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Cookie Fashion

Hello friends!

Here we are at the tipping edge of a three day weekend! Yay! I hope everyone has some fun plans?

To start my weekend out, I went to the movie theatre at 830 am this morning and picked up tickets to “Solo” through MoviePass. Great start to my holiday! But I digress…

I wanted to share how a couple of my outfits lately have reminded me of Girl Scout Cookies- specifically Samoa’s and Thin Mints ๐Ÿ˜‚

I love mint jeans and got these cute distressed ones from OldNavy with a coupon for $20 and I like to wear them with anything!

One day I paired them with my leopard Calvin Klein blouse from Macys and the outfit reminded me of a GS Samoa cookie! (With my circle bag ๐Ÿ’ผ looking like a cookie too!)

Then yesterday I wore my mint jeans with my gingham blouse from Express and felt it looked like a Thin Mint cookie!

(I can relate anything to chocolate, friends!)

Thanks for reading and happy Memorial Day Weekend!

Comedy, Relaxation, Fashion, and Baking! What else does a woman need??

Hello friends!

How is your weekend? My Friday/Saturday has been amazing!

Last night our son Connor treated us to a night out at a comedy club, Comedy Sportz which was super fun! We were right at the front, they are hilarious!

Then this morning I got to wake without an alarm which is something I really Love! (Last night I tried out my new nourishing face and eye mask, so I heated a wash rag this morning and sort of soaked Olathe residue off) then went through my new skin care routine that I discovered on the cruise ship- I think it is improving my rosacea.

I then cleaned/super scrubbed every inch of my bathroom! Even dusted/oiled my hand turned wood candlesticks in my tub surround. Now they glow even without the candles lit. I feel so accomplished! ๐Ÿ˜‚

Then I put on my fancy glitter eyeshadow because I didn’t want to wash my hair today ( that means I can wash tomorrow and not wash on Monday when I have to commute to Salt Lake-early morning). So I pile my hair on top of my head-hence the sparkle eye shadow to distract from my hair!! ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚

It’s so sunny today and I’ve got spring fever so I wear a simple tee shirt with my embroidered jeans from Express!

Then we went grocery shopping and really how much fun can that be?? But the fun started when I got back home! I tried a recipe my hubs saw on Good Eats- Alton Brown- Chocolate layer cake with ganache filling and a special buttercream frosting. The ganache turned out perfect (it kind of squished out between the layers, but I think that’s ok! I’ve never made this type of frosting before- ya beat four eggs til fluffy- while you bring corn syrup and sugar to a boil in a pan- then drizzle syrup into eggs while beating furiously being careful not to get the syrup on the side of bowl or on beater and then you add half a pound of butter (little at a time) and it’s supposed to turn out fluffy and creamy!

At first I was freaking out cause it sort of looked like curdled milk (Alton’s warning-“it should not look like this”!) nooooooo ๐Ÿ˜ฉ๐Ÿ˜ฉ ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚ but after 10 more minutes of furious beating it became really fluffy and Carmel color- and now it’s like cotton candy “It’s so Fluffy”! Success! So I load the cake with this frosting that I hope is good (remember I’m GF and can’t even eat this lovely confection) and put it in the fridge for tomorrow!

We end the evening by sitting and watching “Indiana Jones-Raiders of the Lost Ark” my favorite Indiana movie. Since we hiked through the jungles of Belize, I feel more of a connection to Indy! ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚

Traditions New and Old to be Thankful

Happy Thanksgiving Friends!

I thought I’d take this time to share some of my Thanksgiving traditions.

Usually my sister Michelle and I get together with all our children/grandchildren and have a big dinner. Each of us has different dishes that we make and some that we’ve perfected. I usually do pies and rolls. I use my mom’s buttermilk rolls recipe which is just to die for! I’ll add it here at the end of my post. I also make a mean apple pie which my husband loves. Both of these dishes are out of bounds now for me because for the last two Thanksgiving’s I’ve been gluten free. I have an autoimmune disease that gluten consumption appears to exasperate, so I do not consume anymore. Sad day. One night I had a dream that I ate a roll….I have a long and colorful family history surrounding bread. My family are big bread eaters. When in high school, every Saturday morning I made eight loaves of bread. Boy there was a wonderful smell in our house, I love the end of freshly made loaf of bread slathered with butter (good thing I’m not hungry now, I would be hungry and sad). There’s nothing like homemade bread or rolls ๐Ÿ™‚ So…no rolls this year or big dinner with the family BUT we are starting a new tradition.

Hubs and I are going out to dinner at a resort, but I’ve alreadyย  blogged about that right?

So I’ll tell you about our other traditions afterward.

