Sunday, December 25, 2011

"Merry Christmas"




May the timeless message of Christmas fill your heart and home with joy today and throughout the coming year. Merry Christmas and a very Happy New Year!


Saturday, December 24, 2011

Friday, December 23, 2011

Sunday, December 18, 2011

'Twelve Days Before Christmas'

Day Five ~ Carly Meets Santa


waiting to meet Santa...


still waiting...


"i think he forgot me..."


"wait... i think i see him!"





"me & santa"




Saturday, December 17, 2011

Thursday, December 15, 2011

'Twelve Days Before Christmas'

Day Three ~ Baking












I love biscotti, and this is one of my favorite recipes to make for the holidays.

ALMOND-GINGER BISCOTTI

2    cups all-purpose flour
3/4 cup sugar, plus 1tsp. for sprinkling
2    tsp. baking powder
2    tbls. finely grated lemon zest (from 2 lemons)
1/4 tsp. salt
1.5 cups unblanched whole almonds
1/4 cup chopped crystallized ginger
3    lg. eggs
2    tsp. vanilla extract


Preheat oven to 350°. In a large bowl, whisk together flour, 3/2 c. sugar, baking powder, lemon zest and salt. Fold in almonds and ginger.

In a small bowl, whisk together eggs and vanilla; stir into dry ingredients. (dough will appear very dry but will come together when kneaded.)

Transfer dough to a lightly floured work surface; knead until smooth. Divide dough in half; shape into two logs, each about 1 inch high and 3 inches wide. Place on a parchment-lined baking sheet; sprinkle logs with remaining 1 tsp. sugar.

Bake until logs are puffed and outside is firm ( the tops may crack), about 30 min. Transfer to a wire rack to cool completely, about 2 hrs.

Using a serrated knife, thinly cut logs crosswise into 1/4 inch-thick slices. Lay slices on two parchment-lined baking sheets. Bake rotating sheets halfway through, until biscotti are crisp and lightly golden, 20 min. total. Transfer to wire racks to cool completely.


MAKES 36

Recipe by Martha Stewart - Everyday Food - Collectible Cookie Edition