December 29, 2009

Chocolate Chip Cookies for Family Recipes

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I procrastinated in making my family recipe for this month. Mostly because I wasn't sure what I wanted to make. I should have made Nanny's Sugar Cookie and decorated them for Christmas but I just didn't "feel" like it. Then, this morning, I had an email from Lynda who thought maybe she had missed my recipe for this month! I had to fess up that I hadn't made anything yet and that I would work on it today!

I looked through all Nanny's recipes and came across one for the Chocolate Chip Cookies pictured in the photograph's above. I had never made this recipe and I probably have never had it before either. Nanny didn't make Chocolate Chip Cookies as often as she made her soft sugar, ginger or pineapple cookies. She would make them sometimes and I do remember one time we made them together but she used the recipe from the back of the chocolate chip bag! Maybe she didn't like the recipe below? Maybe she forgot she had this recipe? Or, maybe it was just easier to use the recipe on the chocolate chip bag! I don't know. But, I wanted to make it because it was in the pile of recipe cards that Nanny had.

See below for instructions
**I also notice the word optional is misspelled ;)
The recipe written on the card is all that was there. When my Aunts and I got together to photograph these recipes we were all puzzled as to whom the handwriting belonged to because I wasn't any of ours, wasn't my mom's and certainly wasn't my Nanny's. We are thinking it may have been my Great Grandmother Lottie Clark who wrote this recipe out, and after reading the recipe I think we could be right.

When some of you read this recipe you may wonder what top milk is. If you grew up on a farm or around a farm, you might know. Top milk is the cream that rises to the top of the milk. When I was very young (but old enough to remember!) I had milk straight from the bulk tank at my Uncle Jimmy's. I didn't really care for it because it was unpasteurized and tasted too much like how the cow smelled to me. Now don't laugh cause it's true!!

Since the recipe called for top milk and all I have in the house for the most part is skim milk I went ahead and used heavy cream I had left over from holiday recipes. I figured that was the closest I was going to get to top milk although probably richer since top milk would have some of the milk from below get mixed in when you took it out of the milk can! Yes, I am so old I remember the day's that milk was picked up by drivers who would collect it in a milk can. ;o) My Aunt Pat (who passed away way too young) used to be one of those drivers who collected the milk cans!

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This is my submission for the Family Recipe event that is co-hosted with Laura of The Spiced Life and Lynda of Lynda's Recipe Box. The round up will be sometime after the end of this month and can be found on Lynda's blog!

You may also notice there is no butter and no vanilla in this recipe. If I made these again I would probably put some vanilla in for flavor. My instinct was to do it anyway but I wanted to taste the recipe as close as I could to how it was written. Now, pay attention to this next statement....if you do not like crunchy crisp chocolate chip cookies that you can dunk in your milk....then this recipe is not for you! Grumpy won't even eat them because they are crunchy. I would eat it with a glass of milk and dunk my cookie or I would dunk it in my tea.

There were no directions on how to mix the recipe I will tell you below how I put them together.

***Mix sugars, milk (or heavy cream), egg and salt until well blended. Stir in two cups of flour and baking soda. Add 1 cup semi sweet chocolate chips, 1 cup chopped pecans (what I used). Using small cookie scoop place on parchment lined cookie sheet, leaving enough room for cookies to spread some. Bake in 350 oven for 12-14 minutes.***

These cookies do spread out. I wasn't sure if they would or not when I put them in so I put the first batch in and told myself if they didn't spread out that I would flatten them some when I put the next batch in. Didn't need to do so! This recipe made 30 cookies.

December 28, 2009

What started it all?

Two years ago I sat on my couch in my new house and decided I was going to start an online "diary" of sorts. Something that Justin & Christopher would have to go back to and something their children and the generations following would have to know me by in the future. I started out with Justin who is pictured with me above just a few days before I started this blog - and I was remembering the year that his father and I brought Christmas back into his little heart. Such precious memories of my little boy and the excitement and joy that Christmas brings. A couple days later I remembered my Christopher and my favorite memory of him.

What started as my diary, turned into a food blog. It still is a diary of sorts - just a diary that includes recipes that I have made (and continue to make!) and stories of our life.

