Sleigh Ride and Sugar Cookies

One gal had organized a sleigh ride and there were over 80 people that attended. It sure was a fun ride through the woods and we even could hear the snow bells ring. We all brought snack foods and probably a month back I had signed up to make sugar cookies. Maybe a week or two ago I promised myself not to make or bring any sweets to parties any longer, so I wont be tempted before the party. But since I had signed up for it I had to do it. Little did I know that there were way too many sweets that a normal appetizer would have been more appreciated. It just dawned on me that I actually have a pretty great little party food, no risk of eating some before and everyone usually loves it. I still have people ask me once in a while when I will bring that again. Just last week a co-worker came by telling me how much he loved that treat last Christmas. What is it? Pepper Jelly with cream cheese and crackers. Healthy? Nope, but something I can handle.

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Pics: Me by the sled and horses, those darn sugar cookies, a jar of pepper jelly.

This recipe is so easy and cheap! And it makes wonderful gifts.

Pepper Jelly Recipe by Paula Deen

3/4 c Bell peppers, chopped (green and/or red)
1/4 c Fresh hot green pepper, such as jalapeno or Serrano, chopped
1 1/2 c Apple cider vinegar
6 c Sugar
4 oz  Liqid pectin like Certo (2 pouches)
6 (1/2-pint) Canning jars with lids

Process bell pepper and hot pepper in a food processor until finely minced. Combine pepper mixture, vinegar, and sugar in a saucepan and bring to a
rolling boil. Remove from heat and add pectin. Pour into sterilized jars and seal. Serve with crackers and cream cheese.


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