Thursday, December 29, 2011

Starbucks Cranberry Bliss Bars...

1 cup {2 sticks} unsalted sweet cream butter
1  1/4 cups light brown sugar, packed
3 eggs
1  1/2 tsp. ginger
1  1/2 tsp. vanilla
1/4 tsp salt
1  1/2 cups all-purpose flour
3/4 cup diced dried cranberries
6 ounces white chocolate, cut into chunks {or 1/2 bag of white chocolate chips}
4-ounces softened cream cheese
3 cups powdered sugar
4 tsp lemon juice
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
1/4 c. dried cranberries

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
2. Make cake by beating butter and brown sugar together with an electric mixer until smooth. Add eggs, vanilla, ginger,
and salt, then beat well. Gradually mix in flour until smooth. Mix 3/4 cup diced dried cranberries and white chocolate
into the batter by hand. Pour batter into a well-greased 9×13-inch baking pan. Use a spatula to spread the batter evenly
across the pan. Bake for 35-40 minutes or until the cake is light brown on the edges. Allow cake to cool completely.
3. Make frosting by combining the softened cream cheese, 3 cups powdered sugar, lemon juice and vanilla extract in
a medium bowl with an electric mixer until smooth.
Use a spatula and spread the frosting over the top of the cooled cake.
4. Sprinkle 1/4 cup of the diced cranberries over the frosting on the cake.

Hope your relishing your week after Christmas, we have been doing a lot of sleeping IN!!!  It's been wonderful!! Have a fabulous New Years friends.

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Hot Cocoa and some freebies...

I just made this homemade Hot Cocoa recipe for a Christmas Party and I loved it! Thought I would share with you fabulous ladies.
  • 1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 3/4 cup white sugar
  • 1 pinch salt
  • 1/3 cup boiling water
  • 3 1/2 cups milk
  • 3/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup half-and-half cream
 Combine the cocoa, sugar and pinch of salt in a saucepan. Blend in the boiling water. Bring this mixture to an easy boil while you stir. Simmer and stir for about 2 minutes. Watch that it doesn't scorch. Stir in 3 1/2 cups of milk and heat until very hot, but do not boil! Remove from heat and add vanilla. Divide between 4 mugs. Add the cream to the mugs of cocoa to cool it to drinking temperature. A hot cocoa bar is a lot of fun if you are serving little people, candy canes, marshmallows, whip cream and of course cookie sticks.

 These little beauties are free Christmas tags, just head over to love vs design and download and print. 
Then head over here eat drink chic to print some of these. I like to print mine on card stock and attach some cute ribbon, enjoy and have a Merry Christmas!!

Monday, December 12, 2011

Time to get your craft on.........

Join us tomorrow for our Christmas Workshop 9am-11am at Community Chapel.
All materials provided, donuts, coffee and childcare!

Hope to see you there and don't forget about our coat drive to help local children. Have a fabulous Monday! Merry Christmas