Tuesday, October 20, 2015

(lazy mom) Halloween Cookies

Cookies. You love them.  I love them.  Everyone loves them.  If you don't love cookies, you may as well stop reading right now.  Growing up my mom was a stay at home mom- my brother and I were lucky.  (I never realized how much so until I became a mom.)  And that mother of mine, she loves cookies- let me adjust that- she loves making cookies. Every holiday, every celebration, she'd whip up a batch of homemade cookies to send to school with us.  I remember her driving us to school with the big old rectangular Tupperware full of her treats.

Now my mom, she wasn't a lazy mom.  No sirree.  She made sugar cookies.  She made the dough, chilled the dough, rolled the dough, cut out the shapes, baked the cookies AND she decorated those suckers.  I still love those cookies. (She still makes them at Christmas, but my dad has horned in on the decoration duty)  

I have made special ones like that for my kids- like these


and these


But this year, I'm feeling a little..... lazy.  Ok, maybe not lazy.  If I was truly lazy, I wouldn't have made anything.  But the Mr does not like "shortbread" cookies- he's a die hard chocolate chip guy. So that means I have to eat the cookies.  And I do not need to eat the cookies.  So what to do.

Well, you buy these.

Oooh, eyeballs.  Gotta love it.  

I was inspired by these

Gooey Monster Cookies Recipe on { lilluna.com } ADORABLE!!

But wanted to have my own twist.  
I grabbed my favorite baking book- Flour by Joanne Chang

Grabbed the ingredients

And away we went.

Butter, white sugar, brown sugar, eggs, vanilla, flour, baking soda, chocolate chips.

Oh did I forget to mention the cute helper.  You really need one of those.

***if you have a problem with raw eggs please avert your eyes*****

I followed the instructions for the cookies (the recipe is at the end of this post) but pulled them out when they will still slightly underbaked.

Then we took the eyeballs (you can't bake them, they will melt and won't be eyeballs, they'll just be yuck)and pressed them into the soft-ish cookie.

Lazy mom cookies or not.  I think they're pretty awesome.

Maybe not as snazzy as mom's cookies, but she made more than cookies for us, she made memories. And that my friends, is exactly what I want to do too.


Flour Bakery's Chocolate Chunk (or Chip) Cookies 

From the Flour cookbook, recipe also available here

- Makes approximately 24 large or 5 dozen small cookies - 

1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, at room temperature
3/4 cup white sugar
3/4 cup firmly packed light brown sugar
2 eggs
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract  (I always do a big splash)
1 cup unbleached all-purpose flour
1 cup bread flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
1 1/2 cups dark chocolate, chopped (with 62% to 70% cacao recommended)
2 1/2 ounces (70 grams; scant 1/2 cup) milk chocolate, finely chopped

1 1/2 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips

In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, cream butter and sugars together on medium speed for about 5 minutes, until light and fluffy, scraping down the sides and bottom of the bowl as needed.  Add eggs, one at a time, and beat together until thoroughly combined, 2-3 minutes.  

In a medium bowl, whisk flours, baking soda, and salt together.  Add chocolates and stir together.  On low speed, gradually add the flour-chocolate mixture and mix until evenly incorporated.  

Scrape the cookie dough to an airtight container, cover and refrigerator overnight (or at least 3-4 hours), or up to a week.  

To bake, preheat oven to 350 degrees and set a rack in the center of the oven.  Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or a silicon baking mat.

Drop 1/4-cup dough rounds onto the prepared baking sheet, spacing each about 2 inches apart. Lightly press down on each round with the palm of your hand to flatten slightly.  Bake until edges are golden brown and the center is set but still slightly soft, about 15 to 18 minutes.  Let cool for about 5 minutes on the cookie sheet, then transfer the cookies to a cooling rack to cool completely.  Repeat with remaining cookie dough.

***If you are making smaller cookies- drop tablespoon size cookies onto the lined sheet.  Baking time is less 10-12 minutes, depending on your oven and how well done you like your cookies.****
Cookies can be stored in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 3 days.  The cookie dough can be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to a week.

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

October faves

October faves.

My second most favourite month- December is my absolute fave, but October runs a close second.  To celebrate I'm sharing some of my favourite Etsy finds that are on my fall want list. I love Etsy and I love shopping small and handmade for others AND of course, for myself!  Take a peek at these great pieces - these would be great gift ideas for Christmas or birthdays (mine is next month, hint, hint) or just some awesome additions to your life!  Click on the title or the picture to go directly to the shop.

mama bear shirt  by  maison wares
There's also papa bear and baby bear.  I love this.
Mama Bear with Heart Heather Black Raglan Sleeve Baseball TShirt with Grey Print - Family Photos, Gift for Her, Gift for Mom

Miss Moon Was A Dog Governess. Lesson Ten: Sometimes Tricks Are 

Better Than Treats. Art Print. by janet hill studio

Miss Moon Was A Dog Governess.  Lesson Ten:  Sometimes Tricks Are Better Than Treats. Art Print.

I love EVERY SINGLE PRINT.  I want them all.

***just a little update- I just bought a Christmas print, because me and Christmas are like pb & jam

Lumberjack Zipper Scarf

How cute with jeans and a sweater, or a black dress or black pants or or or- it's just lovely

David Suzuki Shirt

Because David Suzuki.  I am from Canada. That is all.

