Friday, November 27, 2009
Thursday, November 26, 2009
Wednesday, November 25, 2009
I am thankful for:
tiny baby smiles
2 and 4 year old smiles
the tender mercies of my Savior
the hope and joy I find when I read the Book of Mormon
my wonderful husband
the examples of my parents
the chance to serve in the temple
I have everything to be thankful for. I am glad for the day we have to recognize our many blessings.
Now I am off to brine a turkey! (for which I am very thankful) :)
Sunday, November 22, 2009
Saturday, November 21, 2009
Thursday, November 19, 2009
Wednesday, November 18, 2009
2 cups flour
1/2 cup cocoa
1 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. baking soda
1 cup butter
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1 cup brown sugar
1 tsp. vanilla
1 tsp. peppermint extract
2 cups dark chocolate and mint chips
1. Heat oven to 350 degrees.
2. Mix together the flour, cocoa, salt, and baking soda. Set aside.
3. Cream the butter with the sugars. Add the vanilla and peppermint, and the eggs.
4. Mix in the dry ingredients and add the chocolate chips.
5. Bake for about 9 minutes!
Tuesday, November 17, 2009
I also came home with some dark chocolate and mint chocolate chips from Nestle. I am planning on making some double chocolate chip mint cookies later today. New shoes and chocolate cookies just go together to make a great day!
Sunday, November 15, 2009
Roma's Pizza (The Best!)
Several episodes of Lost (I continue to be confused)
Dove peppermint bark = Yum-O!
To bed Too Late
Kids up before 7 :(
Family Pictures, and they turned out great!
Birthday party for adorable 1 year old twins
Back to the Future movie marathon with Ty
more Dove peppermint bark :)
Relaxing morning spent in pajamas
Toast with the kids
Church (we made it!)
Fabulous Dinner at the Richard's
Looking forward to a new week!
Friday, November 13, 2009
Thursday, November 12, 2009
Wednesday, November 11, 2009
All of this fort building, snacking, and movie watching was so that I could be in the kitchen doing this.......
Tuesday, November 10, 2009
Monday, November 9, 2009
I started by making this awesome Broccoli salad that I found at pickypalate.com
It is super delicious! I had it for lunch and Mia shared. She is a broccoli fan!
This recipe makes a ton. I made a scaled down version and it turned out great!
Whole Foods Broccoli Crunch Salad….Picky Palate version
1 1/2 Cups mayonnaise
3/4 teaspoon brown sugar
2 Tablespoons honey
2 Tablespoons apple cider vinegar
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon fresh cracked pepper
1/8 teaspoon paprika
20 Cups broccoli florets (I got the big bag from Costco)
10 strips cooked, crisped bacon (crumbled)
1 Tablespoon fresh minced garlic
1/2 Cup diced red onion
1 1/2 Cups craisins
1 1/2 Cups cashews, coarsely chopped
1. In a mixing bowl, combine the mayonnaise, brown sugar, honey, vinegar, salt, pepper and paprika until well combined.
2. Place the broccoli, bacon, garlic, onions, craisins and cashews into a LARGE bowl. Pour dressing over top and gently mix to combine.
3. Refrigerate until ready to serve.
Ty's Grandma Newman makes the best candy! Every year at Christmas time she sends us the most amazing caramels and toffee! It is a favorite part of our holiday. This year I was able to learn how to make some of her candy myself!
Today I used her caramel recipe to make almond turtles. I put almonds at the bottom of some Christmas printed mini muffin cups and poured the hot caramel over them. I melted some semi-sweet chocolate and poured that over the caramel.
These are going on my Christmas goodie plates and I think they will be fabulous.
Thank you Grandma Newman!
Sunday, November 8, 2009
- 3 cups plus 2 Tbsps all-purpose flour
- 1 tsp salt
- 1 tsp baking soda
- 1 tsp baking powder
- 1 cup granulated sugar
- 1 cup brown sugar, packed
- 1 1/2 tsp ground ginger
- 2 TBSP cinnamon
- ½ tsp ground nutmeg
- 1 cup melted butter
- 3 cups pumpkin puree
- 2 large eggs
- 1 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
- In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, salt, baking soda, baking powder, and spices. Set aside.
- In a Mixer Bowl, whisk the sugars, and melted butter together. Add the pumpkin puree and combine thoroughly. Add the eggs and vanilla and whisk until combined. Pour the flour mixture over the wet ingredients and slowly whisk to combine.
- Preheat oven to 350F.
- Using a cookie scoop, drop cookies onto a baking sheet. Bake for 10-12 minutes. Once cool, fill centers with cream cheese icing.
Cinnamon Cream Cheese Frosting
- 1 stick butter, Room Temperature
- 8 oz. Cream Cheese, Room Temperature
- 3 1/2 cups Confectioners Sugar, maybe more
- 1/2 tsp. Cinnamon
- 1 tsp. Vanilla
- Dash of Salt
Too bad I don't own any pearls, but Christmas is coming :)
Friday, November 6, 2009
Thursday, November 5, 2009
Wednesday, November 4, 2009
Tomorrow I am signing Max up for preschool. I am way behind, but glad we found a place with an opening for him. I started baking for my Christmas cookie plates yesterday. It is going to be a busy month! I am looking forward to Thanksgiving and Christmas!