Posts Tagged ‘Baking’

Thursday, May 31st, 2012

BIG Cookie

I feel like I should tell you about this cookie.  Truthfully it’s not mine to share because it really belongs to my friend Jill.  She’s the queen of the chocolate chip skillet cookie.  But still I feel like you should know. Read the rest of this entry »

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Sunday, February 12th, 2012

Phoning It In

Lately I’m too lazy to take any real pictures.  It’s so much easier to use my phone when the picture it takes are half decent.  I just have to decide on my favorite filter now and stick with it.

We had a good weekend.  I cleaned like a crazy person yesterday before having people over.  I Read the rest of this entry »

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Monday, January 23rd, 2012

Dear Easter Bunny

We’re burning through these little art project books lately.  Which is fine with me.  The stack could use a little culling.

But I like this one.  It’s easy to do, creates a great looking finished product and Read the rest of this entry »

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Saturday, January 21st, 2012

Happy Dragon

Chase made this is art class this week.  I love it.  The dragon face makes me smile.  So, I hung it near the door so we see it when we walk in the house.  If only I had half a brain I would have taken her downtown today for the Chinese New Year Celebration. Read the rest of this entry »

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Sunday, December 18th, 2011


When did we get down to the week before Christmas?  Seriously, when??  I’m so behind.  I am not at all prepared.  But we did a little shopping today and a little baking too.

Chase continues to prove herself to be a great helper in the kitchen.  Great.  It’s amazing.  She rolled all of the pfeffernusse  in sugar and thumbprinted all of the strassburgs.  Which is what we call them but apparently they’re really called strassburgers and you can use the recipe to make spritz cookies.  Who knew.

I even started sewing last night so I’ll get a few things done yet.  Maybe not the whole list.  Actually, the problem is mostly that I never made a list in the first place.  All the same, I made Chase a much needed pair of pj pants last night and made her a cute little dress from this book.

My big plans for the week include figuring out where we stand with Christmas presents, an ultrasound, some more cookies, and making fried doughnuts for dinner.  What are your last minute plans?


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Wednesday, December 14th, 2011


I can’ believe how smoothly things went this year compared to last.  I don’t know what I did wrong last year or if I just needed to run through it once to get all the swearing out of my system before I could really figure it out.  This year it just went together.  I used the same recipe and amazingly nothing fell apart.

We had a lot of fun this year.  We used up all the candy!  Last year we had tons left over.  Next year I want to try Necco wafers for shingles.  I love the way that looks and I might be able to convince my kids that it’s a good idea.

They both ate their weight in candy today and Avery doubled her efforts by eating her wait in icing as well.  How they’re not both sick with tummy aches is a mystery to me.  I guess they’ve been slowly building up to it with the advent calendar.

I used this template though I let Chase do most of the cutting so it was kind of loose.  I found that using a serrated knife worked really well to smooth out parts of the baked cookies that were too bumpy to fit together.  I particularly like this recipe because it tastes good and makes enough for a good sized house and several cookies.

I love how much Chase can do now.  Last year she just stuck stuff into the icing.  This year she had plans, measured and executed her vision.

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Tuesday, December 6th, 2011

Seven Cups of Flour…

Later and we have enough gingerbread dough for a whole village of houses chilling in the fridge.  We went to the candy stand at Belvedere Square last week but this year I didn’t micromanage the candy selection and so I’m not sure that what we picked it exactly right for a gingerbread house.   Read the rest of this entry »

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Monday, July 25th, 2011

Cookie Time :: Hunka Chunka Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookies

From Sticky, Chewy, Messy, Gooey Treats for Kids by Jill O'Connor

I bet that if you go back through the archives you’ll find 10 posts about cookie time.  But this is it.  The definitive chocolate chip cookie.  I finally went to the source.  You know who knows about cookies?  10 year olds (though I could be a year or two off on that… she’s pretty mature and I kind of still think of myself as not far off of 10 so it’s hard to say).  Awesome 10 year old neighbors that are handy in the kitchen and can write out a recipe too.  You have one of those, right?

Honestly, I liked my chocolate chip cookie recipe but it had orange zest in it and it was too flat for Ben’s liking.  We all agree though that these are the best true chocolate chippers.  You can find the original recipe here but the version that I was given calls for 2 2/3 cups of chocolate chips and 1/3 cup of toffee bits so that’s what I used and it’s a delicious variation.  I’m telling you that girl knows what she’s talking about.  Best cookies ever! (From Sticky, Chewy, Messy, Gooey Treats for Kids by Jill O’Connor)

Also, I had no idea that there was so much gas station bathroom lore out there.  You guys are awesome.

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Saturday, July 9th, 2011

Finished :: Flower Girl Dress

Yay for me.  So it turns out if fits fine.  I was forgetting that I initially tried to squeeze it on her over the t shirt she was wearing.  So it’s fine but still the pattern runs incredible small because Avery is wee and she fits into the size 3 that I cut out.  By way of comparison, she can’t hold up a pair of RTW shorts in 24 months. Read the rest of this entry »

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Monday, June 27th, 2011

Cake! Let Them Eat It.

I came home the other day with a serious hankering for a piece of chocolate cake.  But it wasn’t so serious that I wanted to spend the afternoon in the kitchen.  My grandmother used to make a quick chocolate cake that you just cut out of the pan… nothing fancy. Read the rest of this entry »

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