Sunday, October 31, 2010

Orange Cream Candy Corn Kisses Oatmeal Cookies

Have your tried these fun  Hershey's Kisses Candy Corn this Halloween season?  This tasty recipe is a winning combination of cookie and candy.  Happy Halloween, everyone!

Orange Cream Candy Corn Kisses Oatmeal Cookies

1/2 C butter
1 egg
1 C light brown sugar
1/2 t  grated orange peel
1/4 C orange juice (The peel & juice are the approximate yield from 1 large orange
1 C flour
1/2 t baking powder
1/2 t baking soda
1/4 t salt
1 t vanilla
2 C Quick 1- minute oats

Cream butter & sugar with electric mixer.  Beat in egg, juice, & peel.  Mix together dry ingredients and slowly add to mixture.  Drop by teaspoon on parchment lined cookie sheet.  Bake at 350 degrees for approximately 10-12 minutes or until edges are lightly browned.  Melt 18 kisses in microwave and drizzle or lightly ice cookies.  Before candy sets, place 1 kiss in center of cookie.

Friday, October 29, 2010

Teatime with A Whimsical Audrey Tea Infuser

Enjoy a touch of whimsy to your teatime with this whimsical bright pink and white flower Audrey tea infuser.  This eye catching plastic flower infuser is made in Germany by koziol.  It is a feast for all the senses.

Audrey fits in almost every cup and is the right size for a single serving. Simply add your favorite tea leaves and hot water and steep.

After a long hot aromatic soak with its tea leaves, the bloom takes a tidy time-out on its own drip-catching foliage. Ready and waiting to serve you again for another steep. 

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Pumpkin Bread

Difficult summer gardening and life have taken me away from blogging on a regular basis.  With the end of a long, hot and dry summer,  I've put my garden to bed and plan to blog more often. This Pumpkin Bread recipe is delicious seasonal fall treat.  You can make 5 small loaves with it (loaf pan measuring 6" X 3") or 2 large loaves.  It freezes well and is wonderful to have on hand for the unexpected guest and gift giving.  The recipe below calls for 2 teaspoons of cinnamon but you can use the spice that best suits your taste.  The original recipe calls for 1 teaspoon of cinnamon and 1 teaspoon of nutmeg.  You can also use Allspice and or Pumpkin Pie Spice. The addition of nuts and raisins are optional.  I personally think they are a tasty addition but again do what suits your own taste. Especially satisfying with your afternoon cup of tea.

Pumpkin Bread
3 C sugar
1C vegetable oil
4 eggs
2C canned pumpkin (16 oz)
2/3 C water
3 1/3 C all purpose flour
2 t baking soda
1 1/2 t salt
2 t cinnamon
1/2 to 3/4 chopped walnuts (optional)
1/2 to 3/4 raisins (optional)

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Grease and flour  loaf pans.  Mix together sugar & water with electric mixer.  Add eggs, pumpkin, water & blend.  Combine remaining dry ingredients and blend slowly.Blend in nuts & raisins.  Fill pans equally & bake 1 hour if using 2 large pans or 45-50 minutes if using 5 small pans.  Loaves are baked when inserted toothpick comes out clean.