Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Flea Market Find


I love flea markets. You just never know what little gem you are going to find. And luckily for me the whole family loves them as well.

We happen to have a pretty good one not too far from us in Stormville. It is a mix of old and new and they have a great food court too.

My son hunts for baseball cards he needs.

My hubby digs for rare records.

And my daughter loves the jewels and gems.

And, it was because of her, that I got this fabulous necklace and earring set. It was marked $24.00 but the lady gave it to me for $20.00 without me even asking. :) Yay! I plan to wear it on Easter Sunday. :)

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Easter Nest Cookies


A sweet treat for the Easter table or a spring party, these cookies couldn't be easier, starting with refrigerated sugar cookies and purchased frosting.

Prep Time: 45 Min
Total Time: 45 Min
Makes: 24

INGREDIENTS:
1package (16 oz) Pillsbury® Ready To Bake!™ refrigerated sugar cookies (24 cookies)
1container (12 oz) fluffy white frosting
1cup flaked coconut
Food color
Jelly beans

DIRECTIONS:

Bake cookies as directed on package.

Cool completely, about 10 minutes.

Frost cookies.

Add coconut to a 1-quart resealable food-storage plastic bag. Add 2 to 3 drops favorite food color, shaking bag to blend color. It may be necessary to add 1 to 2 teaspoons water to help disperse the color evenly or additional food color until desired color is reached.

Sprinkle about 1 teaspoon coconut on each cookie.

Top with jelly beans or candy coated chocolate peanut candy.

High Altitude (3500-6500 ft)

Nutrition Information:

1 Serving (1 cookie)Calories 160(Calories from Fat 70),Total Fat 8g(Saturated Fat 3g,Trans Fat 1g),Cholesterol 0mg;Sodium 70mg;Total Carbohydrate 22g(Dietary Fiber 0g,Sugars 16g),Protein 0g;Percent Daily Value*:Vitamin A 0.00%;Vitamin C 0.00%;Calcium 0.00%;Iron 0.00%;Exchanges:1/2 Starch;0 Fruit;1 Other Carbohydrate;0 Skim Milk;0 Low-Fat Milk;0 Milk;0 Vegetable;0 Very Lean Meat;0 Lean Meat;0 High-Fat Meat;1 1/2 Fat;Carbohydrate Choices:1 1/2;*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

Lemon Crinkle Cookies




■1 (super moist) lemon cake mix
■2 eggs
■1/3 cup vegetable oil
■2 tbsp lemon zest
■2 tbsp lemon juice
■1 tsp lemon extract
■white sugar for coating
■confectioners’ sugar for coating

1.Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.

2.Pour cake mix into a large bowl. Stir in eggs, oil, lemon zest, lemon juice and lemon extract until well blended. Drop cookie scoops of dough into a bowl of regular ‘ol white sugar (this will help the confectioners sugar stick). Toss the sugar over the ball of dough until coated. Move the ball into the bowl of confectioners sugar, toss ‘em around more. Once sugared, put them on an non-stick (or lined with parchment) cookie sheet.

3.Bake for 6 to 9 minutes in the preheated oven or until the edges are lightly browned.

I had to keep mine in for 10 minutes. I guess the timing depends on your oven.

They were so good that I am making them again for company on Easter Sunday. :)

Enjoy!

Double-Lemon Poppy Seed Cake

I love anything lemon especially during spring and summer. I am putting this cake on my to make asap list. :)


What You Need:

1 pkg. (2-layer size) lemon cake mix
1 pkg. (3 oz.) JELL-O Lemon Flavor Gelatin
1-1/4 cups water
1/2 cup oil
4 eggs
1/4 cup poppy seed
1/2 cup (1/2 of 8-oz. tub) PHILADELPHIA Cream Cheese Spread
2 Tbsp. butter, softened
1 cup powdered sugar, sifted
2 Tbsp. shredded peel and 1 Tbsp. juice from 1 lemon, divided


Make It:

HEAT oven to 350°F.

BEAT first 5 ingredients in large bowl with mixer until well blended. Stir in poppy seed. Pour into well-greased and lightly floured 12-cup fluted tube pan or 10-inch tube pan.

BAKE 50 min. to 1 hour or until toothpick inserted near center comes out clean. Cool in pan 30 min. Loosen cake from sides of pan with knife. Invert cake onto wire rack; gently remove pan. Cool cake completely.

BEAT cream cheese spread and butter with mixer on low speed until well blended. Gradually beat in sugar and lemon juice. Spread over top of cake. Garnish with peel.

*Sifting the powdered sugar ensures that the prepared icing will be smooth.

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

New Favorite Book & Author!



What would life be like with the one who got away? From the acclaimed author of My Husband’s Sweethearts comes this bighearted, funny, fiercely perceptive tale about a happily married woman and the little white lie that changed everything.

For Gwen Merchant, love has always been doled out in little packets—from her father, who lost himself in work after her mother’s death, and from her husband, Peter, who’s always been respectable and safe. But when an old college boyfriend, the irrepressible Elliot Hull, invites himself back into Gwen’s life with a surprising proposition, she suddenly starts questioning everything she’s ever expected from love.
Elliot, it turns out, is in need of a pretend wife, just for the weekend, in order to fulfill his dying mother’s last wish. But as Gwen finds herself drawn into Elliot’s quirky, wonderful family—and uncovers a few secrets about her own—a pretend relationship just might turn out to be the most real thing she’s ever known.

I cannot wait to read her other books!