Thursday, July 28, 2011
I needed a little "Thank you" gift for my D-I-L, daughter and one of her friends and I wanted something unique. My B-I-L buys and sells depression glass and he had given us these vintage teacups and bowls. A while ago, I had seen on another blog (sorry I can't remember whose!) a cute little teacup with a variety of plants planted inside. So, I dug out my vintage teacups after deciding I could do the same.
First I painted the sticks I used for the "Thank you" sign. The sticks I used were sticks I had picked up for caramel apples. Then I cut my sign using my Cricut. I purchased a small house plant and transferred that to the teacups.
The green teacups and saucers also had bowls with them. So, I filled the bowls with Catchall Bars and wrapped it all with some plastic wrap. Then topped it off with a bow. I think they turned out great!
Wednesday, July 20, 2011
This is the second cookie from the list six that can be made from the Basic Cookie Dough recipe I posted last month. Since it was made in a bar form, baked in layers and cut after baking--it was easier and faster than the last recipe. Also I think everyone that tried both cookies liked this one better. It was tasty, but I couldn't decide which I liked best. You be the judge!
Basic Cookie Dough recipe
1 1/2 cups dark chocolate pieces
1 1/2 cups toffee pieces
1 (14 oz.) can sweetened condensed milk
1 cup flaked coconut (I didn't use a whole cup of coconut, since we're not that crazy for the stuff.)
1 cup chopped pecans
1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Line a 13x9x2 inch baking pan with foil extending the foil over the edges of the pan. Grease foil; set pan aside.
2. Prepare Basic Cookie Dough as directed. (See recipe here.) Press three-fourths of the dough evenly onto the bottom of the prepared baking pan. Bake crust in the preheated oven about 10 minutes or until lightly browned.
3. In a large bowl, combine chocolate pieces, toffee pieces, coconut, and pecans. Add the sweetened condensed milk. Spread mixture evenly over the baked crust. Crumble the remaining one-fourth of the dough evenly over the top.
4. Bake about 20 minutes more or until crumbled topping is lightly browned. Cool in pan on wire rack. Using the edges of the foil, lift out of the pan. Cut into bars. Makes 24 bars (I cut into smaller pieces so I got more than 24 bars).
To store: Place bars in single layer in an airtight container; cover. Store at room temperature for up to 3 days or freeze for up to 3 months.