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Nut Horn Cookies – Recipe

Nut Horn Cookies - servingThis recipe is  very special to me, because every time I make these Nut Horns, I think of the two ladies who shared it with me.

Anna and Luba were great cooks and bakers, who also loved hosting parties, and sharing their favorite recipes.

First time I ever made these, was actually at Luba’s kitchen, when she invited a bunch of us to bake together, and have lots of fun at the same time.

Both of these ladies are gone now (way too soon for either of them), but I am so proud to share their recipe, and reminisce a little about the good old times we spent together.

This recipe yields 4 dozen of cookies.

Ingredients:

  • 4 cups all-purpose flour ( I prefer the unbleached kind)
  • 2 tsp. baking powder ( I use one with Aluminum Free)
  • 1/8 tsp. salt
  • 1 cup butter, cold
  • 1 1/2 oz. Active Dry Yeast (2 packets)
  • 4 Tbs. warm water
  • 4 eggs, separated
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 1 tsp. Vanilla Extract
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 cup walnuts, ground up fine
  • 1 tsp. Almond Extract
  • Confectioners sugar, to use before serving

Directions:

  1. In a medium mixing bowl, add flour, baking powder and salt.
  2. Cut in butter, to incorporate into flour mixture.
  3. Dissolve yeast in warm water.
  4. Stir in egg yolks, only.  Keep the egg whites refrigerated.
  5. Mix in the sour cream and Vanilla Extract.
  6. Blend this wet mixture into flour mixture, to form a soft dough.
  7. Divide the dough into 4 equal parts, and form them into balls.
  8. Cover and refrigerate for at least an hour, or overnight.
  9. Once ready to work with the dough, beat the egg whites until foamy.
  10. Gradually add sugar, and beat until stiff peaks form.
  11. Fold in ground walnuts and Almond Extract.
  12. Keep refrigerated.
  13. Use one dough ball at a time, to roll it out on a board sprinkled with powdered sugar, to form a circle about 10 inches in diameter.

Nut Horn Cookies - cut and roll up

14.  Spread the egg white/nut mixture over the rolled out dough.

15.  Using a pizza cutter, cut the circle into 12 even wedges.

16,   Starting at the outer edge (the wide end) of each triangle, roll it

up toward the middle of the circle, to form a horn (like a straight

crescent).

17.  Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F.

Nut Horn Cookies - just baked

 

18.  Place the nut horns on a lightly greased cookie sheet, spacing them

generously to allow enough space for spreading during baking.

19.  Bake 10-12 minutes, or until golden.

Nut Horn Cookies - ready to trim off

 

20.  Using a spatula, carefully remove cookies onto a cooling rack.

21.  Gently break away the crusty excess filling, oozed out of the cookies.

21.  Before serving, dust cooled cookies with powdered sugar.

Enjoy!

 

 

 

 

My Sister’s Flower Garden

yellow flowersMy sister and I share a passion for gardening, which we inherited from our mother.

Even though we both are separated by the ocean, we plant similar flowers, and gardening is one of our hobbies.

We exchange flower and vegetable seeds via snail mail, as share pictures of the fruits of our labor.

Today I will share some pictures my sister sent to me of her flower patches.

Beauty of Mother Nature

multicolor ivy (Morning Glory)

 

 

 

 

 

 

There is a small water garden between the bunch of flowers and the front of the house.  Also, to the left of this picture is a wood carving, my brother-in-law created  out of a tree stump.

The Morning Glory really is thriving in this spot of the garden, climbing freely over the split rail fence in the back of their property.

yellow flowers

These flowers bring childhood memories, as our mother had them in her garden, and many of our neighbors did as well.

They need a special spot to thrive in, since they can easily reach 6 feet in height.

Hydranga

Potted plants

 

 

 

 

My sister uses every possible available spot, to plant some flowering plants all over her property, and even in window boxes.

Roses and Morning Glory

Pink flowers

 

 

 

 

Here is another view of the Morning Glory climbing on a mash fence closer to the house, and a closer view of the flowers in front of the house.

This is only a small percentage of the flowers my sister plants.   She has a myriad of varieties of flowering plants in other spots of her spacious property.

She also grows several different fruit trees, Raspberry bushes, Red Currents bushes, Strawberry patch, and a bunch of vegetables.

pickling cucumbers

She told me that this year her cucumbers were “multiplying like rabbits”.

She pickled many of them, and gave lots of them to friends, and they still kept on producing.  That’s how it is with gardening…it’s feast or famine…:-)

I hope you enjoyed these pictures.

Today is my sister’s Birthday, hence I am dedicating this post to her.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY MY SWEET SISTER!!

Birthday InvitationAnother birthday rolled by, and this one was for a three-year old boy, who loves watching football with dad at his side.

He is very proud to yell out their favorite team name, which you will figure out from these pictures.

Not a  surprise to his parents, that he wanted a football theme for his birthday party.

Boys are very active at this age….or at any age for that matter…so his mom decided to have less structured party, and let them enjoy lots of free playtime outdoors.  It worked out great!

Today I will share some pictures from this party, in case you are searching for football theme ideas for your little football player’s birthday party.

The invitations were creatively constructed, to resemble a ticket to a football game.  Love that idea!

 

Football decor 2NY Giants Flag

 

 

 

 

NY Giant's decor

New York Giants is the favorite team for this little boy and his dad…what else would anyone expect from someone who grew up in New York  State..:-)

Football Helmet watermellon carving - close up view Party Food

 

 

 

 

How about this fresh fruit arrangement, topped off with a football helmet carved out of a watermelon.  Nicely done!

