Thursday, December 12, 2013

Many Blessings This Holiday Season!

I promise I have not abandoned Heritage Kitchen! It has been a Roller Coaster year for me. The year literally has gotten away from me! I swear it was January just yesterday and here we are already about to be ringing in 2014.

I am planning on making some changes to my other blog "Momma Talks" due to my personal growth over this year. Also myself and my family will hopefully be making a big move within the beginning of the new year. With this move my mom will be joining our family home. She will be there to help me out with my home and kiddos homeschooling. This means more time for myself so a big yay to that. More time to myself means I will finally have the time to work on my blogs and recipes! I have a dream to put together my very own cookbook of all my favorites. So keep your fingers crossed for me on this!

I also wanted to wish all of you a blessed holiday season. Make sure you make lots of memories with your family!

Till Next Time,

Wendy

Thursday, December 20, 2012

Christmas Countdown!

There is 4 days 5 hours and 30 minutes left till Christmas! Yes I broke it down. I have the NORAD Santa Tracker application on my phone which might I add I really love. Me and my kiddos have been counting down the days since Thanksgiving. We have this Christmas tradition we have done every year since my middle son was a baby. We track Santa online with NORAD (and I annoyingly frequently post where he is at on Facebook) and now this year if we have to run to the store we will be able to track him via my smartphone!

A few other traditions we have is cookies. I bake cookies every year and gift them usually. Or I should say gift the cookies we don't eat first. I also bake my grandfather a sweet potato pie every year since the local stores have stopped selling them. This Christmas we will be bringing back some old traditions from when I was a child. I am happy to get to share them with my children this year even if my grandmother is not around to share in the memories being made. 

So to help kick off some Christmas Traditions here is a Sugar Cookie recipe for you and yours to enjoy!

Christmas Cookies
Ingredients:
1 1/2 cups butter
2 cups sugar
4 eggs
1 tsp vanilla
5 cups all purpose flour
2 tsp baking powder
1 tsp salt

Preheat oven to 400 F. 
In a large bowl cream together the butter and sugar.
Beat in eggs and vanilla. 
In a separate bowl mix the flour, baking powder and salt. 
Mix your dry ingredients into your butter,sugar,eggs and vanilla mix.
Cover and chill for an hour (or overnight).
When it has chilled roll out on to a floured surface and cut with cookie cutters. 
Place 2 inches apart and bake for 6 to 8 minutes. 

When finished decorate as you wish or just eat them up with a glass of milk while they are still hot!

Many Blessings and Keep Making Traditions In Your Heritage Kitchen!

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Will be back soon...

My youngest is getting ready for dental surgery tomorrow so I have been away from the blog this week getting everything situated. We have been a busy busy household that is for sure. But don't worry, because I will be back soon. :) I have pictures from Thanksgiving Dinner to share and my husband's Turkey recipe! So as soon as I find a moment to sit for a longer period of time to edit my pictures and type out the recipe so it can be understood I will get that posted up.

Till later my friends and remember to make traditions. :)

Thursday, November 22, 2012

Pumpkin Muffins = Thanksgiving Morning Breakfast!

I decided I will start a new tradition this year. I will make something fast and simple that can be easily warmed up for our Thanksgiving Day Breakfast. What better item to make than Pumpkin Muffins. These aren't just your everyday run of the mill pumpkin muffins though. These have a streusel top like you see on coffee cake. Yes very yummy! So I thought for a quick Thanksgiving Day post I would share these great muffins.

Pumpkin Streusel Muffins


1/4 cup butter, softened
1/2 cup sugar
1/4 cup packed brown sugar
2/3 cup canned pumpkin
1/2 cup buttermilk
2 eggs, lightly beaten
2 tablespoons molasses
1 teaspoon grated orange peel
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 to 1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
1/4 teaspoon salt
Streusel Topping:
1/3 cup all-purpose flour
3 tablespoons brown sugar
2 tablespoons cold butter
Directions
In a large bowl, cream butter and sugars until light and fluffy. Beat in the pumpkin, buttermilk, eggs, molasses and orange peel. Combine the flour, baking soda, baking powder, pumpkin pie spice and salt; gradually add to pumpkin mixture just until blended. Fill greased or paper-lined muffin cups two-thirds full.
For topping, combine flour and brown sugar; cut in butter until mixture is crumbly. Sprinkle over batter. Bake at 375° for 20-25 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the muffin comes out clean. Cool in pan for 5 minutes before removing to a wire rack.

*Recipe found on Taste of Home*

Enjoy and have a very blessed and Happy Thanksgiving!

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

T-Day is Tomorrow!

Thanksgiving is a favorite holiday in my house. For that fact I think any holiday that involves daddy's turkey and pumpkin pie is a favorite holiday around here. I will be sharing my husband's turkey recipe on Friday morning! His recipe for his turkey changes a bit each time he makes one and it always comes out tasting amazing. Since I have been a busy momma around here this week with Thanksgiving being tomorrow I thought I would share a couple of fast two ingredient finger foods. They are perfect to make up real fast and set out for the masses to nibble on here and there.

