For the Love of Lists – Week 19

Lists for Days | December 18, 2016 | By

I can’t believe I almost missed a week!  I still might if I don’t publish this before Sunday.  Which, from where I stand is definitely a possibility.  

I always seem to remember that I need to make about 100 things for Christmas a week or two before Christmas.  Am I crazy?  Must you ask?  The answer will have to be a resounding yes.  

It’s true.  I’m a bit crazy.  Ask my poor hubby. 

I had about a zillion food post ideas for Christmas, but they just haven’t come together.  Time and energy are waning.  I am going to try to pick my favourite idea and have it ready for you mid-week, just in time for Christmas, okay?  For now, enjoy this compilation of random things that I call my List.  I hope you enjoy reading it as much as I enjoy putting it together.  

The list:

  1. Do you talk to yourself?  I do…  Super interesting article on the conversation in your head.  
  2. A few  last minute gift ideas.  Candles are always great.  This one is called Fir and Firewood.  Betcha it smells pretty great.  
  3. Anthropologie always has the prettiest bakeware.  This baking dish and rolling pin.  So pretty.  
  4. Holiday Pillow Covers from West Elm.  One for me, and one for you.  (Isn’t that how you’re supposed to shop?)
  5. I’m going to participate in this online retreat, “Hibernate“.  It looks really cool.  Cheese making, soap making, knitting, cooking.  All sorts of cool tutorials and ideas.  You should definitely check it out.  Get some inspiration rolling on these cold winter days. 
  6. Did you know Toms makes slippers?!  I saw some when we were Christmas shopping.  They look pretty amazingly comfy.  
  7. These Cookie Dough Balls are a MUST MAKE for the holidays.  They’re a definite hit.  Who wouldn’t want to much on chocolate covered cookie dough?  (They’re egg-less, no worries.)
  8. I know a few people with owl obsessions.  These pinecone owl ornaments look so cute!  Something to do with the kids!
  9. And lastly, Pan Seared Salmon with Roasted Vegetables.  To get some kind of healthy in there.   

I hope you all have a great week leading up to Christmas.  Hopefully there will be a post before then, but if not, have a blessed and Merry Christmas!

*Briar was being really quiet one day this week, and I came to find her like this.  It’s such a great thing when they’re being quiet and good.  Because much of the time quiet=mischief.  

Cookie Dough Balls – 2 Ways

Squares and Cookies | January 21, 2012 | By

Hey, hope everyone has had a great January thus far.  2012 is flying by already.  My little guy is 6 months old today!  When people tell you that kids grow up fast, you nod, agree with them, but only half believe them.  Until…  your baby is born, then screaming, then laughing and smiling, then rolling, then eating solids, then cutting teeth…  and soon crawling, and now 6 months old!  It really does jet past.  My advice to others (and myself included), set down the laundry, stop doing the dishes, and spend time with your kids.  The dishes and laundry will always be there and never change, kids are different.  Enjoy them.  Every moment.  They’ll remember you spending time with them too.  Don’t get me wrong, you do need to get those things done, but in time.  It doesn’t always have to be done right away.

Our first family Christmas photo with our baby.

Okay, so I’m really proud of myself right now.  Second post in under a month.  Must be a record for me.  We went out this afternoon for lunch, it was awesome.  If you’re ever in NS, Canada, check out the Kiwi Cafe.  It’s sweet.

Today, I’ll fulfill my promise of sharing my cookie dough ball recipes with you.  I made these for a cookie exchange (one of two in two days… haha) over Christmas, and they were really great.  Sad thing was, I didn’t make extra for myself, and only got to sample half of each.  Guess it helped with my holiday weight gain that way…  sigh.  Oh well.  Next year, we’re making a triple batch!  😉  I made two different recipes for this exchange.  Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Balls, and Cranberry White Chocolate Skor Cookie Dough Balls (or CWCSCDB for… short?  Haha.).  Just a note – these recipes are especially for my friend Amanda, who tried these and loved them (I love hearing people enjoy food I make…!).

