Thursday, February 17, 2011

Recipe review: Cinnamon Roll Cookies

Recently I came across this recipe from Picky-plate for cinnamon roll cookies and I really wanted to try them. 

I did. Make them. They are so tasty. And like she says, surprisingly better cold. I don't know why but the cold does something that makes me want eat them all. These are chewy, just the right amount of sweet, buttery and fantastic. 

   I didn't take pictures of my cookies, so here is one from her blog 
just so you know what you are getting yourself into.  

The recipe straight for her lips blog:


2 Cups sugar
1 Cup butter, softened
3 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 Cup sour cream
6 Cups flour
2 teaspoons baking soda
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt

1 1/2 softened butter
1 1/2 Cups packed light brown sugar
1 1/2 Tablespoons ground cinnamon
*You can find the recipe for frosting on her site, I bought a tub of cream cheese frosting because I was being lazy but I didn't frost most of the cookies, I actually liked them better without the frosting.* 
Cream the sugar and butter. Add eggs, vanilla and sour cream until combined. Add the baking soda, baking powder, salt and flour one cup at a time until well combined.
Divide the dough in half and wrap each half in plastic wrap and refrigerate at least 2 hours.
Once chilled, cut each disc into thirds and roll into a 1/8 inch thick oval. Spread each rolled pieces of dough with 2 Tablespoons softened butter, 1/4 Cup packed brown sugar and 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon. *I took the filling ingredients and mixed them all together like a spread. But do however you wish. I like being different.*
Start rolling from the long end closest to you, rolling into a log shape.  Using a sharp knife, cut 1/2 inch pieces of dough.  Bake at 350 degrees for 9-11 minutes. Remove and let cool for 5 minutes before removing from baking sheet."

Seriously of you don't make themse I just might disown you. Check out her website. I just saw her recipe for walking tacos (the one good thing about middle school) and I want. 

Monday, February 14, 2011

Happy Valentine's Day!

Have a great day whether you are single or have someone special to celebrate with.

Go out with friends, or out to dinner with the one/s you love. Print some valentine days cards out if you don't have time to get to the store or if you forgot!

Enjoy your day! Celebrate all the love you have in your life, be it a husband, wife, boyfriend, girlfriend, friends, parents, or kids.

If all else fails and you get ditched, dumped, or simply don't have a valentine, go to the store and buy some candy, it's on sale by now. 

And remember, Sasquatch loves you!

Friday, February 11, 2011

Chocolate covered everything

Valentine's Day is fast approaching and if you are still stumped on what to do for whoever it is that you want to do something for just cover something in chocolate and tada! All done.

What you may need:
  • Strawberries, Graham crackers, marshmallows, heart shaped strawberry favored peeps, or her/his favorite cookies
  • Chocolate
  • and possibly sprinkles

How simple is that?

First you need to melt the chocolate. You can do this one of three ways:

1. Microwave, place chocolate in bowl and microwave for about 20 -30 second increments stirring in between. Watch the chocolate carefully and do not burn b/c thats no way to show someone you like/love them. Unless you are being mean and want them to eat burnt chocolate. If meanness is the case, exit this web page, turn off the computer and go get a hobby. Anyway, I usually only microwave when I have a small batch of chocolate to melt, it takes to long to get it all melted for me. 

2. Double boiler. Place a pot of water on the stove and bring to a boil, place a bowl or another pan over the water but make sure it is not touching the water and turn down the heat to low. Add chocolate and stir as it begins to melt. I don't really like this method because I find it hard to keep the temperature consistent and my chocolate always separates or starts to gets hard fast (insert inappropriate "that's what she said" joke here). 

3. A crock pot. Just plug in the crock pot, and add the chocolate and stir as it begins to melt. I have a mini crock pot that I bought just for melting chocolate.  It keeps an even temp and it super easy. I love it.

Line a cookie sheet with wax or parchment. I had to use aluminum foil because it was all I had, so use that if you want instead.  Melt your chocolate. Grab what ever it is that you are going to be dipping and dip it. Very gently shake to remove excess chocolate and lay on the cookie sheet to cool and harden. 

If you want to add sprinkles do so now while the chocolate is still wet. If you want to add some fancy white chocolate squiggles (is that the right term? squiggles?) just melt some white chocolate, dip a fork in it and wildly fling it over what ever you want. Preferably the food you just dipped and not children, animals or walls. 

Once they are harden you can arrange thing in a pretty bowl like the one below. Or you could get some mini cupcake liners and arrange then beautifully on a plate and you date/lover/friend/whatever will be swoon and be mighty impressed.

See how pretty in the bowl? Please also note the blue arrow in the in upper left corner and the sleeping dog. This has nothing to do with anything but I thought you should see. 

Sunday, February 6, 2011

Easy Decorating Tip 8,367

 So here is yet another easy decorating tip for another Holiday, Valentine's Day!
I whipped up some brownies the other day and decided I wanted to make them festive.

What you may need:
  • Fresh Baked Brownies or Store Bought Brownies
  • Powdered sugar 
  • A fine mesh sieve or any mesh strainer
  • wax paper, parchment paper or any paper you can cut
  • scissors 
  • Valentinesque sprinkles, I just bought this from Wilton.
So bake or unwrap your brownies, take what ever paper you are using and cut out a heart. Lay the heart you just cut out where ever you want on top of the brownies.

Load up your mesh strainer sieve or whatever it is you call it with powdered sugar and gently shake it over your brownies. When it is to your satisfaction remove the paper hearts and Viola! All done. 

You can add some sprinkles so jazz them up little. So simple and now you have fancy brownies. Sort of.  Oh well enjoy! 

Saturday, February 5, 2011

Knitted Hearts -FREE Pattern!

A cute little project to make when being crafty, or bored in my case. I knitted this cute little plush heart that is about 3x4 inches.  It took me about a half hour to complete the whole project.

I used novelty fluff yarn from Plymouth yarn, it is called Heaven.  It is super soft!

You can make regular ones or dazzle them up with faces, either way they are super cute!

I set the pdf to smallest file possible to make it easier to download, however it beat the pictures to death.  They are all grainy, though they are probably horrible visual aids anyway.  I'm not a pro photographer, nor do I wish to be, so don't judge please. 

You can download the free pattern HERE.  YEp I said Free! Please make for fun and for yourself, I do not authorize commercial use.  If there are any errors in this pattern, I apologize.  I will fix the post asap if there is a flaw.  This is my first original pattern of the plush heart.  Click here!

Or if you would like this happy heart (featured above) you can check out the Sasquatch Willow ETSY store and buy it!

Have fun and modify it if you wish! Be Creative!  

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