Monday, December 23, 2013

Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Brownie Bombs

Just so you know, after finding this recipe, I think my husband is going to cut me off from Pinterest!  Yeah, right!  This is the most decadent - and delicious dessert I have come across in a long time and I have The Domestic Rebel to thank for these.  
You just HAVE to make a batch!  

Here's the recipe:
Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Brownie Bombs
Recipe type: Bombs
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Serves: 15-18
My SIGNATURE recipe. Bomb your diet. Do it.
  • ¾ cup butter, softened
  • ¾ cup brown sugar
  • ¼ cup white sugar
  • 2 Tbsp milk

  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour

  • Pinch salt
  • 2 cups miniature chocolate chips, divided
  • 1 pkg fudge brownie mix, baked and cooled
  • 1 pkg Candiquik or chocolate almond bark

  1. Let’s make some dough! In the bowl of a stand mixer, beat together the butter and sugars until creamy. Add the milk and vanilla; beat to combine. Lastly, beat in the flour and pinch of salt until a soft dough forms. Stir in ONE (1) cup of the mini chips.
  2. On a foil-lined baking sheet, drop rounded, (scant) Tablespoon-sized balls of dough. I used a cookie dough scoop for this and just scantily filled it so the cookie dough balls wouldn’t be so big. Freeze the cookie dough balls for about an hour to firm up.
  3. Cut the brownies into small squares, about 1″ in size. Pick up a square and gently flatten it with your palm. Fudgy brownies will flatten easily and retain their moisture which is why it’s important to make sure you use a fudgy brownie mix rather than a cake-y one.
  4. Place a cookie dough ball in the middle of the flattened brownie and very gently, wrap the brownie around the cookie dough ball. If the brownie cracks, that’s okay; just kind of roll it in your fingers until the brownie completely surrounds the cookie dough. Repeat until all cookie dough balls are covered, then return to the freezer for 30 minutes or so.
  5. Prepare chocolate bark according to package directions. Using a fork, dip each brownie truffle into the chocolate, coat completely, and allow excess to drip off. Return to the foil-line sheet and sprinkle the tops with the remaining cup of mini chips, for garnish. Store these bad boys in the fridge or freezer, in an airtight container.
 Let me know how you and your family like them!
They are "The Bomb" - Yes, pun intended!!

Saturday, December 21, 2013

White On White

My Time To Craft has one last challenge for you before the Christmas festivities begin!  White on White is the theme, but the image can have color.

As you can see, I used a couple of embossing folders to give this card some texture.  The tree was cut with the Art Philosophy Cricut Cartridge and it's background is from Spellbinders.  

Why don't you give it a try?

If you need a few  more tags for all of those gifts, just scroll down to my last post!
Merry Christmas!

Thursday, December 19, 2013

Santa Tags

These cute little tags were inspired by Pinterest.  You can find the original post here.

Here is my version of the instructions:
2" scallop - for the beard
1 and 3/4" circle - for the face
3/4" circle - for the pom pom
3 and 1/2" tree from the Art Philosophy Cricut Cartridge (with the trunk cut off) - for the hat
A strip of cardstock cut with scallop scissors
Baker's Twine

That's it!  Quick and easy tags for your gifts!
Give it a try and let me know how yours turn out - only 6 more shopping days....

Sunday, December 15, 2013

Change is Good!

I haven't been posting as much as usual - you may have noticed!  The reason?  The amount of change in my work life recently!

Many of you know that I am an Instructional Coach in an elementary school.  At least, I WAS - at the beginning of this school year!  Due to a drop in enrollment at our campus, we lost 4 teachers in late September.  Classes were split up and reassigned to existing teachers. The only classes that couldn't be split up were a morning and afternoon kindergarten, therefore, I was reassigned to half-day Kindergarten with 55 students.  

The teacher who was teaching the classes left on a Thursday afternoon and I took over the class on Friday morning.  Just to clarify, she did not lose her job, she was reassigned to another school that had a high enrollment and needed teachers to reduce class size.  

When I walked into the room afterschool on Thursday, I was greeted by empty bulletin boards and very few supplies.  The crayons, scissors, glue, etc.  were in styrofoam bowls. Apparantly the containers belonged to her and she took them to her new school, which I totally understood.  What confused me was why she took their nametags!  I worked in the room until 9:00 and called it quits.  I was exhausted!  

