Wednesday, December 22, 2010

How can you pick just one ?

With so many gorgeous colors of Poinsettia available how can you possibly pick just one ! Beth and I took off up to Shawnee, Georgia to Rahn's greenhouses to see this years selections and we almost didn't have enough room to bring back all of the ones we choose .


Strawberries & Cream Sure caught my eye in a large quantity they were beautiful.



This light lime colored was so pretty



and the salmon colored ones in the right setting would be beautiful



and then the pretty speckled ones !



With several greenhouse full of all the different varieties of poinsettias it was really hard to decide what I wanted because I wanted at least one of each ..







and look what was sitting among all those pretty poinsettias the prettiest flower of all Beth's granddaughter Miss Addie .... doesn't she remind you of a Kewpie doll with those big blue eyes and Kewpie lips .. lol



This one came home with me




and so did some of those burgundy ones top left and a pink one as well as a few others. Do you use poinsettia in your Christmas decorating ? What colors do you like ? Do you stay more with the traditional Christmas reds or are you more adventurous ? It's Outdoor Wednesday come see what everyone is sharing over at Miss Susan's ~ A Southern Daydreamer ...hum mm time to get back to a baking & a wrapping .. Christmas hugs from Savannah ya'll, Cherry

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Brown Sugar Apple Cider yum with Praline Drizzle

I have been playing with this recipe for years and this year they are purrrfect !



  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup of shortening
  • 3 cups all- purpose flour * divided in half
  • 1 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 2 tablespoon buttermilk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup apple cider infused Golden raisins ~ drained **
  • 1 cup chopped pistachios
  • 1 cup chopped walnuts
  • 1 cup chopped dried cranberries

Cream together butter and shortening with an electric mixer on medium to high for 30 seconds or till softened. Stir in about half of the flour. Add brown sugar, egg, buttermilk, vanilla, baking powder, soda & salt. Beat until combined, scraping sides of the bowl occasionally.

*In a separate bowl toss together the cranberries, drained raisins & all the nuts with the remaining flour coating everything well then add fruit, nuts and remaining flour to your wet batter stir just till mixed .

Cover bowl with plastic wrap refrigerate for at least an hour.
preheat oven to 375 degrees bake for 8 ~ 10 minutes or till edges are firm. Cool on a wire rack. Once cookies are cooled place them on wax paper close together and drizzle with the warm praline.

I like to use a small cookie scoop to keep the cookies uniform in size but if you would like you can roll the dough into logs before refrigerating and then slice and bake.

** A few day's before you are going to mix these soak 1 cup of golden raisins in a good apple cider


Praline Drizzle
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 2 Tbsp. orange juice
  • 1/4 cup light cream
  • 1 1/3 cups sifted powder sugar
in a small saucepan combine brown sugar, butter, orange juice & cream.
Heat and stir over medium heat till mixture comes to a full rolling boil. Boil 1 minute stirring constantly. Remove from heat whisk in powdered sugar till smooth but be quick it will start to harden quickly you can add a few more drops of orange juice if needed to make drizzle consistency.

The batter can be refrigerator for up to 3 days or wrapped well and put into the freezer for up to 3 months.

The original recipe is Praline brown sugar rounds from Better Homes & Gardens Old Fashioned Home Baking Cookbook which has a lot of wonderful recipes in it, so if you happen upon it, grab it... It's a good one..

I'm joining in on The Incredible Christmas Cookie Party over at Aly & Ash Where I have already seen some really great looking cookies...
I will also be joining All Things Merry & Bright over at All Things Heart and Home
Miss Robin has already shared her Oatmeal Dolce de Leche-Marshmallow Cookie Pies and they look out of this world yummy.. Now if you can't get enough cookies at these two parties come join us at Pleasant Home for more wonderful yummy goodness...



Christmas Hugs from Savannah ya'll, Cherry

Friday, December 10, 2010

Flaunting Camellia's for Fertilizer Friday

A few more beauties shared by The Southeastern Camellia Society, Inc



An outstanding Hybrid from Hulyn called 'Delores Edwards'. This cross of Camellia saluenensis X Camellia japonica was introduced in 1989.



'Ville De Nantes'. This sport of 'Donckelarii' was introduced in France in 1910, and it is one of the most popular camellias in the world today.



'Lauren Tudor Pink' This is another outstanding camellia japonica from Hulyn. It is a sport of Hulyn's 'Lauren Tudor' which was introduced in 1999 and named after one of his daughters.




Hybrid from Hulyn called 'Ray Gentry'.

Beautiful Hybrid from Hulyn called 'Nedra Ann Mathis'. This variety is a cross of 'Suzanne Withers' X 'Jean Pursel', and it was introduced in 1996

you can CLICK HERE to see more of these beauties ..

Wish I had something of my own to Flaunt this week but we have been in the low 20's all week and everything looks pretty sad ....

It's Fertilizer Friday over at Tootsie Time come along to see what everyone is sharing..




Christmas Hugs from Savannah ya'll, Cherry

Thursday, December 9, 2010

Showing off the Christmas tree 2010








Thrifty Decor Chick and Hooked on Houses
are having Christmas Parties
Come along and join us I promise if you want to be inspired these parties are the ones to attend there is yumminess everywhere you look...

Christmas Hugs from Savannah ya'll, Cherry

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Yummy, yummy an entire hotel lobby filled with Gingerbread

Oh Baby it's REALLY, REALLY cold in Savannah .. it has been a 2 pair of socks kinda week around here !

The Savannah Harbor Foundations Tenth Annual Gingerbread Village is going on now through Christmas at the The Westin Savannah Harbor .. My niece Dianne and I took little Mr. Kaiden to see it and she and I were the ones acting like children ... it's an entire lobby of sugar.. we wanted to touch everything.



The Olde Pink House Restaurant



love this one



They are all done by local chefs, students and community groups.



I loved the little church



there was a lot of really cute entries they have the larger village set up in the main lobby and then a smaller one in an adjacent lobby



The boats were awesome



The little veggie garden was really cute



as was this barn with the horse and the chicken looking out the door & window



The Gulfstream jet was much bigger than it looks



the hedge around this house was made out of rice crispy treats. I love the roof line of this house it's typical of downtown Savannah.



There was a train track all the way around the large village



and my little guy Kaiden tried really, really hard to get his hands on it. If you get the opportunity to go see the village go it will bring out the kid in ya ... I have been thinking about gum drops and ginger snaps ever since ..lol

Happy Wednesday everyone
Hugs from Savannah ya'll, Cherry