Saturday, December 19, 2009
3/4 cup sugar
1 cup brown sugar
2 sticks pre softened butter
1 TBSP Vanilla
In a separate bowl, combine the following:
3 cups flour
3/4 cup oatmeal
3/4 tsp salt
3/4 tsp baking soda
Add this dry mixture to the creamed butter little by little.
Dough will be HEAVY.
3 cups Chocolate chips
1 cup chopped nuts (optional)
Drop Large scoops onto greased cookie sheets and bake at 350 degrees for 10 to 15 minutes, or until done.
these need a large, COLD glass of Milk. And when I say they need milk, I mean like 2%. Skim milk wont cut through these babies!!
Santa will really appreciate a nice hearty chocolate chip cookie like this one!!
Friday, December 18, 2009
- 1 box of cake mix. (You choose flavor. White, Yellow, chocolate, they all work)
- 4oz Cool Whip
- 1 egg.
Using powdered sugar on your hands, roll dough into balls and then roll them in the topping of your choice.(powdered sugar, chopped nuts, coconut, cinnamon sugar, sprinkles etc). Or you dont even need to roll them, they are good plain as well.
Bake at 350 on a greased baking sheet. 10 to 12 minutes.
Cookies will look soft, they will continue baking off the sheet. Cookies are chewy.
Great combinations: Chocolate cake mix rolled in chopped pecans
yellow cake mix rolled in powdered sugar
strawberry cake mix in powdered sugar
chocolate cake mix rolled in coconut and pecans
White cake mix rolled in Andes peppermint crunch baking pieces
carrot cake mix rolled in white sugar
Thursday, December 17, 2009
Semi Sweet chips work best, but you certainly can substitute the milk chocolate if you choose.
1/4 cup brown sugar
2/3 cup flour
1/2 cup sugar
1/3 cup butter, softened
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt
1 tsp vanilla
1 cup chocolate chips, melted
1 cup chocolate chips, whole.
Combine flour, baking powder and salt. Set aside.
In mixing bowl beat together softened butter, and sugars. Mix until fluffy. Add vanilla and eggs, beating well.
Add melted chocolate and mix. Gradually add flour mixture. When all flour is incorporated add the whole chocolate chips.
Pour into a greased pan and bake at 350 for 30 minutes, or until edges have set and knife test comes out clean.
Dust with powdered sugar.
HOLIDAY VARIATION: A great Holiday variation is to stir in 1/2 cup whole chocolate chips and 1/2 cup Andes Peppermint Crunch baking chips. It gives it a nice minty zing to it. Or you can do 3/4 cup of the Andes pepperming baking chips only.
Wednesday, December 16, 2009
These are pretty simple, the unwrapping of the kisses is the hardest part of the whole process.
Actually the hardest part is keeping my kids form eating the unwrapped kisses before I even get started baking.
1/2 cup shortening
3/4 cup creamy peanut butter
1/3 cup granulated sugar
1/3 cup packed brown sugar
2 TBSP milk
1 tsp vanilla
1 1/2 cup flour
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
You will also need a small dish set aside with a few TBSP of granulated sugar in it AND a bag of Hershey Kisses, unwrapped and ready to go.
Beat together shortening and peanut butter until well mixed and smooth. Add the sugars, beat until likght and fluffy. Add egg, milk and vanilla, beating well. Stir together flour, baking soda and salt, gradually add to the Peanut Butter mixture. When all the flour is incorporated, roll the dough into 1" balls, and roll in the white sugar you had set aside.
Place on a cookie sheet and bake at 375 degrees for 8-10 minutes. you want the edges to be golden brown. Immediately upon removal from the oven, press an unwrapped Hersheys Kiss into the center of the cookie. The edges will swell up around the kiss slightly and crack.
Tuesday, December 15, 2009
CHOCOLATE/PEANUT BUTTER and BUTTERSCOTCH KRISPIE TREATS
1 cup corn Syrup
1 cup white sugar
1 cup creamy peanut Butter
6 cups rice Krispies
In a saucepan over medium high heat, combine the corn syrup, sugar and peanut butter. Stir until melted and smooth. Heat until boiling, , let boil for 2 minutes only, stirring constantly, then remove from heat and pour over the rice krispie cereal. Mix well until all the cereal has been coated evenly.
