Tuesday, December 24, 2013

merry christmas!

just having some holiday fun playing with heart bokeh. i think i need some more practice but there are christmas cookies to eat and movies to watch, a girl has got to have her priorities! hope you're having a fun night too!

merry christmas!

xo,
carly

Monday, December 23, 2013

my new favorite holiday cookie

i'm always collecting new cookie recipes, especially holiday ones and this year i was so inspired by this beautiful recipe for candy cane chocolate cookies from the call me cupcake blog. not to mention just being inspired by her insanely gorgeous blog!

but then december got a little too crazy and my inspiration waned a bit and the idea of having to convert the recipe and then test it, blah, blah...i know some of you get what i'm saying. so i went looking for a way to make my own version.

i started with the recipe for chocolate crinkles, a betty crocker and family favorite. you can find the recipe and picture here. i altered it just a bit and made them into what i'm calling minty crinkles.

recipe:
-1/2 cup vegetable oil
-4 sq. unsweetened chocolate, melted
-2 cups sugar
-4 eggs
-2 tsp vanilla
-1/2 tsp peppermint extract
-2 cups flour
-2 tsp baking powder
-1/2 tsp salt
-melted chocolate (any favorite will work, i always use cadbury dairy milk)
-crushed candy canes

mix oil, chocolate and sugar. blend in one egg at a time until well mixed. add vanilla. measure flour by dipping or sifting. stir flour, baking powder and salt into oil mixture. chill several hours or overnight.

heat oven to 350. shape teaspoonfuls into balls. place about 2" apart on greased baking sheet. bake 10 to 12 minutes. chill between batches to make it easier to roll. do not overbake! cool completely on a wire rack. then dip in melted chocolate and crushed candy cane. return to wire rack to harden. makes about 6 doz. cookies.

my notes:
i used cocoa powder & additional oil instead of chocolate squares. there is a handy little measurement on the cocoa powder packaging (3 tbsp of cocoa powder + 1 tbsp of vegetable oil = 1 chocolate sq) and that's just how we've always made them!

xo,
carly

Sunday, December 22, 2013

getting better...

i'm sorry for my long absence. i had lots of fun things planned for december but then silly life got in the way and instead of being a fun celebratory time, it's been a couple of tough weeks. my grandpa has been ill and we were very worried.

but things are getting better i'm hoping these last few days before christmas can be fun, with lots of cookie baking and holiday movie watching. and i wanted to share one little holiday project, homemade hot cocoa mix. it makes a great treats for friends and neighbors, a really fun hostess gift and it's really nice to drink on christmas morning.


recipe:
-3 cups powdered milk
-3 cups powdered sugar
-1 1/2 cups cocoa powder
-1 1/2 cups white chocolate chips
-2 chocolate bars (approximately 8oz total, i use cadbury dairy milk bars)

chop chocolate bars. whisk all ingredients together. in batches, pulse in food processor until chocolate is finely ground. store in an airtight container for 3 months.

if giving as a gift, attach a tag with instructions to mix 1/3 cup with 1 cup with hot milk.

xo,
carly

Sunday, December 8, 2013

cookie packaging, part 1

this is the time of year where i start planning what kinds of holiday goodies i want to make for my friends & family, and of course the packaging is vitally important too! i have a crazy long list of cookies i want to make this year and no idea how i want to package them. and honestly i really should have thought about this sooner but i refuse to let anything as fun as holiday baking cause me stress. at least not until the last minute...hee hee!

one of my all time favorites is using clear lidded boxes to give a variety box of treats. i start with a stationary box (find them here), cover the sides in decorative scrapbooking paper, place cupcake liners inside and fill them with a assortment of treats. then i glue a custom label to the lid and tie it all together with twine. i love this packaging so much i think i did it for a few years in a row.

i also love using paper cd envelopes to hold one big cookie. it's a great way to give a just little holiday sugar to someone. i wrap the cookie in plastic wrap to keep it fresh, insert in into the envelope, glue on a cute little label and adhere the envelope closed.

