Christmas Cookie Recipes

id-100128Cold weather and a warm kitchen are the perfect setting for whipping up some yummy Christmas cookies. You probably have a traditional cookie that you like to bake every year,  but what about trying out a new cookie recipe from another part of the world.

We have gone on the hunt for scrumptious and easy cookie recipes from home and abroad like Swedish Gingerbread Cookies to good ole sugar cookies that you can decorate, gingerbread cookies, easy drop and bake cookies and you simply cannot pass up grabbing a candy cane off the Christmas tree breaking it up and adding it as topping or inside a delicious Christmas favorite cookie.

 

So get out the cookie cutters, baking sheets and mixing bowls its time to make cookies!

Butter Christmas Cookie Cutouts – Recipe From Betty Crocker

Chinese Almond Cookies – A buttery, tender almond flavor cookie

Cranberry and White Chocolate Cookies – A homemade drop cookie recipe using white chocolate chips, dried cranberries and brandy.

Cuccidati Cookie Recipe – A Sicilian cookies with a fig, date, walnut filling

French Christmas Cookies – made with chocolate, walnuts and graham cracker crumbs

Gingerbread Cookie Cutouts – Fill your home with the aroma of these scrumptious cookies!

Italian Cenci Cookies – A recipe that is from Europe and over a century old!

Mexican Chocolate Wedding Cookies – A chocolate cookie with light sugar on the outside.

Grandmas Polish Cookies – A  traditional khruchiki recipe that has been handed down

Peppermint Fudge Brownie Cookies – Easy to make from a Fudge Brownie Mix

Sugar Cookies – Classic Christmas Cutouts – Recipe From Betty Crocker

Swedish Gingerbread Cookies – A Blue Ribbon winning recipe at the Iwoa State Fair!

Zimtsterne Cookie – A classic chocolate Christmas cookie from Switzerland

Merry Christmas!

 

 

 

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The Price of Freedom Remembering Pearl Harbor video

December 7th, 1941 President Franklin D Roosevett said “This is a day that will live in infamy”, and so it has. 75 years ago the Japanese Army attacked or Navy base at Pear Harbor, Hawaii. Following that day we went into WWll.

The video below are Pearl Harbor veterans talking about the price of freedom and that day.

God Bless America and all our military personal who bravely fight for our freedom.

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Many Ways to Make Winter’s Yummy Treat Hot Chocolate

id-100375073Its getting cold outside for our neighbors to the North. Here is Florida we are enjoying cooler weather but winter has not arrived yet. Still, there is one treat you must have during the holidays if its cold outside or not and that Hot Chocolate. You may enjoy the traditional Hot Chocolate with or without Marshmallows and a candy cane to stir, but there are many other recipes that can be just a delicious or better.

We have gone on the hunt to find Hot Chocolate Recipes from various places around the world and hope you will make one of these your favorite.

Belgian Hot Chocolate – Topped with whipped cream and chocolate flakes

Canadian Hot Chocolate – White Hot Chocolate Recipe and other Hot Chocolate’s to enjoy!

American Hot Chocolate – A Colonial Style recipe for Hot Chocolate

Hungarian Hot Chocolate – with spices like cloves and paprika

Italian Hot Chocolate Recipe – thick and decadent – this is better eaten with a spoon!

Mexican Mayan Spicy Hot Chocolate –  Spicy hot chocolate with a honey vanilla whipped cream on top

Paris, France Hot Chocolate – a recipe based on the famous Cafe Angelina in Paris.

 

Enjoy and Happy Holidays :}

 

 

 

 

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Four Ways To Cook A Thanksgiving Turkey with Martha Stewart

turkey-587624_640Whether you are feeding a big crowd or just a few this Thanksgiving, Martha Stewart has four ways to cook the Thanksgiving bird to help you out.

