Sugar diamonds

Sugar Diamonds
1 cup butter (no substitutes), softened
1 cup sugar
1 egg, separated
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
Pinch of salt
1/2 cup chopped pecans, toasted
In a mixing bowl, cream together butter and sugar. Add egg yolk and vanilla; mix well. Combine flour, cinnamon and salt; gradually add to creamed mixture. Spoon into a greased 15 by 10 by 1 inch baking pan. Cover dough with plastic wrap and press evenly into pan; remove wrap. In a small mixing bowl, beat egg white until foamy; brush over the dough. Sprinkle with pecans. Bake at 300 degrees for 30 minutes, or until light golden brown. Cool in pan on a wire rack for 5 minutes. Cut into diamond shapes while warm.
Makes about 6 dozen.


Party mocha

Party Mocha
1/2 cup instant coffee granules
6 envelopes instant cocoa mix
2 quarts hot water
2 cups milk
Whipped topping, optional
10 (4 inch) cinnamon sticks, optional
10 peppermint sticks, optional
Combine all ingredients, except the optional ones, in 3 to 4 quart slow cooker. Stir well. Cover; cook on high for 3 hours. Stir and turn to low to keep warm while serving. To serve, pour mocha into cups. Top each with a dollop of whipped topping, or add a cinnamon stick or peppermint stick to each cup, if desired.
Makes 10 servings.


Mom came over today

I spent the morning with my awesome mom!

she cooked for me, she made a big pot of vegetable soup. I will have it for a few days, so I will definitely get in my speed for this week with all that veg! She also made me a stir fry for dinner today. Vegetable stir fry with chicken in it too.We also cooked some chicken breasts and marinated them in hot sauce, yum! I definitely wont go hungry, thats for sure!

We also did a little decluttering. We cleaned out a few drawers in my bedroom! I found some lip glosses and foot cream that were there for god knows how long! So I threw them out! I also had some unused coloring books that our kids didnt want which I will give to my cousins, and there were a few toys that our kids will give away because we are trying to teach them about giving to others who are less fortunate than they are!

After all that cleaning and cooking I needed a drink so I made a cinamon tea! Yummy! I love cinamon tea! Its one of my favourites. I already took a shower this morning before mom got here, otherwise I’d take another one now since I feel sweaty and hot!

It has been a nice few hours though. I had a nice time. It was very relaxed. Mom is so tired now though. She said she’s going to go home and eat and then have a long hot bubble bath.

I am going to nap for a while I think. I need an hour or two to recover. Maybe I will also read. Thats if I dont fall asleep first!


Italian hot chocolate

Italian Hot Chocolate
2 cups brewed strong coffee
1/2 cup instant hot chocolate mix
1 (4 inch) cinnamon stick, broken into pieces
1 cup whipping cream
1 tablespoon powdered sugar
Place coffee, hot chocolate mix and cinnamon sticks into 1 to 2 quart slow cooker. Stir. Cover; cook on high for 1 1/2 hours, or until very hot. Discard cinnamon pieces. Immediately after you have turned on the cooker, place electric mixer beaters and mixer bowl in the fridge to chill (this makes the cream more likely to whip). Just before serving, pour the whipping cream into the chilled electric mixer bowl. Beat cream on high speed until soft peaks form. Fold powdered sugar into whipped cream. Beat again on high speed until stiff peaks form. Ladle hot chocolate coffee into small cups. Top each with a dollop of whipped cream.
Makes 4 to 6 small servings.


Car crash update. We may be getting a settlement next week!

so the solicitor just called me. she said she’s waiting on my medical report to come in, but my doctor has forwarded it on to her, and it will be with her on Monday. She told me she’s going to court on Monday morning, and the insurance guy who is dealing with the injuries board and our claim will be there, and he’s meeting with her to maybe give us an offer, she said he’ll recommend a settlement amount, and if she feels its appropriate for us, she said she’d be in touch with us early next week.
So we may have an offer by next week!
I hope we do! I’ll be delighted to have things wrapped up!
I am wondering if we do get an offer how much we’ll get. I think well I am guessing around 5000 or maybe anything up to 10 thousand.
I doubt it will be more than that though but thats a good sum if you ask me!
I can do a lot with that amount of money! So I will keep you all posted and if we get an offer that part of things to do with the accident will be done and dusted!
If you pray then please pray for us that the offer will be a good one!


Creamy hot chocolate

Creamy Hot Chocolate
1/2 cup dry baking cocoa
1 (14 ounce) can sweetened condensed milk
1/8 teaspoon salt
7 1/2 cups water
1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla
24 or more miniature marshmallows, optional
In 3 quart slow cooker, combine dry cocoa, milk and salt. Stir until smooth. Gradually add water, stirring until smooth. Cover; cook on low for 4 hours, or on high for 2 hours, or until very hot. Just before serving, stir in vanilla. Top each serving with 3 or more marshmallows, if desired.
* To speed things up, heat the water before adding it to the chocolate mixture.
* Keep hot chocolate warm on low up to 4 hours in the slow cooker.
Add a mocha flavor by stirring in instant coffee when adding vanilla.
Makes 8 servings.


Lemon bars

Lemon Bars
1/3 cup butter or margarine, softened
1/4 cup powdered sugar
1 cup all-purpose flour
2 eggs
1 cup sugar
2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
2 tablespoons lemon juice
1/2 tablespoon lemon extract
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
Powdered sugar
In a mixing bowl, cream together butter and sugar. Add flour; beat until crumbly. Pat into an ungreased 8 inch square baking pan. Bake at 375 degrees for 15 minutes. Meanwhile, for topping, combine eggs, sugar, flour, lemon juice, extract, baking powder and salt in a mixing bowl; beat until frothy. Pour over hot crust. Bake at 375 degrees for 18 to 22 minutes, or until light golden brown. Cool in pan on a wire rack. Dust with powdered sugar.
Makes 1 1/2 dozen.