Press into a greased 9x13 baking dish.
On top of this sprinkle chocolate chips and butterscotch chips, place in oven set at about 250 or so.
When these chips melt enough to spread, remove from oven and spread the chocolate/butterscotch over the top It will all swirl together, creating a most delicious topping.
Cool completely and then cut into squares.
prepare to not be able to resist these.
Monday, December 14, 2009
Thanks to excess rain, courtesy of Mother Nature, there was actually a pumpkin shortage this year. No biggie, just substitute sweet potatoesor squash for the pumpkin.
Cut sweet potatoes in syrup make a nice hearty bread, and it isnt the vegetable you use, it is the spice you use to season it. the sweet potatoes are a little sweeter than pumpkin, so you dont need as much sugar as regular pumpkin bread. Your can will say Cut Yams, but they are sweet potatoes.
This bread is so moist, and stays moist thanks to a secret ingredient. The crust kind of carmelizes a tiny bit, making it even better. It goes exceedingly well with walnuts (nuts are optional. Some like them, some people dont or are allergic. It is up to you)
This makes 2 loaves.
SWEET POTATO BREAD
1 1/3 cup vegetable oil
15oz can of cut yams/sweet potato (drained and mashed. If you want, you can even rinse the potatoes)
2 cups flour
1 1/2 cups sugar
1/4 cup brown sugar
1 tsp salt
1 1/2 tsp cinnamon
1 1/4tsp nutmeg
1/4 tsp allspice
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp vanilla
1 large box Vanilla instant pudding (about 6 ounces or so)
1 cup chopped nuts(optional)
Mix together oil, eggs and sweet potatoes. add flour, sugars, salt, cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice and baking soda. Mix well. Mix in the vanilla and vanilla pudding. If adding nuts, do so at this time as well.
Put into 2 greased loaf pans.
Bake at 350 for 1 hour. or until knife inserted into center comes out clean. Dont let it get too dark. If the knife comes out clean, take it out. Let it sit in the oven too long and the crust gets really dark and chewy. So just watch your loaf. All ovens are different and I start checking mine at about 45 minutes.
Let bread sit for a few minutes before dumping out of pan.
It is VERY moist, so be careful about cutting it to quickly after removing it from the oven.
after cooled, wrap in Plastic or foil to store.
If you arent adventurous enough to try the sweet potatoes, remember you can use pumpkin and increase the white sugar by 1/4 cup.
Saturday, December 12, 2009
Friday, December 11, 2009
This recipe, I believe I posted it last year, is always a super duper hit. These are the most delicious snickerdoodles. They are just the right amount of sweetness, without being overly so. They are puffy and crackle the right way on the top. They are moist and buttery and the cinnamon and sugar is just perfect.
Try them for yourself.
So for the next 2 weeks I will be posting various Holiday goodie recipes, please check back for more and let me know if you make anything and how they turn out!!
1 cup Butter, softened
1 1/2 cup granulated sugar
1 tsp vanilla
2 2/3 cup flour
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp salt
Put flour, baking powder, soda and salt in a small bowl and set aside.
Cream together butter and sugar. Beat in eggs, one at a time, then add vanilla.
gradually stir in flour mixture. Your dough will be stiff, yet slightly sticky.
On a plate combine 1/4 cup white sugar and 1 TBSP ground cinnamon.
Flour your hands and take heaping tsp of dough. Roll into balls and roll in the sugar mixture.
Place on baking sheet 2" apart. (I usually spray my pan with Pam first)
Bake at 400 degrees for 8 to 10 minutes, or until edges have set and bottoms are a golden brown..
To keep these soft I place them in a gallon size ziplock with a slice of white bread.
Sunday, December 6, 2009
We had Beignets. Then i had a sweet Potato Pancake with pecans and a local syrup, which was a brown sugar and molasses concoction (called Steens). It was delicious.
We then went to the conference and with the Legers told our story, and thanked the coroners who "said yes".
I was crying, the Legers were crying, the coroners were crying. It was really a great experience. Hopefully this will be something they will remember when they are faced with organ donation possibilities.
