After a bit of trial and error, I think these turned out pretty well. There’s a wonderful soap supply company in town that helped make this project much easier by supplying me with melt-and-pour blocks and awesome molds. I wish I could add a scratch and sniff here so you could smell their wonderfulness. The bee soaps are scented with an almond/honey oil that makes them smell yummy enough to eat.
My daughter did all the decorating of the cut-outs this year. Nice job Isabel!
This little kitchen gadget made all the baking a bit easier. Merry Christmas to me!
My Mom stopped by so Isabel could teach her how to decorate cookies. Baking cookies together is one of our many holiday traditions.
I hope you had a wonderful holiday too! Thank you for being my bloggy friend in 2010!
First full night sleep in their big girl beds.
They went to bed nicely, Lola just needed some extra snuggles to feel safe in her new bed, but after about 10 minutes they were asleep and we didn't hear a peep until about 7:40am this morning when I heard them both giggling, I walked in and saw them sitting together between their bed reading books....
ARE YOU SERIOUS?
Is this transition going to be this easy?
I won't count my chickens yet!
New BIG GIRL Room!
Thank You Grantie and Gruncle for a super cute canopy... the girls love it!
The train Santa brought them fit perfectly in their room.
The even have a kitchen/grocery store in their room (lucky girls)!
They now have easy access to day dream out the window!
(notice the absence of the rocking chair... it was way to early for 'mom' to get rid of that so the rocking chair has been moved to our office, that is where we will "Rock & Read"
Ellie & Grandma
Time for a Tuesdays with Dorie rewind -- Tender Shortcakes! This was our pick back in June thanks to Cathy at Tortefeasor, you can find the delicious recipe here at Cathy's site.
We love strawberry shortcakes at our house, and while they are nice in the summer with some simple macerated berries, they are also a great winter treat with some warm cooked strawberry sauce from frozen berries (or fresh if you can find decent ones this time of the year). Dorie's shortcake recipe was delicious, perfectly tender and a touch crumbly, just perfect for soaking up all of those yummy berry juices.
Wishing you and yours a wonderful New Year! I have a blogging resolution to be a little more consistent since I've really missed keeping up with everyone these past couple of months. See you soon :)
|Dark Chocolate Cookies|
--Adapted from eupcurious.com
- ¾ cup King Arthur Unbleached All-Purpose Flour
- ¾ cup unsweetened cocoa powder
- ½ tsp baking soda
- ½ tsp salt
- 1 stick (1/2 cup) butter
- ¼ cup Crisco vegetable shortening
- 1 cup sugar
- 2 large eggs
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- ¾ to 1 cup chopped walnuts
- ½ to ¾ cup chocolate chips (or better yet, chopped Dove dark chocolate)
|Dough balls lined up to freeze|
This first video is when we went into the room to tell the girls Santa came. They misunderstood our excitement and thought Santa was here and didn't want to come out of there room, so we had to carry them out, but when they saw what Santa brought them they were ecstatic!
"Sit & Spin"
They love them and were able to figure them out in just a few tries!