Wednesday, December 14, 2011

[holly&ivy]

[I can be crafty, as long as it's simple!]

CHRISTMAS CARDS
Inspired by PINTEREST
Created and Tweaked by Moi.


SUGAR COOKIES
Our Best Bites
Created & Tweaked by Moi.
RECIPE
1 C real butter (no substitutions!)
1 C sugar
1 egg
1 1/2 t almond extract
3 C flour
1 1/2 t baking powder
1/2 t salt


Cream butter & sugar, add in wet ingredients, followed by dry. Cover and chill. Roll out on floured surface. Bake @ 350 degrees for 7-9 minutes. (If you do not have a Silpat, they are a great investment.) Let cookies cool before removing from baking sheet.

Honestly, these are so soft, buttery, and delicious they do not need frosting. I simply sprinkle with sugar crystals prior to baking.

Seriously. Amazing. You're Welcome.

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

[heartstring cinema]

No matter how many times you've watched them, there are just some movies that tug, in my case violently rip, at your heartstrings.

"A League of Their Own"
While the players are sitting in the locker room prior to a game, a postman brings a letter from the war department. Each player sits nervously wondering if it is their husband that has been killed, as Tom Hanks walks past each of them one by one to hand it to the correct woman. He finally stops in front of Betty, hands her the letter, and simply says, "I'm sorry Betty." And then Betty just loses it crying, "GEORGE!" as her teammates console her. GAH!

"LOTR: Return of the King"
This is a newly discovered crying movie for me. During the coronation scene, after Aragorn is crowned and reunited with Arwen, he approached the hobbits. The hobbits bow to the new king, but Aragorn quickly says, "MY FRIENDS, YOU BOW TO NO ONE." And the entire coronation crowd bows to the brave little hobbits. GAH!

"Finding Neverland'
One of my favorite movies, but I'm ruined after watching it so I cannot watch it unless I have nothing else to do that day. Peter Pan by J.M. Barrie holds a special place in my heart as you may know, so when Sylvia Llewelyn Davies enters "NEVERLAND" it's an amazingly beautiful moment. GAH! GAH! GAH!

"Toy Story 3"
Even the hardest of hearts went weak as we witnessed our favorite toys join hands while staring into the fiery pit that would lead to their destruction. But, thanks to THE CLAW they survived. Fast forward to Andy giving away his childhood toys, toys we have all come to know and love, to the adorable Bonnie. As he held up each toy, described their greatest qualities, and handed them one by one to their new owner...GAH!