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Linzer and Chocolate Sandwich Cookies

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It snowed an inch in Portland yesterday.  For those of you who live in areas where lots of snows is normal in the winter, one inch is probably a dusting to you; but out here, it shuts down the city.  And that is what it did yesterday afternoon, today, and most likely, tomorrow.  As a teacher, they ended school early yesterday, and cancelled school today and tomorrow.  It was nice having a “day off” today, but I am actually quite bummed that I don’t have school tomorrow.  December, as a teacher, is my second favorite month.  (And in case you’re wondering, September is my favorite.  I LOVE the beginning of the school year!)  All the winter festivities, merriment, excitement, and joy that accompanies this month is contagious.  And I just wanted one more day of it with the students before they go on their merry way to Christmas Break.

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Anyway, because today was a snow day, I thought, what better way to spend the afternoon than baking?  I was out of a few ingredients, so Eric and I trekked a mile to the grocery store with kids in tow.  They had so much fun tromping around and kicking up the snow, not one of them complained that it was too far (like they usually do when we take walks).  Grace even made up a song and sang it the whole way there–something about how she was snowboarding.

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The cookies I was making was to take in to co-workers tomorrow, but since I have no school, I guess I’ll have to eat them all myself.  Darn.  The sugar cookie recipe comes from the book Cookie Craft and if you don’t have the book, I highly suggest you do buy it.  It’s chalk-full of great advice on decorating sugar cookies, especially if you’re a newbie.  I use this recipe every time I make decorated sugar cookies, and I used them in these sandwich cookies too.

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Raspberry Truffle Brownie Bars

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We went on a short camping trip this past weekend, albeit the weather was windy and a bit drizzly.  For me, camping is a time to relax, be with family, and eat a bunch of junk food we normally don’t eat.  In fact, I take the kids with me to the grocery store and choose candy from the bin and fill up a plastic bag.  It’s honestly the highlight of the kids’ summer.

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Four “note-worthy” things happened while camping:

1. Matthew learned to ride a bike with no training wheels.

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2.  Grace learned to sort-of throw a Frisbee.  It’s like a tomahawk throw, actually.  The kids are finally beginning to get the concept of Frisbee golf.

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3.  Eric finally beat my dad at corn-hole.  It’s a silly game if you ask me, but they love it, even though their shoulders are very sore the next day.

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4.  Matthew lost his front tooth.  It was the 5th tooth he’s lost, not a huge deal, but how he lost it was pretty funny.  He and Grace were playing tag and he accidentally rammed his tooth into the backside of Grace’s head.  He came back crying (not Grace, surprisingly) and 5 minutes later, out popped the tooth.  However, the tooth fairy couldn’t bring him anything that night, because she didn’t know that he was camping.  (Thankfully he fell for it! We made up for it when we came home the next day and he received an extra coin under his pillow.  “She remembered! She remembered!” he kept saying.)

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Peanut Butter and Jelly Cupcakes

There’s just something about peanut butter and jelly that makes you feel like a kid again.  It’s almost as if when you take your first bite, you step back in time.  You can savor the moment, letting out a deep sigh while going, “Mmmmm…”  You feel gitty and young all over again.  This will probably not sound strange to you, since most of you who follow my blog love food and love to make food, but that is how I felt when I got my kitchen back again from this hardwood remodel thing.  I was giddy and excited and probably acted like a little school girl, telling my husband, “I have my kitchen back!  I have my kitchen back!”  And I know he’s appreciated this, because I’ve been making him all kinds of goodies as a token of my appreciation for finishing the project early.  These cupcakes may or may not have been one of my little thank you’s.

So in the two week process it took to put in hardwood for the main living areas, this is what my kitchen looked like.  See what I mean by I couldn’t cook?  I survived the first day, but by the third or forth day, I began to get really annoyed.  I’d have to clear off a little space to cook and clean, only to put the “things” back on the counter.   Continue reading

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Jelly Pancakes

I hope you had a fantastic Christmas.  As for my family, we ate a lot, laughed a lot, and ate a lot.  Typical family get-togethers.  And speaking of family, this breakfast is one of my husband’s favorite.  When visiting his grandparents as a child, his grandmother would make these pancakes for him, and twenty years later, he’s still talking about them.  (That’s how good they are!)

These aren’t actually pancakes, but crepes, but DO NOT let that word scare you.  It did for me for many years, and I certainly missed out.  You don’t need a crepe pan or any other fancy cooking device, just a small skillet and a spatula.  A tip I learned about crepes: when pouring out a bit of the batter into the hot skillet, lift the pan off the burner and swirl it around a bit, evenly coating the pan, before placing back on the burner.  Not only will it make the crepe thin, but you’ll look like a professional doing it, therefore impressing your family and friends.  And when you flip it, if it folds in on itself, no need to panic.  Just use your fingers to let out the crease. Continue reading

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