I love the fall/winter/holiday season. I love the cool, crisp weather, the leaves changing, my sweet potato soup, and my oatmeal cranberry cookies that I make for Christmas. I make them every year. It is my own recipe and very popular with our friends. So when a friend of mine recently asked me for the recipe. I said to her that it is on my blog. She looked and said that it's not. WHAT? I never posted it? It is my oldest and dearest recipe and I have not put it up on my blog. Well here it is. Finally.
Oatmeal Cranberry Chocolate Chip Cookies
1 1/2 cup flour
1 tsp. baking soda
2 sticks butter (room temperature)
3/4 cup granulated sugar
3/4 cup light brown sugar
1 tsp. vanilla
1 cup oatmeal (I use McCann's Irish Oatmeal - the plain kind)
1 cup dried cranberries (Craisins)
1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
2. Sift together flour and baking soda. Set aside.
3. In electric mixer with dough paddle, cream butter and sugars until light and fluggy.
4. Add egg and vanilla. Mix well.
5. Gradually add flour mixture a little at a time.
6. Add oatmeal, cranberries, and chocolate chips and mix by hand or with a wooden spoon.
7. Shape dough into little 1 inch balls and press flat into a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper.
8. Bake 8-10 minutes until light golden brown (do not overcook!).
That's it! Isn't it easy? Go make them - you won't be disappointed! And just in case you're wondering what's up with the lack of posts this week. Here is why:
Yep - made over 200 Happy Flower headband pieces the last couple of weeks for some of my boutiques. Don't they look so pretty in the box? Whew. I couldn't wait to close the lid and ship them out. And take a look at this Lulu the Owl. It was custom made for an Etsy customer. I am loving Lulu with the funkified look!
I call it The Mommy Series because this new line is inspired by some really special mommies. Within the next few weeks, I will be adding some more headbands and some hair clips as well. So keep checking my shop. And yes - this headband was indeed inspired by one special mommy. She worked so hard making my little niece a custom blanket that I wanted to give her something special as a thank you. Ssshhh.. she doesn't know it yet - it is a surprise!
Look what I just bought. Thanks to my blog friends who keep enticing me with tutorials. Like this one and this one. Yep - and a sewing machine is necessary. So it was on my "must-have" list for a while and yesterday, I finally took the plunge. I am so nervous that I don't even want to open up the box. So if you don't see any blog posts from me for a while, send me an email to make sure that the sewing machine didn't eat me up!
This is a GREAT giveaway - don't miss out on this one. I still need some scanned pictures! This is a beautiful and unique way to display your child's artwork - computer generated with 3D effects! Enter the giveaway here.
I had the pleasure of meeting Rachel from Raspberry Kidz when I stumbled onto her blog and entered one of her contests. She turns kids artwork into computer generated art including some three dimensional effects by "raising" parts of the drawing.
"I love kids' art! It inspires me and makes me happy. I love to create original works of art based on children's doodles. Once they see their ideas presented in a color, matted professional manner, this will hopefully inspire them to continue on with their artwork."
She is an incredible artist and I truly fell in love with her work. I didn't win the contest but I sent her an artwork done by my friend's daughter as a gift for her 5th birthday. Take a look at Abby's original artwork.
And the finished look after Rachel is done with it. ISN'T IT BEAUTIFUL?!!!? The finished product is an 8x10 print surrounded by a black mat. Abby was so proud of it that she asked her parents to hang it up in her room where it is displayed today.
Do you want your own Raspberry Kidz print? Here is your chance to own one. Rachel has generously offered to give one lucky blog reader a chance to turn their child's artwork into a beautiful Raspberry Kidz print.
This special giveaway is open to my blog followers only. If you want to join the giveaway, please follow my blog.
Here is how you can enter (please leave a different comment for each entry):
1. Scan your child's artwork (in a JPEG format) and email it to me at:
This is required to participate in the giveaway
2. Leave me a comment on this post after emailing me the artwork to let me know that you have done so
Oh yeah - it's back! Sorry for the lack of Sunday Dinner posts. I am finally caught up with this thing called life and am finally able to do Sunday Dinner again. Welcome to the fall season everyone! One of my favorite fall dishes is this delicious Sweet Potato Soup. I've tweaked and tweaked it over and over until it is finally how I like it. It's become a Thanksgiving dinner favorite but it is so satisfying that you can eat it as a meal. Paired with some yummy potato rolls. YUM!