and last year i made rolls of cookies for my sweet coworkers. i neglected to take a photo but here is the idea that inspired me. southern living suggested giving cookie dough in a cute roll with the recipe but i know my friends would rather have ready made treats and it's quite easy to wrap a dozen cookies into a parchment present.

so what will i do this year? good question. glassine bags, mason jars, my favorite brown takeout boxes...i guess i better figure that out, my days are getting numbered! stay tuned for cookie packaging, part 2.

xo,
carly

Saturday, November 30, 2013

holiday style

we have a pretty quiet saturday going on at our house today...turkey leftovers, homework for shaun and holiday planning for me. i'm starting with a style board to organize my thoughts before making a crazy mess by pulling out all the decorations.

here's what i'm thinking:
 
i love the combination of red, white and aqua. plus i will probably add in some kraft paper somewhere and maybe a bit of chalkboard. i'm calling it "peppermint sky" just to amuse myself but also because i know there will be a lot of peppermint yummy-ness this season.

1) everyday beauty blog 2) kara's party ideas blog 3) thirty handmade days blog and hammond's beautiful candy canes!

xo,
carly

p.s. don't forget to shop small & local today, small business saturday!

Thursday, November 28, 2013

happy thanksgiving!

wishing you a wonderful day!

xo,
carly

Sunday, November 17, 2013

advent calendar

i like to celebrate one holiday at a time, halloween all the way until halloween even though the stores change over to christmas on october 31st. then i like to continue with fall and celebrate thanksgiving. novel idea i know! the one exception i make is getting my advent calendar ready. i find having an advent calendar really helps to enjoy the season.

for the last few years we have been using little tags that i designed in combination with the framed metal clip strips (also something i designed and available in my etsy shop) and an assortment of jars, boxes and bags.

the assortment gives us tasty treats some days and fun christmas activities too. some tags i just cut the number bit off into a square and some i fold in half and write the activity on. here's a sample list:

xo,
carly

p.s. you can find the tags here (page 1, page 2 and page 3), if you would like a copy!

p.p.s. find more of my favorite advent ideas here!

Saturday, November 16, 2013

new in the shop!

new in my etsy shop today, framed metal clip strips...

 
perfect for displaying photos, memorabilia and other paper pretties!
happy saturday!
xo,
carly

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

box up your leftovers!

more thanksgiving talk? oh yes! i'm having a blast planning every little detail, from the menu to the boxes to send the leftovers home with my guests!

i have been in love with these brown fold-pak takeout boxes for a few years, ever since i found the restaurant supply store in my town, so many packaging options! this box, box #4, is great for leftovers, about 2 dozen cookies or 6 cupcakes. west coast girls, have you been to cash & carry yet? so awesome! and everyone else, look for a restaurant supply store in your town.

so this year to dress up my takeout & "take home" boxes i'm adding a little thanksgiving seal, complete with my theme appropriate acorn and a spot for my guests name. i've made up a little downloadable sheet in case you want to use them too and here's a quick bit of instruction on how to turn them into seals.

supplies:
-printed seals (find them here)
-2" circle punch (or scissors)
-xyron 510/5" creative station
-something to color with (if desired)

how to:
-open pdf and print on cardstock.
-color seals if desired (i used some watered down acrylic paints to "watercolor" my acorns).
 
