Giant Oatmeal Cookie

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: I ‚̧ Sally’s Baking Addiction

1 Giant Oatmeal Creme Pie.

I’ve used a ton of her recipes, from green beans to cinnamon rolls to hummus, Sally really is the queen of the kitchen! My favorite thing about Sally is how simple and healthy most of her recipes are. I’m no Betty Crocker, but I sure can fake it well with her help.

The family I nanny for has been in Jamaica for the last week, so I’ve had a bit more time in the kitchen to cook up a storm. I celebrated with this giant oatmeal creme pie.

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It’s still February but I don’t even care, cause I’m Irish all year ūüėČ Bobby and I are both part Irish and really love this holiday. We didn’t get to celebrate last year with him doing some field training, so I figured we better start early this year to make up for lost time!

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I also made the very traditional Irish dinner Shepard’s Pie, but I want to find a better recipe before sharing with you all!

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This is one of the few recipes I come back to often, so I can promise it’s just as delicious without being green!

Here’s the recipe again ūüôā

Enjoy!

Snow Day Cookies!

Since we’ve moved to New York, it has snowed more days than not. By no means am I complaining, though – I absolutely¬†love snow. My poor husband thinks I’m a nut because he grew up in Chicago, so he’s more than used to snow. His snow smarts come in handy though, with teaching me how to shovel the snow (harder than it sounds!) and how to drive in the slick slush. It’s good to know, but I’d much rather stay home and make snow sprinkled cookies to share with you guys!

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This is another recipe from my favorite food blog,¬†Sally’s Baking Addiction! She’s turned me into a cookie fiend. These are her fluffy, buttery¬†Cake Batter Sugar Cookies¬†with a snow-like sprinkle twist.

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With our moving and driving cross-country during the Holidays, Bobby and I¬†finally¬†had our Christmas on Saturday. He spoiled me: I was¬†soooo excited to open a bag and see a Silpat baking mat! It’s a non-stick baking mat that’s safe up to 500* (higher heat tolerance than parchment paper),¬†and it delivers even heat transfer – ensuring perfect cookies and pastries. I have wanted one of these for the longest time!

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Snow Day + Silpat = the perfect excuse for a baking frenzy!

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Ingredients:

  • 4 Tablespoons (60g) unsalted butter, softened to room temperature
  • 1/2 cup (100g) granulated sugar
  • 1 large egg yolk
  • 1/2 teaspoon butter extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 cup (95g) all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup (80g) sprinkles
  • 1/4 cup (40g) sprinkles, for rolling

Instructions:

Preheat your oven to 350*. Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper or a silicone baking mat like Silpat. Pour 1/4 cup sprinkles onto a plate to use for rolling and set aside.

Cream the butter and sugar together on medium speed using a handheld or stand mixer with a paddle attachment. I don’t have either of these (hopefully my next kitchen toy!), so I use a whisk to whip it all together. I don’t mind – it makes for pretty impressive forearm muscles ūüėȬ†Beat in the egg yolk, butter extract, baking powder, and salt. Because I’ve basically had to “start over” in my kitchen with spices and things of that nature, I substituted vanilla for the butter extract. Still absolutely delicious! Add the flour, and mix until a soft, thick dough forms. Gently stir¬†in sprinkles and be careful not to over-mix.

Roll dough into teaspoon size balls. Ensuring that the balls are tall, rather than wide will give you a fluffier, thicker cookie. Send the dough balls through the reserved sprinkles, then set them about an inch apart on your prepared cookie sheet. Bake for 9-10 minutes, watching closely at the 9 minute mark to assure they do not brown.

Allow cookies to cool for 2 minutes on the cookie sheets before transferring to a cookie rack to cool completely. Cookies remain fresh up to 1 week covered at room temperature.

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Melt-in-your mouth cakey goodness while watching the snow fall? Hello, Monday.

I’ll be trying out some New York “signature” recipes soon – think NY-style pizza, cheesecake, etc., so stay tuned!

Perks of My Job ~

The perks are endless РI work my own hours, doing what I love. But my favorite part of my job is easily the amazing people I meet. I have met some incredible people through my lens, like the Peck family.

It has been unbelievable watching these two sweeties grow.

The very first time I saw these two was around Easter last year! It’s absolutely insane how¬†fast they grow up!

I saw them again for family photos in April

And then in June to take some Fourth of July photos before I left to go back home for 6 months while Bobby was in school.

I came back to Kansas to see a sweet (almost) three year old talking up a storm, and this little guy taking his first steps just before his first birthday!

The older they get, the more and more alike they look. I had a blast capturing them for their benchmark birthdays ūüôā

Adalena was a princess, and of course Landon got to smash a cake!

..Which he was not interested in at all.

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Bath time afterwards was fun though!

We finished our photoshoot by playing hide & seek and saving mom from monsters.

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I’m gonna miss these kiddos something fierce! ‚̧

 

Uzi The Presa Pup

First off, shout out to Abby for opening her home to Bobby and I ‚̧ She’s been amazing letting us stay with her and her pup, Uzi!

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I can’t get enough of this face.

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Uzi is a 9-month old Presa Canario puppy, full of energy and so much personality!

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She weighs about 70 pounds already, so you can imagine how huge she will be. Just look at those paws!

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Bobby and I have been spoiling her rotten with love and play time. I think we need a puppy of our own! ‚̧

12/9: A Mason Jar Christmas!

What can I say – I’m in love with the idea of reusing things, I just can’t help it. So, I compiled a huge list of my favorite Holiday-themed mason jar ideas: from desserts to decorations, I¬†listed¬†just about everything¬†you could imagine!

A Mason Jar Christmas!

12/8: DIY Gift Bag!

I don’t know about you wonderful people, but I seem to have the hardest time finding bags that match my wrapping paper. I finally said forget¬†this and found a tutorial for making your¬†own bags, custom fit and look, from wrapping paper you already have! This couldn’t be more easy.

It’s also a great way to use up little scraps of paper! This bag is pretty teeny – about 5×5″, but you could absolutely try it with something bigger!

Intrigued? Click here!

12/7: Angles

A¬†quick tip to make your photos pop: Angles. Change them,¬†both in your camera and in life. I love to see things from new perspectives, so I’ve made it a habit as a photographer to push myself to be constantly changing my view.

From low,

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To high,

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We explored the quaint old mining town of Bisbee, Arizona.

Learn a simple trick to make your photos pop!

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