For both recipes you will need Crescent Rolls. One is a sweet treat that I am sure you all will enjoy. I honestly do not know the name for this one either. You take a semi-sweet chocolate bar and cut a small piece off which you wrap up in the crescent roll. Follow the baking instructions on the package for the crescents. The second recipe is for my families favorite pigs in a blanket. You take Little Smokies and wrap one at a time into a crescent roll. You can add in a little bit of shredded cheese if you like. Any flavor of Little Smokies will work. Bake by the instructions on the crescent roll package. Two very easy and simple delicious treats.

I want to remind everyone that the holidays are about family. It is about spending time together not about what you can get on sale. So remember kind and courteous when you hit the Black Friday sales. With the stress the holidays bring some people forget what it means to stop and enjoy. I have seen this many years and wonder how anyone can enjoy the holiday season. Stop and smile at the ones you love off and on while you are getting ready to entertain or to be entertained. Don't forget to share hugs and say "I love you" to those that matter. Remember the good times and reflect on them. Enjoy some turkey and football. Enjoy the holiday and don't let anything turn a positive day to a negative one.

I also wanted to add in a special message to a friend of mine. Even though she has been a friend over the internet she has been there to listen to me when I needed an ear. She has been there to tell me good idea and give support when I have taken my many trips down the road of being a blogger. Today is her birthday and I just wanted to tell her Happy Birthday. Hope today is a really special day for you!


Be safe and make many traditions this Thanksgiving!

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Holiday Lunch

With Thanksgiving 2 days away we are starting to get everything together and prepped. We have everything planned out for our Turkey Dinners and ready and waiting. Some of us need to plan a holiday lunch that can be served to many to help hold them over till it is time to eat the big dinner. What could possibly stretch a bit and feed many? One of my personal favorites is Mexican Lasagna! It is a single dish casserole style food that is great by itself for a simple lunch.

The below recipe calls for Chicken Breast, but you can substitute 1 lbs of Ground Beef (1 1/2 lbs if you like it a bit more meaty).


Mexican Lasagna
3 tablespoons olive oil
2 pounds ground chicken breast
2 tablespoons chili powder
2 teaspoons ground cumin
1/2 red onion, chopped
1 (15-ounce) can black beans, drained
1 cup medium heat taco sauce or salsa
1 can whole kernel corn, drained
Salt
8 (8 inch) flour tortillas
2 1/2 cups shredded Cheddar or shredded pepper jack
2 scallions, finely chopped
Directions
Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F.
Preheat a large skillet over medium high heat. Add 2 tablespoons olive oil. Add chicken and season with chili powder, cumin, and red onion. Brown the meat, 5 minutes. Add taco sauce/salsa. Add black beans and corn. Heat the mixture through, 2 to 3 minutes then season with salt, to your taste.
Coat a shallow baking dish with remaining olive oil, about 1 tablespoon oil. Cut the tortillas in half or quarters to make them easy to layer with. Build lasagna in layers of meat and beans, then tortillas, then cheese. Repeat: meat, tortilla, cheese again. Bake lasagna 12 to 15 minutes until cheese is brown and bubbly. Top with the scallions and serve.


Enjoy and make many Traditions!

Bread Machine White Bread

I have perfected a recipe we really enjoy! I have posted my Amish White Bread previously. It was a recipe I had found online and used often for making my bread. I have since tinkered with ingredients and measurements. Sorry I don't have any pictures of it to show how beautiful it turned out. It needless to say did not last long. That is how good it turned out.

Bread Machine Amish White Bread

2 cups warm water
4 cups King Arthur Bread Flour
2 cups all purpose flour
1/4 cup sugar
1/4 cup olive oil
1 1/2 tsp yeast
1 1/2 tsp salt

Directions:

Start off by putting your water in your bread machine pan. Add your bread flour and then your all purpose flour. Add sugar, olive oil, yeast and salt on top of the flour. When you have everything added in turn your bread machine to the dough setting.

After the bread machine has finished making your bread dough get out two loaf pans. Spray well with cooking spray (I prefer olive oil cooking spray myself) and split the dough into two equal parts. Press the dough out into each loaf pan. Set in a warm area and cover with a towel to let rise a second time.

After the bread has risen doubling in size Preheat your oven to 400 - 450 (which ever you normally use for your area. Baking temps and time varies). When your oven has preheated place both loafs in the oven and bake 15 - 20 minutes until it is a nice golden brown. When done remove and let cool.

Each loaf will pop right out of the pans without sticking.

We no longer buy bread from the store. It is much healthier to make it yourself and with this recipe and my bread machine it makes it super easy to do this for my family. It makes good sandwiches. Also goes great on the side with dinner.

Enjoy making traditions!