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25 Days of Christmas Cookies Christmas at Epicurious.com - StumbleUpon

25 Days of Christmas Cookies Christmas at Epicurious.com - StumbleUpon

Cheeky Kitchen & Slow Cooker Gooey Chocolate Cake - StumbleUpon I’m meeting a new friend for lunch today. And an old friend for line-dancing tonight. And I’m feeling rather spoiled about it all. Which brings me to the point of what moms should be doing anyway. For a long time, I measured myself by what I remember of my own mom. The odd thing is, I’ve now reached the age in my life where I am exactly as old as she was. Such is the fate of all moms. And I realized then that everyday is really a bit like living in an imaginary world. Because, ancient people don’t do lunch with new friends. And they definitely don’t join in a on rousing night session of line-dancing with old friends. They don’t make oatmeal in the morning in bare feet and spandex shorts. And ancient people DEFINITELY do not fill their day’s with a slew of other snappy, bodacious activities. See? I’m crazy hip. Whatever are my kids thinking? Looking for a rich chocolate cake that feeds a crowd, is absurdly simple to whip up, and turns out as moist as a summers day in Naples, Florida? 4 eggs

The Infamous Jacques Torres Chocolate Chip Cookies Now, I have a chocolate chip cookie recipe that I swear by. I love it, I think it is incredible, and I haven’t changed my mind about that. However, as much as it pains me to say it, these chocolate chip cookies by Jacques Torres are absolutely, without a doubt, the best chocolate chip cookies that I have ever made or tasted in my entire life. Either way, I made these and everyone that tried them went nuts. Edit: For more Jacques Torres deliciousness, check out my Jacques Torres Chocolate Mudslide Cookies! Your ingredients. Whisk together the cake flour, bread flour, baking soda, baking powder, and salt. Beat together the butter and sugars, until light and fluffy, at least 3 minutes. Beat in the eggs, one at a time, followed by the vanilla. Add in the flour mixture, very gradually, until just moistened. Fold in your chocolate. Now, press plastic wrap down onto the top of the dough, being sure it is completely covered, and refrigerate for a minimum of 24 hours. Author: The Crepes of Wrath

Get Off Your Butt and BAKE! » Impressive recipes made simple. Six Ways to Create a Meaningful Holiday Season - Mamapedia™ Voices This week I’m feeling tired. Yes, I’m getting sleep, spending time in nature, connecting with friends and moving my body daily, but I’m realizing the kind of tired I’m feeling is a cumulative tired—from the past month, probably even the past year! So I’m moving slow and mindfully—particularly knowing what the next several weeks hold. Before you find yourself feeling overscheduled, overextended and overworked during the holiday season, I invite you to slow down and PAUSE. While this is a favorite time of year for some, this upcoming stretch can also be incredibly stressful, emotionally-taxing and just plain exhausting for many of us. (There is a reason therapists offices are packed in January.) As you move into the next few weeks, consider approaching the holidays intentionally. What does that mean? Here are some possible themes for you to consider. Rest and rejuvenation. Spiritual renewal. Connection and healing with family members. Service to others. Simplicity. Creative expression.

Cream Cheese Chocolate Chip Cookies « Betchacanteatjustone's Blog This just may be my new favorite Chocolate Chip Cookie. It’s made with butter AND cream cheese. It’s dense, chewy, chocolatey and very delicious. I had half a package of cream cheese that needed to be used up and I really wanted chocolate chip cookies so I figured surely there must be a recipe… a quick google blog search led me to baking blonde and a really delicious recipe that’s definitely being added to my regular cookie repertoire! Cream Cheese Chocolate Chip Cookies recipe from BakingBlonde 4 oz cream cheese, softened (recipe called for 5-6 but I only had 4)3/4 cup unsalted butter, melted and cooled1 cup brown sugar1/2 cup granulated sugar2 tsp vanilla extract1/2 tsp baking soda1/2 tsp salt2 cups plus 3 tbsp all purpose flour1 1/2 cups semi sweet chocolate chips Preheat the oven to 325 degrees and line baking sheets with parchment Cream together the butter, cream cheese and sugars until light and fluffy. Sift together dry ingredients and then add them to the butter mixture. Enjoy!

