Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Received this fun video from a friend and thought I would pass it along...


Thank you, Marcia!  Looking forward to seeing you soon ~

Monday, December 20, 2010

Black Bottom Cups

Christmas Eve in our family doesn't change much.  Candlelight Service in the early evening then home to dimmed lights, soft Christmas Carols, and family gathered round the over-filled coffee table to sample the very same tidbits of food that has been on the menu always!
Included are
Black Bottom Cups
A rich chocolate cupcake with a filling of cream cheese and chocolate chips
then sprinkled with sugar and nuts.

If you want to start a tradition in your family, here is how they are made.
After preheating oven, line 18 muffin cups with papers. 
 In a small bowl, combine cream cheese, 1/3 cup sugar and egg; mix well.
Stir in chocolate chips; set aside.
In a large bowl, combine flour, 1 cup sugar, cocoa, baking soda and salt.  Add water, oil, vinegar and vanilla; beat 2 minutes at medium speed.
Fill muffin cups half full.
Top each with a tablespoon of cream cheese mixture.
Combine 2 Tablespoons sugar and chopped nuts; sprinkle evenly over cupcakes.
Bake for 20-30 minutes.  Cool 15 minutes; remove from pans.
Cool completely. Refrigerate leftovers.
Black Bottom Cups
6-oz. cream cheese, softened
1/3 cup sugar
1egg
1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
1  1/2 cups flour
1 cup sugar
1/4 cup cocoa
1 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp. salt
1 cup water
1/3 cup oil
1 Tbs. vinegar
1 tsp. vanilla
2 Tbs. sugar
1/2 cup chopped nuts (almonds or pecans are nice)

Directions:
Heat oven to 350 degrees.  Line 18 muffins cups with papers.  In small bowl, combine cream cheese, 1/3 cup sugar and egg; mix well.  Stir in chocolate chips; set aside.

In large bowl, combine flour, 1 cup sugar, cocoa, baking soda and salt.  Add water, oil, vinegar and vanilla; beat 2 minutes at medium speed.

Fill muffin cups half full.  Top each with a tablespoon of cream cheese mixture.  Combine 2 Tbs. sugar and chopped nuts; sprinkle evenly over cupcakes.

Bake for 20-30 mins.  Cool 15 minutes; remove from pans.  Cool completely.  Refrigerate leftovers.

Sunday, December 19, 2010

Still a Thrill

I can't explain it
But it still happens
It sends me right back to childhood.
From the instant I hear the siren in the distance
The anticipation and excitement wells up inside
And grows stronger as the shrill approaches
Here comes Santa Clause!
I am five years old again.
horn blasting... lights flashing...
Yes, it's me again, Santa.
The oldest child in the neighborhood.
Running out to greet you
e*v*e*r*y
year!
Joining Mary @Little Red House for Mosaic Monday!

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