Sunday, December 30, 2012

christmastime

I know it is late nearly a week - but merry christmas!  We spent 6 days in Oklahoma visiting our families.  It was wonderful.  Lots of time to visit, great food, and no thoughts of work or school at all!  The only sad part was that we got no snow in northern Oklahoma and north Texas actually did get snow!  My neighbor texted me a pic of our Texas house with snow just so I could see it.  Maybe we'll get more snow here in January or February!  Fingers crossed.

One of my favorite ornaments - given to us for our wedding by family friends.

All decorated!

Fun holiday things to do each day before Christmas.

Recipe cards written by my mom and grandma.  There was LOTS of baking going on.

The tree at my parent's house all lit up.

All of the "kids" - the youngest is 17 now!  

MERRY CHRISTMAS!

I hope you had a fantastic holiday.
Best wishes for all to come in 2013!

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

mint capped brownie cookie cups

Last night I made a very tasty treat to take to our friend's house tonight: mint capped brownie cookie cups. The recipe was pretty simple and the result is pretty tasty. Not to mention they're pretty photogenic!


Ingredients:

36 Hershey's mint truffle kisses, unwrapped
2/3 cup unsalted butter, softened
1 1/4 cups granulated sugar
1 tbsp water
1 tsp vanilla extract
2 eggs
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 cup cocoa powder
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 tsp baking soda
Powdered sugar, for dusting


Directions:
Preheat oven to 350 degrees & line mini muffin pan with foil cups.
Beat together butter, granulated sugar, water, and vanilla with mixer.
Add eggs gradually to the sugar mixture.
In a separate bowl stir flour, cocoa, salt, and baking soda.
Combine wet and dry ingredients until well blended.
Refrigerate dough until firm enough to form into small balls.
Shape dough into balls and place one in each lined muffin cup.
Bake 11-13 minutes until surface is set.  Don't overbake.
Cool slightly on a wire rack and use a sifter to dust with powdered sugar.
Press kisses into center before cups completely cool.
Makes 36-48 depending on size (mine made 36).


Friday, December 14, 2012

holiday approaching

The holidays are approaching so quickly!  Time seems to be flying by for my favorite time of the year, yet work and grad school seem to be dragging on endlessly.  I should actually be grading final papers right now but I had to take a break to blog.

Austin will be home today for almost 3 whole weeks over the holiday break!
I'm super excited and he is too.  It is definitely tough not living together after you've become accustomed to it.  I only wish I didn't have to write a project proposal for grad school over the break.  Oh well, I shouldn't complain about great opportunities, right?

Recent holiday fun-ness (I can use that on here - I'm not writing a scholarly paper so cut me some slack!) has included:

Zoe helping me address Christmas cards:

Spending much time here writing papers and grading papers:
(A friend introduced me to this blog... so awesome)
 

Ponce enjoying the new bed he got (early) for Christmas:

Mailing Christmas cards with awesome holiday stamps:

Filming a cocktail party dance film at my friend Melissa's house: (photo credit to Melissa Sanderson!)

Zoe claiming my gift under the tree (she sleeps here constantly):

What have you been up to this month!?

Sunday, December 2, 2012

merry december

It is that time again. Time to bring out the trees, the wreaths, and the cookies! I'm so excited for the month to come - I've got an early start to my holiday baking. Tuesday I'm going to a neighbor's cookie exchange. I'll be making choco mint snappers. I'm sure once Austin is home for the break I'll be making sugar cookies :)  

picking out a tree with my parents at the Christmas tree farm

Our tree is up!  I think this will be its last year.  
It's had a good run (5 years) but with a few broken branches and empty spots I think a new one will be nice next year!

Dan enjoys sleeping under the tree (and chewing the lower branches).
Zoe likes to sleep IN the tree... 

Made some bon bon cookie's for a friend's Nov 30th birthday :)

Compared to our neighbors, our lights are humble.  But it's not a competition, right?
I like our white lights and wreath :)

Happy December from my home to yours!
(yes, I stole that from Martha Stewart...)
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