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Ramblings of a person who can’t shop…

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Today I went to the mall and thought, “man, I need like, two pair of flats, at least a pair of pants, some shirts, and maybe a dress or two…”

And then left the mall with two pillows for my couch, a pack of socks for my husband,  a pair of Spanx, a clearance cardigan, a pair of flats, and a pair of sneakers…

And then wondered to myself, “why the fuck do I need sneakers?  I don’t even work out!?*

~J

*If you’ll notice, “fat ass” is a tag word I used for this post.

Hey Readers, I need a favor!

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I entered the following photo of my daughter into a contest with a photographer. I’d really appreciate if you took a moment to vote for her!

You can find “EIEIO Photography” on Facebook, like the fan page and then like Stella’s photo- that counts as the vote!

Or you can visit the blog: gorgeousbyeieio.blogspot.com and comment with the number of Stella’s photo.

 

Thank you so much!

Christmas Toffee Bars

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This Halloween my husband and I learned something new about ourselves: WE LOVE TOFFEE. We had no idea until those Heath bars showed up in that bag of Halloween candy. It was a given that we had to make some this holiday season. This recipe was dangerously easy.

Preheat oven to 350, butter 9×13″ glass baking dish

For the crush-

Combine:
2 cups of crushed vanilla wafer cookies
1/4 cup brown sugar
1/3 cup unsalted butter, melted.

Press the mixture into the prepared dish, using a measuring cup to “tamp” it down. Bake for 8 minutes, or just until set.

Melt together:
1 stick unsalted butter
1/2 cup  brown sugar

Stir to blend. Bring the mixture to a boil and boil for 1 minute without stirring.

Immediately pour the mixture over the hot crust, then return the pan to the oven. Bake an additional 10 minutes, remove, and cool for 2 minutes.

Sprinkle 1 cup of semisweet chocolate chips over the toffee and let stand until glossy, about 5 minutes. Spread the chocolate over the toffee using an offset spatula, then sprinkle 1/2 cup chopped nuts (almonds, pecans, or walnuts). Cool bars completely.

Remove toffee from the pan. It should come out real easy.

See?

To break into pieces, insert the tip of a paring knife into the toffee and twist the knife.

Recipe source: Cuisine at Home Holiday Cookies

Bedtime snack’n jammies

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Makes 24-28 bars

Total time: 45 minutes

Preheat oven to 375. Coat a 9×13″ baking pan with nonstick spray

For the base and topping-

Combine in bowl; set aside:
2 1/4 cups quick cooking oats
2 cups all purpose flour
3/4 t table salt
1/2 t baking soda

Cream until smooth:
1 1/3 cups brown sugar
1 stick unsalted butter, room temperature
1/2 cup creamy peanut butter

Add 1 teaspoon vanilla and mix until blended. Gradually add oat mixture and mix until crumbly.

Measure out and reserve 2 cups of the crumb mixture for the topping. Press the remaining mixture into prepared pan for the base, using the bottom of a measuring cup to “tamp” down the dough.

Spread over base:
1 (12 oz) jar of blackberry jam

Combine reserved crumb mixture with 1 cup of chopped chocolate-covered peanuts.

Sprinkle topping over jam layer, pressing it lightly to adhere. Bake 25-30 minutes, or until jam is bubbly and topping is golden. Cool bar completely before cutting.

Original recipe from Cuisine at Home Holiday Cookies

 

Tis the season for cookies!

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My sister and I spent 5 hours on Saturday baking six different kinds of cookies.

My poor kitchen looked like this for most of those 5 hours.

That’s about half of my counter space. First major renovation project for this house? The kitchen. Hopefully next summer.

That’s the rest of my counter space.

You don’t bake with champagne? You’re doing it wrong.

Thankfully we had our own personal dishwasher. Who was happy to be paid in cookie dough.

Stayed tuned for posts on:

Chocolate Crinkle Cookies
Bedtime Snack n’ Jammies
Chocolate Mint Sandwich Cookies
Crispy S’mores bars
Cinnamon Roll Cookies
Christmas Toffee Bars

*You can blame a teething toddler for this post turning into nothing but a big tease!

~T