December 20, 2011

Need a quick gift?

Try these....
Yummy little loaves filled with love!

 They are easy to make and delicious to eat...

 Cranberry-Pineapple-Nut Bread

That is if you don't eat all the batter....
I know...I has raw eggs...but sometimes...well...

I made 16 15 sweet gifts in a snap...yes I ate one!

And I made a medium sized loaf and sent it to my mom & dad in California!
All from this one batch!

Here's the recipe:
  • 3 Large Eggs
  • 1 cup canola oil
  • 2 cups granulated sugar
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 12 oz bag cranberries – put in the food processor for just a whirl to chop
  • 1 cup (8 oz can) crushed pineapple – drained
  • 3 cups flour
  • 2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp each:  cinnamon,  ginger, nutmegor use allspice
  • *You can add 3/4 cup raisins if you like...I used walnuts instead
Preheat oven to 350 F.  Prepare loaf pans with non-stick cooking spray
Beat the eggs, oil, sugar, vanilla for about 3 minutes.   Stir in the chopped cranberries and the crushed pineapple.
Sift the flour, baking soda, powder, salt and the spices and stir JUST TO COMBINE – DON’T OVER MIX into the eggs/fruit mixture. 
Pour into the prepared pans and bake for 1 hour 10 minutes or until a knife inserted in the middle comes out clean.

Stay Cozy, 

December 15, 2011

I'm melting...

Is this not the cutest Christmas cookie?

~the "melting" snowman~

For a "how-to" visit Meaghan at The Decorated Cookie!

...where you will find some fabulous creations!

Stay Cozy,

December 13, 2011

Last Minute Cookie Packaging...

Cookies make adorable gifts...
when packaged up in paper CD envelopes.

 Stay Cozy,

December 6, 2011

Tangy Treats

 Lemon Snow Brownies

A treat to share at my office/staff party tonight!

Tangy & Yummy...and so easy to make.
Here's the recipe!

Lemon Brownies
1 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
1 1/2 cup sugar
1 teaspoon salt
1 cup (2 sticks) butter; room temperature
4 eggs
Juice from 1/2 lemon
Zest from 1 lemon

1-1/2 cups powdered sugar
2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice

Preheat oven to 350 degrees/  Line the bottom only of a 9X13X2-inch baking dish with parchment paper and spray with Pam. In a mixing bowl, stir together flour, sugar and salt; add butter. Stir together eggs, juice from 1/2 lemon and zest from 1 lemon; stir into batter and pour into prepared pan. Bake for 25 to 30 minutes or until set, use a toothpick to check. Remove from oven and cool on a rack. Drizzle with glaze and add "snow"!

Stay Cozy & Warm 
(It is 34 degrees here right now)

Love, Carrie

December 2, 2011

Simple Bling

While everyone seems to have their tree up and their home decorated for the holidays...
I am stil contemplating the kind of tree I want this year.

My husband wants a real tree for sure,
Our space is limited so it will have to be quite narrow!
That won't be a problem ~ there is an abundance of
fir trees here in Oregon!

My dilema is ~ how I am going to decorate it?
I am striving for a simple Christmas.
A season of truly celebrating Jesus' birth, His life on the earth
and His death on the cross for our salvation!

I love the season and all of the celebrations to come...
but I have challenged myself to slow down, "do" less of the things that don't really matter,
enjoy special time with family and friends....and for me...spend time in my kitchen baking treats to
share with those I love and those I have yet to meet.

So here we are...back at the beginning...
what shall my tree be?

 A tree of fruit & popcorn?

 ~or perhaps everything in red!

~ white decorations are simple & pretty ~

~ or maybe even snow ~

 I could decorate my tree with cards?

Last year my tree was small and colorful and covered in paper umbrellas!

Hmmm ~ well we are off to cut down a tree this weekend ~
please let me know if you have any suggestions!

I will share my decorated tree with you soon!
In the meantime ~ Stay Cozy ~
and enjoy the Season!

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