Don’t they look great?  Good enough to eat?

The chocolate chip balls were an idea I found on Pinterest, and adapted slightly to my own liking.  The other recipe was adapted from a cookie recipe given to me by a friend (they were actually supposed to be made into cookies for ice cream sandwiches, which I intend to try sometime!).

So!  First off, Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Balls!

Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Balls
Yields 3
Cookie dough balls! Awesome for gifting, holidays, or just plain old eating whenever you want! Egg-free!
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Ingredients
  1. 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  2. 1 tsp salt
  3. 1/4 tsp baking soda
  4. 1 cup margarine, room temperature
  5. 3/4 cup white sugar
  6. 3/4 cup brown sugar
  7. 1 tsp vanilla
  8. 1/3 cup milk
  9. 1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips (or mini chips)
  10. Coating: 1 pkg chocolate chips and 1/4 cup Parofin Wax.
Instructions
  1. Beat margarine and sugars in a large bowl with electric mixer on medium speed until light and fluffy. Add milk and vanilla.
  2. Stir in flour, baking soda, oats and salt and mix on low-speed (or stir by hand) until incorporated. Stir in chocolate chips.
  3. Form dough into 1" balls and arrange on a baking sheet lined with waxed paper.
  4. Melt chocolate and wax in a double boiler.
  5. Using spoon, dip cookie balls into chocolate coating to cover. Tap on side of pan to remove any excess coating, and return to waxed paper-lined baking sheets.
  6. Chill until set.
Whisks and Wooden Spoons http://whisksandwoodenspoons.com/

 

AND NOW, for the amazing Cranberry White Chocolate Skor Cookie Dough Balls.

Cranberry White Chocolate Skor Cookie Dough Balls
Yields 2
YUM! You must try this different take on cookie dough balls. So good.
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Ingredients
  1. 1 cup shortening, room temperature
  2. 1 cup brown sugar
  3. 1/2 cup sugar
  4. 3/4 cup milk
  5. 1 tsp vanilla
  6. 1 cup oats
  7. 2 cups flour
  8. 1/2 tsp baking soda
  9. 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  10. 1/2 tsp salt
  11. 1/2 pkg white chocolate chips
  12. 1/2 cup Skor toffee bits
  13. 1 cup dried cranberries
  14. Coating: 1/2 pkg white chocolate chips and 1/4 cup Parofin Wax
Instructions
  1. Beat butter, and sugars in large bowl with electric mixer on medium speed until light and fluffy. Add milk and vanilla.
  2. Stir in flour, baking soda, oats and salt and mix on low-speed (or stir by hand) until incorporated. Stir in chips, Skor bits, and cranberries.
  3. Form dough into 1" balls and arrange on a baking sheet lined with waxed paper.
  4. Melt chocolate and wax in a double boiler. Using spoon, dip cookie balls into chocolate coating to cover. Tap on side of pan to remove any excess coating, and return to waxed paper-lined baking sheets. Chill until set.
Whisks and Wooden Spoons http://whisksandwoodenspoons.com/

 

They look good, inside and out.

So, I think these turned out wonderfully.

I stuck the recipes on them too.  

At the cookie exchange, there was a prize for the best packaging.  I had seen in a magazine a few ideas for food gifts.  One of them was to use an egg carton and scrapbooking paper.  I tried it – and it looked really neat.  It’s a great idea recycling-wise, and it won the prize too!  🙂  All you had to do was cut a strip of paper the size of the top of the carton (the part that lifts) and then cut out the holes where it closes, and glue it on.I put my cookie balls in the carton in small paper cups and then wrapped the carton with raffia and stuck in a sprig of a decoration thing that we’d picked up.

Hope you enjoyed the recipe.

Did anyone else try anything new this holiday season?  Have you guys discovered Pinterest yet?