-punch out (or cut) with the 2" circle punch.
-run circles through the xyron to turn into stickers and ta-da!

happy thanksgiving prepping!
xo,
carly

Saturday, November 9, 2013

my favorite thanksgiving recipe

as the prep for thanksgiving continues at my house i thought i might share my favorite thanksgiving recipe. for those of you who know me or who read this blog, you probably aren't too surprised that it's a dessert recipe. and it's a dessert recipe that i have been making for thanksgiving ever since i was in college and all i did for thanksgiving was show up with these cheesecakes and dirty laundry.


mini brown sugar pumpkin cheesecakes
makes 36 mini cheesecakes
for crust
-1 3/4 cups graham cracker crumbs
-8 tbsp melted butter
-5 tbsp sugar

for filling
-2 8oz packages of cream cheese, softened
-1 cup of brown sugar
-1 cup canned pumpkin puree
-3 eggs, at room temp
-3 tbsp flour
-1 tsp pumpkin pie spice
-1/2 tsp salt

preheat oven to 350 degrees. combine cracker crumbs, sugar and butter. spray mini muffin pans liberally with cooking spray and then spoon about 1 tablespoon of mixture into each cup, pressing down to make a solid bottom layer. bake for about 5 minutes until fragrant and slightly firm. transfer pans to a wire rack to cool. reduce oven temperature to 300.

mix cream cheese until light and fluffy, about 2 minutes. add eggs one at a time, mixing well after each addition. add sugar, pumpkin, flour, spice and salt; mix until well combined.

spoon filling into muffin cups, careful not to overfill (the mini cheesecakes are easier to remove from from muffin pans if the filling does not go over the rim). bake until firm, about 15 to 20 minutes. transfer to a wire rack to cool completely. refrigerate until set, for at least 4 hours or overnight.

gently run a wet knife around the edge of each cheesecake to loosen them and then pop out. transfer to serving platter or cake stand and garnish as desired. mini cheesecakes are wonderful with caramel drizzle and chopped nuts, chocolate drizzle, a little whipped cream or just naked!

adapted from martha stewart's chocolate-pumpkin cheesecake bars

xo,
carly

Sunday, November 3, 2013

planning...

thanksgiving is going to be a little different for us this year, shaun and i will be spending the holiday apart. shaun's grandmother isn't well and is unable to travel to us so he is going to travel to her and his mother. and i'm going to stay home and have a girls thanksgiving with my mom, sister and aunties. i'm going to miss my hubby and our big family holiday so to make myself feel a little bit better i'm planning something a little bit different. here's the very beginning of what i'm working on...

i'm obsessed with acorns for some crazy reason, i ordered a bunch from etsy. i also see some painted pumpkins in my future. and i'm loving the combo of emerald and metallic rose gold.

1) table setting from martha stewart 2)gold leaf and acorns from finding home blog 3)zoe band from gemvara.

xo,
carly

Friday, November 1, 2013

cookie #18: vermont maple cookies

do you remember the last cookie from the cooky book, jubilee jumbles? and remember that there are many variations of the jumble? well the vermont maple cookies are yet another!

recipe:
make jubilee jumbles (find the recipe here) but substitute 1 tbsp maple flavoring for the vanilla. spread cooled cookies with maple butter glaze (below).

maple butter glaze
heat 1/2 cup butter until golden brown. blend in 2 cups sifted confectioners' sugar and 2 tsp maple flavoring. stir in 2 to 4 tsp of hot water until icing spreads smoothly.

my notes:
so now that i've made jubilee jumbles twice, i've decided that i probably won't make them again, as in, not my favorite cookie. however, the maple butter glaze is nice, it reminds me of caramel corn. i think i will be making that again, yum!

xo,
carly


Thursday, October 31, 2013

happy halloween!

happy halloween! i hope you are having a wonderful day, filled with lots of fun and bunches of candy!!!


xo,
carly

p.s. this is a pic of our pumpkins and i know it might be hard to tell because a) it's a pumpkin and b) you might not be as big a geek as me, but that one in the middle is a tardis. i love doctor who!!!

