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…and I’m crafty too! PART DEUX

26 Dec

Oh hey there, it’s me again…the crafty mom who just has to go all out when it’s birthday time?? Yep, I’m back! So the baby just recently turned 1…I know, ALREADY?! Since I’ve already gone through this twice before, I reminded myself  to NOT overdo it and that the 1st birthday party is ALWAYS for the parents…like a 1 year old really cares about color scheme, theme and cake flavor, right? But every child deserves a kick-ass party whether or not he is old enough to comprehend what is going on!! So in time-honored tradition, I put on my thinking cap, poured myself a glass of wine (or 3) and began brainstorming for another birthday party theme.

It took me a while to figure out Benjamin’s first birthday theme. I asked the older kids for their opinion but even with all of our heads put together, we still couldn’t figure it out. Finally, while giving Ben his usual snack of  Nilla wafers…I realized, “this boy goes NUTS for cookies!” And who gets this crazy for cookies?…None other than Cookie Monster himself!

So since we’re sticking to a Cookie Monster theme, what better treats to serve at the dessert bar but cookies? I made my chocolate chip cookies ~courtesy of  Nestle Tollhouse  (now say it the way Phoebe from Friends says it, hehe).  I also made my Chinese almond cookies, which turns out, my diabetic father-in-law can’t get enough of…oops. And I cannot forget Ben’s favorites, which are Nilla wafers and Oreos!! The iced sugar cookies were added to the table to give it that splash of blue~courtesy of  Vons. I also wanted to add some extra oomph to the decor so I learned how to make pom poms~courtesy of Martha Stewart (curse her crafy awesomeness).

I would like to give props where props are due…the most fabulous birthday cake was made by my longtime friend/sister from another mister, Mary. For all things delectable and for any and all occasions, you may contact her at: marybacosa@gmail.com, a sincere thanks!

My birthday boo was up to his armpits in love and gifts and I of course got “mad props” for my dessert table…until another birthday…I’m spent!

It’s Peanut Butter Cookie Time…Where ya at? Where ya at?

22 Aug

So we were craving some sweetness last night and after perusing the pantry, I noticed an overwhelming amount of peanut butter. Being the peanut butter lover that I am, it was a  surprise that a copious amount of such greatness would last this long in my pantry. I immediately decided that cookies would cure our sweet fix. But alas, not enough flour…what’s mama to do? Google a recipe for flour-less peanut butter cookies, of course!

I’ve made peanut butter cookies before, but never without the usual ingredients such as flour and brown sugar, etc. I was skeptical at first but figured, if it sucked, I wouldn’t have wasted much…except for that sweet-sweet peanut buttah!! The cookies came out great. They did crumble easily and were a little too sweet  (even for me) but my daughter LOVED them, and that’s all that matters to me! Enjoy!!

Easy Peanut Butter Cookie recipe adapted from Kraft Foods…

Ingredients:

1 cup peanut butter (chunky or smooth)

1 cup sugar

1 tsp. vanilla extract

1 egg

Directions:

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.  Beat egg with mixer until foamy. Add remaining ingredients; mix well. Shape into 1-inch balls. Place 2 inches apart on a baking sheet. Flatten in a crisscross pattern with the tines of a fork. Bake for 10 min. or until lightly browned. Cool on baking sheets  for 1 min. Remove to wire racks; allow cookies to cool completely.