Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Chocolate Coconut Thumbprint Cookies

Stumbled onto another delicious cookie recipe that just begged to be shared!   I've been compiling some quick and easy recipes for Christmas cookies I'll be baking for family kids but this recipe I'll need to adjust out the pecan since I'll be baking nut-free for allergies.

This recipe and photo came from Pilsbury curtesy of their Flickr album.

Chocolate-Coconut Thumbprint Cookies Recipe

INGREDIENTS:

1 roll (16.5 oz) Pillsbury® refrigerated sugar cookies
4 oz sweet baking chocolate, melted, cooled 10 minutes
2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
1/2 cup flaked coconut
1/2 cup coconut pecan ready-to-spread frosting
2 oz sweet baking chocolate
1/2 teaspoon vegetable oil

DIRECTIONS:

1. Heat oven to 350°F.
2. In large bowl, break up cookie dough. Using hands, stir or knead in 4 oz chocolate and the flour until well blended. Divide dough in half; cover and refrigerate one half until ready to use.
3. Shape remaining half into 18 balls. Place coconut in shallow dish; dip half of each ball in coconut to coat. On ungreased large cookie sheet, place balls coconut sides up 1 inch apart. Repeat with remaining half of dough.
4. Bake 7 to 9 minutes or until edges are set and centers are almost set. Immediately make indentation in center of each cookie with end of wooden spoon. Fill each indentation with 1/2 teaspoon frosting. Cool 2 minutes on cookie sheet; remove from cookie sheet to cooling rack. Cool until set, about 30 minutes.
5. In small microwavable bowl, microwave 2 oz chocolate and the oil uncovered on High about 1 minute 30 seconds or until chocolate can be stirred completely melted; drizzle over cookies.

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Peanut Butter Filled Chocolate Cookies

One thing I love most about Christmas is the baking!  I have reason to bake and to sample. 

I found this recipe on Flickr curtesy of
A Worthy Image and the recipe was also included with the photo (lets give credit where credit is due!). 

I'm always looking for new recipes that are fun and easy, especially cookies!! 

Here's the recipe curtesy of A Worthy Image:

Peanut Butter Filled Chocolate Cookies
(slightly modified) - from Soy Not Oi
Cookie Dough:
1 1/2 cup flour
1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa (I used Chatfields)
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup firmly packed brown sugar
1/2 cup Earth Balance margarine, softened
1/4 cup peanut butter
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Egg replacer equal to two eggs (I used Ener-G)

Cookie Filling:
3/4 cup peanut butter
3/4 confectioners sugar

In a small bowl combine flour, cocoa, and baking soda; blend well. In large bowl, beat sugar, brown sugar, Earth Balance, and 1/4 cup peanut butter until light and fluffy. Add vanilla extract and egg replacer; beat well. Stir in flour mixture until blended and set aside.
In a small bowl, (preferably a vintage Pyrex mixing bowl - I’m kidding! Just seeing if you’re paying attention) combine filling ingredients and blend well. Roll into 30 one-inch balls.
For each cookie, with floured hands (I didn't do the flour and had no problems), shape about 1 tablespoon cookie dough around one peanut butter ball, covering completely. Place 2 inches apart on ungreased cookie sheet. Bake at 375 degrees for 7 - 9 minutes or until set and slightly cracked. Cool on wire racks. Makes 30.
Emmy’s Notes: I made larger cookies and baked them for about 10 - 12 minutes.

Monday, November 28, 2011

Headed East

I won't be writing Santa a letter this year.  Come to think of it, I haven't written him on in quite some decades!  I went to the post office today and dropped off one package that needs to head to east.  Wow, is it me or have the fares gone way up!  Ouch!!  I have to wonder at those prices will any kids be writing to Santa?  I love the new posters the post office had displayed though, of little kids opening an expresspost box filled with toys, while others had images of Santa's boots filled with Christmas cards and more expresspost envelopes.  I'll admit, the marketing department did well this time around.

