Monday, August 29, 2011

OBACCC Attempt #3

Ok, this is fun. Seriously, fun! Last night I was browsing through my pin interest and one of my friends had pinned These cookies from Dana @ My Little Celebration.

Go check out her pictures because they are awesome. So awesome in fact that I decided I wasn't even going to take any photos last night lol Mine came out exactly like hers.

So here's the run down. This was a quick and easy recipe. No complicated grating of a whole chocolate bar or grinding oats. Straightforward is oh so nice.

No nuts, but I did use peanut butter.

Straight out of the oven these were good. A bit oaty, and heavy for me though. Although I did somehow manage two before bed, hehe.

This morning, I'm so happy to see these held up overnight. They are still soft and yummy. The peanut butter taste has come out a bit more as well as the cinammon.

I like them, but Cookie #2 blows this one out of the water.

Only made 18 cookies, and they are going FAST! If I make it again I'll definitley double the recipe so that I can share more.

Next cookie is going to have less oats, and hopefully nuts. I still miss them.

There is no method to my madness, obviously.

Thursday, August 11, 2011

OBACCC Attempt #2

I got a text at 6ish. It was from my main taster and said "Vodka and Chocolate chip cookies sound awesome for dinner"

2 hours later, she showed up with El Pollo Loco and I provided the Cookies and Vodka.

This go round I tried this recipe from Brown Eyed Baker

Here's how mine turned out (Wil promptly broke this fabulous plate about an hour later, ugh)

What I loved about these cookies....
-You melt the butter, No waiting for it to soften..which for cookies that you need quick is essential.
-They were exactly what they promised thick and chewy
-The color was good, they looked like a traditional CCC
-They tasted great out of the oven
-They were soft and yummy the first night and really hit the spot
-I used two kinds of chocolate chips, hersheys special dark and nestle semi sweet. The combo was divine. You could legitimately taste both flavors in each bite.

What I didn't love about these cookies....
-I didn't "get" the twist them apart and stack them. I did it for half and the only difference was that some of the twisted ones looked like siamese twins after they were done baking.
-They got much harder overnight

What I'm looking for in the next cookie...
-Oatmeal, I need it.
-Nuts, I also need those. lol
-A little longevity. They should stay soft and yummy for more than a few hours, right?

All in all a decent cookie....Looking for the next now!!

Happy Cookie Eating!!

P.S. I've been semi putting together and organizing my scrapbook room, maybe one of these days you'll get to see a layout from me again!

Monday, August 1, 2011

Operation Bad Ass Chocolate Chip Cookie Attempt #1

Those of you who are my "friends" on Facebook know that recently I issued myself a challenge to find the absolute BEST chocolate chip cookie recipe. Sure sounds simple, right? Ha! I've found that everyone has their own specific thought on what it should be. Some people like a crunchy cookie, some a soft. Some like nuts, others no nuts. My father asks for his burnt, seriously.

For me, I think the perfect cookie is going to be thick.
Soft inside with a nice crunch outside.
I want to be able to taste the butter, but not be overwhelmed by it.
I love nuts but one of my testers doesn't eat nuts in their cookies so I'm making them both ways.

So, for the first test I thought I would try a Cookie that I've had my eye on for awhile. Ever since the emails started years ago the Neiman-Marcus $250 Cookie Recipe has been begging me to make them.

I tackled these last night. I halved the recipe, I don't need 80 cookies lying around the house! I also added 1 tsp of Cinnamon, because I can and while tigers hate cinnamon, I love it. Here's a few things I found...this dough is no joke! It was thick and dark. As I rolled them into balls as the recipe calls for they strongly resembled meatballs on my cookie sheets. I'm not going to lie, I may have gagged a little at the thought. Raw cookie dough isn't in my food pyramid so I refrained from trying the concoction until baked.

As noted in the recipe by many commenters, they needed extra bake time. I felt I did as well with the first batch taking about 15 minutes (Which was too long, I ended up with crispy cookies) The second batch I took out at 12 minutes and cooled for 2 minutes on the pan before transferring them to a cooling rack.

