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Friday, November 29, 2013

COOKIE SWAP 2012 AND A PUMPKIN SNICKERDOODLE RECIPE

Let the holidays begin!  Ya to the hoo!!!  I hope you're all having a lovely weekend followed by a most beautiful Thanksgiving.  I'll start by acknowledging that I haven't been doing much blogging lately, and have been meaning/hoping to update you all soon.  There is so much to be thankful for, and I'm looking forward to enjoying this season whole heartedly and with gusto!

For now, I wanted to make sure and post Cookie Swap 2012 for the record books...before Cookie Swap 2013 happens in the near future.  Oops...I guess I never did do that, did I?  Ah well.  We had a great time.  There's just nothing like the joy that Christmas brings, the smiles, the laughter, and...the cookies.  Seriously.  Enjoy...and do let me know, how does a cookie swap work in your neck of the woods?

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The 3rd Annual Cookie Swap, along with a recipe for Pumpkin Snickerdoodles.  Please excuse the photography...imperfect lighting and focus and such.  I'm over it.  :)

My mama and my sister came a bit beforehand to help.  Love these two!


Just a few treats to enjoy while chatting and waiting to swap cookies!


The cookie tables with a few of the cookies that arrived before the party!

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GUESTS WERE ASKED TO BRING
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1.  1/2 dozen cookies/bars/treats for each guest attending (pre-packaged...ziplocs, tupperware, cellophane bags, etc...totally up to them).  I sent an Evite to confirm the number of guests ahead of time, also asking that they responded with the type of cookie they would bring (to avoid multiples of the same cookie).

2.  1 written or printed recipe for each guest in attendance

3.  1 basket/box/bag to carry home their cookie loot

*  I realize there are a million and one ways to do a Cookie Swap/Exchange.  This is just a peek into how I do mine.  We even had some gals bring cookies ahead of time in order to participate, even though they couldn't make it that evening.  So glad they could still be a part of the swap!
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THE FUN
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THE LOOT AND A RECIPE FOR

PUMPKIN SNICKERDOODLES
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So much yummy goodness!  So thankful for the time and effort these ladies put into the making of these treats.  I have to admit, I was a bit bummed with the way my pumpkin snickerdoodles turned out.  A bit dry and thick.  Definitely a chugger...as in while eating one, you'd have to chug a glass of milk to survive.  I had actually made these cookies previously, just bite size, and enjoyed them thoroughly.  I think I wouldn't make them full size again after comparing the two.  Just a little inside scoop for ya...before you go and hand out a bunch of chuggers to your friends and family unknowingly.  


Please forgive me!  I forgot to save the inspiration link for these cookies, so I don't have the original source to credit here!  I did not make up this cookie recipe on my own and do not take credit for it. 

Pumpkin Snickerdoodles
Yield: about 3-4 dozen cookies

Ingredients:
For the cookies:
3¾ cups all-purpose flour
1½ tsp. baking powder
½ tsp. salt
½ tsp. ground cinnamon
¼ tsp. ground nutmeg
1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, at room temperature
1 cup granulated sugar
½ cup light brown sugar
¾ cup pumpkin puree
1 large egg
2 tsp. vanilla extract
For the coating:
½ cup granulated sugar
1 tsp. ground cinnamon
½ tsp. ground ginger
Dash of allspice

Directions:
In a medium bowl, combine the flour, baking powder, salt, cinnamon, and nutmeg.  Whisk to blend and set aside.  In the bowl of an electric mixer, beat together the butter and sugars on medium-high speed until light and fluffy, 2-3 minutes.  Blend in the pumpkin puree.  Beat in the egg and vanilla until incorporated.  With the mixer on low speed add in the dry ingredients and mix just until incorporated.  Cover and chill the dough for at least 1 hour.

Preheat the oven to 350˚ F.  Line baking sheets with silicone baking mats or parchment paper.  Combine the sugar and spices for the coating in a bowl and mix to blend.  Scoop the dough (about 2½ tablespoons) and roll into a ball.  Coat the dough ball in the sugar-spice mixture and place on the prepared baking sheet.  Repeat with the remaining dough to fill the sheets, spacing the dough balls 2-3 inches apart.  Dip the bottom of a flat, heavy-bottomed drinking glass in water, then in the sugar-spice mixture, and use the bottom to flatten the dough balls slightly.  Recoat the bottom of the glass in the sugar-spice mixture as needed.  

