Friday, December 9, 2011

Food Friday - Peanut Butter Blossoms AND Holiday Questionnaire

I love food. I love to make it and I love to eat it (but mostly make it). Every Friday I intend to post a new recipe for you to try. I won't post it unless I have tried to make it because I want to know it is good.

I want to apologize in advance. This might be the longest post ever written. Our (new) church does cookie baskets and asks for volunteers to make a couple dozen of their favorites to add to the variety. I made peanut butter blossoms and "not-so-spritzer" cookies. I will share the "not-so-spritzer" recipe later but for now: Peanut Butter Blossoms from allrecipes.com.

You will need
  • 1/2 cup CRISCO® Butter Shortening (do NOT substitute butter. You must use Crisco. It makes all the difference in the world)
  • 1/2 cup JIF® Creamy Peanut Butter
  • 1/2 cup firmly packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 2 tablespoons milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 3/4 cups PILLSBURY BEST® All Purpose Flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • Sugar
  • 48 foil-wrapped milk chocolate pieces, unwrapped
 Follow these steps and you will be AMAZED at the results.
Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.  
 
Cream together shortening, peanut butter, brown sugar and 1/2 cup sugar. 

Add egg, milk and vanilla. Beat well.

Sire together flour, baking soda and salt. Add to creamed mixture. Beat on low speed until stiff dough forms.

Shape into 1-inch balls. Roll in sugar. Place 2 inches apart on ungreased cookie sheet and bake for 10 to 12 minutes or until golden brown. 
 
Top each cookie immediately with an unwrapped chocolate piece, pressing down firmly so that cookie cracks around edge. Remove from cookie sheets to cool. 



Enjoy!! (And let me know if you try these recipes/how they turn out!!!)

Also, if the spirit of Christmas (which is in 15 days by the way)...

I saw this lovely questionnaire on the Baby Making blog by my friend Becky. She is a fun, honest, and downright hilarious lady who has twin (holydangadorable) boys. You MUST check her out. I filled it out so without further adieu, here we go:

1. Egg nog or hot chocolate? Hot chocolate. I don't suppose I have ever tried egg nog but it has the word "egg" in it. And unless I am really in the mood for them or they are in a cake... I don't love eggs. Regardless of if they are in the beverage or just in the name. In regards to hot chocolate, I may or may not have had WAAAAYYYYYY too much on the way to Gooseberry Falls in October so I am kind of taking a break from it. We agreed to see other beverages. 

2. Does Santa wrap presents or just sit them under the tree? Santa and I have this agreement that if he keeps bringing me wrapped gifts, I will keep believing in him. They are always wrapped and labeled to "Moe", "Melissa", or "Middle Child" from Santa.

3. Colored lights on tree/house or white? Growing up they were ALWAYS colored but I gave in to my sweet husband who has only ever done white lights on the tree (and we did white on the house). I think I might love it because of my touch of (self diagnosed) OCD but maybe when I have kids I might gently try to wean Tyler off the white lights. Wish me luck!!

4. Do you hang mistletoe? Well we have one hanging by the back door of our house that is homemade. Tyler's grandma bought it at the church bazaar. It is kind of hanging on a spare nail that really has served no prior purpose. That counts, right?

5. When do you put your decorations up? The day after Thanksgiving. No exceptions. I would leave them up all year if Tyler would let me. But he won't.

6. What is your favorite holiday dish? Tough TOUGH question. I love mashed potatoes and gravy. Ask Tyler's dad, we spent quite some time last year discussing my passion for the dish. Mmmm...

7. Favorite holiday memory as a child? The sentimental Christmas we had last year with my family. It was emotional, perfect, and full of love. Just like Christmas should be.

8. When and how did you learn the truth about Santa? I really don't remember but Becky said it perfectly in her response. So this is me taking it and giving her credit:

Baby Making Becky: "I don't remember, but here's the honest truth. I believe in Santa. 100%. I am not kidding you, and I will explain: If Santa didn't exist, Millions upon millions of children would not get gifts signed "love Santa" on the same night, every year, all around the world.
Sure, maybe parents put those presents there, but why would they bother if Santa wasn't real? Santa may not be a "fact," but he is certainly "true." 
Santa may not be a person, but he is millions of people, and they all work together to bring children beautiful Christmases."
Couldn't have said it better myself.

9. Do you open a gift on Christmas Eve? All of them. My family always went to church on Christmas eve and on the way home we would look at all of the Christmas lights. Then my dad would say "OHMYGOSH Did you see the sleigh?? It just flew by! We better hurry home and see if he's still there!". So regardless of our age, we would get all excited in anticipation of seeing Santa. Of course he was never there. But there was always an abundance of presents waiting.