The no nuts batch was too crunchy for me..and too thin. It seemed like the walnuts made the cookie more moist and thicker. I'll give you the full review when that tester does her job!

For the Nut version of this recipe. The cookies are good. They have a nice buttery flavor. Too much Oatmeal for my taste, while I think my perfect cookie will have oatmeal I'm going to try one next with no oatmeal just for good measure. I used walnuts in this batch because well, I had them on hand. I'd like to redo this recipe at a later date with less oatmeal and pecans.

Danny wasn't much help however he did declare that these were "probably the best chocolate chip cookies you've ever made" The guys at work also like them, but no specific comments. I need new testers.

Until next time, have a great week!

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Happy Birthday Mr. Washington

Sorry for the 2 week break's been, well...eventful.

As most of my friends now know my Grandmother passed away Wednesday February 9th @ 12:47 PM EST. My Mother was already in Buffalo attending to her as she had been in the hospital for about a month.

There was a mad scramble to get everything taken care of and lay her to rest the following Saturday Feb 12. I can only imagine the things they had to go through in New York to make it happen!! Here on the home front we rushed to scan 250 photos and find music appropriate for her memorial DVD. Once I had them all scanned and emailed David worked through the night to make sure it was perfect. Then we struggled to get Dad on a plane bright and early Thursday Morning along with the DVD. Thursday my Mom decided she wanted all of us here. It took some fancy talking but I got me and my two brothers on a Delta flight Thursday Night/Friday Morning.

I got to sit next to what I can only describe as a Ray Charles impersonator on the flight to Atlanta. Got no sleep, and was in rare form when we got off the plane Friday Morning. The flight to Buffalo was much better. We each had our own row and I was able to sleep for about an hour. Sleep glorious sleep.

Once we arrived in Buffalo it was non stop. We only had about an hour to get ready for the wake. Needless to say I needed a shower and a nap but settled for a quick shower and blowdry instead.

The funeral home did an excellent job, if you ever need Mortuary services in the Hamburg/Lackawanna area let me know and I'll get you the name and number. My Grandmother looked beautiful in a classy grey and pink coffin with roses on it. The flowers were perfect, and I couldn't be happier with the standing heart wreath I had delivered as well.

It was...difficult. I had a hard enough time dealing with my own sorrow but the pain I could see on my Mother and Aunt was something I was completely unprepared for. Even now, I'm finding myself taking deep cleansing through the nose...out through the mouth.

Saturday Morning we I was up bright and early to prepare for the funeral. It was snowing heavily and we drove our Grandma's car to her Funeral. Everything was perfect. The hearse matched the coffin perfectly and the church was beautiful beyond compare. The services were held at Our Lady of Victory National Shrine & Basilica

The photos online do not do it justice. It was the most breathtaking church I have ever seen. I was wishing I had my camera with me to take photos. In fact, most of the weekend I was wishing that. While it is a sad affair I wanted photos to remember it. Sort of the final chapter in the scrapbook of life I suppose. I did take a few with my Mom's iPhone, so I'll see how those turned out.

My only regret from the whole weekend is that my Grandmothers Husband, Cass, was unable to attend. His Nephew and health advocate made some very poor decisions and despite the recommendations from his Doctors and Nurses he did not allow him the opportunity to visit his wife in the hospital to say his final goodbyes nor attend the funeral for closure. Obviously I have very strong opinions on this matter and all I can say is that karma has a way of making all things equal. We have attorneys fighting to take care of Cass and I hope that he is able to regain his dignity and way of life for what time he has left. He is a strong stubborn man and I hope he can hold out long enough to see that justice prevails.

It was a short trip, and I was so happy to see my cousins, Aunts, Uncles and extended family that I had not seen in many many years. I just wish we could have done it a few months ago. It would have been wonderful to spend the time with my Grandma while she was still here. I have many memories of her and I won't forget them.

