Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Happy Leap Day!

"Thirty days hath September,

April, June and November;
All the rest have thirty-one
Save February, she alone
Hath eight days and a score
Til leap year gives her one day more."

Think of someone you could encourage today.  You have an extra twenty four hours in your year to do something special and let them know how much you care!  

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

I'm a big fan!

I am a big fan of The Pioneer Woman's cooking show on the Food Network.  Last Saturday morning, Ree made some delicious looking chocolate cookies which I knew I had to make and share.  

This was an easy recipe and the cookies turned out really good too!  I got 24 cookies in the batch but depending on the size the cookie cutter you use you could probably get a few more.  Here are my step by step pictures...

Chill the dough a few hours or over night

Roll out the dough (to about 1/8 inch thickness) on a floured surface

Cut with a cookie cutter and place on a cookie sheet and bake for about 8 minutes.

Allow to cool completely before decorating.  Melt chocolate and white chocolate discs separately

For the toppings I just used things I found in my pantry.  Sliced almonds, pistachios, candy coated chocolate pieces and shredded coconut.  

Add a bit of the melted chocolate and sprinkle with the toppings... Enjoy!

See Ree's post and recipe for the cookies here.

I can't tell a lie - Holiday Inn (1942)

In honor of Washington's birthday, here is a clip from one of my favorite movies. Enjoy!

Sunday, February 12, 2012

Blog interrupted...

I have been struggling with keeping up with my blog since the end of last summer. I could blame a myriad of things for being the cause of my blog block but in all reality all the blame must be placed upon Facebook. I think of something to post and find it easier to just update my status... sad, I know. So today I am making a conscious effort to get back on the blogging saddle and keep it current. Ok, so I know that just a few people see this versus FB but regardless I will do it for me.

So here's to spending Sunday evening with a hot cup of tea, the logs in the fireplace crackling and Jude Law in The Holiday (2006). I'm actually trying hard not to think about my least favorite holiday of the year which is coming up in a few days... blech!

Here is one of my favorite quotes from one of my favorite scenes the movie...

Amanda: "Who cut out all of those beautiful stars?" 
Sophie: "We did." 
: "The three musketeers."