We went to a place called Incredible Pizza for dinner. It was kind of like a Cici's Pizza buffet mixed with a dave and busters/chuck e cheese. They had bowling and mini golf and bumper cars and go carts and a zillion games. It was fun.
This morning we are meeting the Legers at Meches Donut King for some donuts and they are sending us home with a King Cake. We are heading home this morning.
I am sad to leave. I always wish we could stay longer when we see them.
Friday, December 4, 2009
Long Story Short: We are in Lafayette, Louisiana right now at an Organ Donation Collaborative.
Today we went to Lafayette General hospital and awarded them with a National Medal of Honor.
We did a little interview with several news stations, and this was the first story to air.
ugh stupid double chin. And Finn INSISTED on having that d*** balloon with him the whole time. I feel like I spent half the interview pushing it out of the way. he is lucky I didnt pop it...but I didnt want a meltdown of epic proportions on camera for the world to see.
After the meeting at the hospital we went out to Lunch at Prejeans we had fried Crawfish(yum), Frog Legs (it DOES taste like chicken) and Alligator. It was delicious. A very cajun meal, complete with Boudin balls, etouffe, and gumbo.
We finished off the night going Bowling. It was so much fun and the boys LOVED it. We stopped off at Whattaburger on the way back to the hotel.
right now it is snowing and sleeting outside. Tomorrow morning we are meeting everyone for breakfast and heading over to the collaborative.
a busy, emotional day today but I am so glad we are here doing this.
Tuesday, December 1, 2009
My husband is ADDICTED to the Dollar Tree Wintergreen mints. We have only been able to find them at Dollar Tree.
They are called Icy Breeze wintergreen breath mints. They look like tic Tacs.
We can no longer find them anywhere around here. They are very hit or miss. They come in a 4 pack and are in a white and green packaging. We can find the orange flavor and sometimes the peppermint, but the elusive wintergreen is making me crazy. If I have to stop by the DT one more time "just to check" I will kill myself.
I was hoping to find some for christmas to give to him. They dont sell them online, trust me I have googled everything. I have gone to various websites, ebay, candy companies, even to dollar tree online. They are not to be found. Of course the employees at DT dont know when they will get them in either.
So if anyone happens by a dollar tree and sees them, please pick up 5-10 packs(depending on what is available) and I will reimburse you for everything plus shipping and send you some lip balm as thanks as well.
Shoot, if there is only 1 or 2 packs available I will take what I can get.
I need all the help I can get. I want to get him like a year supply.
THANK YOU IN ADVANCE!
Monday, November 30, 2009
One of my very favorite snacks in the whole world is Harry and David Moose Munch. AHHHH It is to Die for.
So I decided to make my own Generic Sarah Version of it. I searched for a great caramel Corn Recipe, which I found> This stuff is amazing just on its own. I made mine with Cashews, you can also use almonds, peanuts, pecans etc.
1 cup popcorn Kernels, popped and set aside in very large bowl. (or two large bowls if you dont have one big enough for it all) You can mix in a few cups of nut of your choice. The salty nuts really do go so well with the sweetness of the popcorn. I like nuts, so I added about 2 1/2 cups of cashews.
In a sauce pan, combine:
1 cup BUTTER (yes, butter. Margarine is the devil)
2 cups brown sugar
1/2 cup light corn syrup
1/2 tsp salt.
stir just enough to blend. Once it starts boiling, cook for exactly 5 minutes over med-hi heat. STIR CONSTANTLY.
Once it has boiled for 5 minutes, remove from heat and stir in
1tsp baking soda
1 tsp vanilla.
It will foam and bubble, it is supposed to. It is supposed to look like a fluffy shaving cream type consistence.
Drizzle this over your popcorn and toss well to coat. Each piece does not have to be completely coated.
Spread out over greased cookie sheets or jelly roll pans etc.
Bake at 250 degrees for about an hour, turning every 15 minutes or so.
After an hour, remove from oven and spread on wax paper to cool. Once cool, break into clusters and store in tupperware or ziplock baggies.
This is the best caramel corn I have ever had. It is so delicious. You do have to bake it. If you dont the caramel will get super sticky and hard.
