On December 14, the peace and innocence of Newtown, Connecticut was shattered and 26 people lost their lives, 20 of which were dear, sweet children. I have no words ...
Now the students and faculty of Sandy Hook Elementary School are preparing to begin classes again in a new location. To ease their return, the Connecticut PTSA has organized The Snowflake Project to create a winter wonderland in their new school.
I think this is a wonderful idea and I am so happy to be able to do something ... anything ... to help. So who is with me? Let's get the word out and give these kids a gorgeous snowy wonderland to welcome them to their new school and to show them that we care.
So grab the button, spread the word, and get creating ... And make sure to come back on 1/9 for a Project Snowflake linky party.
Here are the details ...
They are asking for everyone to make and send snowflakes for them to hang around the school. Their only request is that the snowflakes have no words on them ... think bright, and sparkly, and happy, and magical ...
Snowflakes are to be sent by January 12, 2013 to:
60 Connolly Parkway
Building 12, Suite 103
Hamden, CT 06514
You can check out the CT PTA website or Sandy Children Help on Facebook for more information or updates. They are also putting together a photo album of the snowflakes; you can send photos to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please include a note to let them know where the snowflakes are coming from (school, grade or age, town etc).
Well, I never thought I would be posting a recipe about Brussel Sprouts, my son really likes them, me... not so much, until I made these. I liked them so much I even had seconds, yup seconds, thats how good they are. If your like me and never really
liked them or never tried them before, or better yet, if you do like them, you have to try this recipe! If ya do, let me know what you think of it.
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8 servings prep time: 20 minutes
cook time: 45 minutes
total time: 1 hour 20 minutes
For the Brussels Sprouts:
2 pounds Brussels sprouts
6 ounces bacon, cut into ¼-inch dice
2 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
¾ teaspoon salt
Fresh ground pepper
1 cup + 2 tablespoons heavy cream
For the Topping:
1 cup plain bread crumbs
6 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese
3 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
½ teaspoon salt
½ teaspoon ground pepper
1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees F and adjust oven rack to high position.
Remove the outer leaf layers of the Brussels sprouts,
slice off the stem ends, and then halve them lengthwise.
2. In a medium bowl, toss together the Brussels sprouts,
bacon, melted butter, salt and pepper.
Arrange in a single layer in a 9x13-inch baking dish.
Bake for 25 minutes, stirring twice during cooking.
3. Meanwhile, toss together all of the ingredients for
the topping in a small bowl; set aside.
4. Remove the pan from the oven and pour the cream over top of
the Brussels sprouts; use a spoon to toss together, ensuring all of the
sprouts are coated in cream. Arrange them again in a single layer in
the pan. Sprinkle the topping evenly over the top of the
Brussels sprouts. Return to the oven for an additional 15-20 minutes,
until the cream is bubbling and the topping is golden brown.
Ok, so I don't know why I have been on a apple kick lately, but I have and decided to whip up some fritters tonight and they were so good! This was my first time making fritters
I usually don't like frying, because of the smell, yeah I know... My bf doesn't understand why I don't like the smell either. ;) *candles burning* Any who, this recipe is very easy and your just gonna love them!
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1 heaping cup AP flour
1/3 cup sugar
1 tsp. baking powder
1 – 2 tsp. cinnamon
(depending on how much you love cinnamon)
1/4 tsp. nutmeg
1/2 tsp. vanilla
1 T. butter, melted
1/3 cup milk + plus more if needed
1 – 1 1/2 cups chopped apple, your favorite kind for eating,
peanut sized or smaller
oil for frying
powdered sugar for dusting
Mix all dry ingredients together, slowly add the wet ingredients
minus the apple. Carefully mix until well combined but
not overly beat,gently fold in apple pieces.
The batter should be the consistency of a light cake mix.
Once the oil is ready (when a test drop of dough floats to the top of the oil, )
then using a cookie scooper or soup spoon,
place a 4-5 balls of dough into the oil. Be careful not to overcrowd and
watch carefully for the underside to turn golden brown,
then gently flip over and continue frying until done, take out and dust with powdered sugar.
I really didn't want to eat it, so I decided to make some triangles for the family for after dinner. Made with a simple powdered sugar glaze. Family loved them, next time though I need to make more. lol Enjoy
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Makes: 4 servings
Prep 15 mins
Bake 375°F 15 mins
1 medium baking apple, peeled and chopped (1 cup)
2 tablespoons raisins
1 teaspoon all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon lemon juice
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
3 sheets phyllo dough
2 tablespoons margarine, melted
Nonstick spray coating
For filling, in a small mixing bowl combine apple, raisins, sugar,
flour, lemon juice, and cinnamon. Set aside.
Lightly brush 1 sheet of the phyllo dough with some of the
melted margarine. Place another sheet of phyllo dough on top of
the first sheet, then brush with margarine. Top with the third sheet
of phyllo. Do not brush with margarine.
Cut the stack of phyllo sheets lengthwise into four strips.
For each triangle, spoon one-fourth of the filling
about 1 inch from one end of each strip.
Fold the end over the filling at a 45-degree angle.
Continue folding to form a triangle that encloses the filling, using the
entire strip. Repeat with remaining strips of phyllo and filling.
Place triangles on a baking sheet sprayed with nonstick spray coating.
Brush the tops of the triangles with the remaining margarine.
Bake in a 375 degree F. oven about 15 minutes or until golden. Serve warm or cool.