2.26.2015

Snow No Show 2015 + Cookie-palooza

This week’s snow-pocalypse 2015 was a complete no show!  This was the most we ever got and it was all gone by that first afternoon.

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That being said, we’ve absolutely loved turning off the alarms and shutting down the routines.  We spent the last four day doing absolutely, positively nothing.  The littles played outside the first morning in the flurries, but since then we’ve lounged, ate cookies, watched movies, snacked, played video games, ate cookies, played laser tags, snacked, tormented our brother, ate cookies, and so on… 

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Now, you are probably asking yourself “What are these magical cookies that could sustain a lady and her two ravenous boys for three straight days?”  Well, I’m glad you asked!  They are Ina’s Salted Oatmeal Chocolate Chunk, the recipe makes about fourteen thousand, and they are pretty darn delish. 

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Salted Oatmeal Chocolate Chunk Cookies
Make It Ahead: A Barefoot Contessa Cookbook
Makes about 32 cookies

  • ½ pound (2 sticks) unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • ¾ cup light brown sugar, lightly packed
  • ¾ cup granulated sugar
  • 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • 2 extra-large eggs, at room temperature
  • 1¾ cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1¼ cups old-fashioned oats
  • ¾ pound bittersweet chocolate chunks (I had dark chocolate so I used that)
  • ¾ cup dried cranberries (I had dried cherries so I used those)
  • Fleur de sel
 
Preheat the oven to 375 degrees. Line 3 sheet pans with parchment paper.
In an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, beat the butter, brown sugar, and granulated sugar on medium-high speed for 3 minutes, until light and fluffy. Scrape down the bowl with a rubber spatula. On low speed, add the vanilla, then the eggs, one at a time. Scrape down the bowl again.
Meanwhile, sift the flour, baking soda, and salt into a medium bowl. Mix in the oats. With the mixer on low, slowly add the flour mixture to the butter-sugar mixture. Don’t overbeat it! With a rubber spatula, stir in the chocolate and cranberries until the dough is well mixed. With a 1¾-inch ice cream scoop (or two spoons), scoop round balls of dough onto the prepared sheet pans. Sprinkle lightly with fleur de sel. Bake for 10 to 12 minutes, until nicely browned. Serve warm or at room temperature.

Note: If you prefer cookies thin and crisp, bake them straight from the mixing bowl. If you prefer them chewy in the middle and crisp outside, chill the balls of dough.   Mine spread like CRAZY and made large, flat and somewhat crispy cookies.  I ended up doing them about 6 to a cookie sheet after the first pan.

MAKE IT AHEAD: Scoop balls of dough, place in sealed containers, and refrigerate for up to a week or freeze for up to 3 months. Defrost and bake before serving. Baked cookies can be stored in plastic bags and reheated for 5 minutes at 350 degrees.


Tonight I’ll be debuting Chicken ‘n Dumplings and I’m already excited about it after a few days of chili.  I’m a bit teary that it’s certainly going to be back to the grind tomorrow.  But, it’s also Friday so I’m thinking we *should* be able to survive one day of reality before heading into the weekend.
xoxo

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2.25.2015

Share Your Style #2 {Party + Features}

Y’all blew me away by making our inaugural Share Your Style party last week such a HUGE success!!!  A big thank you goes out to each and every one of you who joined in. 



Each week one of your hosts will take a turn choosing the features, and then ALL EIGHT of us will share them on our blogs for tons of coverage. 



This week’s host is Debra from Common Ground






…and here are her lovely features!!!!!!

 
Looking like it came out of a magazine layout,
this French Country Mantel from Pamela
at From My Front Porch to Yours has the perfect balance.





I've oogled this Ticking Stripe Ottoman Redo 
from Cindy at Beaux Reves, all week!



I'm lovin' this wonderful plate display
from Shelia from Note Songs;




Rustic and Refined Grain Sack Chair from Susan at Simply Stone Creek,
shows a beautiful alternative to white or gray paint
with this wonderful deep, rich, black accent.



I'm ready for an amazing Spring Wreath DIY  
from Ramon at Row House Blog.



And Amy from Ms.Toody Goo Shoes
gave us a yummy and good for you too, snack:



Now, on to this week!  We hope you'll join in with your decor, vintage, DIY, tablescapes, creations and yummies… in other words, pretty much anything STYLE related.  Grab our party button and add it to the bottom of the posts you link up:

Dixie Delights

    An InLinkz Link-up
   

2.24.2015

Disney Princess Weekend: Day 3

We kicked off day 3 and the unseemly hour of 3:30AM.  These runDisney races do happen early!  It was about ten degrees warmer than the 5k, so that was a welcome change!  And, the course was even more fun than the 5k… just after we started we ran under this overpass with Anna and Elsa chatting it up and making it snow on us.  *blurry moving iphone picture*


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We dressed as Alice, Cheshire Cat and Red Queen and were THRILLED to happen upon White Rabbit as the first character on the race course!

