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Why my neighbors tolerate me…

I will admit, I don’t always have a freshly mowed lawn, I play my music way too loud…and its a mix of zoot suit 1940’s big band and rock, and I have kids that run either mostly, or totally naked around the back yard screaming at each other (before you run out and report me to DCF, or yell at me about neighborhood pedophiles, I have a 6 foot fence around my yard!).  I am not the perfect neighbor, I’m not a bad neighbor either.  But what makes me a perfect neighbor, is the home made treats I deliver with smiles for every holiday.  This year, we’ve gone with cookie cutter peppermint bark, spiced cupcakes with rum flavored icing, cinnamon honey butter, and the old classic decorated sugar cookie.  All wrapped up in holiday cheer and joy.

Happy Holidays to everyone!

P.S. Peppermint bark and cinnamon honey butter recipes can be found at Tidy Mom

P.P.S Cinnamon Honey Butter Recipe is hard to say 5 times fast

Happy Halloween!

I believe whole-heartedly in the over indulgence that is Halloween (or over indulging on any holiday for that matter).   I love the idea of dressing up as someone else, begging for candy and scaring the crap out of your friends and neighbors.  Don’t get me wrong, I adore the Christmas season too, but since transplanting myself to Florida, it just doesn’t feel the same.  So I have made Halloween my “it” holiday, when I expend the most amount of energy making in fun. 
It started with “Its the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown” over my super pancakes (recipe at another time), and will end sometime much later (wayyyyyy past bedtime) with sugar crashes after truckloads of candy. 
I am wishing everyone a safe and spooky Halloween!
(I’m sure I will be back later posting about our chocolate pumpkin cake and with pictures of the things all decked out in their Halloween garb.)

Spooky Pies!

My filling is yellow, I didn’t prep correctly and didn’t have red food coloring!

See what I did there, I made Whoopie Pies in to Spooky Pies!  I’m clever, that’s why you read my crap (or not, no one probably reads this!) 
I’m a New England Girl, and these whoopie pies make me wax nostalgic of summers on the lake in Maine.  I figured they would be a fun Halloween treat if I colored the creamy centers orange and gave them a Halloween-ish moniker.  They are pretty simple to make, messy- fun to eat and made my neighbors happy when they got the bags full of old fashioned goodness. 

What you need:

Cookies:

  • 1 cup shortening
  • 2 cups white sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 cup sour milk (I used heavy cream, you can make sour milk by adding 1 tsp white vinegar to 1 cup milk)
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 cup hot water
  • 4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup unsweetened coco powder
  • 1 tsp salt
Filling:
  • 1 1/2 cups shortening (I know, TONS of shortening, but your gonna eat TONS of your kids candy in a few days anyway)
  • 4 cups confectioners’ sugar
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons vanilla extract
  • 2 egg whites, beaten
What you do:

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.  Grease cookie sheets.
In a large bowl, cream together 1 cup of shortening and white sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in the eggs one at a time then stir in the vanilla and sour milk. Combine the flour, cocoa and salt, stir into the creamed mixture. Stir together the baking soda and hot water then mix them into the batter last. Drop by tablespoonfuls onto the prepared cookie sheet. Bake for 8 minutes in the preheated oven, until firm but not overbaked. Allow cookies to cool on baking sheets for a few minutes before removing to wire racks to cool completely.
To make the filling: In a medium bowl, cream together the 1 1/2 cups shortening with the confectioners’ sugar and 1/4 cup of flour until light and fluffy. Gradually beat in the milk and vanilla until well mixed, then fold in the egg whites. Sandwich at least 1 tablespoon of filling between the flat sides of two cookies.

Taste tested by Thing 2.

Pie production overseen by “Jack Skellington”