So much has happened since starting this blog. My Grandmother who after my children were born became known as Nanny, being my inspiration in the kitchen and the person I looked up to and want to be like.

Kristina's bridal shower and then Justin & Kristina's wedding day.

Making doughnuts with my mom - a memory I am so glad to have captured here.

The decorated snowflake cookies that got me so much attention that a reader emailed me wanting me to make them and ship them to her for her daughter's birthday party!

My brother Steve made his apple dumplings with rum sauce with me while I visited him last Christmas.

My son Christopher became a "rockstar" on fruit rollups ;o)

Grumpy came thru for me not only here, but here on Valentines day. He felt the pressure on year two....I wonder if he is going to feel the pressure this year? lol

Sadly, I lost a stumbleupon friend

Powerboat excursion in Cozumel

You heard about our cruise
....and what about the great toothbrush debate?-BTW, we now have hot pink and blue toothbrushes. ;-)


I have reminisced many times about my grandmother and how much I miss her.


Our grown up halloween party sponsored by Foodbuzz - held with my DIL Kristina and son Justin.

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Recently, the exciting launch of my e-book and monthly newsletter all thanks to my friend Mike whom I reconnected with last year on Facebook!

I've shared birthdays and giveaways. I've heard from readers who love my blog and those who don't. Yup, there are those who don't love me. LOL. All in all I am happy to have this blog. I look forward to the upcoming changes happening (change is good, but it comes slow!), but most of all, I look forward to hearing from more of you, sharing recipes and memories and working on my book. Thank you for stopping by to visit me on a regular basis and for sharing my happiness and my woes! I can't believe - I am starting on year 3!!

To celebrate my two years of blogging I will be doing a special giveaway. I don't have it quite together yet, but will have it here before the end of this week. I'm on break all week and will be working on the giveaway and busy occupying Grumpy's time. ;o)

December 26, 2009

What fills your heart with love?

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Oh definitely.....that little face does it. Just look at him! LOL

What a joyful, happy, bubbly little man my Christopher is. Well, yeah. I know he's not so little now, but he is the same sweetness now that he was back then! What mom wouldn't want to squeeze and hug and love him?

How lucky I am that Chris loves to spend time with his mom? In the kitchen, just hanging out, having lunch together....

Always willing to pose with mom for a photo. Always with a smile on his face.

Happy Birthday to you Christopher T. Mom loves you so much and you are one of the biggest joys I have in my life! You make my heart burst with love and pride.

December 24, 2009

Last minute gifts

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Yesterday I saw that Maria from Two Peas in Their Pod had made these awesome truffles. Since I really didn't want to spend the money to buy truffles I decided instead to make these - they are so quick and easy to make - and you still have time to make them! For the recipe, hop on over to her site. I also decided to make these with white chocolate and the truffle is on the cool stage as I write!

Also, it is not too late to get my 7 Holiday Favorites e-book! Just sign up for my e-recipe club to the right and you will automatically receive the e-book! >>>>>>

These pretzels are also a very easy gift to throw together and everyone loves them! You just melt your chocolate (white or dark) coating, dip your pretzels and sprinkle with decos....and there you have it - a Christmas decorated pretzel that will add some pizazz to your goodie bag! Grumpy helped me make these last night. As I dipped, he "bammed" the pretzels with the decos. For someone who doesn't care for Emeril - he sure can do a good imitation of him! ;o) Don't worry Emeril, I love you and that is all that matters!

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December 22, 2009

and the winners are....

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For the Omaha Steak giveaway: Doug from Hugging the Coast
For the Pillsbury (myblogspark) giveaway: Nikitheo from It's all about the "sweet" stuff!


I also want to remind you that my e-book is still available! All you need to do is subscribe to my monthly e-mail recipe club! You can sign up to the right>>>>>>>>

Its likely I will not be blogging again until after Christmas. I have so much going on - like the rest of you I'm sure! I want to let you know that December 27th will be my 2 year blog anniversary. Look for a special giveaway to begin on that day! :-)

Wishing you all a Happy Holiday!!

December 20, 2009

Festive Cranberry Pecan Brie - and a Pillsbury Giveaway!

