Saturday, December 18, 2010

Cranberry Pecan Biscotti & Monster Cookies...

Started the holiday baking finally.  I made Monster Cookies with the boys.  They truly believe that the cookies are for Monsters.  It's too funny!  Next up was Cranberry Pecan Biscotti drizzled with white chocolate.  They are so good I can not wait to make more.  Here's the recipes:

Cranberry Pecan Biscotti
  • 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 3/4 cup white sugar
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1cup dried cranberries
  •  3/4 cup crushed pecans
  • White chocolate or almond bark for melting/dipping (optional)
      • For added flavor you can add orange zest, almond extract, cinnamon, &/or nutmeg depending on your tastes.
Preheat oven to 300 degrees.  Mix all ingredients together in a large bowl.   Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper. Place dough onto cookie sheet & form into a 2 inch log.  Bake in oven for 35-40 min, or until it is golden brown.  Remove from oven & cool for 10 min.  Using a large kitchen knife, slice diagonally into 1 inch slices.  Arrange slices onto their sides & place back in oven for 10-20 min (or until desired dryness is achieved) at 275 degrees.  Melt chocolate or almond bark & drizzle (or dip) biscotti.  Enjoy!

Monster Cookies
  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 1 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1-1/2 cups peanut butter
  • 3 eggs
  • 3/4 teaspoon corn syrup
  • 3/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 4-1/2 cups rolled oats
  • 3/4 cup M&Ms
  • 3/4 cup semi sweet chocolate chips
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Combine all ingredients in a large bowl.  Chill dough for an hour in fridge (this is optional, I find it less messy when cold).  Roll into 2" balls & place on cookie sheet 3 inches apart.  Flatten slightly with a fork.  Bake in oven for 13 min or until golden brown.  

Next baking project... Christmas cut-outs (ugh) & something with peanut butter because we have at least 4 jars in the cabinet. 

Thursday, December 9, 2010

Sick Day...

The boys have been sick with a stomach bug this past week.  Today I had both of them home from school.  Most of our day looked something like this...

It's been a day full of lil boy movies & cleaning/disinfecting.  Hopefully they will be on the mend soon & no one else gets sick.  :)

Monday, November 29, 2010

Elmer's #CanYouTopThis Challenge- Christmas/Birthday Countdown!

December is a really big deal in our house.  Not only is it Christmas time, but the boy's birthday as well.  This is the first year the boys understand that Christmas (Dec. 25th) & their birthday (Dec. 26th) are right around the corner.  Because of this realization, I am bombarded with questions on a daily basis.  Most of those questions are as follows:
  • Is it Christmas time yet?
  • Is Santa coming to my house today?
  • Is Santa coming tomorrow?
  • Is today my birthday?
  • Am I 4 now?
  • Am I still 3?
Since we have twin boys, we get twice the joy along with two times the questions. Every. Day. All. Day. Long. After a month of questions I decided that I would have to make some kind of Christmas/Birthday countdown in order to save my sanity.  I figured I could pull out the construction paper & Elmer's glue, making a paper chain with a star or something on top.  You know, like the one you made in first grade?  I thought that would be simple enough.  Then I saw Tonya Staab's Can You Top This Challenge.  This provided the perfect opportunity to do something more.  So I decided to take the #Canyoutopthis Challenge.

  • 28"x40" Elmer's tri-fold board
  • Elmer's Repositionable Glue Stick
  • Elmer's Multipurpose Spray Adhesive
  • Hot Glue
  • Elmer's Construction Paper
  • Fabric of choice to cover tri-fold board
  • Scrapbook & Card stock of choice
  • 24 Thumb Tacks
  • Paint of choice (I use Plaid Folk Art)

Somehow between my birthday (I turned 29 again last week), Thanksgiving, tons of Black Friday shopping, & life in general I found the time to create a Christmas/Birthday countdown.  It started with purchasing an Elmers 28"x40" Tri-fold board at Walmart. 
We made a quick stop at Joann Fabrics where the boys & I picked out a light blue fabric from the remnant bin.   When we got home the boys & I pulled out my paper trimmer so I could start cutting out 3"x3" black squares.

