Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Peanut Blossoms

Many of my friends throughout the years have said their favorite Christmas Cookie is the Peanut Blossom, so I thought I would share my recipe this year. Over the weekend I made this cookie with a special little helper, Cameron. It is the perfect cookie to make with little ones because they love  every single step from the measuring and mixing down to the kiss!
1 3/4 cup Flour
1 tsp. Baking Soda
1/2 tsp. Salt
1/2 cup Butter
1/2 cup Peanut Butter
3/4 cup Sugar
3/4 cup Brown Sugar
1 egg
1 tsp. Vanilla
48 chocolate kisses
Step 1. Mix together all dry ingredients.
Step 2. Mix together Butter, sugar, egg, peanut butter, and vanilla.
Step 3. Slowly combine the two, stirring gently. Form into one inch balls.
Step 5. Place on ungreased cookie sheet and bake for 8 minutes at 350 degrees.
Step 6. While the cookies bake unwrap the chocolate kisses!
Step 7. Remove from oven and place on parchment paper.

Thursday, November 21, 2013

Missing My Classroom!

Tonight, I was thinking about some of my previous students and I remembered how much I miss having a classroom. I loved exploring new and fun activities with my students. I miss having those amazing days where a student learns a new skill and their entire life completely changes. Nothing will ever compare to the day a child learns how to write their name for the first time, tie their shoe by themselves, or even zip their own coat. It is crazy to think that some of my preschool students that I had while I was going to college are now in 6th and 7th grade! I have been lucky enough to keep in touch with several students and they still bring so much joy to my life. I hope someday in the future I am in a position where I am able to return to the classroom and rekindle my passion of preschool teaching. 

Saturday, October 26, 2013

Brosia's Autumn Bridal Shower

On this lovely autumn day I hosted my friend Brosia's Bridal Shower. I have not known Brosia for all that long, but I do know that she is one of the most down to earth and kind-hearted individuals I have ever met. There are so many things that I love about her but my favorite thing would probably be the fact that she is so relaxed, and we can just be ourselves around each other. I am absolutely honored to share her and her soon-to-be husbands friendship. Below are a few snap shots from her special day.

Much like myself, Ambrosia loves the outdoors, so I was thrilled when she agreed to the outdoor bridal shower! I envisioned a little more color with the trees but the snow last week had made most of the leaves shed. Either way, the weather was beautiful today and for that I was ever so thankful!

For the shower, I served two types of chili along with homemade bread to keep everyone's tummies warm! I made hot apple cider and served a variety of autumn treats as well. The biggest hit was probably the Carmel Apple Crisp Cheesecake.

The bride wore a wristlet corsage that I had made for her at a local floral shop. While jackets may not be the most eloquent bridal shower attire, the atmosphere made up for the lack of fashion. After introductions and soup, we gathered around the fire to eat dessert and watch the bride open her gifts. I am so thankful for the friends and family members that traveled the distance to shower Brosia with love and gifts as she begins the journey into marriage.