You can eat it plain like this, or you can use some of it to make an extra special treat...
Now to make the Sarah's Moose Munch.
Go to Michaels or other craft store to their candy section. Get a package of the melt and pour chocolate caps and a package of the white chocolate caps. Melt these in your microwave, according to the directions.
Drizzle each kind over the popcorn, as heavy or as light as you want.
THEN take HEATH CHIPS (you can find them in your baking section of the grocery store) and sprinkle over as well. It will stick to the melted chocolates.
Let it dry and enjoy.
Just a warning. This is addictive. The caramel corn is just soooo good. Add a little chocolate and heath chips and voila.
Thursday, November 26, 2009
It is so delicious and will be a family favorite. It isnt just for Thanksgiving, you can make it any time. This is one of MY family favorites, and I hope everyone else can enjoy it as well.
5 ingredients. 1 stick of butter and a round casserole dish. That is all it takes. But when you taste it, you will be amazed at how EASY it is. Yet people will think you slaved all day.
WHAT YOU WILL NEED:
1 box Jiffy corn muffin Mix
8 oz Sour Cream
1 can creamed corn
2 TBSP sugar
You will also need a medium sized ROUND casserole baking dish.
.melt 1 stick of butter in the casserole dish.(And yes, it really works better with butter than with margerine. )
In a separate mixing bowl, mix together the sour cream, corn and egg. Add the jiffy mix and sugar. Mix well.
Pour this batter INTO the melted butter, but DO NOT STIR. yes, it is supposed to look that messy.
Bake at 350 for 35-50 minutes, it will be done when it has puffed up, the edges are golden and a knife comes out clean.
If you try this recipe, please leave me a comment!!
EXTRA NOTES: **This doesnt work very well doubled. If you are feeding a large group, make two separate batches instead of putting it into One giant casserole.
**If you use a corn muffin mix other than jiffy, add an extra tablespoon of sugar.
Thursday, November 19, 2009
she has brains, tenacity(read:balls), business acumen, no nonsense attitude, and SERIOUS mad skills. Yet underneath it all she is a kind and caring person who wants to help people.
Tabatha Coffey, you are my Hero in the beauty Industry. I have learned so much about salons and hair dressing, just from watching salon takeover. I feel I am a better student and stylist because of you. You inspire me to work as hard and as smart as I can, because someday when i own my own salon, I dont want you coming through my door(unless it is to interview me for a job...)
YOU ARE THE WOMAN!
Wednesday, November 18, 2009
WHY oh WHY did my eyes fly open at 3am and refuse to close again?
I need all the sleep I can get.
It was as if all the forces in the universe converged at that moment in my bedroom to screw with me.
1. 3am. I wake up to my husband rolling over and taking blankets with him, leaving my butt exposed to the cold air. So I pull some of the covers back, taking too much blanket and immediately feel hot.
Monday, November 16, 2009
I went to Michaels and their Christmas and Holiday ribbon was on sale for 50% off. I bought several kinds, all coordinating and went to town. Here are the ones I have made so far.
I have recently discovered Korker Bows:(I did not make this. This is from mybowlady.com)
Monday, November 9, 2009
At school I am in a group, making a window display for a competition. Our group is doing a Nightmare Before Christmas theme and I was in charge of making Jack. Here is our inspiration:
Thursday, November 5, 2009
Friday, October 30, 2009
I feel like my calander has SOMETHING on it every day, apart from school or clients.
It is finally calming down. I need to learn to schedule things better and not try and take on too much.
I dont know why I feel the need to over-extend myself. i CAN say no, but I dont.
At school our class is coming up with fundraisers. Well next week we are doing Funnel cake Monday. I came up with the idea and pitched it to a few others and they all said "yum", so we will be making and selling funnel cakes to the students and clients, and all the proceeds will benefit the Local Battered Womens shelter. There are like 16 of us in the class...but do I delegate? No. I do not. I take it all on myself, so I know it gets done the way I feel it should be done. I have only delegated responsibilities to 2 other girls, who I trust implicitly, as I feel their standards are up to mine. I feel that if you are going to do it, then it should be done right and if I trust others it wont be done right. Isnt that awful? I just dont trust anyone with this stuff.