On these video’s, Martha Stewart shows you how to make stuffing and Roast a traditional stuffed Turkey for a crowd, how to roast a Turkey with parchment paper, for those who just want the Turkey legs, she has a slow cooked method and how to make a stuffed Turkey breast.

 

Traditional Turkey 101
 

Roasting Turkey in Parchment Paper with Sausage Pear Stuffing
 

Braised Turkey Legs
 

Rolled Turkey Breast with Herbs

 

Enjoy!

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Turkey Side Dishes Desserts and DIY Thanksgiving Decor Idea’s

pumpkin pieThat little nip in the air is so refreshing and welcoming after a long hot summer. It also means that Thanksgiving is just around the corner. This is the one day just about every American will sit down for a Turkey dinner.

Did You Know?

In 2013 there were 205 million Turkeys raised in the United States alone.

In 2014 and 2015 there were an estimated 46 million Turkeys served for Thanksgiving Dinner.

The Butterball Turkey hotline answers about 100,000 questions every November and December.

Thanksgiving ranks number two on the list of America’s favorite holidays. The number one holiday is Christmas.

Thanksgiving and Turkey Dinner goes hand in hand. Since President Lincoln declared Thanksgiving a national holiday in 1863, the turkey became the main staple.

In 1621 it was said that the colonists hunted wild turkeys and had them at the first Thanksgiving along with fish, shellfish and other types of wild game. The turkey an American bird, became the star of the show for their easy accessibility and delicious flavor.

While the Turkey is traditionally roasted, stuffed or not stuffed, the sides and desserts are just as important.

Here are some great idea’s to try for your Thanksgiving Dinner this year.

Ways To Cook That Thanksgiving Turkey

Thanksgiving Side Dishes

Thanksgiving Desserts

Thanksgiving Decor

 

 

 

 

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Free Treats Recipes and Events For Halloween

ID-10058747Looking for fun this Halloween that cost little or is Free? Check your local newspaper or Library for free Halloween events in your area. You could also go online to Eventful.com and put your zip code in under Location and Free Halloween Events in the search box.

Get the Treats for Free

Head on over IHop on October 31st and get a free “Scary Face Pancake for kids 12 and under or go to Krispy Kreme on the same day and get a free doughnut for anyone showing up in a costume. See what other restaurants are offering freebies too – The Best Halloween Free Food Deals & Restaurant Discounts

Decorate Your Pumpkin With Style

Not very good at free hand decoration. ThePumpkinLaday.com has 700 stencils you can download for free. Use the stencils as a guide to carve out or paint your pumpkin.

Recipes For Fabulous Halloween Food

FoodNetwork.com

TasteOfHome.com

Have a Happy and Safe Halloween!

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Do You Know What Your Eating? How Foods Treated With Antibiotics Effect You

id-100188214Do You Know What Your Eating and which Foods Are Treated With Antibiotics?

There has been a growing concern as far back as 1945 with the overuse of antibiotics in our food and with good reason. Experts knew then that the problem of overuse of antibiotics in animals could lead to a resistance in humans for infections. Sound familiar? Update yourself on what your purchasing at the grocery store and seeking out antibiotic free food to feed you and your family for a healthier lifestyle.

The Center for Disease Control and Prevention has many studies on this:

Antibiotic Use in Food-Producing Animals
and includes:

Public Health Impact of Antibiotic Use in Food-Producing Animals
About Antibiotic Resistance and more.

The CDC Frequently Asked Questions page covers
What is antimicrobial resistance?
What is an antibiotic?
Antibiotics and Food Safety
and more

Markham Heid over at Time.com has a very informative article – You Asked: Which Foods Are Treated With Antibiotics?  This article talks about what foods have antibiotics added to them and how it can effect your health and the heath of your children.

“But at least as far back as 1945, health experts have warned that overusing antibiotics could lead to so-called “superbugs,” or sickness-causing bacteria that are resistant to antibacterial drugs.” says Markham.

You Asked Which Foods Are Treated With Antibiotics

 

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