Saturday, December 8, 2012

snickers cookies.

I have this weakness for baked goods.
Anyone that knows me knows that I would much rather bake something sweet than actually cook a meal.
I also have some free time during the day.
free time + a love of baking = a lot of cookies.
at least in my case.


these cookies are amazing.
if you like snickers, you will LOVE these.
if you don't really like snickers, you'll still love these.
i'm not joking.

first off, you'll unwrap these lovelies.
ps. don't mind the rolos in the background.
those are for another day.
mix up the dough.
make sure its not too sticky or
it'll stick to your hands and not the snickers.
if it is, just add a little bit more flour
until it no longer sticks to your hands.

flatten out about 1tablespoon of dough.
maybe a teeny bit more.
place a snickers in the middle.

roll it all up. place on a cookie sheet.
then bake it. 350 degrees.
about 10-12 minutes or until nice and golden brown.

let them cool on the cookie sheet.
then move them to a wire rack.
but don't move them too soon or the snickers will fall out.
and that would be tragic.

then get a glass of milk, a couple of warm cookies,
and enjoy a delicious minute, all to your self.

Snickers Cookies.

1 cup butter, softened
1 cup peanut butter
1 cup granulated sugar
1 cup brown sugar

Mix until creamy.
Then add:

2 eggs
2 tsp vanilla
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp baking powder
3 cups flour  [I had to do an extra ½ c because it was still sticky]

Mix until smooth.
Make sure it’s not too sticky or you’ll have a hard time rolling it around the mini snickers.
Roll tablespoon of dough around each mini snickers [Two 9 oz bags] and place on cookie sheet.
Back at 350 for 10-12 mins or until golden brown.

Let cool on cookie sheet for 5-10 mins then transfer to cooling rack.
Don’t move them to the cooling rack too soon or the snickers will fall out the bottom of the cookie…

Enjoy!


Monday, October 29, 2012

crochet for charity.

My sister, Hillary, is a genius with a crochet hook.
She has a little bit of an obsession with yarn, and for good reason.
She makes amazing, beautiful, and comfortable things out of it.
I'm jealous.

She and I were talking one day, and decided that it would be really neat if we could donate a whole bunch of crocheted hats to the Oncology Unit at Primary Childrens Medical Center, a place that is close to our hearts and our family.
Sadly, we aren't made of money and would go broke if we made and donated all the hats we want to...

Thankfully, you can help!

For every crocheted flower hat sold, we will donate one hat to Primary Childrens Hospital.

You can purchase from the hats we already have made
or
custom order your hat in any color [as long as we can find yarn in that color!] in children and adult sizes.
*custom orders may take more time.

Adult hat: $9
Childrens hat: $7
Matching set: $14
[The price of the hat includes the yarn for your hat, the donated hat, 
and the time is takes my sister's sweet fingers to get it done.]

Aren't they cute?

You can place an order via email:
Lindy at lindym.slaughter@aggiemail.usu.edu
or
Hillary at hilleymae@hotmail.com
Cash, check, or transfer accepted as payment.

Thank you for helping make a child's day a little brighter
as they deal with cancer treatment and hospital stays.

with love,
Lindy and Hillary

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Banana Cupcakes

So, Cameron usually LOVES bananas. 
We tend to cruise through them and run out in a few days. 
Every once in a while, he decides that he doesn't ever want to eat them again and they sit on the counter until I realize they're brown and gross and I'm too lazy to do anything with them.
This time, I decided to be a good wife and use them. 
Not for anything healthy, but still. Yay for not wasting!

Without further delay, I present: Banana Cupcakes
[lightly adapted from "Hello, Cupcake!"]

You'll need:
2 cups of flour
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp salt
2 very ripe bananas [3 if they're a little on the smallish/medium side]
1/3 cup of buttermilk
1/2 cup of butter [1 stick. at room temperature.]
1 1/4 cups sugar
2 eggs
1 tsp vanilla extract

1. Preheat oven to 350. Line 18 muffin cups with paper liners I ended up with 21 cupcakes... just go with the flow...]

2. Whisk together the flour, baking soda, baking powder, and salt.

3. Mash the bananas with the buttermilk in a small bowl. 

4. Cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add the eggs, one at a time. 

5. Then, alternately add the flour mixture and the banana mixture in batches, ending with the flour mixture and beating until just blended. Stir in the vanilla. 

6. Get the batter into your cupcake cups. Somehow. I like to use a cookie scoop. Most genius idea ever. [Thank you, food network.]




7. Bake until golden, which was about 15 minutes for me, but my oven cooks hot... Cool them completely.

See? Don't mind the ugly one with the fork holes in it.
I had to be sure and have no toothpicks.
After we got to this point, I decided I wanted some vanilla-ish glaze on these bad boys.
Some butter, some milk, some powdered sugar and a little vanilla and these muffins became cupcakes in their entirety.

Way more inviting than they were before... Right?
So, after I had completed these little treats, I snuggled up on the couch with some instant banana love and watched some Netflix.
It was a pretty good way to end my afternoon before I had to head to class.
Next time, I just need some Cameron there with me...


