Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Christmas Eve: Brunch to Dinner Roundup

We have wonderful family traditions that have become a part of our Christmas celebration every year, as I am sure many of you have. All the precious memories of years past, when a song, a smell, a certain food can bring back the laughter, love and joy of the season shared with family and friends. Many of the recipes for the foods have been passed on to us through the generations from family and very special friends. I am sharing with you today some of the special dishes that we have enjoyed in the past and will be enjoying over this Christmas season.

Christmas Brunch

Christmas Eve Dinner
We always have a Mexican Buffet on Christmas Eve with Homemade Tamales as the center piece.

Corn and Black Bean Tamales with Orange Cranberry Sauce

Wishing each of you Peace, Love and Joy
As You Gather With Your
Friends and Family
Celebrate The Christmas Season
Miz Helen

Sunday, December 14, 2014

Rio Grande Pecan Pie

Rio Grande Pecan Pie is a combination of Texas flavor, from the pecan orchards of East Texas all the way to the spice of the Rio Grande Valley. This is a pie that is very carefully layered with a creamy base and flavored with the spice of Texas with the crispy fresh pecans of the season. This is a different pecan pie and not for the faint of heart, but if you eat one slice you will be back for more, its just that kind of pie, sure hope you enjoy it!

Rio Grande Pecan Pie

Rio Grande Pecan Pie
Miz Helen's Kitchen
For The Pie Crust
Unbaked 9 inch Pie Crust
For The Pie Filling
1 cup sugar
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon all spice
1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 cup light corn syrup
3 eggs, beaten
2 tablespoon butter, melted and cooled
1 teaspoons vanilla
1-1/2 cups pecans
For The Pie Filling
In a mixing bowl whisk the sugar, cinnamon, all spice, cayenne pepper and salt together.
Stir in the butter, syrup, well beaten eggs, and vanilla, mix well. Stir in the pecans and carefully pour the pie filling into the unbaked pie crust.
Bake at 325 degrees for 60 to 70 minutes.
Let the pie cool for 2 hours before slicing.
Garnish with whipped cream or ice cream.
Refrigerate the pie after serving.

Mix The Sugar and Spice

Pour The Filling In The Unbaked Pie Crust

Let The Pie Cool Then Slice It

Slice and Garnish With Whipped Cream or Ice Cream

Enjoy Your Pie!

Thank you so much for stopping by to enjoy a slice of this delicious pie with us today. I really appreciate your visit and always look forward to you stopping by. Have a great week and come back to see me real soon!
Peace and Joy

Saturday, December 13, 2014

Whats For Dinner Next Week 12-14-14

Come on in we are in the kitchen today making some cookies for a friends cookie exchange. I just love this time of the year with so many fun events to attend. When I make cookies I always make a double batch and put some in the freezer for another time. During this holiday season I love to have a little treat when my friends stop by for tea or coffee. What is your favorite cookie for this season?


Left Over Chicken
Tossed Green Salad
Left Over
Pecan Cobbler

Apple and Carrot Salad

 Nutty Cranberry Chocolate Chip Cookies

My Hanukkah Friends

Left Over Brisket
Brisket Sandwiches
Left Over

A Friends Christmas Dinner Party

This is a really busy time of the year and thank you so much for taking some time to stop by and spend some time with us today. Hope you have a fantastic week and come back to see us real soon!
Peace and Joy

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Full Plate Thursday 12-11-14

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Hi everyone, it is sure good to see you today, it seems like only yesterday when we last saw each other. Every week when I go to your sites and look at your recipes it is harder and harder to make a decision what to put on my plate, you'al are the best!! I can't wait to see what you are sharing with all of us today, I know it will be delicious. I am sharing some gifts from my kitchen this week, I just love giving homemade gifts from the heart. Wish I could share one of these gifts with each of you!

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Monday, December 8, 2014

Gifts From Miz Helen's Kitchen

Homemade gifts are full of love from the hands and heart and who doesn't love getting something homemade. We have a very large garden and one of the gifts we like to give is from our garden to a nice canned jar of food. Another great gift that I enjoy giving is a nice box of cookies or a tin of candy. These are just some of the gifts that come from my kitchen and I sure hope you enjoy them!

Gifts From Miz Helen's Kitchen

Thanks so much for stopping by to enjoy these lovely homemade gifts with me. I would love to hear from you about what kind of homemade gifts you are giving from your hands and your heart this year.Hope you have a wonderful week and come back to see us real soon!
Peace and Joy

Sunday, December 7, 2014

Nutty Cranberry Chocolate Chip Cookies

This cookie is just filled with so much flavor with the cranberry,chocolate and the crunchy nuts. They are real crunchy on the outside with wonderful bites of cranberry and chocolate on the inside. I love to make this cookie in bite size to take for a cookie exchange, or just to fill the cookie jar. Bite size is perfect for the little hands and perfect for someone who is watching the calories. A nice basket of these cookies will make a great gift for the holidays, sure hope you enjoy them.

Nutty Cranberry Chocolate Chip Cookies

Nutty Cranberry Chocolate Chip Cookies
Miz Helen's Kitchen
3/4 cup all purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt1/2 cup butter softened
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup sugar
1 egg
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 1/2 cups oats
1/2 cup chocolate chips
1/2 cup dried cranberries
1/2 cup pecans or walnuts
Whisk the flour, soda and salt together.
Cream the butter and sugar until smooth, add the egg and continue to beat the mixture and add the vanilla.
Add the flour and mix well, add the oats and mix well.
Add the chocolate chip, cranberries, nuts and mix well.
Drop the cookie dough by the teaspoon or 1/2 teaspoon to a cookie sheet.
Bake at 350 degrees for small cookies 10 minutes and larger cookies 12 minutes.
This recipe will make 4 dozen small cookies or 2 dozen average size cookies.

Mix The Dough

Drop On The Cookie Sheet

A Nice Plate Of Cookies

These Cookies Are So Good

And A Plate Full Of Cookies To Share With You

Thanks so much for coming by to share these awesome cookies with me today, cookies are always better with a friend. Hope you have a great week and come back to see us real soon!
Peace and Joy
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