Saturday, December 18, 2010
Tuesday, December 14, 2010
Monday, December 13, 2010
... I made these:
1 package graham crackers (ground to powder in a food processor or blender)
1 box powdered sugar
2 sticks butter, room temperature
2 C creamy peanut butter
32 oz hershey's chocolate bars melted
Mix all ingredients but melted chocolate together in kitchen aid with paddle attachment
Press into a buttered 9x13" baking dish
Top with melted hershey's chocolate
Let sit until firm
Debra Sadler's Scottish Shortbread
1lb unsalted butter, softened to room temperature
1 C white sugar
5 C flour
Press dough with hands and rolling pin into a large 9x15" cookie baking sheet. Score into rectangles with a plastic knife and prick with a fork.
Bake at 275 for 1 hr. (Yields 48 biscuits)
Hoping to make this Mocha Cocoa as a delicious pairing with the shortbread - excited to try this recipe :)
Homemade Instant Hot Cocoa Recipe
4 cups dry milk
|1 cup non dairy creamer||1 4oz pkg chocolate pudding mix|
|1 1/2 cup sugar||2/3 cup cocoa powder||1 cup semi sweet chocolate chips|
How to Make
First finely grind or chop chocolate chips. I used my Magic Bullet Express Mixer to grind the chocolate chips to a powdery texture so it will melt completely. I tried a slightly more coarse texture which results in a longer melting time in the mug. The taste is the same, just took a few more minutes for the chunkier chocolate to melt in the liquid.
Place the dry ingredients in a food processor and pulse a few times till thoroughly blended. Store in an airtight container. Makes approximately 32 servings and yields 8 cups of instant hot cocoa mix.
Mix and Serve. Mix 3 tablespoons of hot cocoa mixture with 8 ounces of boiling water or hot milk.
Or this twist (with decaf or regular instant coffee)...
Instant Mocha Cappuccino Mix
|1 1/2 cup instant coffee||2 cups hot cocoa mix (recipe from above)|
|2 cups non dairy creamer|
How to Make
Blend all your ingredients in a food processor until they are the same consistency. Makes approximately 33 servings and yields 5 1/2 cups of instant mocha cappuccino mix.
Mix and Serve. Mix 2 tablespoons of instant mocha cappuccino mix with 8 ounces of boiling water.
Friday, December 3, 2010
Friday, November 19, 2010
Last Saturday, we grabbed our Canon (along with my brother to photograph!) and headed to historic downtown Glendale, one of our favorite local spots, for Christmas pictures! It's always eventful attempting to reign in two enthusiastic huskies, and one unenthusiastic husband (heh) but we managed to get some fun shots! Enjoy :)
Leona burrowing her way under Kenny....camera shy?
I love that sweet Emma :-)
They are NOT cooperating...and I am amused :)
This is probably my favorite from the lot -from an artistic standpoint. I love how both the girls are looking straight at the camera (thanks to Abigail who's antics we're quite amusing in effort to get the dogs to look at her) :)
May your days be merry and bright!!!
Tuesday, November 2, 2010
Saturday, October 23, 2010
I'm in love with Brooke Fraser's newest album, "Flags" which released earlier this week. Musically, it's like a gourmet meal for the senses!! I can't get over all the different facets and layers of the production...simply: it is magical :) The best "feel good" track is cut #1, "Something In the Water" which I can't listen to without smiling and tapping my toes :-D And, I'm equally crazy about the song "Crows and Locusts" ...epic. Thanks, Brooke, for an incredible and inspiring album!!
Wednesday, October 20, 2010
Saturday, October 16, 2010
Whimsical table numbers made me smile:
I had the harvest salad (yum) with ham and bean soup! Perfect Fall combo :)
Aida drank out of a big girl cup!
I feel so blessed to have such wonderful friendships and to be able to love on and invest in their kids. Love you girls!
And he continued making this hilarious expression every time she lowered the top down!! We got laughing so hard we could hardly stand it - especially when she proceeded to include the theme song from psycho (think: "eee eee eee!"). Then, Ethan started laughing at us... (we are pretty funny)
...And thus ensued the Ethan photo shoot in his pumpkin seat :)
I mean, how could I resist this face???
And then I looked outside...and the sun had dipped behind the trees and the leaves were falling and I just had to get them out in the yard for more pictures :) hehe. (TJ Maxx...you'll just have to wait!)
You'll probably remember Steph from the materninty photo shoot I did with her back in June! It's hard to believe Ethan is actually here now :)
I love this child.
Did you just adoringly put your hand over your heart? Yeah...I thought so ;-)
Ethan and his Gigi :)
We did eventually end up paying a visit to TJ Maxx...but not until we uploaded the photos and "ooo-ed and ahh-ed" over his sweet little faces....and a brief (but delightful) rendezvous to Starbucks!