Thursday, December 22, 2011

Christmas Blessings.....

From my house to yours.  May you carry the joyous feeling of the Christmas season all through the coming year.  Happy Holidays Dear Friends!!!

I heard the bells, on Christmas Day
-By Henry Longfellow

I heard the bells, on Christmas Day,
Their old, familiar carols play,
And wild and sweet
The words repeat
Of peace on earth, good will to men.

Saturday, December 17, 2011

Brussel Sprout Beauty....

Fruit and vegetables have always been a theme in my Christmas decorating.  Each year I decorate the mantel with pineapples, oranges, apples, artichokes and grapes along with cedar and pine roping.  This year I'm adding these beauties.  

I'm curious if anyone else likes to decorate for the holidays with fruit and vegetables.  If you do, which fruit and vegetables do you prefer and how do you use them?

Monday, December 5, 2011

Grapefruit, Avocado and Feta Salad.......

I have been on a mad eating frenzy that can only rival that of a hungry Great White Shark feeding off the coast of Seal Island, South Africa.  Not a pleasant sight to be sure.  Suffice it to say I have been eating anything and everything since Thanksgiving.  If it wasn't nailed down I was eating it.  It's a good thing my arms are attached to my body or I'd be typing this post with a pen in my mouth.

I've decided to give myself an intervention. I will be eating salads from now until Christmas.  If I can make them as delicious as this one, I will be more than happy to give up the junk food.  I devoured this salad just as hungry sharks usually do.

Pink grapefruit, avocado and feta cheese are the stars in this healthy salad.  I supremed my grapefruit in a bowl and then sliced the avocado and placed it in with the grapefruit sections and juice.(the acid in the grapefruit juice keeps the avocado from turning brown)  I took a large handful of baby greens and wild arugula and put the grapefruit, feta and avocado on top.  I added a small amount of extra virgin olive oil  to the juice along with Fleur de Sel and pepper then poured it over the the whole thing. I will absolutely make this again.  Maybe next time I will add a thin slice of red onion.  YUM!

Saturday, December 3, 2011

Do I, Sniff Sniff.....Smell Treats....

Good nose Bella. Yes, you do smell something. You smell the aroma of biscuits wafting from the kitchen. I made you a batch of Christmas treats.. Now stop your drooling , sit like a pretty girl and I'll give you one.

Bella did have one and loved it.. Earlier she sat on the rug by the backdoor and waited for them to cool down enough to test one.  I know she enjoyed it because when I gave her the second treat she flew into the living room to wolf it down on my good rug.
I toyed around with the portions from the original recipe and they came out better than I expected.  Here's the recipe.
Pumpkin Peanut Butter Treats
  • 2 1/2 cups whole wheat flour
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup canned pumpkin
  • 5 tbsp. peanut butter
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 cup oats
Preheat oven to 325 degrees.  In a stand mixer, mix together all the above ingredients.  Dough should be stiff but workable.  Roll out to 1/2 inches and use what ever cookie cutter you prefer. Bake 30 minutes and cool on a wire rack.  I cut out 60 treats with my bone cookie cutter. 

Come Bella,  I'll give you just one more.

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