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Ham Florentine Wreath

9 Jan

As a part of our ‘late’ Christmas celebration with my family, we enjoyed a ridiculous amount of food. Not surprising huh?! One of the best things we ate all weekend was a Ham Florentine Wreath. I was able to snap some photos while my sister-in-law Kara made the gorgeous meal.

Ham Florentine Wreath

2 8 oz packages refrigerated crescent rolls
8 oz thickly sliced deli ham, diced
1/4 c green onions with tops, thinly sliced
5 oz Swiss cheese, grated (1 1/4 cups)
10 oz frozen chopped spinach, thawed and well drained
1/4 cup mayonnaise
1/4 t coarsely ground black pepper
2 plum tomatoes, sliced
1 egg, separated
1/4 cup almonds, chopped (we omitted)

Preheat oven to 375° F.

Unroll crescents into 16 triangles. With wide end toward center arrange 8 triangles in circle. Arrange remaining 8 triangles in center matching wide ends. Seal seams.

Mix ham, green onions, 1 cup cheese, spinach, mayo and black pepper. Scoop filling over seams of dough forming circle. Arrange tomatoes in overlapping circular pattern over filling. Top with remaining cheese. Lift corners of dough over filling one at a time slightly overlapping to form wreath.

Beat egg white lightly; brush over dough. Sprinkle almonds over wreath.

Bake 25 to 30 min or until golden brown. Slice, serve & enjoy!

This dish was so full of color that it made you anxious to take a bite! Try it sometime and let me know what you think. If you are anything like me, you won’t be able to have just one slice!

*This recipe was adapted from a dish served at a Pampered Chef party Kara attended.


Christmas in July

26 Jul

I’m a day behind, but 6 months from yesterday will be…. CHRISTMAS! I know we all would love some cooler weather, but the cold that typically surrounds Christmas time can wait for those 6 months. The heat is unbearable at times, but I’ll deal for now. Since we know I don’t want the cold weather, you may ask why I’m highlighting Christmas in July. It could be for the presents, but I’m not ready to do all that shopping. It could be the time I’d like to spend with my family, but we are all too busy right now. So… it’s because of all the treats that surround the holidays.

Last year I cooked up a storm around Christmas time and documented all my treats… but the hustle and bustle of the holidays got the best of me and I didn’t get my treats posted on here. The wait is over. So in honor of Christmas in July, here is a look back a my treat platter and a recipe you should all try!

Snowman Brownie Pops: my version of the ones you can buy from William Sonoma

Chocolate Waffle Cookies: recipe below

Divinity: sugar, sugar and more sugar

Homemade Caramels: talk about indulgence

Kringla: a Christmas favorite

Peanut Clusters: just like my mom makes, reminds me of home


Chocolate Waffle Cookies

Cookies: 3 sq. unsweetened chocolate, 3 1/2 cup sugar (divided), 2 cup flour, 4 eggs, 1 tsp vanilla

Frosting: 1/2 cup milk, 1 stick oleo, 1/2- 3/4 cup chocolate chips


Melt unsweetened chocolate. Beat eggs and 1 1/2 cups sugar. Add to chocolate. Add vanilla and flour. Mix well. Put on hot waffle iron. Use several dabs of mixture to make individual cookies. Leave for 15-20 seconds. Remove with a fork. Frost each cookies with frosting made by boiling oleo, milk and 2 cups sugar for 30-45 seconds at a hard- rolling boil. Add chocolate chips. Beat until spreadable. Makes 50 cookies.


Christmas Candy or Snowman Poo?

8 Dec


I crossed one item off my Christmas baking list- Divinity. Divinity, for those of you who have never experienced it’s greatness, is a sugar treat. When you bite in, it just melts in your mouth and you get to enjoy it’s awesomeness! (Is that even a word?!?)  My aunt makes it almost every year for our family Christmas get together and I’ve always wanted to try making it myself. This year I decided it was the year, except I came across one small problem. I have a slight fear of the candy thermometer….but I succeeded. I learned you just need to be patient with the thermometer- candy making takes time! I took a few photos along the way…. a few steps are skipped, because you can’t get the camera sticky and belive me, this stuff gets stiiicky! OH and we may change the name to snowman poop, thanks to my brother Matty and his witty comments! It looks like it could be snowman poo though doesn’t it?? 🙂

Darla’s Divinity

3 cups sugar
1/2 cup corn syrup
1/2 cup water
2 egg whites
Stir sugar, syrup and water together over medium heat until sugar is dissolved. Then let it sit and heat to a temp of 248 on the candy thermometer. When the sugar mixture is almost to temperature, beat the egg whites unti they hold stiff peaks (6-8 minutes). Pour 1/2 of the sugar mixture into the egg whites, continually mixing on medium speed. While you mix, let the other 1/2 of the sugar mixture cook to a temp of 272. When that reaches temp, combine with rest of mixture. Mix on medium speed unitl you have soft, glossy peaks. Immediately drop by spoonful onto wax paper. When the drops harden slightly, place in covered container for storage.

Conquering the fear of the Candy Thermometer