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Sara Graduated! My MILs request of me: Cheese Dip!

So, my sister-in-law, Sara, graduated college this semester with a degree in photography and a minor in History & Political Studies (random, I know, but very cool!). As in typical graduation fashion, a party was planned. I do not envy my mother-in-law for having to plan parties for their family. There are 45 people on one side of the family and about 30 on the other side... that's not including friends, dates, etc. That's a lot of people, especially for a WINTER party in St. Louis - it's generally not warm enough for people to hang outside. Thankfully, for her, she loves planning parties. However, naturally with that many people she cannot be expected to make/purchase everything so she enlisted help from a few people, her favorite (ok, so only!) daughter-in-law included. I was surprised that she only wanted me to bring one thing but then again - a lot of people = a lot of help. If I hadn't been sick the day before the party I would have made baklava, SILs current f…

Monkey Bread Muffins: Christmas Morning Breakfast

Last year was the first Christmas my husband (then Fiancee) and I lived together and I wanted to make something fun for breakfast, rather than just pancakes and eggs (or even cereal!) so I decided to make Monkey Bread! Well, until a few days before Christmas I hadn't thought of the fact that I did not have a bundt pan... thus I decided to make Monkey Bread Muffins. They were so easy to make and really good so I decided to make them every Christmas. Now, maybe eventually when we have children I'll make a full Christmas breakfast (complete with these muffins) but for now it's just us so I can get away with junk for breakfast!
** picture/s coming soon... they're at home and I'm at work**

Monkey Bread Muffins
Ingredients
- (1) can Pillsbury Grands Buttermilk Biscuits
- (3/4 c.) butter
- (3/4 c.) sugar
- (2ish Tablespoons) cinnamon
Directions
- Preheat oven to 350 and lightly grease a muffin pan
- cut each biscuit in to 3-4 pieces and put in mixing bowl
- melt butter
- comb…

Mint Brownies

So, on the message boards I frequent while I should be working (What's Cooking on thenest.com) we're having a baking recipe exchange. First - I'm so glad Katie put this all together because the recipe I got was awesome and everyone loved them!!! Second, I want to say that I messed up the recipe a teeny bit. It's really easy, I just forgot that my chocolate squares were 1/2-oz while the recipe calls for x ONE oz. squares. It all worked out well for me because I'm not a huge chocolate lover (but I do love me some mint chocolate anything!!) Anyway, enough rambling -on to the recipe!

(unfortunately I was having a hard time cutting the brownies because I left them in the fridge for 2 straight days... next time I make these I'll bring them closer to room temp before I cut!)

Christmas Mint Brownies courtesy of ... ???

First Layer
- melt 2 (1oz) squares unsweetened chocolate and 1/2 cup of butter in a double boiler
- let cool
- beat 2 eggs and 1 cup sugar
- add 1/2 cup fl…

Christmas Candy

So, after baking with my family on Friday, I sort of baked on Saturday and Sunday... candies that is! At work everyone kept saying, "no cookies, no cakes...nothing" but I couldn't not bring nothing (wow - bad grammar but it works here!) so I decided to make a few candies for my immediate team to nibble on. To ward off the "Ughh... we said no" comments I gave everyone a little baggie of two kinds of candies - that's all! I made Peppermint Bark and Graham Cracker Pralines. Everyone raved on Monday when I brought them in.

Peppermint Bark
*SUPER easy and just as yummy!!

Ingredients
(1) bag mint chocolate chips
(1) bag white chocolate chips
(12) candy canes crushed (can use any crushed mint candies... these were just in the baking aisle already!)
Directions
- In a double boiler (or makeshift as I did!) melt mint choclate chips
- spread melted chocolate on a parchment paper lined cookie sheet and let cool
- After 1st layer cools, melt white chocolate in double boile…

Christmas Cookie Day

So, it's holiday baking season and I couldn't be more excited. Ever since I was in high school I've looked forward to this more that the holidays in general. Every year my mom, grandma, aunt and I all get together for "Christmas Cookie Day". We generally start the day out by going to breakfast (usually Bob Evans or a Cracker Barrel type place) then we head to someone's house to bake and decorate cookies.


This year was a little different. We still went to breakfast (IHOP - I got Chocolate Chip Pancakes) and baked together but this year we only baked (and decorated) sugar cookies and chocolate chip cookies. Additionally we had a "Cookie Exchange". My mom, aunts and I each made different cookies and enough to give everyone a few dozen. I now say aunts because this year my moms aunt decided to come.
Anyway, I digress....

On to the recipes!!!
My Recipe: Smores Cookies!
One year I just decided that I wanted a smores cookie. I tried a basic Chocolate Chip C…