Party Mix

Adrian has been working on perfecting his party mix for years. This is the best mixture yet!

Chili Powder

I do not remember where we got this recipe, but we use it often.  Feel free to replace some of the cayenne pepper with ground chipotle peppers if you would like.

Biscotti-Grain free

I am not sure where we found this recipe.  I have played with it and adapted it some to our tastes.

“Rough” Puff Pastry

Looking up how to make puff pastry, we found this recipe for “rough puff pastry”.  It looked easy, so we decided to try it.  It turned out wonderfully.

Just remember that the dough will need lots of time in the fridge.  Be sure to put the cold dough in a hot oven so the pastry rises properly.

Biscotti

I was looking for a good biscotti recipe and my friend, Cheri, had the perfect one for me.  This is super easy to make with many variations.  The cookies store well for a few weeks too.  

If desired, these cookies are firm enough to dunk in chocolate.

Profiteroles- Cream Puffs

Many years ago, Andrea discovered “creamy puffs”.  After her first taste she insisted that she wanted to learn how to make them.  So, at the age of 9, Andrea learned how to make “French Profiteroles“.

Years later, Andrea still loves cream puffs and insisted that we make them to celebrate National Cream Puff Day (2 Jan).

Fill the puffs with vanilla ice cream for french profiteroles. Filling with whipped cream makes them cream puffs.  Either way is wonderful!

Gluten Free Cream Puff

If you want to make these gluten free, substitute the flour with your favorite gluten free flour*.   They do not puff up as nicely, and they did not brown the same, but they taste great!

Tiramasu

I first discovered tiramisu when we went to an unschooling home school event at a waterpark.  Mark had pointed out a desert that he thought looked good, it looked like pudding in a chocolate bowl.

Later that day, Allan asked me what special treat I wanted.  So many looked good, but I decided to try Mark’s suggestion.   I have been hooked ever since.

We have tried different recipes, but this is our favorite version of it.  It works with either regular or gluten free lady fingers.

Homemade Kahlua

Kahlua is a coffee flavored liqueur that is used in tiramisu.  I am sure that it is used in many other recipes, but tiramisu is our favorite way to use it.

Lady Fingers-Gluten Free

Andrea commented that she really wanted tiramisu for dessert.  We looked in three stores before finding lady finger cookies.  We did not find gluten free ones at all.  So we decided to try to make our own.

The recipe we tried was very easy.  The cookies crisped up and are wonderful for dunking in hot drinks or just eating plain.


Butter Toffee

Before getting married, I worked as a third grade paraprofessional.  My first year was wonderful. The teachers used me as an under teacher, working with different students and using my strengths to help the classes.   Since I am right handed, I learned to write on a chalk board and I taught cursive that year.

Since I interacted with the students so much, they spoiled me often.  At Christmas, Brianna brought me a batch of this candy.  I liked it so much, I requested a recipe.  I have made this recipe almost every year since.  Now Andrea makes this recipe also.