Palm Sunday!

This Sunday at church, we learned all about Palm Sunday.  It was my first time to use Resurrection Eggs during Sunday School! They are nifty little plastic eggs filled with small trinkets that represent each of the events leading up to Jesus’ crucifixion and resurrection.  The kids loved it and did a fantastic job connecting the small items and what they mean.

After church, I decided to make some Easter cookies!  I used Amanda’s Amazing Sugar Cookie recipe and some sugar cookie icing colored with Wilton’s Gel food color.  They turned our super cute; I cannot wait to give them away!

Happy Easter everybody!

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Jessica’s Marshmallow Clouds and White(chocolate) Trash(all the cereal left!) Mix

For my scrapbooking reteat, I signed up to bring dessert and snacks.  After much internet and cookbook searching, I settled on a chocolate cookie recipe and white trash snack mix.

Jessica’s Marshmallow Clouds (from Mrs. Fields Cookie Book)
3 cups all-purpose flour
2/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1/2 tsp. baking soda
1 cup white sugar
1 cup light brown sugar, firmly packed
1 cup salted butter, softened
2 large eggs
2 tsp. pure vanilla extract
2 cups mini semisweet chocolate chips
8 oz mini marshmallows, frozen
Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.
Keep the marshmallows in the freezer until you are assembeling the cookies!
Mix together flour, cocoa and baking soda, then set aside.  Next,  blend sugar, butter, eggs, and vanilla until light and fluffy.  Be sure your eggs are room temp or the butter will congeal. Mix in the dry ingredients and chocolate chips at a low speed because the batter will be unusually stiff…or at least I have never used cookie batter that is stiff like this!
Now, this is the fun part! Take a heaping tablespoon of batter and wrap it around four to five frozen marshmallows.
Then, place the cookies on a baking sheet and bake for 8-10 minutes (mine took 9).  Don’t overbake these!! You should still be able to see some marshmallow in the center.  Let the cookies cool for a minute or two on the pan, and then remove and let cool completely.  They are delish!!
][White Trash Mix- This was a huge hit!

2 lb. white chocolate
4 c. rice chex
4 c. corn chex
1/2 bag sm. pretzels
1 can mixed nuts
Pour melted white chocolate over all other ingredients. Stir gently, spread on waxed paper. Break into pieces and mix with remaining pretzels.  Store in covered containers.

Scrapbooking Retreat

This last weekend, I tried something brand spankin’ new…a scrapbooking retreat! Thanks to the invitation from my wonderful friend at work, I spent the entire weekend in Roanoke at Oak Street Cottage.  It was AMAZING! First of all, the accommodations were pristine.  The cottage was super cute, super clean and had 4 1/2 baths.  With 12 women, you cannot beat that!  The twin beds had the most comfy pillow top and beautiful duvet covers.  We all signed up for a meal/snack, so the food was delicious!  I had some blueberry frenchtoast like cobbler thing for breakfast that was UN-believable.  But my friend and I did get in a little Babe’s because it was withing walking distance.  We just got it to-go!

The charm of the home was unmatched, however, by the kind and accepting women I met on the trip.  Only knowing one person, I was a wee bit nervous, but I shouldn’t have been! These scrappers were serious, but so kind and friendly. The scrapbooking abilities I saw in the two large workrooms covering the 8 foot tables was amazing.  Tools, glitter, Stickles, punches, Cricut cartridges and some thing that turns ANYTHING into a sticker were a few of the overwhelming sights. By the end of the weekend, I had twelve more pages scrapped and felt very productive…although one super effeicient, super creative woman finished 44!  I can only hope they will invite me again!

Sewing Machine Cover

Now that I have this nifty new sewing machine, I wanted to make cover for it when the machine is not in use. Just seemed like the right thing to do!

So, I headed to Michael’s with my crazy good coupons and bought some quilted fabric, cotton fabric and ruffle trim.

When I got home, I did some crazy amounts of measuring because I did not have a pattern. I even drew it out on tissue paper so that I could cut straight!! The hardest part of the measurements were making sure I included a seam allowance on both sides. The fraction addition happened about four times, just in case…it’s not like I had a ton of extra fabric!

Here is the final product. I LOVE how vibrant one side is and how calm the other side is. Now, the machine can either disappear into the background or stand out!

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