Why do I insist on doing this and not ask for help when I really need it? Pride, perhaps. I guess when it turns out a success I want to be able to take a lot of the credit...which is selfish and horrible. (but then again, I AM a Cancer, which makes me endearingly eccentric, yet insecure about how others perceive me. I want them to perceive me as being an organized person, who knows how to put together a hell of a fundraiser and can make a mean funnel cake) . I HATE delegating out to others, but I love helping people out, so they dont have to take so much on themselves. I know, I know a huge contradiction...but again, I am a cancer.
So how can I stop over extending myself? Am I able to say no? Probably not. I dont want people to think I cant handle everything that has come my way. I had a daughter that passed away. I have spent months and months and months in hospitals with Peter. He had a heart transplant and has required so much care. I am in school full time, and a mom full time. For the past 12 years my life has been inside out, upside down and all ways, shapes and colors. Surely I can handle a dozen cupcakes for a bake sale. Surely I can squeeze in one more client for some extra pocket cash. If I can handle all the other crap(errr, blessings? lessons?) that has happened, then I certainly should be able to take Peter to get new braces for his feet, get to the grocery store before we use up the last 1/8" of milk in the carton. I certainly should be able to read my scriptures every day and read 30 minutes with my kids every night. I certainly should get them to the dentist, and fulfill my church callings and exercise. I can make lip balms, homemade salsa, jewelry, scrapbook, make my own christmas cards...right???
But please ignore the pile of neglected laundry...or the kitchen sink full of dishes...or the rug under the kitchen table in sore need of vacuuming.
I guess I need to figure out what is the most important and quit worrying about what other people think. Maybe I have to let other people do a little extra work every now and then. Sometimes I just have to say no.
But can I??
Thursday, October 15, 2009
Monday, October 12, 2009
The following night I would look through our photos and just be SO disappointed.
my face looked fat. I blinked. His smile was velveeta. he blinked. there was a glare. my slip was showing. my mascara was raccooning under my eyes. Just a host of problems. I had given up hope on taking any good pictures together that I could frame and put on our wall. Our final night we decided to give it one more try. None of the stuffy formal poses. We went for something fun. I think that made all the difference.
I was thrilled when I saw the results. I immediately bought both.
Our room steward made some really great animals for us.
One night we had a comedian as entertainment. He asked how many of us liked the towel animals. We all cheered. he then asked "How many of you have taken pictures of the towel animals?"
again, a bunch of us cheered (including me). He then said "People...they're towels!" I then found out we could purchase a book of towel animal tricks and tips for the low low price of 24.95.
I dont care if they are just towels, I think they are cute. So here is the week of towel animals, the carnival menagerie
Tuesday, October 6, 2009
This was just a cool picture. It is me underwater in Cozumel, but the rest of me is above water.So as the rain started to really pick up and the lightening started to strike all around us we were herded back into the boat and headed back. We had a serious Gilligans Island moment. It was raining so hard and the boat was getting tossed around. It was COLD. I almost wanted to grab Charles cell phone out of our bag and text my mom and dad and say "take care of the boys when we die". But the person driving the boat did a great job of getting us through it.
When we got back to the pier, of course, it stopped raining and the sun started to come out again. We were SOAKING wet. So we went to McDonalds to change and to eat. Let me just say I think they are deep frying their fries in some sort of beef lard. The fries were a nice dark yellowy brown color, just like they used to be here in the states before all the health people went apesh** about our heart and cholesterol and nonsense like that. THEY WERE SO GOOD!!!! I dont know what they are frying them in, but it is a heck of a lot better than what we've now got going on with our french fries here in America.
Yes...we ate at McDonalds. You knew it was bound to happen. Plus the bathrooms were for paying customers only.
After McDonalds we took a cab back to the pier and did a little more shopping, I got an outdoor plaster aztec calander to mount on a tree or wall, or use as a garden stone.
we then got back on the boat,and took nice hot showers to get the chill out of our bones.
I was really disappointed in Cozumel. I think I would have enjoyed it more had our tour been better, had the weather been better etc. Oh well. Cant win em all.