Monday, December 28, 2009

The "M" Recipes



If your anything like me, the last thing you need is another recipe for sugar filled deliciousness.

But I'm going to give you one (or three) anyway.

Honestly, I am ready and willing to give up the sugar for a day or two...or at least until after lunch.

This girl has been sugarfied.


Before recipes though, I hope you and yours had an awesome Christmas.

The La Vida House had a wonderful Christmas. It was restful and quiet. I spent much of Christmas Eve and Day between silent contentment, and thankful weepiness.

Oh, and I spent 7 hours on Christmas Day (and 5 hours the day after, but who's counting?) helping The Girl put 3500 Lego pieces together, making a house and a medieval market.


This was my first time ever building something with Lego's.

The Mister and both kids are longtime builders.

Lets just say that after I got over my "oh-my-goodness-these-pieces-are-not-in-any-order--and-oh-goodness-it-seems-like-a-big-ole-mess" I really had a great time!

Speaking of builders...When The Mister and I were making our lists and checking them twice, we decided that we would give The Boy (who enjoys making things from wood) his own wood working tools and safety gear, and the Mister would help The Boy make a work bench that was a smaller version of his own.

The Mister had all the supplies ready and waiting, and yesterday he and The Boy built a workbench.

This is a picture of one happy boy:




Our Holy-day was good. Really, really good.

OK, now to give you what you came for:


Marshmallows, Mexican Wedding Cookies and Molasses Cookies:


Marshmallows


2 TBLS Gelatin (unflavored)
1/4 cup cold water
2 cups sugar
1 cup water
1TBLS corn syrup
1 TBLS vanilla
powder sugar
corn flour

Dissolve gelatin in 1/4 cup water. Set Aside.

In large saucepan cook sugar, water, syrup to 240 degrees. Occasionally giving a stir with a wooden spoon.

While waiting for sugar to boil up to 240. Take Parchment paper and line a 9x13 cake pan. Then GENEROUSLY sprinkle pwdr sugar and cornflour on parchment. Set aside.

Put gelatin in mixing bowl (use whisk attachment if have a freestanding mixer) Slowly pour sugar mixture into bowl while whisk is on medium speed.

Allow to mix until candy turns white and is doubled in size.

Add vanilla.

Pour over prepared cake pan. Sprinkle GENEROUSLY with more sugar/flour and then carefully use your hands to pat it down into pan.

Wait an hour or so to completely cool and set.

Cut into squares and roll into sugar flour mix left in pan.

Enjoy!

Mexican Wedding Cakes--This is my Mom's signature cookie. I cannot remember a Christmas without them.
1 cup butter (room temp)
2-1/4 cup flour
1/3 cup sugar
1tsp water
1 tsp vanilla
1 cup chopped pecans
1 cup sifted pwdr sugar.
1/4 tsp salt

Set oven to 325.
Mix butter, sugar, vanilla, water and half the flour.

Add rest of flour. Add Pecans.

Shape into 1 inch balls. and place in oven for 20 minutes or until bottoms are lightly browned.

Let cookies cool slightly.

Roll them in powder sugar.

Eat them.

Yummy.


Molasses Cookies --This is my mother-in-laws recipe. These are very tasty.
3/4 cup soft shortening
1 cup dark brown sugar (packed)
1 egg unbeaten
1/4 cup molasses
2 cups flour
1/4 tsp slat
2 tsp baking soda
1tsp ginger
1 tsp clove
1 tsp cinnamon

combine shortening, sugar, egg. eat til fluffy (have I ever told you I LOVE the word fluffy. I do.)
Add molasses. sift dry ingredients and add to mix (I never sift, I just add) Mix well. Chill dough thouroughly.

Shape into 1 inch balls and roll in sugar.

Bake 350 for 12-15 minutes.

Watch them disappear.

All right. I gotta run. Today I am cleaning house and taking names.

And then, if the kids play there attitudes right, I might take them to a movie.

Happy (last) Monday (of the year!)

8 comments:

CPQ said...

Yeah for the marshmallow recipe! We're out, and I want to make some this week (I'm supposed to be off sugar, but whatever...)

Becca @ Our Crazy Boys said...

We had the boys make a tool bench last year, and they LOVE it!! They are always out there nailing nails into wood and gluing stuff together. It was the best idea!

Thanks for all the recipes! I think this is a record year for weight gain during the holiday season, and I credit all of the blogs I have been reading!

Cathy said...

Yay! ...for another sugar coma!

But seriuosly, thanks! I made CPQ send me your recipe for Creme Brulee French Toast..um, yum.

SO glad your Holy-day was wonderful. I spent the day in jammies. That made it top-notch for me.:)

Gretchen said...

Definitely bookmarking this, Kellie. Must make some of these post haste. We have junk food supper on New Year's Eve, so I'm looking forward to some new...well...junk is such an ugly word.

Janel@Dandelion Dayz said...

I always make Mexican Wedding Cookies AND Molasses Cookies at holiday time. Except this year. :( I miss them and think I might just have to make up a batch to celebrate the new year!

Looks like a beautiful day!

Such The Spot said...

I've always LOVED Mexican wedding cookies. Out of a box, can you believe that? These ones will be infinitely better.

whimzie said...

Oh.my.word. I think I'm in love with every one of these recipes and can not WAIT to try them ALL!! Let the sugar coma COMMENCE!!!!

mer@lifeat7000feet said...

So...the recipe for Creme Brulee French Toast? My friend Joanne (The Simple Wife) gave it to me last year and it is so yummy. I made it for John's family and they loved it. I wanted to make it today for the sleepover girls but I knew I couldn't resist the sugar so I passed.

Now I have lots more recipes to try after reading this post. My no-sugar resolve is failing...