Saturday, December 11, 2010

Pizzelles

Third post in a row that is about food... guess you can tell what has been filling my days!
These pizzelle cookies have been a tradition in our family since I received the recipe from an Italian neighbor in 1985 when I had a cookie swap.
They are a favorite!
Crisp, delicate and the wonderful flavor of anise.
Not too intense ~ just right.

Thursday, December 9, 2010

Chocolate Covered Apricots & Pineapple

Looking for a gift that is elegant looking, easy to do and inexpensive, I decided to dip dried fruit into melted chocolate and present in beautiful crystal stemware that  I found at Home Goods and The Christmas Tree Shop.
 A pair of flutes for a sweet couple.
A pretty wine glass with a simple bow.
 I began with a 4 oz. bar of Ghirardelli semi-sweet chocolate
 a bag of dried apricots and pineapples and the chocolate bar broken into uniform pieces.
 After placing the broken chocolate bar into a bowl, I microwaved for 1 minute at half power, stirred and continued microwaving at 20 second intervals at 30%, stirring each time until melted.
 Simply dip each piece of fruit into melted chocolate coating halfway.
Place each piece onto parchment.  Allow to set for a few minutes in the refrigerator.  I then allowed the tray to sit on the counter for an additional 30 minutes to be sure the chocolate was firm.
A ribbon and a sprig of greenery with berries adds a festive touch.
Linking with Foodie Friday!
 Linking to Finding Fabulous!

Monday, December 6, 2010

Orange Spice Shortbread

Remember the shortbread pan I was so excited to find at a garage sale several months ago?  I used it to make these very pretty chocolate dipped orange spice cookies.
   I was concerned that I would have a problem getting the shortbread out of the pan so I sprayed it with PAM and rubbed it into the groves and then wiped out the extra with a napkin.  Maybe this was an unnecessary precaution but I didn't want to fight a stuck-to-the pan cookie.
After inverting onto a cutting board, the cookies came easily from the pan.

Sunday, December 5, 2010

Don't you just love the warm glow that lights our homes and our hearts at Christmas?
Remembering the tiny babe that left His throne to come to earth
Star of wonder, star of light
Star with royal beauty bright
Westward leading, still proceeding
Guide us to thy perfect light
Joining Mary @Little Red House for Mosaic Monday!
Linking to The Reason for the Season Party at Happier Than A Pig In Mud.

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