Saturday, April 19, 2014

Italian Easter Cookie Cutouts

1 1/2 C Sugar

5 C Flour
3 Sticks Butter = 1 1/2 C.
6 Eggs
4 1/2 teas. baking powder
1  pinch of salt
2 tablespoons of vanilla

Beat together remove from bowl and continue to knead in more flour until it is no longer sticky.  Roll out between two sheets of parchment paper and use your favorite cookie cutters, peel away excess dough and slide parchment onto a cookie sheet. bake at 350 degrees for about 5-7 minutes or until bottom of cookie is golden brown. 

Allow cookies to thoroughly cool before glazing.

You can use cheap synthetic artist paint brushes to decorate cookies. Or you can just dip the cookies in the glaze using a wide mouth bowl. 

Glaze: In a small bowl, stir together 1 cup confectioners' sugar and 1 tablespoon milk, 1 teasp. of almond extract a drop or two of your favorite food coloring. For Easter I like pastel, so I use very little coloring.

I make a cup or 1/2 per each color I use to paint the cookies, ie: white for bunnies and lamb, yellow for chicks and duck, orange for carrot, green for top of carrot and eyes, pink for noses. You may also add pastel Easter theme sprinkles. 

Royanna's Delicious Pickled Eggs

Royanna's Delicious Pickled Eggs

Hard Boil 2 dozen eggs.  Click here to learn how to hard boil eggs to perfection.

Peel the eggs set aside to be added to beet juice later.Hard-boiled eggs are easiest to peel right after cooling. Cooling causes the egg to contract slightly in the shell.

To peel a hard-boiled egg: Gently tap egg on countertop until shell is finely crackled all over. Roll egg between hands to loosen shell. Starting peeling at large end, holding egg under cold running water to help ease the shell off.


2 Cups Vinegar
2 Cups Sugar
2 Cups Water
Bring to simmer to dissolve the sugar, add 
1 teasp. Allspice
1 teasp. Cloves
1 teasp. Cinnamon
2 cans of baby beet juice

Stir in to dissolve the spices into the liquid mixture. Add 2 cans of baby beet juice reserving beets to be added later (Royanna prefers Shoprite brand baby beets.)

Bring this mixture to a boil, lower heat and simmer for 15 minutes, turn off heat remove from stove to cool to room temperature. 

Once cooled add eggs and beets to a 1 gallon jar stir to completely have eggs submerged into the liquid, cover tightly. 

Store in the refrigerator until served. 

You may also add slivers of onion to the beets. I boiled mine in the beet juice mixture to make them soft. 

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Chocolate Cream Cheese Pie ~ All Ingredients From ALDI'S Grocery Store

I beat 1 -8oz. pkg. of Aldi's Cream Cheese, with one tub of Aldi's Whipped Topping, 1 teas. of Aldi's real vanilla flavoring, 2 tablesp. of Aldi's Baker's Choice Baking Cocoa & 1/2 cup of sugar(from Aldi's) on high with electric mixer.

I then scooped into an Aldi's graham cracker pie shell, and topped it with a can of Aldi's Cherry Pie Filling.

I drizzled some of Aldi's chocolate syrup over the cherry pie filling and edged it with Aldi's whipped cream from a can.

NO baking is complete without a sanitary clean up using Aldi's Freshine Disinfecting Wipes!

Can you tell that Aldi's is my favorite place to shop?

Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Our First Christmas At Lake Wynonah~Fun Decorating!

If you can imagine it, you can create it, that beautiful world you dream about, needs positive action to come true. Leon Brown

Friday, October 25, 2013

Warm and Cozy Feelings On A Cool Autumn Evening

We had our fireplace serviced today and tonight we are having our first cozy fire on this cool Autumn night in our new home here at lovely Lake Wynonah.


Sunday, October 13, 2013

Autumn In Schuylkill County/Lake Wynonah Pennsylvania

The following photos were shot during a short trip to the grocery store here in my picturesque neck of the woods, Schuylkill County, PA. I picked up two of the grandkids on the way and then we ate lunch here at a dock in my lovely community Lake Wynonah.

BlogsBy_Dunwell's Early October 2013 album on Photobucket

Saturday, September 7, 2013

Chicken Salad~Salad

My cousin Kathy and I had our first encounter with this detectible salad while having lunch at the lovely Seagrass Cafe in Ocean Grove, New Jersey.  I have since come up with my own version and it is a hit with all who have tried it!

2 cooked chicken breast halves
2/3 cup mayonnaise 
2 green onions chopped
1/2 cup dried cranberries or raisins
1 cup of seedless grape halves (white or red)
 You may also add apples chunks, walnuts, and/or pecans


  1. Mix together the chicken and mayonnaise in a bowl, stir in the rest of the ingredients.

 Make a salad with your favorite greens, tomatoes, and cheese. You may also add more grape halves, cranberries, raisins, nuts, and strawberry halves if you wish.  Sprinkle with a mixture of balsamic vinaigrette lightly sweetened/thickened with plum sauce. 

Place the salad greens mixture on a salad plate or bowl and dollop the chicken salad mixture in the middle.  Enjoy!