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A little more than a week ago I asked my readers to choose a recipe from Pillsbury for me to change up. Pillsbury provided me thru myblogspark with the opportunity for me to have my recipe chosen from a select group of bloggers to be featured on their site and contest to offer you a prize for participating with me! One person will be chosen from comments on this post to receive a prize pack with 2 coupons for a free tube of Pillsbury Crescent Dough and holiday serving platters! (I was sent the same gift pack that is being given away to my readers prior to creating my recipe).

The recipe I created is called Festive Cranberry Pecan Brie. I am the only one in the house who will eat brie cheese but believe me, that was not a problem! I asked Grumpy if he would try some and he flatly refused stating "I don't like brie, but it looks nice." lol Oh well, I'll share some with Chris who loves it! My recipe follows:

Festive Cranberry Pecan Brie

1- 8 oz round of Brie cheese
1 tube of Pillsbury Crescent Roll dough
1/4 cup maple cream
1/2 cup chopped candied pecans
sugar frosted cranberries (see below for how to frost cranberries)

Open crescent dough, roll out and divide into two pieces. Take brie round and remove top rind. Place brie on top of one section of crescent dough. Spread the 1/4 cup maple cream over top of brie then sprinkle with 1/2 cup of chopped candied pecans. Bring edges of dough up sides of brie (it will not cover it entirely - it will pretty much cover the sides). Place remaining dough on top of brie round covering pecans. Gently wrap around the cheese pressing lightly to make sure dough has adhered to itself.

Bake in 350 degree oven for 20-25 minutes or until crescent dough has browned.

Remove from oven and let sit approximately 15 minutes. Place brie on serving platter and surround with sugar frosted cranberries and garnish with mint leaf to set off the festive look! Serve and enjoy!

**To frost cranberries: Place3 cups cranberries in a mixing bowl and stir together with 2 Tablespoons corn syrup. On a cookie sheet sprinkle 3/4 cup granulated sugar. Pour cranberries over top of sugar and using a spoon arrange so berries are spread out over the sugar. Gently shake cookie tray back and forth to move berries and coat them with sugar. Let sit on counter until dry (I let mine sit overnight but it only takes a couple hours for this to dry).

I also have something exciting to offer you! See this photo below? This is the cover of my new e-book featuring 7 of my favorite recipes for the holidays! I would like everyone of you to have one! I am also offering the opportunity for you to subscribe to my e-newsletter which will come out approximately once a month.
When you subscribe to my newsletter you will have the benefit of:
  • FREE Subscriber-only Recipes delivered to your e-mail inbox.
  • Subscriber-only drawings for great free items
  • My e-Book "HoneyB's 7 Holiday Favorites" - FREE to subscribers.
To subscribe, click the link in the upper right hand corner of this page that says "Click here to subscribe." This is just below the photo of the cover of my e-book.

You can have 2 chances to enter the Pillsbury giveaway:
  • Subscribe to my new monthly newsletter.
  • Leave a comment tell me what your favorite crescent appetizer is to serve over the holidays!
**Coupons are only valid in the U.S.
Giveaway will end Monday, December 21, 2009 at midnight - so hurry and enter! Good luck!

Also, don't forget the Omaha Steak giveaway below! You have until midnight tonight to enter - winners will be announced Monday.

December 18, 2009

Omaha Steaks - Filet Mignon

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Last week I was contacted by Omaha Steaks asking me if I would like to try and review their product. Of course, I said yes! Omaha Steaks has a good reputation for great flavor and tender meat. They also have an unconditional guarantee that if your not absolutely thrilled with your purchase for any reason at all, they will either replace your product or refund your money!

I received my package on Wednesday and on Thursday we had Filet Mignon(1.50 lb) for dinner! Grumpy's words were "this meat could melt in your mouth." We definitely enjoyed the product and will most likely purchase it ourselves in the near future for our special occasions. (although Christmas is here, I'm already thinking towards Feb 14!)

