Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Snicker doodle scones

Snicker doodle cookies are one of my all time favorites and they are super easy to make, just like these scones! Why I had scones on my mind I have no idea, but I looked around for recipes for about a week and eventually just combined elements from about 3 different ones...mostly becuase I didn't want to have to buy much for them.

What you need
2 cups flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon nutmeg (fresh grated is the best)
1/2 cup cold butter
1 egg separated
1/2 cup sugar
1/3 cup Buttermilk

1/4 cup sugar
1 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon

1 cup powdered sugar
3 tablespoons milk
1 teaspoon vanilla

Preheat oven to 400°

Combine flour, baking powder, salt, cinnamon, and nutmeg. Cut in cold butter until crumbly. In another bowl combine egg yolk, sugar and buttermilk until well mixed add to your flour mixture until just combined. Flour your work surface and work your dough into a ball. Roll your dough out into a circle until it is about 1/2 to 1 inch thick. the thicker the circle the thicker the scones. Mine were about a 1/2 inch and I wish I had made them a little thicker.  Cut your circle into 8 even triangles, transfer to a well greased cookie sheet.

With a fork quickly whisk your egg whites until frothy. Mix your topping ingredients in a separate bowl.  Brush egg whites over the tops of the scones and then sprinkle with the cinnamon sugar mix.
Bake for 10-12 min.

While baking mix your glaze ingredients. Once scones are done and have cooled slightly drizzle over the tops and enjoy with a hot cup of coffee and a good book. That is if you don't have toddler running around and stealing every bite you try to take!

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Sunday, November 9, 2014

Gingerbread dip

Everyone who has toddler in their life understands they have a strange love for dip or as my little miss calls it "dip dip". We went to a play date this week and needed to bring along a snack to share. And with fall in the air and the holidays upon us I thought gingerbread just seemed to be a good flavor to go with. This dip works up quickly and is so yummy! I served it with graham crackers but it would be great on a bagel or someone suggested the top of a muffin or cupcake.

What you need
1 package of cream cheese
1/4 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup powdered sugar sifted 
3 tablespoons molasses 
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon pumpkin spice
a little bit of freshly grated nutmeg 

What to do
In a stand mixer beat the cream cheese until light and fluffy. Add in your sugars and beat until everything is mixed well. while your mixer is on low speed add your molasses one tablespoon at a time followed by your seasonings. I found that once I turned my machine off it needed a good stir by hand to get things off the side of the bowl. Put in a serving dish and chill for 30 min to let it stiffen a some before serving. 

Now lets talk a little more about gingerbread, like umm gingerbread lattes at Starbucks amazing and they haven't been released up here in the pacific northwest so in the mean time I am gonna drool over my friends Gingerbread latte cupcakes over at Morningnoonight!! Check them out and drool with me or better yet make them, pin them, love them!! 

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Sunday, November 2, 2014

Spinach and Kale Greek yogurt dip Trader Joes style

Do you shop at Trader Joes? I have met a lot of people that shop there often, I am not one of those people. The stores are always so busy its hard to look at everything and decide what looks good. But around there the stores seem to be a little large and easier to wonder around and find the fun things they have to offer...like everything under the moon in pumpkin...no joke. My husband fell in love with their Greek yogurt kale and spinach dip after we moved up to the seattle area. The only problem...you don't get much so its gone fast. So we did a little research and decided to start making it at home in larger amounts.

What you need
1 17oz container of plain greek yogurt
1 cup finely chopped spinach
1 cup finely chopped kale
1/2  bell pepper finely chopped
1 carrot shredded
2 garlic cloves finally minced or pressed
1 tablespoon agave or honey
1/2 teaspoon onion powder
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
fresh ground pepper
1 teaspoon Montreal steak seasoning my McCormick

What to do
The best way to get the best chop on your spinach and Kale is by using a food processor.

Put your Greek yogurt into a large bowl ans stir in your vegetables and seasonings. Taste to see if you want to add anything. The steak seasoning has salt in it but you may find you would prefer more salt or maybe more pepper, dips like this are great to add your own spin too.

Serve with vegetable or crackers!!

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