Friday, March 28, 2014

Mimosa Cocktail

One memorable Sunday morning, we remembered we had a bottle of champagne in the fridge. So I made each of us a Mimosa to go along with some muffins for a late Sunday morning brunch.  Mimosa cocktails are really good when having a group or party for brunch.

Serving size: 8 Mimosa Cocktails
  • 1 750 ml bottle chilled champagne or dry sparkling wine
  • 3 cups (750 ml) chilled orange juice
Serving size: 1 Mimosa Cocktail
  • 1/3 cup chilled champagne or dry sparkling wine
  • 1/3 cup chilled orange juice
  1. Fill champagne flutes 1/2 full with chilled sparkling wine. Top with orange juice. 
  • I don't mix the champagne and orange juice in a pitcher as I feel it goes flat fast when mixed. So I make them up individually before serving. 
  • I don't stir them as again it can make it flat faster
  • Keep champagne and orange juice chilled. They don't taste as good warm. 
  • If you are serving a large group you can go less on the champagne/sparkling wine, but we prefer the flavor of using equal amounts of orange juice and champagne/sparking wine
  • You can add a little splash of Triple Sec or another orange liquor for added orange flavoring. 

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Sour Cream Cookies

 This is a family recipe. I am sure man others have a similar one in their family. My Grandma and Mom have always made these for holidays or special occasions. My Grandma passed away the end of 2013, but I always remember her when I make these cookies. She used to change the recipe up every so often - adding lemon grind or using more almond extract than vanilla. But this is the basic recipe my Mom always uses and I suggest you play around with the flavors. 

This recipe is good anytime you are wanting a sweet treat. They are my favorite cookie.

Sour Cream Cookies

1/2 cup butter
1 1/2 cup sugar
3 cups flour
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp baking powder
2 eggs
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 tsp almond extract
1 cup sour cream

3 cups powdered sugar
1 tsp vanilla extract
2 tbsp butter
2 tbsp cream or half and half
Optional: Sprinkles such as pastel colored sugar to sprinkle on top

Preheat Oven to 350. Mix flour, baking soda and powder in a bowl and set aside. In a large bowl cream butter and sugar together. Add eggs and extracts. Stir in sour cream. And then slowly add flour mixture until all added in. Drop cookies on a cookie sheet and bake 8 to 12 minutes. Cool.  Glaze cookies and let the glaze set for an hour. Store in an airtight container.


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