Monday, November 30, 2009

12 Days of Christmas Treats

Some of you may remember my 12 Days of Christmas Cookies last year. This year I am going to do a similar challenge. Each of the first 12 days of December I am going to make a different Christmas treat. If you want to join me in this challenge feel free to use this logo.
I am really looking forward to this year's challenge. I have a few treats in mind already. Stay tuned because I think you will enjoy these. Many of them will make easy and great Christmas gifts.

Sunday, November 29, 2009

Grandnina's Birthday Rolls

Grandnina's Birthday Rolls
This is my grandmother's recipe. She would make these for every holiday and our birthdays. I would always look forward to these rolls.

1 pkg yeast
1/2 cup lukewarm later
1 tsp salt
1 cup scalded milk
2/3 cup shortening (Crisco)
6 to 8 cups flour
2 eggs
1/2 cup sugar
1 cup potatoes, mashed

Add shortening, sugar, salt and eggs to potatoes. Cream well. Dissolve yeast in lukewarm water, add to lukewarm milk, and add to potato mixture. Add sifted flour to make stiff dough. Toss on floured board and knead well. Put in large bowl and let rise until doubled in bulk. Turn out on floured board and kneaded slightly. Rub over top with melted butter. Place in a bowl. Cover tightly and place in refrigerator until ready to use. Shape and let rise 1 hour before baking time. Bake at 400 degrees for 15 minutes or until edges start to brown.

Beer Can Turkey

I know this sounds strange but this makes an amazing turkey. The outside is crispy and the inside is tender and moist. I think I might even like this method better than the brining method.

Beer Can Turkey

10-12 lb whole turkey, defrosted and neck, giblets, and gravy removed.
1 stick butter, melted
1 tsp garlic salt
1/2 tsp black pepper
1/2 tsp paprika
1/4 tsp cayenne pepper
1 - 12 oz can beer

Arrange oven rack to the lowest level. Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Mix butter, garlic salt, black pepper, paprika, and cayenne in a small bowl. Baste turkey with the butter and spice mixture. Pour out half the beer. Add the remaining butter and spice mixture to beer can. Place can in the turkey's center cavity and prop upright in a roasting pan. Place in oven and bake uncovered for 3.5 to 4 hours or until turkey is medium brown all over.

Cranberry Sauce

Cranberry Sauce


  • 12 ounces cranberries
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 1 cup orange juice


  1. In a medium sized saucepan over medium heat, dissolve the sugar in the orange juice. Stir in the cranberries and cook until the cranberries start to pop (about 10 minutes). Remove from heat and place sauce in a bowl. Cranberry sauce will thicken as it cools.