Quick entry.  We just returned from a trip to Hawaii with Son #1 and wife.  We had a wonderful time away from the gray and rain of Portland.  I had gotten a bag of macadamia nuts to snack on but had a lot left over, hence the cookies

This recipe is from Allrecipes with a tweek, one of my favorite sites for recipes.  These cookies were so yummy I wasn’t even able to get a picture before we gobbled them up.  I highly recommend these!!

White Chocolate Macadamia Nut Cookies-Makes 4 dozen

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup butter flavored shortening
  • 3/4 cup packed light brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup white sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon almond extract
  • 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup coarsely chopped macadamia nuts
  • 1 cup coarsely chopped white chocolate (or white chocolate chips)

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).
  2. In a large bowl, cream together the butter, shortening, brown sugar, and white sugar until smooth. Beat in the eggs, one at a time, then stir in the vanilla and almond extracts. Combine the flour, baking soda, and salt; gradually stir into the creamed mixture. Mix in the macadamia nuts and white chocolate. Drop dough by teaspoonfuls (I used more like rounded tablespoons) onto ungreased cookie sheets.
  3. Bake for 10 minutes in the preheated oven, or until golden brown.

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Warning-Long posting! 

Life does that to you.  We get so caught up in the “have to dos” that we forget about “want to dos.”  We have managed, though, to fit in a few things since I last posted 9 months ago (oh my, I have been negligent!) and I will try to catch up. 

When we were first married and living in California, we would take a road trip almost every other weekend.  One weekend we would go to Tahoe, another to Yosemite camping, another to Lassen.  When we had more than a weekend we would take longer road trips to Yellowstone, the Rockies, and many other parks—all camping.  Then kids came along, but that didn’t affect our trips much.  But somewhere after that, life got too busy and we stopped taking road trips. 

So this summer we decided to drive to Oklahoma via Utah, still somewhat on a schedule, but still had time to divert to see some sights.  Can’t wait until we have time to take out and stop wherever and whenever we want!  Our first stop was to visit Hubby’s aunt and uncle in Park City, Utah.  They were celebrating their anniversary, but welcomed us with open hearts.  They are lovely people and so giving—always loved visiting them.  Aren’t they delightful? 

    

 Then we visited the Canyonlands and Arches National Parks.  Hotter than heck!  102 degrees and would head for any shade we could find.  September/October Read the rest of this entry »

Finished pie

Finished pie

In honor of Father’s Day I decided to do some real cooking.  I enjoyed cooking something that didn’t come from a box, but man I forgot what a mess it makes!   On the menu: Pecan Crusted Salmon, roasted potatoes, peas and for dessert-Coconut Cream Meringue Pie.  I always have a problem with meringue pies–weeping and beading.  Only once did I have a successful pie.  I found the recipe for Never-Fail Meringue at Allrecipes and decided to give it a try.  I will have to let you know tomorrow if it works.

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Finished purse 
 OK, my first stab at a tutorial.  I had been wanting to create a bag from old blue jeans but didn’t want to spend a lot of money buying a pair.  I have been reading other blogs about thrifting where the blogger bought clothes and craft supplies for $.25, $.50, etc. in thrift shops.  We must have a higher class of stores because the least I could find was for $5.00.  Where oh where is the rummage sale I used to help with at my church in New England— pants were no more than $.50 each!!  Well, a neighbor had a yard sale and I bought a pair of her little girl’s jeans, about a size 5 I think. 

Well, as you can see I was busy over the holiday weekend.  We are having a baby shower for one of my colleagues at work next week and I wanted to make her something.  I used Butterick Pattern #4560 and it took forever to cut out all the pieces.  First of all, the pattern had pieces for a bag A and a bag B, yet the instructions were the same.  Finally figured out the only difference was that bag A’s fabric had to be interfaced with batting and bag B used prequilted fabric.  I used magnetic closures instead of Velcro.

I wanted to use a fabric that was not babyish so that the bag could still be used for a tote later on.  It has a ton of pockets to organize both the inside and outside.  I had to “adapt” because of some mistakes I made.  The one pocket with the flap on the outside of the bag is shorter than it should have been.  I put the flap in the wrong place and it was easier making the pocket shorter than riping out the flap and redoing.  I had also twisted the strap and didn’t catch it until the bag was completely lined.  Boo-hoo!

I shortened the strap by 6″ when I fixed it and reinforced the handle ends with an “X” stitching.  I had wanted to make it an adjustable strap but it was too thick.  I think next time I make this bag I will put piping around the flaps or make the body of the bag with a different fabric than the flap.  With the fabric I used it all blends together too much.

Anyway, I am pleased at how it turned out and hope my friend likes it.

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