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November 29, 2010

dare to...eat cookies

Now...these may not be the most beautiful cookies you've ever seen. But I promise you, they will be the favorite at any cookie swap. I got and modified this recipe from Paula Dean. And if you know anything about Paula, you know that she loves sweet stuff, butter, and putting as many rich ingredients together as possible.

So here we go.

I call these the hamburger cookies. You'll see why in a minute.

You start off with peanut butter chocolate cookies you can get from the grocery store (any brand will do) and refrigerated sugar cookie dough (and yes, I know that I should probably be making these from scratch, but I have a REALLY good reason not to).


You take the refrigerated cookie dough and cut it into SUPER thin slices. I try to stay around 1/4" (this is why it's so much easier to have the pre-made dough, than making it from scratch). Super cold (almost frozen) dough and a sharp knife work best for this process. I could have gotten one large cookie dough roll, but with two smaller ones I can work with one while the other one is in the freezer. Makes them much easier to work with.


This time I lined my sheet pans with parchment paper instead of wax paper (worked MUCH better) and laid down one layer of the sugar cookie dough.

I quarter the peanut butter cookies and lay one on top of each layer.


Then I top all of those with another layer of the sugar cookie dough (this is when they look like hamburgers to me.


This is the time that you squish both layers of cookie dough around the peanut butter cookie to seal the peanut butter and chocolate inside so it doesn't ooze out while baking (this is key. why would you want to lose any of that yummy goodness inside?).


Now that that's done, you just put it in a 350 degree oven for 16-20 minutes. And Voila!


I didn't pretty these up any because my family cookie swap is not for a couple of weeks. So these puppies are headed to the freezer to keep. I put them in freezer bags and lay them flat..works like a charm.

Thanks Paula Dean! And enjoy these cookies. Don't forget to check out Dare to DIY. It's been a ton of fun so far!

November 22, 2010

dare to...entertain

It's that time again. Time to party with the Newly Woodwards.

This time the party is all about entertaining. And when I think of entertaining, I mostly think of eating. Cause I like to eat...especially if it's hors d'ouvers. I love snacking on stuff.

And so conveniently, the hubs and I had some guests come to EAT and watch a movie. The movie...Invictus. The food...scrumptious.

It all started with the chex mix. I know it's a little early, but we were having people over and I LOVE CHEX MIX. So I made some. Ok Ok, I made a lot. And put some of it in the white serving dishes and that was the beginning of this tablescape (I sound like Sandra Lee don't I? I will later when I talk about cocktails).

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Then came the cups (so that you could dig the cup in the bowl, without having to dig your dirty fingers, that have just come from your mouth, in the bowl. I know I know, but why spread germs if you can avoid it?). I love our fiestaware. So colorful. You know I love color.




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Let's not forget about the wine. The oh-so-important wine.




And some lovely chocolates for dessert.



All in all, the table was full and then, later, so were our bellies.


Happy Monday!

November 19, 2010

this is fantastic

It's Friday again. Aren't you excited? I sure am. I freaking love the weekend.

So, I stumbled upon this super lovely piece of cake today at The Sweetest Occasion. It really is fabulous.



What makes this even better, is that Cyd went to architecture school and loves all things paper and photography. I'd like to meet her. She sounds super neat.

Hope this makes you hungry and that you have a rainbow of a day.

November 15, 2010

dare to...be thankful

This week, I'm starting on the Dare to DIY Party with a bunch of other folks from the Newly Woodwards blog. I am rather new to the blogosphere, and I love crafts, so I thought this was a great way to get started.

Week Uno:

Dare to be thankful. This dare is to create something Thanksgiving-y. There are all sorts of ideas that you can see here.

I admit, I took this one a bit easy. We'll call it simple :). Most of my time is tied up studying right now, so I don't have a ton of time to craft (much to my own regret. TestingwillbedonesoonTestingwillbedonesoon I hope).

Tonight, we are having a group of people over who work for the hubs for movie night. I thought this was the perfect opportunity to create something a bit festive for our festivities.

When I think of Thanksgiving, I think of fall and fall colors...specifically the colors of leaves when they change. We don't get a ton of color change in my neck of the woods, but when we do it is one of the most beautiful things that nature can provide...A beautiful ending of my favorite season...SUMMER!

This is simple, I warn you. I also didn't buy anything for this "project". But, I like it. It adds a pop of color to my otherwise plain table scape and also really plays with the light that comes through the window in the dining room.



I basically took 3 glass milk jugs I found at random thrift stores (these were bought in preparation for my wedding, though were never used. I kept them because I knew I would want to use them one day, and looky here!) and napkins that I received as a wedding gift. I LOVE color. I love bright colors and different colors and colors that don't necessarily match. As a previous Arts & Crafts coordinator for a summer camp, I was often asked what my favorite color is. My answer would be and will always be, "I respect all colors equally". That can be quite frustrating for a child, but it's true for me. I love all colors and I go through phases of loving certain colors and then not loving them. I would say that the one color I really don't like is that clam/salmon/mauvey color. Reminds me of vomit.

BACK to the Party.

Two of the milk jugs say "since 1852" on them, and the one in the center is monogramed with an A.





Be sure to check out the Dare to DIY party at the Newly Woodwards and check out every else who is attending. You can find a link to their posts in the comments.

Happy Monday!

November 12, 2010

this is fantastic

Have you seen these?

This is so fantastic.  Alex Eylar has created these lego scenes recreating scenes from actual movies.  Stumbled upon these here.

A little Tarantino to start our Friday right!
















The hubs and I play Lego Indiana Jones and Lego Star Wars on the Xbox 360 and it is fantastic and entertaining.

Have a great weekend!

November 10, 2010

So You Want To Be An Architect? Think Twice

Another architecture post. This one not so gratifying. Funny, but a bit depressing, if you're in the field of architecture.

My great friend, Amanda, forwarded this to me. She is also working as an intern architect. It was located on Architect's Newspaper, and man is it a doosy!

WARNING: not for young and/or sensitive ears.








November 07, 2010

Architectural Registration Exam and a cutie

Well Friends....I've been a bit absent from actually posting on the blog recently. Don't be offended. I would have much rather have been paying attention to you.

The deal is, I am an intern architect. And that means that I went to college and majored in Architecture and got both an undergraduate degree and a professional degree in architecture. To become licensed, one must graduate with a professional degree, work for three years under a licensed architect, and then test.

These tests are real doosies. There are now seven of them. Each is at least 4.5 hours long. And they are hard and kind of stupid. Because of test ethics, I am not allowed to give an example of a test question on here...but I'll just say that to pass the test, you must study for THE TEST. I think I've learned some things, but for the most part, I am learning the test and how to take it. It isn't testing my knowledge, it's testing my test-taking abilities.

Having said all that, I understand why there is such a test. None of us want just anyone to design buildings and houses that we will inhabit. We want someone who has gone through some sort of certification to ensure that that person is competent to indeed design a house or building that will stand up and not leak or kill you in some other way.

It doesn't mean I like the tests, but I understand why they exist.

I am almost done, though. And I'm super excited about it. I have taken 6 tests. I have passed all but one. I am about to retake that one before Thanksgiving. Then I will take the, hopefully, final one in the beginning of February. Then I'll be done.

And the best thing about this whole process is that I won't have to do it ever again. EVER. And I'm really excited about that.

Now that I'm done talking about that stuff...time for the cutie! Here is The Little Prince, when he was much smaller than he is now. It was Christmas time last year and my friend Mary Beth gave us this loverly santa hat for the new addition to our family.

He didn't enjoy it so much...but you can!





November 02, 2010

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