Friday, June 17, 2016

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4 Easy Ideas for Salty-Sweet Chocolate Chip Cookies

4 Easy Ways to Make Salty-Sweet Chocolate Chip Cookies  |  3 Garnets & 2 Sapphires
Whether you have a killer chocolate chip cookie recipe or use refrigerated cookie dough like me, sometimes you just want something different.  I am a huge fan of salty-sweet snacks, so I experimented with different ways I could turn classic chocolate chip cookies into a salty-sweet treat.

If you want to surprise your family, then give one of these easy options a whirl!  All you need to do is add one of these savory foods to your chocolate chip cookie dough before baking.  I just push them right into the scoops of cookie dough while they're on the baking sheet.


4 Salty Foods to Add to Your Chocolate Chip Cookies . . .

1.  Salted pretzels pieces were one of my children's favorites.  We always have pretzels on-hand, so I just broke them into small pieces and they were ready to use!

2.  Salted cashews are a favorite in our house and they're less costly when you buy them in halves and pieces.  They are not too hard and are perfect to add to cookies.  (Please do not try if someone in your household has a nut allergy.)

3.  Crumbled bacon was a huge hit with my family.  They are all bacon-lovers, but were skeptical about bacon in their chocolate chip cookies.  They were pleasantly surprised!  You could also try crumbling freshly cooked bacon, but it would be best to drain off as much grease as possible before crumbling and adding to the cookie dough.

4.  Corn chip pieces (not tortilla chips) turned out to be very tasty in chocolate chip cookies.  I also tried these corn snacks, but they weren't quite salty enough and they were too light and crispy to add the amount of oomph I was looking for.


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Easy Ways to Make Salty-Sweet Chocolate Chip Cookies  |  3 Garnets & 2 Sapphires

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Saturday, May 28, 2016

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Looking Forward To Fall and King Richard's Faire 2016

King Richard's Faire Musicians - Carver, Massachusetts
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Sitting here in the 90 degree heat, I'm dreaming of fall and wishing it were September already.  What's not to love about fall after all?  It is my favorite season for many reasons.  School is back in session, the air is crisp and cool, and King Richard's Faire returns! My family has visited our local Renaissance faire in Carver, Massachusetts at least once every fall since 2012.  This year we will be returning again and will be receiving complimentary passes to continue on with this family tradition.

Having attended the past four seasons, one of the things we look forward to the most about King Richard's Faire is seeing the friendly and familiar faces.  That gypsy in the photo above read our children's fortunes last year.  We look forward to seeing the strapping fellow who pushes the Swan Swing and the guys over at M'Lady's Shady Maze.  Of course, we hope to catch a wave from Queen Anne and King Richard.  Our daughter was thrilled to have had her photo taken with the Queen two years ago.  Such awesome family memories are made every year!
King Richard's Faire - Queen Anne and King Richard - Carver, Massachusetts
Photo provided by Dennehy PR
What do you have to look forward to at King Richard's Faire this year?  Here is the special event schedule (free with admission), all held at 4pm EST on the King's Stage unless otherwise noted. The 2016 faire will be open September 3rd thru October 23rd.

Sat. 9/3: Carver Day - free admission for Carver residents with valid ID

Sun. 9/4: Military Appreciation Day - see website for details

Mon. 9/5: Open on Labor Day

Sat. 9/10: Annual Cleavage Contest

Sat. 9/17: Romance Is In The Air: Vow Renewal Ceremony

Sat. 9/24: Game of Thrones Costume and Trivia Contest

Sat. 10/1: Prince and Princess Parade and photos with the King and Queen

Sat. 10/8: Highland and Celtic Hunks Contest: Clash of the Tartans, Men In Kilts

Mon. 10/10: Open on Columbus Day

Sat. 10/15: Childrens’ Fairies & Pirates Parade and photos with the King and Queen

Sat. 10/22: Fantasy Finale Adult Costume/Cosplay/Time Travelers Contest

For more details on these events, including rain dates, or to purchase tickets, visit www.KingRichardsFaire.net.  You can also rub elbows with King Richard on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Pinterest!

Tell us what you're looking forward to the most about the upcoming King Richard's Faire in a comment here.

Saturday, April 2, 2016

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This Personalized Family Tree Pillow from Amazon Handmade Was the Perfect Grandparent's Gift

Personalized family tree pillow cover from Amazon Handmade . . . a cherished gift for a parent or grandparent.
The Mother's Day and Grandparent's Day gift idea we are sharing about today was purchased with our own funds.

A couple of weeks ago, my mother turned 70 years old.  (I'm still having a little trouble accepting that.)  For this milestone birthday, I wanted to find something she would love for our children to present to her as a gift.  She is a tough person to buy for.  The gift couldn't take up a lot of room due to the size limitations of my parent's apartment.  It also couldn't cost too much money because she would just yell at me for spending so much money on her.

I started searching on Etsy because it's a great source for one-of-a-kind gifts, but I couldn't find anything that I loved that would get to me within a few weeks.  My next stop was Amazon Handmade.  It's still fairly new and I had never taken the time to see what items were available.  I lucked out and found this 20" Family Tree Pillow Cover sold by Crafting Rehab.  I could request the quantity of names, choose from a small assortment of pillow colors, specify the colors in the printing, and change the message located at the base of the tree.  The pillow cover and the cost of shipping were both priced very reasonably.  SOLD!

To complete the gift, I also ordered a 20" square pillow insert on Amazon for $8.50 with free shipping.  The pillow cover was shipped by Crafting Rehab in less than a week and arrived about a week later, earlier than the estimated delivery date.  I must also say that the communication from Crafting Rehab was very timely, friendly, and helpful.

I included the names of my 3 children and my nephew on the family tree to represent all my mother's grandchildren.  The gift was presented to her from all 4 children at the end of her birthday dinner.  My mother just LOVED it!  She told me that night and actually called me the next day to tell me again how much she loved it.

If you have a parent or grandparent who is tough to buy for, I highly recommend checking out Amazon Handmade.  I didn't think I could love shopping on Amazon more than I already did, but this shopping experience made that happen!