Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Mindy Kaling is just too funny...

I love her on The Mindy Project, super funny and extremely talented... here she is at the Vogue offices, priceless!

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.

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