Wednesday, December 12, 2012

A Minty Treat

Grinch Cookies
A Twist on Sugar Cookies With a Hint of Mint

With just these few ingredients you are going to make a treat that will NOT make it to the cookie jar!

Since it's baking season, I have been searching the internet,
well, huh-hum, Pinteres,t and came across a simple recipe.
After tweaking it a bit, here is the result...

1 Pouch (1 lb 1.5oz) Betty Crocker Sugar Cookie Mix
1 Stick of Butter room temperature (very important)
1/2 Teaspoon of Mint Extract
14(YES!) Drops of Green Food Coloring
1 Egg
1 Cup Andes Mint Chips or Mint M & M's
1 Cup Semisweet Chocolate Chips

Preheat Oven to 350
Combine all ingredients to make the dough

Fold in the Chips and Mints/M&Ms

Spoon onto Cookie Sheet
Bake 8-10 Minutes (Ovens vary so may take more/less time)

These Photos do not do the green color justice!
They are SUPER yummy right out of the oven!
I'm a Fan of Mint Chocolate Chip Ice Cream and this cookie form!

If you Make Any Variations I Would Love to Hear!!

Such Fun!

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Pinteresting Touches

Pinteresting Touches for 

I don't know how I have lived without Pinterest!
Kinda like I don't know how I lived,or went to school, without Google!

Anyway, I just added some Christmas Printables around the house to add a little extra. It was fun, easy and added a little more Christmas to my home. The above is one wall of my foyer.

I must make a disclosure here...We LIVE in our home, which is why we call it a HOME! It's not a show house by any means (I laugh out loud!) but it's a perpetual project which is why I have an ECLECTIC HEART. I love all things old, odd, unique and sentimental. So be warned if you happen to see something quirky, Yes, I know it's there and I DO like it!

I love glass jars, especially this Apothecary Jar filled with purple glitter ornaments and silver beads

The print is from here and it's FREE!
The sheep lamp my husband made for me and the Rabbit is from a Decorator Show Home Sale ($2).

This is a wall I usually have bird prints but I replaced them with these Subway wall art of Christmas Songs found here.
The Cross my husband made from repurposed wood! Love it!!

Our tree sits in front of the pictures and I think it adds to it.
Disclosure again...I am not a photographer but will work on it!

Just a little vinette on my buffet.
Got the print from Pinterest as well.

These are shelves my husband made from pallets for me.
He IS so handy!! I also have a cross he made from reclaimed wood  sitting behind another print from here.
You can also see our Elves, Murray Christmas and Glitter.

I guess I may have gone a little crazy with the free printables but I enjoy them around. The phrases make me smile and keep the focus on this special season!

Thanks for checking me out and I love comments and suggestions!

Such Fun!!

Monday, December 3, 2012

Yummy Pumpkin Poppers

Pumpkin Poppers

This is totally a Pinterest PASS!!

Don't they look divine?? Well, they are!!
I found the recipe at Domestically Speaking Blog...

Pumpkin Poppers

1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoons cinnamon
1/2 teaspoons nutmeg
1/2 teaspoon allspice
1/8 teaspoons ground cloves
1/3 cup vegetable oil
1/2 cup brown sugar
1 egg
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
3/4 pumpkin (fresh or canned, just not pumpkin pie filling)
1/2 cup low-fat milk
For Coating
1 stick of unsalted butter, melted
2/3 cup granulated sugar
2 tablespoons cinnamon

Preheat your oven to 350 and spray your muffin pans.
Combine all the dry ingredients in one bowl and whisk till combined.

In another bowl, mix together the oil, brown sugar, egg, vanilla, pumpkin and milk.
Pour the dry ingredients into the wet and mix till it’s just combined (you don’t want to over mix).

Fill your mini tins till almost full.

Bake for 10-12 minutes.
While they’re baking, melt your butter and in a small bowl combine your sugar and cinnamon.

Let the poppers cool for a few minutes before rolling them around in the melted butter and then plunging them into their cinnamon sugar bath.

Yummy Goodness Even Without the Sugar Bath!!
(I took a bite outta one, couldn't resist!!)
If you want less sugary sweetness you could just dip the top of the muffin into the butter & cinnamon sugar.
They look and taste like a pumpkin donut hole… YUMMY!!
They go great with a cup of coffee or cocoa!
Pumpkin isn't just for Fall, but goes great on any holiday snack tray.

I rate this an easy recipe!  Pinterest Pass!!
Don't hesitate to share other variations!

Such Fun!!