Showing posts from March, 2012

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

Introducing Classic Comedy to a New Generation
(A 3 Stooges Snack'rs Party)

I'd be willing to bet that my generation -- those who were children during the pre-cable-TV and computer age -- are the last that could readily tell you "Who's on First", what a "Nyuk" is and which greasepaint-browed comedian said, "Outside of a dog, a book is man's best friend.  Inside of a dog, it's too dark to read."  No, I'm not seventy-five; just a child of the 70s. Comedy legends like The Three Stooges, Abbott and Costello and The Marx Bros. were regular TV fare back in the days when kids rode Big Wheels on the street till the sun when down, took pride in their tin litho lunchboxes, and had to change the channel (all five of them) on their TV by getting up off the couch and turning a dial.  A few weeks ago, my girls got a glazed-over look of despair when I made a reference to Charlie Chaplin.  "You know...Charlie Chaplin?  The Tramp? Little mustache?  Big shoes...".  I knew it was time to intervene. 

Polka Dots, Lace & Daffodils ~ A Little Birdie Told Me...No. 65

"When I have a brand new hairdo With my eyelashes all in curl, I float as the clouds on air do, I enjoy being a girl!" ~from Rodgers and Hammerstein's Flower Drum Song -------------------------------------- Welcome to  "A Little Birdie Told Me..." Tuesday No. 65! If you're here to share a craft, recipe or project post, you'll find the linky and the specifics on how to  join the party after the features below. -------------------------------------- Today's features are all about flowers and flounce ~ decisively feminine and very, very sweet!  --------------------------------- Daffodil Marshmallows on a Stick   from The Seven Year Cottage Lace Doily Bunting from Creative Passage Polka dot Peasant Dress Tutorial From Sew Easy Being Green --------------------------------- If you've been featured  (here or

My Favorite Breakfast ~ Catalonian Chocolate Crostini (Pa amb Xocolata)

I'm willing to contend that there are few things that smell more glorious or taste more delicious than freshly baked bread.  I love the experience of baking bread from scratch, but life doesn't always afford me the luxury of the time to tenderly nurture and knead a golden loaf into sublime existence. So it was a pleasure to have the opportunity to try a new line of par-baked artisan breads ~ a marriage between Ecce Panis -- know for their hand-crafted, stone baked breads -- and Pepperidge Farm .  With simple ingredients like flour, water, and yeast -- and no preservatives -- the Ecce Panis breads make it easy to have warm, freshly baked breads ready-to-serve any time.   When you think of the perfect accompaniments for a loaf of fresh, crusty bread, what comes to mind? There was a time when my thoughts would have instantly gone to the savories -- Irish butter, cognac laced pâté, hot artichoke spread, and fresh, garlicky tomato bruschetta.  That all changed t

How to Make Easy Personalized Candlesticks for birthdays, holidays, and hostess gifts

"Originality is nothing but judicious imitation.  The most original writers borrowed one from another." ~ Voltaire I always hoped  that someday I'd have the chance to quote Voltaire here at Rook No. 17.  I never thought, however, that it would be in a post about birthday candles.  Yet these personalized candles are in fact an imitation, although I'd like to think a judicious one.   Last Tuesday, one of my favorite creative bloggers, Carolyn of Homework , linked-up a post to "A Little Birdie Told Me..." where she shared several techniques for Embellished Spring Candles.   I was positively struck by the simple brilliance of her tissue paper transfer method.  Then, just yesterday, as I was browsing a loca l boutique looking for a birthday gift for a friend,  I spotted a pair of lovely candlesticks printed with the message, "Happy Birthday." I knew in an instant that I could use the technique I had learned from Carolyn to make my very