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snowball cookies

A Very Happy New Year!

Hello everyone! It’s been far too long. The school year is in full swing, Mel got a new full time job, and then we got hit with all the Holidays. Anyone else feel way too busy these last few months? We’re sorry to keep you waiting on us to get a post up, but with a new year comes new resolutions and new Brady Girls.

I’ve been trying to lose some weight this last year, and have had some success -nearly 20 lbs lost, but so much more to go. The road has been hard and tricky, but I’m determined to see it done in 2013. So to end this year of 2012, I’ll leave you with a couple of sinful recipes, because come January first I’ll be living a month of healthy eats and treats that I’ll be sharing with you each step of the way. And hopefully I can get another girl or two on here with me ;) Happy New Year!

Snowball Cookies

snowball cookies

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Snowball Cookies (aka Wedding Cakes or Tea Cakes)
 
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These are the best snowball cookies money can buy. Yes, you can find cookies that look like these in the store, but no other snowball cookie compares to these powdery morsels.
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Recipe type: Cookies, Desserts, Treats, Holiday
Serves/Makes: 4 doz

Ingredients
  • ½ Cup Powdered Sugar
  • ¼ tsp. Salt
  • 1 Cup Butter
  • 1 ½ tsp. Vanilla
  • ½ tsp. Almond extract
  • ½ Cup Chopped Almonds
  • 2 ¼ Cups Flour
  • 1-2 Cups Powdered Sugar for rolling baked cookies

Directions
  1. Preheat oven to 375° F.
  2. Mix the powdered sugar, salt, and butter together, mixing well until thoroughly creamed and fluffy. Continue mixing and add vanilla and almond extracts.
  3. Gradually stir in the flour, and then fold in chopped almonds.
  4. Form 1 inch cookie balls and place on an ungreased cookie sheet. Do NOT press down, these will keep their form as little bite-sized balls.
  5. Bake one cookie sheet at a time for 8-10 minutes or until preferred doneness.
  6. Roll cookies on a plate filled with powdered sugar until they look like little ‘snowballs.’
  7. *To make your cookies extra yummy roll once in powdered sugar while still warm. This will create a coating of slightly melted powdered sugar. Then let your cookies cool and roll a second time in powdered sugar to ensure they are completely coated in sugary goodness.

Tips
I made 12 dozen of these bad boys two weeks ago for the neighbors and they were a huge hit! They’re perfect as gifts, easy to pack and ship, and great to make on a budget. They’re also included in our ebook Cookin’ Up Sweet Treats -one of several homemade holiday cookie recipes included.

Maple Glazed Bacon

And as an added treat, here’s a little something I whipped up last week -my ‘splurge week’. This bacon was absolutely divine. My hubby and I could not stop eating it -we were practically swooning over these lovely strips of pork. I mean this is the perfect balance of sweet, smokey, and salty. And let’s face it, bacon makes almost everything taste amazing.

Maple Glazed bacon

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Maple and Brown Sugar Glazed Bacon
 
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Sinfully, this bacon will have you wanting more and more. An homage to the Minnesota State Fair’s Big Fat Bacon. Sweet and Salty have never tasted so good. So So So good it shouldn’t be right -seriously- have a bacon party with this stuff :P
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Recipe type: Bacon, Deliciousness
Cuisine: Yumm!
Serves/Makes: 4

Ingredients
  • 1 pkg Bacon
  • 1 Cup Brown Sugar
  • 3 Tbs Maple Syrup

Directions
  1. Cook bacon to your desired doneness. We found slightly chewy to be best.
  2. Proceed to place juicy, hot, sizzling bacon on a plate. (no paper towel required)
  3. Heat the brown sugar and maple syrup together on the stove or in the microwave until sugar crystals dissolve.
  4. Then proceed to drizzle the sticky magical maple glaze liberally over the cooked bacon, and enjoy! Alternatively use the glaze of the Gods as a dipping sauce for the bacon.


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finished pizza rolls

The Perfect Game Day or After School Treat: Pizza Rolls

The easiest dish I can think of to throw together after school or for a party or even a quick dinner is pigs-in-a-blanket. Just unroll croissants, place half a hot dog and cheese inside, roll, and bake to the directions on the can of the croissants. It takes 15 minutes!

But I thought there’s got to be something more we can do here…

Pizza Rolls

So I got a few cans of croissants together and every topping for a pizza I could think of, and the result was warm, savory, and delicious -Pizza Rolls. Why not through your favorite pizza ingredients into a roll, bake ‘em, and then dip in whatever sauce you’d like? You can keep them whole for the kids after school, or cut them in half and serve as a bite sized appetizer at your next party. They really are a no-brainer, and if you use tinfoil, clean up is a breeze.

We really enjoyed the bbq chicken pizza rolls with some fresh chives. These were closely followed by the pepperoni rolls. You can just use the meat in the roll or add a small veggie, like chives, olives, or mushrooms. Throw a sprinkle of mozzarella cheese on before you roll, then bake to the directions on the croissant can. We found that using the sauce to dip the rolls into worked best (rather than putting it into the rolls). Try it with bacon, meatballs, pepperoni, bbq chicken, Canadian bacon, cheese, or even garlic and anything else you can think of. Have the kids help and make a night out of it. They don’t have to be pretty, as long as the ingredients are in the dough, they should bake up just fine. Let us know what combinations you come up with!

Another thing I did was use turkey meatballs, pepperoni, and hot dogs, to lighten the meal up a bit. Your kids won’t know the difference. I know that the croissants aren’t very healthy, but at least you can take comfort in what you’re putting inside.


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