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17 Jan

“Everybody can be great… because anybody can serve.

You don’t have to have a college degree to serve.

You don’t have to make your subject and verb agree to serve.

You only need a heart full of grace.  A soul generated by love.”

-Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

 

 

Homemade Oreos

16 Jan

This past week I came across a recipe for Homemade Oreos and decided it was a treat I’d attempt for Valentine’s Day. I just couldn’t wait and made them this weekend.

I only had enough cocoa for half a batch, so I put my math skills to work and halved the recipe. My advice: don’t be lazy, just drive to the store and get more cocoa! Halving the recipe included halving an egg, which an old wives tale says can’t be done! Well it can, simply put the egg in a small container with a lid and shake like crazy. Once the egg is completely combined, measure out 1 1/2 tablespoons and you are good to go- you have half a large egg!

These treats were way easier to make than I imagined they would be, except when it came to frosting them. My advice again: don’t be lazy, find your pastry bags! Generic brand sandwich bags always break, leaving you a mEsS! I frosted them in Green Bay Packers colors since I was headed to a Packers party, which was difficult to do as a die-hard Minnesota Vikings Fan. I guess it’s the price you pay when your team doesn’t show up to play… all season. They were a big hit and will be made again sometime soon!

Be sure to visit My Baking Addiction for the yummy recipe, which I only slightly adapted. I had unsweetened cocoa in the cupboard instead of Dutch processed cocoa. I added a dash of baking soda per ounce of cocoa to compensate for this ingredient swap!

Furbaby Friday

15 Jan

I’m a day late, but I’m dedicating Fridays to the furbabies in my life, as well as furbabies in general! Zoey will be jealous she isn’t the first to be featured, but I need to do some image transferring to my external hard drive before I can upload any more pictures to Lightroom. (I think this means I take too many pictures).

This is Emma, my parents new puppy. She’s the newest member of the Obbink Family. She’s a labradoodle, but definitely acts more like a lab! I call her the “annoying little sister I never had” because she insists on tormenting me (in a good way) whenever I see her! Enjoy!

Ham Florentine Wreath

9 Jan

As a part of our ‘late’ Christmas celebration with my family, we enjoyed a ridiculous amount of food. Not surprising huh?! One of the best things we ate all weekend was a Ham Florentine Wreath. I was able to snap some photos while my sister-in-law Kara made the gorgeous meal.

Ham Florentine Wreath

2 8 oz packages refrigerated crescent rolls
8 oz thickly sliced deli ham, diced
1/4 c green onions with tops, thinly sliced
5 oz Swiss cheese, grated (1 1/4 cups)
10 oz frozen chopped spinach, thawed and well drained
1/4 cup mayonnaise
1/4 t coarsely ground black pepper
2 plum tomatoes, sliced
1 egg, separated
1/4 cup almonds, chopped (we omitted)

Preheat oven to 375° F.

Unroll crescents into 16 triangles. With wide end toward center arrange 8 triangles in circle. Arrange remaining 8 triangles in center matching wide ends. Seal seams.

Mix ham, green onions, 1 cup cheese, spinach, mayo and black pepper. Scoop filling over seams of dough forming circle. Arrange tomatoes in overlapping circular pattern over filling. Top with remaining cheese. Lift corners of dough over filling one at a time slightly overlapping to form wreath.

Beat egg white lightly; brush over dough. Sprinkle almonds over wreath.

Bake 25 to 30 min or until golden brown. Slice, serve & enjoy!

This dish was so full of color that it made you anxious to take a bite! Try it sometime and let me know what you think. If you are anything like me, you won’t be able to have just one slice!

*This recipe was adapted from a dish served at a Pampered Chef party Kara attended.

Christmas in July

26 Jul

I’m a day behind, but 6 months from yesterday will be…. CHRISTMAS! I know we all would love some cooler weather, but the cold that typically surrounds Christmas time can wait for those 6 months. The heat is unbearable at times, but I’ll deal for now. Since we know I don’t want the cold weather, you may ask why I’m highlighting Christmas in July. It could be for the presents, but I’m not ready to do all that shopping. It could be the time I’d like to spend with my family, but we are all too busy right now. So… it’s because of all the treats that surround the holidays.

Last year I cooked up a storm around Christmas time and documented all my treats… but the hustle and bustle of the holidays got the best of me and I didn’t get my treats posted on here. The wait is over. So in honor of Christmas in July, here is a look back a my treat platter and a recipe you should all try!

Snowman Brownie Pops: my version of the ones you can buy from William Sonoma

Chocolate Waffle Cookies: recipe below

Divinity: sugar, sugar and more sugar

Homemade Caramels: talk about indulgence

Kringla: a Christmas favorite

Peanut Clusters: just like my mom makes, reminds me of home

 

Chocolate Waffle Cookies

Cookies: 3 sq. unsweetened chocolate, 3 1/2 cup sugar (divided), 2 cup flour, 4 eggs, 1 tsp vanilla

Frosting: 1/2 cup milk, 1 stick oleo, 1/2- 3/4 cup chocolate chips

 

Melt unsweetened chocolate. Beat eggs and 1 1/2 cups sugar. Add to chocolate. Add vanilla and flour. Mix well. Put on hot waffle iron. Use several dabs of mixture to make individual cookies. Leave for 15-20 seconds. Remove with a fork. Frost each cookies with frosting made by boiling oleo, milk and 2 cups sugar for 30-45 seconds at a hard- rolling boil. Add chocolate chips. Beat until spreadable. Makes 50 cookies.


 

Megan & Curt

5 Jun

Here is a handful of the finished engagement pictures I have been previewing over the last few weeks. Enjoy!

A few more peaks..

25 May

I like keeping Curt and Megan wanting more, so I’ve shared a few more pictures with them. Here is your chance to see them. I’m hoping to have them all edited by the end of the holiday weekend. I know they are anxiously waiting to see them. As soon as I show them the pics, I’ll be sure to show you more here. Let me know what you think of these, I’m SO new to editing with Lightroom and could use any pointers anyone has! Enjoy!