Monday, December 5, 2011

Video Game: Forest of Words

A project that was assigned to me in class was to write an informative video game script.  Here is Forest of Words: a spelling game for elementary school children.

Holiday Baking- Candied Pretzels

Candied pretzels make one of the easiest and scrumptious holiday traditions of my past. If you have children, they will love these (I know I did).

1 pkg of vanilla almond bark
1 large bag of pretzels
Red and Green Sprinkles

Crush pretzels in bag.  You DO NOT want dust so do not crush them too much.  After pretzels are broken up enough, break almond bark into squares.  Put just the almond bark in a large pot and turn on stove to low-medium heat.  Make sure to keep stirring so bark does not burn to the bottom of the pan. After the bark has melted all the way through, add pretzels and stir.  Lay out wax paper/foil and spoon tablespoon sized pretzel clusters onto paper.  Add sprinkles and let them harden.

Happy Thanksgiving!

Thanksgiving has passed... but one can be thankful anytime of the year correct?! And if there is one thing I am thankful for all year round, it is pie.  In lieu of the holiday spirit I have a delicious pumpkin pie recipe to share. This is also a family recipe.  Both of my parents come from the south which means southern homestyle cooking is where I grew up and have taken a lot of that to heart when I am cooking/baking.  Therefore, this is no ordinary pumpkin pie. It is a molasses pumpkin pie!

1 12oz can of pumpkin
3/4 cup of evaporated milk
2 eggs
1/2 cup of sugar
3 Tbsp of Molasses (I always add a bit more)
1 1/2 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp ginger
1 tsp allspice
1/2 tsp salt
pie crust (frozen or homemade)

Preheat oven to 400 degrees.

Mix sugar, eggs, and spices all together. Add pumpkin and molasses. Slowly beat in evaporated milk. Pour mixture into pie dish.  Bake at 400 for 8-10 minutes.  Reduce heat to 350 degrees and bake for 30 more minutes.  Check mixture with a toothpick/knife to make sure middle is not runny.

Let it cool for 2 hours.

Happy Holidays! Enjoy.