Monday, July 17, 2017

Pineapple Cookies


The best laid plans.

Remember I took a break because things were nuts?
Silly, silly me for putting a timeline on "normal".

Sigh.

So, I will get back to regular blogging, as well as bringing back Smell Good Sunday
BUT

In the meantime, my work staff was reduced by half...it just worked out that way. We are scrambling to find new people while trying to train newer staff. My position is on hold in order to help where needed..and it's just a lot at once.

While we were on vacation over the 4th, my parents received a phone call stating a pipe broke in their house and water was pouring from the front, back, and garage doors.
At the time, they were 9 states away!
Not much to be done but to shut off the water, call the insurance, and wait until they can get home.
Reader's Digest:
LOSS:
Pretty much whole downstairs
Master bedroom
All Carpeting
3 bathrooms

GAIN:
All the irreplaceable stuff was out of water's reach!

They have a long road ahead, but the insurance company is really doing well walking them through it.

I will get back on track, please be patient with me!

I am thinking I should bake up some of these yummies and send them to my parents!








Ingredients:
¾ Cup Shortening
1 Cup Sugar
2 Large Eggs
1 ½ Cup Crushed pineapple
3 Cups Flour
1 Tsp Salt
½ Tsp Baking soda
Cinnamon and Sugar for sprinkling


Directions:
1. Preheat oven to 375
2. Prepare baking sheet
3. Cream shortening and sugar until smooth
4. Add one egg at a time until well combined
5. Add pineapple
6. In separate bowl, mix together flour, salt, and baking soda
7. Slowly add dry ingredients to wet
8. Scoop rounded tablespoons onto prepared sheet
9. Sprinkle with cinnamon and sugar
10. Bake 10-15 minutes

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Sunday, July 16, 2017

National Ice Cream Day 2017






Did you know that the third Sunday in July is "National Ice Cream Day"?!
I feel so...in-touch right now!

I can't keep up with days for everything, but it's fun every now and again to play along with one that feeds your need for a sweet treat


Now, my big question for the day is...


It seems to be a New England, PA sort of "thing" to call them jimmies. To me, sprinkles are the candy sugar I use to decorate cookies!

When we moved down south (oh so many years ago) my 3 year old sister ordered ice cream with jimmies. Everyone in the store looked at her like she was nuts. Not sure where my 11 year old brain came up with it, but I said "oh! she means sprinkles".
Problem averted.
It wasn't until a couple of years later that I learned that particular group of southerners used the term jimmies for condoms! (gasp!) I can only imagine what they were thinking when this peanut kid asked for them!

So...
What do YOU call them?

My vote will always be for:


Monday, July 10, 2017

Slutty Brownies

I'm BAAAACK!

Had such a great trip!

I somehow managed to go to the beach for a week...and only made it on the sand ONCE. Never did I step foot in water...
um, it was odd!

We did a lot though, and a lot of nothing as well.
My parents enjoyed the down time with family, and that's important.

Board games were played, drinks were had, and more seafood than I care to admit to.
Oh, and of course, fireworks...french fries...fried dough...pizza...all that yummy beach food!

I did very little cooking, hubby dearest handled most on the grill.
We did have one melted butter incident where my dad ended up burned, but after some quality ice pack time, he was right as rain.

Highlights for me included reading 8 books!
Ahhhhh it was such a guilty pleasure! I never have that much down time to just indulge my "need to read".

Back to work today...but, I am sure I will be so far behind, the day will fly.

I hope you all enjoyed your 4th of July and celebrated as you enjoy!







