Happy New Year! I can’t believe that 2015 is here. 2014 has been a pretty great year, but I am even more excited about what 2015 has in store. Before we start on our healthy new year resolutions, I thought I would leave you with one last cookie recipe. Because you really can’t start your new resolutions on a Thursday. That would be weird. Resolutions, healthy habits, diets – all of these things start on Mondays, right? So for now, we can continue to eat cookies!
1 Corolle Doll // 2 Easel // 3 Lion Umbrella // 4 Cow Apron // 5 Farm Wooden Puzzle // 6 Lucy Owl Stuffed Animal // 7 Flamingo Stuffed Animal // 8 Baby Doll Stroller // 9 Musical Egg Baby Rattle // 10 Pony Tails Soft Book // 11 Wooden Name Stool // 12 Wooden Animal Blocks // 13 Tutu and Headband // 14 Bibbie Bow Holder // 15 BlaBla Kids Lamb Pillow // 16 Finger Paint Set // 17 B. Toys Activity Block
I am so excited about Christmas this year! At 20 months, Grace is still too young to understand about Santa (or at least I think she is?!) but she definitely understands the concept of opening presents! Here are a few things on her wish list and a few things she currently loves that would be the perfect gift for your little one under the tree.
1 Cheese Board // 2 Biscuit Home Cocktail Napkins // 3 Camille Styles Entertaining Book // 4 Jo Malone Travel Candles // 5 Tom Dixon Bone Napkin Rings // 6 Dinner Parties Book // 7 Stationery // 8 Lafco Soap + Candle Set // 9 Heart Nesting Bowls // 10 Tory Burch Soaps // 11 Cocktail Glasses // 12 Waylande Gregory Salt + Pepper Shakers // 13 Gold Leopard Coasters // 14 Anchor Bottle Opener
We go through at least one rotisserie chicken every week. It makes for a quick protein with some veggie sides when you have 30 minutes to get dinner ready and a toddler pulling at your leg. I use it in all kinds of bakes like this quinoa bake or these white enchiladas or Andrew’s favorite, this jambalaya. And the easiest thing to make with leftover chicken is roasted chicken stock, of course. Throughout the week, I keep a bag in the freezer where I put picked apart rotisserie chicken bones, onion skins, and herbs that I don’t want to waste. I’ll put the ends of green onions or leeks, the leaves from celery and the peel of carrots or the half used box of mushrooms.
I hope that everyone isn’t already over pumpkin recipes because I have the best one. Yep. Delicious, cinnamon-spiked pumpkin cake covered in cream cheese frosting. I’m sorry that I have been sitting on this one for weeks. I’ve been meaning to post the recipe but have no excuse. In all honesty, I made this in the middle of September and again at the beginning of October. Oh, and again at the end of October. I’ve been so busy eating pumpkin bars that I clearly have had no time to post the recipe!
I’ve made a lot of pumpkin recipes this fall much to my husband’s dismay. He claims he isn’t a fan of pumpkin but continues to “try” recipes over and over again. The so-called pumpkin haters in my house have not deterred me from making many pumpkin treats. I’ve made chocolate chip pumpkin bread and roasted butternut squash orrechiette. There’s been pumpkin cornbread (recipe coming soon) and pumpkin cinnamon rolls. And I have an entire pinterest board dedicated to Fall (read: pumpkin) recipes.
Thanks to my friend Jill, your search for the best cookie on the planet can now end. This is the perfect cookie for the person that can’t decide on peanut butter vs. chocolate vs. oatmeal. NOW, you don’t have to! We didn’t even stop at one kind of chocolate chip because that would be way too boring. These treats have six, yes six kinds of chips.
The past two weeks have been crazy and there has been little time to post! Between snow days and work obligations and swim classes for G, I have barely had time for sleep. Okay, that is a bit dramatic but you get the idea. The big day is here and I would be the worst if I didn’t get this recipe up before the weekend. I mean, could you think of a better breakfast in bed treat from your loved one?! Hint hint.
We’re making candy, y’all! Listen, I am not going to lie and pretend that making caramel is easy. Or that I didn’t accidentally burn the first batch. And that it wasn’t rock hard. I guess this is what optimists call brittle. Anyway, I love a good cooking challenge and had yet to cross candy off the list. So a little burnt caramel wasn’t going to deter me.