Tuesday, November 23, 2010

It's November 23, have you finished your Christmas shopping yet? I haven't. Haven't even started. I am sans-vehicle for much of the day today, so I am hitching a ride with my mother to do Thanksgiving/little bit of Christmas shopping today.

 I finally bought clear resin a few weeks ago. A week after pouring the stuff, I am STILL waiting for it to dry. That can't possibly be normal.

Sunday, November 14, 2010

Cafe Cookies

 Today I whipped up a batch of what I am now referring to as Cafe Cookies, as they taste much like something purchased for way more than the cost of the ingredients themselves. I found the recipe in the Wednesday, November 8 edition of the Providence Journal (have to make sure I'm citing my info!):

1 cup (2 sticks) butter
1 cup brown sugar (I always recommend dark brown)
1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
4 eggs
3/4 T vanilla
4 cups all puprose flour
3/4 T baking soda
3/4 T baking powder

Mix wet ingredients, adding eggs one at a time. (Or, all at once, as is my M.O)
Sift dry ingredients (Or throw it all in at once.)
Stir in flour mixture one cup at a time (this does help)
Stir in 2 1/2 cups Chocolate chips
Bake in 375 degree for about 12 minutes (adjust time according to preference.)

Of course, this is a very paraphrased rendition of the recipe. I'd love to try making these cookies with a shot or two of espresso, and maybe a few walnuts. I may just go crazy and add a whole cup of nuts!

 I personally prefer these cookies slightly cooled. And with a hot cup of coffee. Everything goes well with coffee...

Friday, November 12, 2010

In My Craft-Supply Cabinet

 Hello to all! I've decided to kick-start this blog with my list of craft "necessities." In my cabinet I have:

Colored Pencils
Acrylic paint (adult supervision is VERY HIGHLY recommended!)
Watercolor paper
Construction paper
Destruction paper (newsprint, to protect the table, floors, walls, you name it. Trust me, I have cleaned fingerpaints off the ceiling.)
Scotch tape
Double sided tape
"Jewels" (Awesome little plastic rhinestones!)
Google Eyes
Seasonal Wooden Cut-Outs (I go to AC Moore for these!)
Small Terra Cotta pots
Jingle Bells
Various bottle/carton caps (Milk, juice, sodas, ect.)

And kept high, out of reach of small fingers:

Spray paint,
Spray Glitter,
Spray finish
Hot Glue gun
Small Magnets

I admit it: this is probably rather excessive. However, it is nice to just go to the cabinet and have everything I need for crafts. If you all will excuse me, I think I need to add a few things to my shopping list.