10. How do you decorate your Christmas tree? At mom and dad's, we always used a 9' fake tree, colored lights, and ornaments that were collected over the years (almost never the traditional bulb ornaments from the store). The ornaments with your name on them or ones that were made a church or school. This year (our first in our new home) we have white lights, gold and red ornaments, ribbon, and a new tree skirt!

11. Snow! Love it or dread it? I LOVE SNOW! I wish we had snow. C'MON! We are in Minnesota and don't have a single flake on the ground! It is not Christmas until the snow starts and stays. I LOVE it!

12. Can you ice skate? It really depends on if this question means "can you stand on skates and be pushed around while only falling a few times" or if it means "can you spin and twirl and go really fast on skates". I would like to say yes to the former. Maybe not to the latter.

13. Do you remember your favorite gift? Last year I got the Nativity Scene that my dad got from his mom. It is amazing.

14. What’s the most important thing about the holidays for you? Presents.

No, I'm totally kidding. Did I fool you? 


I love the family time. I love to have everyone in one place so we can catch up and talk about old stories and memories.

15. What is your favorite holiday dessert? French silk pie with mint pieces on top. Yum.

16. What is your favorite holiday tradition? The hanging of the Christmas ornaments. Every year (until now) my siblings and I would put up the ornaments we made or that were made for us (with our names on them). When we were younger we were short and unintelligent so we put them all kind of in one general area. Then when we woke up they would be all pretty and spread out (thanks mom!!)! We still do that... I don't think it is as cute now as it once was. And mom probably doesn't appreciate it. But we all get a good chuckle out of it!

17. What tops your tree? WE. NEED. A. STAR. I have apparently been a procrastinator and will now probably wait until the end of the season sales. In the past my family has always done an angel.

18. Which do you prefer: giving or receiving? Hands down, giving. My favorite year of giving was when I was 13 or 14. My dad and mom took Becca and I to get new bedroom furniture and the lady helping us had this awesome tape measure with a light, calculator, and post-it pad on it. My dad loved it and asked if they sold them. She said no and that they get them from their distributor and they don't get very many. He was fine with it! So after we had gone home and settled in, I walked over to mom and asked her to bring me back to the store (couldn't drive yet). So without question, she did!! 

I walked into the store and the lady greeted me again. I told her "my dad loved the tape measure and I am struggling to find something else to give him. Can I buy yours from you? I will pay anything." Keep in mind I was very young. She said "you are so sweet" and gave me one to wrap and give to my dad. To this day he claims it as his favorite gift because even though it was free, more thought went into it than any other present he has ever received. 

19. Candy canes: yuck or yum?  Tough question. I am going to say both. If I am in the mood, they are wonderful. But I really have to be in the mood. 

20. Favorite Christmas show?  I love LOVE the movie Miracle on 34th Street and How the Grinch Stole Christmas. Best movies ever. 

21. Saddest Christmas song? Is there such a thing?

22. What is your favorite Christmas song? Silent Night. I am definitely a shower singer and let me tell you: I belt this one out just about every day. Favorite.

23. Do you use an Advent calendar? I wish I did. But I don't. I am guessing this will be another DIY project.

24. Do you go to church on Christmas?  No. We go on Christmas Eve. Every year! I am particularly a fan of the 11pm service. It may be late but when church is done, it is CHRISTMAS DAY!!!

25. What were your Christmas morning rules as a kid? We had to open presents in order of age. Which is not fun. Keep in mind I am a twin and we used to get the same gifts so we always knew what we got before we opened. This takes all of the fun out of it, parents. Just so you know.

Now I want to hear your responses!!! Respond to any of the questions below OR link back to my blog and fill them all out on your own!

HAPPY FRIDAY!!

Mrs. Knott

4 comments:

  1. I lOVE this post!! So fun to hear about your familie's Christmas traditions and the new ones your hubby and you are creating! I can think of a sad Christmas song, Christmas Shoes...it gets me every time!

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  2. i love your traditions!! and i love those christmas cookies too yum! now i want to bake some tonight

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  3. Cute post Melissa! Your cookies look so yummy and fluffy- I'm going to have to try this :)

    Saddest Christmas song ever is that one about the little boy who needs to get his mom shoes before she meets Jesus. I think its called Christmas Shoes- it makes me ball everytime!

    So excited to be living close to you in just a few days- we need to have a hot cocoa/coffee date :)

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  4. Hot cocoa/coffers date would be wonderful! Let me know when you're all settled in!

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Thanks for your sweet words!!

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