Monday, December 22

Good Eating Monday: Coffee Dipped Dainties!

Have you got all your cookie baking done?
Really, I haven't done much cookie backing. I made some banana bread the other day to use up some ripe bananas, but that's been about it.
With just me and Hubby, we can't eat a ton of cookies!

But in year's past, I've baked up a bunch of seasonal cookies and today's Good Eating recipe is for a mocha dipped coffee-based sugar cookie called, "Coffee Dipped Dainties."
They come out looking similar to those pictured, though this isn't an exact picture---this recipe is 35 years old and just not out there on the internet! I suppose that makes them vintage.
 Dainties make an elegant looking cookie for your cookie tray!
You'll need a small jar of instant coffee for this recipe!

Coffee Dipped Dainties
1 Tablespoon instant coffee 
2 teaspoons boiling water
2 1/2 cups unsifted all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 cup butter, softened
1 cup sugar 
1 egg
2 teaspoons lemon juice
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

4 Tablespoons instant coffee
6 Tablespoons boiling water
4 cups sifted confectioners sugar
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 1/2 cups ground pecans (or a nut of your choice or none at all)

In small measuring cup combine instant coffee & boiling water; mix well, set aside. 

In small bowl combine flour, baking powder & salt and set aside.
In large bowl combine softened butter and sugar and beat until creamy. Beat in egg, lemon juice, vanilla and coffee-water mixture. Gradually add flour mixture; mix well. 

Roll dough into balls using about a level teaspoon for each. Place on ungreased cookie sheets, then flatten each ball with the bottom of a glass dipped in sugar to a diameter of 1 1/2 inches.

Bake at 375 degrees for 5 to 7 minutes. Cool cookies completely. 

Make glaze, then dip half of each cookie in Glaze, then dip the glazed side in ground nuts.

 Makes about 8 1/2 dozen cookies.

Friday, December 19

Friday Finds: Favorite Cute Zazzle Things

Today's Finds come from my Pinterest Board:
Besides hobby interest boards, I have several specialty Zazzle boards, like "Funny Shirts Shop" or "Cool Designs & Gifts Shop." So do stop by!
I've selected these finds to share because they're cool, amazing, funny or just plain cute!

First up is this "Jesus King of Kings" iphone 6 case I think an amazing design!  It looks just like a Reeses Cup wrapper! 
Visit Katiespatz for more!
Jesus King of Kings iPhone 6 Case
(This case is available in iphone 6 plus & other styles & brands: just click"Customize" then look under "Style Options" and click the arrow on "Form Factor" for a drop down menu & choose your phone!)

Here's shirt I think both funny and adorable called, "Introvert By Design" with a little tortoise illustration. 
Visit Mysticrivers for more!

Introvert By Design
And here's a gorgeous watercolor Coffee, Tea, Cups 2015 Calendar!
Visit  Robin Maria Pedereo Art Gifts for more loveliness!
And finally, from my Chocolate Shop, this hilarious iPad Mini Case "Chocolate NOW!" with the karate-kicking woman silhouette!
Visit  Sweet n' Sour Grits for more cute fun!
(She has Chocolate, Turtle & Pig designs!)
Chocolate NOW!
That's it for today!  Have a great weekend and come back Monday for Good Eating!

Thursday, December 18

Mama Kat Thursday: Worst Gift Ever

The Mama Kat topic for today is:
 "Share a story about the best or worst gift you ever received."

You wouldn't think chocolate could be a worst possible gift, but, in this case, it was.
It wasn't even wrapped. It was just a Dark Lindt Chile Chocolate bar that a guy from our singles Bible study handed me.
He was a regular at our Sunday night study, a Navy guy in the school for learning how to disarm explosive devices. He knew I fancied chocolate and he happened to fancy Lindt's spicy Chocolate Chile bar.

