Saturday, November 19, 2011

Holly Wreath Cookies

One of my aunts made these for a family Christmas dinner when I was a kid. I thought they were so cool at the time and still do. They're very easy to make, so festive, and everyone will love them.

Holly Wreath Cookies
1 stick butter
30 large marshmallows
5 C. corn flake cereal
green food coloring
red hots candy

Melt butter and marshmallows together in a heavy pan on the stove, stir well to keep from burning. Add 3 t. green food coloring, blend well. Remove from heat and stir in the corn flake cereal. Using greased teaspoons, drop onto a sheet of wax paper or a greased cookie sheet. Grease hands and shape the cookies into wreaths. Decorate with red hots. If you don't want to make wreaths, you can add the red hots to the drops of the corn flake mixture without making into wreaths. They look great that way, too.


Saturday, November 12, 2011

National Pizza With Everything Day

I think this could actually become my favorite holiday. Today is National Pizza With Everything Day. Pizza probably ranks as just about everyone's favorite foods. It's very high on my list, probably in the top two or three. I've mentioned before that I really want to write a pizza cookbook and have been collecting recipes for a long time now. Today, I'm going to share one of my favorites, Crazy Crust Pizza. If you love pizza and are looking for something a little different in a homemade pizza, I think you'll love this. The toppings that I use are pepperoni, onions, mushrooms, black olives, and I always sprinkle on a little extra oregano on top. If you are a fan of a crispy crust, this one is not for you. I've never be able to get a crispy crust out of this. Sorry.

Crazy Crust Pizza
1 c. flour
1 t. salt
1 t. oregano
pepper to taste
2 eggs
2/3 c. milk

Your choice
pizza sauce
mozzarella cheese

Preheat oven to 425°f. Grease and flour a 9x13 inch pan and set aside. Make sure the pan has sides. Combine all of the dry ingredients of the batter in a bowl. Add eggs and milk; stir. Remember, this is a batter, not dough. It will be a little thin. Pour batter onto baking pan and tilt to cover the whole bottom. Place toppings of your choosing on top of batter, except for the sauce and cheese. Bake batter for 25-30 minutes. Remove from oven and cover with sauce and cheese. Bake for until cheese melts, around 10-15 minutes.

Have a Happy Pizza With Everything Day,

Saturday, November 5, 2011

49 days until Christmas

Can you believe it? Forty-nine days until Christmas. Check out this Christmas Countdown Clock. It seems to sneaks up on me every year. I actually have a few gifts already and a list of other things to buy, but I just know that I will be one of those last minute shoppers hitting the stores on Christmas Eve.

Today, I have another gift idea to share with you. I made these Whisk Kisses and gave them to my co-workers a few years ago at Christmas. They're very easy and very inexpensive to make. I bought the whisks at a Dollar Tree store and already had the ribbon.

Fill each whisk with red, green and silver foil colored chocolate kiss candy. Attach a ribbon and tag and you're done. You can't get much easier than that.

I want to direct you to a web page that I found this idea as well as many of my homemade gifts for Christmas. It's called and I highly recommend that you go take a look. It's one of my favorites.

Upcoming post: I'm going to try a new recipe from a relative for dressing at Thanksgiving this month, but I don't want to share it until I try it first. Watch for my post about it after Thanksgiving.