Sweet Potato Soup
1/4 cup butter (1/2 stick)
2 pieces shallots finely diced
1 tbsp. finely chopped garlic (optional)
2 large sweet potatoes, cubed
3 medium to large baking potatoes, cubed
4 (14.5 oz) cans lower sodium chicken broth
1/2 cup freshly grated parmesan cheese
1/2 cup light cream
salt and pepper to taste
1. Melt butter in soup pot over medium heat. Add garlic and shallots until shallots are wilted. Do not burn the garlic.
2. Add both potatoes, chicken broth plus 2 cans of water. If you want some pepper, now is the time to add. Bring to a boil then reduce heat. Simmer on low for about 25-30 minutes until the potatoes are soft and tender.
3. In batches, puree the potatoes and broth and set aside in a bowl until everything has been pureed.
4. Return the pureed potatoes in the soup pot on low heat.
* Soup consistency should be slightly runny when hot. It will get thicker as it cools and after it has been refrigerated. You can save some of the broth in a container to for reheating purposes - in case the soup gets too thick.
A few weeks ago, I stumbled across this blog. And I was so moved. Cici could've been anyone's little girl. She could've been my baby girl Peyton. They are the same age. Who would've thought that one little piece of diced fruit would change a family's life forever. It did for the Fischers. Cici's choking accident last October 2008 caused parts of her brain to die from lack of oxygen and she is now severely disabled.
Cici with older brother Max and twin sister Penny
Cici's mom Jenny is so awesome. She was actively involved in this project called Bids for Cici where over $2000 was raised for Cici's special needs trust. There is another one coming in the spring and you bet that I will be participating in that as well. Cici's treatments are expensive. The Fischers have tons of equipment to buy, intensive therapies to go through and lots and lots of co-pays. That is why the fundraiser was put together - all for Cici.
Mommy loves me: Jenny and Cici
I made two special, limited edition items in my shop for Cici:
More than 10 years ago, a co-worker of mine gave me a loaf of delicious bread. It was the sweetest, moistest, and yummiest bread I've ever tasted. So naturally, I asked her for the recipe. It's Amish friendship bread, she says. It takes 10 ten days to make it. TEN DAYS? SERIOUSLY? Yep, I was a very busy full time worker back then. No time to tend to 10 days of bread making craziness. So I never made it. Then a few months ago, one of the blogs that I follow did a post on friendship bread. This got me thinking that it's about time I try making my own. So I did.
I found the recipehere. Follow it carefully. Here are a few helpful tips:
1.DO NOT USE ANYTHING METAL. That is the most important tip I can give you when making this bread.
2. I mixed it and then poured in a ziplock bag.
3. When mixing the milk, sugar and flour - follow these simple instructions: In a glass or ceramic bowl, mix sugar and flour first. Mix them well otherwise the flour will lump when you add the milk. warm up the milk a little before you add it to the sugar/flour mixture. The texture should be smooth. Add to the ziplock bag.
And when you're done, you can print out a cute little recipe card for your friendshere. This is a picture of my three little cups of batter ready to give away to some friends. So pretty. I can just imagine them whipping up some more friendship bread in their own kitchen so they can share it with their friends. But my bad dog Wendy got to them first. Aaahhh!!! Yep - licked all three bowls and slurped one until it was almost clean. Bummer, huh?
At least I still have the loaf that I baked. Hands off puppy. This one is mine.
"My name is Jennifer and I'm a stay-at-home mom from Texas. I have two children, Zane (4) and Emma (2) and have been married to my wonderful husband, Shay, for nine years. I specialize in creating unique handstamped jewelry for any occasion. I also enjoy scrapbooking and any other crafts I can get my hands on. I love being creative!"
I am so lucky to have met Jennifer here on my blog. Have I ever mentioned that I've been so fortunate lately to have met such wonderful people here? Jennifer has two adorable children and has a gorgeous hand stamped jewelry shop on Etsy called The Vintage Chain. Just look at these beauties.
Don't you just love them all? I do. And I am ever so jealous happy to announce that Jennifer is generously giving away this beautiful necklace - PERSONALIZED with the winner's choice of initials. Lucky, lucky you!
I love my life - of being a mommy and a wife. I married my childhood sweetheart and we have three wonderful happy kids. I started Skylar's Candy Clips when my oldest daughter was a baby. I enjoy it and I love it. This blog is a glimpse of my world - The Wonderful World of Skylar's Candy Clips (and beyond).