All you need to make these is pine cones, ribbon, command hooks and super glue. I glued 8 pine cones to lengths of ribbon, length is up to you. Tie them up with a bow on the command hook and your entry is festive.
|1 c||dairy eggnog|
|1/2 c||butter, melted
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|2 tsp||rum extract|
|1 tsp||vanilla extract|
|2 1/4 c||all-purpose flour|
|2 tsp||baking powder|
|3/4 c||confectioners’ sugar (sift your sugar to assure no lumps)|
|enough eggnog to make a glaze…pour a little at a time into sugar|
3/4 cup confectionery sugar
enough eggnog to make it a glaze
Stir together and drizzle on bread.
I love Christmas! We couldn’t get a live tree because we got into town after dark and the guys had all packed up. However, I found this pre-lit tree at Walmart for $39. If I bought a tree, I’d have to buy a stand and lights, so it’d be more than a real tree. Since when is it cheaper to manufacture a tree than to cut it down in the woods and haul it into town? Geez.
Oh it’s entirely too good! I used some more of my homemade pumpkin puree and it’s amazing. It only made one loaf though, so share sparingly!
For the cream cheese swirls:
8 oz cream cheese, room temp
1/4 cup powdered sugar
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
Mix all ingredients together until smooth and creamy. Set aside.
For the pumpkin batter:
3/4 cup brown sugar, lightly packed
3/4 cup pumpkin puree
2 tablespoons vegetable oil
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 1/4 cup flour
1 1/4 teaspoons baking powder
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
3/4 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
1/4 teaspoon ginger
1/8 teaspoon ground clove
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F and lightly grease a loaf pan.
2. In a medium bowl, whisk together brown sugar and eggs until light and fluffy. Stir in pumpkin, oil and vanilla.
3. In a separate bowl, sift together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger and cloves. Stir into wet ingredients, but don’t over mix.
4. Pour into pan and pour the cheese batter on top. Use a butter knife to swirl the batter around a little and bake 35-40 minutes until a toothpick comes out clean.
This was my turkey experiment this year, dry-brined with a slow gravy. It was tasty, but I prefer the traditional salt water brine. This makes for a much crispier skin, but it just doesn’t have the flavor. We were low key this year, just the two of us, turkey, mashed potatoes and green bean casserole.
- One 12- to 13-pound turkey—neck and giblets reserved, wing tips cut off and reserved
- 2 tablespoons kosher salt
- 1 unpeeled head of garlic, halved crosswise
- 1 jalapeño, halved
- 1 Granny Smith apple, quartered
- 12 sage leaves
- 1/3 cup apple cider
- 1 stick unsalted butter
- 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
- Reserved turkey neck, wing tips and giblets
- Salt and freshly ground pepper
- 1/3 cup all-purpose flour
- 1/2 cup apple cider
- One 12-ounce bottle lager
- 1 bay leaf
- Season the turkey inside and out with the kosher salt. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate overnight.
- Uncover the turkey and let it return to room temperature. Stuff the cavity with the garlic, jalapeño, apple and 6 of the sage leaves. Transfer the turkey to a large roasting pan.
- Preheat the oven to 350°. In a small saucepan, combine the cider with the butter and the remaining 6 sage leaves and cook over low heat until the butter has melted and the sage is fragrant, about 4 minutes. Dampen a 32-by-20-inch piece of cheesecloth with water and squeeze dry. Immerse the cheesecloth in the cider butter until the liquid is absorbed. Drape the soaked cheesecloth over the turkey breast and legs.
- Roast the turkey for 30 minutes. Add 2 cups of water to the roasting pan and continue to roast for about 2 hours longer, rotating the pan a few times, until an instant-read thermometer inserted in the inner thigh registers 165°.
- In a large saucepan, heat the vegetable oil. Add the turkey neck, wing tips and giblets, except for the liver, and season with salt and pepper. Cook over moderate heat, turning a few times, until nicely browned, about 12 minutes. Remove the turkey parts and reserve. Off the heat, stir the flour into the fat in the saucepan to make a paste. Gradually whisk in the cider until smooth, then whisk in the lager. Add 3 cups of water and bring to a boil over moderately high heat, whisking until thickened. Return the turkey parts to the saucepan and add the bay leaf. Cover and cook over low heat, whisking occasionally, until the gravy is flavorful, about 1 1/2 hours. Discard the turkey parts and bay leaf.
- Carefully peel the cheesecloth off the turkey and discard. Transfer the turkey to a cutting board and let rest for 30 minutes. Pour the pan juices into a glass measuring cup and skim the fat. Add the pan juices to the gravy and bring to a simmer over moderate heat. Season the reserved liver with salt and pepper, add to the gravy and simmer until pink in the center, about 5 minutes. Remove the liver and cut it into small pieces.
- In a blender, puree the liver with 1 cup of the gravy. Whisk the liver puree into the gravy and season with salt and pepper. Rewarm the gravy if necessary. Carve the turkey and serve with the gravy.
While the turkey is cooking, check out these deals for today I found online:
1 ct Tanzanite earrings from eBay for $14.99 (87% off) http://www.ebay.com/itm/925-Silver-1ct-Tanzanite-6×4-Oval-Stud-Earrings/350854738806?pt=US_Fine_Earrings&hash=item51b0927376
Milwaukee drill set from eBay $119.99 (66% off) http://www.ebay.com/itm/Milwaukee-18V-Cordless-M18-Lithium-Ion-2-Tool-Combo-Kit-with-Case-2691-82/390657792225?pt=Power_Tools&hash=item5af504d8e1
0.50 ct Diamond earrings from eBay $199.99 (82% off) http://www.ebay.com/itm/0-50-Ct-Round-Cut-14K-White-Gold-Diamond-Stud-Earrings/130797461559?pt=US_Fine_Earrings&hash=item1e7422e037
Bissell Deep Cleaner from Target $49 (51% off) http://www.target.com/p/bissell-little-green-compact-multi-purpose-deep-cleaner-1400t/-/A-14671119#prodSlot=medium_2_1
Dyson DC40 Animal at Walmart $339 (43% off) http://www.walmart.com/ip/Dyson-DC40-Animal-Bagless-Upright-Vacuum-DC40AN-Closeout/26068204
Samsung 51″ TV at Walmart $427 (50% off) http://www.walmart.com/ip/Samsung-PN51F4500-51-720p-600Hz-Class-Plasma-HDTV/23347324
Nikon 16.1 MP Camera $99 (57% off) from Target or eBay: http://www.target.com/p/nikon-l320-16-1mp-digital-camera-with-26x-optical-zoom-black-26392/-/A-14744207#prodSlot=medium_1_1 or http://www.ebay.com/itm/Nikon-L320-16-1MP-Digital-Camera-with-26x-Optical-Zoom-Black-26392/271331375720?pt=Digital_Cameras&hash=item3f2c9c3a68
I bought one of these bitcoins in April for $110, now it’s worth $1,000. It’s been pretty interesting to watch. It’ll probably have a correction soon, but since it was adopted as a currency by The Senate, it’s been sky-rocketing. Hopefully we can retire on this one coin if it really takes off as a world currency. It’s a lottery ticket, but you can’t win if you don’t play.