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

the pumpkin patch

heading to the pumpkin patch is such a fun part of our fall traditions. this year we met our good friends the thieles at gordon's skagit farms in mt vernon. it was our first trip to gordon's and we loved it! they have tons of specialty pumpkins like white ghost pumpkins and even fun gourds, which my friend sam totally feel in love with. and they also have a whole barn of fun pumpkin displays, carved, painted, laced-covered...you name it and they probably have it!

more of my favorite pink pumpkins

sam and her beloved gourd, gourdy

we will definitely be heading back to gordon's next year!
 
xo,
carly

Monday, October 21, 2013

cookie #17: jubilee jumbles

the jumble is a cookie born out of the butter and sugar saving days of world war II. it all began with the molasses jumble but then came the spiced molasses jumble, the lemon molasses jumble, the frosted molasses jumble, the coconut jumble, the raisin jumble and in 1955 the jubilee jumble. the jubilee jumble was created by general mills in observance of the 75th anniversary of gold medal flour. by 1955 there was no longer a need to ration sugar so jubilee jumbles are made with brown sugar instead of molasses.




recipe:
-1/2 cup shortening
-1 1/2 cups brown sugar (packed)
-2 eggs
-1 cup sour cream
-1 tsp vanilla
-2 3/4 cups flour
-1/2 tsp soda
-1 tsp salt
-1 cup chopped nuts

mix shortening, sugar and eggs thoroughly. stir in sour cream and vanilla. measure flour by dipping method or by sifting. stir together flour, soda and salt; blend in. mix in nuts. chill dough if soft.

heat oven to 375 degrees. drop rounded tablespoons of dough about 2" apart on greased baking sheet. bake about 10 minutes or until almost no imprint remains when touched lightly. if desired, spread cooled cookies with a browned butter glaze. makes about 4 dozen cookies.

recipe from betty crocker cooky book

my notes:
these cookies have a soft, chewy texture and the nuts add a salty touch to the sweetness. not my favorite cookie from the cookbook so far but still a nice cookie to snack on!

xo,
carly

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

scrapbooking...

yay, i'm scrapbooking!


and it's been so long since i scrapbooked that it was like an urban legend or a tall tale, not really a hobby. but i'm back and i'm scrapbooking as we speak, just had to take a minute to share my crafty joy!

hope your tuesday night is happy too!

xo,
carly

Sunday, October 13, 2013

new in the shop!

i'm super excited to say that there are NEW products in my etsy shop! it's been so very long but now there are new wooden display hangers repurposed from vintage advertising hangers.
 

i love them for displaying photos (because i love everything for displaying photos) and that's what they were originally designed for but they are also adorable for displaying art and other paper goodies.

hope your sunday is going as well as mine!

xo,
carly

p.s. find them here!

Thursday, October 10, 2013

whoopie!

so when you have leftover pumpkin from making pumpkin spice syrup, what should you do? well make pumpkin whoopie pies of course! i've had this recipe from libby & very best baking in my "to try" file for a few years now and i'm so happy that i finally got around to making them because they are awesome! they are very moist and flavorful but not too spicy or too sweet.


i made full sized whoopie pies, not mini because the idea of having 36 servings sounded crazy! (and just fyi, i made 20ish pies and i adjusted the bake time to approximately 14-15 minutes.)

xo,
carly




Tuesday, October 8, 2013

a little black magic

my love affair with halloween continues with this silly project! it combines my love for halloween and my love for old books. don't worry, i haven't destroyed a priceless old work, it's just an old readers digest book that i've turned into a "spell book" to add to my halloween display.



i started with the previously mentioned reader's digest book, available at many thifts stores for practically pennies, and i painted several coats of white acrylic paint on the covers to act as a primer. next i added some distress crackle paint in just a few spots to add "age". then i painted the book two shades of gold and added these beautiful tim holtz stickers on the binding. a few glittered spiders and a bottle with some tim holtz remnant rubs, and my little side table is halloween ready!

can you tell i'm having fun?

xo,
carly


Saturday, October 5, 2013

for the love of red velvet

as a baker and a cook i try to work as "close to the ground" as possible, with organic ingredients and also minimal artificial ingredients but i have a real soft spot in my heart for all things red velvet. i think the love comes from the fact that red velvet was the first cake i learned to make from scratch...well, the first cake i learned to make from scratch that came out moist, tender and truly edible.

