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What to do with all the fresh fruit from your fruit tree

It's summer and nothing says summer more to me than fresh fruit right off the tree. I am lucky to have grown up with a whole row of fruit trees in my Dad's orchard. He has a few of everything; plums, peaches, nectarines, cherries, apples, pomegranates, oranges and even figs. Summertime just isn't complete without a fresh peach to eat as you're walking around the backyard.


When we moved into our house we live in now, we were lucky to have a peach and persimmon tree already in the backyard. They were large and established. In fact, we moved in July and the peach tree was kind of like a welcome home present. The first week we moved in, the peach tree was already gifting us with fresh fruit. Some may have been a little overwhelmed with a whole peach tree but I was rejoicing.


Within the next few years we added some dwarf trees to our collection too; lemon, nectarine, plum, pear, mandarin and lime are now part of our family too. Whether you too have a backyard fruit tree, …

Christmas almond cookies

It's the holiday season and that means Christmas cookies and sugary sweets everywhere. I like to bake an assortment of different kind of cookies and such to have around during the holidays. It comes in handy when your going over to someone's house for holiday dinner, if you forget to buy a friend a gift, or just want to bring some sweets over and brighten someone's day. Of course I like to incorporate almonds as much as I can when it comes to holiday baking. By no means am I an aspiring baker or a Betty Crocker, I just like to bake and have fun in the kitchen. The two recipes I am going to share are super easy and fool proof. I actually acquired these recipes from an email chain around the holidays a couple years ago.

First almond recipe: Almond bark.



All you need is one package of chocolate chips and 1/2 cup of chopped almonds. You could use all mint, white chocolate, dark chocolate, any kind of chips you wish. This time I used a mixed bag of mint and dark chocolate chips.








You simply bake the chocolate chips on a lined cookie sheet at 325 degrees for 2 minutes until they are shiny. The chips will maintain their chip shape. Take them out of the oven and with a butter knife, swirl the chocolate around.








Then scatter the chopped nuts over the melted chocolate. Lift the pan and drop the pan a couple times for the almonds to settle. Then place in the fridge for an hour to cool. Once cooled, break the bark into your desired sizes! I told you it was easy!










Second almond recipe: Almond snowball cookies.

Mix together 1 cup butter, 1 cup powered sugar, 1 tsp vanilla and 1/4 tsp salt until its creamy. Then add 2 cups flour and 1/2 cup chopped almonds and mix well. Form dough into balls as big or small as you like, mine are about 1 inch wide. Bake at 400 degrees for 10 minutes. Once completely cool, place cookies in ziplock bag with powered sugar and shake to coat the cookies. That's it!

 










Hope you enjoy my almond Christmas cookie recipes and don't eat to many sweets this holiday season!

Until next time,
Almond Girl

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