Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Books & Attitudes

Kims Blog
I'm reading my sisters Christmas present...I know, classy. But I just couldn't wrap it up after just kinda browsing through it and skimming over a couple of the pages. It is now on my list of books that I would like for my library - and my birthday is in a couple of months. Anyway - she has a chapter about attitude and how critical it is. Talk about stomping all over my toes - I'm pretty sure they got flat as pancakes (hopefully they'll recover). Needless to say - things would prolly go lots better if MY attitude would change. Hmm...imagine that! It all starts with Me! How I react to some situtations; comments; the day; just life is sometimes with a selfish attitude. wow - humbling to me. And to think I thought I could control my fleshly desires and thoughts and actions and needs. How miserbly I FAIL and make life...complicated for myself and those around me. Especially those around me. My poor hubby. Thankfully he puts up with me because he loves me. But to think that if I don't change my attitude that I'm going to pass that onto my child! EEEkkk! And I could talk till I'm blue in the face to teach him differently and it will go in and out of his ears. He'll pick up how I react faster than I could talk. So my walk and talk need to line up. Line up with the goals that I have for him. Goals that are Gods standards. I think I have a lot of work to do...
I urge you to check the book out or at least her blog. She has lots of good advice for every wife, mom, family; big or small; with little or big people.

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Cappuccino Blossoms

So I have to take cookies to one of our family gatherings. It just so happens that I had found a new cookie recipe that I was dying to try! First problem - it called for instant espresso. My lovely grandma had a muffin recipe that called for it and she couldn't find it in these parts of the valley. So I took her word for it and did a search for some online. And wah-lah! Found some with FREE shipping! I'll take 2 please! It can be found here.
Anyway - onto the recipe.
You'll need the following ingredients:

1 cup unsalted butter, softned
6 Tbsp sugar
1/4 cup firmly packed brown sugar
1/2 cup coffee liqueur
2 2/3 cup all-purpose flour
2 tsp instant espresso
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
1/4 tsp salt
1 cup chopped, salted, roasted almonds
42 dark chocolate kisses
Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Beat butter at medium speed with mixer until creamy; gradually add sugars; beating well. Add coffee liquer, beat well. Stire together flour and next 4 ingredients. Add to butter mixture; beat at low speed until well blended. Stir in almonds. (If desired, store dough in airtight container in the fridge up to 1 week.) Drop cookies on lightly greased baking sheet. Bake for 10-12 minutes or until edges are golden (Bake chilled dough 11-12 minutes). Remove from oven and press 1 kiss into center of each cookie. Cool on baking sheets for 3 minutes and transfer to wire rack and cool completely (About 1 hour).

I made a few modifications to the recipe - I omitted the almonds and instead of inserting the kisses, I mixed in 3/4 - 1 cup of mini chocolate chips.

And they are divine! Enjoy!
Have a Merry Christmas!