Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Baby Cousar

Hope everyone had a very Merry Christmas and have now recovered from the Holidays!   I will be back in a few days with a post but wanted to announce that the hubby and I are having a baby!  Baby Cousar will be here in July! I heard the precious little heartbeat for the first time today and it was beating at 160bpm.  Any guesses if it will be a boy or girl?!   We are excited about expanding our little family and pray for a healthy pregnancy and baby.

Monday, December 19, 2011

Christmas Cookies

My sister and I made Christmas Cookies today to give out to neighbors, co-workers, and friends. It was so fun!  We decided to do 4 different kinds of cookies:  Toffee Bars, Tiger Butter, Candy Cane Blossoms, and Sugar Cookies.  One thing we did learn today is that we are by no means professional cookie decorators but at least we had fun doing it!

Here are the recipes we used.

Toffee Bars

1 cup butter
1 cup packed brown sugar
1 1/2 sleeves saltine crackers (broken)
1 (12 oz) package of milk chocolate chips
1 cup chopped pecans for topping

Preheat oven to 375 degrees.  Line cookie sheet with aluminum foil and grease foil.
In a small saucepan over medium heat melt the butter and brown sugar; bring to a boil for 3 minutes and remove from heat
Arrange broken crackers over the foil and pour butter/brown sugar mixture on top.
Bake in preheated oven for 5 minutes
Remove from oven and sprinkle chocolate chips over.  As they begin to melt, spread with a spatula to cover cracker mixture.  Add pecans to top and refrigerate for 1 hour then remove and break into bars.

Tiger Butter

1 (12 oz) package of white chocolate chips
1/2 cup creamy peanut butter
1 (12 oz) bag of semi-sweet chocolate chips

Melt white chocolate in microwave starting at 2 minutes.  Stir and continue until all is melted.  Add 1/2 cup peanut butter to the white chocolate and pour into buttered 9x13 glass dish.
Melt semi-sweet chocolate chips in microwave for 2 minutes.  Stir and continue until all is melted.  Pour onto top of white chocolate-peanut butter and then with a knife, swirl to combine the two.  Cool and cut or break into pieces.

Candy Cane Sugar Blossoms and Sugar Cookies

These cookies were inspired by this pin on pinterest.  However, instead of making the cookies- we used Betty Crocker Sugar Cookie Mix.  The mix is so good and all you add is flour, egg and butter.  Since we were making so many cookies, we thought this would be much easier.

For the Candy Cane Blossoms we rolled into 1-2" balls and then rolled in green or red sugar and baked according to package directions.  Once they cooled for approx 2 minutes, we put Hershey's Candy Cane Kisses in the middle.  For the Sugar Cookies we decorated, we rolled into 2" balls and bakes according to package directions then decorated with icing and sprinkles.

Here they are looking pretty and tasty in our Dollar Tree Christmas Tins

Merry Christmas!

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

One Black Dress, Three Ways

I can't believe it's Christmas Season which means holiday parties and trying to decide what to wear of course!  I recently purchased a black dress similar to the one below from Mozelle Boutique for under $50. Black dresses can be so versatile and great for the holidays because you can style them with different accessories for a different look each time.

Bcbgeneration, $88
Armani Exchange sheer hosiery, $15
Christian Louboutin heel boots, $995
Alexander McQueen clutch hand bag, $1,380
Amrita Singh 18 karat gold jewelry, $250
Jamie Wolf yellow gold jewelry, $2,250
Lee Angel Jewelry stackable jewelry, $80
J Crew buckle belt, $60

Quiksilver shawl collar vest, $119
Bcbgeneration, $88
Armani Exchange seamed tight, $15
Christian Louboutin high heel booties, $995
Marc by Marc Jacobs clutch bag, $328
ASOS bangles jewelry, $15
Juicy Couture gold tone earrings, $48

Armani Exchange nylon pantyhose, $15
Christian Louboutin leopard print high heels, £735
Alexander mcqueen handbag, $1,380
Lee Angel Jewelry yellow gold jewelry, $80
Madewell statement bib necklace, $108
Jamie Wolf pave earrings, $2,250