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Friday, November 27, 2009

I'm dreaming of a white.....cookie!

I hope that all of my American friends had a beautiful Thanksgiving. I made a Thanksgiving feast for my family but was so busy and flustered I forgot to take photos of the table and the food. I am so angry because I found some great recipes from the November issue of BHG ("A Thanksgiving Celebration with Friends").

The pictures below come from the BHG website and if you click on the link you will go directly to the recipe.

Along with the turkey I made the Chardonnay Glazed Carrots.

The hint of Cinnamon was truly delightful! I used Maggie Beer's Verjuice in this recipe.


This was unbelievable! I have never had marshmallows with sweet potatoes before...what a taste sensation!

I also made some Brussels sprouts with bacon and, of course, lots of green beans. My mum made mashed potatoes and my Mother-in-law made stuffing balls (I ran out of steam and just couldn't make stuffing/dressing...maybe next year).

For the first time in my life I made pastry and this was made to go with the Pecan-Cranberry Tart

This tart was so delicious and I really loved the addition of the cranberries.

Before we ate we all gave thanks for something (Big Al gave thanks for chocolate...) and then the feasting began! I was so happy with how everything turned out and these recipes really were really delicious.

But now that Thanksgiving is over I still feel like I need to bake-I am on a roll in my new kitchen!
I think I should try to broaden my baking horizons though, so I think I am going to make some cookies!! Some of my regular readers might already know that I never usually have time to bake and cook at this time of year because I would normally be marking papers, writing report cards and going to end of year functions for my school and for my kid's school. Since I am a SAHM now, I am going to bake and bake and bake!!!

Here are some cookie recipes that I found on BHG.com and they look quite manageable. Thank you Better Homes and Gardens- I love your magazine and website!

If you click on the name of the cookie you will go straight to the recipe.

Spritz Blossoms

 
These look simple, elegant and very cute!

Chai "Spice Girls"

 
How cute are these? Move over Gingerbread boys!

Nut rings 

Chocolate Crinkles

 

White-Chocolate Cherry Shortbread

 
These look so festive and Christmassy don't they!

Cinnamon Wreaths

 
Must get a wreath cookie cutter

Sugar Cookie Cutouts 

 
This recipe comes from Diabetic living on-line

I can't wait to start baking these little cuties!
Before I get ready for my glass of Friday night wine I just want to thank my beautiful friend Nat from Girls are made of sugar and spice. She has given me 2 lovely awards!


Thank you my friend! Keep cooking up a storm and posting your delicious recipes!

I would like to pass these awards on to 2 new blogging friends. These beautiful people have great blogs and I love going to visit them. I hope that the beautiful Jill from Woodsy Ivy will accept the Happy Mama award because she is such a wonderful Mum who is truly devoted to her family and that Tammy from A Doctor in the House will accept the Honest Scrap award. Tammy's blog is full of great pictures of her beautiful home and family. Please go and visit them if you haven't already met them.
Coincidentally, as I am acknowledging my blogging friends, Dr Weil has also posted some very interesting information today about friends.


Dr Weil has highlighted the fact that studies show that social connections can result in good health and even prolonged survival among patients with very serious diseases. Dr Weil refers to one study of 75 medical students which found that those who were lonely had more sluggish natural killer cells than students who were social. Dr Weil also suggests that people who have companion animals have less illness than people who do not. Thank goodness for friends!

So, thank you friends for coming to spend 5 minutes with me today. I hope that you have a safe and happy weekend and if you need some recipes for any left-over turkey click here and you will find some great ideas at Epicurious.com.

Best wishes,
Natasha In Oz


The thing I'm most thankful for right now is elastic waistbands. Author Unknown

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