The Great Cookie Experiment: Week 6

Today, I wanted to find a recipe for Snickerdoodles as I remembered that DH loves them!  It's been a long time since we've had them and I didn't have a recipe on hand.  Thank goodness for Allrecipes!  These were so good that I'll be saving this recipe for future use!  If you want to try them, just click on the link below the picture!

DH - A+
Me - A+ (crispy outer layer with a soft, moist center)
DS1 - A+ ("Can I have another one?!!!")
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A Perfect Day

The great outdoors is presenting a perfect day today! I'm thinking a family walk is in order this evening. There's nothing like a walk to clear the mind and open a person up for a good talk! I don't know if it's just us, but DH and I seem to have some of our best conversations when we're out walking! Maybe it's the lack of everyday distractions?

I jumped into another painting project today. Did you really think I'd learned not to paint when I'm at home with three little boys last time?! :) It's a smaller project this time. The front door. It has been a plum color since we moved here and DH and I have been itching to change it to a deep red. Here's the beginning of the transformation (Yes, I forgot to take a "before" picture prior to starting!):

For now, it is primed.  The first coat of red will be applied later today when DH comes home to help entertain the little ones.  :)  I'm a bit less picky with primer application than with the final coats!

For a little reward, I granted myself some stamping time.  Just a little.  Nothing too involved or time consuming.  I need to come up with some thank you cards for DS3's upcoming birthday party, a puppy themed one.  He adores little dogs right now!  I received some puppy invites in the birthday pack of supplies I ordered this week, but I may make my own yet, especially after discovering this adorable little pup by Crissy Armstrong!  Isn't he just too cute?!  I am submitting this for her July DT call (see my left sidebar for a cute little lion button that will take you to her challenge blog and details!).  She's got some wonderful stamps (both digital and rubber) that I've been having fun playing with!  I even discovered I had some in my stash I'd forgotten about from this past winter!  Eeek!  Maybe I need to visit my stash more often!  :)

Stamps - Squigglefly (Forgiven), SU (sentiment)
Paper - SU Basic Black, Real Red, PaperTrey white
Ink - SU Whisper White
Accessories - baker's twine, Cuttlebug embossing folder, distressing tool, red gemstones, foam squares (popped up the pup), Copic Black marker (for nose)

A simple card, but I'll appreciate that when it's time to make multiple copies of it!

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Rude Awakening

After yesterday's weather siren wake up, today is seeming rather quiet!  We had quite the thunderstorm pass through our area in the early morning hours and it made for a bit of a rough start to the day!  I think it was around 3:30 a.m. or so the weather radio woke us up with its piercing tone, telling us that a storm was on its way.  I turned it off and went back to sleep.  :)  Quality sleep wasn't to be had, though, as it sounded again at 5:00 a.m.  It was light by then, so I couldn't go back to sleep.  I stayed awake watching the skyline turn dark, knowing DH and I might have to wake the children and take them to the basement.  Sure enough, the sirens started up.  At about 5:45, we all went down to the basement to sit and wait for it to blow over.  Thankfully, we didn't get much damage in our area.  Just a little sleep deprivation and an interesting start to the day.

I felt like making a peaceful card today for some odd reason...

Stamps - Whimsy (butterfly), SU (sentiment)
Paper - Paper Trey white CS, SU Basic Black, Daffodil Delight CS
Ink - Memento Tuxedo Black, SU Basic Black, Whisper White
Accessories - Nestabilities, SU ribbon, 3/8" circle punch, scallop border punch, corner rounder, mulberry paper roses, Sizzix embossing folder (Tim Holtz), SU Crystal Effects (on sentiment), sponge (around main image circle), distressing tool (around yellow embossed piece)
Copic Markers - 100 Black, Y11, Y13, Y15, YG03, YG05, YG07, C1, Black Spica (added sparkle to the black outlining the wings)