Now, I have a gift for one (1) of you from Omaha Steaks! They are providing a $50 certificate as a holiday contest. The requirements for entering are:
  • you must follow Omaha Steaks on Twitter (@Omaha_steaks) and ReTweet the contest details using: #OmahaHoliday Win a $50 Certificate from @Omaha_steaks and @GrumpyshoneyB for more details visit
  • you must be a FREE subscriber to HoneyB's recipe e-club.
All subscribers to my monthly recipe e-club will:
  • Get FREE Subscriber-only Recipes delivered to your e-mail inbox.
  • Be eligible for Subscriber-only drawings for great free items
  • Receive my e-Book "HoneyB's 7 Holiday Favorites" (will automatically be sent to you after you confirm your subscription - if this does not happen, let me know)
To subscribe, in the upper right hand corner of my page you will see a link to click that will take you to my subscription page.

Giveaway will end Sunday, December 20th at midnight (EST).

There have been some exciting changes going on in the background of The Life & Loves of Grumpy's Honeybunch and over the next few weeks you will see it begin to come to life. The monthly recipe-club and e-book are only just the beginning!

Instructions on how I made the filet mignon pictured at the top of post:
  1. Preheat skillet in 375 degree oven.
  2. Remove skillet from oven and place steaks (seasoned with salt & pepper) on hot skillet and sear on medium-high heat for 3 minutes on each side.
  3. Place skillet back in 375 degree oven and set timer for 7-9 minutes for medium rare. Ours went for the 9 minutes.
  4. Remove steaks from oven, place on plate covered loosely with aluminum foil.
  5. Place skillet back on stove and pour in 2 cups beef broth (you could also use red wine). Add 4 oz gourmet mushrooms and cook with broth until broth is reduced to about half. Add 2 tablespoons unsalted butter and stir into broth until melted. Serve over top of filet mignon.

December 16, 2009

The great toothbrush debate

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This morning I woke up early at 4, I trodded downstairs and let the cat out the door. I went to the kitchen and set the coffee to perk then headed to the bathroom to get ready for work! I turned on the light and what did I see but this note from Grumpy, written to ME! (Ok, I know the notes don't rhyme, but humor me, ok?!)

I giggled and chuckled and thought "you are wrong" and proceeded to write him a note of my own!
I went on with my day expecting later to hear "Buzzy, your goofy, but you listen here! That toothbrush is BLUE I told you before so buy us new toothbrushes cause I don't wanna use yours!"

Not a word was said the whole day long so later that evening I said "Grumpy, hun? Didn't you see, that I responded to the note you left this morning for me?" Once again I was told that the toothbrush was BLUE and I told Grumpy I took photos to show all of YOU! His chuckle turned into a full blown out laugh as he said go ahead cause I'm right, you know that!

So I'm here this morning to present unto you - our two toothbrushes and give you a clue. The one on the Left is PURPLE you see. And the one that is Grumpys is Bright GREEN. Now, I'm suggesting you stick up for me cause I can't be wrong on this one you see! ;-)

December 13, 2009

Butter Pecan Nuggets

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This cookie is a real winner  Butter Pecan Nuggets. Buttery cookie dough with a toasted pecan hiding inside. Drizzled with white frosting and decorated with blue and white sparkly sugars. Yeah, the sugars really set it off for me....I love blue & silver at Christmas. My little tree is blue/silver/white. This is an easy cookie to make and doesn't take much time at all.



Butter Pecan Nuggets

BHG Cookies for Christmas

3/4 cup pecan halves
1 cup butter
2/3 cup packed light brown sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla
2-1/2 cups flour
1 cup sifted powdered sugar
1/2 teaspoon clear vanilla
4-5 teaspoons milk
colored sugars

Spread pecans in a single layer on a cookie sheet. Toast in a 325 oven for about 12 minutes or til golden. Remove and cool.

In a medium saucepan, combine butter and brown sugar. Heat and stir til butter is melted. Remove from heat. Stir in vanilla. Cool.

Stir in flour til well mixed. Shape into 3/4 inch balls. Press a toasted pecan half into each ball and enclose nut in dough to form an oval. Place on cookie sheet covered with parchment paper. Bake at 325 degrees for 20 minutes or til done. Remove and cool.

Stir together powdered sugar, clear vanilla and enough milk to make of drizzling consistency. Place frosting in decorating bag and cut at the very tip to make a small hole. Drizzle over cookies. Sprinkle with colored sugar. Makes 4 dozen nuggets.

