It’s that time of year again. No more family Christmas parties with your crazy Uncle Lou who makes inappropriate remarks after a few glasses of Granny’s homemade nog. The presents are opened & carols all sung. You’ve convinced yourself that the tree and lights can stay up while you do absolutely nothing for a few days. This is the magical time of year when pretty much the only thing on TV is football. College bowl games and NFL playoffs are kicking into high gear. It’s time for lazy afternoons parked on your caboose with friends who don’t care that you are wearing your ratty sweatpants. Friends who totally understand that you must wear elastic waistbands due to the obscene number of holiday treats you’ve been eating for the past month. No judging. Just more eating. And football. A great time of year indeed. Continue reading
Happy Christmas Eve!! If you have time to read this today, I congratulate you for being totally prepared and on top of your game. You can join with me in pondering a most important holiday question. Who named eggnog? I mean, could you come up with a more unappealing sounding drink? Apparently so – according to my sources. When the drink came to America and we started adding rum to it, we could have named it egggrog – since “grog” was the term for rum at the time. Say it with me…grrrroooogggg. Ewww. Suddenly nog doesn’t sound so bad. Also, I’m very thankful that the drink evolved past adding wine or beer to it. Wine? With a creamy egg drink? Gross. Eggnog is one of those things you either love or hate. I’m in the love category. Love it as I do, I still can’t drink that much of it because it’s just so incredibly rich. When I do pour myself a glass, I add Sprite to cut the thickness and give it a little fizzy kick. In years past I’ve thrown away most of my half-gallon because I just can’t drink it all before it’s gone bad. This year, I vowed to find some way to use it up and my search for a noggy recipe led me to this delightful pound cake. Continue reading
My husband says I should call this Freedom Bread. But I just can’t do it. French bread is a classic. One of the foods I would want if I was ever on a deserted island (and cheese/butter please). I made this quickly and easily in my bread machine, but you can do this recipe even if you don’t own one. Instructions for non-bread machine users are at the bottom of the post. I found a neat tip today for giving homemade bread a crispy crust. Throw a couple of ice cubes in the bottom of your oven at the start of the baking time. Then, for a crispier crust, put a couple more in there halfway thru. I did this with these loaves today and it worked like a charm! I love odd ideas that actually work. Continue reading
Hot cross buns!
Hot cross buns!
One a’ penny, two a’ penny,
Hot cross buns!
If you have no daughters,
Give them to your sons
One a’ penny,
Two a’ penny,
Hot Cross Buns!
That’s right. The girls get them first! Lightly spiced, filled with flavor and pretty much the one exception to my raisins in bread rule – I love hot cross buns on Good Friday. These rolls are perfect warm from the oven with a little butter and a cup of tea. I love the simple reminder on top of these rolls of the cross. The sacrifice paid for me. Thank you Jesus!
Banana bread is delicious. Most of the time I can polish off half a loaf by myself easily. However, on rare occasions, I just want a little nibble of it. These mini banana bites are perfect for satisfying my hankerin’ for just a smackerel of something. They are packed with big banana flavor in a sweet perfect mouthful. These make a great take along snack too since no utensils are needed!
I’ve posted this recipe before, but I have a lot of new readers who may have missed it. This is my absolute most requested treat. I have never had a better scone. Seriously. You may think “a scone is just a scone”, but you are wrong. You only think that because you’ve never had mine. Try this recipe and you’ll understand what I mean. They are so moist and full of flavor. Trust me. You’ll never go back to those dry crumbly things other people claim are scones. Yesterday I made a batch of these for tea. I left half plain (served with my lemon curd and raspberry jam) and added chocolate chips to the others. Other favorites in my family are the orange cranberry version (my mom and Nanny LOVE them), and blueberry.
This is probably my favorite indulgent food. I love biscuits. I love meat. I love gravy. This combines all three in a perfect heart attack waiting to happen. But they are sooooooooooo good. Biscuits and gravy are something that can feed a crowd with minimal work during your party too. You can make everything the night before. Just keep the biscuits in an airtight container, and put the gravy in a crock pot to warm an hour or so before you’re going to serve. Yum yum yum. Continue reading
I’ve only been to Red Lobster a couple of times, and the only memorable thing about my visits was their biscuits. Light cheddar biscuits filled with savory seasonings. Yum yum. This makes about 24 biscuits – so if you’ve got a small family, you might want to cut the recipe in half. I guarantee that you’ll eat however many you make – and these aren’t exactly diet food.