I went and got myself a baby kitty today and her name is Roux ... she is very precious & sweet & playful & i love her so much already. right now she is sleeping under the lamp .
Roux in the box and Tank watching from a distance.. silly.
Tank LOVES her... he won't leave her alone . its so funny. she doesn't even care which is awesome. she just does her own thing regardless of whether Tank is right next to her staring her down or not. its cute. they are going to be good pals for life. i can't wait until Payton meets Roux. i bet she's gonna wanna hold her all the time. too bad Roux doesn't like to be held too much.. hm.
yes, i did it. i made my own batch of homemade samoas - you know the girl scout cookies you can only get when the girl scouts are out scouting for people to buy their delicious cookies? i remember when i used to be a girlscout. i never sold as many cookies as all the other girls in my troop . i think i was the only one who didn't cheat and send my parents to their work with the sign up sheet. i did all the heavy work myself. little girl scout sneaky cheaters... just kidding. im getting sidetracked.
so yeah, i made samoas and i took pictures of the steps. not all the steps cause that would have been messy. but here we go , and i'm even including my recipe for you all to try at home. ENJOY!
1 cup butter, soft
1/2 cup sugar
2 cups all purpose flour
1/4 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
up to tbsp of milk
** preheat over to 350F.
In a large mixing bowl, cream together butter & sugar. mix in flour, baking powder and salt at a low speed, followed by the vanilla and milk - adding the milk as needed to make the dough come together without being sticky; you might not even need to add milk .... oh also add more flour if the dough is too sticky.
roll the dough out on parchment paper to about 1/4 inch thickness or less and use a cookie cutter to make rounds (i had to use a wine glass because we dont even have a cookie cutter haha) use something smaller to make a hole in the middle (i used a tiny measuring spoon to scrape the hole out.. it doesnt need to be big at all)
once thats done, put the cookies on a cookie sheet with parchment paper and cook for 10-12 minutes, until the bottoms are lightly browned. cool for a few minutes on the baking sheet and then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.
3 cups shredded coconut (sweetened or unsweetened)
12 oz good quality chewy caramels
1/4 tsp salt
3 tbsp milk
8 oz dark or semi sweet chocolate chips
** preheat over to 300F. spread coconut evenly on a parchment-lined baking sheet (one with sides) and toast 20 minutes or so (eye-ball it) , stirring every 5 minutes, until coconut is golden. cool on baking sheet & set aside. --- this makes your oven smell so awesome.
unwrap the caramels and place in a large microwave-safe bowl with milk and salt. cook on high for 3-4 minutes, stopping to stir a few times to help it all melt. when its smooth and creamy fold in the toasted coconut with a spatula or spoon.
now the messy part..... spread the caramel mixture over the tops of the cookies. i placed the cookies on the counter top on a piece of parchment paper to avoid a lot of messiness. try to distribute the caramel evenly on all the cookies because its a pain to re-heat more caramel and coconut. if the caramel gets to firm just put it in the microwave for a few seconds.
while that topping is setting, melt the chocolate in a small bowl on high in 45 second intervals, stirring thoroughly to prevent scorching. dip the base of each cookie into the chocolate and place on a clean piece of parchment paper - or pick the cookie up and flip it over and spread the chocolate on the bottom like butter . transfer all remaining chocolate into a ziplock bag and snip off the corner and drizzle finished cookies with chocolate.
let chocolate set completely before string in an airtight container. .... eat !
last night we had a craazzzzyyy wind & rain storm. i thought the house was going to blow away. the rain was pelting the house so hard & the wind was sending ripples and waves across the pavement. so this morning upon waking .. we look outside and there is snow on the mountains... oh boy... freezing. i need more clothes for this kind of weather. brrrr.
it was way way way fun. i really like going to sporting events.
because of the energy and the cheering and the excitement.
too bad this was their last home game.
i want to get a jersey for sure.
a white one , & then i want to get all the players signatures on it.
next season i'm going to go keep up on the games.
some of our friends took other pictures.
but we only have one so far
its funny. mitch is the only one not laughing. the rest of us are laughing really hard.. not peno, he looks like hes falling asleep or something. & my hat makes me look like Toadstool . fun times! loved it
rice for meals from now til a while. i need to slim down so i don't look like a walrus for winter.
i need new clothes. that are unique and actually look good on me and that aren't so plain and boring. i also need a vacation. to a tropical place probably.
we got a new stove today. our kitchen looks pretty fly these days. we finally got all our appliances to match - stainless steel with black. nice. and we painted our countertops grey. now all we need is to re-do the floors in the kitchen and BAM - we can sell this place and peace out.
i've started on my herbal courses. its so fun. but i just wish i had a place locally to go to to purchase herbs that i need. or that i had an herb garden. but its too cold to start one now. boo.
this is my song for today ` enjoy. dig it my friend
mitchell got me a pair of g-star jeans that make my butt look amazing. and he also got us a macbook pro that arrived right on time. we went out for sushi with a couple friends and it was sooo fun i loved it. took sake shots with everyone - sake is so strange. and kate got me a bottle of wine that was really yummy. and nique made me mini cupcakes & then a giant one just for me.... loved it. i really liked my birthday this year. thanks everyone!
and also, mother nature gave me the gift of rain & cold air.... my birthday was the first real day of fall it seems. its so grey outside ..... i love it. i just wish there was rain & lightening and thunder and all that jazz. it'll come soon i guess.
yesterday in the car we spotted a rainbow. i love rainbows.