|Ever wake up in the middle of the night and instantly someone comes to your mind, but you don’t understand why?
I believe that God has placed that person on your heart.
What do I mean?
I feel that it is a call to prayer.
God has placed that person on your heart, so that you can remember them in prayer.
Maybe even send them a card in the mail, (or email or text).
Or bake some cookies for them.
Just to let them know YOU were thinking about THEM.
Maybe they need encouraged.
Maybe they are going through something and they feel all alone.
They need to know they are loved.
They need to feel God’s love…..maybe THROUGH YOU!
I encourage you, the next time someone comes to your mind, out-of-the-blue,
stop & whisper a prayer for them.
You don’t need to know the details. God already knows.
|Today I baked some cookies. Snickerdoodles. (My hubby’s favorite.)
Plus God had placed someone on my heart that was having some physical problems, so I thought that maybe some homemade cookies would help sweeten their day.
Here’s the yummy recipe for Betty Crocker Snickerdoodles.
This is the recipe, plus my timing for using baking stones instead of cookie sheets:
Yields: approx. 48 cookies
*These cookies are peanut-free.
|Above is an altered clipboard that I made. It can be used to display a favorite photo or a t0-do list.|
|I love wrapping homemade goodies in pretty cellophane. I also made this tag to match the card & clipboard.
Below is the finished “Warm Winter Wishes” set.
Only 18 days till 40!
Category: tasty treats
|As we know, I love coffee. I recently have discovered homemade biscotti. Last year, my sister-in-law surprised me with her homemade chocolate biscotti…it was AMAZING!!!! Never before had I tasted a biscotti that I liked, but hers was out-of-this-world. So, there was hope. Store bought biscotti is nothing compared to homemade.
This Christmas, my mom made biscotti for the celebration. Her recipe was delicious also. You can find it here, Chocolate Chip Biscotti, (she omitted the hazelnuts, because of food allergies). I admit, I am not a ‘fruit with my chocolate’ kind of person, but this biscotti was really good.
Tonight, I wanted to make some biscotti for a friend’s birthday, so I checked out the Betty Crocker website and found this one for Mocha Biscotti.
I altered it a bit, here is my version:
Ingredients for Biscotti :
Ingredients for Chocolate Drizzle :
*Recipe claims to make 3 1/2 dozen. I must slice them extremely large because my recipe only produced about 16. I could slice them in half, but I’m giving them as a gift and I want them to be large and pretty.
*This recipe was made nut-free by omitting the almonds and checking all ingredients for allergens.
*Nutritional values are on the Betty Crocker website.
I haven’t been on the treadmill since my bout with the stomach flu, but chilly weather makes me want to bake, so I better get back on it!
|Found a yummy recipe online for “Chocolate Peanut Butter Cookies”, but changed it up a bit, so that it would be peanut-free.
Here’s the recipe:
Yield: approx. 3 dozen
Nutritional info based on using peanut butter: Calories 128; Fat 4.5g; Cholesterol 6mg; Carbohydrate 20.5 g; Sodium 106mg; Protein 2.3g; Fiber 0.6g
|(Wednesday evening) I was baking some cookies for a Christmas party that is today.
I didn’t have any holiday M&M’s, so I went with my no-fail chocolate chip cookie recipe.
I love these cookies!!
Here’s the recipe:
Chewy Jumbo Chocolate Chip Cookies (adapted from an online recipe)
Yield: 1 batch using large scoop = approx 35 cookies
*My recipe is peanut-free. *Make sure to check your chocolate chip ingredients if this is a concern for you.