and now there's not just red velvet cake & cupcakes to love, there are red velvet brownies, red velvet truffles, red velvet doughnuts, red velvet pancakes and these red velvet chocolate chip cookies! this is a wonderful recipe from baking serendipity, moist, chewy & chocolaty. they are also lovely as un-re velvet cookies if you feel like leaving out the coloring. i highly recommend this recipe!

xo,
carly

Thursday, October 3, 2013

the pumpkin spice bandwagon

i love that this is pumpkin spice season, thank you starbucks! i'll take pumpkin spice in chai tea, bread, cupcakes, even candles. i love it!

and i have been seeing diy pumpkin spice syrup all over pinterest so i had to try making it for more than a few reasons like...a)i like making stuff; b)i love pumpkin spice; and c)i don't drink coffee so i find actually going to starbucks a little intimidating, i never know if i want a grande or a venti and sometimes i just panic and order a hot chocolate!

so i started with a recipe found here, on the adorable savvy eats blog.


it's very tasty and i'm very deep like with it, it might even be a crush but i have a feeling i'll be tinkering with my own version over the season. if it turns out well, i'll share. until then, enjoy your pumpkin spice in whatever form you can!

xo,
carly

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

a little halloween magic

i love halloween! love it! which is why i started decorating a week ago. this is the little display in my studio (please forgive the terrible lighting, it's fall here, it's raining and if i wait for natural light it might be spring).


the labels on the bottles and jars are from this adorable etsy shop, magic pug. aren't they fantastic? i made the black flowers from just plain old tissue paper, but i found this rust & sunshine tutorial helpful. and i made little book paper cones for my vintage cruet set. to make them sturdy enough to hold treats, i gave them a coat of mod podge inside and out.

i have a few more crafty halloween projects in mind so this studio display might be ever-changing or i might look for other "empty" spaces around the house that could use some halloween magic.

happy halloween season!
carly

p.s. want to see a super cute halloween display, check out my best buddy tammy t's on her new blog, here.

Monday, September 30, 2013

cookie #16: old-fashioned sour cream cookies

i'm back in the kitchen and back to my betty crocker cooky book project! i've been baking my way...well rather selectively baking my way because i don't do most nuts, i hate raisins and coffee, but i'm getting distracted...

so i'm back with recipe #16, old-fashioned sour cream cookies.

recipe:
-1/2 cup shortening (part butter or margarine)
-1 cup sugar
-1 egg
-1 tsp vanilla
-2 2/3 cups flour
-1 tsp baking powder
-1/2 tsp soda
-1/2 tsp salt
-1/4 tsp nutmeg
-1/2 cup sour cream

heat oven to 425 degrees. mix shortening, sugar, egg and vanilla thoroughly. measure flour by dipping method or by sifting. blend dry ingredients; add to sugar mixture alternately with sour cream.

divide dough; roll out to 1/4" thick on well-floured surface. cut with 2" round cutter; place on greased baking sheet. sprinkle with sugar. bake 8 to 10 minutes or until lightly browned. makes 4 to 5 dozen cookies.

recipe from betty crocker cookie book

my notes:
this is a really fabulous cookie! they are really yummy, super soft sugar cookies. i'm sure i will be making them often. and just a little personal tip, i rolled the first dozen out with flour as instructed in the recipe but then i switched to powdered sugar, which made them even more tender.

xo,
carly

Sunday, September 29, 2013

the promise of fall

i started this blog a few years ago as part of my photography business, a way to share photos and news with clients and maybe just a tidbit of personal news here and there. but after closing my photography business to make a big move so my husband could go back to school, i have constantly struggled with how much to share here. and when life is difficult, blogging is the first activity to get dropped off the to do list.

