Saturday, August 13, 2011

Toffee Crunch Cookies

I would like to first point out that I LOVE food blogs.  Especially ones that deal with baking, since I tend to think of myself as more of a 'baker' than 'cook'.  I have found a couple of really good food blogs and have started to give some of the recipes a try. 

I saw a recipe on the Tasty Kitchen Blog for Toffee Crunch Cookies.  I almost skipped over the recipe because I really don't work with toffee that much.  But I stopped and read it, and realized that this cookie doesn't have toffee in it at all.  After making the cookie I realized that the ingredients help to create the texture and flavors of toffee.

There are a good many ingredients:  Butter, Sugar, Brown Sugar, Eggs, Vanilla, Flour, Baking Soda, Baking Powder, Salt, quick cooking Oats, Rice Krispies, Marshmellows, and Chocolate Chips. 

So ... you cream your butter and sugars together.  Beat in your eggs.  Add the vanilla.  Add the dry ingredients (flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt).  Then gently fold in the oats, krispies, marshmellows, and chocolate chips. 

(Link for the cookies

And after they are baked ... yummy!!!

These cookies are really awesome!  I love the texture the oats and krispies add to it.  I am definitely going to add these to my cookie arsenal. 

Now all I need is to find a cookie swap party that I can make these for!  Hopefully that will be another post!

Wednesday, August 3, 2011


My friend Suzanna and I decided to throw a Mexican Fiesta Party.  OK ... to be honest it first started out just being "Hey, lets just invite a couple of girls over to eat and have a good time."  Before we knew it, we had a theme, decorations, invitations and fake mustaches. 

It was a potluck meal .... but we provided the tacos and margaritas!

dinner table!
welcome banner!
We got most of the decorations from Party City.  But I will take credit for the Mexican Paper Flowers!  They were strategically placed all throughout the house!  You will see them showcased in a couple of pictures!

my mexican paper flowers!

While at Party City we found some fake mustaches .... and of course ... we bought them.  Really, who can resist a classic fake mustache ... apparently no one at this party could!

liz, suzanna, and dana
Not even the blow up cactus could resist a paper flower and fake mustache!

the star of the party!

me, suzanna and dana!
carissa and hunter!

And one last look at the paper flowers!  Suzanna was a great model!

Everyone had a really great time! I wish I had gotten pictures of everyone eating at the table, with all the food around, but I just forgot (I guess I was having FUN!).

We are definitely thinking about making this a monthly thing.  Maybe with a different theme or idea every month.  Like a Dessert/Wine/Game Night or a Cookie Exchange or a Luau theme or a .....

FUN times ahead!