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White Chocolate Cranberry Cookies

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Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 3/4 cup dark brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 bag white chocolate baking chips - chopped
  • 1 cup craisins lightly chopped
  • 2 2/3 cups all-purpose flour, sifted  
White chocolate cranberry cookies

Instructions:

  • Preheat oven 350°F. 
  • Blend butter, sugars, vanilla, and eggs until mixed.  Sift toghether the flour, baking soda and baking powder.  Stir sifted dry ingredients into dough mixture, add chips and craisins. Chill about one hour in refrigerator.
  • Measure out about 1 oz dough balls and slightly flatten. Bake 8-10 minutes.
  • Makes around 4 dozen cookies.

Notes:  Dough will seem dry or stiff, but flattening the cookies before baking makes for a perfect cookie.  They do not spread much in the oven.  We have found that the base of this recipe makes great cookies.  It's very easy to experiment with alternate chips and ingredients.


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Mint chocolate chunk cookies

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Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 3/4 cup dark brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 (10 ounce) mint baking chips
  • 2 2/3 cups all-purpose flour, sifted  
Mint chocolate chunk cookies

Instructions:

  • Preheat oven 350°F. 
  • Blend butter, sugars, baking soda, baking powder, vanilla, and eggs until mixed.  Stir in mint baking chips and flour. Chill about one hour in refrigerator.
  • Measure out about 1 oz dough balls and slightly flatten. Bake 8-10 minutes.
  • Makes around 4 dozen cookies.

Notes:  Dough will seem dry or stiff, but flattening the cookies before baking makes for a perfect cookie.  They do not spread much in the oven.


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Cranberry Margarita

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We are testing this one out as a possible cocktail for Thanksgiving.  Hopefully it tastes as good as it sounds.  It takes a little prep time, but the cranberry jelly can be made up to a week ahead.Cranberry Margarita

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup fresh (or frozen) cranberries
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 2 Tbs orange juice
  • 1 tsp grated orange zest
  • 2 ounces lime juice
  • 4 ounces orange juice
  • 6 ounces tequila
  • 1 Tbs kosher salt
  • 1 Tbs sugar
  • 1/8 tsp ground cloves
  • 1/8 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/8 tsp ground pepper

Instructions:

  • Make cranberry jelly by combining the cranberries, 1/4 cup sugar, 1/4 cup water and 2 Tbs orange juice in a saucepan.  heat over medium heat, stirring occasionally until thick and jammy.  Add orange zest and chill.
  • Mix the salt, sugar, cloves, cinnamon and pepper on a flat dish.  Wet the rim of your glasses with lime juice, and dip the rims into the salt mixture to "salt" the rims.
  • For each cocktail, combine ½ oz. lime juice, 1 oz. orange juice, 1½ oz. tequila, and 3 Tbs cranberry jam in a cocktail shaker; fill with ice. Cover and shake. Strain into prepared glass.
  • Enjoy

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Jul
30
2013

2013 Family Reunion

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We had a great time a couple of weeks ago at the family reuinion.  Of course Brenda took a bunch of pictures.  I thought it would be nice to post them up here. 

capo reunion

I also created a slideshow of all the pictures.  If anyone has any pics that they want me to add to the Family Reunion Album, send me an email, or leave a comment and we'll figure out how to get them added.

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Jul
14
2013

how to freeze blueberries

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So this week our local grocery store had a special on blueberries.  Six pints for 6 bucks!  The question is what do we do with 18 pints of blueberries?  First we made a blueberry pie... Yum!

blueberrry pie

We also made blueberry pancakes for breakfast on Sunday.  But that still left us with a lot of blueberries.  So the solution?  Freeze them, and save them for when they aren't in season.  It's easy to do, and they are great for muffins, pies, pancakes, scones or whatever all year round.  Here's how we did it:

Step 1:  Clean, wash, and dry the berries.  Lay them out in a single layer on a cookie sheet lined with paper towel to dry.

blueberry tray

Step 2:  Put the cookie tray in the freezer once the berries are dry to get the freezing process started.

Step 3:  When the berries are slightly frozen, transfer them to ball jars, ziplock bags, or whatever resealable container you want to use.  Seal them up, and put them back in the freezer.

blueberry jar


Now, whenever you want some "fresh" blueberries, take what you need out of the freezer, and enjoy!

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