Saturday, January 29, 2011
Friday, January 28, 2011
1/2 cup CRISCO® Butter Shortening
1/2 cup JIF® Creamy Peanut Butter
1/2 cup firmly packed brown sugar
1/2 cup sugar
1 large egg
2 tablespoons milk
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 3/4 cups PILLSBURY BEST® All Purpose Flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
48 foil-wrapped milk chocolate pieces, unwrapped
1.Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.
2.Cream together shortening, peanut butter, brown sugar and 1/2 cup sugar. Add egg, milk and vanilla. Beat well.
3.Sire together flour, baking soda and salt. Add to creamed mixture. Beat on low speed until stiff dough forms.
4.Shape into 1-inch balls. Roll in sugar. Place 2 inches apart on ungreased cookie sheet.
5.Bake for 10 to 12 minutes or until golden brown.
6.Top each cookie immediately with an unwrapped chocolate piece, pressing down firmly so that cookie cracks around edge. Remove from cookie sheets to cool.
Wednesday, January 26, 2011
Saturday, January 22, 2011
Thursday, January 20, 2011
And then there are these neighbors. I don't know much about them, other than I want their oranges. Don't you think they should share? Afterall, it is technically on our side of the fence, and it's only like a dozen oranges...Do you think I'd get busted for picking them?
Thursday, January 13, 2011
Totally easy, right?
And how much did this cost me, you ask?
Let's break it down..
- styrofoam heart $2.99
- 1 1/3 yd. remnant felt @ 70% off $2.50
- one roll organza ribbon $1.99
- push pins $1.99
For a grand total of $9.47..not too shabby for an after work project to keep me busy for an evening...If you cruise over to the eighteen25 blog, they also have a Valentine subway art print for FREE!! Check it out at this link.
Sunday, January 9, 2011
Place leveled cake on top of ice cream round. Trim any overhangs. (I didn't take a photo of this step, it's hard to hold a knife and camera simutaneously), I used semi-softened vanilla bean icecream to "frost" the top of the cake, instead of frosting because I had another wild hair to try something else new on this cake. One of my BFF's, Liz, over at A crafty bee, did a tutorial on using bubble wrap to make molded chocolate. After seeing what she did with her cheesecake, I was just waiting for Nick's birthday to come so I could try it on a cake! So, I salvaged some bubble wrap from a Christmas gift. Cut it to the height of the two layer cake. Melted semi-sweet chocolate ( I used the microwave but suggest a double broiler instead) , sprayed the wrap with PAM spray, then spread an even layer of chocolate over the bubble wrap. I let it set up for a minute before transferring. I wrapped each half of the cake with a strip of chocolate covered bubble wrap. It was a bit tricky manipulating the flexible wrap without smearing chocolate all over, but I somehow managed to get the placement right.
HAPPY BIRTHDAY SUNSHINE! MAY YOUR 33rd YEAR BE THE BEST ONE YET!
Saturday, January 8, 2011
One of them, a college bestie of mine was carrying twins, and thank goodness, she carried them long enough to deliver healthy baby girls, despite the early arrival. I am ever so happy that they're here, and to my friend..you're a trooper. The two months of bedrest grew some healthy babies. Welcome back to the World of being able to be a person who can do things again. I have so much admiration for her and hope that the girls come home soon so their family can be whole.
The other girl, I don't know personally, but my co-worker does. She ended up with pre-E and had to deliver at what I think to be 28 weeks. That's two weeks older than Denise...and she made it. Although small, they say the baby is doing quite well.
Hearing these stories, I just wish that we had a fighting chance to keep our little one alive. It's a terrible head game I play..wondering "what if", but stories of Josie Duggar ( born at 24 weeks) and our mail lady's granddaughter ( also born at 24 weeks) make me think that if only we knew that my body was not going to allow for further growth, maybe we could have gotten her lungs ready and delivered early and had her with us today.
Please don't get me wrong, I am fully aware of the risks of delivering a micro-preemie and would never wish to do such a thing under normal circumstances, however, I regret that fact that I never got to give her the chance at life outside the womb..If others could make it, why couldn't she?
We will never know the answer to this question, and I can only hope that any future pregnancies get me to viability and a live baby. I'm tired of sitting on the sidelines.