This is the healthy inside...
Friday, August 24, 2012
This is the healthy inside...
Thursday, August 23, 2012
I am finally posting that recipe for the wonderful nutella cookies I have made twice now. Try it out; this is a super-easy recipe, and one of the most delicious cookie recipes I have ever made. They come out soft, chewy and very chocolatey. I found it on recipe goldmine. I changed it, though. I used a stick of butter, instead of shortening, and I substituted almonds for hazelnuts, which I think made it better. I think with hazelnuts, it would taste too much like a ferraro rocher candy.
Chewy Nutella Crinkles
3 cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 (11 ounce) jar Nutella
1/4 cup shortening
1 1/3 cups granulated sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/3 cup milk
1/2 cup chopped, toasted hazelnuts
2 cups finely chopped hazelnuts, divided
Sifted confectioners' sugar
Stir together flour, baking powder and salt in a medium bowl; set aside.
Combine Nutella and shortening in a large mixing bowl; beat with electric mixer on medium to high speed
until combined. Add sugar; beat on medium speed until fluffy. Add vanilla extract and eggs; beat just until
Alternately add flour mixture and milk to creamed mixture, beating on medium speed just until combined.
Use a spoon to stir in 1/2 cup chopped hazelnuts. Cover and chill for several hours or until firm.
Heat oven to 375 degrees F.
Shape the dough into 1- or 1 1/2-inch balls. Roll the balls in finely chopped hazelnuts, then roll in
confectioners' sugar. Place the balls 2 inches apart on a lightly greased cookie sheet. (The cookies will
spread and crinkle as they bake.)
Bake for 8 to 10 minutes or until surface is cracked and cookies are set. Cool cookies on a wire rack.
Makes about 6 dozen.
This is what happens in the morning at my house: hijinks!
Poor Moose! Doesn't he look like Bono, though? "Hello, ladies!" That is what Bono said to me & my friend Christine when he & Aidan Quinn passed us one night, in the market in Malibu nearly 30 years ago...It's a beautiful day!
The monkey assists me in preparing funny photos...
Monday, August 20, 2012
This is the largest spaghetti squash, close to the size of a football. It is finally beginning to yellow, and I think we will eat it later this week. A few grape tomatoes have ripened, but we gobbled them up before any photos could be snapped!
Speaking of gobbling, I made some of the BEST cookies ever. An easy recipe with nutella. I'll post it tomorrow...
Friday, August 17, 2012
Sunday, August 12, 2012
Some adorable little girls sang before the band started. They sang an Adele song!
The tie dye colors this year were a dark wine & yellow (kind of like USC). These are our creations...
The monkey & I donned our cowboy hats (boy, do I need a makeover, latisse & botox!!).
This was the scene around sunset. Much prettier in person. I am still having this issue with my blog taking photos that I have edited to be right side up, and turning them back sideways, so I didn't post those.
The band was fantastic. They played well into the night. We left around 9:30 to view the Perseids meteor shower at our house, and could clearly hear all the songs they played. The clouds blocked the view for a little while, but when they cleared, we saw some amazing meteors.
Our friends brought a bottle of the Riverbench brut rose sparkling. Wow! I want to go taste there more than ever, now. What a fabulous weekend. I even dragged my lazy self to the only progressive church on the mountain this a.m., Open Door.