Tuesday, December 25, 2012

Egg Nog Cinnamon Rolls

This morning the kids asked for cinnamon rolls.  We use canned biscuits: flatten them out, smear with 1/4 C melted butter, 1/4 C cinnamon & 1/2 C sugar, roll them up, slice & cook.  After getting them in the oven I realized we didn't have powdered sugar to make icing :(  

TIP:  Always check your ingredients BEFORE starting.

 hmmm, sugar & milk = icing....what can we substitute?   syrup was a no-go...

!! Egg nog ??  YES!  It's delicious!  put a little eggnog over the cinnamon roll, throw it in the microwave for a few seconds & yummy Christmas snackage!

Sunday, December 9, 2012

My first successful batch of pralines!

I can't tell you how many times my mama tried to explain the soft ball stage, guess it finally sunk in with the help of a YouTube video, haha.

The shiny ones came out first, the scratchy looking ones were the last. Now to lick the bowl!
Pronunciation Guide for folks who aren't from around here ;)
pecans = puh cahns
pralines = prah leens
technically speaking you don't have to say 'pecan pralines', if there aren't pecans in them they are a different kind of candy :)
The recipe is from the 2012 'A Country Christmas' put out by the Lauderdale County MSU ExtensionService
Easiest Pecan Pralines
1 lb box brown sugar
1 c. whipping cream
2 c. pecan halves
2 T. butter
Stir together brown sugar and whipping cream in a 4-quart micorwave safe bowl.  Microwave on HIGH for 5 minutes; stir well.  Microwave one more minute.  Remove mixture from microwave; stir in pecan halves and butter.  Stir one minute or just until candy starts to lose its luster.  Working rapidly, drop by rounded teaspoonful's onto waxpaper; let stand until firm.  Makes about 3 dozen.
*I had to put the mix back in the microwave for about 6 more minutes for the candy to harden.
*I've used dark brown sugar and light brown sugar, both are yummy.  Dark brown has a little more intense molasses flavor. 
*You can use evaporated milk instead of whipping cream. 
*You're cooking to the soft ball stage.  That's when you drop about half a spoonfull of the syrup into icy cold water and it can be formed into a soft ball that will hold it's shape but is still squishable.

Saturday, December 8, 2012

Red's moving in!!

I saw you pull up with that noisy trailer, where are we going this time? 
Are we there yet?
I wouldn't show my face either if my mane looked like yours.
Home at last!
Can somebody shut this dog up?  She's harshing my meadow.