Do you enjoy holiday baking? I do. Chilly weather makes me want to bake. Maybe I should move my treadmill into the kitchen so that as I am eating my cookies I can walk off the calories instantly! lol
|whew! whatta weekend.
i spent one night/2 days in Columbus with my mom & sister for a “girls’ weekend”.
by evening, i ended up with the stomach flu. yikes. stomach flu at a hotel? not fun.
anyways. lots of good food was eaten (& since i haven’t felt like uploading my camera pix, these phone pix will have to do for now….lol)
above was my choice of cheesecake when we ate at The Cheesecake Factory.
this was called chocolate tuxedo cream cheesecake. it was good. i wouldn’t call it fabulous. there were so many choices to chose from…i just picked and hoped for the best.
|also at The Cheesecake Factory, before i ate the cheesecake, i ate this salad.
it was calleda b.l.t. salad. not the best.
|after a night of the stomach flu, i enjoyed a few sips of mint tea from starbucks. i’ve never ordered tea from starbucks. i’m usually a coffee girl. but feeling under the weather, this tea was quite good.|
|i’m a huge fan of soup. later we went to Red Robin, (which i love), and i ordered this french onion soup with bread.
i love french onion soup, (so does my hubby), and this one was fantastic! (even on a weak stomach)
so, for now, that’s all i have to sum up my weekend away. lots of good food. hope your weekend was a tasty treat too!!!
i love this time of year!
fresh zucchini from the garden, zucchini bread baking in the oven,
and chewy hardly able to wait another minute for it!
|chewy LOVES zucchini bread. he’s so funny.
he knows the cupboard where i keep my bread knife, he knows it all….one sound and he comes running for the kitchen.
|this bread recipe is fab.u.lous! my BF lisa gave me the recipe a few years ago….it never fails!!! it’s delicous! (& the recipe is peanut-free, so it is safe for those with an allergy to nuts)
i thought i blogged the recipe last year, but i couldn’t find the post….if you would like the recipe, leave a comment.
as you can see below, it’s time to snack on some bread!!
enjoy your day!
|tried a new crock-pot recipe today.
Vegetable Beef Soup (Makes 8 servings) taken from “Fix-it and Forget-it Lightly cookbook”
(yes, i know it’s summer….maybe it isn’t the season for soup….but it’s good and low-calorie!!!)
great because you can stick it in the pot and forget about it all day, while you enjoy the sunshine!
Nutrition Facts per serving (1/8):
This recipe is peanut-free.
Give it a try!!!!
|well. let’s catch up.
it’s now summer break.
above is one of my favorite summer spots. our patio swing. i love it! i really enjoy swinging while enjoying a good book.
|i love spending time outside in the sun. yesterday, i decided to take the camera outside and snap a few pix.
(still having fun messing around on picnik.com….love how easy it is to edit photos on there!)
|also made some monkey munch. yum-o! as blogged here we LOVE monkey munch!
therefore, i don’t make it tooooo often because we easily eat wayyy too much of it!
it’s soooo yummy! & addictive. can’t just eat one handful.
(this version is also peanut-free)
|we store it in a XL 2.5 gallon ziploc. reaching in, you get covered in powdered sugar! (you would think that would deter us, but no!)|
|the extra large pieces that stick together are the first to go….oh yum!!!|
|below, nick and i picked up our lunch today…current low-cal favorite, subway & starbucks.
he, of course, dodged out of the picture as i snapped it.
that would be his laptop. in the car. no, this wasn’t a roadtrip.
simply a long line at the drive-thru, so he pulled out his laptop.
isn’t that normal for a teen in 2009?
|well, i am REALLY wanting to scrapbook. lots of ideas bouncing around in my head.
feeling very creative. just need to do it.
maybe i will post some layouts tomorrow!
hope you are enjoying your summer so far!
thanks for stopping by!
|here’s an easy dessert recipe that i made on mother’s day!
Ice Cream Cookie Dessert
Yield: 12 servings
|saw this pic online…funny…i used to have this exact cookbook when i was young.
i’ve been busy baking cookies for our youth retreat this weekend.
last night was monster M&M/chocolate chip cookies and today was oatmeal raisin with sugar glaze icing.
i love to bake, but i don’t like having the temptation of yummy sweet calories sitting around…
tomorrow will be brownie bars & chocolate chip bars…
the next day with be blueberry muffins & cinnamon streusel muffins!
*of course i also enjoy the baking because this makes sure that all items are peanut-free for nick.
no worries. that’s a +plus+
now go bake something sweet for your family! : )