Saturday, October 11, 2008

Cookies, O.G.T's, and Halloween

Never a normal pic with us...someday, Chelsea, SOMEDAY.
This is going to be a RANDOM post... Don't feel bad if you don't read it!

#1-I went to another cooking class this morning...this one was at Williams-Sonoma. (Ps-I love that store, I am pretty sure I could spend every penny of every one of my paychecks there! I don't...not worries...I just cry at night instead.:) Anyway, it was a great class and I am going to keep going to them on Saturday mornings at 9:00. We are already up for the Laundry Mat, so, Why not, right? I learned how to do royal icing on sugar cookies that you think only pros can do! Also, I learned lots of basic tips that make cookie making easier: 

Make sure all ingredients are at room temperature
only roll out your dough 2 times or it gets too tough
stamp your cookie cutters from the OUTSIDE get more cookies from your dough
spray pam in cookie cutters prior to cutting, the dough will slip out easier

I know these are all pretty basic, but they will help me make yummier cookies, for sure! I can't wait to show you the beautiful ones that I make! (Okay, they might be LESS than beautiful, since they will be my first ones!)

#2 O.G.T's...right now I am reading the book "Recovering Charles". It is a pretty sad story, but there are flashbacks to happier times. One of the traditions of this family was to have O.G.T moments...One Good Thing. Family members could say O.G.T at any time during the day, and everyone had to tell One Good Thing that had happened to them that day. So, we have started doing this...and I love it! 

#3 Halloween! 

I am so excited for Halloween. Probably the main reason that I am excited is because my nephew Ian is at the perfect age, 3 1/2. He is being VERY creative with what he would like to be for this special day. These are his ideas thus far:
A light bulb
A marshmallow
An Airplane
My favorite is....a SOCK puppet!
I can't wait to see what my sister ends up having him be! The other reason that I am excited is because I am going to go to/host a party with a friend of mine! We are going to whip up yummy treats, have a pumpkin carving contest, and dress up! Lots of our good friends are coming and I just can't wait! The invites ended up so cute...


Ashley Wray said...

Cute invitations! I'm sure you're party will be so fun, especially with your new found cookie knowledge! I didn't know about the room temp thing, I'll have to remember that next time I whip up a batch!

adorable pearsons said...

Man, I want to be your neighbor.....good food, fun parties, you love kids! Come Back :)

Jason Wright said...

My OGT was reading this today :) What a fun way to wrap up my Sunday!

Brian and chelsea said...

Your OGT could be to invite your dear friends THE MCKELLS to the halloween shindig! We promise Brianna will be well-behaved. Unless you have milk there - she tends to be a heavy drinker.
But warning: if you send one of your incredibly cute invitations, she will likely just rip it to shreads. And eat it. I hope it's gluten-free.

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