Saturday, December 24, 2011

Gifts for Friends

These are the gift baskets of mugs/coffee flavoring, that I gave the girls at our Christmas lunch on this past Monday.

and this was the card I made to go with it!

Friday, December 23, 2011

Our tree with gifts for family

These are gifts for our family and friends, all wrapped up in silver paper with a beautiful pattern embossed with glitter!!! So very nice...

Shortbread Cookies

My freind Christine over at DOL CREATIONS posted a recipe for shortbread cookies, so my daughter and I though we would give it a try.

Thursday, December 22, 2011

Gingerbread houses! 2011

In the past my children have built one gingerbread house and each decorated a side.
This year I decided to get two houses for them.
Here is what the came up with.

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Monday, December 19, 2011

Kelli's Pepper Jelly

This is the first year I made pepper Jelly but it won't be the last, everyone loves it!
I made regular and sugar free.  If you replace the sugar equally for splenda it tastes amazing but does not turn into a jelly, more of a very thick liquid.

Kelli's Pepper Jelly

1 1/2 cups sweet red peppers put thru food processor to basically liquefy
1 1/2 cups vinegar
6 1/2 cups sugar (or Splenda for sugar free)
3 ounces liquid pectin

In a large pot combine peppers, vinegar, sugar (or Splenda) and bring to a boil, cook for 6 minutes, stirring constantly. Stir in liquid pectin and continue to boil for 3 more minutes, stirring constantly.  Skim off foam and remove from heat.  Ladle jelly into sterilized jars, leaving a 1/2 inch of head space. Seal and boil in pickling pot for 5 minutes.

Sunday, December 18, 2011

Bar for our Christmas Party 2011 and Reindeer Beer!

Kelli's Salsa

Kelli's Salsa

4 cups peeled chopped tomatoes
2 cups seeded, chopped long green Chile's
1/2 cup seeded, chopped jalapeno peppers
3/4 cup chopped onions
3 cloves garlic, finely chopped
2 cups vinegar
1 tsp ground cumin
1 tbsp oregano
1 tbsp fresh cilantro
1 1/2 tsp salt

Combine all ingredients in a large saucepan and bring the mixture to a boil, stirring frequently.  Reduce heat and simmer 20 minutes, stirring occasionally. Ladle hot into sterilized jars, leaving 1/2 inch of head space. Boil in canning pot for 15 minutes.