I believe in miracles.
I try to change the world every day.
I love my husband, my friends, and my family.
I plan my next great adventure constantly.
I think most occasions call for a dress.
I write what I know and believe.
Tom’s dad’s birthday was this week, so I offered to bake his favorite dessert for his party this weekend. He happily accepted my offer on one condition – that I use splenda. Now, I’ve tried to bake with Splenda previously, and it’s never really worked out all that well for me, but again, I’m trying, so I decided to give it a whirl. I scoured recipes, read reviews, and decided on one from Food.com. It was SUPER easy, so hopefully it tastes just as good!
It’s no secret – my boyfriend thinks Erin’s chocolate chip cookies are the best around, but occasionally, I get the wild hair and want to try something new… or I want to move some things from my Pinterest baking board, because there are SO many yummy things on there… so when I spotted this Chocolate Chip Pudding Cookie recipe, I knew I had to make it, because it would allow me to use up some leftover pudding mix from when I had my wisdom teeth out!
P I N I T
I teamed up with Erin’s sister, Nicole, and Julie to throw a baby shower for my sweet friend, Erin. Since Julie is from Michigan, I’m from Texas, and Nicole is a senior in college (go Bulldogs!), we decided to divy up the tasks to make the workload managble. Nicole would take care of the tasty treats (Baby Lexi has a sweet tooth!), Julie would come up with the decor, and I would do the cupcakes, favors and activity. (We made the cutest onsies. NOTE: Hobby Lobby has colored onsies! SCORE!!) When Nicole first proposed the color scheme – I was dubious – because aren’t all sweet baby girl things PINK!? BUT – I LOVEDDDD our bold color scheme!! (Especially when I saw how perfect it looked with my AWESOME shower gift from Emma Weismann Illustration. Seriously. Emma is incredible.) From the candy bar to the cupcakes, everything was perfectly planned to fit together and it came together beautifully, especially considering all the coordination was done across three states.
When Erin sent me the cutest dinosaur cookie cutters for my birthday, I knew immediately they needed to be incorporated in our shower plans, but truthfully, the more I thought about it, the more I knew, logistically speaking, little baggies of adorable dino cookies would NEVER make the trip to California without some issues. So, I started looking for other favor ideas.
One day, while on Pinterest, I stumbled upon THE PERFECT idea, and thus, the best idea for Erin’s baby shower favors started to form. Since the shower was immediately after Valentine’s Day and Erin was having a baby girl, I knew I would be able to customize them perfectly.
So, I baked the adorable dinosaur cookies, using my tried and true recipe for sugar cookies from Toba Garrett and Wilton’s royal icing to decorate them. I hit up the after Valentine’s Day sales, scored pink M&Ms for 50% off, swapped out semi-sweet chips for white chocolate chips, and hauled it all to California. After a diligent search for mason jars, one of the baby shower co-hostesses came through at the last minute, and I put these babies together in less than an hour before the shower.
Large mason jars and lids (found at Target in Dallas, Walmart near Claremont, and nowhere near Palos Verdes.)
Cookies in baggies, if that’s your thing
M&Ms (I used Valentine’s Day ones, since they were the colors of the shower.)
Chocolate chips (I used white chocolate chips to stay with the theme of the shower.)
Baby Shower Favors – Ingredients:
1-1/3 cup all purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 cup oats
3/4 cup m&ms
3/4 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup white sugar
Baby Shower Favors – Process:
First layer: flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt
Second layer: oats
Third layer: M&Ms
Fourth layer: chocolate chips
Fifth layer: brown sugar
Sixth layer: white sugar
Baby Shower Favors – Tag Instructions:
1 slightly beaten egg
1/2 cup butter
1 teaspoon of vanilla
Bake at 350 for 10 minutes
Baby Shower Favors – Notes:
Make sure you pack in each layer, otherwise you WILL run out of room. Tapping the jar on the kitchen counter while upright has the desired effect. I did this after each layer and space was still tight.
I used a funnel to get the ingredients in the jar. MUCH less messy that way. 🙂
Some of you may remember how I was so excited to start new course work through the NYU Heymen Center last fall. I started my first paper immediately, and then I got stressed and busy at work and it sat on my desk top for 2 months. After I quit my job, I was determined to get my coursework done. But college applications were due for my senior, so that came first. I submitted my first paper right before Thanksgiving.
The same day Sarah got into Princeton, I got my first paper back in the mail. It had a handwritten A on the last page, and I cried. No lie. I probably was still crying about Sarah’s Princeton acceptance, but I cried for my A, too. I thought I might try and file for an extension, but then I just decided to buckle down and get it done after Christmas.
I spent one evening and a full day in front of my computer finishing the last couple papers and my exam and I sent them in at the LAST.POSSIBLE.MINUTE. You have no idea. Literally, on December 30, I was sending in the last of my papers… then I waited.
Last weekend, I found most of my papers in the mail, and I got an A on EVERY.SINGLE.ONE. of them… and a B+ on my final exam. And I.WAS.THRILLED.
Tonight, my final grade was posted, and it was seriously THE best feeling EVER.
And while I would NEVER suggest procrastination is a good idea… I am pretty proud of myself and ready to sign up for my second pre-req, I think!!