Showing posts from January, 2011

Chonky Boys: The Chocolate Chip Cookie Ice Cream Sandwiches that Scream Summer!

Featuring my thick and nuggy Chonky Boy Chocolate Chip Cookies, these ice cream sandwiches are the stuff that summer dreams are made of.  If you've ever had the Cookie Ice Cream Sandwich at Disneyland , you are going to LOVE these!  These big and bold chocolate chip cookies are based on a recipe from my culinary school studies at Auguste Escoffier, but with a few modifications to give them that Jennuine touch.  They make the perfectas book for a fat slice of real vanilla bean ice cream.  And those mini chips?  You just gotta have that extra cronch! Thank goodness this recipe only makes 8 sandwiches, otherwise I would be eating them for breakfast lunch and dinner.  This way, my big family can help save me from my inner child diet-saboteur.   Print With Image Without Image Chonky Boy Chocolate Chip Cookie Ice Cream Sandwiches Yield: 8 Author: Jenn Erickson Loaded with chocolate chips and buttery, brown-sugary vanilla flavor, these mall-sized cookies form a perfect partnership with a

Smitten Kittens, Retro Valentines, and "A Little Birdie Told Me..." Linky Party #5

Welcome to "A Little Birdie Told Me..." Tuesday!   If you're here to share a craft, recipe or project post, you'll find the linky and the specifics on how to  strut your stuff   just after the features below. Welcome to the party!   This week I have some "party favors" for you. Please feel free to download and get crafty with the vintage-style valentines above and below:   Retro Valentine Printable _________________________________ This week, I'm giving my regards to a group of people I've grown quite SMITTEN with: --THE REGULARS-- the cast of creative characters that have blessed this nest by linking up to "A Little Birdie Told Me" the whole month of January long _________________________________ Here's  what this swell group of birds linked up this week: Christine from Christine & Co. transformed this ordinary compositi

EASY LEGO CAKE -- A Piece of LEGO That's a Piece of Cake!

WHO DOESN'T LOVE LEGO? Here's a Lego cake you can make yourself. You can adapt it to be any size, color, Lego shape, and flavor! My Lego lovin' little girl turned six the other day.  Her birthday fell on a week day this year, but I wanted to have a nice little cake to share with the family that night.  I needed a project that was quick and easy, but still had a touch of whimsy and fun.  The Lego cake was the perfect solution to my dilemma.   You don't need to be an "Ace of Cakes" to make your own Lego cake.   My daughter had been dropping hints for an ice cream cake, so my creation consisted of alternating layers of chocolate cake and mint chocolate chip ice cream.  To keep the ice-cream from melting, I had to work quickly and give the components some freezer time at various steps along the way.  It couldn't have been simpler, but was more time consuming than if I had gone with a regular (non ice cream) cake.   The simplest way to

Inspiring Projects with Flowers and Flours -- A Little Birdie Told Me #4

For my little tomboy's birthday  I opted for Flour rather than Flowers with this Lego themed ice cream cake. I'll be posting a tutorial later in the week. What did you do this week? Welcome to "A Little Birdie Told Me..." Tuesday!  If you're here to share a craft, recipe or project post, you'll find the linky and the specifics on how to  strut your stuff  just after the features below: _________________________________ Last week, A Little Birdie Told Me... ...The guests brought Flowers and Flours --FLOWERS-- 1.   Eye Spy DIY took a pair of pair of ho-hum shoes from the clearance rack at Target and gave them a chic makeover complete with handmade rosettes.   2.   Protodoom completely won me over with a glittering stylized skull adorned with paper roses.  So original!  So creative!  I dig this gal's style! 3.   Musings From Kim K. appealed to my whimsical side w


   "Little Girls, little girls, everywhere I turn, I can see them..."   ~Miss Hannigan, 'Annie' the musical Today, my "little girls" and I put together some small collages using assorted scrap images, ephemera, copies of old family photos, and good ol' Mod Podge, to use as cards to thank our family and friends for birthday and Christmas gifts received in the past few weeks. Each mini collage features an old fashioned little girl and a strip taken from an old dictionary for the word "thankful".  Most of the little girls featured in the collages were scanned from family photos, and the rest were taken from vintage postcards and ephemera.   Feel free to download and save the collages for personal use for tags, cards, or other creative projects of your own.  I'm also including a free downloadable scrap sheet containing the images of the little girls and another with the "thankful" strips.  Enjoy! L

Chocolate & Pretzel Dipped Peanut Butter Balls on a Stick -- Now THAT'S a mouthful!

This most recent "ON-A-STICK" creation was directly inspired by the mouth-watering Peanut Butter Pretzel Truffles from Lisa at The Pursuit of Happiness .  I made some the other day and was so enamored with the flavor combination of peanut butter, chocolate and salty pretzels, that I couldn't help but create my own version to serve  "ON-A-STICK" style.  I came up with an extremely creamy and smooth peanut butter center that puts Reese's to shame, and did a twist by putting the pretzels on the outside "STICK" around, after the recipe, for links to more  Delicious Stuff "ON-A-STICK" Tutorials! CHOCOLATE & PRETZEL DIPPED PEANUT BUTTER BALLS ON A STICK (makes 2 dozen) Ingredients 1/2 cup creamy peanut butter 1/2 cup butter 1 1/4 cups confectioners sugar (powdered), sifted parchment or baking mat lined baking sheet 10 oz. melted chocolate (candy melts, tempered chocolate, or bark) 1 cup crushed pretze