Friday, November 25, 2011

Christmas Is Coming

I'm excited for Christmas as per every year so that's nothing new.  I'll be going through our Christmas card list this weekend hopefully... not filling out any cards yet but just checking off our list to see who will be ejected.  Only about 10 cards will be mailed out on Monday because some will travel over seas while others will travel alongside a home made ornament and a dvd. 
The decorations go up on December 3rd in keeping with our traditions by decorating on the Saturday closest to December 1st. 

I'm just too tired to blog lately so I'll do things the lazy way by linking to previous Christmas posts!

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Christmas Shopping

Well, it's official!!!

We have officially begun our Christmas shopping.  

I know earlier I mentioned that we had shopped for toys to fill shoe box gifts for Operation Christmas Child but that aside, we have actually begun shopping for family members.  Two gifts doesn't actually put any sort of dent in our list but it's a start.

So tell me.... have you begun your Christmas shopping yet?

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Project 365: Oct.27 - Nov.16


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Ok so here's a recap with regards to the Project 365 that's hosted weekly by Make Music From Your Heart To The Lord.  As we pretty much all know by now, I haven't been able to post weekly because I'm a bad student but I have done better this time by actually taking some photos.  So we will just pick up where we left off last time eh!

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Thursday October 27.

I took this photo of the University off in the distance.  It looked so nice lit up but unfortunately my ipod can only do so much in the dark at that distance!

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Friday October 28

Husband and I were out and about and we spotted this creepy dude!  Had to get out of the car to snap the picture.  I wanted to stand beside it but I was too scared!


We picked up the new automobile and took it for a spin around the town and then the sun went down and I snapped this.

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Saturday October 29

Our nephew had a small concert at his church.  I'm almost never without my ipod and since it can take video, I took this.  My nephew is the small little fella in the front row to the left in the beige shirt.  Isn't he the sweetest!!

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Tuesday November 1

Already the stores are displaying the Christmas items!  I thought this row of Santas was too cute to pass up on a photo op!


While I was in the shop, I treated myself to a Brio beverage.  I haven't had one of these in such a long time.  Now this beverage brings back fond memories of when I was in the sixth grade and my eldest sister took me down town shopping.  It was somewhere in early November and we rode the bus but on the way the bus got into an accident, it skidded on the light snow covered roads and hit two cars.  At the time to me, that was the coolest thing being in the center of such action!  We managed to get downtown and went for pizza and had brio to drink!  That's why I remember this beverage... it brings back that cool memory!!


I took a kit kat break... oh it was just one of those "fun size" bars though in my opinion, there's nothing fun about the size of that bar, personally I think it's cruel.


I also had alphabits for my dinner break at work.

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Wednesday November 2

Stiched a bit with thread from my bag-o-bits.

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Friday November 4

Purchased a new mini muffin tin because I didn't have one.  I only had the regular size muffin tin.  Since I was now in posession of said tin, I had to take it on a test run so I baked oatmeal date walnut mini muffins.

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Friday November 11
 
I honestly can't explain why there are no photos to report between Nov.4 and Nov.11 but here's the lovely shot I took of the park.  I went to visit a friend from church and strolled through this park on the way to her home.
 
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Sunday November 13

Today was the deadline for us to bring our filled shoe boxes in for Operation Christmas Child.  We filled 6 boxes (one for each age group in both genders).

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Tuesday November 15

Caught the cookie guy making a delivery!


It was rainy and the nasty worms came crawling out.  Gross.  This one was so big it practically begged me to photograph it.  I almost threw up just looking at it! *shivers*


One thing about autumn rain, it's usually accompanied by autumn wind!  Enough to blow the leaves from the trees... so pretty.

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Wednesday November 16

Up went the Christmas tree!!!  No no no, not at my house, at the store!  It's on the top floor so I had to look up.  Funny thing is I wasn't the only person photographing it!! 