I combined a couple of challenges with this card:
1.  Mojo Monday

2.  Sundays with Crissy distressing challenge (& DT call)

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Cupcake Creative

I know.  It's been too long since I did anything with ink and paper.  Summer has been something else around here, I tell ya!  I tried to figure out what has been so busy because, from what I can tell, most weekdays have been the usual summer days.  I decided to look at the calendar and found out it hasn't been my imagination at all!  By the time you figure in weekend trips, weekend company, the 4th of July, dentist appointments, doctor appointments, summer house projects, selling a previous home and just plain having all the family home at once more hours of the day...YES!  Life is busy in the summer!  A good busy.  Summer is flying by and I'm hanging on for all I'm worth!  I had to make a cupcake for comfort food, a calorie-free one, and I feel much better now.  :)  I hope you're enjoying your summers, busy or not-so-busy as they may be right now!

Life is short.  Eat dessert first.

Stamps - Elzybells (Hey Cupcake set, sentiment)
Ink - SU Rich Razzleberry, Chocolate Chip
Paper - Paper Trey white CS, SU DP (Berry Bliss, retired), SU Rich Razzleberry CS
Accessories - pink flourish gemstones, jeweled florettes, sponge dauber (on paper flowers and sentiment piece), MFT cupcake template, foam squares, glue dots, crimper (for cupcake liner)

*This card was for the CAS-ual Fridays Challenge.

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The Great Cookie Experiment: Week 5

I hesitated to turn the oven on this morning since it's supposed to get up into the upper 80's outside, but my love for chocolate got the best of me.

I chose to tweak a basic chocolate chip oatmeal cookie recipe I found over at allrecipes.  I tweaked it for two reasons:  1.  I wanted peanut butter with my chocolate and 2.  I discovered I was all out of old fashioned oats!  Nothing like some gentle encouragement to be creative!  :)

Here's my final recipe:

Peanut Butter Oat Chocolate Chip Cookies
  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup packed brown sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup creamy peanut butter (I always use Skippy.)
  • 1 1/2 cups Old Fashioned 7-Grain Cereal (I used the Wheat Montana brand)
  • 2 cups milk chocolate chips  (The original recipe called for semi-sweet, but I never use those!)
  1. In a large mixing bowl, cream the butter, sugar and brown sugar. Beat in eggs and vanilla. Combine the flour, baking soda, baking powder and salt; add to creamed mixture. Stir in peanut butter, cereal and chocolate chips.
  2. Drop by rounded tablespoonfuls 2 in. apart onto ungreased baking sheets. Bake at 350 degrees F for 11-12 minutes. Cool on wire racks.
*Note:  With the addition of the peanut butter, you may find the dough a bit sticky, so if you don't have one of those handy cookie ball scoops, you may want to put the dough in the refrigerator for a bit to make it a bit easier to handle.

One word:  YUM!

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Friday Favorite: Smile!

I don't know when it started, but I have a thing for smilies.  :)  Most notes I write to people have at least one drawn on them.  I guess I figure most people can use a smile in their lives, even if it's hand drawn on a piece of paper!  Love those little circles of happiness!  :)  A DF of mine actually found some bright yellow, foil wrapped chocolate smiles for me once (there's one in the photo above) and that just totally made my day!  I share them with my DS's when they complete their chore lists for the day.  I think they're catching on to my smiley addiction...

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Camera Stamp Giveaway

Are you a stamping and photo nut like myself?  You may want to head on over to Paislee Press for the chance to win some awesome camera rubber stamps!  Absolutely adorable!  :)

I'm in the midst of birthday activities here today!  DS1 is getting older (and so am I)!

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Photo of the Week: Well, Hello There!

Is it really Wednesday already?

We had a whirlwind holiday weekend!  We traveled south to see family.  Cousins played.  The grill was fired up.  The pool was put to good use.  Scrabble was played.  Hiking and biking got done.  Sparklers sparkled.  Fireworks thundered.  I hope everyone had a happy holiday weekend!

Now, back to real life.  I'm hoping that includes some creative time!  :)

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Happiness is…

...fresh raspberries.

...mowing the lawn.

...a fresh coat of paint.

...the sound of tree frogs at sunset.

...licking the cookie dough off a beater.

...bomb pops.


...the imagination of children.

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