Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Sugar and Spice Snickerdoodles

Pumpkin Pie Spiced Snickerdoodles

I have always been a huge fan of  snickerdoodles. They are easy and just so delicious that they rarely last more than a day.  Snickerdoodles are the first cookie I learned to make as a child, so they have a special place in my heart. And as you know from previous stories I have shared with you all, I used to like to "play" around with recipes and change them up. It really shouldn't be much of a surprise that one of my first cookie recipes it one that has been changed and "updated" over the years. These are my favorite snickerdoodles!

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Shiver Me Timbers... Pirate Cupcakes

Ahoy Me Hearties! (Hello my Friends)
 I have a treat that band'o pirates 'o all ages gunna enjoy! These devilishly jolly cupcakes be full of chocolate treasures. These mocha devils grub cupcakes be full 'o chocolate 'n gold. These jolly cupcakes be perfect 'fer International Speak Like A Scurvy Pirate Day. X marks th' spot 'o gold 'n chocolate meet. Don't worry 'bout th' sand, it makes th' cupcakes even more hearty grub. Enjoy me swashbucklers 'n grog-filled shout International Speak Like A Scurvy Pirate Day (put grub in me gullet) like a scurvy pirate day.
Fair Winds me hearties!
Pirate maiden, th' lady th' scurvy pirate Kate 'o th' treasure o' 'n grub

Sunday, September 16, 2012

High Holy Days 101

L'Shanah Tovah!!

Tonight is Erev Rosh Hashanah ("Rosh Hashanah eve") As a Jewish woman, I am very traditional. Although I do not usually attend temple (Jewish House of worship), I try to attend for Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur (is known as Day of Atonement, is the holiest day of the year for the Jews.) Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur are the most holy of days. They are commonly called High Holy Days. 

 Every year on Rosh Hashanah we eat the traditional foods and wish each other a sweet new year. Rosh Hashanah meals usually include apples and honey, to symbolize a sweet new year. We recite a prayer for a good and sweet year.. Other foods with a symbolic meaning may be served. We serve apple and honey cakes, dip apples into honey and we eat a round challah symbolizing the continuity of Creation. Sometimes raisins or honey are added to the recipe in order to make the resulting loaves extra sweet. Every year on Rosh Hashanah we eat the traditional foods and wish each other a sweet new year
 On the first night of Rosh Hashanah after the evening prayer, it is the Ashkenazi and custom to wish Le'shana Tova Tikoteiv Vetichoteim, which is Hebrew for "May you (immediately) be inscribed and sealed for a Good Year (and for a Good and Peaceful Life)". 
Shana Tova (pronounced [ʃaˈna toˈva]) is the traditional greeting on Rosh Hashanah which in Hebrew means "A Good Year." 
This is my favorite High Holy Holiday song!

Avinu Malkeniu:
Hear our prayer

We have sinned before Thee
Have compassion upon us and upon our children
Help us bring an end to pestilence, war, and famine
Cause all hate and oppression to vanish from the earth
Inscribe us for blessing in the Book Of Life
Let the new year be a good year for us

To learn more about Rosh Hashanah, please follow the links below:

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Swordfish in Style

We made this swordfish for dinner after a cool and windy beach day. The swordfish was delicious with a rich and oily mouth feel and the salsa was perfect, spicy and freshly sweet and it was the delicious,  I am allergic to peppers so I got a small dish of mango salsa without the peppers and it was perfect.
Delicious and spicy!

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

More Thyme Than Dough Blog Swap

When Kate first suggested we do a Guest Post on each others blogs I did not hesitate a nano-second in saying yes.

Kate was one of the first people to follow me on Twitter.  We have been friends for years. I admire Kate because she bakes. I can, mind you. But I don’t.

Kate bakes. And her baked goods are to die for. How do I know that? I will share that story on Thursday when I share Kate’s Pecan Pie Bars over at my blog. Suffice it to say for now that Kate is a fabulous person. But rest assured, I will give you the low-down and ALL the scoop that’s fit to be published on Calamity Kate this coming Thursday. Along with her Pecan Pie Bars (*my mouth is drooling as I type this*) Kate’s deepest, darkest secrets shall be revealed. I spare nothing!

After I accepted Kate’s invitation panic set in. I don’t bake. What kind of recipe could I share on her wonderful blog? Fortunately I remembered these no-bake little jewels. It is more candy than baked goods. But candy, cookie, cake. Who cares? They are all delicious sweets.

So with no more ado and with a grateful heart to Kate for sharing these with her readers I give you…….

Apricot and Pecan Balls