Well after spending most of the day yesterday I finally got everything moved over. To join me go to I can’t wait to see you!! Plus I have some good things coming up.

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Changes….a new location

I am making some changes around here. One is I am leaving wordpress and going back to blogger. The new address of the site will be I will keep this one active, until I can get thing exported to the new site.  I have been having issues for awhile and wordpress and we just don’t get along very well.  At this time I can’t export these files to blogger, but when I do I will get those over there but until then anything in the past you will have to look up here. Sorry for any problems this causes you.

Have a fabulous day!!

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Family Traditions

We all have family traditions, be it big or little. Ones that we look forward to, and ones that we think not so much. When Hubby and I got married, we struggled to make some traditions of our own. That continued a few years until C came along, I thought hey I have a baby now, we need to step it up, and we tried to do some of our own things but it was still hard. Then K came along,  and we started to do more. By the time that M came along, we had things figured out. We try to involve our families as much as we can, but there are many things that we do just for us.

The first weekend of December we get our Christmas tree. The next we take our trip on the Polar Express. I go shopping with my Mom, on another day I shop with my Mother-in-law, we go to a cocktail party that my beautiful friend G puts on.  We have a dinner with my Dad’s family a week before Christmas. we go to Hubby’s parents every year on Christmas eve, then on Christmas day we stay home, until it is time to make the short trip to my parents house for dinner.

This year we added a few things, we are hosting Hubby’s family Christmas party (we will see if we do that again next year), I am hosting a cookie decorating party and I think it will be something that we do every year. Another thing that I am working on is New years. I know we haven’t it Christmas yet, but for the last few years we have had one of our friends over (with kids) for dinner and last year they brought fireworks. I am hoping to continue that and possibly add a few more people over the years. It is family friendly and while it would be fun to do a cocktail party, it is great for the kids to be in on something too, who knows what it will turn into someday.

Sorry if this is rambling, it happens……what are some of your families traditions?? Are you looking to make some of your own still or you do have it down already??

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Gingerbread Whoopie Pies

Okay, I lied. I know I said I was done with cookies, but really I couldn’t help it and I made these. Then they were so so good that I knew I had to share. Sorry I hope you can forgive me. Though if you make these I’m sure you will.

I watched Throwdown again the other night, and when I saw it was whoopie pies I knew I would be making them the next day, and I did. I made these friday morning and they were awesome. I didn’t use Bobby Flay’s recipe. I used the one out of my Whoopie Pie cookbook, and it is perfect. Moist on the inside, and just a bit of crunch on the outside. Exactly what you would expect from gingerbread. I also filled mine with a cream cheese frosting, I thought it was much more classic, and it is what I would expect to find with gingerbread.

Gingerbread Whoopie Pies
From the Whoopie Pie Cookbook
1 stick unsalted butter
4 tablespoons vegetable shortening
3/4 cup buttermilk
1 egg
3/4 cup brown sugar
3/4 cup molasses
4 cups flour
1 1/2 teaspoons ginger
1 1/2 teaspoons cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon cloves
1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda

Preheat oven to 325, line baking sheets

Mix all dry ingredients together and set aside.

Cream butter, shortening and sugar in bowl until just combined, add egg and mix well, then add molasses and mix well again. Scrap down bowl as needed. Add in 1/2 of flour mixture and 1/2 of buttermilk, mix until just incorporated, add the remaining flour and buttermilk mix on low until combined then beat on medium until light and fluffy up to 5 minutes.

Using your medium cookie scoop, scoop out whoopie pies and bake for 10-12 minutes, rotating sheets half way through. Let cool completely then add filling.

Cream Cheese filling
4 tablespoons butter
4 tablespoons cream cheese
1 pound powdered sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla
heavy cream

In your mixer cream butter and cream cheese, scrap down bowl and add in sugar and vanilla, mix on low after it starts to look a bit crumbly start adding in heavy cream very slowly until it just comes together. Beat on medium until light and fluffy.