Ingredients:
Brownie Layer
10 Tbsp butter
1 ¼ Cups sugar
¾ Cup cocoa powder
½ Tsp Salt
2 Tsp Vanilla extract
2 Large eggs
½ Cup flour
Oreo Layer:
1 Package of chocolate sandwich cookies
Cookie Dough Layer:
½ Cup butter (softened)
¼ Cup Brown sugar
¾ Cup Sugar
1 Egg
1 ¼ Tsp vanilla extract
1 ¼ Cup Flour
½ Tsp salt
½ Tsp Baking soda
⅓ Tsp Baking powder
1 Cup semisweet chocolate chips


Directions:
1. (Brownie layer) In a medium sauce pan, melt butter over medium high heat.
2. Add sugar and cocoa powder, combine, remove from heat
3. Add salt, vanilla, and eggs.
4. Whisk until the eggs are combined
5. Add flour and continue to mix. Set batter aside.
6. (Cookie dough layer) Cream together butter and sugars
7. Add eggs and vanilla
8. Add flour, salt, baking soda, and baking powder.
9. Fold in chocolate chips. Set dough aside.
10. Prepare a 8x11 pan: Layer with tin foil and spray with cooking spray
11. Preheat oven to 350
12. Layer the cookie dough on the bottom of pan, pressing into place
13. Layer chocolate creme cookies (as many as will fit, do not overlap)
14. Pour brownie batter on top and spread evenly
15. Bake for 50 minutes. Check for doneness.

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Cookie Dough Layer

Oreo Layer

Brownie Layer

Cookie Dough Layer

Add the Oreos

Top with the brownie mixture

Finished
Decadent!



Adapted from: What's Gaby Cooking

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Thursday, June 22, 2017

Who knows what's going on one day to the next?

SO much happening!


  • Hubby is still healing from his back surgery
  • The girl child just had her wisdom teeth out
  • I have a root canal coming up
  • My parents are coming into town
  • We might head out for a few nights at the beach
  • Hallmark Christmas in July starts 7/14 (OMG!)

It's chaos let me tell you!

That's OK though, I won't be too far from my computer.
Not sure how much I will be posting, if anything.

Just bear with me, I will be back soon!




Sunday, June 18, 2017

Smell Good Sunday #25

"Smell Good Sunday" has been a running joke in my house as long as I have been married.

Hubby states it is his favorite day of the week as I am usually cooking up a storm and making the house smell good.

Share with us everything you have been up to this week!

A few rules though:
1. Link directly to your post and not the main page of your blog
2. No etsy shops or products for sale
3. Click around and visit other people, that's what makes this a party!






Featured post from last week:
Crock Pot Ranch Chicken from Penny Pincher Jenny







Sunday, June 11, 2017

Smell Good Sunday #24

"Smell Good Sunday" has been a running joke in my house as long as I have been married.

Hubby states it is his favorite day of the week as I am usually cooking up a storm and making the house smell good.

Share with us everything you have been up to this week!

A few rules though:
1. Link directly to your post and not the main page of your blog
2. No etsy shops or products for sale
3. Click around and visit other people, that's what makes this a party!






Featured post from last week:
Homemade Creamsicles from See Lindsay








Monday, June 5, 2017

Reese's Puffy Cookies

I feel like the name of these cookies might be a bit deceiving.
I received a box of these cookies from my friend Jennay from A Day in the Life of Jennay and they were big, puffy, and delicious!

She sent me the recipe. I made them. They were delicious...but nowhere near big and puffy.

We talked the next day, I did nothing wrong as far as she can tell. Best we can come up with is the fact that it was yucky out here. Weather matters.

I will keep trying to make them puffy though, since hubby and the girl ate them all, we need more in the house!

Ingredients:
2 ¼ Cup all purpose flour
1 Tsp salt
1 Tsp baking soda
1 Cup brown sugar
½ Cup sugar
1 Cup softened butter
1 Tsp vanilla
2 Large eggs
10.5 oz bag of Reese’s Pieces


Directions:
1. Preheat oven to 375
2. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper
3. Combine flour, salt, and baking soda in a medium bowl
4. Combine brown sugar, sugar, butter, and vanilla until creamy
5. Add eggs to wet mixture and beat thoroughly
6. Add dry ingredients slowly, mix well
7. Add Reese’s Pieces and mix
8. Drop rounded tablespoons onto prepared cookie sheet
9. Bake 8-10 minutes

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