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2012 in review

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2012 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

19,000 people fit into the new Barclays Center to see Jay-Z perform. This blog was viewed about 140,000 times in 2012. If it were a concert at the Barclays Center, it would take about 7 sold-out performances for that many people to see it.

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Basic Spritz Cookies

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This recipe is really a throwback to my college days when I was a flunky for the head of the Home Economic’s Department.  I probably  made a million of these Spritz Cookies and became quite a natural with a cookie press.   These little cookies are quick to make,  but I am hesitant about using the word easy.  The dough is quite easy to prepare as long as you can operate a mixer, but the kicker for some could be the use of a cookie press.   Following the directions  in the Use and Care Manual will be a great help .  I found  the diagrams  are very easy to follow.   Now it may take a couple of tries to get the feel of how long to press the trigger, but you can just throw the dough back in the press and start over.  If you don’t have a cookie press I encourage you to run out an get one especially if you have children.  They love this gadget!  You and your family can make some great  holiday memories!  Check out the little puppies we made at the insistence of one of my angels!

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Pistachio and cherry Mexican Wedding Cookies

They melt in your mouth!

This recipe has been sitting in my cook this next notebook for six years.  What a slacker I am!  Well, I finally have made these wonderful balls of pure delight and I can truthfully tell you that I waited six years too long.  They are just perfect for the holidays, but really you can eat them all year long just because they will make you very happy.  They’ll just melt in your mouth and you will have to have another and another.  Have lots of company when they come out of the oven is all I have to say.  You will love them because they are so good and there is really no way to mess these up unless you cook them too long.

Here's the holiday color red and green

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Blueberry Muffins made with Greek Yogurt

So Yummy!I have fallen in love with Donna Hay’s Magazine.  Thanks to a tweet from Tami who writes a beautiful food blog Running With Tweezers I downloaded a free issue last year.  Oh my goodness is it beautiful!  If you are an Ipad user you should go here and load it now , sit down and indulge yourself with the most beautiful food photography and mouth-watering recipes .  Should you want the magazine in hand just head over to Whole Foods to get a copy or order it to be delivered to your doorstep.  Shop around for a good price on a subscription.  After I downloaded the free issue I am now able to get it for about $20.    I just love it!  I could go on and on, but you get the idea.  It is without a doubt a work of art.  This is the first of her recipes that I have tried and you can bet there will be many more.  This is a muffin from heaven and I didn’t even use fresh summer blueberries as I did here.  I picked up Publix frozen blueberries which turned out to be a fabulous choice.  Donna’s basic muffin recipe will be one that I will be making many more times.  I did make one change though.  She used sour cream and I substituted non-fat plain Greek yogurt.  These are super moist and so flavorful.  I have several in my freezer now ready to pop into the microwave for about 30 seconds.  What a great idea.  I think I’ll have one.  What about you?

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Crunchy Chewy Granola

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I hate it when I find just the right shade of lipstick and  you are standing at the cosmetic counter glaring at the salesperson as they say to you with a smile “Sorry, but the color has been discontinued.”  What?  Tell me you are kidding?  It has been brought to my attention many times that I should buy two of everything that I love.  You know that special t-shirt, sweater, jeans, and the list goes on.  So you know where this is going.  I am a granola girl.  I love it with cold skim milk in the morning, for a snack, or dinner.  More than once or twice I have fallen for a certain brand and out of no where production of this wonderful product stops.  No one calls me.  No one asked my opinion.  It just stops appearing on the shelf.  It’s sad.  Now I’m doing what I should have done a long time ago and I am making my granola.  Well, really it’s not mine but thanks to Katie Workman I can have my favorite granola anytime I want it.   So can you and you will love it!

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