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Entries in Dessert (26)

Friday
Feb102012

A Valentine's Day Treat: Frosted Sugar Cookies

Frosted Sugar Cookies

I'm going to be honest, Valentine's Day is totally not my thing. But cookies are, especially my mom's frosted sugar cookies. I don't even want to know the number of cookies my mom has made and frosted in her lifetime, but it's A LOT and they have been in all sorts of shapes. They also mail well, my mom has thoroughly tested that out. We're actually only moving to Seattle so we're a part of the holiday goody package mailing circuit.  

I'm warning you now, these guys are addicting. The recipe is below and comes from my mom's old Betty Crocker cookbook.

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Sunday
Dec112011

The Great Food Blogger Cookie Swap: Salty Sweet Cookies

Salty Sweet Cookies

In the past few weeks over 22,000 cookies were sent around the world as part of the inaugural Great Food Blogger Cookie Swap, and I had a wonderful time being a part of this gigantic cookie exchange! It gave me the opportunity to try out a new cookie recipe (and taste test of course), receive 3 dozen cookies in the mail (I shared), get introduced to some great food blogs and bloggers and have my jeans fit a bit tighter. 

I made Salty Sweet Cookies with cashews, butterscotch chips and dark chocolate chips, topped with sea salt. I was pretty happy with the outcome and glad I had commited to signing up to mail out these cookies, it would not have been pretty if I had all 50+ cookies the recipe made to myself. I sent a dozen to each of my recipients, Munching in the Mitten, Girly Obsessions and Ma Vie en Rose and they all seemed to enjoy the cookies as well!

In exchange I received a dozen cookies from 3 different bloggers, and lucky me I recieved 3 delicious batches! I had to force myself to share them with my neighbors. Tina from My Life As A Mrs sent me some decadent frosted sugar cookies, Amber from Caleigh's Kitchen sent red velvet cookies with white chocolate chips - have I mentioned I'm a sucker for red velvet? And Alan from Cooke'd With Luv sent me some amazing Chocolate Chip cookies! You should go checkout their blogs.

A huge thank you to Lindsay from Love and Olive Oil and Julie from The Litle Kitchen for organizing the cookie swap and I can't wait for next year!

Keep reading for the recipe that was adapted from a Better Homes & Gardens magazine.

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Monday
Dec052011

I Love Cherry Pie

Christmas is just a few weeks away, which means it's time to start thinking about what desserts will be on our tables. It's also time to start figuring out how to get on Santa's nice list, if you're currently on the naughty side. I can help you with the dessert, but not with your naughty habits. So onto the Cherry Pie we go!

I guarantee you my mom will be making a Cherry Pie or two.  It's my favorite and hers too, which means it's gauranteed to be on our table. It didn't even stop her when we lived overseas and the canned cherries needed for the pie weren't available. We would just haul cans back in our suitcase everytime we visited the States. Or if any family or friends wanted to visit us, they dare not step off that plane without pitted red tart cherries. Not only is the pie tasty, but it's so pretty, I mean just look at that lattice crust! It's even pretty before it goes in the oven.

Cherry Pie 2

And even prettier when you take it out, but don't worry, not too pretty to eat!

Cherry Pie

Before we get to the recipe, let's all say hi to my mom!

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She's not going to be happy with this, I'm pretty sure she specifically told me not to post any pictures of her on this blog. Sorry mom! I just had to show everyone the protective foil around the crust. See that protective foil? It keeps the edges of the crust from burning, just take it off 15 minutes before the pie is done baking.  Onto the recipe that comes from my mom's falling apart Betty Crocker cookbook, apparently the recipes are different in the new versions.

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Monday
Nov282011

Melt In Your Mouth Pumpkin Cookies

Pumpkin Cookies

Are you sick of pie? Then try these cookies, they really do melt in your mouth! My mom made these for the Thanksgiving weekend. They were perfect because they are make ahead, delicious and there were a lot. We had an endless supply for our tea parties, which we needed, because we had A LOT of tea parties! Kudos to my mom for frosting all of those cookies. 

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You also don't have to keep them in a tupperware container for them to stay fresh, she left them out on wax paper, covered them with some paper towels (although I'm convinced this was only needed to hide them from my Dad and Grandpa before company arrived) and they stayed fresh and melted in our mouths all weekend long. The recipe comes from a Better Homes and Garden magazine she had picked up.

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Thursday
Nov102011

Happy Birthday Marge's Lungs!

Chocolate Peanut Butter Chip Cookie Cake

Yes, you read that right, we have a lung birthday! I've been really excited for today's post! Today I have my friend, Marge's, inspiring story and a delicious Cookie Cake recipe to go along with it .  Marge is my good friend from Lafayette College who was diagnosed with Cystic Fibrosis as an infant and due to this she had a double lung transplant our Senior year, and today is her 7th lung birthday. Confused? Intrigued? Already inspired? Well lucky for you and me Marge is sharing her story on KMW.

First everyone say, Hi Marge!

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Now let me show you the reason I started making the cookie cake myself.

Mrs. Fields Cookie Cake

That was our Mrs. Fields cake from 2007 that read 'Happy Birthday Marge'F Lung'F', I figured I could do this myself, throw in some peanut butter chips, not decorate it as nicely, but spell words correctly (athough I've never actually attempted to write words) and definitely put a little more love into my homemade version.

Now onto the highlight of my post, Marge's write up, followed by the cookie cake recipe. If you aren't already, you'll be an organ donor after reading this inspiring post! 

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As the saying goes, some people eat to live and others live to eat.  I happen to lie squarely in the latter category.  This is why every year, right around the second week in November, I think about little else than the delicious cookie cake my friend Carrie makes me.  She has made it every year, like clockwork, for the last four years to commemorate a very special time in my life. 

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Let me start from the beginning. When I was just three months old, I was diagnosed with cystic fibrosis (commonly known as CF).  This is a progressive genetic disorder affecting all major organ systems in the body, the main damage being concentrated to the lungs and pancreas.  CF causes an over production of a thick and sticky mucous throughout the body, bacteria thrive in that dark and wet environment and cause chronic lung infections. With each lung infection, permanent and irreversible damage occurs to the lungs, making it more and more difficult each year for a CF patient to breathe. 

My life growing up with CF was filled with coughing attacks, hospital stays for intravenous medications, daily chest physical therapy and a plethora of medications to replenish my body of nutrients that it lost.  Since CF also affected my digestive system, I needed twice as many calories than the average person my age just to maintain my weight and was consequently always tiny compared to my peers.  By the time I was fourteen years old and starting high school, coughing and breathing was burning so many calories that I weighed only 80 pounds. I even required a feeding tube for extra nutrients and to keep a little extra weight on my already frail body.     

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