So, one evening at our on base Tuesday Bible Study, he called me aside and handed me one of these Lindt Chocolate Chile bars. "Here, this is for you," he said.
I said, "Thank you," accepted it and slipped it into my book bag to take home for later.
"No," he said, his face clearly displeased I'd dare keep it for myself.
"I want you to share it with everyone else."
What? You give me a gift, then instruct me on what you want done with?  I was shocked. Then angry and flustered and embarrassed.
That's just not proper gift-giving etiquette.
I mean, really, he could've broken it up and shared it with everyone else himself if that was what he wanted to do.
I didn't do what he wanted. Nor did I give the bar back.

I just slipped around it by saying Sunday night would be a better time and smaller crowd to share it with. 
I could tell he wasn't happy about it, but he'd lost control of the bar--it was in my book bag out of reach.

And I did share it with the Sunday night group---reluctantly cutting up the false gift into smaller pieces.
The whole deal left a bad taste in my mouth and I've never touched any kind of Lindt bar since--it would just bring back unpleasant memories.

So, yeah, that was the worst so-called gift I've ever received.
The best Christmas gift I ever received was a sterling silver Hershey Kiss necklace from my hubby that he actually bought in a jewelry store---officially the first piece of jewelry he'd ever purchased for me from a jewelry store ever.
What was the best or worst gift you've ever received?

Thanks for visiting!

Wednesday, December 17

Garden Pic Wednesday: More Florida Winter Color!

There's plenty of winter color to be had in Northwest Florida--if you know what to plant or where to look. Last week I featured Firethorn, a shrub that lights up with bright red berries birds love and brightens up the drab evergreen landscape!

This week I'm featuring Dwarf Nandina & Asparagus Fern!
First: My Dwarf Nandina:
This shrub brings fall and winter color to the Florida landscape and stays small. Max of 2 feet. I only have the one. I love that it's orange in the fall and red in the winter!

Dwarf Nandina

Next: My Asparagus Fern Thick with Red Berries:
It's not actually a fern, but is in the Asparagus family. It's scientific name is "Sprengeri." (pronounced "Springer-Rye)
This is both a good evergreen that has tiny white flowers in spring and bright red berries in winter that birds enjoy.
 It thrives southern zone landscapes and, anywhere, as a houseplant.

Here, it's planted in both shade and sun.
It's upside is it's long-lived, drought-resistant and nearly indestructible. The deep freeze last winter froze all the branches off, but not the roots. This growth is the photo was new this spring!
It also adds interest to vase arrangements and, in the floral shop I used to work in, we used it all the time arrangements.
It's downside is it's thick with tiny thorns and all those berries, once eaten by the birds, spread it easily. For this reason, it's classed as slightly on the invasive side. (Believe me, there's worse.)
I had to laugh when I read in article about it that the University of Florida Center for Aquatic and Invasive Plants apparently "recommends" Florida residents not purchase, propagate or plant Asparagus Fern.
Apparently greenhouses and landscapers didn't get the memo because it's sold by every greenhouse every spring and planted in hanging baskets, outdoor planters and landscapes everywhere.
I just pull up any seedlings I spot or move them to a suitable location.
News From My Local Newspaper Police Blotter:
Apparent there's a mystery at our local Express Holiday Inn: 
a dead body was found in one of their rooms on Nov 24th. It's still under investigation.  Holy Columbo!
Stop back tomorrow to see what's up for Mama Kat!

Tuesday, December 16

Polyvore Tuesday: Winter SOREL Style

Today's Polyvore set was a contest set for a boot company, called SOREL, themed on Winter Style.
I used some winter sport photos, snowshoes and a pretty tinted photo of a model in winter attire.
I didn't win. When I look at the winners selected by these various companies I often think that, after looking through a 1000 sets, it ultimately came down to "eeny-meeny-miny-mo."
And "mo" isn't always that impressive, but perhaps that's just the view of a graphic artist; not a fashion marketeer.

