Tagged: baking

Jan 22

A well-floured surface.


For Christmas, my Grandma passed on her old rolling pin to me. It’s old and wooden. And broken in. And beautiful. It’s incredibly smooth and I can still taste all the homemade noodles that she rolled out with it for me and my family.

(Have you ever made homemade noodles? It’s really not as difficult as you may think. I’ve made them several times during the holidays and found it to be very rewarding.)


I used it the first time last week to make sugar cookies. It was my month to host my Bunco group, so I decided to attempt to make dice cookies. Not once did my dough stick to my new rolling pin!


For the cookie shapes, I just used a pizza cutter to cut the dough into 2″-ish strips, then cut them again the other direction with a spatula. Simple enough. I make my frosting from powdered sugar and a little bit of milk. The dice “dots” are made from little spoon-drops of melted chocolate that have been pressed between wax paper. I think if I were doing it again, I might attempt to just use chocolate chips, melt them somehow (in the oven?) and press the wax paper over them the same way.

Anyways, I know that there are a million recipes out there for sugar cookies. And everybody prefers a different kind of sugar cookie. Me, I like them all. The fat, creamy kind. The thick, sugary kind. And especially the Lofthouse kind. I don’t discriminate.

Below is the recipe I use. It’s from my Better Homes and Gardens Cookbook. And I have used it so many times that the page is all splattered with bits of dough and icing and food coloring.

2/3 c. butter, softened
3/4 c. sugar
1 t. baking powder
1/4 t. salt
1 egg
1 T. milk
1 t. vanilla
2 c. flour

Beat butter on medium for 30 seconds. And sugar, baking powder and salt. Once combined, beat in egg, milk and vanilla. Then beat in as much flour as you can with mixer – then the rest by hand. Roll dough 1/8″ think. Bake cookies for 7-8 minutes at 375ยบ. Let cool before frosting. Yum!

And, while I have my recipe books out, I’ll share my noodle recipe too:

Sift together 2 1/2 c. flour and a pinch of salt. Add 2 eggs, 1/2 c. milk and 1 T. butter. Knead until smooth (~5 min). Let rest in covered bowl for 10 minutes. On floured surface, roll 1/8″ or 1/4″ thick. Cut and allow to air dry overnight.

Thanks, Grandma!


Oct 04

Best chocolate chip cookies ever.

cookies1Whenever I make these cookies, somebody always requests the recipe. In my opinion (and I have done a lot of research), these are the best chocolate chip cookies around. So good, in fact, that I sorta want to selfishly hoard the recipe for myself so I can continue to get all those compliments! But, alas, I know better than that and have decided to share. After all, the recipe was given to me in the first place. So it’s not even mine to hoard.

Best Chocolate Chip Cookies Ever

2 eggs
2/3 c. shortening
2/3 c. butter
1 c. brown sugar
1 c. sugar
1 t. vanilla
Mix together.

1 t. salt
1 t. baking soda
3 1/2 c. flour
Mix together.

Combine two mixtures and add 16 oz. bag of chocolate chips. Spoon heaping tablespoonful onto greased cookie sheet. Bake at 350 for 13 minutes. Makes about 30 big cookies.

Go ahead, try it. You will not be disappointed. Or hungry, after you eat the first dozen that come from the oven.

Wait! Don’t waste time writing this down! Download and print the recipe card!


And, speaking of sharing, how cute are these two?

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May 11

A Mousey Birthday.

Yesterday was my Lilah’s second birthday and we have spent the weekend celebrating. We started her day with pancakes at iHop, a gigantic Minnie Mouse balloon at Party City, and many hours of playing on her new swingset/playgym that Brady built for her. He just finished it yesterday, so the timing was perfect. She happily went up the ladder and down the slide a million times, each time saying “one more time!” Today we had some family over to celebrate the occasion. In honor of her favorite person in the entire world, Mickey Mouse, I attempted a Mickey-themed cake.

I am by no means an experience cake-decorator, so be warned. I’m sure could have been improved in the technique category, but I had fun making it! (Kinda sounds like an American Idol contestant after Ryan Secrest asks how they think they did.)

Anyways, here are some pictures from the party.

The below three photos show three separate times that Lilah was caught attempting to get into the cake/candy.

Graham was a trooper throughout the party. Such a good baby these days. (And how cute are his little plaid shorts? Not many people can pull of stripes and plaids, but he does!)

Brady’s labor of love:


Mar 12

One month. One year.

Baby Graham turned one month old yesterday. Pretty crazy how time flies when you’re having fun (or when you’re sleep-deprived). He couldn’t say so himself, but I know he’s pretty pumped to be one month old. Life is pretty great for him. Not a care in the world.

Here’s some recent shots of him. I think he looks more and more like his handsome daddy every day :)

And here’s Lilah doing what she does most lately: reading.

And the other exciting birthday in our family is my niece, Eva Mae. She turned one on Monday and we celebrated by eating lots of yummy, girly cake!

The Abbey-Kadabby Cake was made my Eva’s aunt Kathleen – way to go, girl!


