Friday, December 19, 2008

Just some quick ideas and a quick look at our snow area....

Well here is a picture of the driveway you go through to get our place is so country ..and see the snow ...

Here's a cute one to make up for those little kids ...that are busy doing the scavenger hunt ...

have fun

serves: Serves 1
· bocconcini cheese balls
· pretzel sticks
· currants
· radish
· cream cheese
· carrot
· tzatziki
1. Cut a small slice from two 1-1/2-inch (3.5-cm) bocconcini cheese balls. Set 1 ball on a plate flat side down so it sits level.
2. Break a pretzel stick in half and stick 1 in each side of ball for arms.
3. Press 3 currants into front of ball for buttons.
4. Cut off root end of 1 radish to make a hat. Using a little cream cheese, stick to flat side of second bocconcini ball.
5. Press 2 currants into ball for eyes, and the root end of a small carrot for nose. Cut a thin slice (with pink skin) from rest of radish. Cut a slit in Frosty’s face under nose and insert radish “mouth.”
6. Join head to body with half a pretzel stick. Serve with tzatziki “snow” for dipping.

A nice little snack to add to those osyters ...pickles...garlic sausage....yummmm

Spicy Cheese Cocktail Crisps
Use a variety of small (1 ¼") cookie cutters to cut dough into shapes.
If you’re tight on time, you can use a pizza wheel to cut dough into cracker-size pieces

serves:Makes 100 1¼" biscuits
time:Prep: 30 minOn the table: 2 hrs (includes chilling time)

· ¾ cups flour, plus extra for rolling
· ½ tsp salt
· ½ tsp coarsely ground pepper
· ⅛ tsp cayenne
· ¼ cup butter
· 2 ½ cups old Cheddar cheese, grated

1. Whisk together flour, salt, pepper and cayenne in medium-sized bowl.
2. Using a stand with the paddle attachment or handheld mixer, mix butter and cheese together until combined. Add flour mixture and mix on low speed until dough forms. Scrape bottom of bowl with a spatula frequently. It will take about 5 minutes for dough to form and ingredients will look very crumbly up to the last minute when they come together.
3. Divide dough in half and flatten each piece on a piece of parchment paper. Wrap and chill dough for at least 1 hour.
4. On a lightly floured surface (for easy clean-up and no-fuss rolling, do this directly on the parchment wrapping, then top with a second piece), roll each dough out to ⅛” thickness and cut into shapes.
5. Transfer to a parchment-covered sheet pan and bake for 18 to 20 minutes at 350°F or until puffed and golden. Do not re-roll dough, but simply make “cook’s treats” and bake the leftover cuttings. Cool crisps on wire rack prior to packing in airtight boxes.

Christmas Fun

Here is a neat idea to do for the kids ...we made christmas crackers this christmas ...we did stuff neat little gifts inside of each one ...but this sounds like fun and a great way to get the kids off the couch.

Use Chiyogami paper and matching ribbons, but instead of trinket you hide a list for a holiday themed scavenger hunt. Here’s a list you might try...
1 Build a snowman
2 Eat a Christmas cookie
3 Put on one piece of holiday wear
4 Kiss a family member under the mistletoe
5 Give the names of five people you’ve wished happy holidays to
6 Count the number of presents left under the Christmas tree
7 Sit on someone’s lap and tell him or her what you wished for this Christmas
8 Draw a reindeer (bonus prize to the best picture)
9 Eat a candy cane
10 Make a snow angel


Being Mrs Miles said...

WOW - all these ideas are fabulous Judy - giving me some ideas!

I'm hoping to catch up to you today, sometime.