Friday, March 23, 2012

Old Fashioned Sugar Cookies

Sugar Cookies

K & I make these sometimes together & the kitchen is always a mess afterwards, but we definitely have a blast! Often times, we eat too much dough before hand, we don't even want a cooked one.

  • 1 cup (2 sticks) oleo
  • 1 3/4 cups sugar
  • 1 t. vanilla
  • 3 eggs
  • 1/4 t. baking soda
  • 8 ounces sour cream
  • 4 t. baking powder
  • 5 to 5 1/2 cups flour
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Thoroughly cream oleo & sugar. Add vanilla. Add eggs & beat until light and fluffy. Mix soda & sour cream together & add to creamed mixture. Sift together baking powder & flour, then blend into creamed mixture. Dough shoud be easy to handle & roll out (not sticky). On a lightly floured surface, roll dough to 1/8-inch thinkness. Cut into desired shapes with cutters. You can sprinkle cookies with sugar now, or wait until cooked & frost them. Bake on an ungreased cookie sheet for 9 minutes.
Makes about 4 dozen.
Whipped Cream Frosting 
  • 4 T. flour
  • 1 c. milk
  • 1/2 c. Crisco
  • 1 c. sugar
  • 1 t. vanilla
Cook flour & milk on stove until thickened. (Stir! Stir! Stir! Don't leave the stove!) Cool completely. Beat Crisco & sugar on high, in mixer, for about 10 minutes until you can no longer feel sugar granules (be patient...). Add milk mixture, vanilla, & food coloring if desired. Frost away & enjoy (:

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Ribs & Hashbrowns; Gingerbread Pancakes

 I'm pretty sure mi madre is like the best cook.. ever. Last night we enjoyed, "Pressure Cooker Pork Ribs" with "Chive & Onion Hashbrown Potatoes", & of course a green salad! Yummo! Then this morning, she made "Gingerbread Pancakes with Banana Cream", which were equally delicious. I hope you try these easy dishes & like them as much as we did!

Pressure Cooker Pork Ribs
  • 2 lb. boneless country style ribs, cut into 2" chunks
  • 1 t. onion salt
  • 1 t. pepper
  • 1 t. paprika
  • 1 T. vegetable oil
  • 1 c. water
  • 3 T. ketchup
  • 4 1/2 t. white vinegar
  • 1 t. Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 t. prepared mustard
  • 1/8 t. celery seeds

Sprinkle ribs with onion salt, pepper, & paprika. In pressure cooker, brown ribs in vegetable oil. Remove & drain. Return ribs to cooker. Combine remaining ingredients, (water, ketchup, vinegar, Worcestershire, mustard & celery seeds); pour over meat.
Bring to full pressure over high heat. Reduce to medium heat & cook for 15 minutes.
Remove from heat; allow pressure to drop on its own. Remove ribs into serving dish. Skim fat off sauce if necessary & serve with the ribs if desired.
4 Servings.

Chive & Onion Hashbrown Potatoes
  • 1 1/2 c. half and half
  • 1 c. spreadable chive & onion cream cheese
  • 2 T. dried minced onion
  • 1 t. salt
  • 1/2 t. pepper
  • 2 pkg. (20 oz. ea.) refrigerated hashbrown potatoes
  • 2 c. shredded Swiss cheese
  • 3 T. minced fresh chives
  • 2 T. butter, cubed

In small saucepan, combine the 1st 5 ingredients. Cook & stir over medium heat until blended. Transfer to large bowl. Add potatoes. In greased 13x9" or 3-quart dish, layer 1/3 of the hashbrown mixture & 1/3 of the Swiss; sprinkle with 1 T. chives. Repeat layers. Top with remaining hashbrown mixture & cheese; & dot with butter. Cover with foil & bake at 375 degrees for 35 minutes. Uncover & cook for an additional 10-12 minutes or until the edges begin to brown. Remove from oven & let stand 10 minutes. Sprinkle with remaining chives.
12 Servings

Gingerbread Pancakes with Banana Cream
  • 2 c. heavy cream
  • 1/3 c. powdered sugar
  • 2 medium bananas, chopped
  • 3/4 c. butter, softened
  • 1 1/2 c. brown sugar
  • 6 eggs
  • 1 1/2 c. molasses
  • 6 c. flour
  • 4 1/2 t. baking powder
  • 1 T. ginger
  • 1 T. cinnamon
  • 2 1/4 t. salt
  • 3/4 t. allspice
  • 4 c. 2% milk

Beat cream until it begins to thicken. Add powdered sugar; beat until soft peaks form . Fold in bananas. Cover & chill.
Cream butter & brown sugar until light & fluffy. Add eggs, 1 at a time, beating well after each. Beat in molasses. Combine dry ingredients and add alternately with the milk, beating well after each.* Pour by 1/4 cupfuls onto greased hot griddle. Serve with banana cream.
Makes 42 good-sized pancakes! - 4 2/3 c. topping

*Batter can be prepared ahead of time & refrigerated 2 hours before cooking.
Leftovers? Freeze 'em! Then next week you can defrost just as many as you need.

Saturday, March 17, 2012

Gettin' With It

Soooo.. I was loping through the barrels.

Nice & slow.. You know, like.. pretty.

Gus was working so good & like the total adrenaline junkie I am, I decided I'd let him run home.

He was sure running, but once I hit him a couple of times, the saying, "Ride Like The Wind", really started to sink in..

Definitely saw some speed that I have not seen before.

Where in the sam-heck does he keep this??!

Equine boot camp has began & there are many great things to come!

I Can't Wait ((=