Saturday, November 22, 2008

Classic Cranberry Bread

recipe from: Ocean Spray

  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 3/4 cup orange juice
  • 1 tablespoon grated orange peel
  • 2 tablespoons shortening
  • 1 egg, well beaten
  • 1 1/2 cups Ocean Spray® Fresh or Frozen Cranberries, coarsely chopped
  • 1/2 cup chopped nuts

Preheat oven to 350ºF. Grease a 9 x 5-inch loaf pan.

Mix together flour, sugar, baking powder, salt and baking soda in a medium mixing bowl. Stir in orange juice, orange peel, shortening and egg. Mix until well blended. Stir in cranberries and nuts. Spread evenly in loaf pan.
Bake for 55 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Cool on a rack for 15 minutes. Remove from pan; cool completely. Wrap and store overnight. Makes 1 loaf (16 slices).

Catch - Up Post

I know it seems like I haven't been cooking -since I've only been posting these awesome giveaways that I keep finding....BUT the truth is that my son arrived from Japan 2 days ago and I have been a busy beaver!

I tried to cook some different meals ahead of time so that if we got side tracked we could still eat! Good thinking don't you think?

Well lets see now...

I made some stuffed peppers like I did in another post except I used mozzarella cheese instead of cheddar!

I made another "everything" beef soup. Its always great on a cold night- we ate that one right away!

I made some spinach -mushroom lasagna rolls...they came delish!

I made a more traditional lasagna and put it in the freezer- in case I get unexpected company and I have to feed them!

I made a yummy Broccoli-Cheddar Casserole and that was a hit too! I found the recipe at Baking and Beyond-
check it out your family will love it!
As you can see I forgot to take pictures before the hungry crew attacked the food so
I had to take pictures of what little scraps they left behind!

I found these really delicious Ranch Chicken Wonton Cups over at I heart food 4 thought.
They were simple and really really good- its hard not to eat them all up before you even serve your company!

I attempted to make Cupcake Bites...
While I was at Good Eats'n Sweets I got inspired!
Now Jaime made these look easy but they are not easy at all !

I didnt attempt to make them into lolly-pops because I had nowhere to store them- so bites they were. My family loved them!

My next project was Snickerdoodles.
Now Tanya at Sunday Baker
made gorgeous perfectly shaped Snickerdoodles...I just assumed that if I got all the same ingredients and did what she said to do- mine would look like hers did.
Mind you Tanya said I quote" these are no-brainers".
Well let me tell you-they weren't and they don't look like hers!
They taste yummy but they are too flat and a bit too chewy!
I need a 911 rescue and I have to try it again!
Sorry Tanya!

My last project was a simple batch of Almond Butter Spritz cookies that Tanya inspired me to make... well I have always had trouble with spritz cookies- they always stick in the darn press and dont come out as perfect as everyone elses! was no different!

They stuck to the press and got too brown on the edges...good thing my kids were looking for snacks- I sold themright away!

They wont be on my Christmas cookie tray!

Another 911 rescue needed here!

Im not discouraged no matter how bad things sound.

Tomorrow is a big cooking day- company coming and I know Ill have some success pictures to share with you .
In the meantime back to the drawing board with the cookies.

I think I might start making my old faithful cookies"biscotti".

They always come out perfect!

Friday, November 21, 2008

Win a $100.00 Gift Card to Sears

With holiday shopping on the mind, Sears and Kmart are ready to help you make this holiday shopping season the easiest yet!

Hurry over to
5 Minutes for Mom and check out this great giveaway.

Entries are open from Thursday, November 13th thru Friday,

November 28th at 12pm EST
. The winners will be drawn randomly and will announced Monday, December 1st.

WOW!!!!!.....HP Photosmart D5460 Printer GIVEAWAY!

Rush right over to 5 Minutes for Mom for all the details...

The HP Photosmart D5460 Printer is an easy-to-use everyday home printer that provides an effortless way for the whole family to print at an affordable price.

Check out these features:

  • Print documents at speeds up to 33 pages per minute in black and 31 in color
  • Get instantly dry, smudge-resistant photos when using HP Vivera ink and Advanced Photo Paper
  • Make your photos last for generations when using HP Advanced Photo Paper
  • Print directly on CDs and DVDs: add your own photos and text
  • Skip the PC: view, edit, and print using only a memory card and the 1.5″ color display
  • Save money by replacing each ink cartridge separately as needed
  • Get all of this for just $79

Entries are open from Wednesday, November 19th thru Friday, November 28th at 12pm EST.The winner will be drawn randomly and they will announce the winner Monday, December 1st.

Commissioned Watercolor Portrait GIVEAWAY!!!!

Commissioned Watercolor Portrait GIVEAWAY!!!!

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

How to steel or hone your knives and a giveaway!

A really great blog post on sharpening and honing your knives and a really "SHARP" giveaway!!!

Just through regular use of your knives, the edge of the blade can “roll.” While your knife may be sharp, the edge might not be pointing straight. Steeling or honing your knife will realign the edge.

Hurry over to Steamy Kitchen Modern Asian

Check out these really awesome knives from- New West Knifeworks- you get to choose which knife you want!
New West Knifeworks is giving a couple of lucky winners a knife of their choice.

On November 30th, they will pick TWO random commenters - and they will receive the knife they’ve chosen.

Hurry up time is running out!

Helenes Dreams Etsy Giveaway

I stumbled across a wonderful giveaway in my travels that I have to share with you-
The Giveaway has posted this really awesome event that will end soon-your choice of Oregon Sunset earrings or Earth and Sky earrings from Helenes Dreams!

If you hurry over to The Giveaway you can meet the artist- Helene Sanderson!
What a great gift these gorgeous earring would make!

Monday, November 17, 2008

KitchenAid Giveaway!!! at "My Wooden Spoon"

Hi Everyone!
I found a GREAT blog doing an AMAZING giveaway! :)

Have you ever wanted an Immersion Blender, a Food Processor, or a Kitchen Aid Stand Mixer? That would be great right? Well then you better head on over to My Wooden Spoon and enter her giveaway!
She will be giving one of these amazing prizes to a very lucky winner for Christmas! :)
So what are you waiting for? Hurry Up!