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For the second day in a row, we watched the sun rise over Epcot.

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This course took us down the Boardwalk.  It was such a beautiful morning!

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And I cried when we crossed the finish line.  A year ago, in my wildest dreams I was shooting to easily complete a 5k.  And here I was at the finish line of my first ever 10k with my oldest friend in the world.  Y’all know it wasn’t easy getting here but I DID IT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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After downing the snack box and a hearty piece of birthday cookie cake, this was our lovely view for a while back at Caribbean Beach.

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We showered up and hit the ground running again!

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The first stop was for the Chinois Salads at Wolfgang Puck at Downtown Disney…

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…and then it was back to Hollywood Studios!!!!!

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I HAD to meet Oscar!!

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And I FINALLY got to take a leisurely tour of One Man’s Dream.  My boy crew has never indulged me in this!  It was SO good and I would highly recommend taking the time to do it.


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When it was all said and done, I’d pretty much done a marathon between a 5k, a 10k and three theme park visits!

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It’s no wonder these feet were ready for some rest!

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And that’s a wrap for this trip.  Wonderful memories were made with some of the best friends I have.  We just get each other, you know?!  I SO hope that we will be back again in 2016.  Three of us will be celebrating the big 4-0 within two months of Princess Race Weekend. 

I’m already looking forward to our next family visit to Disney, and I’m super jealous that Mother and Daddy-O will be going on a Disney Cruise (without us… why?????????????)   AND Sister and her family are headed to the World (Take me!!!  I mean, I AM her littles’ Fairy Godmother!!!!) in the next few weeks!!!!

Last but not least, can y'all believe the snow *finally* coming down in Atlanta?  We've already had a snow day without snow, so the littles were thrilled to finally get to see some. 



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I'm not-so-secretly hoping school will be called off tomorrow, as a day of games, puzzles, hot chocolate, chili and treats sounds divine.
xoxo

Leggins were lucky TJMaxx  $2.99 score

2.23.2015

Disney Princess Weekend: Day 2

Our alarm was blaring at the crazy hour of 4AM for the Frozen 5k!  We threw on our Pocohantas, Mico and Flit costumes and were on the bus to the start line by 4:30.  Oy!

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There is something surreal about making your way through Epcot and watching the sun rise.  Mother Nature delivered on the “frozen” part of the Frozen 5k.  I think it was about 30 degrees.  My Pocohantas costume was way cuter when it was a tank top and little tutu.

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The cast members, music and characters make the three miles seem short.

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And before we knew it, we were DONE!!

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Let’s face it, the race is all about the tutu and the snack box for our group.

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We were back at Caribbean Beach at the hour when we’d usually just be waking up. It was B’s birthday, so we had cookie cake for breakfast.

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After a quick shower, we were on our way to Hollywood Studios!!!!

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The first stop was the Trolley Car CafĂ© for fuel…

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We spent the morning catching some favorite rides…

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We HAD to check out Cinderella’s gorgeous carriage from the new live action film.  I cannot wait to see it!!!

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We had a hysterical encounter with these two.  You can’t see it, but he has a little donut inside of that box and it says “In case of emergency, break glass”.  He caught our attention when we were walking by and he said “Happy Birthday BETH!!!” and yelled the BETH! at the top of his lungs because of the exclamation point on her button.  It’s one of those moments that is hard to relay, but we didn’t stop saying it the rest of the trip.

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Next up was the Tower of Terror, also known as the Tip Top Club, The Tower of Fun and the Hellevator amongst our crew.

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At this point, we hopped over to Magic Kingdom just in time to catch the Festival of Fantasy parade in Town Square.  I could watch this a thousand times and never tire of it.  By the way, every time I’ve caught a parade in Town Square it has been so much less crowded than anywhere else in the park.

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I had never noticed the spinning wheel in the middle of the dragon’s belly.  It’s details like this that make Disney so magical.

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After the parade we grabbed Dole Whips and popcorns.  I cannot bear to come to the Magic Kingdom and not get one… even when it’s freezing cold outside.

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We continued on to Thunder Mountain, Enchanted Tales with Belle, the Mine Train and Space Mountain.  We had dinner at Pinocchio Village Haus for the first time and it was yummy!!  I had the caprese flatbread and would definitely do it again.  The seating to the left of the counter where you order overlooks the boat launch to It’s a Small World.  My littles would LOVE that and I can’t wait to take them back!!

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It was a truly magical day with my oldest friends in the world (we’re going on 35 years together)!!  We logged 12 miles on the fitbit and, needless to say, were out like lights when we got back to the resort.
xoxo
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