VT Maroon and Orange Spiral Sugar Cookies

September 12, 2013 at 7:18 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | 1 Comment
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Football season continues to provide opportunities for fun baking.  This year, I wanted to make some  cookies for our first tailgate, but I didn’t want to make sugar cookie cutouts, as I have before.

So I thought I’d make some simple sugar cookies into a fun, team-colored spiral.  They were definitely an easier way to make sugar cookies that show your team spirit!  Best of all, any colors would work!

First things first, we like this recipe for “old fashioned sugar cookies,” which includes sour cream.  This is a recipe from Matt’s mom, and he loves it.

  • 4 cups sifted all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • ½ tsp baking soda
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ½ tsp nutmeg
  • 1 cup soft butter or margarine
  • 1 ½ cup sugar
  • 1 egg
  • ½ cup dairy sour cream
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • food coloring, as desired

Sift flour w/baking powder, baking soda, salt, nutmeg and set aside.

In a large bowl of electric mixer at medium speed, beat butter, sugar, egg until light and fluffy.  At low speed, mix in sour cream and vanilla until smooth.

Gradually add flour mixture beating until well combined.  Divide dough in half; add your desired food colors to each half.

Form doughs into a ball, wrap in waxed paper or foil and refrigerate for several hours or overnight.

Preheat oven to 375 degrees (or 350 depending on oven) and line cookie sheets with parchment paper.

Between two sheets of wax paper, roll each ball of colored dough to ¼” thickness.  Lay the doughs on top of each other:

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Cut the dough into a uniform rectangle.

photo 2-1Roll the dough into a log, creating the spiral.

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Slice the dough into rounds and place on parchment paper.

photo 4Bake for 6-7 minutes.

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Move to a cooling rack, and serve!  No decorations needed!

 

 

 

 

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Breakfast Biscuit Cups

September 4, 2013 at 10:46 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment
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What’s your favorite thing to have for breakfast?  Eggs?  Biscuits?  Sausage gravy?  Hashbrowns?

What if you could combine all of those favorites into one portable breakfast?  And added cheese?

You’d have these fabulous little breakfast biscuit cups!!

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You’ll need:

  • 1 pound hot pork sausage
  • 1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
  • salt/pepper
  • 2 cups plus 3 tablespoons milk, divided
  • 1 cup frozen hash brown potatoes
  • 2  tablespoons butter
  • 6 eggs
  • 2 cans of 10 biscuits (I used Pillsbury Grands! Jr. Flaky)
  • 1/2 cup shredded Colby Jack cheese

Preheat oven to 375.

In a large skillet, cook sausage over medium heat until no longer pink; drain.  Stir in the flour, salt and pepper until blended; gradually add 2 cups milk.  Bring to a boil; cook and stir for 2 minutes or until thickened.  Remove from the heat and set aside.

In another large skillet over medium heat, cook potatoes in butter until tender.  Whisk the eggs and remaining milk; add to skillet.  Cook and stir until almost set.

Press each biscuit onto the bottom and up the sides of 20 ungreased muffin cups and get ready to fill them!

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Spoon the egg mixture, half of the cheese and sausage gravy into cups; sprinkle with remaining cheese.

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Bake for 15 minutes.

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These also freeze well and reheat easily in the microwave.  Delicious!

Very Merry Birthday to me… with a beautiful piece of Alice in Wonderland stained glass!!

September 3, 2013 at 5:47 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment
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It just makes sense that I would have a little Alice in Wonderland paraphernalia in the kitchen at our house.

First, we have a large statue of Alice on top of the refrigerator.

photo-4Yes, it’s true, she is a little creepy, and her eyes follow you all around the kitchen.

I had a “big” birthday this year, and my husband surprised me with an awesome gift: a custom piece of Alice in Wonderland stained glass from the amazing ladies at Terraza Stained Glass.

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When we bought the house, there was an antique stained glass window hanging in the window, but the previous owners took it with them when they left.  I had often said that we needed a replacement for the window to help with the glare, but I could have never imagined that he would come up with such a unique and amazing replacement.

Seriously, it is stunning!!

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