Spreading the Christmas (cookie) Cheer

Christmas is a wonderful time to be with family. There’s extra time to try new things, like baking cookies from scratch!

Like any wise chef, I googled “sugar cookies” and took the first thing that popped up.

They were a huge success with my little cousins and it was great to spend time with my mom in the kitchen.

I would love to say things went off without a hitch, BUT I did leave a whole batch in the oven and ran an errand to the store. I forgot they were in there and got a frantic text that the cookies were basically on fire in the oven. SORRY MOM!

Here are the photos from the process of baking the cookies and making the icing from scratch. Sadly enough, there’s no burnt cookie shots since my mom got them out of the house ASAP.

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Start with Moonshine, End with Quiche

Family dinner nights always make for a good time and great blog post.

After a long day of work, I got to my grandmother’s (Mema) house for “make your own quiche night.”

The first thing Mema says is “I made Tennessee Mountain Tea… with Moonshine! Let’s take jiggers!”  For those of you who don’t know what a jigger is, it’s a shot.

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She pours her moonshine concoction and we all take shots to start our quiche crafting dinner party. You know it will be a good/long night when you start with moonshine. Gotta love the enthusiasm!

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On to the quiche — glad I learned how to make this easy dish! We picked out our toppings, poked our pie crusts and sauteed our veggies.

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We whipped up the half and half and eggs until it was thick (almost peaking) and poured it over our toppings.

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Topped with cheese, in the oven for 40 minutes at 375 and that’s it! Jiggle it after 40 minutes to see if its firm and you are good to go!

Final product below: I went with mushrooms, broccoli and ham. What is your favorite combination?

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Happy Birthday Mema

How do you say happy birthday to the best grandmother in the world? Well, I’m still trying to work on that. For a start, here’s to the woman…

• Who taught me how to chop when I was 6 months old.

Chop• Who dances on tables

dancing• Who loves her a liquid marijuana shot

• Who is looking pretty damn good for an 80-something, I mean 60-something year old

333926_10101435267339593_5226811_74384848_2123753566_o•Who can school frat boys in beer pong

• Who loves her family and friends unconditionally

I am so blessed to have Mema in my life and the lessons she has taught me. What would I do without this party animal??

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