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Cherry Almond Delights (Sour Cream SOFT frosted) Cookies

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Cherry Almond Delights (Sour cream)

It’s that time…. Time to start the cookies!

I love to bake everyone’s favorites for the cookie trays and every year I try a few different recipes to see what can be added… well HERE is a keeper!

You know a cookie is a keeper when you eat one straight from the oven – before they are frosted – and your eyes roll back in your head…. And you actually contemplate NOT frosting them because they are that good already!

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BUT, as we all know, frosting makes EVERYTHING better! I did cheat and use a container of Cream Cheese frosting… I whipped it with my mixer (did you know if you whip your frosting with your mixer you can almost double it) and added about 2 TBS of the reserved cherry juice…. It turned a beautiful pink and tasted delish!!!

Give these a try and let me know what you think!!

 

Cherry Almond Delights (Sour cream)

INGREDIENTS:

  • 3 cups sifted all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • ½ tsp baking soda
  • 1 cup butter – softened at room temperature
  • 1 and ½ cups sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 small jar maraschino cherries – drained and chopped
  • 1 cup roasted almond slivers – chopped
  • Cream Cheese frosting

INSTRUCTIONS:

  • Sift flour, powder and soda…. Set aside
  • Beat butter, sugar and eggs until light and fluffy – medium speed
  • Add sour cream and vanilla – beat on low
  • Add Cherries and Almonds – continue beating on low
  • Gradually beat in flour mixture until well combined
  • Refrigerate 1 hour
  • Preheat oven to 375 and lightly grease cookie sheets
  • To Bake, drop by rounded teaspoonful, 2 inches apart, onto cookie sheets
  • Bake 10 minutes, until just starting to brown on bottom…. Remove to wire rack to cool
  • *Frost with cream cheese frosting of your choice… I bought a tub of frosting and added 2 TBS cherry juice to tint it pink… then used pink sprinkles…. Will use red and green for Christmas!

 

 

 

 

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Thoughtful Thursday ~ What’s Up, You??

A teacup on a saucer.

A teacup on a saucer. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 Thoughtful Thursday… hmmm… what are your thoughts?? 

MINE??  Let’s see…  Completely Muddled…

~ so let’s review shall we: 

Toaster Struedel – LOVE it, random I know, BUT LAWD it is sooo good!!!

Keurig – mine SUX but probably cuz my water SUX and even though I use a Brita pitcher to fill it, and run vinegar through it all the time it still only makes a half a tea cup and who are they scarin’ with that???

.25 sale on Christmas Items at DG – I picked up boxes of cards, multiple bags, bows and ornaments all for a quarter yesterday!!  Probably won’t be able to find them next year, but what a bargain – LOL!!

Stamp increase – oh yes, another penny… next week… forever stamp anyone??  Snail Mail anyone??  I can’t remember the last time I used a real stamp…  hope my PAL Jeff isn’t reading this…..  I promise to update the CHIP at work Jeff!!!

Volunteering in Kindergarten– SERIOUSLY, the very best part of my week!!  Maybe cuz they are the only ones who listen to me – ??!!  And they all want to sit next to me and be my friend… I definitely feel the LOVE!!!  And Kindergarteners are cute – and mostly sweet… WHY do they have to grow up????

http://www.bookbub.com/home/ – Have you signed up??  FREE kindle books emailed to you EVERY SINGLE DAY!! I use it all the time – AMAZING!!  Go NOW!!!!

Winter Activities – I promised my kid’s I would play with them in the snow…  I hate snow, I hate playing and sometimes those kids……  what’s a Mama to do?  How can “playing” “outside” be fun??  Does anyone else HATE to play?? Bad Mom??  Ideas??

TOPS looks GREAT next week – who’s ready for an all out shopping trip??  Does anyone else LOVE to grocery shop??  I’m talking Keibasa, pepperoni and potato chips HERE!!  Sometimes I pass up my night out to shop more deals – on my night out…  I am aware of the issues I have – Thank you!  Just looking for someone who shares my psychosis…  ???

My daughter, the STAR  – my baby girl was in the paper yesterday – The Daily – too cute, studious little girl… LOL… LIES, all LIES!!!  Would LOVE to show you the picture, but she took it to school and left it there….LOVE her sooooo much (not enough to PLAY with though) hahaha!!