We always have some sort of craft every Thanksgiving after the big dinner. This year myself, daughter, and daughter in law have planned (from Pinterest of course) styrafoam balls covered in glitter (dรฉcor), cones decorated in glitter to resemble trees, and large rubber balls (red, green-my colors purple,pink-daughter in law colors) with tin buckets glued on top with the handle flipped up to hang as ornaments on our front porch. I’m super excited to do the crafting and have been scouring the local Hobby Lobby, Target, ToysRUs, and Walmart to find all of the crafty materials we need for our projects. I will add pictures on here afterwards to show all our glittery, creative fun!

You might already know that one cannot craft without snacking. I think it’s a rule? Well it’s a tradition for us! LOL Since we aren’t having a big dinner together, we are all bringing some sort of fun snack to keep us going throughout the evening. I will be making my coconut oil fudge (Pinterest find) and a regular fudge for the non GF SF crowd, along with a white chocolate covered popcorn. Seriously doesn’t that sound heavenly?? One year for Christmas I made about seven batches of fudge to distribute as neighbor gifts, and let me tell you in all honesty these fudge recipes are the best ever. I’m adding all my special recipes below.

In closing, I’m very thankful for my wonderful family and great friends. I hope you all have a happy Thanksgiving.

Paleo Coconut Oil Fudge (Pinterest)

1/2 cup melted Coconut Oil

1/2 cup creamy almond butter

1/2 cup cacao powder

1/4 cup pure maple syrup

1/8 tsp sea salt

Line a loaf pan with parchment paper or line a muffin pan with muffin cups. In a small pan, combine coconut oil, cacao, almond butter, maple syrup, and salt. Heat over medium heat and whisk until smooth. It does not need to boil or come to a certain temperature. As soon as it’s smooth, pour itno prepared pan. Place in fridge and let set for at least 2 hours. Store in fridge or freezer.

Maple Pecan Caramel White Chocolate Fudge

3 cups white chocolate chips

1 can sweetened condensed milk

1/4 cup butter

2-3 tsp maple flavoring

1 1/2 cups pecans, toasted & chopped

1/4 cup Kraft caramels, chopped fine


Line an 8×8 pan with parchment paper and then spray lightly with cooking spray. In a medium saucepan over low to med/low heat, stir the white chocolate chips, sweetened condensed milk, and butter until melted and smooth. Remove from heat and stir in the maple flavoring, pecans, and caramel. Pour into prepared pan. Chill in fridge until firm enough to cut, at least an hour. Use the parchment paper to lift the fudge out of the pan so it is easier to cut.

Buttermilk Raised Rolls (family recipe)

Dissolve 2 Tbls yeast in 2 cup warm buttermilk (not hot, not cold). Add 1/3 cup sugar and let set a few minutes. Then add: 1 tsp salt, 1/2 cup oil, 1/2 tsp soda, 1 tsp baking powder, 2 beaten eggs. Blend lightly then add enough flour to make a soft dough (you can tell by the feel of the dough- not sticking to your fingers but not stiff/dry with flour). Shape and put in baking pans, rise for about an hour until double. Bake at 400 degrees for 12-15 minutes and enjoy.

Extended Halloween Weekend

So…I think this is my most exciting weekend EVER! Seriously! I’ll list some reasons why:

  1. Stranger Things came out on Netflix today…can you say binge watch weekend?
  2. Halloween Dinner (family tradition)
  3. Dressing up like (?) can’t say yet
  4. Giving out candy to the cutest kids (costumes) ever!
  5. Work Halloween party and potluck

I don’t know if anyone else is into Netflix series of “Stranger Things” but it’s awesome and I get to start watching today! Last season was super intense and fun and I’ve had to wait all year to watch more! Thing 1!

Every year my sister and I have a family tradition of a Halloween dinner, oddly enough always on Sunday…BUT anyways…we each try to create some creepy disgusting version of food (actually is food but looks gross) to creep each other out! Let me tell you, there have been some winners! (but left over food cause no one can eat it LOL) I am shopping for my dishes tomorrow and preparing some tomorrow. More pics to follow! Thing 2!

Dressing up! I’ve loved to dress up for Halloween forever and this year I finally talked the hubby into dressing up. So on Halloween I will post our pics! Thing 3!

Did I mention how much I love Halloween?? Really, love Halloween! I adore handing out candy to children of all ages and specifically get good (mucho chocolatey!) to hand out. I’m a therapist and I think it’s always better to have a 16 year old outย  trick or treating instead of doing drugs and ending up at my facility. Who cares if I buy candy for someone if it gives me so much joy? Thing 4!

My employer is having a work Halloween party/potluck next Tuesday so I get to dress up and stretch out the fun before I go home and stretch out the fun! Thing 5!

Everything starts tonight and endsย four days from now! Let the fun begin! I thought I would add a couple pics from years before family dinner so you know what I mean ๐Ÿ™‚