the fam can only handle so much Raisin Bran, you know? When it comes to appetizers, these are about as easy and crowd-pleasing (and completely addictive) as they …

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Overnight Sausage and Egg Casserole

You’ll all be amused to know that once again I am stumbling through a post trying to type with one hand wrapped up in gauze. (Y’all remember this post?) We had French Dips for dinner tonight and as I was holding a roll in the palm of my hand slicing it in half with a foot-long bread knife (already see where this is going?) I went a little to fast and a little to far. The knife went right through …

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Natchitoches Meat Pies

So during my experience as a Utah girl transplanted to Louisiana, my feelings about this place have ranged from complete and utter despair (think August…humidity…mosquitoes…cockroaches…) to the thrill of living in a place so steeped in history and folklore. And the fact that I pretty much never have to wear pantyhose. One of my favorite places to visit and to take visitors is a little town called Natchitoches (pronounced NACK-it-esh; don’t even ask). Check this out: That is not a …

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Gingerbread Cookies

I’ve got a confession. Ever since I got back from Utah last week, I’ve been a major Grinch. I just have NOT been able to get excited about Christmas. I’ve been tired and stressed and trying to fit an extra 5 hours of stuff into each day. Top that off with my hubby’s car dying and accidentally missing my preschooler’s Christmas party my cat breaking my favorite Christmas tree ornament and the bronchitis I caught 3 weeks ago being “enhanced” …

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Posted in Candy, How To..., Sara
Homemade Marshmallows

A huge number of my favorite family traditions revolve around food items and certain holidays. My own children are young and I’m constantly trying to think of new, fun things we can incorporate into our holiday celebrations to help them create fun memories just like I have of my own childhood. This past Halloween I decided a new family tradition would be making yeast doughnuts every fall. After an entire day of experimenting with that and I crossed it off …

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Posted in Candy, Sara
Easy Pretzel Turtles

Tis the season for goodies and it seems like people are always looking for quick and easy ones. It recently came to my attention that not everyone in the world has been introduced to the pretzel turtle and that’s just a cryin’ shame! This is possibly the easiest little goodie you’ll come across. They can be made in about 10 minutes and with only 3 ingredients. However here I’ll show you my little twists to take them a notch up …

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Tutorial: Candy Penguin Cupcakes

I’ve mentioned a time or two those moments of inspiration in the kitchen, like the Cheesy Garlic Bread Swirls where this idea just popped into my brain and it ended up being just as tasty as I imagined it would be. Well, one day, I was just sitting there, minding my own business, and I thought, “PENGUIN CUPCAKES! I must make some!” I poked around on the internet a little for ideas and I checked out the penguins in Hello, …

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Chili Spice Mix: Ready for Gift-Giving!

One of my favorite parts about the Christmas season is the treat-giving and goodie-exchanging. I love tasting new things, I love being surprised with unexpected gifts (who doesn’t?!), and I love enjoying something a bit sinful that I didn’t have to trash my own kitchen making. However, it seems like every year close to Christmas I get to a point where I’m just sugared out! Last year, right about that time one of my husband’s co-workers gave us a cute …

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Posted in Candy, Christmas, Kate
Peanut Brittle

In spite of all the new and fancy holiday treats that come out every year, I’m a sucker for good old-fashioned Christmas candy, the kinds of treats Grandma and the little old ladies who are fabulous cooks make. Fudge. Toffee. Caramels. And…yes…peanut brittle, which is kind of on its way out in terms of trendiness, but so delicious and addictive, especially if you throw chocolate into the mix. This is a great recipe for beginning candy makers–it’s trickier than mixing …

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Christmas Lanterns (and Treat Jars!)

Have you ever known people who are just naturally crafty (*cough* Sara *cough*)? Yeah, I’m so not one of those people. I remember 4H craft activities when I was a kid and other girls would be turning out perfectly painted ceramics and wood cut-outs and mine were…very imaginative (read: ugly). I still draw like a 6-year-old–seriously, someone recently thought a cat I drew had been drawn by my four-year-old son, and fine motor skills aren’t exactly his strength! I’ve gotten …

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