Thursday, November 10, 2011

Candy Corn Sugar Cookies

Here are the cookies I made for Helen's preschool celebration.  They would be good for Halloween or Thanksgiving.  The instructions are found here.  Basically you split the dough in to 3 parts and dye it with food coloring.  Then you layer it, slice it, and then cut into triangles.  I used my own sugar cookie recipe and used a 8x8 pan instead of a loaf pan.  I also didn't have sanding sugar, only granulated.  Sanding sugar would be better.

Four things I'd change next time:

  1. make three different half batches and mix the coloring into the liquid ingredients
  2. use only egg whites on the white dough batch
  3. use more food coloring for the other 2 batches
  4. and use the loaf pan.

Also it should be know that you should return the brick of dough to the refrigerator in between cooking batches.  The last ones are really hard to slice and cut as the dough gets soft.  They turned out tasting not to bad to me, a person who doesn't really care for sugar cookies; maybe having no icing helped.

Helen's preschool tries to be extremely politically correct, to the point that I am almost rolling my eyes all the time. Case in point: This celebration was titled "Fall Harvest Celebration" and held on Halloween. They don't celebrate holidays.  If you did not want your child to participate they could sit in the office during snack time. I decided just to play it safe and go with candy corn for the cookies - neutral ground.  When we got to the preschool it had a picture of a haunted house, and the kids had to go find the letter ghosts.  Hmm, last I checked haunted houses and ghost are totally a Halloween thing and have nothing to do with harvesting.  Whatever, Helen had fun and thought it was a great day and that is what is important.

Here is my sugar cookie recipe:

Sugar Cookies
2 cups sugar
1 cup melted butter or margarine
1 cup sour cream
4 beaten eggs
1 teaspoon salt
4 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon soda
1 teaspoon vanilla
6-8 cups flour (enough to make a soft dough)

Mix in order given.  Chill at least 1 hour.  Roll out ¼” thick and cut into shapes.  Bake at 375 degrees for 8-10 minutes.  Let cool and decorate.

Monday, November 7, 2011

Pumpkin Joes

I love all the flavors of fall.  I pulled this recipe off Taste of Home back when we lived in Monterey, but because of a combination of I was afraid it would be a little to odd and I would forget about it during autumn, I hadn't made it until yesterday.

The original recipe is called Pumpkin Burgers, but it nothing like a burger and pretty much a very tasty Sloppy Joe.

1-1/2 pounds ground beef
1 medium onion, chopped
1 bottle (12 ounces) chili sauce
1 can (10-3/4 ounces) condensed tomato soup, undiluted
1/2 cup canned pumpkin
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 to 1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
1/4 teaspoon pepper
6 to 8 hamburger buns, split

In a large skillet, cook beef and onion over medium heat until meat is no longer pink; drain. Add the chili sauce, soup, pumpkin, salt, pumpkin pie spice and pepper. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 1 hour or until thickened. Serve on buns. Yield: 6-8 servings.

I made the recipe on Sunday.  When I woke up I realized I had forgotten to buy some more tomato soup.  There has to be a substitution for this I thought.  Sure enough I found a condensed soup substitute here.  One problem, I didn't have any tomato sauce either...but I did have tomato paste!  For sure there has to be a substitution for sauce using paste, right.  You betcha, it is just ratio thing, tomato sauce substitute found here.

After church I set the Pizza Guy to making tomato paste into tomato sauce.  Then taking that and making condensed tomato soup.  While he did that I started the Pumpkin Joe recipe.

Everyone in our house approved of them.  The only change I would make is I would add more pumpkin next time, maybe 1 cup or even some diced cooked pumpkin.  I loved the pumpkin flavor and how much tomato and pumpkin are in it.  It is still vegetables, even if pureed!

These are good, Mommy!

Oh, so, yummy!

Ya, Mom, I think they are yummy.
Can I please eat the rest of chips now?
-Sure, Vampire Girl.

Oh, I need a big bite!

A really BIG one!

I'm trying to smile to show I like them,  Mom,
but my mouth is full!

Another Halloween Bath

In the week leading up to Halloween, we used spiders and plastic eye balls instead of our usually bath toys.  We also colored the water orange with these color tablets.

Lots of bath time fun!

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