Enjoy!

Thursday, July 19, 2012

canvas + paint = joy

Yesterday, as I was sitting home alone [my cute husband was at work], I decided to have a crafty day. I'd seen these cute things on Pinterest and decided to make some of my own.
I wasn't really sure how they would turn out and I was lazy and didn't take pictures along the way...
So.
1. buy paint, letters, and canvas.
2. stick letters to canvas to say what you want it to.
3. paint over the whole canvas. i applied 2-3 coats because i wanted it to be a solid color.
4. carefully peel off the stickers and voila! joy.



Sunday, July 15, 2012

Jewelry Box Rescue

My latest project was a bit unplanned, but turned out great!
My family and I were wandering a local thrift store (DI) and I came across this beautiful jewelry box. It looked pretty beat up, but I figured I could fix it with a little soap and paint.



I was quite surprised, and pleased, to see that a little soap and elbow grease completely removed the need for paint. However, I wasn't as lucky with the inside. Apparently carpet cleaner and felt on cardboard don't mix very well... Who knew?



After removing the original stained, pink felt and cardboard I made this jewelry box my own. All it took was some fabric and ribbon, a shoe box, fabric backing, and a small paper mache box.
I started by gluing ribbon to the edges inside the jewelry box. This helped cover some of the cardboard I couldn't quite get off.



I cut the shoe box into pieces big enough to cover the inside walls and bottom of the box. Then I covered the cardboard with fabric backing and material.




After gluing the covered cardboard to the walls and bottom, I cut the paper mache box so that it would fit in the box. Using leftover fabric I covered the paper mache box and then glued it to the bottom of the jewelry box.
Personally, I think it looks very cute and is totally me. All it's missing now is some jewelry to fill it with ;-)



Sunday, June 10, 2012

Sunday Afternoon Baking...

Sunday afternoons at home usually result in me baking something delicious and when I found this recipe on Pinterest, I knew I had to try them out. For a girl who LOVES cupcakes and Texas sheet cake I couldn't resist!
You can find the original recipe here.


Texas Sheet Cake Cupcakes


Cupcake Ingredients:
1 cup butter
1/2 cup water
4 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder


2 cups flour
2 cups sugar
1 teaspoon baking soda


1/2 cup buttermilk
2 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla


Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Place 24 cupcake liners into muffin tins. 
In a small saucepan, combine the butter, water and cocoa powder. Bring to a boil. Turn off the heat and set aside.
In a bowl, combine the flour, sugar, and baking soda. Add buttermilk, eggs, vanilla, and cocoa mixture. 


Stir until well blended and pour into cupcake liners. Bake for 18-20 minutes. They will be moist. Don't over cook them! Cool completely.
Nice and moist :]


Frosting Ingredients:
6 tablespoons milk
4 tablespoons cocoa powder
1/2 cup butter


4 1/2 cups powdered sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract


In a small saucepan, combine butter, milk and cocoa powder. Bring to a boil. Remove from heat. Add vanilla and powdered sugar. Stir until it starts to thicken (it was about 3-4 minutes). Drop a tablespoon full on each cupcake. The frosting will spread out to the edges as it thickens. Don't make the frosting until you're ready to frost them because it will thicken quickly.
This frosting is so delicious!!
*This is a pour on frosting. It is not a spread or pipe on. It will still be a little runny when it is applied. The frosting will harden as it cools on the cupcake. The best way to tell when it is ready to use is to drop a spoonful on a plate and see how far it spreads. When it spreads just to the width of a cupcake, it’s ready. If it spreads too far, stir for a little longer.







Don't they look amazing?? They are :) 


Happy baking! 

Thursday, June 7, 2012

Book Review: Within the Dark Hills

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For me summer means reading and lots of it! If you're looking for a good, clean, historical romance I would highly recommend Within the Dark Hills by Sian Ann Bessey.
I've read a few books by Sian Ann Bessey and I've loved all of them. But it's been awhile since she published her last one, so when I saw that she had a new book out I knew I had to read it.
Within the Dark Hills is a great historical romance that introduces you to a bit of Welsh culture as it tells the story of Annie Morgan and Evan Powell.
Annie has been working as a chambermaid since the death of her father, but is forced to flee the manor where she works when her master makes some unwanted advances. Unsure of what to do, Annie turns to Reverend Davies for safety and answers.
At the same time, coal miner Evan Powell is faced with a dilemma of his own. Recently widowed, Evan must care for his young daughter while trying to make a living in the dark and dangerous coal mines. Desperate for help, Evan also turns to Reverend Davies who just happens to have a solution for both of their problems: marriage.
But the hasty marriage ceremony is far from the end of their problems. Marriage to a stranger, town gossip, the rejection of Evan's sister, and the threat of Annie's former master are just a few of the challenges that await these two as they begin their life together. However, with a little faith and determination these two just might find more than a solution to their problems. They just might find true love.

P.S. If you have any book recommendations let me know. I'm always looking for a good book to read.