Football party food 3Pretzels and Strawberries with Nutella Dip

 

 

 

 

 

 

Football Field - Taco Dip

This little boy loves food….so his mom had lots of goodies all over the party area, to pick from.

The above replica of a football field is spread over the top of a Taco Dip.

Red-White-and Blue punch

customized NY Giants bottled water

There was a tri-color punch, as well as spring water, in an appropriately labeled bottles (brainstorm of the parents of the birthday boy).

Football is ready to run with

NYYankees and NYGiants -  sand box play

 

 

 

 

 

 

Football Field tablecloth - coloring station

Little boys might love football, however, playing with trucks in the sand box, was favored over the football helmet coloring station, set up as an additional activity.

Birthday Cake - Yankees and Giants well represented

Interesting moment at cake time…not only Giant fan was present, but the New York Yankees had their young supporter as well.

It would be wonderful if at least one of those team players would stumble upon this post, just to find out how much support they had with this bunch of fans…:-)

Football Party Favors

After all the snacking, and fun in the sun, the little football players were ready to go home for a long nap, taking along a nice leather football, as a  party favor.

 

Antipasto SquaresMy family and friends often share recipes of their newest creations, since they know that I absolutely love trying these out as well.

Today I will share  a recipe for Antipasto Squares , recommended by a friend.

It is a very simple dish to prepare, and quite tasty, but I would not consider it light in calories.

Antipasto Squares make an interesting addition to a brunch menu, or as a Super Bowl party appetizer.

The original recipe calls for Salami and Olives, but since I do not like either of these ingredients, I added green peppers and tomatoes instead.  These ingredients can easily be substituted with your other favorite meats, cheeses and vegetables, or even make it a vegetarian dish.

My version of this recipe is posted below, for you to try out, and please share your comments.

Ingredients:

  • 2 packages of Crescent Rolls ready-made crust
  • 1/4 lb. boiled ham
  • 1/4 lb. Provolone Cheese, sliced
  • 1/4 lb. Pepperoni, sliced
  • 1/4 lb. Swiss Cheese, sliced
  • 1 large Red Pepper, roasted (I used 1 jar of Pimento, sliced to strips)
  • 1 large Green Pepper, roasted, cut to strips
  • 2 small tomatoes, sliced
  • 5 Tbs. Parmesan cheese, grated
  • 1/2 tsp. Italian Seasoning
  • 1/4 tsp. Garlic Powder
  • 1/4 tsp. Onion Powder
  • 1/4 tsp. Basil Seasoning
  • 1/4 tsp. Black Pepper, ground
  • 4 medium eggs, beaten
  • Pam cooking spray, or Crisco shortening, to grease the pan

Directions:

  1. Grease a 9 x 13 pan with Pam cooking spray, or Crisco shortening, and set aside.
  2. Open one package of Crescent Rolls dough, and unroll onto the bottom of the greased pan.  Pinch dough together at perforations, to form a solid bottom layer.
  3. Layer ham evenly over the dough.
  4. Place Provolone cheese slices over ham.
  5. Layer Pepperoni over the Provolone cheese.
  6. Place Swiss cheese slices over Pepperoni.
  7. Top off with Red and Green Pepper strips.
  8. Sprinkle with Italian Seasoning, Basil and Onion powder.
  9. Sprinkle 2 Tbs. of Parmesan grated cheese.
  10. Spread sliced tomatoes, then sprinkle with ground Black Pepper and Garlic Powder.
  11. Pour beaten eggs over the top of the casserole.
  12. Top off with 3 Tbs. Parmesan grated cheese.
  13. Cover with second sheet of Crescent Rolls dough (no need to pinch dough at perforations, to help the steam to escape during cooking)
  14. Cover with aluminium foil.
  15. Preheat oven to 350 degrees  F, and bake 25 minutes.
  16. Uncover, and bake 13 minutes longer, until the middle is set, and top is lightly browned,
  17. Cool to room temperature before serving.
  18. Also suitable to store in a refrigerator for a day or so, or wrap it well and freeze it for a later use.
  19. To reheat, use regular oven, toaster oven, or even a microwave.

Enjoy!

My Garden in July

Minature  DahliaMinature Dahlia

Gardening if a fun hobby of mine, but it takes time and patience to make it successful.

I was away from home for a week, and my garden “missed” me….:-)…actually it has gone wild.

My flower beds became overgrown with random plants, and my squash totally lost track of it’s “normal” size.

I have never seen such a huge size Yellow Squash as the one which has grown in my garden, during this week of my absence.

Today I will share some pictures I took upon my return home, while checking out my vegetable garden, and flower patches.

Flower patch

Here is my East side flower patch…it does need some thinning out, and trimming…

My vegetable  garden

Now you will agree that my vegetable garden has gone wild…..the squash plants, basil, dill and tomato plants overtook the whole garden.

I have some serious work here, to bring it back to reality.

self seeded flowers 2

These flowering plants reached five feet in height.    The only thing that can be done at this point, is to pull out the smaller plants, to allow more space for the thriving ones.

Blackeye Suzie

My Black Eyed Susan flowers really love this part of the somewhat wet spot of my yard, unlike the shrubs that we tried to grow there as well.

July Crop - tomatoes, green beans, cucumbers, huge squash

I saved the best for last….here is my HUGE Yellow Squash.  Some of these are 18 inches long and 5 inches in diameter.

Best tasting squash is at a smaller size, as the large one has very large seeds and is not as tender.  It is still usable, but the seeds and the middle section needs to be discarded, before using the remaining vegetable.

My son made some really tasty squash on the grill.

He sliced it into spears, flavored it with Italian spices, salt, pepper, olive oil and some kind of vinegar (wine or apple cider…not sure).

It was yummy.

 

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