Christmas Dessert Contest

Christmas Dessert Contest

December 24, 2013

My family always gets together on Christmas Eve and we exchange gifts and celebrate the season.  With grown children, there is always a scheduling problem, so we have an open house that day and serve an unending plethora of appetizers.

  A few years ago, we had a dessert contest, featuring mini desserts.  We have a theme each year, and this year it was holly.  With my son’s help, I created a scoring paper for all of the desserts.  Each dessert is given a number and each is judged on a scale from 1 – 10.  Everyone is a judge, tastes the desserts and scores each one.

 It is really all in fun and the grandkids sometimes give a score of 10,000 or more to their favorite.  I give prizes for the top three, which are usually mini dessert dishes, cookie cutters, rolling pins, etc. 

 

 

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Banana Bread

Banana Bread

1/2 cup shortening

1 cup sugar

1/2 cup brown sugar

2 eggs

1 tsp. vanilla

2 cups flour

1 tsp. baking soda

1/2 tsp. baking powder

1/2 tsp. salt

1 tsp. cinnamon

3 ripe mashed bananas

3/4 cup nuts

 

   Preheat oven to 325º.  Line the bottoms of four 5″ x 3″ mini loaf pans with parchment paper cut to size.

   Cream shortening and sugars together, then add eggs and vanilla.

 Combine flour, soda, baking powder, salt, and cinnamon.  Add flour mixture and bananas to shortening, sugar, egg and vanilla mixture.

  Blend until combined and add nuts.

   Fill pans equally with the batter.  Bake for 40 minutes.

 

*Tip – If you have bananas, which have ripened too much, place in the freezer and retrieve for banana bread later.

 

 ***  I like making four little loaves of this bread.  After they have cooled, I wrap two or three in Reynold’s Wrap and freeze.

 

   Sometimes I pull one out when the grandkids come over and need a little snack.  Aidan loves this stuff!

   Sometimes I pull one out for  Will to take to work with him.   They freeze really well and thaw out quickly.

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  1. Preheat oven to 325º. Line the bottoms of four 5" x 3" mini loaf pans with parchment paper cut to size.
  2. Cream shortening and sugars together, then add eggs and vanilla. Combine flour, soda, baking powder, salt, and cinnamon. Add flour mixture and bananas to shortening, sugar, egg and vanilla mixture. Blend until combined and add nuts.
  3. Fill pans equally with the batter. Bake for 40 minutes.
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Make This: Christmas Ornament Wreath

Make This: Christmas Ornament Wreath

December 15, 2013

  This wreath was so easy to make, but it looks so stunning!  A styrofoam wreath was used as the base. I wrapped the wreath with silver wired ribbon to cover the white styrofoam. Then a hanger was created out of the ribbon used for the bow. I wrapped the ribbon around the wreath form, created a loop,  tied and using a flower pin, secured the ribbon and also hot glued the pin, for more security.

   The silver balls used for this project were three different sizes.  Removing the tops of all the ornaments seemed to work best.  I laid out the ornaments around the wreath form to get an idea of where to glue them.  After that, I hot glued them working on the inside first, then the outside, then filled in the top with the remainder.

    The red wired ribbon bow was added to the hanger ribbon on top. 

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Dining Room Mirror DIY

Dining Room Mirror DIY

December 13, 2013

     For this Dining Room Mirror DIY, mirror tiles were applied to the wall to create a large mirror.  Pottery Barn black paint was applied to the wood for framing and wood mullions.  Then, the frame was cut and nailed to the wall.  The mullions were glued on top of the mirror tiles to disguise them.

An updated version of this, with more detailed directions, can be found here►Mirror DIY update.

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