so as you can guess by the lack of recent activity here on the blog, it was a long and pretty sucky summer. as you know, i didn't blog, i also didn't go to the farmer's market, make pickles or jam. i didn't cook or bake or do anything very fun. i just hibernated. it was a sad summer, our family suffered two losses to cancer. and i have been dealing with some chronic physical pain, just enough to make life really inconvenient. i don't want to be whiny or bore you with all the gruesome details, i just want to be authentic. it's not been pretty around here.

i'm happy to see summer go. it's rainy and stormy here today and i love it. i'm ready to make soup, bake cookies and craft. fall promises to be better. and i really need better.

xo,
carly

Monday, June 17, 2013

i was totally going to sew but...

...then i saw this thing on pinterest. seriously, do they have shirts that say that? i really need one, it would save me so much time explaining myself.

so anyway, i found this recipe for banana split bars and as i had a half a jar of maraschino cherries on hand (a very strange ingredient to find at my house), i found myself in the kitchen. thank you to deborah for her fabulous recipe. check out her cute blog, taste and tell.

xo,
carly

p.s. i didn't work on any of my sewing projects but i did do some mending, buttons and such. small steps people, small steps.

Saturday, June 15, 2013

i think i can sew...

thanks to the super cute projects i find on pinterest and being totally deluded about my sewing skills, i have a big stack of fabric waiting to be transformed! and some of it has been waiting quite a while. but by confessing this, hopefully i will be a little more accountable and a little more motivated to sew, sew, sew!

xo,
carly

Thursday, June 6, 2013

cookie #15: cherry-coconut bars

recipe:
-1 cup flour
-1/2 cup butter or margarine
-3 tbsp confectioners sugar
-2 eggs, slightly beaten
-1 cup sugar
-1/4 cup flour
-1/2 tsp baking powder
-1/4 tsp salt
-1 tsp vanilla
-3/4 cup chopped nuts
-1/2 cup coconut
-1/2 cup quartered maraschino cherries

heat oven to 350 degrees. measure flour by dipping or sifting. with hands, mix 1 cup flour, butter and confectioners sugar until smooth. spread thin with fingers in ungreased square pan, 8x8. bake about 25 minutes.

stir rest of ingredients into eggs. spread over top of baked pastry (no need to cool). bake about 25 minutes. cool. cut into bars. makes 18 bars.

recipe from betty crocker cooky book.

my notes:
cherry and coconut are a yummy combination, especially with a shortbread crust! and my lovely coworkers all gave them a big thumbs up too!

xo,
carly

Tuesday, June 4, 2013

vegan coconut cupcakes

my first adventure in vegan baking!

so i believe i've mentioned that we celebrate birthdays at my workplace with cupcakes and takeout lunches. not terribly original but super fun! well one of our summer employees, back from college and fairly recently vegan, just celebrated her birthday. i was very excited and just a bit intimidated to try baking my first batch of vegan cupcakes!

i turned to chef chloe for a recipe because i watched her on cupcake wars (i bet you're not surprised i watch cupcake wars). her recipe for fluffy coconut cupcakes were a HUGE hit, moist and very fluffy. the birthday girl was pleased but so were all the non-vegans. i highly recommend them for all your vegans & non-vegans celebrating birthdays, graduations, baby showers or wednesdays for that matter. coconut cupcakes are really good for anything!

xo,
carly

Sunday, June 2, 2013

cookie #14: oatsies

recipe:
-2 cups rolled oats
-1/2 cup brown sugar (packed)
-1/2 cup butter or margarine
-1/4 cup dark corn syrup
-1/2 tsp salt
-1 tsp vanilla
-6 oz chocolate chips
-1/4 cup chopped nuts
 
heat oven to 400 degrees. mix oats and sugar. melt butter; add syrup, salt, and vanilla. pour over the oats and sugar; mix well. pat out in greased square pan, 9x9. bake 8 to 10 minutes. do not over bake. it will be bubbly when done. while this cools, melt chocolate; sprinkle with nuts. cut into bars. make 32 bars.

