Monday, December 22, 2014

Cookie Glaze (dries hard and shiny)

Here is a great recipe for a Glaze for your cutout cookies!,,,I just recently started adding the secret ingredient to making this glaze dry hard and stay shiny,,,,it is light corn syrup!,,,,I love the way  this looks on my cutouts!,,,,I left mine white but you can add food coloring to make this any color you like, also add any sprinkles you want right after your frost, it dries really quick! I also added a drop of almond extract to mine but you could add whatever flavor you like also!,,,Here is what I did....Enjoy!

2- 1/4 cups confectioners sugar
2 Tablespoons light corn syrup
2 Tablespoons milk + more
1-2 drops almond extract
Add sugar to mixing bowl add corn syrup,,,,then add milk 2 Tablespoons at a time stirring with a fork until it comes to a spreadable consistency,,,,add extract or food coloring if you desire!

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Mushroom Beef Barley Soup

I just love making soups!...They are really easy to make and they make a great dinner!....And the possibilities are endless....Here is a recipe for one of my favorites, Beef barley....here is what I did....Enjoy!!

2 T olive oil
1 pound stew meat (diced into smaller pieces)
2 carrots (diced)
2 ribs celery (diced)
1 shallot (diced
1 small onion (diced)
1- 8 oz. container fresh sliced mushrooms
1 can petite diced tomatoes
2 bay leaves
1 t dry basil
1 t salt
 1/4 t pepper
6 cups beef broth
1 cup Quick cooking barley (I used Quaker brand)
Dice stew meat and add to pot with 2 T olive oil
cook until no longer pink
add onion, shallot, carrots and celery
stir and cook a few minutes then add mushrooms, spices and then
the broth and tomatoes....stir and add the barley....let it come to a boil and then let simmer until soup thickens and vegetables are tender...about 20-30 minutes