Bandana Bib - Baby - Baby Bandana Bib - Deer Bib - Drooling - Bib

No more babies for me, but if there were- he or she would have this.

Bad Ass Funny Mug - Donkey Horse Humor Christmas X-mas coffee mug cup gift present for dad

I love me a good pun.  I have this in mind for someone for Christmas.  It's perfect.  No mom, it's NOT for you.

Eye Mask, Sleep Mask, Travel Mask, Handmade Cotton Black and White Check/Lumberjack Pattern Mask by Aren't You Fancy!

Buffalo check and sleeping.  These are a few of my favorite things.

Dark Grey Crochet Boot Cuffs Boot Toppers Work Sock Dark Gray Red Sock Monkey Varsity Construction Sock Winter Fashion Teens Ladies

Truth be told, I have these.  Two pairs.  You need these.  You really do.

Grown ups coloring is all the rage now- and who wouldn't want to color this lovely piece.  Frame it.  Bam.  Instant artwork.

Chai Spice Cold Process Soap

mmm, a warm bath with spicy smelling soap.
That's pretty great.

This is how I roll sign

People- this IS how I roll.  I can't hurt myself with a rolling pin.  Well, I haven't yet anyways.

I hope you enjoyed my little collection of wonderful finds.  I'll be doing this again in both November and December because treasure hunting is my thing and I like to share.


Sunday, October 11, 2015

semi-homemade Halloween costumes

Hello all- sorry I haven't checked in lately- I've been busy working away in my little sign business- getting ready for Christmas.  I know, it's only October BUT I really like sleeping, and in years past, when I wait to start Christmas work until the last week in October, I find myself staying out in the shop till all hours of the night.  I probably still will end up doing that- but maybe just not as many nights.  

Now doing that- I've kinda skipped right over fall and Halloween in my mind.  I'm already well into December- I mean, when one is making Christmas product, one needs to get in the mood with Christmas songs, am I right?  Hmm, just me then.

Well being in that Christmas-y frame of mind, Halloween snuck right up and tapped me on the shoulder and said "Boo!"  I know it's not the 31st yet, but we have a great tradition where we live. We go to a local campground (Provincial park, actually) and trick or treat on the Saturday before Canadian Thanksgiving.  Our family doesn't camp but friends of ours do and there's a great big group of kidlets that get together and go through the decorated campsites and trick or treat. *Read get hopped up on chocolate*  It's so much fun. It really is- it's not too cold yet, it's still light out and we get to spend time with some really great people.  Even if they let my daughter play with fire.... and have free reign of the candy bowl..... ahem, Natalie.... 

To trick or treat, you need a costume don't you.  Growing up my mom always, ALWAYS made our costumes.  That could possibly be because back in the 80's costumes looked like this.


It's just so life-like isn't it.  *eye roll*  I remember hating those masks- hot, itchy and hard to breathe in.  Plus horrifying- don't forget that.

Ok, back to the present.  So I grew up with a DIY mom- which I'm sure I didn't think was cool back then, because, really, kids don't get it.  And now I'm a DIY mom, but I don't sew.  Not yet anyways, it's on my list. So being a non-sewer, I have to make things work that I can find.  And that, my friends, is not always easy.

First up- Mr M wanted to be a minion.  Ok.  This was much easier than Two-Face from last year's Halloween.

We went over to the thrift store (my favourite place, for almost everything) and looked at the minion costume.  I wasn't sold, I knew we could piece something together for him.  I grabbed a pair of their costume overalls, and we found a yellow button down shirt- perfect.  Tim made him a G for the front- the kids told us it was important.  And then he needed goggles.

Tim will tell you I have a mason jar problem.  I probably do, but don't tell him I admitted to it.  I took two of the rings and just hot glued them together.  Then I went to my ribbon stash- no black, but navy with polka dots, so I glued it on backwards.  Bam.  Goggles.  Tim thought I was WAY off, but they turned out pretty decent.

Happy minion with one of his best buds.

Next up girly girl wanted to be Leonardo- the Ninja Turtle.  I tried to twist her arm, I really wanted her to be Maleficient, but nope.

"I told you for two years mom, I want to be Leo."

I looked at the Ninja Turtle costume, but again, it wasn't doing it for me,  It wasn't saying Elise.

So we came up with this.

The camo joggers are her regular pants.  We found the green shirt at the thrift store, as well as the shiny turtle shell and mask.  The shell has an opening in it- so we put in a pillow to give it some dimension.  It wasn't totally authentic, but it was pretty great to me-  more of her personality shone through.  Which, in this picture is grumpy.

I'm a kid at heart, and I love dressing up too.  I had to work until 5 that night, so I needed something easy to do.

Where's Laura?  I mean Waldo.  I mean Laura.

It was a stroke of luck putting this costume together.

I found the red and white striped shirt ... at the thrift store!  The glasses are my own, as are the jeans. The hat was the most difficult part.  I ended up finding this at the Dollar Tree with the Christmas stuff.

I made the pom pom out of some fleece and safety pinned it to the top.  Not bad for less than $2.

Actually all three costumes together come in under $50.  I realize they do look homemade, but to me that was the fun part of it.  I'm up for a good old fashioned family Halloween any day.  They won't let me get away with this for long, but for now, I'll take it.

Have a great weekend everyone, enjoy these beautiful fall days and Happy Thanksgiving to all my Canadian friends- turkey time in a couple hours.... I can't wait!