Showing posts from December, 2013

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.  
PrintWith ImageWithout Image Chonky Boy Chocolate Chip Cookie Ice Cream SandwichesYield: 8Author: Jenn Erickson Loaded with chocolate chips and buttery, brown-sugary vanilla flavor, these mall-sized cookies form a perfect partnership with a fat wedg…

New Year Craft: How to Make a Spin Drum Noise Maker

The New Year is nearly upon us. Here's a festive little project for a mini spin drum ~ The perfect noise maker to help usher in the new year.

We made ours with odds and ends from around the house -- a cardboard tube, a paper lunch sack, some silver string, glitter, glue and a handful of beads.  Round up some supplies from around your house and follow the directions below to add some joyful noise to your New Year's celebration!
New Year Noise Maker Mini Spin Drum
Makes 4
1 cardboard tube cut into 4 1" rings1 paper lunch baga pencil and scissorsMod Podge and a paintbrush4 12" lengths of string or twine4 1/4" wood dowelsPaint (I used silver spray paint)8 beads A glue gun or tacky glue8 print-outs of the New Year Watch Face (download below)GlitterSmall hole punch or awl
Step 1:  Use a small hole punch or awl to punch a hole in each cardboard ring.  I used a small hole punch, then used my pencil to slightly enlarge the hole.  Insert dowel as shown below.  Punch a hole on both …

Wishing You a Very Merry Christmas

This sublime little scene from my trip to the mountains this past weekend captures the essence of my Christmas wish for you:  Peace, Hope, Joy and a liberal dusting of Sparkle.
With a grateful heart for the happiness
you bring to my little corner of the world,

Handmade Gift Idea: Swedish Tea Cake Baking Kit

This recipe comes from the Swedish side of my husband's family.  The buttery little tea cakes are delicious warm or cold with a glass of milk or a cup of coffee. If you have a set of mini tart tins (Sandbakelser tins) sitting around, this is a recipe that will put them to good use. If you don't have a set, you're going to want to get one!

While holiday shopping online this year, I came across a set of  36 Sandbakelser tins on Amazon for less than $14 (HERE).  I decided to break up the set to turn our family recipe into a mason jar baking kit for holiday gifts.  

I measured and funneled the dry ingredients into a wide-mouth mason jar, set down a flattened baking cup, and inserted a dozen tins on top.  Then, I topped the jar off with a paper doily and a custom label bearing the recipe.

Swedish Tea Cake Baking Kits Whisk together 2 cups all-purpose flour, 2/3 cup granulated sugar, and 1/4 cup almond flour (meal) per jar.Funnel into a wide-mouth mason jar.  Tap jar gently on a fla…

Holiday Craft: Winter Bird Diorama Ornament

It was a rainy day in December, many years ago, when I rummaged through my crafting bric-a-brac to pull together an impromptu project to do with my girls.  I was inspired by a pair of paper mache ball ornaments and a handful of miniature decorative birds, which the girls and I ended up turning in to diminutive dioramas.  The ornaments never fail to tickle our fancy when they're lovingly unpacked every year.

A few weeks ago, the ornaments caught the eye of one of my daughter's friends. She fell in love with the cheery little cardinals inside their tiny winter worlds and convinced me to recreate the project for her next visit.  So that's just what we did last weekend.  The girls, ages 14, 12 and 9 all did a beautiful job with their ornaments, with very  minimal help.
Here's a step-by-step tutorial for how to make your own Winter Bird Diorama Ornament:

Winter Bird Diorama Ornament(makes 2)
1 paper mache ball ornament (Mine came from Michael's and were $1.99 each)A craft k…

DIY Gourmet Food Gift: Rosemary Salt

Have 5 minutes? Then you can make this delicious, inexpensive gourmet food gift.

Over Thanksgiving weekend I was visiting family up in California Wine Country.  I cooked a big meal on Saturday night and while rifling through their spice cupboard, I discovered a beautiful bottle of Rosemary Salt from a winery in Napa.  I tried it on the chicken I was cooking and ended up using it on everything else I made the rest of the weekend.  

When I returned home, I decided to try making my own so that I could always have it on hand, and would be able to share it with family and friends.  After just a little of experimentation, I found the perfect blend.  I've been using it in my recipes ever since.  It's wonderful on chicken, fish, beef and lamb.  I'm not usually a big fan of the strong flavor of rosemary, but when blended finely into the salt, it adds a perfect aromatic element.  The salt is superfine, so it melts immediately into the meat, adding lots of flavor and helping to create …

DIY: Cookies for Santa Autograph Plate

This post is part of a social shopper marketing insight campaign with Pollinate Media Group™ and Sharpie, but all my opinions are my own. #pmedia #StaplesSharpie

I love making holiday magic for my girls!  Every year, we put out a plate of homemade cookies for Santa Claus and the girls leave a short note asking him for his autograph.  This year, I decided to bring the two traditions together.  Using an inexpensive white plate, a set of Sharpie oil-based paint pens and a box of reinforcement labels from Staples, I came up with this simple and inexpensive keepsake DIY project for a "Cookies for Santa Autograph Plate."
Step 1:  Decorate a plain ceramic plate (tutorial below)
 Step 2:  On Christmas Eve, put out cookies for Santa...
...and a Sharpie pen.
Old Saint Nick will do the rest.
Here's how to transform a regular plate into a Cookies for Santa Autograph Plate with Sharpie:
Materials 1 white ceramic dinner plate (I purchased mine at my local Safeway for le…