The next day, I greeted my two classes and did my best to learn names!  Fortunately, I had been working with this teacher as a Coach, so the kiddos knew me.  

So, I hit the ground running, decorating the room, setting up rules and routines, and assessing the abilities of my students.  Before I knew it, I had to prepare for Parent/Teacher Conferences, Halloween, and report cards!  

Somewhere, in the midst of all of this, my principal pulled me aside and told me it looked like we were going to be assigned a new Kindergarten Teacher to reduce class size.  I was floored!  How was I going to choose the students for a new class?  They didn't need any more change!  After some thought, my principal decided not to create a new class.  Since I had a fabulous Observation Student, who was also a Substitute Teacher for the district, she would take over my classes with me as her mentor.  I would be reassigned (again) as the Intervention/Enrichment Teacher for Kindergarten.  

The parents were given a letter right after Thanksgiving and I spent some time explaining how beneficial this would be for their children.  The past 2 weeks have been spent co-teaching/mentoring Ms. H. (the new teacher), planning for my new position, and setting-up a new classroom.  Yes, my principal wanted me to set up a new classroom - even though I wouldn't have a class of my own.  

Tomorrow, I officially begin my 3rd job this school year!  Wish me luck - and pray that this job lasts until the end of the school year.  I don't think I can make another change!!

Things are calming down (yes, I truly believe this) and I have some more crafty things to share with you!  Be sure to stop back again soon!

Saturday, December 14, 2013

Remembering Newtown - One Year Later

I wrote and shared this on Facebook one year ago.  I thought I'd share it here too.

One year ago we learned a tragic lesson about our society and safety in our schools. I wrote a long post, something I rarely do, that so many of you supported. Have we learned anything in this year? I thought I'd, here goes:
Yesterday's tragedy has compelled me to write. I probably won't get a single like or comment, but that's OK. Free speech is a wonderful thing.

I've spent nearly my entire life in a school. First as a student, in elementary and high school; as a college student, studying to be a teacher, and as a teacher for the past 26 or 27 years. I've always felt safe there. Unfortunately, there have been several school tragedies, but this one, shook me to the core. I see the faces of all the students that I have had in my classes, as well as the ones who now stop me in the hall to say hello, tell me about their day, or give me a hug. The faces of innocence. It breaks my heart that the children of Sandy Hook Elementary have had that taken away.

People will say that guns are the problem. Those of you who know me, know I do not agree. I grew up with guns. My Dad was a gunsmith and a Federal Firearms Dealer. We had guns all over the house. Most of the people I grew up with also had guns at their house. We were taught how to use them and to respect them. No one ever shot up a school when I was growing up.

Fast forward to today. We've had many tragedies and there are those say, "If we outlawed guns, we wouldn't have this problem". Yes we would, the true problem is the broken people. I'm no psychologist, but I'm sure there are countless reasons for people to be broken. These individuals will always find a way to hurt others if they want to. Making something illegal will not take it away.

What do we do? Start paying attention to our children. BE A PARENT! Don't give your children everything they want. Give them real consequences for their actions and be aware of what they are exposed to in the media. They should not be on Facebook. I can't tell you how many friend requests that I have blocked from elementary students. A 6 year-old does not need a new i-phone, nor should he/she be allowed to play Call of Duty Black Ops. (Yes, these are true stories. I have had parents tell me this about their children more times than I can count!)

If you know of someone who is struggling. Help them. Show your children that you care - about them and others.

I'd also like to ask the media to stop glamorizing/sensationalizing tragic events. We need to focus more on the good in people.

Do something kind today.
Love and prayers for all of us.

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Saturday, December 7, 2013

Cute and Cuddly...

...Christmas Animals!  You know you want to be a part of this one!  My Time To Craft is challenging you to join us!  
Some Ruby cardstock, Kraft Cardstock, Chevron Ribbon, and a stamp that I've had for years, completed this card.  I did emboss the Kraft for a little more interest.  

So, how about it, are you going to join us this week?  We'd love to see what you create!
Stop by My Time To Craft for some more inspiration...
Happy Crafting!