Archive | November, 2012

It’s beginning to smell a lot like Christmas

30 Nov

If it’s one thing I love about Christmas, besides hanging out with the people you love, is the food. Growing up in an Italian/Spanish home, Christmas is always filled with lots of love and an abundance of food. You could probably feed an entire army in one Christmas sitting in my home. If it’s one person that knows how to make a Christmas dinner it’s my mother. She has to be one of the best cooks I know, I’m not saying that because she is my mother, I am saying it because it is the truth! Anything that she creates comes out to be this mouthwatering, straight to the hips, food. She loves to bake, her cookies and cakes are to die for and her pasta is one of a kind. Lord knows I have tried to make it taste just as good as hers, but it hasn’t happened yet. And I wont stop trying till I get it right!! I can only hope that one day I can be as good as her. She tells me it comes with practice, so that is exactly what I am doing, practicing. I love to bake, it may not always come out the way I had hoped it to, but like they say, practice makes perfect. One thing I know for sure is that I will continue to learn from the best, MY MOTHER!!

This Christmas, I am headed to my in-laws condo in Panorama and lucky for me, my mother in-law loves to cook and bake as well. I would have to say, for someone like me, who loves to cook and bake, I am pretty lucky to have these woman in my life. This year I decided to do my Christmas baking a little early and make their favorite cookies and cakes (and mine too). Thanks to Pinterest, I am able to pull up some creative cakes, cookies and other Christmas desserts and I can’t be more excited to try them all out. I hope my husband, coworkers, friends and family are ready, cause this little baker is getting her baking on.

Here is one of my favorite recipes found on Pinterest.

Candy Apple Pie

Crust:
1 1/2 cups graham cracker crumbs
3 tablespoons sugar
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/3 cup butter, melted
3/4 cup caramel ice cream topping
1 cup chopped pecans

Apple Filling:
5 Granny Smith apples (peeled, cored, sliced very thin)
5 tablespoons butter
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon cinnamon

Cream Cheese Topping:
8 oz. cream cheese
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 egg
1 tablespoon lemon juice
1/4 cup sugar

Topping:
3/4 cup heavy cream, whipped
2 tablespoons sugar
1/2 cup caramel ice cream topping
1/4 cup chopped pecans

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