Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Exploring Arizona- Soon!

In April I will be accompanying Gerry as he goes to a conference in Scottsdale, Arizona.But we will be flying into Phoenix so visiting both places while in the area. It will be so nice to get away to the heat of the desert after a rough winter at home. It will be our first time too to see a giant cactus!

Scottsdale is very close to Phoenix itself; it is sometimes described as “Desert Version of Miami’s South Beach”.  There is a lot of restaurants, some outstanding shopping, sports and recreation. Scottsdale also has a very hip and happening night scene, meaning that there is plenty to do when the lights go out. Scottsdale is also a great place to wander around and just enjoy the architecture and the design of the city itself.

Phoenix has the sixth largest population in the United Sates and the city is booming with things to explore. The city has a large food scene as well as performing arts scene, plus a few nature parks scattered throughout if you want to get away from it all. 

We are very excited about our upcoming journey, and it will make what is left of winter a little more bearable. It's nice too because Gerry's company he works for is paying for the trip- we'll just be paying for my plane fair and Jake's stay at the kennels while we're gone. Another plus is that we put all of the trip on our points credit card, and the company will reimburse us!

Stay tuned for more posts on our upcoming trip!

February is Bake For Family Fun Month !

February is Bake For Family Fun Month.

With the weather outside being frightful in many parts of the country it is the perfect opportunity to bake some great treats to enjoy with your loved ones. While you are at it, take the time to experiment and maybe bake something different, just for the fun of it.

Enjoy these great recipes:

S'mores Cookies-


1 cup graham cracker crumbs

1 3/4 cups all purpose flour

1 teaspoon salt

1 teaspoon baking soda

1 cup butter, softened

3/4 cup brown sugar

3/4 cup granulated sugar

2 teaspoons vanilla

2 eggs

1 3/4 cups mini semi-sweet chocolate chips

2 cups mini marshmallows

8 snack-size Hershey bars divided into 4 segments

* Directions:*

Preheat oven to 375 degrees.

With electric mixer, beat butter and sugars until light and fluffy.
Add the eggs and vanilla, mixing until combined.

In a large bowl, mix the flour, graham cracker crumbs, salt, and baking
soda together.

Add the flour mixture to the butter mixture and mix well. Stir in the
chocolate chips.

Scoop and round about 2 tablespoons of dough and then drop onto cookie
sheets lined with parchment paper.

Bake for 8 minutes and then remove from the oven and press five mini
marshmallows on the top of each cookie in the shape of a star. Press a
segment of the chocolate bar in the center of each marshmallow star, and
then return cookies to the oven to bake for about 2 more minutes.

Remove cookies from baking sheet and cool on a wire rack.

Makes about 3 dozen.

These are delicious S'mores Cookies from, that are a wonderful treat for the entire family and are a fun twist on the classic treat.

Silpat® Cookie Non-Stick Baking Mat-

From double chocolate chunk cookies to white chocolate macadamia, the possibilities are endless with the new Silpat® Cookie Non-Stick Baking Mat. Designed to fit the popular 14 by 18-inch cookie sheet pan, it offers even heat distribution, ultimate release and easy cleanup.

** This is truly a great product for baking cookies on. I have tried baking and lining my cookie sheets with tin foil and my cookies keep burning. The Silpat baking sheet makes me more confident to bake cookies again and not shy away from cookie recipes!

Who says wild blueberries are out of season? Back in August, during the harvest season, Wyman's of Maine harvested 10,000 acres of wild blueberries and flash froze them to lock in fresh taste and nutrients. They planned ahead and now you can reap the benefits by snacking, cooking and baking wild blueberries all year round. Here's a coupon to get you started! 

**watch this spot for more recipes coming soon!