Take one cookie frost the flat side then sandwich with another one.


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Cookie week……

Cookie week is over and my diet is grateful. I know it went on for 11 days, but really what harm is there (besides me putting on weight). I hope you had a good time and that you found something new.  It was so much fun for me to revisit recipes that I hadn’t used in a while, I tend to make the same things over and over again, so this was nice.

I’m not sure what is in store for you this next week, but I am sure I will come up with something. Tomorrow is my cookie decorating party, I baked 200 cookies for it. I am hoping that is enough. I will let you know how it turns out and hopefully we won’t all fall into a sugar coma.

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The perfect sugar cookie

First thing you should know, I was never a fan of sugar cookies, that is until I met this cookie, and this is still the only sugar cookie I will eat. I found it when Hubby and I were first married in a cookbook that I can’t remember anymore. It has all the right qualities to it that I never found in a sugar cookie before. All the other ones were to dry, crumbly, or the taste was off. I like balance and this cookie has it, a nice buttery texture and just enough sweetness. The bonus is that since it isn’t horribly sweet it takes frosting perfectly. I have been making this cookie for 11+ years now and that says a lot.

It is very adaptable, so if you wanted to play around with extracts and/or add zests it would take it just fine. The batch I made last night I added vanilla bean caviar to it. I just love those little black flecks.

Cookie Cutter Cookies
1 1/2 sticks unsalted butter
1 cup sugar
1 egg
1 egg yolk
2 1/2 cups flour
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/2 teaspoon salt

Cream butter and sugar, add eggs one at a time then add in vanilla. If you want to add in anything else this would be the time. Add in flour and mix until combined. Turn out and make into a disk giving the dough a couple of good kneads as you do. You want it to be smooth. Then wrap in plastic and place in the fridge for at least 30 min*.

When you are ready to make cookies preheat oven to 350 degrees and line baking sheets with parchment or silpats. If you have let it sit for more than the 30 minutes it will take about 5 minutes before the dough relax enough to roll. The butter gets pretty hard sitting for long periods of time. If not then flour your work surface and roll our dough.

Roll out dough to about 1/4″ thickness (mine are never perfect) and cut out. Bake for about 10 minutes. This will depend on how large your cookie cutter is. The smaller the cutter the shorter the bake time and vise versa. If you are using a convection oven it will take about 14 min. Remember to turn your baking sheets and rotate if baking more than once batch at a time.

If the dough starts to get too soft, put it back in the refrigerator for 10 minutes until it firms up again. When you get ready to remake your dough into a ball for the next rolling dust off as much flour as you can, this helps with the texture of the cookie. I get as many rolls out of this dough as I can and my last roll cookies look and taste just as good as the first roll does.

This recipe doubles and triples beautifully. I am sure if your mixer was big enough you could just keep going.

*I have left it in the refrigerator for a week before and they still turn out perfectly


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Peanut Butter Oatmeal Cookies

My mom gave me this recipe who she received from one of her co-workers moms. I know it gets complicated sometimes. But the good part is these are wonderful cookies!! They are flour less, and when I made mine I left out the chocolate chips. I am a purist with some things and for me the cookies were great without the them.

Peanut Butter Oatmeal Cookies
makes 3 dozen

1 stick unsalted butter-room temp
1 cup sugar
1 cup brown sugar
2 tea baking soda
1 tea salt
1 tea vanilla
3 eggs
4 cups oatmeal
1 cup chocolate chips

Preheat oven to 350

Cream butter and sugars until light and fluffy. Add eggs one at a time until mix in then add vanilla. Add all dry ingredients and mix until well combined. Fold in chocolate chips in the end if you choose.

I used a medium cookie scoop and I got 12 per cookie sheet. They don’t spread very much but give them space so they cook properly.

Bake for 14-16 min then let sit for 5 before transferring to cooling rack.


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