Tuesday, July 31, 2012

. . . Cookie Time Tuesday-Honey Roasted Peanut Butter Cookies . . .

I love anything with peanut butter in it and also love honey roasted peanuts!  So, when I ran across this recipe in the back of a book I was reading I knew it was going to have to make an appearance on Cookie Time Tuesday!

These were some yummy PB Cookies--both soft but chewy too.  A really good recipe!  I think next time I may add a few chocolate chips in the mix too or even some PB Chips.  Yummy!

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You will need:
2 ½ Cups All Purpose Flour
½ tsp. Baking Soda
½ tsp. Baking Powder
½ tsp. Salt
½ Pound Salted Butter, softened
1 Cup Dark Brown Sugar, packed
1 Cup Granulated Sugar
1 Cup Super Chunky Peanut Butter
2 Large Eggs
2 tsp. Vanilla extract
1 Cup Honey Roasted Peanuts, chopped to resemble bread crumbs

• Gather ingredients
• Sift dry ingredients together and set aside
• Beat butter until fluffy
• Add sugars and mix until fluffy, about 3 minutes

• Add chunky peanut butter and combine well
• Add eggs one at a time
• Add vanilla and mix well
• Gently add in the dry ingredients to the peanut butter mixture and mix well

 • Chop honey roasted peanuts in a food chopper until they resemble bread crumbs
• Add chopped peanuts to the batter and stir just until incorporated
• Roll 2 tablespoons of dough and place 2 inches apart on a parchment lined baking sheet
• Use the back of a fork to make a crisscross design on the top of each cookie

• Bake in a 350 degree oven for about 10 to 12 minutes then cool on a baking sheet for about 5 minutes.  Remove to a wire rack to cool completely

  PB Goodness!


Saturday, July 28, 2012

. . . Shabby Chic End Tables Makeover . . .

Funny story...years ago when my husband and I first bought our house we used his bachelor pad furniture in our living room.  Now, his furniture was nice for a bachelor but it just didn't go along with the style of the house or the decorating plans I had.  So, one day he walked in after work and the only thing that was left in the living room were two end tables.  He tells everyone he knew nothing about me getting rid of his furniture but I will deny that every time because we had discussed it (Selective Hearing at work I'd say)  It's one of his favorite stories to tell and we've certainly shared many laughs over it. 

Well, imagine his excitement when I decided to paint his last bachelor pad furniture!  The two end tables had seen better days but still had a lot of life left so I decided to update them and do a little repair to the base to make them a bit sturdier.

The bottoms of the tables were "sagging" so my dad and I used Home Depot Measuring Sticks cut to fit the bottom as a reinforcement.  I used Krylon Almond Spray Paint in Satin Finish.  After the paint was dry I then sanded the tables in spots so it had more of a shabby chic look.  I then bought 2 place mats that matched the feel I was going for and used spray adhesive to attach them to the bottoms of the tables and then we did the repair to the bottoms with the yard stick.  All said and done they have a whole new look and I love them but even better so does my husband!

• • • shabby chic
• The end tables were just a basic wood frame with a wicker bottom that needed an update
• I removed the bottom insert on each table and sanded the entire table
• I used Krylon Spray Paint in Almond
• Painted each table with the spray paint and let it dry completely

• Once the tables had dried completely I used a fine grit sanding block and started sanding it in a variety of areas on the table giving it a shabby chic look
• Well, would you look at that the sanding even brought out the "kid" to help!  That doesn't happen too often but something about "ruining" the table after the hard work of painting it was appealing to him.

 • For the bottom insert on the tables I purchased a place mat that worked with the paint color and was the perfect size of the insert
• I used spray adhesive on both the place mat and the insert to guarantee a great hold
• I then recruited my dad to help me make the bottom really secure by reattaching the original wood pieces on the bottom and then added a piece of a yard stick across the center to make the bottom sturdier.  Worked like a charm!

• • • Love!

• • • Like new!

• • • very happy!

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

. . . Cookie Time Tuesday - Guest Post from The Adventures of Sweet Sugarbelle . . .

I am so excited to share Cookie Time Tuesday with you today because I have a very special Guest Post!  I don't know if you have been on The Sweet Adventures of Sugarbelle's blog but you HAVE to visit.  I can spend hours there looking at Callye's beautiful cookies--they are truly a work of art. 

{Here is an example of just a few of her beautiful cookies}
As you can imagine, I was thrilled when she said yes to doing a guest post for Cookie Time Tuesday! I like a nice simple cookie because I don't have the decorating skills she can offer but I love to look at the pretty ones and dream that someday I might be able to decorate like that...in the meantime she was nice enough to do a simple but delicious cookie for Cookie Time Tuesday.  Seriously, you have to go check out her blog and all of her amazing creations.

"Hello everyone!  My name is Callye and I am visiting from The Sweet Adventures of Sugarbelle.  On a normal day, my specialty is cookies.  You know, the fancy schmancy decorated kind.  Most of the time I am happy to spend hours on a single batch, but every once in while I want to skip all the fuss and make something simple.  These lemon poppy seed cookies are perfect for a quick and easy treat."

Lemon Poppy seed Cutout Cookies
1c unsalted butter
1 ½ c confectioner’s sugar
1 egg
2 tsp lemon baker’s emulsion or lemon extract
1 tsp vanilla
2 ¾-3 c all purpose flour
2 tsp baking powder
1tsp salt
2 tsp poppy seeds

Cream together butter and confectioner's sugar.  Add the egg and flavorings.  Sift together flour, baking powder, and salt then add to the wet ingredients one cupful at a time.  Mix until the dough forms a ball on the paddle.  Add a little extra flour if the dough seems sticky.  Roll out on parchment paper dusting lightly with flour as needed. Cut into desired shapes then bake at 400° for 7-8 minutes.

These cookies are wonderful sprinkled with lemon sugar, which I make by mining lemon zest and ¼ of a cup of granulated sugar…or lemon glaze.  I was in a glaze-y mood this time around.

Lemon Glaze
1 cup confectioners sugar
2 tsp. lemon juice
1 tsp. heavy cream OR milk
1 tbsp. light corn syrup
Mix all the ingredients together with a fork.  Add more lemon juice or powdered sugar to thin or thicken the mixture.

"These are the perfect cookie for a warm spring day.  If you love cookies, I hope you’ll come visit my blog very soon.  I love making new baking buds!"

Thank You Callye for your great post!  I hope you will run over and see her soon!