Thursday, October 16, 2014

Halloween Swig Cookies

What better way to celebrate the upcoming festivities of Halloween than with a copycat recipe of the infamous swig sugar cookies?! Except, for this recipe, I made a few adjustments. Instead of vanilla frosting I made chocolate frosting; and instead of white dough I made orange dough because well ya' know that's how I ro' (I try people, I try).

Caution: These cookies are extremely addicting and as a matter of fact we gave them ALL away (well, okay not ALL but MOST) because the husband is on a "clean eating kick". Totally kills all the fun. 

***recipe is at the bottom of the post!

  • Cookie Dough:

  • 1 Cup Butter, softened
  • ¾ C Vegetable Oil
  • 1¼ C Sugar (plus ¼ cup reserved)
  • ¾ C Powdered Sugar
  • 2 T Water
  • 2 Eggs
  • ½ t Baking Soda
  • ½ t Cream of Tarter
  • 1 t Salt
  • 5½ C Flour
  • 8-10 drops orange food dye

  • Frosting:
  • ½ cup butter, softened
  • ¾ C Sour Cream
  • 5 Cups powdered Sugar
  • 1 t salt
  • ¼ C Milk
  • 1/2 C cocoa powder
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a medium sized mixing bowl, combine flour, baking soda, cream of tarter, and salt. Set aside.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, cream together butter, vegetable oil, sugar (1¼ C), powdered sugar, and water. Add in eggs and food dye.
  3. Slowly add in flour mixture until combined. Roll the dough into golf sized balls and place onto a non stick cookie sheet.
  4. To give the cookies their signature rough edge, dip the bottom of a glass into the reserved ¼ cup sugar and press onto the cookie ball to flatten the cookie. You still want the cookie to be thicker so don’t press them to thin.
  5. Bake for 8-10 minutes or until the bottom is lightly brown. The cookies stay soft so do not over bake.
  6. To make the frosting: Cream together butter, sour cream, and salt. Add the powdered sugar and cocoa. Add in the milk to the desired consistency. Spread over cooled cookies and store in an airtight container.

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Tuesday, October 14, 2014

colorful fun in the tub...

Oh bath time. It's kind of one of my favorite things...not just for my kids but for me too. I LOVE baths; I actually take one every.single.night. Some people don't understand that, but it's just something I do before bed. It's my "wind down time".

Anyways, now that I gave you some unwanted information about my bed time routine here's some information you might actually want to know...bath time can be just as fun for your kids as it can be for you!

Here's how:
Take a shallow pan, fill it up with a little milk, and than add a few drops of food dye. Give the kiddies a popsicle to eat in the bath, and when they're done they can use the stick to swirl the milk around. 

It makes for a beautiful display of twisted tye-dye colors. Then, just when you think the fun is over they start painting the tub walls and themselves (which normally, I'd be a little OCD about but since it's in the tub I couldn't care less). When they're done, it's a simple scrub away from being clean again; including their little bodies. We've been using this new soap and love it!

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Monday, October 6, 2014

Conference and Colorful Swirled Pancakes

The first weekend in April, and the first weekend in October is always a special one for me. It is Conference weekend...and I'm always a bit sad when it's over. It is a time when we can watch on television and listen to the Prophet speak to us, as well as the leaders of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints.

I am always so overwhelmed, after watching Conference, with the feelings of gratitude for this life I have here on Earth. As hard as it can be, there are always things to be thankful for. I know that the reason for my gratitude stems from the things I know to be true...and because of that knowledge I can have a clear understanding of why we are here on Earth and what we were sent here for.

With that said, weekends like these always include a special breakfast...So my partner in crime helped me make swirls of color in our cornmeal yogurt pancakes. I'm pretty sure we go through food dye around here like nobodies business... :-)

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Monday, September 29, 2014

Mixed Berry Dumpling're welcome :-)

Its quite simple really, as much as I love DIY's and other colorful projects around the house, my true passion lies in baking. I love a good dessert/meal but most of all I love sharing it with neighbors and friends (well, if it passes my TLC criteria: Taste, Look, Consistency). I can't be giving out nasty, ugly desserts?!

The smells, the colors, and the memories of making something that everyone can enjoy through tasting really just razzles my berries, if you know what I mean.

Speaking of berries, this dessert is always a go to when Fall is around the corner! It's a major "comfort food cobbler" perfect for the season. It never disappoints. Well, unless served without ice cream; but I mean, you probably already knew that?!

