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3 posts from January 2012

January 22, 2012

Off the Grid

I recently fell off the grid and I have to admit, it was pretty nice. After the rush of the holidays I was long over due for some me time. I unplugged my computer and spent minimal time on the social media apps I tend to rely on. While I was gone I took a small trip to visit friends, read two books and then started two more, did some just because baking, reorganized a few sections of my apartment and found a new favorite hang out. Amazeballs! Now I'm ready to get back on track.

Here's a small glimpse at what I've been up to, details to follow:

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January 10, 2012

Cookie Marathon Madness 2011

I just realized I never published this. Oops! For those of you that are new, a few weeks before Christmas every year I host a huge cookie baking marathon with friends and family. When I say huge, I'm not exaggerating. This year we made 16 varieties of cookies and assembled 46 tins of cookies with an extra paper grocery bag filled with more cookies that we donated locally. It was intense.

Here are a few pics from instagram of the event:

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16 lbs of butter.

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A small sample of our ingredients. My grocery list read more like a supply list for traveling the oregon trail than anything else. On the plus side no one died of dysentery or snake bites. Yeah!

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Homemade oreos with mint icing.

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Gingerbread snowmen.

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Assembled tin. Unicorns as promised.

Our cookie selection this year included:

  1. War ration cookies filled with cherries (Grandma recipe)
  2. Almond Cut Out Sugar Cookies
  3. Mint Oreos
  4. White chocolate clusters
  5. Lime Shortbread
  6. Chocolate Caramel Pretzel Bark
  7. Bailey's Fudge
  8. Cranberry Blondies
  9. Peanut butter Blossoms
  10. Citrus Oatmeal
  11. Macaroons
  12. Cinnamon Crisps
  13. Vegan Red Velvet Beet Cookies
  14. Gingerbread Snowmen
  15. Chocolate Espresso Chip Cookies
  16. Spicy Chex Mix - Recipe Here.

We were also going to attempt some honeycomb candy, but realized we lacked a candy thermometer so we dropped it. This year we were a little better organized and prepped a lot of the dough in advance, but it was still a long process. After a solid two days of baking and 6 hrs of icing I was happy to be finished, and thankful for all of the amazing people that took part!

 

January 08, 2012

2012 Goals

I've tried, unsuccessfully, three times now to write a year end recap blog post. After this last time (about 30 min. ago), I've decided that its just not meant to be. My current computer has no interest in what happened last year and keeps freezing when I take interest so I will instead only look forward and post a few goals I have for the coming year.

  1. Update my website & blog. Frealz.
  2. Blog 3x per week.
  3. Finish some started projects: screen printing, fabric design & assorted projects currently cluttering my craft room.
  4. Learn some front end coding.
  5. Take more photos.
  6. Refinish the freaking chairs.
  7. Start quilting again.
  8. Volunteer more.
  9. Take more trips.
  10. Write more tutorials.

So far the new year is looking pretty promising. I'm looking forward to crossing some of these off. Hope you had a great weekend!

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