Dec 22, 2014

COOKIES FOR SANTA

Ok, so you probably know my obsession with the dollar aisle at Target... well, they have some great things for the holidays. The last time I was there I bought a bunch of stuff and thought it was perfect for some holiday cookies. I bought the little milk bottles, paper straws and plastic plates there. And this is one of my favorite cookie recipes.
Ghirardelli Ultimate Double Chocolate Cookies
yield-2 dozen cookies

1 bag (11.5 oz.) Ghirardelli 60% Cacao Bittersweet Chocolate Chips
6Tbsp. (3/4 stick) unsalted butter
3 eggs
1 cup sugar
1/3 cup flour
1/2 tsp. baking powder
1 bag (12 oz) Ghirardelli milk chocolate chips
1 cup (4 oz.) chopped walnuts or white chocolate chips (which is what I did)

In a double boiler over hot water, melt the bittersweet chocolate chips and butter. In large bowl with electric mixer, beat eggs and sugar until thick; stir in chocolate mixture. In small bowl, stir together flour and baking powder; stir into chocolate mixture. Gently mix in milk chocolate chips and walnuts if using.

Using a sheet of plastic wrap, form dough into two logs, each 2 inches in diameter and about 8 inches long. As the dough will be very soft, use plastic wrap to hold dough in log shape. Wrap tightly. Refrigerate at least 1 hour or until firm.

Preheat oven to 375. Unwrap dough; with sharp knife, cut into 3/4 inch slices. Place slices 1 1/2 inches apart on a cookies sheet lined with parchment paper. Bake 12 to 14 minutes or until shiny crust forms on top but interior is soft.

Cool on baking sheet.

Dec 19, 2014

MASON JAR GIFTS {TOMATO BASIL SOUP + GRILLED CHEESE}

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Growing up I was never a big fan of the tomato soup/ grilled cheese combo. But my husband loves it so I make it every once in a while. I made a lot of soup recently and usually just freeze the leftovers, but this time I thought it would make a perfect gift for someone so I put it in some little mason jars and added a gift tag. 
This is by far my favorite tomato basil soup. It is a replica of Zupa's tomato basil soup (when we went to BYU we went there all the time). You can easily pair the soup with a favorite grilled cheese recipe in a little wax or plastic bag. This is a go to grilled cheese recipe we use all the time.
Tomato Basil Soup
(similar to Zupas)

1 tsp olive oil
1/4 cup apple juice
1/2 medium onion, minced
3 cloves garlic
1/2 red bell pepper, diced
4 cans (14.5 oz each) of diced tomatoes (drained)
1 cup chicken stock
2 1/2 tsp dried basil
1 pint heavy cream
1/4 cup butter
2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese

Directions:
In a big soup pot, heat oil and apple juice over medium heat. Saute onion, garlic and pepper about 8 minutes stirring frequently. Do not let the onions turn brown. Remove from heat. In the same pot add drained canned tomatoes and chicken broth and stir. Use an immersion blender to mix until smooth, or transfer half of the mixture to a blender and puree (make sure the mixture isn't too hot or the lid isn't on too tight or else it might explode if it's too warm in the blender). When fully pureed, pour in to bowl and puree the rest of the mixture. Return both halves to the pot and set on medium to medium high and heat until warm. Add butter, cream and basil and simmer for 5 minutes. Don't boil. Then add mozzarella cheese and stir until melted. This freezes well and is great for leftovers.

Grilled Cheese Sandwiches
2 tbls butter
1 tbls olive oil
1/2 onion thinly sliced
8 slices of Italian bread
thinly sliced deli ham
havarti cheese sliced
1 green apple or honey crisp apple thinly sliced

Directions:
Melt 1 tbls butter with the olive oil in a large skillet over medium low heat. Add the onions and cook. stirring occasionally until soft and caramelized (about 20 mins). Set aside.

Butter 1 side of each slice of bread. Layer the ingredients on the non butter side of the sandwich: the cheese, ham, onions, apples, and more cheese then top with remaining slice of bread. Place in warm skillet or panini grill to cook. Cook until both sides of the bread are golden brown.

Makes 4 sandwiches

Dec 18, 2014

HOLIDAY DECOR

This year I kept the holiday decor pretty simple. I decorated with a lot of pine branches. Luckily, I have a pine tree in my yard that needed a lot of trimming because our Christmas tree was exactly the right height. It's usually a foot or so too big so I can use all the branches we cut off.
 I added pine branches and bulbs I spray painted gold to my floating shelves.
I made these little candle holders by glueing the candle to the tree stump then hot glued moss around the top. You could also drill a hole in the top of the tree stump that fits the candle.
I love decorating for the holidays! And Christmas is next week! So exciting.

Dec 17, 2014

MASON JAR GIFTS {HOT COCOA + STIR STICK}

While at Target the other day I saw these peppermint stir sticks. I love peppermint in my hot cocoa so I had to get them. I thought I could take the yumminess to the next level and douse the peppermint in chocolate.
I used a silicone mold I got from WholePort and simply added some melted chocolate. I let the chocolate sit for about 15 minutes for it to cool down and then stuck the stir sticks in the mold.
I sprinkled some crushed peppermint on the chocolate.
I put them in a little plastic gift bag and tied them to a mason jar filled with hot chocolate mix and some marshmallows. They make the perfect little gift for someone who enjoys a little peppermint and added chocolate in their hot chocolate.
Check out this little mason jar hot chocolate I also made for another idea.

Dec 16, 2014

SHARE IT LINK PARTY #145

Hello and welcome to this week's link party! Hey don't forget to check out this week's giveaway: one of you will win dress of your choice from eShakti. Go here for the details.
Here are some of my favorites from last week's party:
Easy Christmas Cake Pops from Pint Sized Baker

Frozen Peanut Butter Sandwiches from Couponing n Cooking

 White Chocolate Cranberry Fudge from My Organized Chaos

Holiday Pillow Slip-Cover from Lemon Thistle

 Let It Snow Mantel from Vintage, Paint and more
Party Rules:
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3. Make sure to check out some of the other links before leaving
4. Link back to my blog, or grab a button and put it anywhere on your blog or post to share the love (link below)


This link party is for crafts, recipes or diy projects that YOU made. 

Remember to link to a specific post. Thanks!

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