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21  Halloween / Halloween Decor and Parties / Re: Pumpkins for 2017 on: November 07, 2017 09:55:18 AM
WOW!  I don't know which one I love more!  They're all fantastic!
22  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / Re: Comfort Food Mashup- Kale Soup Shepherd's Pie on: November 01, 2017 05:50:38 AM
I had a serving tonight for dinner, and it was pretty good! I expect that, after a night in the fridge, it'll taste even better, as Shepherd's Pie and Kale Soup usually do Smiley

I agree!  There are some foods I prefer the next day!  Thanks for sharing your recipe!
23  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Re: Halloween Selfie on: October 31, 2017 12:43:17 PM
I made a coffee cozy with those same buttons!

24  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Re: Halloween Selfie on: October 31, 2017 11:43:17 AM
So stinkin' cute!  I wish my selfies were this adorable
25  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Re: His and Hers Victorian Skeletons on: October 31, 2017 11:42:34 AM
I would display those year round!  And I was creeping your table cover, I love it!
26  Halloween / Halloween Decor and Parties / Re: Pennywise the Clown painted pumpkin on: October 30, 2017 04:08:08 AM
that's a heckuva gourd! Not gonna lie...the thumbnail pic even scared me!

beautiful work, thanks for sharing him with us!
27  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Re: Halloween Cross Stitch on: October 28, 2017 05:20:52 PM
You SHOULD be proud! That is fantastic!
28  COOKING / Dessert / Christmas Cookies! on: October 28, 2017 04:55:14 PM
It's never too early for a little holiday baking, right?!?  As many of you know I work for an amazing company (in Orlando, NOT The Mouse) and we have TONS of team building competitions and exhibitions and they are wonderful at keeping us involved.  Next week we are having a Cookie Competition-Holiday Edition.  I chose a modified gingerbread recipe dipped in white almond bark.
Here goes:
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F
Ingredients

2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp ground cinnamon
*2 tsp ground ginger
*1/4 tsp ground cloves
*1/4 tsp ground nutmeg
(in lieu of these three starred ingredients I used Pumpkin Pie Spice-found it at WalMart)
3/4 cup unsalted butter, softened
1/2 cup + 3 Tbsp granulated sugar , divided
1/2 cup packed light-brown sugar
1 large egg
1/4 cup molasses
2 tsp vanilla extract
12 oz. White almond bark (you can also use white chocolate chips)
3 Tbsp shortening
Red and green dye

Whisk together flour, baking soda, salt, ginger, cinnamon, cloves and nutmeg, set aside.
In the bowl of an electric mixer, cream together butter, 1/2 cup granulated sugar and brown sugar until well blended. Mix in egg, then blend in molasses and vanilla. With mixer set on low speed, slowly add in dry ingredients and mix until combined.
Scoop dough out about 1 1/2 Tbsp at a time, shape into balls then roll in remaining 3 Tbsp granulated sugar. Space cookies 2 inches apart, flatten tops just slightly (I used a flat bottomed drinking glass). Bake in preheated oven 8 minutes. Cool on baking sheet several minutes then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.

In microwave safe measuring cup, melt white almond bark (do not use shortening yet), stir.  Dip cooled cookies halfway into melted almond bark.  When cookies have been dipped there will be leftover bark, separate into 2 bowls and melt shortening in microwave until fully melted, pour into bowls that contain the melted bark (or chips) and add food dye to desired tint (1 green bowl, 1 red).  Using piping bag and small tip (or hole cut in bag) pipe holly berries and vines.  This sets up quick so work 1 color at a time and work QUICK. 

These are the chewiest gingerbread I have ever eaten and they are melt in your mouth delicious

Gratuitous Cookie Pics:




29  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Re: Mr. and Mrs. Potato Head! on: October 25, 2017 12:24:34 PM
SUPER CUTE!!! And VERY creative
30  Halloween / Halloween Decor and Parties / Re: Vintage Black Cat Little Box on: October 25, 2017 08:39:21 AM
Is there anything you can't do?!?!  This is amazing!!
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