Bake the cookies for 10-12 minutes, or until just set and baked through.  Let cool on the baking sheets about 5 minutes, then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.  Repeat with the remaining dough.  Store in an airtight container.


As always, love my little helper.  Cookie Swap time is time for him and Daddy to enjoy being/doing something together and letting us ladies rule the house for a bit.  But first, he was so precious helping me get ready and was adamant on taking coats from the gals as they arrived.  Couldn't love him more...or his festive spirit.  What's funny is that I had just hung a couple hooks in the entry prior to the party, and after hanging coats and walking away for a time, I came back to a pile of coats on the floor and a whole ripped out of the wall.  Oops.  Improper installation.  Obviously.  Hey, I'm human.  I'd like to think that it made somebody at the party feel more human too.  :)  My Dad did come some time after and helped me install the hooks properly, so I'm assuming we won't have a repeat performance this year.  Your coats are safe with me...I hope.



Merry start to the Christmas season from our house to yours!  

Here's a peek at 2011's shindig...

I'm preparing our advent calendar to begin on Sunday.  
Little buddy is so excited!  Can't believe it's already that time of year again!  
It just doesn't seem real!  And just for a little sneak peek at our life 
update that has yet to make an appearance on the blog...


Woo hoo!!!  We couldn't be more excited!

Much love and many blessings!




Sunday, November 9, 2008

Brian, You Are 29! Wow! I Am 40 Weeks Pregnant! Double Wow!

Well, it's hard to believe, but Brian is 29 years old! Happy Birthday to my Brian.  My how time flies. Seems like just yesterday we were two young whipper snappers (he he he) walking down the isle and just beginning our adventures together. We had fun celebrating B's birthday by having family over to our house for dinner and dessert. Alex, AnaLisa, Andrew, and Karin, we missed having you here with us! We had a homemade spaghetti dinner (one of our favorite dinners for family gatherings) with caesar salad and garlic bread, and ended the evening with yummy molten chocolate cake and ice cream. Yummy! That molten chocolate cake recipe is one of our favorites too! Thanks Kathy and Mom for helping me get the last minute prep finished and your help cleaning up after dinner! You sure know how to help a pregnant lady out!  I appreciate you and all you two do as our Mamas! Here are some pictures from the festivities.

Mom and Sydney.

Dad and Rylee.

Sydney helping Brian blow out the candle.

The nieces helping Brian open gifts.

April and Sydney, dancing and doing the robot.

Everyone hanging out.

Mickey and I, both very pregnant!



Brian and his parental units.


Equally hard to believe is the fact that we are 40 weeks pregnant now. We are literally days away! This pregnancy has absolutely flown by, and we just can't believe that the grand day of being parents is so quickly approaching. From my perspective, it seems like it took a whole flipping year forever to get pregnant and then to feel and look pregnant. Now, being in the 40th week of carrying this little man, my body is definitely showing signs of his departure.  So, we are filled with wonder, curiosity, and giddyness...anxiously awaiting every single day to see what happens.

I finally got a couple little stretch marks and was so bummed. It's really not that big of a deal, but making it all the way to the 40th week and then it happening...ahhh man. Oh well! What can ya do? If it means this little man is growing into a healthy boy, then bring on the stretch marks!  Our hospital bags are packed, and Brian just put the carseat in the car. Now is the hard part...waiting!

My due date is this Wednesday, November 12th, and I have a doctor's appointment scheduled for this Thursday. Will I make it to that doctor's appointment? We shall see...stay tuned to find out...

***Edited to announce that NO, I did not make it to my appointment!  Instead, Dr. Song met us at the hospital...to help us welcome Cooper Andrew, born November 13th at 3:14pm.

Thursday, November 6, 2008

Hallelujah...We Have Progress!