December 12, 2009

Hazelnut Browned Butter Shortbread

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I was browsing in the magazine section (shhhh, don't tell Grumpy!!) when I caught a glimpse of this cookie. Immediately I knew I was not going home without that magazine....even if Grumpy got grumpy with me for it! He took off for the weekend to hunt while the only thing I knew I was going to do this weekend was make these cookies!


A decadent and rich browned butter shortbread set off by the bittersweet chocolate and sea salt is the perfect cookie to include in a gift basket along with some Hazelnut flavored coffee & mug. I think my daddy will really love this!

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Hazelnut Browned Butter Shortbread
Better Homes & Gardens Holiday Baking, 2009

1/2 cup chopped hazelnuts
1 cup butter, softened
1/4 cup granulated sugar
1/4 cup packed brown sugar
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon vanilla
2-1/2 cups flour
4 ounces bittersweet chocolate, chopped
1/2 teaspoon shortening
1 teaspoon fleur de sel (optional)

Preheat oven to 350.

In small saucepan, melt 1/4 cup of the butter over medium heat. Reduce heat to medium-low. Continue to cook, without stirring, about 5 minutes or until butter becomes brown and fragrant. Remove from heat, cool slightly.

In a large bowl, beat remaining butter with electric mixer on med speed for about 30 seconds. Add sugars and salt. Beat until combined, scraping side of bowl occasionally. Beat in browned butter and vanilla until combined. Beat in as much of the flour as you can with the mixer. Using a wooden spoon, stir in any remaining flour and the hazelnuts. Divide dough in half. (I ended up using only 2-1/4 cups of flour)

On prepared cookie sheet, pat each half of dough into an 8-inch circle. Using fingers, crimp edges of each dough circle. Prick every inch or so with the tines of a fork. Cut each circle into eight wedges (do not separate wedges). (I used my pizza cutter for this - worked like a charm!)

Bake in preheated 325 oven for 15 minutes or until edges are lightly browned. Recut circle into wedges while warm. Cool on cookie sheet 5 minutes. Transfer wedges to a wire rack; cool. (I ended up baking these 10 minutes longer than the recipe stated. Don't know why it was so off, but it was.)

In glass 4-cup measuring cup, place chopped bittersweet chocolate and 1/2 teaspoon shortening and microwave at 30 second intervals until melted. Dip scalloped edge of each wedge into chocolate, allowing excess to drip off. Return to wire rack. Lightly sprinkle the chocolate with fleur de sel. Allow to stand until chocolate is set (about 1 hour). Makes 16 cookies.

Because I am giving these away, I am freezing them until its time to pack them up and send them off. They will keep for 3 months in the freezer.

December 11, 2009

Pumpkin Cheesecake and Day 5 of Cooking Light giveaway

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I couldn't let this week of Cooking Light pass me by without posting this yummy Pumpkin Cheesecake! I actually made this cheesecake right after Thanksgiving. Since I didn't host Thanksgiving, we didn't have anything here at home for leftovers. So, I made our own little turkey dinner and dessert! This was yet another dessert that Grumpy had a hard time leaving alone. It took him a little more than a week, but he ate all but one piece! He chastised me for making him save Chris a piece, then when Chris was here he forgot about it! However, even the piece he left for Chris wasn't very big. He would probably not be happy that I am telling everyone he is eating almost whole desserts all by himself. LOL. He rarely reads this though (I think) so I have little to worry about.

Although this cheesecake is PLAIN it is very yummy and creamy. The recipe for the cheesecake can be found HERE.

This week, Aaron of has generously offered to give away 3 subscriptions to Cooking Light Magazine!!! Make sure you check out Patsy's blog Family, Friends, and Food tomorrow for Day 6 and another yummy Cooking Light recipe! You will have until midnight Saturday, December 12th to enter. Winners will be announced on Sunday, December 13th.

