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Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Rainy day baking...

It's a cold and rainy day here in NY so the kiddies and I baked some Black and White cookies for the first time. We had a fun time and ate too many...

2 c. all purpose flour
1/2 tsp. baking soda
1/4 tsp. salt
3/4 c. (1 1/2 sticks) unsalted butter, softened
1 c. granulated sugar
2 lg. eggs
1/2 c. buttermilk

1 lb. confectioners' sugar (4 1/4 cups)
2 Tbsp. light corn syrup
2 Tbsp. whole milk
1/8 tsp. salt

For the chocolate side I used a 3/4 of a bag of nestle chocolate chips and melted them down)

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

In a bowl, whisk flour, baking soda and salt. In a larger bowl, with a mixer, beat butter and granulated sugar for 3 min or until fluffy. Beat eggs 1 at a time. With mixer on low add flour mixture and alternate with the buttermilk, beginning and ending with the flour. Drop dough by rounded tablespoonfuls, 2 in. apart onto parchment paper lined cookie sheets. Bake 13-15 min or until golden, rotating halfway through; let cool.

For the icing and mixer on low, beat confectioners' sugar, corn syrup, milk and salt until smooth ( add milk if needed to get that icing consistency). Spread icing on the cookies' flat side. one side with white icing and the other with chocolate.  I used milk chocolate and melted it in the microwave for the "Black" part of the cookie. Let set for 30 min.

RECIPE FROM MAY 2014 ISSUE OF GOOD HOUSEKEEPING (We did do some assorted pastel colors as mentioned in the article but mostly chocolate, which I added)

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Kids art...

I love using my kids art to decorate my home... this cute girls room just pops with all the "original" art. Last year Salma brought home this sweet elephant from art class and I knew I wanted to frame it and hang it up, when we finally finished redoing our bedroom I knew exactly where it needed to go.

Thursday, March 27, 2014

French baguettes...

Today I woke up inspired to make my own bread, I saw a great (and super easy) recipe on Food52 and I just went for it. I had no expectations(the pictures are not the best because I really wasn't expecting to actually make decent bread) and it actually turned out great! I can't even imagine now ever buying bread again...

Monday, March 17, 2014

and this happened...

I survived my 40th, it was a great day thanks to my hubby and kids! I woke up to a house full of balloons and a table set with a gazillion presents. My husband made me feel like a true princess that day. My mom who rocks for having us also made some delicious persian kabobs that were out of this world, we really mixed up dinner representing all of our nationalities. I received a very special gift from my twin, a beautiful ring with our birthstone. Originally she was just looking to get me a ring but when she saw this she decided on "Sista Rings"! Thanks to the help of Julia Ballentine of Ballentine Fine Jewelry (every piece of jewelry I own is from her).

First Birthday March 1975

Homemade pasta by the hubby

Fresh Calamari made by my awesome husband

Our sweet niece-to be, Melissa (engaged to my amazing nephew) made this beautiful cake from scratch.

Friday, March 14, 2014

Happy Birthday to us...

Tomorrow(3/15) my twin sister and I turn 40!!! Happy Happy to us...
Thanks to my siblings Stephanie and Reese for sending us cupcakes!

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