Show Us Your Winter SOREL Style: Contest Entry
Show Us Your Winter SOREL Style: Contest Entry by madamdreamweaver

Come back tomorrow to see what's up in the Garden!

Monday, December 15

Good Eating Monday: Chicken Sour Cream Enchiladas

Today's Good Eating recipe is for those same Chicken Sour Cream Enchiladas!
The recipe is one I clipped from a magazine and glued to a recipe card many years ago! It's creamy and mildly seasoned!
Great for cold days and winter cilantro!

Chicken Sour Cream Enchiladas

1 container (16oz) sour cream (reg, lite or fat free)
2 cups chopped cooked chicken
1 8oz pkg (2 cups) regular or reduced fat shredded cheese (cheddar, mexican or monterey)
1 cup salsa, divided
2 Tablespoons chopped Cilantro
1 teaspoon Ground Cumin
10 flour tortillas (6 inch)
1 cup shredded lettace
1/2 cup chopped tomato

Prepare Filling: In a bowl combine 1 cup of sour cream, chopped chicken, 1 cup of shredded cheese 1/4 cup salsa, Cilantro & Cumin.

Make: Spoon about 1/4 cup of chicken mixture down center of each tortilla; roll up. Place, seam side down in a greased 13 x 9 baking dish. Top with remaining 1/4 cup salsa & cover with foil

 Bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes. Uncover & sprinkle remaining cup of cheese over top. Bake another 5 minutes or until cheese is melted. Top with shredded lettace & chopped tomato and serve with remaining  sour cream.
To double this recipe, I used a whole Rotisserie chicken worth of meat, a 24 oz sour cream, a 4 cup bag of cheese and generally doubled the remaining ingredients, except the lettace and tomato for decorating the top. That gave me 25 enchiladas in two 13 x 9 pans.
You could also decorate with sliced green onions and/or sliced black olives if you like.
  Most Sunday nights we have a team leader Bible Study at our house that includes dinner. It's comprised of single Air Force people, whether enlisted or employed by the Air Force on base.
The study is a prep for them to facilitate the group Bible Study on Tuesday nights at the Airmen Center on base.
The meal is served buffet style and because it was my birthday this past Sunday I had flowers on the table and made chocolate cupcakes for dessert. 
The photo below of my table is a fairly typical set-up for Sunday dinner.
Those foil covered dishes hold that double recipe of Chicken Sour Cream Enchiladas!

And last, one of the guys, who's getting married in January, gave us a gift from his fiancee:
A set of home-made Ninja Turtle Ornaments!

I've seen these in Pinterest. I believe the recipe is generally green ornaments, a hot glue gun, appropriate colored ribbon for each Ninja Turtle's mask & 8 googly eyes.
They're adorable! Can't wait to hang them on the tree, which we'll be decorating tonight!
(It just has it's lights on so far!)
That's it for today!

Friday, December 12

Friday Finds: Christmas Shopping!

There's still time for Christmas shopping and shipping at Zazzle's Gift Center!
(Check out daily sales at top of page!)

 Still looking for gifts? Check out:
*Gifts Under $20:
 Mugs, hats, bags, magnets, mouse pads, vanity mirrors & more!

 *Gifts Under $50:
T-shirts, sweatshirts, iPad mini's, iPad covers, pillows, clocks, watches, phone cases, sleeves, plates, cookies, treats, small posters & more!

(Brownies come individually wrapped/order by the dozen.)

Other Gift Ideas:

Beautiful Cheese Boards:
Cheese knives come inside! Available both square & round!
*Show Me More Cheese Boards!

Personalized Serving Trays!

What about Ugly Christmas Shirts?
Wow, we have a winner! Just add your name to the tag!

Or A Unique Christmas Tie?
Lots to choose from! Both funny & serious.

Head Elf Tie
Christmas Snowflakes Tie

 For more Holiday Shopping Gifts, click
That's it for today!  Have a great weekend!