Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Merry Christmas


Merry Christmas From Our House To Yours.
See you in 2015!

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Brownie bombs

I made these last Christmas and they were so delicious, I just HAD to make them again!  This is the most decadent - and delicious dessert I have come across in a long time and I have The Domestic Rebel to thank for these.  
You just HAVE to make a batch!  

Here's her recipe:
Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Brownie Bombs
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Recipe type: Bombs
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Serves: 15-18
My SIGNATURE recipe. Bomb your diet. Do it.
Ingredients
  • ¾ cup butter, softened
  • ¾ cup brown sugar
  • ¼ cup white sugar
  • 2 Tbsp milk

  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour

  • Pinch salt
  • 2 cups miniature chocolate chips, divided
  • 1 pkg fudge brownie mix, baked and cooled
  • 1 pkg Candiquik or chocolate almond bark

Instructions
  1. Let’s make some dough! In the bowl of a stand mixer, beat together the butter and sugars until creamy. Add the milk and vanilla; beat to combine. Lastly, beat in the flour and pinch of salt until a soft dough forms. Stir in ONE (1) cup of the mini chips.
  2. On a foil-lined baking sheet, drop rounded, (scant) Tablespoon-sized balls of dough. I used a cookie dough scoop for this and just scantily filled it so the cookie dough balls wouldn’t be so big. Freeze the cookie dough balls for about an hour to firm up.
  3. Cut the brownies into small squares, about 1″ in size. Pick up a square and gently flatten it with your palm. Fudgy brownies will flatten easily and retain their moisture which is why it’s important to make sure you use a fudgy brownie mix rather than a cake-y one.
  4. Place a cookie dough ball in the middle of the flattened brownie and very gently, wrap the brownie around the cookie dough ball. If the brownie cracks, that’s okay; just kind of roll it in your fingers until the brownie completely surrounds the cookie dough. Repeat until all cookie dough balls are covered, then return to the freezer for 30 minutes or so.
  5. Prepare chocolate bark according to package directions. Using a fork, dip each brownie truffle into the chocolate, coat completely, and allow excess to drip off. Return to the foil-line sheet and sprinkle the tops with the remaining cup of mini chips, for garnish. Store these bad boys in the fridge or freezer, in an airtight container.
 I hope you like them....so far, everyone who has tried them says:
They are "The Bomb" - Yes, pun intended!!



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Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Christmas Movie Decorating

It's almost Christmas and I am FINALLY starting to feel like myself again!  WooHoo!!  Unfortunately, I am waaaay behind on my decorating.  I've managed to get a few things out and I thought I'd share some things from some of our favorite Christmas movies.  Let's get started......
We had more snow last week, so I bundled myself up and went out to take a few pics.  Do you see the movie reference in this one?  And, yes, those are snowflakes flying!!

My son gave me this a few years ago.  It is from one of my all-time favorite shows.

Here's a hint.......imagine it filled with eggnog!

This one might be a stretch, but I realized that I hadn't shared any view of the kitchen either.  As you can see, the main color is red.  The scale was found at an estate sale a few years ago and the snowman hat was from a gift.

So, how did you do?  Did you get all 4 movie references?  I'm so glad you stopped by the cottage.  Stop by again later this week.  I have an amazing recipe to share and I'll list the movie references too!

Monday, December 8, 2014

It's Beginning......

....to look a "little" like Christmas!

It has been a tough week at the cottage.  Last week I shared that we were battling some germs.  Hubby spent the better part of 3 days in bed with a cold and then I got a sore throat....I'm still coughing and sneezing a bit, but, hopefully this is the end of it.


The down-side?  I've barely started my Christmas decorating!  Let me show you the little bit that did get done.



One of the days when my hubby was sick in bed, I got outside and managed to get lights on and hang the garland on the porch.  Can I just say, "It was REALLY cold!"  There used to be a canvas awning that edged the top of the porch. We removed it, but the loops for holding it in place are still there - perfect for hanging the garland with cable ties!  

Let's walk up on the porch and see my sled.
This is one of my favorite decorations!  I found the sled at a yard sale years ago.  I added some artificial greens, a bow, the Santa yard stake, and some antique skates.
The chair that was seen in the Fall with mums on it, it now decorated with pinecones, greens, and ribbon.  The wind makes it challenging to keep those bows fluffed-up!

We're expecting a storm so, maybe, I can get some more decorating done.  Be sure to stop back to see the progress!

Stay warm, my friends!


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Monday, December 1, 2014

Pretty in Pink......

....and green & gold!

I hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving.  This was one of the few that we did not cook.  We spent the day with friends and had a wonderful time. Unfortunately, I spent the weekend feeling 'under the weather' and now the hubby is sick with a nasty head-cold.  I hope this passes quickly!

  But, let's move on to today's post.  Tell me what you think of this:
Remember, you can click on the pics for a better view!
This wreath was so easy to make!  I used a wire coat hanger and shaped it into a circle:

Then I opened the hanger near the hook, attached a binder clip (just in case any of the ornaments wanted to slide off), and started stringing the (unbreakable) ornaments:

When I was done, I filled in any gaps with extra ornaments, attached with hot glue.  The blogger who inspired this wreath recommended gluing the caps to the ornaments so they didn't pop off.  I did not do this, and, yes, I did lose a few.  Fortunately, I was able to reattach them to their caps or reattach them with glue. If this happens to you, remember, the glue gun is your friend! 

After that, I made a bow and attached it with some wire.

Here is the best part about this project:  I spent $24 on ornaments and had enough to make 2 wreaths!  How fabulous is that?  $12 per wreath - plus the ribbon for the bow.  I know your next question is:  How many ornaments did you buy, Ann?  176.  Here's the proof:
And I even had a few leftover.

I must thank my inspiration for this wreath:  Eddie Ross - you're the best!  Here is Eddie's wreath:
FinishedWreath



I made this wreath a couple of years ago and shared it on my other blog, November Rose. Since that one is now dedicated to papercrafting, I thought I'd share the wreath here.


Be sure to stop back for more holiday decorating - 'tis the season!

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