Cranberry Cream Cheese Muffins

>> Tuesday, July 28, 2015

These are deluxe yummy perfection! The cake is tender and rich and the tart cranberries make a nice contrast. I think the batter would lend itself to some experimenting with other berries, especially tart ones like raspberries or black berries.

Cranberry Cream Cheese Muffins
1 c. butter, softened
1 pkg. (8 oz.) cream cheese, softened
1 1/2 c. sugar
1 1/2 tsp. vanilla
4 eggs
2 c. flour
1 1/2 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. salt
2 c. fresh or frozen cranberries
1/2 c. chopped pecans

Cream butter, cream cheese, sugar and vanilla.  Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Stir in dry ingredients until just moistened. Fold in cranberries and pecans. Fill muffin cups 3/4 full. Bake at 350 degrees for 20-25 min. Cool 5 minutes in pan before removing to wire rack. Yield 2 dozen muffins.

Notes: Frozen cranberries go into the batter straight from the freezer, don't thaw them, just stir them in. Also, to freeze cranberries when they are in season, just take the bag of cranberries out of your grocery bag and place it right in the freezer. Use within a year. This recipe is from Taste of Home 2008.
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Peanut Pudding Dessert

>> Friday, July 10, 2015

I made this yummy fluff for the 4th of July family dinner this year, and my sister-in-law asked if I would post it here.  I love peanut butter! This cool layered dessert comes from Taste of Home 2005.

Peanut Pudding Dessert
1/2 c. cold butter
1 c. flour
2/3 c. chopped, dry roasted peanuts

In a bowl, cut butter into flour until crumbly.  Stir in peanuts. Press into an ungreased 9x13 baking dish and bake at 350 degrees for 16-20 min. or until browned.  Cool on wire rack.

1 (8 oz.) package cream cheese, softened
1 c. powdered sugar
1/3 c. peanut butter
1 carton (8 oz.) whipped topping, thawed
2 3/4 c. cold milk
1 large package (5.6 oz.) instant chocolate pudding mix
additional peanuts for garnish

In a mixing bowl, beat cream cheese, powdered sugar and peanut butter until smooth.  Fold in 1 1/2 c. whipped topping. Carefully spread over crust.
In a bowl mix milk and pudding for 2 min. then let stand 2 min. to soft set.  Carefully spread over cream cheese layer. Top with remaining whipped topping.  Garnish with additional peanuts or chocolate curls if desired. Refrigerate until serving. Yield 15-18 servings.
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Pears and Cream Pie

>> Friday, July 3, 2015

Another pie for your summer fruit! This one has a buttery topping and creamy filling.

Pears and Cream Pie
3 c. chopped pears
1/2 c. sugar
1 egg, beaten
1 c. cream
1 Tbsp. flour
1 tsp. vanilla
pinch of salt
1 unbaked pie shell

Combine pears, sugar, egg, cream, flour, vanilla and salt in a bowl; mix well. Pour into pie shell. Bake at 350 degrees for 15 minutes. While baking, make topping:

Topping:
2/3 c. flour
1/3 c. sugar
1/4 c. butter

Combine ingredients in a bowl and mix until crumbly.  Sprinkle over pie. Bake for 30 minutes longer or until browned.
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Blackberry Sour Cream Pie

>> Tuesday, June 23, 2015

I found some fresh blackberries last week at the store, and felt like pie would be in order. (I always do think pie is in order.) This beautiful pie is a berries-and-cream kind of experience, rich and delicious-but easy to assemble. The recipe comes from a booklet of pies and pastries compiled by home economics teachers.

Blackberry Sour Cream Pie
1 unbaked 9 inch pie shell (or click here for a pastry recipe)
4 c. fresh blackberries
1 1/4 c. sugar
1 c. sifted flour
1/4 tsp. salt
1 c. sour cream
2 Tbsp. sugar

Place cleaned blackberries in pie shell. Sift sugar, flour and salt into a bowl, stir in sour cream to combine; mix well. Pour cream mixture over berries, sprinkle top with 2 Tbsp. sugar.  Bake at 450 degrees for 10 minutes. Reduce temperature to 350 degrees, bake for 30 minutes longer.  Cool on wire rack.
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Changes, Changes!

>> Friday, April 17, 2015

Hello again.  It seems ages since I have been here to blog.  What a busy spring we have had! We are in a new home now, not very far from our old one, but to move our family is a feat, no matter how far it is! Thanks to all the helpers we had!! We loved our old home, and I loved my old kitchen, but wait until you see my new one! (I have been told it is only for certain tastes, but it suits mine, so that's alright.) We are currently a bit in and out of boxes and will be for awhile during the finishing of our new basement. Construction isn't my favorite thing until it is over, so I'm looking forward to that day! Meanwhile, I have a back log of recipes I want to share, and as I get some time, I will do it.


The only corner of my kitchen clean enough to photograph this morning, but it gives you a good flavor of the house. This is the broom closet and pantry.
Sorry about the angle on this one, trying to show you the cool wood ceilings. And what Nate calls the John Wayne doors. Wood and books.
And books and wood.  What more could you want?
Maybe a few trees! This house has an awesome yard and we have been enjoying the spring colors.
Thanks for letting me share! Come for a visit!
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Cranberry Walnut White Fudge

>> Monday, February 9, 2015

Try this to sweeten up your Valentine this year! The fudge is creamy and cheerful with the red peeking out of the pieces. We loved this!

Cranberry Walnut White Fudge
1/2 c. butter (no substitutes)
2 c. sugar
3/4 c. sour cream
1 c. vanilla or white chocolate chips
1 jar (7oz.) marshmallow creme
1 tsp. vanilla extract
1 c. coarsely chopped walnuts
1 c. dried cranberries, coarsely chopped

Line an 8 or 9 inch square pan with foil or plastic wrap, and butter or spray with pan spray. Set aside. In a heavy saucepan, bring sugar, sour cream and butter to a boil over medium heat. Cook and stir until a candy thermometer reads 234 degrees (sea level) or soft ball stage. Remove from heat. Stir in chips, marshmallow creme and vanilla until smooth. Food in walnuts and cranberries. Pour into prepared pan. Let cool at room temperature. When cool, remove foil and cut into pieces. Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator. Yield: 3 pounds.

Notes: adjust the temperature for your altitude.

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Creamy Caramels

>> Tuesday, January 20, 2015

I made these for Christmas this year, and it is the best caramel recipe I've tried yet, so I'm putting it here for safe keeping.  Taste of Home cookbook, 1996 is the source.

Creamy Caramels
1 c. sugar
1 c. dark corn syrup
1 c. butter or margarine
1 can (14 oz.) sweetened condensed milk
1 tsp. vanilla

Line an 8 inch square pan with foil and butter the foil. Set aside. In a saucepan, combine sugar, corn syrup and butter, and bring to boil over medium heat, stirring constantly. Stop stirring and boil slowly for 4 min. Remove from heat and stir in milk.  Reduce heat to medium low, and cook until candy thermometer reaches 234 degrees, (soft ball stage), stirring constantly.  Remove from heat, stir in vanilla.  Pour into prepared pan and cool. Remove from pan, cut into 1 inch squares and wrap in waxed paper. Yield 64 pieces.

Notes: My single complaint about this recipe is that my foil stuck to my caramels, so I may try parchment paper next time.  You will need to adjust your candy thermometer to your altitude.
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