Tuesday, October 29, 2013

I DEFINITELY want S'more...

Today has been a little gloomy and cloudy… It's the type of day to bake up a new cookie recipe. I looked through my list of "to try" and knew this would be the one for just this day! It's a Peanut Butter S'more Cookie!!! I don't know if there could be anything better (at least not right now at THIS moment!)! I decided to make them for my family self. Just kidding… I did share! (…not that I wanted too…) Cami definitely wanted S'more too! These cookies are so good they have made the holiday cookie plate rotation for this year… Yummmm…

Peanut Butter S'more Cookies

S'more Cookies
(recipe from Cuisine at home)
Be sure to let the cookies cool a few minutes on the baking sheet, otherwise the weight of the marshmallows may cause them to sink through the wire rack gaps.

Makes 4 dozen cookies
Total time: 25 minutes + baking

1 cup all purpose flour
3/4 cup fine graham cracker crumbs
1/2 teaspoon EACH baking soda and kosher salt
1 stick unsalted butter, softened (8 Tbsp.)
1/2 cup creamy peanut butter
1/2 cup EACH granulated sugar and packed brown sugar
1 egg
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
24 large marshmallows, halved horizontally
48 Hershey's chocolate bar pieces (4 bars)
  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
  2. Whisk together flour, graham cracker crumbs, baking soda, and salt in a bowl.
  3. Cream butter, peanut butter, granulated sugar, and brown sugar in a large bowl with a mixer on medium speed until light and fluffy, 5 minutes. Beat in egg and vanilla until incorporated. Blend in flour mixture on low speed just until incorporated. 
  4. Scoop dough with #60 scoop (about 1 Tbsp.) onto ungreased baking sheets.
  5. Bake cookies 4 minutes. Top each with a marshmallow half and bake until golden, 4-5 minutes more. Let cookies rest on baking sheet a few minutes, then transfer to cooling racks. Press chocolate pieces on top of cookies and let cool 5 minutes more. 

These cookies were super quick and fun to make! We won't even discuss the how delicious part again… You'll start drooling, you'll get the drool on your keyboard or iPad… Not good… Just go make them!

Leave me a note… Let me know if they were a hit in your home or if you plan on giving them a try!

Saturday, October 26, 2013

I was in a quandary...

The diva posted the weekly challenge.... Would I participate? I had a very busy week ahead... Would I have time? I was a little less nervous after participating in last week's challenge, but still a little anxious about putting my art "out there." I felt like I was in a little bit of a fengle (I think this sounds good... although it doesn't really have a meaning!). All right... enough of the silliness! I am very happy to have learned the two tangles used in this week's challenge : Weekly Challenge #141: DuoTangle - Quandary & Fengle.

Weekly Challenge #141 : "DuoTangle - Fengle/Quandary"

I hope you have a quandary (and fengle) free day, but plenty of time to tangle them!

Monday, October 21, 2013

A whimsical garden...

I have slowly been working my way through the wonderful book by Beckah Krahula, One Zentangle A Day: A 6-Week Course in Creative Drawing for Relaxation, Inspiration, and Fun (One A Day). It is my official introduction to this art form. I was shopping on Amazon for some micron pens one day when I saw the term "Zentangle" on one of the packages... It prompted me to click some of the book examples... WOW! It intrigued me immediately and the title of the book was exactly what I needed at that moment. I never looked back! Now, I have to admit, I have added quite a few books to my little collection since then. All wonderful! I am definitely taking much longer than one day to do each assignment... I am taking my time and enjoying every single moment!

The past few days (okay, maybe a week!) I've been working on Day 6 which focuses on creating tangleations of tangles you have learned thus far in the book. I LOVED this assignment! So fun!

My sketchbook practice page

The next part of the lesson was to create an ATC tile using some of the tangleations you had created. (This is also the first tile I've done where I incorporated color.) I couldn't help but see elements to a garden in a few of the tangles... a very whimsical garden! So here is my Tangleation Garden...

Tangleation Garden

I think it would be a wonderful, whimsical place to visit. I hope you enjoy visiting it too...

Saturday, October 19, 2013

Anything is possible... one dot at a time...

I had to do it! A little play on the Zentangle logo... I am thrilled to be participating in my very first weekly challenge from This week is Challenge #140, Monotangle and Pointillism. I decided to use a tangelation of poke root for this challenge. I had envisioned a more complicated piece, but as I worked I decided to keep it very simple. I was excited and nervous to participate. I am so glad I did! Dots of fun! (...that made me smile...)

I happened upon the wonderful art form of tangling just a couple of months ago... I am already head over heels in love! In fact, I have already signed up to attend a seminar next year to become a Certified Zentangle Teacher. Yippee!!

Weekly Challenge #140 : "Monotangle, Pointillism Style"

It has been a very long time since I've taken the time to add to this blog. It's nice to be back!
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