Thursday, December 9, 2010

Cranberry Compote

Cranberry Compote
This is my mom's specialty at Christmas - and I love it!
She makes me this every year and it would not be the holidays
without this delicious cranberry delight!!
You can serve this on the side of your turkey like you would
the traditional way - or top soft cream cheese for a delectable
cracker spread - or put it in a graham cracker pie crust with
dollops of luscious whipped cream!
~*~ weekend is Family Christmas at my parents
and my mouth is watering thinking about this special beloved dish!

Cranberry Compote
2 tart apples, peel & slice
1 pkg. fresh cranberries
1-1/4 c sugar
1 c golden raisins
1/4 c orange juice
1 t grated orange peel
1 t salt
1/4 t allspice
1/4 t cinnamon
1 can sliced peaches, drain
1 can apricots halves, drain
1 c pecans, chopped
In a saucepan, combine 1st nine ingredients.
Bring to boil - reduce heat - simmer uncovered for 10 minutes.
Add peaches and apricots - mix well. Stir in pecans.
May serve warm - over vanilla bean ice cream would be divine!
Serve chilled in so many delicious ways!
Confession: My mom adds twice the amounts of apricots
because I love them soooo much!
I am linking to the following foodie sites:
Prairie Story Thursday Recipe Swap
Tasty Traditions Thursday
Foodie Friday
Food on Friday
Friday Favorites
and a Christmas Blog Hop
from one of my favorite sites:

Monday, December 6, 2010

Faithfulness Tea

FAITH is being sure of what we hope for
and certain of what we do not see.
Hebrews 11:1
We live by FAITH and not by sight.
II Corinthians 5:7
Without FAITH it is impossible to please God,
because anyone who comes to Him must believe
that He exists and that He rewards those who
earnestly seek Him.
Hebrews 11:6
Make every effort to add to your FAITH goodness;
and to goodness, knowledge, and to knowledge, self-control;
and to self-control, perseverance; and to perseverance, godliness;
and to godliness, brotherly kindness; and to brotherly kindness,
love. For if you possess these qualities in increasing measure, they
will keep you from being ineffective and unproductive in your
knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.
II Peter 1:5-8

For our tea party today I am serving a little buttery cookie.
They melt in your mouth and are perfect for a steamy cup of tea.
I love these cookies because they are so versatile!
You can add any color or shape sprinkles to the top.

Classic Spritz Cookies
1 1/2 c (3 sticks) butter, softened
1 c sugar
1 egg
1 t vanilla
3 1/2 c flour
colored sugar or sprinkles
Preheat oven to 375°F.
Beat butter until creamy. Add sugar, egg and vanilla; beat well.
Add flour, 1 cup at a time; mix well. Dough will be soft; do not refrigerate.
Fill Cookie Press, fitted with disk of your choice, with dough.

Press dough onto baking sheet 1 inch apart.
Decorate cookies with colored sugar or sprinkles, if desired.
Bake 10-12 minutes or until firm but not brown.

Cool 2 minutes on baking sheet. Remove to wire rack.
Repeat with remaining dough.
Yield: 6-7 dozen cookies

I am linking to my favorite tea parties...
Tuesday Tea Party
Tea Cup Tuesday
Tea Time Tuesday
Tea Time Tuesday Teapot & Tea Things Tuesdays

and my favorite foodie sites...
Tuesdays At The Table Tempt My Tummy Tuesdays
What's Cooking Wednesday
Prairie Story Thursday Recipe Swap
Tasty Traditions Thursday
Foodie Friday
Food on Friday Friday Favorites

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Celebration of Life Anniversary

Concetta Perfetto Lynch
Beloved Grandmother

Today is the one-year anniversary of my
one-in-a-million nanny going home to be with the Lord.
It is a time of great rejoicing and great saddness for our family.
Rejoicing knowing she is with the Lord,
but sad that she is not home with us.
The Christmas season was always her favorite time of year
and she always made it brighter
and more special for all of her loved ones.
She could do that.
Turn the ordinary into something spectacular ~
the mundane into magnificence.
Please link here
to view my post from last year
honoring the life of a beautiful woman of God.


The Kitchenettes ~ A Hospitality Club

Romans 12:13
Pursue the practice of hospitality.

The Kitchenettes is all about teaching and mentoring young girls in the art of hospitality. It is so much more than cooking or doing domestic tasks ~ hospitality is the very heart of God ~ a demonstration of pouring His love onto others. This group of young girls are learning the very nature and character of God as they serve people and sharpen their skills in homemaking.



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