Sep 302011

Happy National Mulled Cider Day!

In the fall, I often have mulled cider either simmering or in the fridge ready to reheat and enjoy.  I have a recipe around here somewhere for a fancier cider.  I usually just put some apple juice in a small crock pot with whole cloves, whole allspice, and cinnamon sticks and let it simmer on low until it starts getting a little stronger than I’d like.  I remove the whole spices and place he cider in containers in the fridge to enjoy until it’s gone.  The house always smells wonderful while it’s simmering.  It’s one of my favorite things in fall.

So join me for a mulled cider today!

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Anise Cookies

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Sep 292011
5 cups flour 2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon anise 1 cup sugar
5-6 eggs 1 teaspoon sweet anise seeds
3/4 cup shortening 1 teaspoon vanilla
  1. Mix flour, baking powder, anise, and sugar.
  2. Add eggs until the dough is soft enough to roll out.
  3. Add remaining ingredients. Mix well.
  4. Roll and cut into shapes and bake at 350 for 15 minutes. Cool on wire rack.
  5. When cool, brush with white cake frosting.
 Posted by at 12:27 pm
Sep 292011

Happy National Coffee Day!

I thought that National Coffee Day was every day.  In the past, many businesses that serve coffee have promotions on this day, so keep an eye out.  You might be able to get a cup of discounted or free coffee today.  It looks like Krispy Kreme will be participating.  This is from the Krispy Kreme Facebook page:

This cup’s on us! Krispy Kreme National Coffee Day Giveaway
Next Thursday, Sept. 29, we will celebrate National Coffee Day by giving away a FREE 12 oz. cup of our House Blend Coffee (US and Canada only).

It’s also National Mocha Day.

Combine both and have a Mocha Latte!  Or you could try this recipe for Mocha:



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Sep 292011
1 cup hot chocolate mix 4 cups milk
1 teaspoon vanilla 4 cups coffee
whipped cream cinnamon and/or nutmeg
  1. Mix hot chocolate, milk, and coffee in pan and heat, but do not boil.
  2. Remove from heat and add vanilla.  Stir well.
  3. Pour into cups and top with whipped cream and a dusting for cinnamon and/or nutmeg.
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Sugar Cookies

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Sep 282011
1 cup sugar 1 cup brown sugar
3 eggs 3 Tablespoons Milk
1 teaspoon vanilla 3 cups flour
3 teaspoons baking powder
  1. Chill before rolling out.
  2. Cut into shapes with cookie cutters.
  3. Bake at 350 for 15-20.
  4. Cool on rack and decorate or serve.
 Posted by at 8:25 pm
Sep 282011

Happy Drink a Beer Day!

Sadly, I don’t like beer, but that just means those of you who like beer can drink one for me.  So, it’s Drink Two Beers Day?  Yes, it is!

It’s also National Strawberry Cream Pie Day.

Strawberries aren’t in season in September, so I’m confused by another Food Holiday.  I love strawberries though and strawberry cream pie does sound delicious.

Not food related, but it’s also World Rabies Day.

So, have two beers, eat a piece of strawberry cream pie, and go get your rabies cured… errr… read about World Rabies Day!



 Posted by at 6:00 am
Sep 272011

In 2006, the dairy industry conducted a study and discovered that chocolate milk helps athletes with muscle recovery!

I can get behind this holiday!  Worried about the sugar and/or calories?  Try using skim milk and sugar-free chocolate or no sugar added cocoa and some splenda.  Add some of your daily fruit to make it even healthier.  Bananas and strawberries go great with chocolate milk!

Anyone else joining in?

Today is also National Corned Beef Hash Day.  No idea why.

Corned beef is one of my favorite things.  I might have to throw some corned beef in the crockpot and use some of it to make hash.  It’s a “leftovers” recipe so I don’t know exact ingredients. I’ll see if I can figure out exact amounts and post a recipe sometime, but here’s how I make corned beef hash.

  • About 1 pound leftover corned beef from the crockpot, cubed or canned corned beef
  • 5 large potatoes, cubed or frozen hashbrown potatoes
  • 1 onion, medium, chopped
  • About 1 cup broth from crockpot

Combine all ingredients in skillet and cook over medium heat until potatoes are soft.

I don’t know if it’s considered hash or not, but I’ve also used leftover mashed potatoes.  Fry onion in about 2 tablespoons of butter until tender and add corned beef and potatoes.  Cook until potatoes begin to brown.  No broth used in this version.


Chocolate Milk: The New Sports Drink?

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Pudding Cookies

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Sep 262011
1 cup butter or margarine, softened 2 eggs
1 cup packed brown sugar 2 cups flour
1 package chocolate instant pudding 1 teaspoon baking soda
1 package (6 squares) white chocolate, chopped
  1. Heat oven to 350.
  2. Cream butter and sugar in large bowl with mixer until light and fluffy.  Add dry pudding mix and beat until blended.  Add eggs and mix well.  Gradually add flour and baking soda, beating until well blended.  Stir in chocolate.
  3. Drop tablespoons of dough 2 inches apart onto cookie sheets.
  4. Bake 10 to 12 minutes or until edges are lightly browned.  Cool 1 minute on cookie sheets, then remove to wire racks.  Cool Completely.

Makes about 3 1/2 dozen

 Posted by at 8:22 pm
Sep 262011

Happy National Pancake Day!

I thought National Pancake Day was in February or March right before Lent, but several websites stated that September 26th is National Pancake Day.  I’m fine with that.  We can have two National Pancake Days!

I couldn’t find any information as to why September 26th was chosen and tons for the one before Lent.  I’m going to make a leap and say that someone wanted a day that wouldn’t change since Lent changes every year.  Either way, I’m having pancakes this morning!  How about you?

 Posted by at 6:26 am
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