Sunday, December 11, 2011

Christmassssssss time

Oh my, has it really been since October since I’ve posted!? There simply isn’t an excuse. I’m done with season and I must be feeling very lazy since it’s over for another 8 months. Ridic. Sorry. Ok, there, I apologized. Let’s move on. :)

This year for Thanksgiving, my family spent the holiday with my bf’s family. It was a good time. I offered to bring dessert (of course) and wanted to go with a tried and true recipe so I didn’t screw anything up (and I managed to still screw it up). Ha. Paula Dean’s recipe for Banana Pudding is pretty life changing (like, eat the whole pan life changing) so I went with this amazing dessert.

Ingredients

  • 2 bags Pepperidge Farm Chessmen cookies
  • 6 to 8 bananas, sliced
  • 2 cups milk
  • 1 (5-ounce) box instant French vanilla pudding
  • 1 (8-ounce) package cream cheese, softened
  • 1 (14-ounce) can sweetened condensed milk
  • 1 (12-ounce) container frozen whipped topping thawed, or equal amount sweetened whipped cream

Directions

Line the bottom of a 13 by 9 by 2-inch dish with 1 bag of cookies and layer bananas on top. In a bowl, combine the milk and pudding mix and blend well using a handheld electric mixer. Using another bowl, combine the cream cheese and condensed milk together and mix until smooth. Fold the whipped topping into the cream cheese mixture. Add the cream cheese mixture to the pudding mixture and stir until well blended. Pour the mixture over the cookies and bananas and cover with the remaining cookies. Refrigerate until ready to serve.

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My pictures might look different since I didn’t follow enough directions. :) ha. For example, there should’ve been bananas on the bottom, I added the whip cream to the pudding and moved it around, and I added more whip cream to go under the cookies. Major improvising, major not being able to read that day. Ha. But it ended up turning out delish and of course, life-changing. :)

*Subject change*

Working at a school, you have your “teacher” friends. Being a head coach, alot of those “friends” are life-savers during the tough parts of season. And the little things they do (emergency copies, last-minute announcements, helping your organization with doing their job correctly, etc.) really help me have a smoother life.

So being in a time to save money (who isn’t), I was trying to be creative with what I could give to all these people who help me at work and stay under a budget. So I went to my fave crafting store, JoAnn's, and walked the aisles for some inspiration. I came across the wooden section and found some 29 cent round, thin pieces of wood. Perfect. I’ll make some ornaments. So I bought some ribbon. I already had paint and glitter at home.

I painted one side of them red and some green. Then I painted their first initial of their last name on the front. (The blinged out one is for my principal, of course)…

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Then I poured some good ol’ Fashion glitter on the glue. sdfasdf (I tear papers out of magazines to cover my table when I’m crafting, hint the Gucci ad on my table :)

Then I –6000ed a cute red ribbon to the back so everyone can hang them on their tree.sdgfsdf And I put a label on the back with the year. I received an ornament from a teacher friend one year and I wished she put the year on it because I don’t remember when it was she gave it to me.

qrqwr I then added the ornaments to a mini bag of (fluffy) sugar cookies Christmas Trees!….

I found this sugar cookie recipe on All Recipes, a great website with a million recipes for anything you can think of. It’s called “Ma Ma’s Sugar Cookies” recipe and it was easy. I personally like how fluffy the cookies turned out.

Ingredients
1/2 Cup butter flavored shortening
1 cup white sugar
2 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 cups self-rising flour

Directions (makes 12)
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
2. In a medium bowl, cream together the shortening and sugar.Beat in the eggs and vanilla, stir in the self-rising flour to form a dough. On a lightly floured surface, roll the dough out to a 1/4 inch in thickness. Cut into desired shapes with cookie cutters. Place cookies 1 1/2 inches apart onto the prepared cookie sheets (except I didn’t do this and they were fine).
3. Bake for 8 mins in the preheated over. Allow cookies to cool on baking sheet for 5 mins before removing (or they’ll break, from experience).

It says on the website that there are only 230 calories for 12 of these cookies. I don’t know if I believe that.

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I then used my Christmas tree cookie cutter to make Christmas trees and then pressed some sprinkles into the dough for more decoration.

awregw  qrqwe I found these bags at JoAnn’s of course. They’re made by Wilton. And then I just added their ornaments to the bag.

wewer  weweqr Let’s just say it was hours of baking and making. Much needed and with the Christmas music in the background, I was soaking up the holidays. I wish Christmas was year round.

Homemade Sugar Scrub post coming soon!