What are your plans over winter break? Anything fun? My plans are quite simple. I’m staying home and spending some time with family and friends. I haven’t seen many of friends since summer because we are all at different schools, so the long break gives us time to catch up and hang out with one another. I can’t wait to see them!
Along with catching up with family and friends, I plan to relax at home doing some of my favorite things which include: watching the classic Christmas movies, baking delicious treats and drinking an abundance of hot chocolate! (You can’t end winter break without doing at least one of those!)
I’m also going to try and catch up on some sleep too because I don’t think I’ll be sleeping much during the spring semester since I’ll be working. I’ll be working at an accounting firm during tax season which is when accounting firms are their busiest.
I hope everyone has a good winter break!
This past fall weekend, I decided to spend some time at home. Usually when I go home, I love to bake! I wanted to bake something that was “fallish” so that obviously involved pumpkin being a main ingredient in the recipe!
I searched on Pinterest for things to bake and came across so many great recipes! I pinned tons of them but decided to try just one. I chose to try a pumpkin cookie recipe that looked appealing! My baking trial turned out to be a success and the cookies I made were delicious!
If the thought of some pumpkin cookies are making your taste buds water, the link below takes you to the website I got the recipe from. Go check it out and try making them yourself! Good luck!
Each year my family gathers for a cookie making day. Now, for some reason we bake at the beginning of the month and somehow think that the cookies will make it to Christmas Eve, which they never do. The cookies we make are Brookies, Red Hots and Smuckers.
A Brookie is basically brownie batter, topped with cookie batter baked in a cupcake wrapper. The brownies are best prepared “fudge” style and the cookies are best prepared as chocolate chip cookies.
Red Hots are simply sugar cookies topped with red hot candies. My grandmother loved red hot candies so her cookies were basically 80% red hot candies and 20% cookie whereas mine are usually the opposite.
Smuckers are a wonderful cookie! They are like mini pies! And so delicious! This is something that my family has been making each year since long before I was even thought of. The cookie is more of a cream cheese based cookie, I guess it could be a sugar cookie but the cream cheese gives it a nice tart base to the sweet Smucker’s preservatives inside. There is one base cookie where you dollop a small amount of Smucker’s preserves (we prefer Strawberry) then an egg sealer and top it will another cookie. This creates a wonderful little pie.
These are our family cookies, what types of baking traditions does your family have?
I’m not athletic. I don’t relish in the idea of a trophy room. I’d rather see everyone who sincerely tries succeed instead of seeing the same few people being successful all of the time. However, all of that being said, I’m definitely excited to have taken home first place from my microbiology lab’s first Thanksgiving pie-off.
What started as a joke turned in to one of the biggest events of this fall at my lab. Test pies were made before the actual event. One of the would-be judges was disqualified because he knew who was making each type of pie. Even some “trash talk” was issued over lunch. (“You bake pies like your momma. Unless your momma bakes good pies, in which case you bake nothing like your momma.”) Yep, it got intense.
We started out the competition day with what one of my lab managers called the “pie parade,” which was basically just us bringing our pies into the building and putting them into our refrigerator. (Don’t worry – no bacteria or samples go in that refrigerator!) Then, at lunch, one of our scientists judged the pies. I was so enthralled to have won.
Want to make my award-winning pie? Here’s the recipe. If you want it to be more like my pie, use these modifications: I didn’t make my own whipped cream. I just used Cool Whip. I used one entire normal-sized (sorry, I’m not sure of the actual volume) container’s contents to fold into the chocolate mixture, and I used half of another container’s contents on the top of the finished pie.
Happy Baking!! 🙂