Monday, December 15, 2014

Corn Dog Mini Muffins

I have seen these mini corn dog muffins all over Pinterest, so when Fleischmann's contacted me to try out their Simply Homemade* Cornbread Baking Mix, I couldn't wait to try it! 

Two of my little grandsons were over and I knew they would be happy to be my Number 1 and Number 2 taste-testers. :)  They both love hot dogs and muffins, so these little, tasty gems were right up their alley. 
 The boys (and adults too, I might add) loved these, and they were gone in a flash!
I will definitely be making them again. 

Corn Dog Mini Muffins
Simply Homemade Cornbread Baking Mix
2/3 cup milk
1/3 cup butter, melted
1 egg
Hot dogs, cut into 1-inch segments, and grilled in pan on stove top.
Ketchup and mustard (optional)
Place mini muffin liners in mini muffin pan. Set aside.
Combine cornbread mix, milk, butter and egg in large mixing bowl with a spoon, stirring until all ingredients are moistened.
Spoon batter into muffin cups filling 2/3 full.
Place a hot dog segment into the center each muffin.
Bake in the oven for 11-13 minutes.
Let cool on wire rack for a few minutes.
Dip in ketchup or mustard if you'd like. :)

So simple and so good!


I was compensated for this post, but the opinions are my own.

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Saturday, December 13, 2014

Letters to Santa Cookies

I bought a new Christmas kitchen towel at World market a couple of weeks ago, solely because it was cookie inspiration the minute I saw it!  
The towel's graphics feature kids' letters to Santa with iconic Christmas decorations, such as candy canes, colored lights, and Christmas trees.

I knew right away it would translate into an easy and adorable cookie!
All it took was rectangular cookies, white royal icing and food markers.  
It would definitely be a fun cookie craft for kids. They'd be able to write their wish list on the cookie and leave it for Santa, along with a glass of milk, on Christmas eve.

Letters to Santa Cookies
Rectangle cookie cutter
Various food markers
1. Roll out sugar cookie dough about 3/8-inch thick.
2. Use spatula to transfer to a baking sheet.
3. Place baking sheets in freezer for about 10 minutes to help cookies hold their shape.
3.  Let cookies cool.
4. Using a decorating bag fitted with a #3 tip, outline and fill in the cookie with the untinted royal icing.
5. Let royal icing dry overnight.
6. Using the food safe markers, compose letters to Santa, adding small decorations too.
7. Add lines to the letter if you'd like.  (I added the lines (freehand) after I wrote the letter, but of course you can add the lines first if you'd like, or leave the them off altogether. 

Have fun!
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Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Mini Gingerbread House Collaboration with Haniela's

I bought THIS mini gingerbread house cutter last year after someone shared it on facebook (I think).  If I recall correctly, the sharer was Sugarbelle. :)
Anyway, when I saw it, I knew I had to have it!  I bought my friend, Hani, one too, and she invited me to collaborate with her in making our mini gingerbread house creations.

Haniela's makes amazing cookies, and one of her specialties seems to be gingerbread creations, which includes houses, whether they are mini and simple, or bigger and detailed (even 3D), they're always beautiful!
I adore her "mug hugger" cookies for this collaboration!

I decided to make a snow globe of sorts, but I had a bit of a difficult time photographing through the glass. I think I need a new camera and/or lens (I'll blame it on the equipment, haha)! 
I hope Santa is listening. :)


So...I brought it out of the jar and made a little wintry scene in a mug. 
I guess our collaboration could be mini gingerbread houses in/on mugs! :)

I can't believe that with all the photos I took of this mini house that I did not take any of the house in production!?!  

Gingerbread House details
I used this gingerbread recipe and this royal icing recipe (white and tinted red, as "glue" and decoration).
Jumbo confetti sprinkles were used for the roof awning(?) detail and gumdrops on the roof ridge.
Jumbo sprinkles were used for the tree, connected with a toothpick, 
The toadstool is made with a jumbo gumdrop and a regular size gumdrop, also connected with a toothpick. The white dots are royal icing.
The wood stack is cinnamon sticks, bound with twine.
I also used small confetti sprinkles to decorate the house.

Make your own gingerbread house, mini or big, and 
Have fun!

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