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Valentine’s Day Sugar Cookies

Yesterday afternoon finished up with some Valentine’s Day Sugar Cookies. I was really in the mood to bake considering I hadn’t really been home for a long period of time and it was still snowing. The sugar cookie idea came from the desire for something simple…and that just developed into something a bit more festive.

Valentine's Day Sugar Cookies

 

Ingredients:

2 3/4 Flour 1 Teaspoon Baking Soda
1/2 Teaspoon Baking Powder 2 Sticks Butter, Softened
1 1/2 Cups Sugar 1 Egg
1 Teaspoon Vanilla

Directions:

1. Blend the butter and sugar until smooth. Then add in the egg and vanilla.

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2. In a separate bowl, mix the flour, baking soda and baking powder. Then gradually add it into the wet mixture.

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3. Roll the dough out flat and cut into the shape you want. I obviously chose hearts!

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4. I covered my cookies sheets with tin foil. Then, bake it at 350 degrees for approximately 8-10 minutes. Be sure to watch them closely because you do not want them to turn brown.

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Let them cool before you put the icing on them.

 

For the Icing:

Ingredients:

2 Cups Confectioner’s Sugar 1 1/2 Tabelspoons Meringue Powder
3 Tablespoons Warm Water 1 Drop Red Food Dye

Directions:

1. In a small bowl, mix the dry ingredients. Then whisk in the water until consistent throughout.

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Just spread it on the cookies when they are cool and top with any sprinkles you like! If you want a thinner icing, add a tiny bit more water.

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Originally, I was making these solo, then Mama C joined in the icing part of it. But after about 25 cookies, she wasn’t really interested in helping any longer. Brent had just walked in the door and I asked if he wanted to help with the sprinkles portion. Simple and easy.

I finished icing the first one, handed it to Brent and as I was topping off the second, I glanced over and saw this monstrosity:

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Easy on the Sprinkles Brentley!

He ended up munching that one pretty quickly.

For a quick and easy sugar cookie, these ended up being great to take up an hour or so in the afternoon. AND, I have cute cookies ready for V-Day!

 

Nemo Had Me Baking

For everyone out here in New England, you all know about Nemo. Nemo ended up leaving us with 30 inches of snow between Friday and yesterday. Yes…we measured 🙂

After playing out in the snow with the puppies for a while, I whipped up some breakfast for the fam with Maggie. There are 7 of us, so it’s never a simple task. I don’t know how Mama C ever did it for this many years.

For breakfast, Maggie and I made some Whole Wheat Cranberry Pancakes with an Apple Topping.

Apple Topping

You all know by now that I’m a big fan of the fruit toppings on pancakes. This, was delicious. I ended up making two different kinds, an Apple Cinnamon and an Apple Cocoa Cinnamon.

Ingredients: Apple Cinnamon

3 Apples, peeled and chopped 1 Tablespoon Sugar
1 Teaspoon Cinnamon 1/3 Cup Water

Ingredients: Apple Cocoa Cinnamon

3 Apples, peeled and chopped 1 Tablespoon Brown Sugar
1 Teaspoon Cinnamon 1/3 Cup Water
1 Tablespoon Cocoa Powder

Directions:

1. Heat all ingredients in a small pot until apples are cooked through, about 10 minutes. Stir to keep it from burning.

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Easy Peasy!

We made some Cranberry Gluten Free Pancakes for my sister, which I got much better at making this time! Whole Wheat Cranberry Pancakes for everyone else, and some whole wheat waffles! We all topped it with either the Cocoa or the Cinnamon Topping. Yummmm.

After Breakfast, we headed to tackle some of the snow that was still building up. This is just a view from inside the garage:

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Brent helped clean off the roof because our heat wasn’t working yet and they were trying to get at the vent.

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Brent is 6 foot 5…just to give you an idea…

It took a solid 2 hours for us to just clear the driveway and we had 6 people working on it. Slightly ridiculous. After shoveling for so long, we headed in and grabbed some lunch. We also sipped on some hot chocolate that Brent’s family had sent us for christmas. Candy Cane Hot Chocolate. YUM.

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Can’t beat that when you need to warm up.

What is your favorite drink after shoveling snow??

I Did Something GREAT for Dinner

WELL…that lovely thought of high school got me to thinking about marching bands in movies, then cafeterias in movies and then the crazy lunch ladies in those movies and THEN the sloppy joes. WHY in almost all of the high school cafeterias were the lunch ladies ALWAYS serving sloppy joes?! Mine never did?! Not once did a sloppy joe show up on that menu?! Is it just to make high school food look terrible?? I remember having a plain bagel that I just ripped into tiny little pieces and dipped into my little cream cheese tub. Nothing like Sloppy Joes.

All this thinking about Sloppy Joes led me to…Sloppy Joes! DINNER!

 

Ingredients:

 

2 Cups of Frozen Crumbles (or 1/2 lb of Ground Beef)
5 Ounces Condensed Tomato Soup 1/2 Cup Medium Salsa
1 Tablespoon Brown Sugar 2 Hamburger Buns

Directions: 

1. In a small saucepan, start to heat up the crumbles over medium heat. After they are mostly defrosted, add in the condensed tomato soup, sugar, and salsa. If you are using ground beef, you are going to want to defrost it, cook it all the way through and then drain it. Then, you will add in the sugar, condensed tomato soup and salsa. Both of them should simmer, covered for 5 minutes.

 

Just put that sloppy mess on a bun and call it  a Sloppy Joe!

 

I obviously made it with the crumbles and I’ll be honest…I think I like sloppy joes with the crumbles better. It absorbs the flavor a bit better and you don’t have the grease to deal with. They also cook faster…because you don’t have to cook them…just warm them up. But these sloppy joes were some of the best I have ever had. Sorry Mama C.  🙂

As a side dish, not that it really needed it, I made a broccoli salad. Also, very simple and easy to whip up.

 

Ingredients:

1 Head of Broccoli. Chopped 1/2 Cup Cherry Tomatoes, Halved
1/2 Cup Sharp Cheddar Cheese, Diced 1/4 Cup Red Onion, Diced
1/4 Cup Sunflower Seeds 1/2 Cup Plain Non Fat Greek Yogurt
1 Tablespoon White Vinegar 1 Tablespoon Sugar
Salt and Peppr To Taste

Directions:

1. In a medium sized bowl, add the broccoli, tomatoes, onion and cheddar cheese.

 

2. In a small bowl, Mix the yogurt, vinegar and sugar.

 

3. Lastly, Pour the sauce on top of the veggies. Mix them up. Top with the sunflower seeds and BOOM! Broccoli Salad!

No one ever said that broccoli salad was difficult, but with the sloppy joes and the broccoli salad you have a great well rounded meal for 3 people.

I am so happy with how both of these came out. BUT, now, I am really full. And I feel like a little Rollie Pollie. YUP. So I’m going to roll myself over to the couch, put on a goodie and probably do some more work…MER,

 

What was your cafeteria food like?? Veggies?? Sloppy Joes?? Bagels and Cream Cheese?? Unmentionables?!

 

Bagels and cream cheese it was for me. But the most memorable thing about the lunch room in high school was the cookies. We had these chocolate chip cookies that were legit to die for. They sat in the corner, with one lunch lady guarding a whole stack of trays of cookies. I always joked about buying the whole rack and rolling it over to my seat, sitting down and just doing some damage.

The farthest I ever got was a tray…but no worries, I shared them…well…some of them…:-)