The flight back was long.... 5 1/2 hours to Vegas where most of us were bumped from our Flight to Ontario. We decided we did not want to spend the night and wait for a flight in the morning so we rented a car and drove home. I drove the whole way and actually beat David home who did make the flight!

The next week was crazy...we moved our offices and I was sooooo very sick the whole week. I had to come to work to move and get things ready for the business. I spent all weekend in bed and am starting to feel better finally. Back up to about 80% today...thank god!

The offices are coming along nicely and the guys are moving the shop today. We have until Monday to leave the old place so it's still a mad rush but things are moving along nicely. Not to mention I can almost function normally now too! Yay!

This weekend we are celebrating Danny's Birthday which just so happens to fall on my Grandmothers Birthday as well. I plan on having a cake in her honor as well as watching the Memorial DVD with the rest of the family who was unable to attend the services in Buffalo. It will be good closure for all of us. Hopefully my Mom will be back home by then too!! She's hoping to fly out Thursday Morning.

I'm looking forward to some normalcy...late nights at the baseball field (Did I mention I am managing Wil's Junior BB team this year? lol) Need to get some scrapping done and work some magic for the tryout for Glue Arts Design Team too!

Have a great rest of the week and let's hope I'm back tomorrow sharing some work!

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

More Echo Park Be Mine Love...

Ok, last baby girl layout for awhile...

Also used Echo Park Be Mine and Prima on this layout. What can I say, when you're on a roll sometimes you gotta just keep going!!

I'm attempting to post something different tomorrow. But until then, let the oooh's and awwww's commence.

Isn't she just the cutest thing you've ever seen?!

Wishing you a creative Tuesday!! Scrap something today.

Monday, February 7, 2011

Bringing back the 2 page layout!

Well, I'm gonna try at least!!

Based on a sketch from the new Page Maps 2 Book is this fun layout of a friends new baby.

I love love love the pictures and had so much fun working with something baby and girly for a change!! I used the Echo Park Be Mine Collection along with some Prima Flowers and crystals.

I hope you have a great Monday!! Beat away those I miss the weekend blues!

Friday, February 4, 2011

Do you know what today is?

It's FRIDAY! "'cause it's Fridayyyyy" (I love that movie lol)

I'm planning on a busy weekend, hopefully with some time for Scrapping and I want to get in a trip to see my Niece and Nephew since I missed her bday last weekend for CHA.

And really, how can you not want to see this smiley face?! He makes me want to have a baby and start all over again lol

I've got a great wreath for you today inspired by Chez.

I had a ton of this paper made by Glitz and it sat around for a year waiting for the right project to come along. What better way to use it than for a sweet Valentine's Day wreath?! I love coming home everyday and seeing it on my front porch. (Please excuse the dirty screen door in the shot, I was in a hurry and we never use the front door! lol)

Some detail shots...

Make sure you stop by Paper Issues and check out all the sweet Valentine themed cards, layouts and projects that have been linked up. You can also enter your own project for your chance to win some sweet SEI goodies!

Have a safe and fun weekend!!

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Happy Groundhogs Day!

Yes, It's been too long. I know this!

I have been on hiatus from Scrapbooking. Sometimes you just need to take a step away so that you can gain a new perspective. Yep, I'm feeling better now.

My sweet, wonderful friends Jamie Dougherty and Chez aka Jenny Chesnick talked me into meeting them at CHA. I had a great time seeing them and working the booth doing make and takes for Julia over at Glue Arts. Most importantly it gave me the itch to start creating again.

With a little nudge from my biz Mandy Starner I whipped up a layout last night based on a Page Maps sketch. Our layouts turned out completely different, which is what I love about this hobby. Different people are inspired by different things to create fabulous works of art.

Here is a quick iPhone photo of the layout I created last night.....The crackle paint is still drying in this photo but hopefully I'll get a better one to share tonight!

I hope you are having a great Wednesday, the week is flying by here!!'re up!! I blogged, it's your turn lady!