Monday, December 24, 2012

Merry Christmas!

This has been a crazy couple of weeks at the bakery! It's the busiest time of the year and I've decorated so many Christmas sugar cookies that I'm starting to have dreams about them! The bakery is closed for the next two days and I'm excited to rest and have a good time with family and friends this holiday season.  But first I want to show you a few of the holiday cakes/cupcakes I made this past week.

Wishing you and Very MERRY CHRISTMAS to you and yours!

Monday, December 17, 2012

Sausage & Tortellini Soup

Pinterest seems to be my favorite spot to find new recipes these days.  It's such a great tool to use to find  all kinds of great ideas and recipes.  Tonight I made this sausage and tortellini soup for dinner and the kids and I devoured it.  Not the healthiest of soups but it was so darn good and super easy to make. My 2 1/2 year old even asked for seconds and that rarely happens with her!

Even this guy loved it!!!

Sausage & Tortellini Soup
Source: Party In My Kitchen

3 cups cooked Italian sausage
3 cups uncooked cheese tortellini
4 cups water
1 can evaporated milk
6 chicken boullion cubes
1 tbsp. oregano
1 tbsp. parsley
1 tbsp. chives (optional)
salt & pepper to taste
parmesan cheese

Put all ingredients except tortellini in medium size sauce pan and bring to boil.  Allow to simmer about 15 minutes.  Add tortellini and allow to boil according to pasta pkg. instructions.  Sprinkle with freshly grated parmesan cheese and serve.

Friday, December 7, 2012

Santa Hats

Look at these adorable Santa Hats my niece made!  Aren't they cute? They are such a fun dessert to eat and would be great to make for an upcoming Christmas party or family get-together.

With brownie bites, whipped cream, fresh strawberries and some imagination you can make these too!

Only 18 days left until Christmas? Do you have your shopping done yet?

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Chile Colorado Burritos

This recipe caught my eye on Pinterest the other day. That and the fact that I had a couple of cans of red enchilada sauce in my pantry that have been begging to be used.  Served with rice, this turned out to be a delicious meal. The meat was super tender after cooking in the crock pot all day. I'm not sure what I'd do without a crockpot. I use it at least once a week!

Chile Colorado Burritos
Source: Food Pusher

1 1/2 to 2 pounds stew meat
1 large can mild red enchilada sauce (at least 19 oz.)
2 beef bouillon cubes
1/2 can refried beans
5-7 burrito size flour tortillas
1 cup or so of shredded cheddar cheese

Put beef, bouillon, and enchilada sauce into a crock pot and cook on low for 7-8 hours, or until meat is very tender. When beef is done, taste and add more salt, if desired. Heat up refried beans in the microwave and put your oven on broil. On an oven-proof plate lay out a tortilla.  Place on tortilla about 1/2 cup of the meat, drained by using a slotted spoon, and a spoonful or two of beans. Roll into a burrito. Pour some of the remaining enchilada sauce from the crock pot over the burrito to cover it. Sprinkle with some cheddar cheese. Broil until cheese is bubbly, about 2-4 minutes.

Sunday, December 2, 2012

At the Bakery...more cake decorating!

Christmas is in full swing at the bakery. We've been baking and decorating holiday sugar cookies like crazy. Before I start showing Christmas goodies on here, I want to show you some of the birthday cakes I've made over the last couple of weeks.

Have a great week!!!