What makes you feel fulfilled and the things that put you in a great mood? Holiday season might be a chance to get in touch with it. As a mom, as a wife, as a sister, a daughter... Besides responsibilities, not to skip fun, the joy of our roles. When you're getting older you notice, enjoying even a minute in life is worth it. Being thankful for an another day, an another breath, waking up and feeling sunlight in your room. Having a morning coffee which is always the tastiest one of the day, right?
Thank God for my time for fulfilled emotions that makes me feel happy. Considering what makes me feel on top is a good start and being focused my energy on getting those things right.
I've just got up and wrote down my feelings while having my coffee this morning. Thank y'all guys for stopping by and reading those sentences.
If you are not new here, you probably know, being in the kitchen is also another thing that puts me in a great mood. Some of you know my blog since the first post I did. 'yonca's kitchen' turns 8 this December. Thanks for being great followers, readers and friends..If you are new here, welcome! Glad you are here too! Enjoy!
My home smells cinnamon right now. Tender and crumbly rich flavored holiday cookies in the oven. Aria gave shapes to them and they make the house smell ginger, cinnamon, vanilla and coconut. Nope, it is not enough! Let's coat them with Nutella.
Holiday Sugar Cookies
3 cups all purpose flour
1 cup sugar
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 cup unsalted butter(softened)
1/4 tsp salt
1 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 teaspoon ginger
1 teaspoon cinnamon
(Preheat oven 375 degrees F/ 190 degrees C- cook time 8_9 mins. Dough needs to chill about 30 mins in the refrigerator)
In a small bowl, stir together flour, baking powder. Set aside.
In a large bowl, cream together the butter and sugar until smooth. Beat in egg, vanilla, ginger, cinnamon. Gradually blend in the other dry ingredients.
Nutella and heavy cream: To make the nutella coating, gently heat the cream and nutella on a low heat, stirring continuously.
Coat each cookies with it.
Confectioner's Sugar_ coconut flakes mix
Tahini Cinnamon Cookies
Cinnamon cookies filled with tahini molasses..yum!
Put a spoonful of tahini(ground sesame seed paste) on a plate and add grape molasses(pekmez) to taste. (If you prefer sweeter, more syrup but mostly use equal proportions).
Fill the cookies with this combination. (1 tsp each) It is delicious and healthy. Try it with carrot slices, crakers, on bread slices basically. It makes for a quick breakfast when you are in a hurry or perfect snack any time of day.
2 1/2 cups flour
3/4 cup sugar
1 cup butter(softened)
1 tbsp cinnamon
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 tsp baking powder
Prepare the dough as usual.
On a floured surface roll each scoop of dough into a 3 inch circle using your palm. Place a tablespoon tahini_pekmez of filling on each circle and roll'em up. Ready to bake!
Chocolate Heaven Cookies
As a nutella lover family, chocolate cookies also coated with nutella and chocolate chips!!! I named these cookies Chocolate Heaven and Aria is in heaven right now :-)
3/4 cup sugar
3/4 cup butter(softened)
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 3/4 cup all purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/3 cup cacoa powder
Nutella and chocolate chips (as much as you want)
Prepare the dough as usual. Spread nutella on cookies shaped like trees and stars. Sprinkle extra chocolate chips over the top of Chocolate Heaven Cookies.
Place cookies on cookie sheet and bake for 8_9 minutes at 375 F preheated oven. Set aside to let cool before serve.
Duty calls, cookie monster Aria! Haven't you finished m & m's cookies in the jar I made yesterday?
Me? Having a yummy walnut biscotti with a cup of coffee. Mommy's happy hour! Hmmm.. also making cinnamon roll bites on my 'to do' list. There is an traditional saying here.
'Let's eat sweet, talk sweet!'
This year, all I wish for is a healthy and a positive year for all of us, for all the people on earth!
Merry Christmas and a happy new year to y'all!
Wednesday, December 23, 2015
Wednesday, November 25, 2015
Salted cake is one of our family favorites. It is pretty easy and turns out great with salad and soup. Easy to prepare and eat while standing in a crowd and makes a perfect school snack!
I used parsley, pepperoni chunks, green pepper and feta cheese. Actually, I used different toppings each time. Grated potato, mozarella cheese, bell pepper, olive..and also different herbs like mint, basil, oregano. Create your own topping. You can get as creative as you want. It's the the fun part.
Keep the left over in the fride. After a couple of days, you will still enjoy the taste of it. We ate most of it the day after.
3 large eggs
1/2 cup olive oil
1/2 cup milk
1 tsp baking powder
1 1/3 cup flour
salt and pepper
1 tsp garlic /minced
feta cheese /crumbled, black olive, green pepper (sliced)
2 handfulls of fresh parsley(or mixed herbs-basil, chive and parsley) chopped
1/2 cup chopped pepperoni
Preheat the oven to 350 F
Mix the egg, oil and milk in a bowl. Add salt, pepper and garlic.
Add the baking powder to the flour in another bowl and combine it with the egg mixture. Finally, add half of the herbs to the dough. Place it in a bread pan and top with the rest of herbs, cheese crumbs, olives, green pepper and pepperoni on it. Hmmmmm. Smells delicious while baking. Serve the cake cold and sliced on your Thanksgiving table.
Wednesday, October 14, 2015
I used to love stopping by Panera Bread in New York . Especially winter time and having their yummy creamy potato soup. Last week I came up with my own version of this soup:) I believe that the carrot gave extra benefit and taste to it.
potatoes, peeled and cubed
1 small carrot, cubed
1/2 teaspoon seasoning salt
1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
1/4 teaspoon pepper
1 (8 ounce) package cream cheese or sour cream (room temperature)
Pepperoni (cubed) or Bacon/ cooked and crumbled/ 3 slices or more (optional, but makes it really good, especially pepperoni and bacon lovers like my son)
Combine chicken broth, potatoes, carrot cubes and spices in a small pot. Boil until potatoes and carrots are tender. If you like your soup smooth, here is a little tip: Smash some potato cubes for thickening. Add cream cheese. Keep stirring until the cheese melts. Ready to serve. Sprinkle a little pepperoni or bacon over each bowl of soup. Extra pepperoni this time for Aria!!!