Monday, November 17, 2014

Grant's Quilt, Finished!


So I had pieced Grant's quilt top together and had it finished when he was just a few months old.  Then it sat and sat in a bag until I finally got it to my friend Kristy to machine quilt it for me.  She returned it me around January of 2014.  She did an amazing job with it.  If you live in the Cheyenne Wells, CO area, you should really check out The Rambling Rose Quilt Shop.  Matt's aunt Sarah helped me to machine sew the binding around the edge of the quilt, and then it sat again in my closet, waiting for me to finish it up.

About a week before Grant's birthday this June, I got a burst of energy and decided to do the hand sewing on the back of the binding to finish up Grant's quilt for his birthday.

Being two, he was not that impressed with the quilt, but I think it will be something he enjoys over the years.

I'm not sure why, but this morning I decided to try to get a picture of Grant--my wiggly, busy boy--sitting on his quilt.  This is the best one I could get!


Kristy embroidered his name on the top of the quilt.  Then there is no question as to which way is up!  I thought this was a terrific idea that she had.


And the embroidered dedication on the back, which quotes 1 Samuel 1:27

"I prayed for this child, and the Lord has granted me what I asked of Him."

Grant has been such a reminder to us of God's grace and faithfulness.  He was the answer to my prayer, and I am so grateful that he is here with us!


Want to see and hear more about Grant's quilt, check out my first post about it.

Grant's Quilt
Friday, November 7, 2014

Candy Corn M&M Cookies


Do any of you remember the cartoon Fat Albert?  "Hey, Hey, Hey. . It's Faaat Albert!"  Probably not too politically correct today.  Anyway, I don't remember much about the cartoon show, but I do remember watching the Halloween special for Fat Albert and eating chocolate peanut butter chip cookies that my mom had made.  I started thinking about that when I was making these cookies.  It's funny how our memories can be tied into food, isn't it?

I am still working on fall-themed cookies for the baby shower that I am helping with for this weekend.  I thought these would be a neat addition, and I was really happy with how they turned out.  My littlest, Grant, obviously thought they looked tasty, because he started asking for one as soon as they came out of the oven!

Here's the recipe (adapted from this recipe):

Candy Corn M&M Cookies (Yield:  approximately 20-24 cookies)

1 16.5 ounce box chocolate cake mix  (I used Duncan Hines Dark Chocolate Fudge mix because I like it as "chocolatey" as possible!)
2 eggs
5 tablespoons butter, melted
1 cup white chocolate chips
1 bag Candy Corn M&M's

Beat cake mix, eggs, and butter until blended.  Add white chocolate chips and M&M's.  Refrigerate overnight.  Meanwhile, place remaining M&M's in freezer if you are going to do the optional step below.  Drop by two tablespoon-sized balls on parchment-lined baking sheet.  Bake at 350 degrees for 12-14 minutes.  Let sit on baking sheet for 5 minutes before removing to wire racks to cool completely.

Optional:  After the cookies have been baking for 8 minutes, remove from oven and press 2-3 M&M's on top.  This is strictly for presentation purposes!  You have to press them in fairly well so that the large M&Ms will stay.  Return cookies to the oven until they are done.

Note:  You can use any flavor cake mix and any flavor chips that you like with this recipe!

Looking for more fall cookie recipes?  Try these:

Candy Apple M&M Cookies
Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies by Two Peas and Their Pod  (I increased the size of the cookies to two tablespoons and baked for about 14 minutes.)
Thursday, November 6, 2014

Candy Apple M&M Cookies


I was planning to make some cookies for a fall-themed baby shower this weekend, so when I saw some Candy Apple Flavored M&M's, I knew I wanted to try them out in a cookie.

Here's the recipe (adapted from this recipe):

Candy Apple M&M Cookies (Yield:  approximately 20-24 cookies)

1 16.5 ounce box yellow cake mix
2 eggs
5 tablespoons butter, melted
1 cup butterscotch chips
1 bag Candy Apple M&M's

Beat cake mix, eggs, and butter until blended.  Add butterscotch chips and M&M's.  Refrigerate overnight.  Meanwhile, place remaining M&M's in freezer if you are going to do the optional step below.  Drop by two tablespoon-sized balls on parchment-lined baking sheet.  Bake at 350 degrees for 12-14 minutes.  Let sit on baking sheet for 5 minutes before removing to wire racks to cool completely.

Optional:  After the cookies have been baking for 8 minutes, remove from oven and press 2-3 M&M's on top.  This is strictly for presentation purposes!  You have to press them in fairly well so that the large M&Ms will stay.  Return cookies to the oven until they are done.

Note:  You can use any flavor cake mix and any flavor chips that you like with this recipe!

Looking for more fall cookie recipes?  Try these:

Candy Corn M&M Cookies
Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies by Two Peas and Their Pod  (I increased the size of the cookies to two tablespoons and baked for about 14 minutes.)
Monday, November 3, 2014

Baked Parmesan Chicken



This is one of my family's favorite recipes.  I modified the recipe slightly from my Best of Taste of Home, The First 10 Years cookbook.  When I serve it, my middle daughter, who usually struggles with getting her meat finished, always asks for seconds!

Here's the recipe:

1 cup grated Parmesan cheese
1/2 cup almond flour (can use dry bread crumbs if you prefer)
2 teaspoons dried oregano
2 teaspoons parsley flakes
1/2 teaspoon paprika
1/2 teaspoon pepper
12 boneless skinless chicken breast halves
1/2 cup butter, melted

In a shallow pie pan, combine the first seven ingredients and mix well.  Pour butter into another pie pan.  Dip chicken in butter and then into crumb mixture.  Place in greased 15 by 10 inch baking pan.  (You will have to squeeze them in a bit!)  Bake, uncovered, at 400 degrees for 20-25 minutes or until chicken is tender and juices run clear.  (I use a meat thermometer and cook until 165 degree internal temperature.)

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