Monday, January 1, 2018

Oat Brittle

Let's have a Happy 2018 Tea Party by the fire on this blustery, cold day!  Yes, we received very cold temperatures in the Dallas area to welcome in the New Year.   I've made a wintry decoration under my cloche to leave out for January.  

Happy New Year Everyone!


 I'm enjoying one of my all-time favorite teas, which I buy by the case, which is Eggnogg'n tea from Bigelow.  It's like a warm hug and I always look forward to a cup.  Of course, my Johnson Brothers Friendly Village teacup is the perfect one to use for Winter time.   Care to join me?

 

My dear nephew, Sean, sent this cookbook to me for Christmas, and the first recipe that caught my eye, was this super-easy one for Oat Brittle.   I'm looking forward to trying more recipes from Smitten Kitchen!

I'll be taking a leave for awhile as my little Mom fell in her kitchen,  and broke her shoulder.  She's in terrible pain, and I am going to Ohio to help with her care.  Please, if you can,  say some prayers for her recovery. 



Yield: 1 cup

Oat Brittle

This is such a simple recipe for those of you that like a little crunch on your yogurt. It's especially good when you don't feel like spending the time to make granola. I've increased the recipe to make a full cup. Next time, I'll probably double this recipe.  I love a Greek Yogurt that's high in protein, to keep me from getting hungry.  Berries and this oat brittle makes the yogurt extra good. 

ingredients:

1 cup old-fashioned rolled oats
1/4 cup maple syrup
a couple of pinches of sea salt (or table salt)

instructions:

Heat oven to 350 degrees.
In a small bowl, stir the oats, syrup, and salt together until the oats are coated with liquid.  Spread the mixture onto a parchment- lined baking sheet in a thin layer.  The oats should be touching each other, but should not be in any piles.
Bake for 10 minutes, and take a peek.  You want the oats to be toasted a light golden at the edges-this usually takes 3 more minutes. 
Remove from the oven, and let the brittle cool completely on the baking sheet. 
Lift the brittle off and break into chunks. 
Store in an airtight container. 

notes

This is the first recipe I've tried from this cookbook that my dear nephew, Sean, sent me for Christmas.  I'm looking forward to trying many more.
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Thank you for your visit!  xo


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Monday, December 25, 2017

Cranberry Christmas Cake


Merry Christmas!!  Let's share a slice of Cranberry Christmas Cake  today, with a cup of Christmas Tea. 

I'm using my Johnson Brothers Olde English Countryside teacup.



Yield: It depends on how big the slices are

Cranberry Christmas Cake

This cake can serve as a coffee cake or dessert. You could use a dollop of whipped cream or a sprinkling of powdered sugar.

ingredients:

  • 3 eggs
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 3/4 cup butter,  softened
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 12 oz fresh cranberries

instructions:


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. With a mixer, beat the eggs with the sugar until slightly thickened and light in color, about 5-7 minutes. The mixture should almost double in size. The eggs work as your leavening agent in this recipe, so do not skip this step. This mixture should form a ribbon when you lift the beaters out of the bowl. Add the butter and vanilla; mix two more minutes. Stir in the flour until just combined. Add the cranberries and stir to mix throughout.
  2. Spread in a buttered 9x13 pan.  Bake for 40-50 minutes, or until very lightly browned and a toothpick inserted near the center of the cake comes out clean.  Let cool completely before cutting into small slices.
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These two granddaughters came by the day before Christmas Eve for presents, lunch and cookie decorating.  Didn't they do a great job?

My other six grands spent Christmas Eve at my house.  I always give them pj's and most of them change into them before they go home.  We had lots of fun!  


Merry Christmas Blessings to each and every one  of you!




Thank you for your visit!  xo

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Monday, December 18, 2017

Shortbread Spritz


 Let's enjoy some shortbread spritz by the fire for a cozy visit, shall we?  The recipe for the spritz comes from my bloggy buddy, Lynn, at Happier Than A Pig In Mud.  Lynn is the Queen of Spritz, and is always sharing so many great recipes, and crafts. I hope you will visit her!


 This Johnson Brothers Merry Christmas pattern is my very favorite one for Christmas time.  The pattern just takes me away to a different time and place in my imagination. 


 This sweet angel holds memories of a dear friend that gifted it to me years ago.  My friend died almost four years ago from multiple myeloma.  I know our possessions are just things, but they are treasures to remember those who lovingly thought of us. 


 My manger set was gifted to me from my four children.  I so enjoy getting it out during this time of the year. 




Shortbread Spritz

These little spritz from my bloggy buddy, Lynn, are melt-in-your-mouth treats, which are not too sweet and go perfect with a cup of tea, coffee, or hot cocoa. The dough was a dream to work with.  I divided the dough and used gel food coloring to color the dough. 

ingredients:

1 cup butter, softened
1/2 tsp vanilla
1/2 cup powdered sugar
1/4 cup cornstarch
pinch salt
1 and 1/2 cups all-purpose flour

instructions:

  1. Cream butter, vanilla and powdered sugar.
  2. Mix in cornstarch, salt and flour until just combined.
  3. Fill press, press cookies onto cool, ungreased baking sheets. Decorate with colored sugar or sprinkles if desired. 
  4. Bake at 350 degrees for 9-11 minutes.
  5. Cool on wire rack.

notes

I ended up chilling my pressed cookies on cookie sheets for several hours, and then baking them later.  Lynn suggested that chilling the cookies made for a more defined look.
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My sweet grandson,  Caiden,  spent the night, along with his sister, Cissy, and he mixed up this homemade cocoa mix to take home to his siblings. I love making things with my grands that come over!

Thank you for your visit!  xo

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