The Giant Cookie (with icing)

xo Wednesday, August 20, 2014 No tags Permalink 0

My boys call this The Giant Cookie. When I was younger our family called them Big Cookies and my mom would pipe icing on them for birthdays. Ah Memories!

For the recipe I use the one on the back of the chocolate chip package. I know, I need to branch out and try other recipes–but why change what’s working, ya know? A requirement in our house are the Ghirardelli milk chocolate chips. Any other chips are subpar. TIP: They are great to have on hand, if a chocolate craving strikes you can grab a couple or a handful or two or three…wait, what?

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Preheat your oven and mix up the cookie dough according to package directions. Sometimes we get crazy and add in some pecans, butterscotch chips, white chocolate chips or all three to the mix. Then add about half of the dough to your pan. We use the Pampered Chef round stoneware that we’ve had forever, but use whatever you have. It doesn’t even have to be round, any shape will do. Bake the cookies according to package directions.

While the cookies are baking you can mix up your icing. Melt 1-2 tablespoons of butter. Add in a splash or two of milk. Then add in powdered sugar. Play with the consistency by adding more milk and powdered sugar until you have it the way you like it. We like ours thick. Then add in a dab of vanilla. Just a dab. Mix using a wire whisk to get out all the lumps.

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After the cookie has baked and cooled for about an hour or more, pour your icing on top. Let sit for 30 minutes to an hour to let the icing firm up, then cut and serve. If you can’t take it and only wait about 15 minutes for the cookie to cool and pour on the icing and cut a piece out and eat it, the icing will run into the spot where the missing piece is. I speak from experience, but it’s totally worth it. A glob of hot cookie with runny melted icing on top? Ah-Mazing.

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Plop the remaining cookie dough onto a large sheet of saran wrap and shape into a log with a spatula or spoon. Roll the saran wrap around the dough log and secure the ends by tucking them under. Place in the freezer for 30 minutes to an hour. Then take out and remove from the wrap. Cut into slices using a serrated knife. You want it to be firm enough that it won’t crumble when you cut, but not so hard you can’t cut through.  Return to the freezer in the wrap. When a cookie craving hits, preheat your oven, take a couple slices of the frozen dough out and bake.

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Pretend Play Ice Cream Shop

xo Friday, August 8, 2014 No tags Permalink 0

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A couple times a month we have a theme of the week that we usually refer to as “Fun with _”. It is something I enjoy planning and executing and the boys usually get excited to see what surprises are in store for the week. Last week we had Fun with Ice Cream. One of our activities was a pretend play ice cream shop.

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We used four white bankers boxes (that hold the boys toys) to prop up a large chalkboard. A wooden coke box was turned upside down to use as the “counter” to assemble the ice cream. From the kitchen we used an ice cream scoop, sundae cups, bowls, spoons, napkins, and a couple containers of almost empty sprinkles. The sprinkles were a fun addition, but did up the messy factor. Just a thought to keep in mind depending on how much mess you enjoy.

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The ice cream sundaes were made from tissue paper, cotton balls for the whipped cream, and strips of red construction paper for the cherries.

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We mainly used ice cream playdough to play in the shop. Brooks made me a chocolate sundae with sprinkles. It was the best pretend ice cream sundae I have ever pretended to eat.

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We hope this idea inspires you have some pretend play fun as well! Check out the recipe for ice cream playdough if you missed it!

I scream, You scream

xo Thursday, August 7, 2014 No tags Permalink 0

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Would you believe this is not ice cream but playdough? This stuff is so fun! It looks just like ice cream but is actually a mixture of icing and powdered sugar! The boys enjoyed playing pretend ice cream with this for ice cream week. Our littlest guy was a little confused about why he couldn’t eat it. He kept sneaking bites of it, I mean it does taste good and looks just like ice cream!

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Ice Cream Playdough
16oz store bought vanilla icing in a can
4 1/2 cups powdered sugar

Spoon the icing into a mixing bowl. Turn the mixer on low and gradually add the powdered sugar until the dough is not sticky to the touch.

We also made a chocolate batch by following the steps above and adding 2 tablespoons of cocoa powder. You could also buy different flavors of icing other than vanilla to get strawberry, orange, and more! We hope your family enjoys playing with it as much as we did!

Spicy Hominy Soup

xo Monday, June 9, 2014 No tags Permalink 1

It may seem strange to be posting a soup recipe in June, but today is rainy, cloudy, and a cool 64. Soup seems fitting for this strange weather day. This soup is so simple, quick, and delicious you won’t believe it. I first ate it when I was in college. A group of us got together and made this soup one evening. I was told one of the guys made it up when he was trying to loose weight. I doubt eating hominy is helpful when trying to loose weight, but, to each his own!

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You need:
one can mild rotel
one can hominy
one package of  ranch salad dressing mix

Add all ingredients to a small pot and heat on medium low, stirring occasionally.

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While your soup is heating, grate some cheese and make quesadillas.  They taste great dipped in the soup.

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If you prefer a heartier meal, you can add cooked chicken to the soup or quesadillas. I must warn you, this soup is spicy. I do not serve it to my boys. They just eat the quesadillas. Enjoy!

Living the Simple Life

xo Monday, September 30, 2013 No tags Permalink 1

Last week was a life-giving, restful, joyful week. We took full advantage of the wonderful weather to be outdoors. We went on picnics, hikes in the woods, and nature walks. We took afternoon naps, we played with new birthday toys, and we talked about Jesus and what it means to ask Jesus into your heart.

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God has been stirring in us a desire to live our lives for Him, simply and with intention. To fill our boys with contentment, love for others, wisdom and knowledge, creativity, and self-reliance.

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I am excited about what God is doing and will do in our family.

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Unless the Lord builds the house, they labor in vain who build it.