Saturday, December 22, 2007

Shopping, Wrapping and Baking

My 3 favorite things to do during this time. Yes I am strange. I love to shop and wrap gifts. Just seeing all those packages under the tree just makes it seem so complete. Then of course no Christmas can be truly complete without yummy's on the counter top. I tried some very easy, but delicious sweets this year. I did my traditional Banana Bread and Pumpkin Bread last week, and this week I made these yummy cookies and muffins. I give the credit for the cookies to Nestle's Very Best Baking website They have some really great recipes listed here. For the Pecan Pie Muffins, the credit goes to I truly do love this ladies blog.
White Chocolate Chip Cookies
2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
2/3 cup
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 cup (2 sticks) butter or margarine, softened
3/4 cup granulated sugar
2/3 cup packed brown sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 large eggs
2 cups (12-oz. pkg.)
NESTLÉ® TOLL HOUSE® Premier White Morsels
Directions:PREHEAT oven to 350° F. COMBINE flour, cocoa, baking soda and salt in small bowl. Beat butter, granulated sugar, brown sugar and vanilla extract in large mixer bowl until creamy. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Gradually beat in flour mixture. Stir in morsels. Drop by well-rounded teaspoon onto ungreased baking sheets. BAKE for 9 to 11 minutes or until centers are set. Cool on baking sheets for 2 minutes; remove to wire racks to cool completely.

Pecan Pie Muffins
1/2 c. butter
2 eggs
1- teaspoon vanilla
1 c. brown sugar
1/2 c. flour
1 c. pecans
Mix together 1/2 cup butter, eggs, brown sugar and vanilla. Stir by hand flour and pecans, until blended. Spoon batter in greased mini-muffin pan. Bake at 350 for approximately 20 minutes. Do not over bake.

In the Pecan Pie Muffin Recipe picture there is a black Teapot. Isn't it so cute. It is my new liquid potpourri pot. I found it and some of the treasures in the below picture this week. Its has become a holiday tradition for me to go to our town square and do some of my Christmas shopping. I find some of the best inexpensive treasures there. My family loves to receive things like this for Christmas gifts. My mother ask for a cut glass butter dish. She actually called and ask if she gave me her cut glass butter dish. The answer of course was "Yes" I felt bad that she had given me her only butter dish, but not so bad that I offered to give it back. I did tell her I would loan it to her. LOL!!! She said it was ok, that she could do without. The butter dish she gave me was for large blocks of butter. She really wanted one for the small sticks of butter. She said she would find something around the house to put butter in. Well my thought is, what holiday table is complete without a pretty cut glass butter dish. So off I went to find her one. While shopping for her a butter dish, I found some beautiful salt and pepper shakers and a cheese tray lid without a wooden bottom. I plan to put the lid on a glass dish, as soon as I find the perfect fit. I do love shopping the antique stores and thrift stores. I have other treasures to share with you, but they will have to wait till my next post. I have to get up early to go to my SIL to have my husbands family Christmas.

Jesus is the "Reason for the Season" Thank you Jesus for this time that we can be with our families and friends!!! I pray that all have a Safe and Merry Christmas. Amen...


Farmhouse Blessings said...

Those cookies look so yummy! So glad you shared them with us!

Anonymous said...

I am taking your recipes to my Mama tomorrow and ordering up some goodies! MERRY CHRISTMAS!