To enter you can do any of the following:

  • Leave a comment telling me what dessert you are planning to make for your celebration.
  • Earn an extra entry if you are a new or existing subscriber to The Life and Loves of Grumpy's Honeybunch, and leave me a comment letting me know.
  • Earn another additional entry by linking back to this giveaway on your blog, and leaving a comment letting me know.
  • Earn one more entry by mentioning the giveaway on Twitter and leaving a comment letting me know.
  • Earn yet one more entry by joining me on my Facebook Fan Page and leave a comment letting me know.
If you haven't left a comment here telling me what recipe you would like me to recreate for Pillsbury you still have until midnight tonight to do so!

December 09, 2009

Cooking Light giveaway - Day 3

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Day 3 of Cooking Light Magazine Giveaway!

Have you voted for which dish you want me to "recreate" for Pillsbury? If you haven't, please click here and vote! :o)

This last Sunday I decided to make a cake. We didn't have any sweets to speak of in the house and that is the time when Grumpy would be looking for some. I had seen a Cooking Light recipe for Old-Fashioned Caramel Layer Cake in the Cooking Light Holiday cookbook. I grabbed the recipe and went for it! If you want to make this cake, you can grab the recipe by clicking HERE.

I must have been in lala land when I was reading the recipe because I messed up and put 1/4 cup too much milk in the batter. Fortunately I realized it and I added an extra 1/4 cup flour to compensate. Even with the mistake the cake was awesome. Christopher was here for dinner that night and he and Grumpy both were commenting on how flavorful the cake was. Grumpy even commented that the cake itself was so good he could eat it without the frosting!

Last night Grumpy gave in and couldn't resist (he was trying to not eat any cake) and took another piece. As I type, there is one more piece in the cake dish. I'm betting before the night is over, Grumpy will have eaten it! update: Since I wrote this Grumpy DID eat the last piece of cake. He then proceeded to tell me he was glad it was all gone. He said all he could think about was the cake sitting on the table. He then asked me if I knew what he had for breakfast. I replied Cake? He said "yup." Then he asked me "do you know what I had for lunch?" LOL. I said Cake? His response again was" yup" and then he told me "and now I'm going to have the last piece and it will be gone!" It is very rare when Grumpy can't stop eating cake - so I'm saying that this is probably the best cake I have ever made!

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This is yet another chance to become a winner of the 3 subscriptions that Aaron of is giving away this week. Below are the guidelines to enter. Please note that some people who have already entered have not left me a way to contact them. If you do not have a clickable link where I can contact you via your blog or email, please leave your email address so I can contact you should your name be drawn. If you don't leave a way for me to contact you we will have to draw another name.

  • Leave a comment telling me what your holiday treat is that you can't leave alone!
  • Earn an extra entry if you are a new or existing subscriber to The Life and Loves of Grumpy's Honeybunch, and leave me a comment letting me know.
  • Earn another additional entry by linking back to this giveaway on your blog, and leaving a comment letting me know.
  • Earn one more entry by mentioning the giveaway on Twitter and leaving a comment letting me know.
  • Earn yet one more entry by joining me on my Facebook Fan Page and leave a comment letting me know.
Make sure to check out Patsy's blog at Family, Friends and Food tomorrow for Day 4 of our giveaway!

December 08, 2009

What recipe will you choose?

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Brie cheese wrapped in the Pillsbury crescent dough is one of my all-time favorite treats at the holiday. The first time I ever made this the boys were quite young and it was our Christmas Eve treat we had at home together as a family. It was a treat that remains to be loved by us all! I love the melty brie with a bit of the crescent along with a crisp apple slice or some red grapes. Below are links to three holiday recipes from Pillsbury. Pillsbury has provided Myblogspark with the challenge for me to show you these choices and have you, my readers, pick one of these recipes to "change up" and make my own.
I have made two of these three recipes in the past many times! I think there aren't many people around that haven't tried the Crescent Holiday Tree! We just had this at our holiday party at work last week! I am looking forward to this challenge and I am anxious to see what treat you all will choose for me to recreate! I will accept comments on this post until Midnight, Friday, December 11, 2009. Then I will have to get to work and start cooking! Oh, and I want to mention, that a select group of bloggers may have their new creation featured on! Even more reason for me to get creative and make something delicious!

December 07, 2009

Another week of Cooking Light Giveaway!