The colors are amazing with this dessert too (actually we may have eaten it for breakfast too...hey don't judge, it has bisquick and berries so it's absolutely justifiable).
 ^^^it never lasts long...never, ever^^^
^^^this is just to prove that I really do share...sometimes?!^^^

-2 pkg. frozen mixed berries (without strawberries, they're too chunky)
-2 cups sugar
-1/4 cup butter
-3 pkg. 8 oz softened cream cheese
- 2 1/4 cup Bisquick
-2/3 cup milk
-3/4 cup oats

In saucepan bring berries, 1 cup sugar and butter to boil---stirl gently until butter and sugar dissolve. Remove from heat. Beat cream cheese and remaining sugar until smooth than add 2/3 cups milk. Stir in Bisquick and oats. Press 2/3 of  batter in the bottom of a greased  9x13 pan. Than pour berry mixture over and dollop the rest of batter on top. Cook at 350 for 35 minutes. Serve warm with icecream!
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Wednesday, September 24, 2014

the color brown...chocolate crunch brownies

Whatever image you have in your mind about the color brown...erase it and insert this photo into your noggin'  because it's probably one of my (and my families) favorite brownies to date. Well, besides my moms brownies, but anything that comes close to my moms is and should be at the top of the list.

So with that said...feast your eyes on this milk chocolatey, delectable, moooooist and richly brown brownie. Than, right before your taste buds are about to burst with envy go bake it! Have today be your "cheat day"...and tomorrow and the next. What the hells-bells you only live once, right (YOLO) !?!

***I owe this post to Candace, who was the first person to bring me a plate of these back in college. I never looked back. Thanks Candace for adding a little more junk in my trunk for many years now, and for many more to come! muah.
-1 cup margarine (I used butter but I'm a butter snob so if you like margarine than more power to ya)
- 2 cups sugar
- 4 eggs
- 6 TBS cocoa
- 1 cup flour 
- 2 tsp. vanilla
- 1/2 tsp. salt

middle layer:  7 oz. marshmallow cream

top layer:        1 cup peanut butter
                        2 cups chocolate chips

First mix butter and sugar. Stir in cocoa, flour, vanilla and salt.  Cook at 350 for 25 ish minutes. Depending on how your oven cooks you might want to cook it a bit longer, but don't overcook! An almost clean toothpick is what we're lookin' for here. 

Take out of oven and LET COOL. Than lather on a nice layer of one 7 oz. jar of marshmallow cream. Lastly, in a bowl microwave 1 cup peanut butter with 2 cups milk chocolate chips. (about 45 seconds should do the trick) stir until it's all melted...than add about 3 cups rice crispies. Spread over marshmallow cream.

Chill for about an hour or so and enjoy.

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Monday, September 22, 2014

New Orleans Part Uno

We ventured out to Albamas Gulf Shores a few weeks ago and than at the end of our trip we drove the three hours and stayed in New Orleans for a day and a half (than flew out of New Orleans). It was the perfect ending to our family vacation.

I have never been to New Orleans. To be honest the only thing that I thought of when we had finalized our traveling plans was The Princess and The Frog. I know, you can tell I have an almost four year old. Actually, that movie was pretty on the money when it came to how it portrayed New Orleans and the bayou. A lot of music, a lot of color, a lot of interesting people (bourbon street...yikes), and a lot of good food. Oh, and lets not forget that wonderful heat and humidity! I loved the architecture and the artwork on every corner. It was a fun place to visit, but I am not sure I'll go back (at least not with kids?!)

We even ventured out to the bayou and had ourselves a little alligator tour, which was pretty ah-mazing! Gators were coming out of every nook and cranny, it was a bit eery actually. Our tour guide would throw marshmallows out in the water when we spotted beady eyes, and sure enough more would follow. Who would've thought gators liked mallows?!

Anyways here are few pics of the first part of our outings in New Orleans and the bayou...
 ^^^I think this wood post has seen a few ads and posters in its day^^^
 ^^^this about sums it up...Miss hungry & sweaty grumpy pants with little nose picker
But hey, lets talk about this hot dog was mighty delicious!
 ^^^see, all she needed was a little grub in her belly. Oh, the apple doesn't fall far from the tree^^^
 ^^^back when hurricane katrina happened, this cemetery right on the bayou was completely flooded. As the water slowly receded it took with it layers of earth and left caskets uncovered and completely exposed. People had to come and bury them again. This has happened multiple times!
 ^^^ wouldn't trust your two year old next to a completely predictable gator?!?^^^

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