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Umi Shoes at The Bragging Mommy

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Have you ever heard of Umi shoes? They are one of the few companies I trust for my daughter’s footwear because (even though you pay a pretty penny for them) they last more than one child! Not only that, but finding durable shoes for girls that are still cute is nearly impossible. 

Okay, okay, I know. You want to know what this all means for you! Well, one of my favorite blogs The Bragging Mommy is hosting an awesome “Back to School” giveaway sponsored by Umi shoes! This ends on August 29th at 10am MST so you have to go enter now!! 

While you’re there, check out her other giveaways and awesome posts. Don’t forget to tell her who sent you! 

Click here for the Umi giveaway!! 

 

A change of pace…

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Normally, I simply put up my favorite recipes with a snippet of why it’s my favorite.. Today, I am gonna do something differently!

I am deep in the trenches of Christmas time with my baking. If you were to see my kitchen right now, there isn’t a counter/table with any space open for more cookies, breads or candy. And to top it off, I am only half way finished!

Today, I stepped back and gazed at my creations, the same ones my grandma taught me that her grandma taught her and it made me happy that I was continuing with our family tradition. We don’t have much money, but every year since I was born, and years before that, my family would make up small trays of goodies to give to our neighbors, firefighters and teachers as a way of saying thanks. Some years, the trays weren’t as full as others, but there was always a little of everything.

My grandma doesn’t bake much anymore because of the arthritis in her hands, but man could she whip up some delicious treats when I was younger. Now-a-days, I have the honor of baking for her and my papa as well as others and it makes me feel good to see the smile on her face when I come home for Christmas with a basket of her favorite cookies.

What are some family traditions in your family during the holidays? If you haven’t started a family yet (or JUST did), do you plan on doing the things you did with your parents growing up??

 

 

Would YOU like a giveaway?

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I am giving you the opprotunity of winning a giveaway!

That’s right, I know what you all want. You want to read a blog that gives you the opprotunity to read and win! That’s what I am giving you. If I can get *50* subscribers via email on Sensual Sweets by HALLOWEEN, I will do a giveaway.

This goes for my sister blog, Let’s Talk Sex too. If I get 50 followers on GFC by Halloween, I will do a giveaway there too! AND I’ll use Rafflecopter so you could potentially have 5-8 chances to win PER BLOG!!!

So, get your friends together and have a “following” party!

2 recipes in one night! Lemon Bars *drool*

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I ran across this recipe and HAD to share it! Lemon bars are one of my absolute favorite desserts for late winter/early spring. And having them during the other seasons brings me back to those cool nights. I have tried out several recipes for these tangy cookies and this is by far my favorite.

Ingredients for the crust:

1 cup butter
1 3/4 cup flour
2/3 cup confectioner’s sugar (plus more for
dusting)

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease and flour a 9 X 13 pan. In a medium bowl, whisk together flour and confectioner’s sugar. Cut in butter until combined and crumbly. Press mixture into bottom of pan. Bake for 20 minutes or until golden.

Ingredients for filling:

1 1/2 cup plain sugar
1/4 cup flour
1 tsp baking powder
4 eggs, slightly beaten
1/2 cup lemon juice

While crust is baking, prepare topping. In a larger bowl, add sugar, flour, and baking powder. Then add slightly beaten eggs and lemon juice. Mix well and pour on top of warm baked crust. Bake for 20-25 minutes. When cool, dust with confectioner’s sugar and refrigerate. Cut into bars and enjoy them cold!

Banana Creme Pie…

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This may come as shocking to some of you, but I *HATE* bananas. I mean, with a passion. I don’t like them in almost everything, everyway. But I know a lot of people that love them. Which is the reason for this recipe. Banana creme pie is a much a staple on my family’s Thanksgiving dessert table as pumpkin pie (which I don’t care for either believe it or not). Gramma has been making this recipe for years. She found it in a cookbook (that she can no longer remember the name of) the year she got married (1969) and has tweaked it over the years to better suit my papa’s discriminating tastes. I hope you all enjoy it!

 

Ingredients

  • 3/4 cup white sugar
  • 1/3 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups milk
  • 3 egg yolks slightly beaten
  • 2 tablespoons margarine
  • 1 1/4 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 9 inch pie crust already baked
  • 4-5 bananas sliced

 

In a saucepan, combine the sugar, flour, and salt.  Add milk in gradually while stirring.  Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly, until the mixture is bubbly.  Keep stirring and cook for 2 more minutes. Remove from the burner and stir a small quantity of the hot mixture into the beaten egg yolks (this is called tempering. You do this so you don’t make scrambled eggs!). Immediately add egg yolk mixture to the rest of the hot mixture.  Cook for 2 more minutes; remember to keep stirring!  Remove the mixture from the stove, and add butter and vanilla.  Stir until the whole thing has a smooth consistency. If you did curdle pieces of your mixture, whisk it vigerously before you take it off the stove. This should help to break up any pieces. Slice bananas into the cooled baked pastry shell.  Top with pudding mixture. Bake at 350 degrees  for 12 to 15 minutes.  Chill for an hour. Decorate with piped whipped cream, slices of bananas, even a drizzle of caramel would be great!

 

Russian Tea Cakes

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This recipe comes from Emma Radovich. I have been making these for a long time. They literally melt in your mouth! This is by far one of the simplest recipes you will come across. And the results are amazing! The company I externed with made a version of these that were equally good, but they made them HUGE! 5-6 bite cookies. Anywho, here is the recipe, I hope you all enjoy them as much as I do! =)

Ingredients

  •  1 cup butter
  •  1/2 cup powdered sugar
  •  2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  •  3/4 cup chopped walnuts
  •  1/4 teaspoon salt
  •  1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  •  1/3 cup powdered sugar

Directions

Combine all  ingredients, mix well. Roll dough into 1 inch balls and bake for 15 minutes in a  preheated 350 degree F (175 degrees C) oven. Once baked, roll while still hot in powdered sugar until coated. Let cool. Enjoy!

I finally decided on a recipe! Pecan Caramel Delight!

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I have been going through my menage of recipes all day trying to pick one to follow the popularity of the Samios. I finally found one that I believe you would all love =) The deliciously tasting caramel nuttiness melts in your mouth and leaves you wanting more! I hope you all enjoy it!!!

Ingredients

  •  1 (16 ounce) package pecan cookies, crushed
  •  1/2 cup butter or margarine, melted
  •  2 (8 ounce) packages cream cheese, softened
  •  1 (12 ounce) jar caramel ice cream topping, divided
  •  1 1/2 cups cold milk
  •   1 (5.1 ounce) package instant vanilla pudding mix
  •   3/4 cup chopped pecans

Directions

In a bowl, combine cookie crumbs and butter. Press into a greased 13-in. x 9-in. x 2-in. baking dish. Bake at 375 degrees F for 10 minutes. Cool on a wire rack.

In a large mixing bowl, beat cream cheese and 1/2 cup caramel topping until smooth. In a bowl, whisk milk and pudding mix for 2 minutes; fold into cream cheese mixture. Spread over the cooled crust. Sprinkle with pecans. Cover and refrigerate for at least 6 hours. Cut into squares; drizzle with remaining caramel topping.
*I obtained this recipe from allrecipes.com from a woman named Judy Atwell. Below is a picture of mis7up’s “delight”. All rights to the photo go to her.*