Spotted a new bus shelter that hasn't been vandalized yet.  See, the kids around here are known to vandalize these things on the fly so I'm keeping watch on this one.


Right about now is the time when smart folks are putting on the winter tires and erecting the tempos to protect their driveway from snow.  We put our tires on last week but don't have to worry for a tempo thingamajig.


Completed an angel windchime for a friend at church.  She wanted me to cross stitch two plaques identical to the one I'd made her a few months back so she could give them as a gift to her best friend but I'm so overwhelmed with projects for Christmas that this was the best I could do for her... I'm sure her friend will like it!


Spotted the city workers erecting the support stands for the Manorah and Christmas Tree that will be displayed on this corner.


Can't wait to see what the tree will look like this year.

And there you have it.  Not so bad this time eh!




Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Wednesday Hodgepodge



It's Wednesday again, time for Hodgepodge! 

As per usual, the bag-o-fun known as Wednesday Hodgepodge is brought to you by From This Side Of The Pond.  click the link on the picture above, read more posts, join in and live your life vicariously through others!

Here are the questions for this week's Hodgepodge..
  
1. What song reminds you of a specific time in your life and what is it about
that song that makes you remember?

Endless Love by Lionel Richie and Diana Ross! Every time I hear this song I remember being back in high school with my first love dancing at the school dance. He said that was our song and what can I say I was young and really unbelievably stupid naive to believe we'd last forever. Come to think of it I should thank him now because if we'd have lasted, I wouldn't be married to Prince Charming now!

2. What's something you've given up on?

I've given up on old resentment. You know, I used to always bring up things from the past and hold on to the anger and frustration of it all and be so full of resentment until one day I just said enough is enough and stopped. I let go of all that negativity and opted to focus my attention on positive things. I just can't waste any more of my life's energy on being filled with hate. Get behind me Satan and stay there!

3. What's something you'll never give up on?

I'll never give up on striving to be a better person...

4. If you had to cook something from scratch in the next hour what would it be?

Peanut butter cookies. I can cook those quickly, then again they only call for 3 ingredients (peanut butter, sugar and an egg). The question is will I share them when I'm done?... oh um... let me re-read my response to question #3, yup I guess I will share them then eh!

5. Have you started Christmas shopping? Decorating? Listening to Christmas music?

Last week I shopped to fill six shoe boxes for Operation Christmas Child so technically yes I did start Christmas shopping. I haven't decorated anything yet, but I am guilty of listening to Christmas music for the past 3 weeks every now and again on my ipod.

6. What do you know about your parent's wedding?

I know it was a long time ago....that's pretty much it!

7. I can't believe I _____________.

I can't believe I took up jogging this summer! I actually got off my lazy couch potato butt and went out jogging! Had to call it quits with the sun rising later since I went when I got home from work at the crack of dawn but now I've taken up pilates.


8. Insert your own random thought here.

We've made it to the middle of November and still haven't received any snow... very happy about that too I may add. Our temperatures are fairly mild, not much rain but enough to help strip the trees of their leaves but no snow... having said that, I wouldn't be surprised if I just jinxed us which would be bad since I still haven't purchased any winter boots, much to my mom's dismay. Shh... don't tell her.

Thursday, November 3, 2011

I've Never Done

The other night I was next-blogging my way around blogger and stumbled into Café Chick's blog.  I had a great time reading her blog!  While I was there I stole swiped copied borrowed this great blog idea about things I've never done but would or wouldn't like to do in what remains of my lifetime.  Click here to read Café Chick's list.


Things I've never done but would like to do someday:
  • Learn to drive.  Right now I can drive husband crazy but he wants me to learn to drive the car.
  • Visit the Holy Land. Maybe we'll catch one of those cruises that tour the Holy Land with one of the tv shows we watch. 