Just went to my 39 Week appointment (I am two days into the 40th Week), and things seem to be moving along. Little Man's moved down a bit, and my body is showing signs of progress. Thankfully, I have moved on from the 1 cm I was two weeks in a row. While I was lying on the table, Dr. S was examining my baby belly and measuring my growth and said, "I think you're having a contraction."  I was shocked. Hey, I'm a first timer...no experience here!  Couldn't tell at all. It was a little tender to the touch, but it was not obvious to me that I was having a contraction. My belly had gotten hard, and then after a moment, had softened. (I'm just amazed with pregnancy.  What a miracle it all is...if you ask me!)  If that's how some of my labor will be...I'll take it. I'm sure I'll be in for so much more than that, but a girl can dream. Anyhow, I was very encouraged to know that this is all actually starting to happen, and he won't be living in my belly forever!

This Saturday, we will be celebrating B's 29th Birthday. Yahoo! We're hoping that our little man and B will have separate birthdays, and it seems that might be the case...but you never know. Fun for B to start out this next year of life as a father!

http://www.pregnancy.org/pregnancy/fetaldevelopment3.php#week39

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

39 Weeks Pregnant...Look At That Baby Bump!


Wowsers...November 12th is quickly approaching, and we are beginning to feel the urgency and sense of excitement that we are going to soon have a son. It's pretty crazy to think! We are thinking our little man might be a little late. I've been 1cm two weeks in a row now, so it will be interesting to see the progress this Thursday at my next appointment.

Anxiously looking forward to the arrival of our little one.  Still feels like a dream!

Sunday, July 6, 2008

4th of July Baby Mystery Revealed: It's A Boy!

Hip, hip, hooray!  B and I found out on June 30th that we are having a boy! Woo hoo!  We anxiously kept the news to ourselves for a week and decided to surprise our family and friends on the 4th of July with a cupcake announcement!  We told them to expect either pink or blue frosting...and when they walked into the house...they were delighted to see a plethora of cupcakes slathered with blue rainbow chip frosting! They were over the moon to finally know (as were we), and it made for a great way to start off the 4th of July festivities!



By the way, those cupcakes were the best dang cupcakes we've ever tasted!  This ones for you little man!


Happy 4th of July all!

Saturday, May 31, 2008

Baby, Baby...What's In A Name?



I'm about 17 weeks pregnant now.  The reality of pregnancy is finally hitting.  I'm so totally pregnant.  Really, it's true.  I have to remind myself.  It's awesome.  I love it.  I have been waiting for over a year for this (longer if you count my entire life of wanting to grow up to be a Mommy).  Thank you Lord!  Hallelujah!

I think naming this child will be my most difficult endeavor leading up to its birth (praying that physically and health wise, all things go smoothly for me and the babes.).  I was a teacher and have heard every name in the book.  That's not so bad, but with every name in the book comes a sweet little face.  Or a tough little face.  Or a messy little face.  Or a naughty little face.  Oh the faces that I visualize with each and every name.  And also, let's not forget this whole idea of giving our children names that have significant meanings.  My name, Holly, means...shrub or bush...is that significant enough?  I think it's all in the spunk in a name.  The personality of the one owning the name.  The name we choose is going to carry our wee one through its entire life.  Every person talking to our babes will address it by this name...the name we choose...kids, adults, teachers, friends, potential wife or husband.  It will be spoken aloud at their wedding.  Some kids may poke fun at it or associate certain things to our child with this name. It can't be too stuffy or too childish, and I want it to have potential for great nicknames.  My goodness.  So many things to think about.  This is serious business, this baby naming business.  Hmmm...

So, the adventure to naming this wee one begins...I only have so much time.  I only have so much pressure I can put on the hubbs to make sure that any name lists we make are topped with my #1 choice time to brainstorm with the hubby on names.  :)

Here we go...

Friday, April 11, 2008

Life with Our Little Family of Three...Check Us Out!


Here we go. Our family of three makes its debut with our family blog. We look forward to sharing our lives with you, while hopefully helping you to laugh or smile along the way. This is our very first post, and the plan is to keep this fairly simple while posting lots of pictures and updates as our little man arrives.

Just to get us started, this picture is from our very first baby appointment on April 11, 2008. We were so excited to get our very first ultrasound and see our little one. We couldn't even wait to get home to take the picture, so there we stand...proud parents showing off our baby pictures in the parking lot. Our little one took the best picture.  It looked like there was a little peanut with legs on the screen.  So crazy!  While I was getting the ultrasound, our baby started dancing.  Literally danced a jig.  It was just the best sight.  This baby has captured my heart already. 

First family photo, and I am 10 weeks along.  Grow baby, grow!
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