So – LET’S CHAT… what do you got – gimme something – anything??!!

 

A day in the life ~

English: Stack of books in Gould's Book Arcade...

English: Stack of books in Gould’s Book Arcade, Newtown, New South Wales (NSW), Australia. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Hey friends… It has been a while hasn’t it…?

I know my posts have been quite sporadic but I thought I would give you a peek at what is going on even when I am home and have some time to myself…

I actually made plans to join my deal blogging buddies for a little meet up in Cheektowaga on Sunday so I knew I had to do all of my ‘weekend’ cleaning on Saturday. I started with the kitchen counter where I came across a stack of books from my mother in law. I read a LOT and love that she brings me books but what keeps happening is the same books keep re-appearing… so I have started writing my initials inside the front cover. I think of the stack of books in my room and head in there to begin writing my initials in the books there that I have already read. This still  leaves a stack of books I DO want to read but more importantly I need something to put these books in so it doesn’t look so “junky” in the corner of my room. So I set out to find a rack or shelf or something… I trudge down to the basement to look in my ‘house wares department’ and see many baskets and these baskets make me think of the totes from Thirty-one which reminds me our girl scout fundraiser is this week and I need to send out some emails. So back upstairs and onto the computer to send the emails inviting friends and family and since I am on the computer I might as well check the blogs and Pinterest. On Pinterest I see some recipes for Christmas Cookies and thinking of Christmas I have to start my shopping and I remember an email from Justice about a huge weekend sale and I knock a couple things off my list. This then reminds me of the sale on my unfinished collection of dishware from At Home America. Once on that site, I remember my existing plate cupboard actually could use a re-haul so I head back out to the kitchen and look to the counter where I could stack the plates and right there, IN FRONT OF ME is the blasted stack of books from 4 hours ago… OYYYYY!!!!

How does a person find the time… LOL… I have missed you FRIENDS!!!!

Leave me a comment, let me know how you are – PLEASE!!!

CVS ~ week of 10/28/12 ~ Let’s get back to shopping!!

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English: Herbal Essences – “Color Me Happy” shampoo and conditioner bottles (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Oh CVS how I have missed you!  Between being CRAZY busy lately and some pretty BLAH ads, I have not felt the need to go to CVS.  But that all changes now and this is indeed a HUGE stock up week.  This is a short ad – *4 Day Sale – valid 10/28 – 10/31 only so be on top of it. 

 I will start out by gathering some Revlon beauty tools to get overage to pay for Thermacare Wraps – they are Grandma’s favorite you know, and Christmas is coming – LOL

 Then as directed by my favorite blogger Ann, I am getting the Olay ‘Kits’ (I HOPE) and FREE Cover Girl Lip Perfection – Make sure you grab a couple extra papers/inserts this weekend since the P&G is included!  This deal utilizes a P&G Rebate as well and get’s us top of the line beauty products for FREE – sooo awesome!!!

 Finally, you can stock up on shampoo and such… and Both of the “deals” will also get you the “Spend $50/get $5 ECB rewards” from the CVS Beauty club… be sure you have signed up before you shop!  Wow – what a week!!

 Revlon Beauty Tools – starting at $2.99
Get $7 ECB wyb 2 Revlon Cosmetics or Beauty Tools (limit 6)
=  as low as 2 FREE!! + $1 overage!!

 Suave Body Lotion – $2.50
-$2/1 or $2/2 Suave, body lotion, 18 oz+ 10/14/2012 RP Insert (exp 11/11/2012)
= as low as $.50 each

 Thermacare Heat Wraps 2-3ct. – $6.79
– (2) $3/1 ThermaCare , 2 ct+
Get $5 ECB wyb 2 (limit 1)
= as low as $1.29 each wyb 2

 Buy two (2) Olay Regenerist Kits or Treatment ($22.99) get $12 in ECB

Limit 1
Coupons –
-$2 Olay Complete Facial Moisturizer, Daily Facial or Cleansers(from the 9/30/12 P&G insert, coupon expires 10/31/12)
-$5 Olay ProX or Regenerist Facial Moisturizer or ProX Cleansing Device (from the 9/30/12 P&G or 9/16/12 RP insert, coupon expires 10/31/12)
– Buy one (1) Olay Pro-X, Regenerist or Total Effects Moisturizer or Facial Hair Removal, Receive one (1) Covergirl Lip Perfection Free (value to $8.99) (from the 10/28/12 P&G insert)
Look for FREE MAGAZINE wyb… and use the
P&G REBATE

 

Head on over to Coupons Deals and More where Ann has an awesome deal laid out for us…  Thanks Ann!!

