Jan. Pen Pal reveal!!! Wednesday, Jan 30 2013 

Wowza what a great pen pal month it was!!! I had the pleasure of meeting via email a couple of the sweetest women!!DSCF8422DSCF8433DSCF8440

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Lyndi has to be one of the most thoughtful people on the planet! To even consider something like the package she was sending me while dealing with so much! Lyndi I appreciate the package sooo much!!
Heres what this amazing package was stuffed with!!!
A beautiful handwritten note on lovely staionery!!
Sugar Free margarita mix!!! If I can keep it away from my son who like to add it to his water, I have some Jose that wants to meet it !!
Blueberry Muffin Oatmeal…Oh yea this stuff is delish!! Great for a cold Chicago morn!!
Justins Nut Butter,,, ok gotta tell you the family just thought the name was hilarious 😉 This stuff is da bomb on some toast uh huh oh yeaaaa
sticky bun granola I love this stuff. was the first thing I tore open , yup right out of the bag snarfed it up!!!
Pineapple Peach Salsa Ohhh heres my fav!! yesss dove right into it with a chip!! mmmm num num then realized it would make a perfect topping for my bacon wrapped pork loin…. Oh I was right on with that one!!!
Dark Chocolate Cherries, again on of my fave combos They will be on my shopping list! Very addicting!!
The candle was so thoughtful, you are correct great scent for the kitchen!!! I am burning it now! Gorgeous!! Gorgeous package from a new foodie friend! LOVE IT!!!
THANK YOU SO MUCH!!!
If you would like a peak at what I sent, check out Tiffanys blog http://newfaculty.wordpress.com/ yet another amazing woman!! Love the pen pal exchange!!!!

Playdough Cookies Wednesday, Jan 23 2013 

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No they are not actually play dough, though they do look it. My daughter picked out these colors. Any combo works!
3/4 cup butter, softened

3 ounces cream cheese

1 cup white sugar

1 egg

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

2 3/4 cups all-purpose flour

1 teaspoon baking powder

1/4 teaspoon salt

assorted colors of paste or gel food coloring

In a bowl cream butter, cream cheese and sugar until fluffy. Add egg and vanilla; beat until smooth.
In a medium bowl combine flour, baking powder and salt. Add dry ingredients to the creamed mixture. Stir till soft dough forms. Divide dough into fourths. Tint each with a different food color. Wrap in plastic wrap and chill for 2 hours.
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Working with half of each color, shape dough into 3/4 inch balls and for each cookie place 1 pink, 1 green, 1 blue and 1 orange ball together to make 1 large ball. Shape into a 12 inch long roll (like a snake), starting at one end, coil roll to make a 2 3/4 inch round cookie. Place cookies 3 inches apart on lightly greased baking sheet.
Bake cookies for 8 minutes or until lightly browned. Cool and store in an airtight container.

Nutella Sea Salt Chocolate Sandwich Cookies Wednesday, Jan 23 2013 

These are one of those I wish I took a pic treats!!! Sorry for that but trust me, they are decadent and wont last long!! hahaha hence the reason for no pic!!!

 

 

Ingredients
1 1/2 cup all-purpose unbleached flour 
1/2  cup unsweetened  cocoa powder 

1 tsp baking soda
¼ tsp baking powder
¾ cup (1 ½ sticks) unsalted butter, room temperature
2 Tbsp Nutella
1 ½ cup sugar
1 egg
sea salt
Filling
13 oz jar Nutella

Heat oven to 375°F. Line baking sheets with Silpat or parchment paper.
Whisk together flour, cocoa powder, baking soda and baking powder. Set aside. Cream together butter, Nutella and sugar until light and fluffy. Mix in egg. Slowly add in flour mixture until evenly incorporated. 
Roll dough into tablespoon-sized balls. Flatten balls with the bottom of a glass,(palm of hand works also they may adhere to a glass) about 2 ¼-inches in diameter. Sprinkle with sea salt. Bake 12 up on a sheet leaving 1-inch space between each cookie. 
Bake for 8 minutes. Cool for 1 minute on baking sheet and carefully transfer to a cooling rack.
Assembly
Allow cookies to cool completely. Spread Nutella between two cookies to made sandwich.

Onion Soup Cheddar Chicken!! Tuesday, Jan 22 2013 

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Ohhh this one is yummy served with rice , mashed potatoes, or pasta!

1 pkg dry onion soup mix

1/2 cup flour

1tbs oil

2 cups boiling water

4 chicken breast

2 cups cheddar

heat oil in skillet

dredge chix in flour brown in hot skillet

place in 13 x 9 pan (sprayed with non stick spray)

top with cheese

then mix dry soup with boiling water

add to pan

bake at 350 for 45 min

Perfect Chocolate Chip Cookie Wednesday, Jan 2 2013 

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I know there are a bazillion chocolate chip cookie recipes out there. I came up with this one today and it is the best I have made by far!!!

2 sticks butter softened

3/4 cup sugar

3/4 brown sugar

2 eggs

2 tsp vanilla

cream the butter and sugars add eggs 1 at a time then vanilla. See where Im going here yes sounds like tollhouse buttttttt

2 1/2 cups flour

1 tsp baking soda

2 tsp corn starch

2 cups ghirardelli semi sweet chocolate chips

mix dry ingredients together and slowly add to mixture. stir in chips

bake 375 for 9 – 11