recipe from betty crocker cooky book

my notes:
this caramel-like bar cookie is almost like a candy bar, very yummy! and might be even better with milk chocolate melted on top. definitely a keeper recipe!

xo,
carly

Saturday, June 1, 2013

100 miles before summer

these days a lot of my sentences start with the phrase "so i saw this fun thing on instagram...", which my husband must just love but at least it's a change from my old standby, "i saw this adorable thing on pinterest..."

so anyways i saw this fun thing on instagram about walking or running 100 miles before summer. anyone who knows me is going to be surprised that something about fitness caught my eye, i am a pretty hardcore couch potato but i guess i was looking for a challenge. so two cute fitness trainers are challenging everyone to walk or run 100 miles before summer. luckily for me summer comes a bit later in the pacific northwest so i still have time. i have walked 18 miles so far and while i have many miles to go, i am headed in the right direction.

xo,
carly

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

my new favorite recipe

don't you love when you test out a new recipe and it's just fabulous? what's even better is when it's ridiculously easy and cooks all in one pot! you gotta love that martha stewart and you really must try this one-pot pasta recipe. my family loved it so much, i had to share!

you throw everything in the pot together...


and ta-da!

find the recipe here.

this recipe is what's making me happy right now. hope you're having a happy wednesday too!

xo,
carly

p.s. i added steamed broccoli to my cooked pasta dish, next time i'll try throwing it in the pot!

Thursday, May 9, 2013

cookie #13: salted peanut crisps

recently i've been neglecting my cooky book project, neglecting new cookie recipes in favor of testing out others, like coconut-key lime bars, toasty coconut wedges, brown sugar cheesecake...mother's day is coming up you know but more on that later. so this week i was happy to get back to cookies with my 13th recipe from the betty crocker cooky book, salted peanut crisps.
 

recipe:
-1 cup shortening (part butter or margarine)
-1 1/2 cups brown sugar (packed)
-2 eggs
-2 tsp vanilla
-3 cups flour
-1/2 tsp soda
-1 tsp salt
-2 cups salted peanuts

heat oven to 375. mix shortening, sugar, eggs and vanilla thoroughly. measure flour by dipping or by shifting. blend together flour, soda and salt; stir in. mix in peanuts. drop rounded teaspoonfuls of dough about 2" apart on lightly greased baking sheet. flatten with bottom of greased glass dipped in sugar. bake 8 to 10 minutes or until golden brown. makes about 6 dozen.

recipe from betty crocker cooky book

my notes:
very tasty! the cookie is a yummy, chewy brown sugar cookie and the peanuts make wonderful, salty, little polka dots. i could eat another or a handful!

xo,
carly
Ellie waiting for a cookie during the phoot shoot.

Tuesday, May 7, 2013

an observer

my earliest memory of my grandpa chris is vague, just an image of him quietly observing a family gathering with a camera around his neck. of course i'm not sure when this memory might be from because i suspect it's a compilation of many holidays, birthdays and family dinners. my grandpa was always the quiet observer, documenting the day's events. and he always had his camera. he never asked anyone to smile or say "cheese!", he just quietly captured moments. and every once in a while he stopped to tell a funny story or poke well-deserved fun at a silly family member in his gravely voice.

we celebrated my grandpa's 87th birthday not too long ago. after losing my grandma this past winter it was more than nice to see him smile. he told a few funny stories and teased a few family members. in fact he told my mom he was allergic to strawberries when she had baked him a super-special-old-family-recipe-strawberry-birthday-cake, but he couldn't contain his laughter for long. mostly however he observed, even without his camera. 

the "torch" has been passed and now it's my turn to carry around my camera, trying to document the special moments with my family but i don't think i captured this moment, this beautiful shot of my grandpa, i think he might have given it to me. 

xo,
carly