Merry Christmas Cookies and Cheer!

Cookies for neighbors
Cookies for neighbors

It’s been a busy and hectic couple of months for the Schmautzhaus and Yes!Chef! and I have not had much time to attend to this poor little blog.  I apologize and promise to do better in the new year.

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Give your loved ones a poke…Chocolate Mint Poke Cake, that is.

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Do you have childhood memories of Poke Cake?  I used to make Poke Cake for my kids when they were small, mostly because it was easy and they loved it.  Sometimes I made it with Jello, but mostly I made it with pudding and Cool Whip topping. My youngest (who just turned 20) does not ever remember me making a poke cake.  He only remembers cupcakes.

This is not a poke cake
This is not a poke cake

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Orange Macadamia Cream Cheese Bread or That Name is Too long!

Orange Macadamina Cream Cheese Bread with Orange Syrup
Orange Macadamia Cream Cheese Bread with Orange Syrup

Well, here we are again.  Blogging twice in one week has to be a record.  But while we were at Lake Tahoe and a little cooped up because of the snow, I decided to make a sweet bread.  It wasn’t particularly cold (40’s during the day), and we were able to get out every day and take Obie T. Dogg for a walk around the block, but we couldn’t really walk around the forest or go to some of our other favorite haunts, because there was just too much snow and some of the roads are closed during the winter. Plus, it was a three day weekend in a ski resort, so there were people everywhere!

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A Little Strudel with your Apples?

Happy Apple Strudel Day! No, it’s not National Apple Strudel Day, that was June 17th (yes, there really is a National Apple Strudel Day.)  I’m not sure why it is in June when apples don’t ripen until September or October, but it is the government that decides these things, after all. At any rate, since we went up to Apple Hill last week, I wanted to make something with some of the apples that we got.  I found a very easy recipe based on two things that I had on hand…apples and frozen puff pastry.  Lo and behold, I found a recipe and I adapted it a little to suit my needs.  Voila!  Apple Strudel Day at the Schmautz Haus.

This Apple Strudel Recipe is Super Easy!

It is so easy that I think Yes!Chef! would probably not be interested in making it.  There wasn’t enough technique and finesse for him.  I will divulge that he did enjoy eating it.

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