Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Best cookies ever.

I made the best cookies ever today.  I really did.  Here's the link.  See?  That's how good they are... I'm not even telling you about them yet and you've probably already clicked on the link!  They are called "Mint-Topped Chocolate Cookies", but I ditched the mint and put a Hershey kiss on top of each one instead.  You do what you want.  My cookies rocked. 

Aren't they pretty?  Mmm... best cookies ever.  Seriously. 
Neal and Jimmy agreed.  They probably each ate a dozen.  Hehe.  :-) 

Sunday, October 10, 2010

Pumpkin Carving

What should I carve into my pumpkin this year? 

I'm looking for cool ideas.  Two years ago, here's what Jim and I carved... Jim's is the goat, mine is the bat.  Not the best picture... but you get the idea.

Last year, I carved a spiderweb and Jim carved an imp.  See below...

Way better picture AND they look awesome.  Yep, I said it.  :-)

So, what should I carve this year?

Ten Ten Ten!

Happy Ten Day? 

It's just a cool date.  :-)

So, in order to write this blog post I have to admit to you that I've never truly baked cookies.  *gasp*  Well, actually, I've baked plenty of cookies where you just add eggs or butter, plop them onto a tray, and bake.  They always come out amazing.  (My mouth is watering just thinking about them!)  However, many people will tell you that's not real baking.  So, I've fake baked.  I've just never made cookies from scratch... at least not until today.  Well, now I know why.

It was a complete disaster. 

First, as I was collecting everything I needed, an egg rolled off the counter and landed onto the floor mat.  Of all places.  Ooey gooeyness everywhere.  I should have taken a picture... I probably would have if I wasn't in shock!  It was quite comical. 

Next, I'm opening up all the boxes and containers and I struggled with the oats.  Let me caution you, folks.  Do not pull the lid off of a container of oats too quickly.  They fly all over the place.  Trust me.

I actually managed to mix the batter together pretty nicely, but it was really thin and I couldn't understand why at first.  So, as I'm checking back through all of the ingredients, I realize I forgot to add the flour.  The flour!  Come on, Alissa.  Really?  At least I figured it out before I tried to bake the cookies.  Unfortunately, I think these cookies may have been ones where it mattered exactly when you add the flour to the mix.  (I don't know if that's how it is with all cookies.) 

They came out sort of crumbly, so you just have to be super careful when you pick one up.  ;-)  Okay, maybe I shouldn't say that they weren't a complete disaster.  They don't look half bad.  I tried one from each batch and they were okay.  Just not the best cookies ever.  Sad.  Plus, they didn't make me sick, so at least they're edible.

Here's a picture of them cooling... there are a ton of them.  Anybody wanna try one?  They are called "Oatmeal Cranberry White Chocolate Chunk Cookies".  Click here for the recipe!  :-)

So, please let me know if you have any tips or tricks on how to make yummy, moist, and easy cookies.  I've been trying to find some good recipes to make for a cookie table at a wedding I'm going to in two weeks (yay!).  I have a few more to try and I'll post the results!  In the meantime, I'd love to hear your suggestions!  :-)

Sunday, October 3, 2010


It's been a good weekend!  I hope yours has, too.  I spent most of yesterday chillin' and doing a whole lot of nothing.  It was a beautiful day to do nothing and I enjoyed every minute of it.  I did get up early to go exercise, so at least I can say I did something good for myself.  :-)  I also took a nap... and saw 'The Social Network' with the boys.  Not too shabby.

Today, I slept in... :-)  Then Jim and I walked to the food store in the nice cool weather!  We got some supplies for the week (not too many because we had to carry them back!) and had some good conversation (as we always do).  Hehe.  When we got home, I made these:

Grilled Margherita Portobello Mushrooms

Actually, I didn't make those specific mushrooms.  I took that picture over the summer.  Those mushrooms were actually a little bit smaller than the ones I made today... I fit 6 of them into a pan! 

The ones I made today were larger... and amazing.  Again, I cannot claim the recipe as my own.  I found this through the WeightWatchers site.  They have tons of great, low-calorie recipes that are certainly not lacking in taste.  The thing I love the most about WW is that you can actually have foods that taste great without feeling deprived.  It's just all about listening to your body.  Your body generally knows what it wants.  :-)  Imagine that.

Anyway, enough about that, these mushrooms are nifty.  Yep, nifty.  Try them.

I also found some soup recipes... I mentioned that I was on the hunt for some yesterday.  I won't post any until I actually try to make them though.  We'll see how it goes.  :-)  Wish me luck!   

Saturday, October 2, 2010

Mmm... soups?

Happy Saturday!  Happy October!  Happy Fall!  Happy It's-About-Time-The-Weather-Is-Getting-Cooler! 

So, I realized as I'm sifting through a soup magazine that I bought that soups require quite a few ingredients.  Just in general.  I'd like to be a maker of soups this Fall.  I already told you how much I love my crockpot, so I'm hoping to keep it going with soup. 

That's all for now... I'm on a hunt for yummy soup recipes.  I'll be sure to blog again and let you know if/when I find a tasty one.  :-)  Please let me know if you have one that I should try!
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