Nutella-Mallow Pillow Pockets | Picky Palate - StumbleUpon When I tell you this, take me very seriously…..run, don’t walk to your nearest grocery store and make these today! I knew I wanted to make a Nutella treat the other day and when this simple idea came to mind I had no idea how crazy good it would be! The pastry with the gooey disappearing marshmallow and nutella make for a treat that you just must try for yourself! Enjoy! Can you handle this line up?! Sorry, I forgot to add one egg for the egg wash Um….this stuff should be illegal. Ok, easy easy. Take a little fork and crimp those edges, nice and firm. Next, you’ll brush with an egg white wash and sprinkle with sugar, mmmmm! Get a load of this! I sprinkled mine with a little powdered sugar Oooey, gooey and delish! Nutella-Mallow Pillow Pockets 1 package puff pastry, 2 pastry sheets thawed 1 Cup Nutella spread 1 Cup mini marshmallows Egg white wash: 1 egg white whisked with 1 Tablespoon water Powdered sugar for dusting 1. 8 pockets Have a great new week! Other recipes you may enjoy...

Espresso Pumpkin Pie by Lura Lee I always get a craving for pumpkin pie as soon as the first leaves start turning colors or the first crisp autumn breeze turns my cheeks red. This year, I took my old pumpkin pie recipe and expanded upon it and improved it by adding espresso. It's a simple recipe using canned pumpkin. The purist bakers among the crowd can modify a from scratch pumpkin pie recipe accordingly, if they have the patience to fool around with whole pumpkins, but this recipe is for the majority of people who want the pie minus the fuss. Espresso Pumpkin Pie Why Espresso? Many pies are too sweet for me. Ingredients 2 shots of espressoA 29 oz. can of pumpkin puree1 3/4 cups (22 oz.) of evaporated milk4 large eggs1 1/2 cups of sugar1 1/2 teaspoons of ground cinnamon1 teaspoon of allspice 1 1/2 teaspoons of finely ground espresso2 "deep dish" 9 inch, pre-fab. pie crusts The Secret The secret to making a good, fluffy/creamy pumpkin pie (instead of one that is heavy) comes down to the eggs. The Big Bowl

Chocolate Quake Cake Maybe this blog should be renamed "Sprinkle Bakes Chocolate Cakes". I've had a serious romance with the confection all year. First there was a very special chocolate cupcake recipe for pyromaniacs, soon after came Chocolate Whiskey Cake, then Chocolate Gâteau on the Half Shell, Nigella's Chocolate-Honey Cake, the proportionally epicPBC4 (as I've come to call it), and last week's post was dedicated to the marriage of chocolate cake and red wine. I may need an intervention, but like most addicts I don't want one. I've tasted many, but this chocolate cake may be my favorite, ever! This was the strangest technique for making icing that I've ever encountered. As you can see in the picture above, two cake layers are stacked and frosted... ... and the third cake layer is cut in two pieces horizontally (some of you may know this as "torting" a cake). Important note: This recipe requires a whopping 3 cups of cocoa powder. One more thing!

7 Homemade Holiday Spa Gifts By Brooke McLay | Who says your kitchen is just for making dinner? With a few simple ingredients, you can also create Homemade Sugar Scrubs, Bath Salts, and Soap Crayons. Here are 7 simple gifts you can stir up, whip up, and wrap up in your kitchen that will rival even the fanciest of bath and body retailers. Made by hand, all natural and organic, this may be the best thing you make on your stove all year. The only problem? nggallery id=’120116′ Kiss Gloss Just a few basic ingredients are all you need to stir up a pot of luscious homemade lip gloss. Sugar Scrub Homemade Sugar Scrub sounds haute, but it's surprisingly simple to make! Easy Homemade Soap A fresh bar of soap smells even better when it's stirred up with love in your kitchen! More on Babble About Brooke McLay Brooke McLay Brooke McLay is a recipe developer, food writer, food photographer, and cooking show host for Babble, General Mills, and Good Cook.

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