My Holiday Treats… P.s I’m Engaged!

I love coming home for the holidays. Seeing my family and friends that I haven’t seen in awhile. And this year I have something very special to celebrate… I’m engaged! Wooo hooo!!! You know those 4.5 years pining for a diamond have finally paid off! I put my time and was greatly rewarded. I kid I kid. I’m very much in love and so happy. I wonder if I can get my wedding in a magazine? Or Say Yes to the Dress? It is right by my house in Atlanta!

I will say it is funny though, Scott and I are so much nicer now to each other, and he seems to have gotten more attractive! hahah! I have a few photos to post and will continue.

 

The proposal... the perfect moment captured!

 

 

 

At last

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The most beautiful ring

 

 

 

On another note I want to share with you the culinary treats I will be making when I go home. I have been making these for a few years and they are an explosive hit. Check out Epicurious.com This site is the best. It is a compilation of recipes from great magazines such as Gourmet, Bon Appetit, Food and Wine and many more.

 

Pumpkin Cheesecake: I wish I had a picture, ut trust me it’s delicious and looks like a oiece of art. We the cake is cooled and ready to be served you dribble carmel on the top and run through it with a knife to get a fantastic design. The crust is made with gingersnap cookies and pecans! The cookies and nuts give it such a perfect holiday spice taste. I also sub some of the regular cream cheese with low fat or fat free and mix it with the regular. You can’t tell the difference and it makes it just a little less bad for you 😉

 

Mexican Wedding Cake Cookies:

 

A big hit

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

You may have heard them referred to as other things like snowballs or wedding cookies. Don’t be fooled by imitations these are the best! I always have to make a double batch, because about 6 people intend on taking some home. They are made with mostly butter, powdered sugar, and toasted pecans. These cookies literally melt in your mouth and they make such a pretty display.

 

I always find it helpful on any recipe site to search by rating. I know that by doing this I will not be disappointed in what I make. Also, always check the reviews. You will be surprised that some reviews have great advice. for example adding more nutmeg to the dish because the recipe doesn’t call for enough or use a different kind of pan because the one the recipe recommends isn’t the best option. I have been able to perfect recipes by doing this!

 

Party Planning! Cake pops

I just found the perfect edible decoration for my party. Cake pops! I can’t even type fast enough to keep up with what I found on this site. I am by no means the first to discover her; maybe I’m just late to the game. She was featured on Martha Stewart (aka God) making these cute cupcake pops I plan on using at my party.

Basically you take cake, mix it with icing, form shape and dip in chocolate. I will post the directions here. But also check it out at Bakerella.com

Red Velvet Cake Balls
1 box red velvet cake mix (cook as directed on box for 13 X 9 cake)
1 can cream cheese frosting (16 oz.)
1 package chocolate bark (regular or white chocolate)
wax paper

1. After cake is cooked and cooled completely, crumble into large bowl.
2. Mix thoroughly with 1 can cream cheese frosting. (It may be easier to use fingers to mix together, but be warned it will get messy.)
3. Roll mixture into quarter size balls and lay on cookie sheet. (Should make 45-50. You can get even more if you use a mini ice cream scooper, but I like to hand roll them.)
4. Chill for several hours. (You can speed this up by putting in the freezer.)
5. Melt chocolate in microwave per directions on package.
6. Roll balls in chocolate and lay on wax paper until firm. (Use a spoon to dip and roll in chocolate and then tap off extra.)

I also only melt a few pieces of chocolate bark at a time because it starts to cool and thicken. It’s easier to work with when it’s hot.

To be extra girly I think I am also going to make these hat cookies:

I can’t wait to tell my expert baking friend Jenny! She is going to be all over this like white on rice.

I am going to make these macaroons the centerpiece!