Friday, July 29, 2011

3 in Love

It's movie night with Nate! :-)
I am so in love!
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Thursday, July 28, 2011

2 9 Million Cookies, One batch of cookie dough

In case you missed this last week on my guest blog at Pirates and Princesses

Today, I want to share a new favorite recipe of mine. Whether it be a church bake sale, a child's class party, or just a pot luck, throughout life we are constantly offering to bring goodies to an event. I have a wonderful cookie recipe that makes you 'look' like you have lived in the kitchen the past few days. . . (but, in truth, you just made one batch of cookies!)
 Let's start with our cookie dough. . .
3/4 stick Crisco Butter Flavor All-Vegetable Shortening Sticks OR 3/4 cup Crisco Butter Flavor All-Vegetable Shortening
1 1/4 cups firmly packed light brown sugar
2 tablespoons milk
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
1 large egg
1 3/4 All Purpose Flour
1 teaspoon salt
3/4 teaspoon baking soda
1 (6 oz) package semi-sweet chocolate chips (1 cup)
1 cup coarsely chopped pecans (optional)
HEAT oven to 375ºF.
COMBINE shortening, brown sugar, milk and vanilla in large bowl. Beat at medium speed of electric mixer until well blended. Beat in egg. Combine flour, salt and baking soda. Mix into shortening mixture until just blended. Stir in chocolate chips and nuts.
DROP by rounded measuring tablespoonfuls 3 inches apart onto ungreased baking sheet.
BAKE 8 to 10 minutes for chewy cookies, or 11 to 13 minutes for crisp cookies. Cool 2 minutes on baking sheet on a cooling rack. Remove cookies to rack to cool completely.
TIP * If nuts are omitted, add an additional 1/2 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips.
Now here is the fun part. 
If you want to make multiple different types of cookies, don't add the chocolate chips or the nuts to the batter. 
Instead, in each "ball of cookie dough" add 3 or 4 chocolate chips 
Two different types of cookies, one bowl of cookie dough! 
Want more? 
 Take a ball of cookie dough 
and. . . 
press a mini reeses into the middle 
and cover it with dough. . . 
Oh. My. Word.  
Reeses aren't your thing?? 
What about Rolos? 
Or mini oreos?
Still one batch of cookie dough! 
Have fun experimenting with the joys of cookie making! 
Ideas from Pinterest: With Style and Kappa Prep

{I am trying out mini Nutter Butters and mini Chips Ahoy today! I'll let you know how it goes!}
Don't forget about the Emile Henry Pie Dish Giveaway! :-)  
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Wednesday, July 27, 2011

5 Pretzel Bites

I have found a new and amazingly easy chocolate snack! 
I first saw this idea on Ashlea's blog and when I saw it again on Pinterest, I knew I had to make these yummy little treats!
Preheat oven to 200 degrees.
Place Hershey kisses,
Rolos or Mini Reeses Peanut Butter Cups on top of square pretzels.
Bake Reeses for 1 minute, Rolos for 2 minutes, and Kisses for 3 minutes. 
Press another square pretzel on top of the Reeses and Rolos, or press a Peanut Butter M&M on top of the Kisses.
Let cool and store in an air tight container in the fridge.
These goodies make perfect hostess gifts! :-)
Don't forget about the Emile Henry Pie Dish giveaway!
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Tuesday, July 26, 2011

49 GIVEAWAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Because I am making a pie tomorrow
and because Southern Living has had incredible pies on their front covers for the past two months

I am giving away Emile Henry's pie dish!  

Emile Henry 9-Inch Pie Dish, Cerise Red 

Emile Henry 9-Inch Pie Dish, Azure Blue  
This is my favorite pie dish and is perfect for pies as well as, Hilary Kennedy's favorite. . . Fat Free 7 Layer Mexican Dip
It is beautiful and makes your dessert or appetizer all the more desirable due to its pretty presentation!

Here is how to enter: 
1. MANDATORY: Must be a follower of Elizabeth Ann's Recipe Box and leave a comment telling me if you won, which color pie dish you would like! 
You can leave an additional comment for each of the below. 
2. Follow Elizabeth Ann's Recipe Box on Facebook
3. Tweet about the giveaway
4. Facebook post about the giveaway
5. Blog about the giveaway 
6. You have Elizabeth Ann's Recipe Box on your blog roll! 
7. You have Elizabeth Ann's Recipe Box button on your blog!
You have 7 chances to enter! 
Giveaway closes at midnight Sunday, July 31!!
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Sunday, July 24, 2011

1 Individual Dirt Cake

First off, I was so honored to be on Hilary Kennedy's favorite blog list this Friday! MADE MY WEEKEND!
Secondly, I have had my eye on this cute dessert for a couple months! 
Two of our favorite little boys are staying with Uncle Nate and Aunt Elizabeth so, of COURSE, this was on the menu tonight! Nothing like pizza, lemonade, ice cream AND dirt cake! :-)
 Take a pudding cup. Put crushed oreos on top and stick a gummy worm in the middle! :-)
I got this great idea from sweet Casey!
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Friday, July 22, 2011

7 Our Wedding Coloring Book

In looking back over our wedding and the planning that went into it, I probably had the most fun putting together .  . .
coloring books!
If children were coming from out of town, we gave them each a coloring book and a pack of crayons in their welcome basket. 
and if the children lived in town, I mailed them a coloring book!
There were only a handful of kids invited to our wedding so I wanted them to feel special and thought that receiving a coloring book would be a fun way for them to look forward to the festivities!
Just wanted to share a cute memory of the most amazing day of my life!!
Happy Friday and have a wonderful weekend!
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