It’s the Holiday Season…


The hardest part about a Cookie Exchange is deciding which cookies to bake.  Do I go for the tried and true traditional cookies or venture out and try a new recipe?

This year I tried a new recipe I found on one of my favorite blogger’s website, as well as a couple of my traditional favorites.  I have included her recipe here for you to try. http://sallysbakingaddiction.com/2014/12/15/soft-baked-white-chocolate-chip-molasses-cookies/print/

I really loved this Soft-Baked White Chocolate Chip Molasses Cookie. It has a little crunch on the outside, but moist on the inside.  This was my first time to try this recipe, but it turned out just perfect!  Thanks in part to my helpful daughter in the kitchen.

This cookie pairs well with milk!  🙂

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Fall Favorites

Fall Favorites…

My Favorite drink…well actually Diet Coke is my favorite drink…but my husband brought this Red Wine home and it hit the spot!  So Cozy!

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LOST DRAW Tempranillo

My Fall Favorite when the air turns chilly  is Apple Cider. However this is Texas. So even though it was still 85 outside,  inside it just felt like Autumn!   This homemade cider is full of flavor and hardly any extra added sugar.  So much better than store bought!   http://allrecipes.com/recipe/211772/homemade-apple-cider/

 

Favorite pie…pecan for sure, but my husband loves pumpkin.  So I opted for both and we each had a slice, or two!

And of course one of my all time favorites during the fall is Pumpkin Bread. My mother-in-law found this recipe many years ago and my friends and I have been making it every fall season!  I add cream cheese frosting with a few spices, all spice, nutmeg and cloves and it adds just the right amount of sweetness.  IMG_0950[1]

I posted all of these recipes under menu above.  I think you will find something you enjoy making and eating!

Fall in Love

IMG_0732[1]I LOVE the FALL!  I love finding my sweatshirts as soon as it hits November 1st.

I love when it turns a little chilly because tortilla soup always sounds good to me. In Texas, however, we may be waiting a while for the weather to turn cold…so my idea of chilly was this weekend when it was in the 60s. Brrrrr.     My friend, Alice, gave me her soup recipe years ago and this has been the one I always go to. My sister Lynda makes it also and loves it.

If you have read any of my my previous blogs, you know I want my girls to love to be in the kitchen. I want them to love finding a recipe and make something from scratch, not a box.  Plus…I want their help.   I certainly don’t want to chop onions all by myself.

Here is a photo of my Tortilla soup.  I purposefully kept my brown avocado and broken sign “Count Blessings” in the background. It reminds me that things are not always perfect.  My photos aren’t perfect and neither is my cooking!  But I do love being creative.  I love attempting to take better photos, learning to cook something new, and finding a recipe that my family and friends love.

I have added the recipe, so give it a try and if you make this delicious soup, let me know what you think! I put it under Mexican Food, since I don’t have a “soup” menu yet.

Thanks Olivia for helping me chop all those onions, and for crying with me during the process.

I usually double the amount of chicken.  I think it makes the soup a little more filling.  And I love fresh cilantro.  How can you go wrong?