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Last weekend I made this Cranberry Hazelnut Coffeecake from Cooking Light. I had been eying this recipe for a while and now that fresh cranberries are abundant in the grocery I decided it was time to make it. I also had another reason I should make this coffeecake as you will soon find out!

A several weeks ago my friend Aaron of asked me if I would be interested in doing another giveaway and if so, when would I like to do it. I immediately responded that I thought the first week of December would be a great time. Just in time for the holidays! This also would give me opportunity to bake some new (to me) recipes.

My magazine of choice to give away is Cooking Light. What, your not surprised? :o) Aaron has generously offered to give away 3 subscriptions!! I asked Aaron if it would be ok to share this giveaway with a blogging friend and he agreed. So, for this giveaway my friend Patsy of Family, Friends, and Food , who also loves Cooking Light magazine will be participating. Monday, Wednesday & Friday you can enter on The Life and Loves of Grumpy's Honeybunch. Tuesday, Thursday & Saturday you can enter on my friend and fellow blogger Patsy of Family, Friends and Food. For doing this giveaway, Aaron has also offered to give Patsy and myself each a subscription! Thank you Aaron!

During this week, Monday December 7, until Saturday, December 12, 2009 you will have opportunity to enter the Cooking Light Magazine giveaway several ways. The winner will be announced on Sunday by both Patsy and myself. Sorry, but subscriptions can only be mailed to those in the United States.

Ways to enter on The Life and Loves of Grumpy's Honeybunch:

****IMPORTANT*****Please make sure you leave a way for me to contact you if your name is drawn. Thank you!
  • Leave a comment telling me what holiday tradition you enjoy
  • Earn an extra entry if you are a new or existing subscriber to The Life and Loves of Grumpy's Honeybunch, and leave me a comment letting me know.
  • Earn another additional entry by linking back to this giveaway on your blog, and leaving a comment letting me know.
  • Earn one more entry by mentioning the giveaway on Twitter and leaving a comment letting me know.
  • Earn yet one more entry by joining me on my Facebook Fan Page and leave a comment letting me know.
You have 5 possible entries just today! Check out Patsy's blog post tomorrow for another Cooking Light recipe and another opportunity to enter the giveaway! Good luck and I hope you enjoy the week of Cooking Light!

December 04, 2009

Hazelnut Thumbprints - Cooking Light Virtual Supper Club

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For the holidays the Cooking Light Virtual Supper Club decided to do a cookie exchange! After I had already looked at several cookies online my new Cooking Light issue arrived in the mail and in it were these Hazelnut Thumbprints. I knew immediately I was going to try these. I mean, how could I not? There was nutella in the center! These cookies were awesome. They went to our holiday party at work and were definitely a favorite of one particular faculty member. His words were "if I can't stop eating these, then it is the best compliment you can receive - they are that good" as he ate the last cookie he stole from his spouse's plate! ;o)

Check out what the rest of our Virtual Supper Club Members created in their kitchens this month:

Jamie: Raspberry Strippers
Val: Orange Walnut Tassies
Aggie: Peppermint Patties

Helene: Maple Date Bars


Hazelnut Thumbprints

1 cup white whole wheat flour
1 cup powdered sugar
1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
½ teaspoon salt
½ cup unsalted butter, softened
2 large egg yolks
1 teaspoon instant espresso
½ teaspoon pure vanilla extract
2/3 cup finely chopped toasted hazelnuts
1/3 cup Nutella

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

In a large mixing bowl, combine flour, sugar, cocoa, and salt. Stir to combine.

Place butter in large mixing bowl and beat with mixer at medium speed until light and fluffy. Whisk egg yolk and espresso to combine. Add yolk mixture to butter mixer and beat at low speed until just combined.

Turn dough out onto pastry mate and knead about 6 times until smooth. Shape dough into 1-inch balls. Roll sides of dough balls in chopped toasted hazelnuts, pressing gently to allow nuts to adhere to dough. Arrange on cookie sheet lined with parchment paper. Press thumb into center of each cookie leaving an indentation. Bake for 10 minutes. Remove cookies from pans and cool completely. Once cooled, spoon about ½ teaspoon of Nutella spread into center of cookie.

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