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STRESSED IS DESSERTS SPELLED BACKWARDS

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With so much LIFE going on everyday, I sometimes need to show myself that I really REALLY love me. Most peoples initial thoughts would be a massage, a manicure, a foot rub, a night out with the girls….NOT I says I! My way of a therapeutic moment is baking. Yes, baking. Be it cookies, cakes, cupcakes, experimenting with frosting recipes or cobblers…I de-stress when I bake. Think about it, your CRACKING EGGS! Your BEATING the dough! Your steam is keeping everyone clear of the kitchen giving you some alone time with a better kind of happy ending! What I’m trying to say is letting out your aggression on your dough is much better than letting it out on your beau, right? Well, sometimes 😉 I may not look as glamourous as Dita when cooking in the kitchen, but my family thinks I came down from the heavens when soft, warm cookies come out of the oven. My secret desire is to look like Dita when I’m cooking, but have the knowledge (and let’s face it, the kitchen) of Ree Drummond, Pioneer Woman on Food Network. I – LOVE – HER!!! My sweetheart of 7 1/2 years married me this year, I think it’s because my cooking skills have stepped up significantly since I began to watch her show. She makes everything seem so easy to make, she really loves butter and I have developed kitchen envy! Even my wedding registry reflected our new addiction to cooking appliances as almost everything on there was some sort of cooking tool!

 

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OK ok, enough of my girl crush rant. Let’s move on to some recipes! I tried this chocolate chip cookie recipe I found on Pinterst while gathering wedding ideas and I have been making them for every special occasion since then! It’s a “move over Mrs. Fields cookies” kind of cookie.

Best-Ever Chocolate Chip Cookies
Ingredients:
3/4 c. unsalted butter, softened
3/4 c. brown sugar 
1/4 c. granulated sugar 
1 egg 
2 tsp. vanilla extract 
2 c. all purpose flour 
2 tsp. cornstarch 
1 tsp. baking soda 
1/2 tsp. salt 
1 c. bittersweet chocolate chips
Directions:
1.  Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
2.  In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with a paddle attachment, cream together butter and sugars until fluffy and light in color. Add egg and vanilla and blend in.
3.  Mix in flour, cornstarch, baking soda and salt. Stir in chocolate chunks.
4.  Using a standard-sized cookie scoop or tablespoon, drop dough onto a prepared baking sheet.  Bake for 8-10 minutes, until barely golden brown around the edges.  (The tops will not brown, but do NOT cook longer than ten minutes.)
5.  Let cool, on the sheet, on a wire rack for five minutes.  Remove from baking sheet and let cool completely.  Makes approximately 3 dozen.  Try not to eat them all.

 

 

Looking for a great cake to add some color to your spread? Try these beauties!

 

 

And of course! This blog wouldn’t be complete without a Ree Drummond Cookie Recipe!

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Don’t Be Such A Flake!

It’s that time of the year again when the days are short and the nights are long. Where cuddling up with a warm blanket, sippin on a sweet cup of cinnamon tea while living vicariously through Dexter sounds like the end of a great day. Ahhhh… winter!

Accumulations of snow and ice are happening in some parts of the country while accumulations of dry skin and chapped lips are happening on our bodies. This is not acceptable! Dry air and winds with a bite can be our worst enemies during the grand finale of the year, let’s not go out looking haggard and mangled. Here are some products that will help you avoid becoming a winter mess.

  1. Rosebud Perfume Company salves help prevent and temporarily protect chapped hands, chapped face, chapped lips, dry rough skin, minor burns, windburn, chaffing and other irritations. Rosebud has been a skin protectant since 1860 and a must have for every lady. After a long night of  “entertainment”, apply some under your eyes, on and around your mouth after your nightly routine and wake up with a hydrated face that won’t kiss and tell of the night before.
  2. Rose Baby Oil, several varieties can be purchased at your local drugstore. This should only set you back about $6 dollars, but will do wonders for your skin. It’s not to thick, has a rosy scent that will lightly compliment any fragrance you wear and keeps your skin hydrated while battling the ever changing moods of winter.
  3. Last, but not least Bag Balm! No, it’s not for the bags you ladies shouldn’t have under your eyes, but rather Bag Balm from Vermont. This product was actually created to soften cow udders back in 1899 and worked extremely well. Word got out in 1937 about the different ways Bag Balm could be used and has since then skyrocketed in sales with a wide array of clients. Keep your pretty lil feet looking soft by applying a generous amount of bag balm all over your feet and putting on some fluffy socks to keep them well hydrated throughout the night. It does have a medicine type smell but will fade by the morning. You can also use on your legs for softer, beautiful legs overnight! You can find Bag Balm at your local drug store.

Stop flaking out this winter and put your best face forward from here on out. Our skin takes quite the weather beating so let’s give it some TLC every night so that it loves us back gracefully in our later years.