Dec 19

Christmas 1.0

We celebrated Christmas with my husband’s family this past weekend and Lilah got her first real dose of holiday. She was excited about opening the gifts and even more excited about playing with them! We took her to see Santa and I think she was more into it than he was! And as a bonus, one of her favorite foods is turkey, so she had a great time all-around.

Her aunt Kimbrey made a huge platter of chocolate covered pretzels and peanut butter balls that she couldn’t keep her paws out of. I don’t know how many times we caught her at the dessert table reaching up for a couple more. She’s pretty sneaky, too!

And these are some adorable little Santa cookies that my SIL Micah made – might have to try that soon. They are made with Nutter Butter cookies.


Sep 16

Babies and chocolate.

No sonogram pictures to share :(

Brady and I went to the appointment and decided to wait another month for the sono because we couldn’t agree on whether or not to learn the gender of our unborn child. I am dying to know (although I’ve always said I wanted surprises) and Brady is a rock – he doesn’t want to know, and he’s not budging.

Now, Mommies back me up here if you agree. I am a pretty firm believer in the theory that the person carrying the babe has more pull in the decisions made regardhttp://www.blogger.com/img/gl.link.gifing it. Right? For instance, if a name cannot be agreed upon, Mommy gets final decision. Or, if Mom and Dad can’t come to terms with the gender-revealing issue, it’s up to Mom. OR, if Mom wants chocolate Frosties for dinner while Dad wants burgers, you better bet that the baby is getting some brain freeze :)

And speaking of chocolate…

How awesome does that look. Anybody want to make my day?!?! Now you know how! Recipe here and Bakerella’s version here. WIpe the drool from your face!


Sep 14

Whew, that was a long post.

Haven’t posted lately cause I’ve been extra busy. Last weekend, we threw my folks a surprise party in honor of my Mom’s 50th birthday and their 30th wedding anniversary. Lots of work to get it all pulled together without them finding out, but in the end, we did it. We had about 100 people show up to surprise them, and it definitely worked!

Anyways, the point is, I’ve been busy lately, but not busy blogging! So, this is going to be a very long run-on post. Sorry :)

Ok, where to start? How about here:

So, this is probably old news for many people, but I had to include anyways. This sonogram is very old – we are having another tomorrow, and maybe I’ll update soon. Baby is due February 12 which makes me almost halfway there!

Here are some photos from our Labor Day getaway we took to Grand Lake. Went with some friends – Kelly, Sarah and Bo Kaiser.

A weenie-roast we had with my family a while back. The kids loved being outside by the fire and, more importantly, the swingset :)

For the party, my sister-in-law, Jenny, and I made ‘s cupcake bites. So fun! I would recommend this project to anybody who loves chocolate, sprinkles and has a little patience :)

The party was a blast to plan and even more fun to enjoy. We had hor’doerves and drinks and a dance. I think everybody had a great time – I know my feet were sore the next day! I had just started to be able to feel the baby move – and the loud music and dancing got the little one going!

My parent’s – 30 years ago!! Check out that suit on Rick!

Table decorations.

My brother gave a very emotional (ha) speech and we all toasted to 30 more years!

My parent’s wedding party! How cute is that?!?

Me and my brother.

My nephew enjoying one of our cake bites.

I didn’t have many great pics from that night because in typical Kylie-fashion, I took my camera, but no batteries!

I’ll wrap this up with some pictures of Miss Lilah, who is doing all kinds of cute things these days like dancing to “Ring around the Rosie” and wearing her hair in a ponytail!!! She also did something really crazy this weekend – she slept until NOON yesterday! That made 16 hours of sleep in one night! We couldn’t believe it and kept going in to check on her, but she was snoozing away.

Okay, I promise not to get so behind again! (Ya, right.)


May 12


Seems we’ve had so many reasons to celebrate lately. My folks’ 30th wedding anniversary. Lilah’s 1st birthday. Mother’s Day. Celebration = lots of yummy desserts :)

We’ve been very busy with work lately, and all the other tasks of life. Preparing for our upcoming vacation to Boston, spring gardening, birthday prep and festivites, etc, etc. Anyways, those are some of my excuses for why I haven’t posted in a while.

I had a tramatic experience while making/decorating Lilah’s cake this weekend. It was late Friday night, after I had worked 12 hours, when I finally got around to it. I woke up the next morning and had to laugh at my efforts – and then start over. See for yourself:

(The first one is the cake in the back. Shameful, I know.)

Don’t have much time to write, but here are some photos from the party, and the party preparation:

These are me working on the cupcake picks and the chocolate chips that were to decorate the cupcakes. To make the chips, I just dyed white chocolate and dropped out babyspoonfuls onto waxed paper. Tip: You cannot color white chocolate with your average liquid-style food coloring. You have to buy the professional, paste-type stuff.

This is Lilah on the morning of her birthday. Pancakes, syrup, balloons = happy one year old.

This is the table that was sitting on our deck when we woke up on Lilah’s birthday. My (very talented) brother made it for her – isn’t it great?!?! (He also sells them, if you’re interested.)

The party:


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