Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Featured Guest: Reasons to Skip the Housework

I'm Melanie - and I blog over at Reasons to Skip The Housework.

I also have an Etsy Shop - Tinker B Boutique
Come visit if you ever need a custom Scrabble Tile Pendant!

A bit about me...before becoming a SAHM last March, I was a 3rd grade teacher for 12 years. My hubby and I went to high school together here in AZ, but went our own ways in life, only to reconnect 17 years later and get married! We got married on 6-7-8, which I planned that way so that my husband wouldn't ever have the excuse to forget our anniversary!

I'm new to the blogging thing, but I'm completely hooked and I spend way... too... much...time searching out new ideas to inspire me. I'm also a total craft idea thief. Not in a copyrighting, stealing way. In an "I LOVE THAT....I HAVE TO MAKE IT" kind of way!

Pinterest is the worst thing for a craft-o-holic like me. I pin things all day long that I HAVE to make - and my TO DO list gets longer by the minute! One of the things I found while strolling Pinterest....a recipe for Stars and Stripes Cookies.

Couldn't be too hard....I mean, anyone can bake cookies from a package!

The #1 problem....
I never bake anything correctly and usually have to do things twice.

For this recipe, I DID have to do things twice, and they STILL didn't turn out like the NESTLE picture - but trust me, it's not because they're not super simple to do!

So, let my baking experience entertain you!

I used Cool Whip for a light frosting...the recipe calls for a cream cheese/granulated sugar frosting. That would be yummers too!

I also ended up using two different types of cookie dough.

I took a few rows of dough and rolled it out between two sheets of wax paper.

{Enter first screw up}
 The first time I rolled them, they were too thin and once baked, they turned into crispy chocolate chip crackers. No bueno.

So, I rolled them a bit thicker the 2nd time around.

Bake at 350 for 10-12 minutes. I like a soft, chewy cookie, so I tend to purposely under cook them. I did 9 minutes for the 2nd batch.

{Enter second screw up:}
Here's what they look like while they're cooking up - um, nothing STAR LIKE about these cookies. Again, just a little bit of the continued challenges that I face when I bake!

{Enter third screw up:}
When they are done and you first take them out, you're supposed to re-shape them with a knife - which I did - but for some reason, I didn't think to make the ends into points...which would make my cookies were more like rounded daisy cookies...

Frost with frosting or Cool Whip. Slice the strawberries and add to the "points" of the stars. Add blueberries in the middle and jazz them up with chocolate sprinkles or mini chocolate chips.

I love my little "rounded edge" puffy stars!

They were delicious and just perfect!

Happy 4th of July!


Big D and Me,  said... June 23, 2011 at 8:23 AM  

I loved that you used "easy ingredients." I feel like I could tackle this one with my kids and be successful - thanks for sharing.

Connie the crafterbug,  said... June 23, 2011 at 10:16 PM  

I wish I could clean like Mary Poppins. I love your cleaning little clip. Thanks for stopping by yesterday. If you make that dress I want to see it,I will post it on my blog.

Jamie,  said... June 24, 2011 at 11:31 PM  

These look delicious...I could go for one, or twelve, right now! I saw your children on your "about me" page and just have to say that they are so beautiful.

I am a newer follower and wanted to let you know that I will be hosting a link party starting tomorrow and would love to see you there. :)


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