Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Fresh Baked Bread

Is there anything better than the smell of baking bread?   Maybe biting into the first slice that is spread with butter and your favorite jam.  Yum!

I am starting to venture into the world of bread baking since home made bread puts most store bought breads to shame.  I still buy bread from our favorite bakery when I don't have a chance to make it at home.

I have been trying a couple of different recipes from one printed on the back of the Rogers flour bag to a basic good bread recipe out of a Canadian Living cookbook.  And as far as kneading the dough, well... I let my kitchen aid mixer do all that hard work.  If I had to knead bread by hand, I know I would not be making it at all.  But it might give me a good workout.

PS. That big black blob in the background of one of the photos is our dog basking in the sunshine.  It is a nice change to have the sun out again.

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Just do it!

I wanted to share my latest facebook status:  "Had a great night at Ladies Night on Seymour. Took a few runs to get my snow legs back but overall not bad since its been 8 years. Why did I wait so long to go again?!"

So as I was snowboarding last night and having a blast, I was wondering why it took me so long to get back onto the slopes after having kids.   Well, it has got me thinking... time to make a to do list and get back to enjoying all those activities that have been sitting on the back burner.

Having fun last night was a great reminder to just get out and do it! 

Friday, February 10, 2012

Heart Cookie Sandwiches

I used my favorite rolled cookie recipe to make these scrumptious little valentine bites.

This time when I was mixing up the cookie dough,  I was wondering why the dough was not coming together and then I realized I added an extra cup of flour.  Oops!  After correcting my measuring error, we ended up with twice the cookie dough which is not a bad thing. There were so many cookies that we decided to sandwich some of the hearts together with pink butter icing.

What darling little cookie sandwiches, a perfect sweet for a Valentine treat.

And I made my first animated gif inspired by Centsational Girl's post.  I am slowly learning what I can do using photoshop elements.  My daughter pointed out that it only took me four bites to polish this cookie off.  :-)

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Thursday, February 2, 2012

❤ Cute Personalized Valentine Day Cards ❤

For this year's school Valentine card exchange, we decided to make some personalized photo cards instead of the usual standard store bought princess and fairy valentines.

I found some great free templates for mini wallet cards at The Album Cafe.  You must have photoshop to use them and instructions on how to use the templates were provided.  I needed them!  I spend too much time fumbling my way around photoshop elements but I am finally starting to learn.

I put 2 pictures on a 4x6 print.  Making these personalized valentine cards were just as cost effective as buying the box of cards from the store - I actually think it was cheaper.  I spent $5.20 and ended up with 58 wallet sized cards. Enough for both school classes and a few extras for family.

These cards are unique and a perfect size for the classroom valentine exchange.
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