Monday, January 2, 2017

It's a Wonderful Life Dinner

We watched one of my favorite Christmas movies, "It's a Wonderful Life" and got a little more choked up this year, now that Olivia is in our lives.  She's an amazing little miracle!

For dinner, we had HOT DOGs, Bread (that this house may never know hunger), Salt, (that life may always have flavor), and Wine (that joy and prosperity may reign forever), Mulled Wine, and Zuzu's Rose Petal Macarons.  A pretty weird combination, I know.  But it was pretty fun!


Tim boiled up some hot dogs and we served them in buns with your choice of topping.

Bread, that this house may never know hunger,
Salt, that life may always have flavor,
And Wine, that joy and prosperity may reign forever.

Mulled Wine
I found this recipe and changed it a bit. 


1 orange
15 whole cloves
1 cup of orange juice
1/2 cup of sugar
2 cinnamon sticks
1 bottle of red wine


1. Cut the orange into eight slices, leaving the peel on.
2. Push in 2-3 cloves into the orange peel on each slice.
3. In a large pot, combine the orange with cloves, orange juice, sugar, and cinnamon sticks on medium high heat.
4. Once the sugar is completely dissolved, bring the mixture to a boil and cook until it reduces by half.  *about 10 minutes*
5. Reduce the heat and pour in the whole bottle of red wine.
6. Simmer and serve once the wine is warm.

Zuzu's Rose Petal Macarons
I found this recipe here.  I had to tweak it to make the dough firmer. I also didn't want to use FOUR STICKS of butter.    


Macaron Ingredients:

1.5 cups of Almond Flour
1.5 cups of powdered sugar
3 large egg whites  *I bought egg whites from the grocery store and figured out the equivalent. 
5 tablespoons of sugar
2 teaspoons of rose water
2 drops of pink gel food coloring


1. Buy a macaron kit.  Seriously.  It helps create the circles that you bake right on and it has a batter dispenser.  This is the one I have.  
2. Mix together the almond flour and powdered sugar.  Set aside.
3. In a stainless steel mixing bowl, beat the egg whites and add in the sugar slowly until the mixture is frothy. 
4. Once the egg whites have stiff peaks, add in the rose water and food coloring.
5. Fold in the almond mixture gently. 
6. Scoop the mixture into your batter dispenser and squeeze into the circle forms on your macaron baking sheet.
7. Let the batter dry out for 30 minutes before putting in the oven.  They should get firm edges around the side.
8. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees and cook for 15 minutes.  These get overcooked really quickly!
9. Let these cookies completely cool off before assembling the sandwich. 

Filling Ingredients:

2.5 large egg whites *I was able to do this with the egg white container I bought.
3/4 cup of sugar
2 sticks of butter
1 teaspoon of salt
1/3 cup of raspberry jam


1. Mix egg whites and sugar together for five minutes until it's fluffy.
2. Cut the butter in cubes and add to the mix. 
3. The butter looked like it was going to break so I just kept beating it. 
4. Add the salt and jam. 
5. Place in the batter dispenser after you have cleaned it, and gently squeeze the filling on to the bottom side of a cookie.  Place another cookie directly on top.  Repeat until you run out of cookies! 

It really is a wonderful life!

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