Award, Award, Awards, I love the blog Awards…

..Hey Everybody!

Guess what i found in my comments section this week?! That’s right! – An Award nomination from Mimi! She’s the lovely blog author from Les Saveurs De Mimi And it was so sweet of her to include me in her nominations!  (big Thank You Mimi!) 🙂

So,  i am super excited to announce that this time I have been awarded the “I am Part of the WordPress Family” award! ...

The rules are as follows:

  1.   Visit and thank the blogger who nominated you.
  2.  Acknowledge that blogger on your blog and a link back.
  3. Nominate up to  10  bloggers for I’m a part of the WordPress Family Award, provide a link to their blogs in your post, and notify them on their blogs.
  4. Copy and paste the award somewhere on your blog.

Ok, so to pass this thing along – here are my nominations of some very well deserving blogs!

  1. Sugar and Spice Baking
  2. Married In Marrickville
  3. Cannot Contain
  4. Simply Made Kitchen and Crafts
  5. FightForTheBite
  6. Hey, Taste This
  7. CornbreadAndHeels

Congratulations Everyone!  🙂

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It’s FallTime ~ warm drinks & sweet treats ~

https://i0.wp.com/media-cache-ec0.pinimg.com/736x/2d/23/40/2d234010501de84c6e9befc3fc20e2ac.jpg Good Morning Lovely’s!  I’ve been freezing here as of late…the temperatures have finally decided that there shall be no Indian summer for me, and so i have taken to making (& drinking!)  a lot of creatively invented hot drinks! 😉

One of my favorite concoctions has  been:

Boiling Hot Coffee mixed with Hot Chocolate Mix!  (Mmmmm, it’s the best “goodmorning drink”!)

Another of my favorites is:

warm Milk with Cinnamon either on top or mixed in*sometimes i add Honey too* – (this is my favorite to drink at night!)

Also, as you all must know, Halloween was last night & since then i’ve had a chance to sneak a few treats from the children’s stock-pile! lol

I’ve got to say that i’ve found a candy bar that rivals my first favorite! (Twix) https://i2.wp.com/i00.i.aliimg.com/photo/v0/126872268/Twix_biscuit_51g.jpg

This new favorite of mine is called 100 Grand -(can you tell i really don’t eat that much of this candy stuff! lol)

https://i0.wp.com/upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/thumb/e/e9/100-Grand-Wrapper-Small.jpg/300px-100-Grand-Wrapper-Small.jpg Anyways, i loved making the discovery of this new chocolate bar….it makes me happy! 😉

But i am also very much so still in love with a good Twix now & again. On a random note – 😉

I keep seeing recipes for homemade Twix bars, & so i think i might give it a shot & try making some of my own….worst that could probably happen is just me disgracing the great name of Twix if they come out bad!  (hummm, maybe i should rethink this!)

Have a great day & expect a randomly posted Twix bars related recipe to come in the near future! 😉

~Versatile Blogger Award~

http://versatilebloggeraward.files.wordpress.com/2011/09/versatileblogger111.png  I’m super excited to announce that Sweet 16’s Country Kitchen has been nominated for the Versatile Blogger Award!

        I want to especially thank Prateeksha from over at cooknutritious ~ she has a really cool blog & so it was such a lovely surprise to open my WordPress this morning and find her nomination!

♥ Thank You So Much!!! ♥

The Versatile Blogger Award is maintained by bloggers who want to support each other. Below are the set of RULES that we have to follow for this award : 

  1.  Thank the blogger who gave the award and link to their blog.
  2. Share seven things about yourself that people may not know.
  3. Give this award to as many as 15 bloggers (and link to them)
  4. Comment on their blogs to tell them of the award.

Seven Random Things:

  • Thing 1: I recently discovered that i love the color purple! (idk why i never knew this until now. hum….)
  • Thing 2: I’m not as friendly as i may appear in the morning ~ if i haven’t had my coffee yet! (watch out world! lol)
  • Thing 3: I love shopping! (just ask my anybody who knows me well! lol)
  • Thing 4: I adore Running!  (on the beach, in the early morning!)
  • Thing 5: Music makes-up my heart beat.
  • Thing 6: I have a thing for Sunglasses…the pretty & stylish ones!
  • Thing 7: I have a cute little (or not so much so, but that’s another story! lol) kitty…his name is Charlie.  And i shall tell more about him if ya’ll ask me to *leave me a comment about it if you do…he was a rescue cat…. 😉

Ok, so that ^ was way more fun than i anticipated it would be! 😉    On to the nominations!

My Nominees:

  1.  And She Had Too Much Caffeine, and Possibly ADD 
  2.  Nickel City Pretty
  3.  Tea With Erika
  4. Pocketful Of Sugar
  5. My GoodMorning
  6. luminosityblog
  7. Running Shoes & Chocolate Mousse
  8. fRustUratinNg
  9.  Unfading Elegance
  10. Miss Chris Creations
  11. My Favourite Pastime

Congrats guys! 🙂

Happy 4th of July!

...Happy 4th of July everybody! 

~ We hope you all have a lovely day!  ~

Freedom is never given, it is won.” – Unknown

Liberty is the right to choose. Freedom is the result of the right choice.”   – Unknown

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“Few will have the greatness to bend history itself; but each of us can work to change a small portion of events, and in the total; of all those acts, will be written the history of this generation.”
Robert F. Kennedy

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1st Year of Blogging

...Today marks our very first year of blogging here at Sweet 16’s Country Kitchen! It’s amazing how time fly’s by so fast right?!