 

Another great Deal… on the spend $30 get $10 ECB:

(10) Aussie or Herbal Essence Hair Care – $2.99
Total Cost: $29.90

– (5) B1G1 Herbal Essences Conditioner or Styler, up to $6.99 WYB Herbal Essences Shampoo 09/16/2012 SS Insert (exp 10/31!!)

= $15.00
AND use (2) $1/2 Herbal Essences or Aussie 10/07/2012 RP Insert (exp 11/30/2012) *some CVS’s will allow you to stack a “cents off” coupon in combination with a B1G1 coupon, check your local store!

= $13.00
Get $10 ECB wyb $30 of assorted products (limit 1)
= as low as $3.00 for all 10 products or only .30 each!!

*This is $30 worth of the $50 needed on the P&G Rebate

 Remember – Both of these deals will also get you the “Spend $50/get $5 ECB rewards” from the CVS Beauty club… be sure you have signed up before you shop!

Click it… you’ll be glad you did!!

What’s Up Wednesday ~ Back by popular demand…LOL!!

 

Lemonade Can

Lemonade Can (Photo credit: Gwen<3you)

WWWWHHHHAAATT’SS Up????

Is anyone else truly going out of their mind right now?  I mean seriously, today was my kid’s last day of school and I swear, it was about a week ago that they started school…  and really – we are FRIGGEN’ half way to Christmas already – well about a week shy of that , but STILLLLLLL!!!!!!!!!!!   UGH!!!!!

Where in the world does the time go??  I truly, truly, truly hate that it goes so very quick…  I really want things to slow down… I want to enjoy myself more…  I want the old Country Time Lemonade commercial kind of summer – anyone remember those commercials??  I want my kids’ to have awesome memories of summer vacation!!  So what is a “PSYCHO-Control freak – losing her mind, mama” to do??  PLAN THE FUN I tell you, PLAN THE FRIGGEN’ FUN!!!

*Yet Planning my summer is going to make it go all the faster – I just know it!!*

So far, we have our first cheerleading boot camp, a Muckdog’s game, a Tri-Town pizza party for all the baseball/softball teams, a GIRLS birthday/campout and our baseball teams picnic – all planned for next week – GEESH!!!  The kid’s will be going to swimming lessons and rec. at the school each day through the beginning of August.  They also got Darien Lake Amusement Park Season Passes and we are getting the State Park season pass as well.  I am looking for a library program for once a week and with these things, my Mom will have somewhere to take them a couple of afternoons each week.  Sounds like that should make up for the fact that they cannot sleep in every day cuz the Mama has to go to “stupid work”!!  Ha – if you think you can hear my voice by reading what I write…can you just picture my kids whining that last phrase…LOL!!

I have also been watching GROUPON and bought Buffalo Aquarium passes that also offered FREE admission to the Rochester Zoo and we received tickets to the Buffalo Zoo as a gift…  So with all of these options, I feel like we are already looking at a pretty booked summer.  Don’t forget popping in on my in-laws at one lake and our favorite neighbors at another, seeing the 4th’s fireworks show at Buffalo Hill and hitting the drive-in at Silver Lake a couple of times…  See – next thing you know, we’ll be fighting to get back to school shopping done and dreading the fun filled Labor Day weekend because it will just mean summer is ending and we will be rounding the bend to winter…..  GGGRRRRRR!!!!!

So tell me – what do you do to CELEBRATE Summer?  How do you worship the Goddess that is sun?

What am I missing on my to-do list?  What will my children declare to their therapist (later in life of course) that their very own mother deprived them of because she worked all the time??

Guilty conscious,  perhaps??  PERHAPS!! 

So help a girl out… talk to me… what can I do to slow down time… or at the least what else can we plan to do this summer??