Next I got out my Cricut so I could save time (and sanity) cutting out circles.  The boys helped me choose some red, green, & white scrapbook/card stock paper.  I cut out 3" circles for the calendar & 2" numbers for the dates.  So now it was looking like this...


While my kiddos were sleeping I glued the squares, circles & numbers together using my Elmer's Repositionable Glue Stick.  I LOVE this stuff!  It's the only thing I use on the boy's scrapbooks.  It's great because you can fix or change things if you do not like it (or if you goof up a lot like me).  No worries about permanent glue.
I also attached the light blue fabric to the tri-fold board so it could dry overnight.  I used Elmer's Multipurpose Spray Adhesive, which I had on hand, to glue fabric to front of the board.  Then I used some hot glue to attach the fabric along the edges on the back side.
Next was Black Friday shopping... I had to take a break from all the glue fun to go get my shop on...  After catching up on some sleep (we stayed up all night) & finding way too many good deals it was time to grab my templates, the Cricut, & get back to work.  I used some of our Elmer's Construction Paper that we had on hand for the Christmas tree & balloons.  The Cricut cut December out in 4" letters.  I glued everything together again using the repositionable glue sticks, even attaching the shapes & letters to the fabric using the same glue.  Found some Santa hat photos of the boys & added those to the Birthday side of the board (they love seeing themselves).  I painted some thumb tacks red & green so I could easily remove them from the board.  This is the final result:

If you are interested in the Can You Top This Challenge there is still time to enter.  View any of these blogs for entry rules:

Thursday, November 25, 2010

Happy Turkey Day!

Hope everyone had their fill of food today.  We wish you all a happy Thanksgiving.

Now go get your shop on at some Black Friday sales!  We have already made purchases at JCP, Kohls, Lowes, & Sears.  Next up is the Walmart madness (and Target too). 

Monday, November 22, 2010

Wedding Party- Photos!

Finally got our photo CD from the party in October.  Here's several of my fave shots.

Cupcake stand (yes we made this, non-metric tutorial will be posted!)
Candy Buffet (was a huge hit!)



Sunday, November 21, 2010

Oh Christmas Tree...

Got the tree set up today.  The boys have been asking me every day since Halloween if it's 'Christmas time yet?'  So we decided to dig things out of storage.  It's a little early this year but that's what worked with our schedule as a family.  Two very excited little boys helped with everything.  I'm sure we will be making cookies for Santa in our near future...

Saturday, November 6, 2010

Peanut Butter Chunk Cookies

The boys finally figured out how to climb on the kitchen counter.   They sat on the counter all morning & even ate lunch up there.  I figured it was time to put them to work so we made Peanut Butter Chunk Cookies.  With all the Hershey Bars we have from Halloween, this seemed like a great way to get rid of them...

C insisted on wearing his goggles (upside down) so he would be safe when we were using the mixer.

 Very excited to help open all the candy bars... 

Peanut Butter Chunk Cookies (this is doubled):

2 eggs
1 cup butter, softened
1/2 cup honey
3/4 cup brown sugar
2 cups peanut butter
2 tsp vanilla
3 cups flower
2/3 cups rolled oats
2 tsp baking soda
2 cups semi sweet chocolate, chopped (we used milk chocolate Hershey bars)

Preheat oven to 350.  Mix all ingredients then put in fridge for 1 hr or until dough is no longer sticky.  Rolls into balls & place on ungreased cookie sheet.  Bake for 12 min or until cookies begin to brown.

Friday, November 5, 2010

Thank You Cards Mailed!

200 Thank You's later we are done.  We did not hand write our thank you's.  Instead we had these printed...



Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Wow Wow Wubbzy!

The boys both decided to be Wubbzy this year.  They got a huge candy haul while trick or treating.  I think we have more candy than we can eat.  Here's some photos (yes, that is snow on the ground)...

They had fun painting & carving pumpkins...

The boys also got all dressed up in their Wubbzy costumes for the first Moose Kid's Party...

We also took the boys to the corn maze this year.  They had so much fun running through the maze with flashlights.  We can't wait to do it again next year!