Saturday, December 22, 2007

Cheesy Ham and Potato Soup

I bought a big ham last weekend and it has provided at least four dinners for us! I have particularly enjoyed using some for this wonderful soup fully of creamy goodness. Perfect recipe for your leftover holiday ham and a winner with the children.

3 cups peeled and cubed potatoes
1/2 cup chopped onion
1 cup water
1 chicken bouillon cube
1 tsp. dried parsley
1/2 tsp. salt
1/8 tsp. pepper
1 1/2 cups milk
2 tsp. flour
1 1/2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
1 cup chopped ham

In a large pot, add the 1st 7 ingredients and simmer until potatoes are tender.
In a separate bowl, mix flour and milk. Add to soup and cook until thickened.
Stir in cheese and ham and simmer until melted.

Serve and enjoy!

Wednesday, December 19, 2007

Holiday Snickerdoodles

Snickerdoodles have been a holiday tradition in my family for a long time. These are simple yet delicious and addicting! They are wonderful with a cup of hot tea and a friend :)

1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
1 tsp. cream of tartar (found in spice section of your grocer)
1/2 tsp. baking soda
1/8 tsp. salt
1/2 cup butter, softened
1 cup sugar
1 egg
1 tsp. vanilla

Preheat oven to 375.

Combine 1st 4 ingredients in a small bowl. In another bowl, combine butter and sugar until creamy. Add the egg and vanilla. Stir well. Add flour mixture and stir until soft dough forms.

Roll into 1 inch balls and roll in mixture of 2 Tbsp. sugar/1 tsp. cinnamon. Place on cookie sheet about 2 inches apart.

Bake 9-11 minutes and remove to cooling rack. Cool completely.

Makes about 3 dozen cookies.

*the ones pictured above were done using my cookie press*