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Genius idea – pie-in-a-jar

3 Dec

Ok. I am not the cook of our household…that would be the hubs.

But I do enjoy baking. I say enjoy because I’m not going to promise that I’m good at it.

I love the idea of pie. We actually had pie at our wedding instead of cake…best decision I ever made. Pie is just so good. I could go one for a while about pie. The thing I don’t love so much about pie is that one has to make a TON. When I have sweets in my house, it’s not a good idea for me to have an entire pie at my disposal. Because…you see, it will all be disposed of, in my belly, in record time.

It’s the reason I don’t bake pies. I try to stick with cookies or muffins or something of an individual size that I can keep a few of, but give away the rest.

The cooking channel has just opened my eyes to a genius idea. Pie in a jar. They are tiny individual sized pies that you can freeze in jars and eat when you feel the need…OMG!


Are these not the cutest things you’ve ever seen? I mean, seriously. They’re in little half-pint sized jars just ready for this lady to eat!

These particular ones are cherry…one of my favorites. These are the real cherries, too. Not the too red ones in a jar. The ones you have to pit and have that delicious sour twang.

You can get the recipe here. If you end up making it before I do, please let me know how it turns out. I can’t wait!



3 Oct

Katie Evans at Katie Evans Photography is hosting PHOTOBERFEST. It’s a tiny photo competition. Each week, she’ll give us a subject, and we photograph it and submit it to her. She’ll put it on her Pinterest page (have I told you how much I love pinterest) and people will vote. I’m not expecting to win anything, but I do love to have inspiration to take pictures.

So, here we are for week one! FOOD. Oh how I love thee! Now that I’m pregnant with twins, I have an extra special love-hate relationship with food :).

For today, we have pumpkin chocolate chip cookies. You can get the recipe I used here.

dare to…eat cookies

29 Nov

Now…these may not be the most beautiful cookies you’ve ever seen. But I promise you, they will be the favorite at any cookie swap. I got and modified this recipe from Paula Dean. And if you know anything about Paula, you know that she loves sweet stuff, butter, and putting as many rich ingredients together as possible.

So here we go.

I call these the hamburger cookies. You’ll see why in a minute.

You start off with peanut butter chocolate cookies you can get from the grocery store (any brand will do) and refrigerated sugar cookie dough (and yes, I know that I should probably be making these from scratch, but I have a REALLY good reason not to).

You take the refrigerated cookie dough and cut it into SUPER thin slices. I try to stay around 1/4″ (this is why it’s so much easier to have the pre-made dough, than making it from scratch). Super cold (almost frozen) dough and a sharp knife work best for this process. I could have gotten one large cookie dough roll, but with two smaller ones I can work with one while the other one is in the freezer. Makes them much easier to work with.

This time I lined my sheet pans with parchment paper instead of wax paper (worked MUCH better) and laid down one layer of the sugar cookie dough.

I quarter the peanut butter cookies and lay one on top of each layer.

Then I top all of those with another layer of the sugar cookie dough (this is when they look like hamburgers to me.

This is the time that you squish both layers of cookie dough around the peanut butter cookie to seal the peanut butter and chocolate inside so it doesn’t ooze out while baking (this is key. why would you want to lose any of that yummy goodness inside?).

Now that that’s done, you just put it in a 350 degree oven for 16-20 minutes. And Voila!

I didn’t pretty these up any because my family cookie swap is not for a couple of weeks. So these puppies are headed to the freezer to keep. I put them in freezer bags and lay them like a charm.

Thanks Paula Dean! And enjoy these cookies. Don’t forget to check out Dare to DIY. It’s been a ton of fun so far!

dare to…entertain

22 Nov

It’s that time again. Time to party with the Newly Woodwards.

This time the party is all about entertaining. And when I think of entertaining, I mostly think of eating. Cause I like to eat…especially if it’s hors d’ouvers. I love snacking on stuff.

And so conveniently, the hubs and I had some guests come to EAT and watch a movie. The movie…Invictus. The food…scrumptious.

It all started with the chex mix. I know it’s a little early, but we were having people over and I LOVE CHEX MIX. So I made some. Ok Ok, I made a lot. And put some of it in the white serving dishes and that was the beginning of this tablescape (I sound like Sandra Lee don’t I? I will later when I talk about cocktails).

mmm chex mix

Then came the cups (so that you could dig the cup in the bowl, without having to dig your dirty fingers, that have just come from your mouth, in the bowl. I know I know, but why spread germs if you can avoid it?). I love our fiestaware. So colorful. You know I love color.

grapes and cheese...yes please!

Let’s not forget about the wine. The oh-so-important wine.

And some lovely chocolates for dessert.

All in all, the table was full and then, later, so were our bellies.

Happy Monday!

chocolate chip pumpkin cookies…mmm

20 Oct

Sunday was about baking, for the most part. And doing little things around the house. And studying on the beach (I am still studying for these silly tests I have to take to become an architect. I’ve been meaning to write a post about them, but….they’re just not that exciting).

I made chocolate chip pumpkin cookies…and they were pretty good, if I do say so myself.

I got the recipe from not martha, via another site and then another site. You can go straight to it here.

I followed the recipe almost exactly except that I used an entire can of pumpkin, instead of just a cup (so I basically doubled it without doubling the recipe).

yes, the recipe is written on a napkin. organization is not my strong suit. that's why I'm keeping a blog...duh!

Get the mixer out…


Make sure I don’t lose the recipe or use it to wipe something up…


the recipe said to cover two baking sheets with parchment paper. Not realizing that parchment paper and wax paper are two different things…I covered my baking sheets with wax paper. More on that in a minute.

Mixed everything up. loaded them on the cookie sheets and away they went.

with just the pumpkin, butter, and sugar, the batter looked really funny.

And…here they are! They came out a bit cakey, I think because of the extra pumpkin. And about halfway through the first batch, I started smelling a burning something, which ended up being the wax. Amazingly, the cookies weren’t damaged…as far as I know. I ate them anyway, and they were good!

Have a great wednesday!