Friday, June 24, 2016

2 Hearts Beat As One Wedding COOKIES


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2 Hearts Beat As One Wedding Cookies


When many people think of the month of June they think of Weddings.  I created this recipe in my thoughts many months ago but never had the time to actually make them (and of course to make sure that they taste the way I had imagined they would taste).  Anyway, they are yummy!


Since it is now June I started thinking about the many weddings that I have attended in the past and I started thinking about how marriage joins two people (two hearts) into one being under God.  These cookies are a perfect symbol of that joining.  Opposites attract like these sweet treats with contrasting colors & flavors combined into one delicious cookie.  The dark dough combines chocolate chips with dark cocoa and the light dough combines cranberry & coconut.  Cranberries & coconut are from the opposite ends of the earth and merge into a perfect combination - much like many couples getting married. 


I was also reminded of the U2 song: "Two Hearts Beat As One"  - I did some research and found out that Bono wrote this fantastic song on his honeymoon - how cool is that?!!  I have included a YouTube video at the end of this post.



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Printable Recipe

Dark Dough
1 egg
1/2 cup butter (softened)
1/3 cup granulated sugar
1/3 cup brown sugar
1 cup flour
1/4 cup dark cocoa
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 cups chocolate chips
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/4 cup coconut flour

Light Dough

1 egg

1/2 cup butter (softened)
1/3 cup granulated sugar
1/3 cup brown sugar
1 cup flour
1/2 cup coconut flour
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 cup dried cranberries
1/3 cup coconut flakes (unsweetened)

You will also need 2 heart shaped cookie cutters - one smaller than the other.

You will need two separate bowls.  Begin making the dark dough by creaming together the butter & sugars with an electric mixer.  Add the egg and vanilla extract & mix just until combined.  Add the flours, cocoa, baking soda & salt and stir by hand with a wooden spoon.  Finally stir in the chocolate chips & form into a ball - wrap in wax paper and place in the fridge for about 1 hour.
Now make the light dough by creaming together the butter & sugars with an electric mixer.  Add the egg and vanilla extract & mix just until combined.  Add the flours, baking soda & salt and stir by hand with a wooden spoon.  Finally stir in the cranberries and coconut flakes and form into a ball - wrap in wax paper and place in the fridge for about 1 hour.



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Remove the dough from the fridge & roll out each dough ball separately onto a floured surface.  Roll the dough to be about 1/2 inch thick and use the larger shaped heart cookie cutter & then use the smaller cutter for the inside of each heart (see pictures above).  Continue cutting both dough colors until all the dough has been used.

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Place the large heart cut cookies on a parchment lined cookie sheet and place a smaller cut heart (of the opposite color) inside the large heart.  (see pictures above and below).

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Bake in a preheated 350 degree oven for about 14 minutes or until desired doneness is achieved (see picture below)

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Remove from the pan and cool on a wire rack

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SERVE and

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ENJOY!

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A special thanks to: "HyLeRo" for sharing this with us on YouTube

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Thursday, June 23, 2016

Weekly Thankfulness & Growth Report #19

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#19 - Weekly Thankfulness & Growth Report

If you were following this blog in 2015 then you will be familiar with my "365 Days of Being Thankful" challenge.  I have missed reporting on my thankfulness since I finished my challenge back in November so I decided to at least give a weekly Thankfulness Report & include a Growth Report also.  Growth in our Christian walk, growth in the garden & growth on this blog.  Finally, I am also including a "Posts From the Past" feature - ENJOY!

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This week I have been thankful for a wonderful visit from my parents, for frustrating situations (that make me seek God even more fervently) and I am especially thankful that God helps me every step of the way.

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"He told them still another parable:  'The kingdom of heaven is like yeast that a woman took and mixed into a large amount of flour until it worked all through the dough.' "
We studied this passage of scripture almost 4 years ago.
Read: Heaven is Like Yeast

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The garden is very dry right now (we need rain) but still growing wonderfully - we are watering as much as possible.  Checkout the Garden Gazing Globe - click HERE to view entire post




The flowers are still young but will fill in nicely later in the season.



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Four years ago I showed you how easy it is to freeze fresh strawberries:
Freezing Fresh Strawberries






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Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Welcome! Wake Up Wednesday Linky #126

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ORANGE CREAMSICLE BARK
Annie's Noms

This Orange Creamsicle Bark is kid friendly and super fun to make! Creamy, chocolatey and full of orange flavour; this is one seriously delicious bark recipe!


