Movie Spotlight #2 of The Nutcracker and the Four Realms + cookie recipe

October 30, 2018 Misc. 3

I am sure a lot of you seen my post about this movie already but I was asked to be a part of the campaign by Grace Hill Media who has partnered with Disney  to get the word out about this really cool movie and since it looks extremely cool I am posting again. 🙂 This time with a post about my favorite holiday cooking memory.

When I try to think about Christmas memories I really can’t remember that much about the Holidays. These days since my mom has passed on it’s really just another day to get through. It’s just my dad and I and sometimes we go to my aunts but she has a new husband so sometimes it’s just the two of us. But there is one memory that will forever be ingrained in my head.

One Christmas time when I was in my early twenties my mother had a horrible cold and it was the night before Christmas and we were supposed to be cooking but she didn’t feel like it. My dad had heard about a concoction called a Hot Toddy, but we are not drinkers so he didn’t know exactly how to make it.

He knew that it was whiskey, honey, lemon and water, but he got the amounts wrong and he put more whiskey than water and so she was feeling REALLY good! I mean really good! She was in a baking mood too! We made all sorts of treats, as she said we had to use up all the ingredients. We had a lot of chocolate dipped treats, cookies, etc. I wanted to go to bed as it was about 2 am and I knew I would have to get up early for Christmas day because my dad was about as bad as a little kid on Christmas! She wanted to make more treats!

I finally got her to go to bed and you know what, when she woke up the next morning she felt great, no cold. 🙂 Guess that stuff really does work if you make it strong! It wasn’t a real funny memory back then as I was really tired but it’s one that Dad and I laugh about a lot when we think about it.

So one of our families cookie recipes that has been handed down from my grandma, to my mom and now to me is Pumpkin Cookies. So I am going to share with you the recipe so that you can make some delicious treats with your family! Warning: This recipe makes a lot because my grandma batch cooked things as they use to sell them for extra money and we never changed the recipe. 🙂

Pumpkin Cookies

Preheat oven (425)

In Medium size bowl Cream together: 2 Eggs, 3 cups of Sugar, 1 1/4 cups of butter. Add: 1 16 oz. can of pumpkin, 1 pkg. chocolate chips and 1 cup chopped nuts (I use walnuts but you can put whatever you want and it’s optional).

In a large bowl Sift together: 3 tsp. cinnamon, 1 1/4 tsp. nutmeg, 1 1/4 tsp. pumpkin pie spice, 3 tsp. baking soda, 1/4 cream of tartar, and 6 cups of flour.

Combine the medium bowl into the large bowl then Add: 1 pkg. raisins (soak raisins in hot water to puff, drain before hand).

Bake at 425 for 12-14 minutes (depends on your oven, so check them around 12 minutes to see if they need to cook longer).

There you have it my families pumpkin cookie large batch recipe!!! Try them, trust me you won’t regret it!!!

Now onto The Nutcracker and the Four Realms! 

About The Movie (Synopsis)

All Clara (Mackenzie Foy) wants is a key – a one-of-a-kind key that will unlock a box that holds a priceless gift. A golden thread, presented to her at godfather Drosselmeyer’s (Morgan Freeman) annual holiday party, leads her to the coveted key—which promptly disappears into a strange and mysterious parallel world. It’s there that Clara encounters a soldier named Phillip (Jayden Fowora-Knight), a gang of mice and the regents who preside over three Realms: Land of Snowflakes, Land of Flowers and Land of Sweets. Clara and Phillip must brave the ominous Fourth Realm, home to the tyrant Mother Ginger (Helen Mirren), to retrieve Clara’s key and hopefully return harmony to the unstable world. Starring Keira Knightley as the Sugar Plum Fairy, Disney’s new holiday feature film “The Nutcracker and the Four Realms” is directed by Lasse Hallström and Joe Johnston, and inspired by E.T.A. Hoffmann’s classic tale.  “The Nutcracker and the Four Realms” releases in theaters on November 2.

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So excited to see this movie, hope you are too! Hope you enjoyed this post and my cookie recipe!


3 Responses to “Movie Spotlight #2 of The Nutcracker and the Four Realms + cookie recipe”

  1. Laura Thomas

    The movie does look fun, Stormi. And I love the story about your mother’s Hot Toddy experience. Those drinks can be lethal even with the right amount of ingredients. LOL And they often do work as the heat and alcohol clears the chest and sinuses. It’s a wonder she didn’t have a hangover:)

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