The idea for starting this blog was so exciting to us and it has been such a fun adventure learning how to blog and getting to know some of our followers through their blogs. We both love working in the kitchen, and so it has been really fun getting to test both our culinary skills, and our writing skills through blogging! 🙂

We want to especially thank all of our loyal followers on this special day – You guys keep us excited abut blogging! 🙂

Have a great week-end and please make sure to stop back on Monday for a new recipe! 🙂

How cool is this! The “Buffalo Chicken Wing” got its name from the city where it was first created! ~ I love learning new things! 🙂

Buffalo NY Heritage Association

Source: By: Joseph Stromberg — American food,Food History | blogs.smithsonianmag.com/foodwings 1The chicken wing, now a ubiquitous bar food, was often thrown out or cooked into stock as recently as the 1960′s. Image via Flickr user Mike Saechang

With the Super Bowl around the corner, it seems that buffalo chicken wings may have become the country’s favorite football-watching food. While the annual rumors that we’re running out of wings simply aren’t true, wings have indeed become the most expensive part of the chicken due to their popularity when fried and covered in buffalo sauce.

Few of us realize, though, that less than 50 years ago, wings were considered one of the least desirable cuts of the chicken—a throwaway part often cooked into stock—and “buffalo” was just a wooly ungulate that wandered the Plains.

Despite the recency of the invention, the event itself is shrouded in mystery. Nevertheless, there is one thing we…

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~Super Sweet Blogging Award ~

Super Sweet Blogging AwardHey everybody we’ve got news! 🙂

Sweet 16’s Country Kitchen was pleasantly surprised to be nominated for the Super Sweet Blogging Award!  We are so excited as this is the first recognition that our blog has gotten and so we would  like to send a Big Thank You to Candy over at her blog ~lovely buns~ for nominating us! She has an awesome blog so go check it out! 🙂

The rules of the award are: 1 Visit and thank the blogger(s) who nominated you. 2 Acknowledge that blogger on your blog and link back. 3 Answer the “Super Sweet” questions. 4 Nominate a “Baker’s Dozen” (13) blogs for the award, add a link to their blogs in your post, and notify them on their blogs. 5 Copy and paste the award on your blog somewhere.

The Super Sweet Questions (and answers) are:

1. Cookies or Cake? Cookies (unless there is a Coconut or German chocolate cake involved somehow!)

2. Chocolate or Vanilla? Chocolate, (but Vanilla’s amazing too, so don’t make us decide on that one!)

3. What is your favorite sweet treat?  Chocolate maybe? – it’s to hard to choose!!!

4. When do you crave sweet things the most? Pretty much ALL the time! 😉

5. If you had a sweet nickname, what would it be?  Sweetie Pie and Snicker-doodle 🙂

Ok, so now that the Q&A session is over with, Let us go on to announce our Super Sweet Blogging Award Nominees!  Congratulations! 🙂

Chelsea Buns

The Chelsea bun was first created in the eighteenth century at the Bun House in Chelsea, an establishment favored by Hanoverian royalty and demolished in 1839. The bun is made of a rich yeast dough flavored with lemon peel, cinnamon or a sweet spice mixture. Prior to being rolled into a square spiral shape the dough is spread with a mixture of currants, brown sugar and butter. A sweet glaze covering is added before the rolled-up dough is sliced into individual buns and baked. The process of making this bun is very similar to that involved in producing the cinnamon roll.   (Source: Wiki)

Ingredients:

For the Dough:

  • 1 cup Milk
  • 1 Egg
  • 4-1/2 cups Flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon Salt
  • 6 tablespoons Sugar
  • 1/4 cup Butter, Softened
  • 1 teaspoon rapid-rise dry Yeast

For the Filling:

  • 2 tablespoons Butter, melted
  • 2/3 cups golden Raisins
  • 3 tablespoons Orange Peel, finely chopped or shredded
  • 2 tablespoons Currants
  • 2 tablespoons Brown Sugar
  • 1 teaspoon Apple Pie Spice
  • 1/2 teaspoon Cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon Cloves

For the Glaze:

  • 1/4 cup Sugar
  • 4 tablespoons Water
  • 1 teaspoon Orange juice (or any flavor really)

Directions: Starting with the milk, add together the ingredients to make the dough.  -Personally i use a bread machine to kneed the dough, but if you don’t have one, just kneed the dough until it is elastic-like and smooth. –   Once the dough is done, Place on a floured surface and roll out into a square,  keeping the dough thick enough so that it won’t tare.  Next, brush the dough with the melted butter,  and then sprinkle on top of  it the filling ingredients. -Leave a 1/2 inch space along the edges free from the filling, so that it won’t leak-out when you roll it. –    When the dough is covered with the filling,  roll it into a log, and then slice it 1 inch thick with a sharp knife or if you know how  – do the cinnamon-flavored-floss cross-over slice. (I’ll post a tutorial on the in the future!)
 Ok, so now that the dough is sliced and placed into a greased pan, cover and let it rise for an hour. Meanwhile,  heat your oven to 400 degree’s.  Bake the buns for 15-20 minutes, or until they have risen well and are evenly golden all over. Once they are baked, let them cool slightly in the pan before turning them out onto a wire rack to cool further.  – if you don’t want to take them out of the pan you can just let them cool until they are not so hot that the glaze will run off.  – To make the glaze just mix the sugar and water in a small saucepan on low heat. Stirring occasionally, until the sugar is completely dissolved. Then add the rest of the ingredients, boil the mixture rapidly for 1-2 minutes without stirring, until mixture is syrupy.

Happy Baking And Bon Appètit!

*Picture via Google Image. Original Recipe found in the book – Bread Machine- How to prepare and bake the perfect loaf- *