DIY USA Patriotic Flag Shoes
A Mother Thing

When I was a kid, we used to be able to buy the plain white canvas shoes from the dollar store for about two bucks a pair. It was how we got through the summer. They didn’t last a long time with all the running around we did, but mom just bought us a new set every few weeks, and we could wear them out with impunity. One of our favorite things to do was to decorate our new shoes in fun ways.


Cabinet Door Flag
Muchmore Creative

In my thrifting I came across a few cabinet doors, and I just had the urge to make one into a flag.  See what you think.


Work in Progress
The Journey Back

I designed this quilt.  There are some patterns.  The barns and houses are paper pieced.  Makes it easier and faster to make little tine triangles.


A Farmhouse Side Table Makeover
The Interior Frugalista

A few months ago Mr. Frugalista came home with a solid wood table that had seen it's better days.  I instantly fell in love with the old battered top and knew I could make it sing.  My intention was to sell it at the outdoor market last month.

Mompreneur on Fire

A year ago today, my mother passed.  While she was not in the best of health, her passing was a shock.  I miss her, more than one could imagine.  As the year has progressed, I realize the good in her, more than I had before. I hope to emulate these characteristics too.


How To Make Life Easier When You’re Juggling Work And Parenting
Outside The Box Mom

Are you about to return to work? Are you starting a new job or trying to launch your own business? This post has six tips to make life easier when you’re balancing work and family.


Step Stool Makeover
The Navage Patch
With the weather getting warmer and having the 3-day weekend holiday, it was indeed a great week for us. Ok…maybe “for us” might be a little exaggeration, as Greg and Barish kept complaining about the work I put them onto. But on a positive note, I realized that I am getting better at dodging questions like “why can’t we be like normal families?  like the ones who enjoy the good weather and have fun during the holidays?” hahaha…


Patriotic Pudding Cookies | Mini Chef Mondays
Finding Zest

The last two weeks have made it hard share our time in the kitchen with you. We’ve had a lot of foggy and rainy days which is a great time to bake. The temperatures aren’t too hot to run the oven and it gives us something fun to do inside. Unfortunately my kitchen has been very dark and I really love featuring bright photos with natural light. Last week we had a mostly cloudy day where the sun would tease beautiful light before being covered up again. Wes had an itch to bake something so we made a game out of trying to catch the light for photos.



I Turned The Fixer Upper Finds Into Farmhouse Decor
Petticoat Junktion

I shared the fixer upper finds from My Favorite Junk Shop earlier in the week and you guys asked to see the makeovers. Well, I already made over several of the items. I painted them white… thinking farmhouse decor style. I love the look but most of my home decor is very colorful….greens, yellows, oranges.


Carrot Cake with an Orange Cheesecake Swirl
Recipes & Ramblins

I don’t have an oven at the moment.  It has actually been many moments.  I may have to go to my middle child’s house and bake soon.  But I got to make this cake at my oldest daughter’s for Mother’s Day.  I think the idea was she wanted some carrot cake; I was there visiting; and so since it was Mother’s Day weekend I got to bake a cake at her house.


No Bake Orange Cheesecake Bars recipe topped with caramelized oranges…
Flavours & Frosting

I recently shared a Tip Hero video of their Orange Creamsicle Bar Recipe on my Facebook page that looked so delicious so I decided to make them right away. However their recipe called for sweetened condensed milk and whipping cream. I replaced the condensed milk with icing sugar (confectioner’s sugar) and used long life heavy cream that you would normally use for cooking (no whipping)… And it TOTALLY worked!


Fairy Garden Projects and Gnomes
DEBBIE-DABBLE
In this post, I am sharing my second Fairy Garden Project and this one is about Gnomes!!


Classic Seven Layer Salad Recipe
Pocket Change Gourmet
Heading to a potluck? Hosting a cookout? This Classic Seven Layer Salad Recipe is a MUST make! A crowd-pleaser for sure! It’s super easy to make, can be made ahead and feeds a crowd!


Hoosier Homemade
Many moons ago, we purchased a set of wooden firecrackers that I have been using for my 4th of July Decorating ever since. Even though the original set of Wooden Firecrackers had been repainted, it was time to give me a fresh look again.


Repurposed Old Sled into an Americana Planter
Re-do It Yourself Inspirations

The Dose of DIY group has put together some great Flag ideas for you this month by using reclaimed wood/fabrics/and/or metal. Creating a patriotic Flag project is something that can be used for Memorial Day, Flag Day, and the Fourth of July. (Or just to show our American pride!)

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