Friday, December 16, 2011

Friday Photo Dump {18}

Happy Friday!!

Friday Photo Dump photos are taken on the Instagram iPhone app (free) and dropped into a 4x4 collage. I am "annalisaj" on Instagram if you want to follow the feed.

42 and 43 Weeks!

 yes I know these are a little late.
Yes I did feel a need to get them up before her 10 month post later today.

yes i do love all of my readers and I apologize for my lack of, it gets in the way sometimes!!

Recipe: Peppermint Bark Cookies

These all got eaten before I was able to get a good picture of them, so I hope to make another batch tomorrow and I'll get a better picture!

These are so yummy, a double chocolate chip cookie with white chocolate drizzle and peppermint on top, yumm!  

Start by creaming the butter until smooth then add the sugars and beat until fluffy, about 3 minutes.

Next add the flour, baking soda and salt to the butter and sugar mixture, beat until combined.  Add the eggs, beating in one at a time, then add the cocoa powder and vanilla. 

Add the chocolate chips (I use only a cup of chocolate chips so that I can taste the delicious cookie as well).

Drop by spoonful onto a pan, or use a cookie scoop so that they're all uniform.

Place candy canes in a zip top bag crush them until they're in small chunks.

crush them until they're in small chunks.

Melt your white chocolate morsels until they're warm and smooth.  Drizzle on top of the cookies, only doing a few at a time, quickly top with a small sprinkling of the peppermint.

Allow the chocolate to set completely.

This is my personal recipe, so please reference back to my blog if you use it!

Peppermint Bark Cookies

makes 40-2 inch cookies

1 cup butter, softened
3/4 cup white sugar
3/4 cup brown sugar
1 cup bread flour
1 1/2 cup all purpose flour
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp salt
2 Tbsp cocoa powder
2 eggs
1 Tbsp vanilla extract
1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
3 standard size Candy Canes
1/2 cup White Chocolate Morsels

1.  Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.  Beat the butter until smooth, add the sugars and beat until fluffy. Add the bread flour to the butter mixture, followed by the baking soda and salt, beat until combined.  Add the eggs, beating in one at a time, add the remaining flour, then the cocoa powder and vanilla.  Pour in the chocolate chips.  Allow the batter to rest for 5-10 minutes

2.  Drop by tablespoon onto a parchment lined pan, or a pan sprayed with non-stick spray.  Bake for 12 minutes, or until the centers or just cooked, do not over bake!

3.  Place the candy canes in a zip top bag and crush them until you have small chunks of candy cane.  Melt the white chocolate in the microwave until melted and smooth.  Drizzle the chocolate unto the cookies, only doing 2 or 3 at a time and quickly sprinkle them with the peppermint (the chocolate cools fast, so work quickly).  Allow them to set until the chocolate is completely cooled.  Enjoy!

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Tutorial Tuesday: Festive Trees

For todays tutorial I stole the idea from my lovely friend, Leslie.  I bought some party hats from the dollar store, but you can buy them anywhere...however, the 8 pack at Hobby Lobby was $3.99, while the 8 pack at DS was only...A DOLLAR, so if you have a DS, go there!  I used some things I had around the house, and then bought a few things.  For decor that I'm making for Christmas I'm sticking with red and white for my house, with a few hints of aqua thrown in here and there.


Paper party hats
Decorations: yarn, felt, fabric, pom pom balls, anything really.
Hot Glue

Start by glueing the edges of the cone together so it stays in one piece.


Start glueing pompoms on in your desired pattern, continue glueing till you fill up the entire cone.

Put one end of the yarn into the top of the cone and glue.  

Start wrapping the yarn around the cone and glue every few inches.

Glue the end of the yarn on the inside of the cone.

Take your fabric or ribbon and wrap it around the cone, starting at the bottom  and glue it down to the cone in the pattern of your choice.

I glued a pompom to the top because I couldn't get the fabric tight enough on top, but it's not my favorite.

Use you imagination to make all sorts of fun trees in different colors and sizes, I'm going to check my other dollar store for larger hats.  This was a fun, quick project that children would love!!

Great news...we're going to be getting a new camera, so you won't have to be forced to look at horrible phone pictures anymore...yay!!!!

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Monday, December 12, 2011

Our weekend update

We had a wonderful/busy weekend. Thursday evening my mom brought my sisters three kids over while I taught a candy demo class. Once I got home she left, and we put Brooklynne down for bed in our room because the kids were in her room. Matt and I went to bed at 11:30 and she woke up as soon as we walked in and she wanted to play. By 1:30 she was still wide awake and I didn't want her random outbursts to wake up the others, so I packed her into the car (Matt stayed with the kids) and we drove to my starbucks and got hot chocolate. I had been hoping the drive over would have put her to sleep, but she was just as awake as before. We went to wal mart and walked around for an hour and she did not rub her eyes once. We drove home and when I got there, my sisters youngest was awake and screaming, I got him calmed down and Brooklynne still wouldn't go to sleep. She finally conked out after two more trips around the block in the car. Needless to say, we didn't get a whole lot of sleep that night.

Friday morning we drove over to Bass pro shop to get pictures with Santa.

Saturday we had super yummy breakfast to celebrate my moms birthday, then I left for choir rehearsal. I had my choir performance at 3, which went so well. Saturday night we went to dinner with Matt's family and then came home.

On Sunday we went to the Vacaville outlets with Matt's parents and stayed there all day, we had the best time!!

We got ice cream sundaes from fentons that night and then came back home. We had such a good weekend!!

Sorry I was MIA last week, my computer is not working right now.

Sunday, December 4, 2011

Our Weekend Update {14} picture overload

Well the first weekend of December is officially over.  We got a few Christmas things done this weekend, the tree is up and decorated (it's been up since Monday), 

Brooklynne's baby tree in her room is up and decorated
I'm really excited about her little tree and she gets a huge smile on her face when she sees it in her room.  Matt got most of the lights put up on the outside of the house and we got a little bit of Christmas shopping done.  

On Friday, Brooklynne and I took our friends Whitney and Katarina out to breakfast at the waffle shop and we had such a great time!  Kat is so much fun and a big goof, B watched her play with the creamer!

Friday evening we ran some errands 

just putting her feet up

and then decided to go to Fresh Choice for dinner, and oh my goodness, it is not what I remember it was when I was little.  
It was absolutely horrible!!  The tossed salads were wilted, the lettuce was brown and soaking, the pizza was dry, potatoes shriveled, and cookies so hard they almost broke my tooth.  There were probably 10 people in there including us on a Friday night, and it seemed like they hadn't remade any of the food for 3 or 4 hours.  I decided to ask for our money back, and the cashier didn't seem too shocked when I told her the reason.
We went over to Black Bear Diner for dessert and got the blackberry cobbler a la mode, which was delicious!

Saturday morning we walked over to church for the Angel Breakfast, which is just for families with children under second grade.  

We were served breakfast by angels

and then we got to make a craft, which Brooklynne wasn't really in to.

so Matt made it instead, it's a nativity scene.

love my little girl

After the craft we got to go see animals, and she loved them!! There were ducks, chickens, a pig, goats, sheep bunnies, and even a donkey. 

 This little chicken had the face of a vulture, it was pretty terrifying. 

Brooklynne even got to meet the three wisemen

and Mary and Joseph.

We went to the Farmers Market with Matt's parents that afternoon and saw a bunch of Santas playing ukeleles. 

Sunday I went to church by myself (B was napping and Matt was sick).  We spent most of the afternoon just hanging out, and it was so nice.  

We love this time of year and it's so much fun decorating for it!!