Things I've never done and feel indifferent about doing:
  • Throw away clothes or books.  I've always given used clothing to the Salvation Army or a local church bazar unless it was torn or unwearable.  There's always someone who can get another wearing out of a used article in good condition.  And books should always be donated to used bookstores or local hospitals book stores but never chucked in the trash! 
Things I've never done and have no interest in ever doing:
  • Watch Star Wars.  I am probably the only person on planet Earth who hasn't seen any of the Star Wars movies.  Husband used to have the videos but can't find them (it wasn't me).

...and there you have it!

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Footloose HodgePodge

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And here is today's Hodgepodge:

1. Who taught you how to cook?

My mom and my eldest sister taught me how to cook.  Mostly my eldest sister (she learned from mom).  When mom was teacher her how to cook I was more interested in playing with barbies.  When I got older and my sister would be cooking something, I'd loiter around watching and asking questions.  Having said that, I should also say I learned alot from cook books with coloured step by step photos and cooking shows.  I'm not a chef, and still can't cut up a whole chicken without wanting to pass out but I'm getting there.   
2. Have you been told you think too much? Are too much of a perfectionist? Are too sensitive? Were they right?

Yup, I've often been told I think too much.  Usually it's when I'm staring into space with a glazed eye look but am in deep thought on something.  Also been told I'm a perfectionist but only when it comes to my crafts.  Siblings told me I'm too sensitive, usually that occurred after they picked on me *giggles*.  So basically they were right on all accounts.


3. As a child did you have a favorite blanket or toy? Tell about it.

My favorite toy was Mrs Beasley.  I called her mumz, I think I may have had difficutly saying Mrs Beasley or just plain couldn't remember it, you know, being a little kid with a little attention span.  I loved her.  She disappeared one day when I got older and hadn't noticed... you know mothers are sneaky like that eh!

4. What 'institution' do you have the most faith in?

I have faith in marriage also, especially if God is part of that equation.

5. Chrysanthemums-pansies-burning bush-ornamental cabbage...your favorite in an autumn garden?

My favorite autumn garden is a lawn covered in fallen leaves.  I know, sounds more like a busy Saturday afternoon with a rake but I love how it looks.  Guess I should also mention I live in an apartment so haven't the need to worry about raking the lawn.

6. What superpower do the kids in your neighborhood seem to posses?

Kids in my neighbourhood know how to vandalize bus shelters on the fly!  Blink your eyes and that new shelter the city just erected will be tagged with marker, spray paint and key scrapes.  The only thing I keep telling myself is that hopefully one day these vandals will hold legitimate jobs and eyeball their paystubs at the ridiculous taxes being deducted .... yup, some of it goes to clean up that mess!



7. Are you a fan of the cranberry?

I love dried cranberries.  I bake them into cookies and muffins.  I'm not a fan of cranberry sauce *shivers* I can't say if I ever tasted it though come to think of it, I just get this visual of it slithering out of a can, sitting on a plate, wiggling, and still holding the shape of that can!


8. Insert your own random thought here.

I should be asleep now but I'm blogging.... why?  because it's Hodegepodge that's why!  Apparently Hodgepodge is more important than sleep today...  oh my, how that is wrong on so many levels especially since I can barely keep my eyes open.
Good night! 

Bag-O-Bits

This here is my bag-o-bits.  To most folks, it just looks like a lump of tangled thread.  To a stitcher it's a wad of unused threads that can be used in smaller projects so why throw it out.

I don't stitch many large or even medium size kits though I do have a fetish for buying them on ebay!  I'm more into stitching smaller, ornament size projects usually for Christmas as gifts to nieces, nephews and our friends' children.  Small projects make perfect use of my bag-o-bits.  Would you believe I even order random bags of cross stitch thread on ebay!  Seriously, I do!!  The prices are always pretty good and I end up with a variety of colour shades.  I know for a fact that every stitcher has a bag-o-bits, they just probably call it something else.