January 21, 2013

Pink Chocolate Chip Cookies

There is nothing like a super chocolate-y chocolate chip cookie! So simple & so delicious. Next time try adding some red gel food coloring. PINK cookies are definitely more fun. & wouldn’t they be super cute for your next event?


1/2 cup (1 stick) butter, slightly softened
1 (17.5 oz.) pouch Betty Crocker sugar cookie mix
1/2 cup powdered sugar
1/2 cup flour
2 egg WHITES (do not use whole egg or the yolk will turn cookies orange)
red food coloring (about 12-14 drops, or until desired pink color is achieved)
1 cup baking chips (dark chocolate, semi-sweet chocolate, milk chocolate, white chocolate or candy pieces like M&Ms)


1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees (F).
2. Cream butter and cookie mix. Add powdered sugar and flour and mix until well blended and crumbs are fine. Add egg whites and mix until well blended and mixture sticks together. Add red food coloring, several drops at a time, mixing after each addition until desired pink color is achieved and is uniform throughout the dough. Stir in chocolate pieces.
3. With a 1-1/4″ cookie scoop (or by rounded spoonful), drop cookies onto ungreased cookie sheet. Bake for 10 minutes, or until set but not brown. Allow to cool on cookie sheet for 2 minutes before removing cookies to cooling rack to cool completely.


Recipe via Quick Dish

Categories: cookies
January 3, 2013

Hand-Carved Serving Spoons from World Vision

I had the pleasure of working with World Vision over the holidays and they sent me these beautiful Hand-Carved Wood Serving Spoons. The spoons are made with care to benefit orphans in Kenya.

Consider buying gifts from World Vision that can really make a difference! Please check out the World Vision Gift Catalog Facebook page and check out the video below to learn how the Gift Catalog works.

December 19, 2012

Kahlua Gingerbread

I’ve been enjoying Kahlua Gingerbread all month…sooo yummy! Have you tried it? My favorite way to drink Kahlua is over ice with a splash of creamer! mmmmm….

Kahlua Gingerbread would be the perfect cocktail for your holiday party. Try serving it in a martini glass with some colorful sugar (or sprinkles) around the rim. I also added a mini candy cane to mine!

Here is another recipe to try:
Kahlua Cookie Martini
1/2 part Kahlua Gingerbread
1 1/2 parts Absolut Vodka
Combine ingredients in a cocktail shaker. Add ice and shake. Strain into a chilled martini glass. Garnish with a cinnamon stick and enjoy.

Categories: cocktails
December 12, 2012

Peeps Snowman

Grammy brought these over last night! Yum Yum! PEEPS

December 10, 2012

Coton Colors

Looking for the PERFECT gift for your good friend? You know, the one that spends all of her free time trying out new recipes?…she is the cook, the baker, & the entertainer!

Check out Coton Colors. Inspired by all the celebrations of life, Coton Colors offers a collection of hand-crafted pottery, decor and gifts available in retails stores across the U.S. Coton Colors was founded in 1995 by an entrepreneurial artisan based upon her love of celebrating every occasion.

One of my favorite collections by Coton Colors is the Happy Everything Collection. Check out the Original Happy Everything Platter. It is a 16-inch round ceramic platter with a velcro strip that allows you to add little attachments to match your occasion. The platter comes with the Birthday Cake attachment, and there are over 80 additional attachments you can purchase separately!

Cookbooks are always a good gift idea! Check out the Happy Everything Cookbook. It is comprised of 250 full color pages broken up into chaptered menus. There are lots of delicious recipes plus creative inspiration and humorous anecdotes. If you are like me, you will really appreciate all of the beautiful photography in this cookbook. Coton Colors Founder and Owner, Laura, and her dear friend, Susan Murray, a.k.a. ‘The Curious Cook’ offer a peek into the often unpredictable occasions of their lives. Be prepared to feast on something FABULOUS!

Some of my other favorites from Coton Colors include the set of chevron bowls. See below… soooo pretty!

& in my own kitchen I use the GORGEOUS measuring spoons. Everyone should have pretty kitchen utensils:


November 27, 2012

More Food from AZ Vacation


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