Monday, December 19, 2011

Sunday, December 18, 2011

22

"Christmas is a time when you get homesick 
– even when you're home."

- Carol Nelson

Saturday, December 17, 2011

21

Catchy little tune...



There's another great version with Julian Casablancas here.

Friday, December 16, 2011

20

The best of all gifts around any Christmas tree: 
the presence of a happy family 
all wrapped up in each other.
Burton Hillis
photo credit

Thursday, December 15, 2011

19

"You cheated on me with Choreography". (Not so much, Cam, but damn this sounds good!)

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

18

12 Days of Cookies? Ah, yes please!

Minty Marshmallow-stuffed Chocolate Cookies
adapted from Martha Stewart’s Surprise Cookies
Minty Marshmallow-stuffed 
Chocolate Cookies
1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
3/4 cup cocoa powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, softened
1 cup sugar
1 large egg
1/2 cup milk
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1/4 teaspoon peppermint extract
24-30 chocolate mint marshmallows (note these are smaller than full-size mallows…if you use the full-size, you’ll need to cut in half. If you can’t find the chocolate mint marshmallows, any of the holiday flavors will do.)
Fudgy frosting:
2 cups confectioners’ sugar
1/4 cup cocoa powder
4 tablespoons (1/2 stick) unsalted butter, melted and cooled
1/4 cup milk
1/4 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

Directions:

Preheat oven to 375 degrees.

In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, cocoa powder, baking soda, and salt; set aside.

Cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy, about 2 minutes. Add egg, milk, and extracts, and beat until well combined. Add reserved flour mixture; mix on low speed until combined.

Drop dough by rounded tablespoons onto ungreased baking sheets, about 2 inches apart. Bake until cookies begin to spread and become firm, about 7 minutes.

Remove baking sheets from oven, and place a marshmallow in the center of each cookie, pressing down slightly. Return to oven, and continue baking until marshmallows begins to melt, 2 to 3 minutes. Remove from oven and press down on marshmallows to flatten. (See picture…this is after I pushed down to flatten a bit.) Transfer cookies to a wire rack to cool completely before frosting.

To make the frosting, sift confectioners sugar and cocoa into a medium bowl. Use an electric mixer to stir in butter. Add milk and vanilla, and beat until well-combined.

Spread frosting over each marshmallow, starting in the center and continuing outward until marshmallow is covered.

Garnish with chopped chocolate mints or mini chocolate chips.

Makes 24-30 cookies



p.s. Store covered in the fridge. I think these are even better on the second and third day!

Saturday, December 10, 2011

14

Blog Credit: Hello Sailor
Remember that everyone you meet 
is afraid of something, loves something 
and has lost something.” 
– H. Jackson Brown, Jr

Monday, December 5, 2011

Sunday, December 4, 2011

8

Blessed is the season 
which engages the whole world in 
a conspiracy of love.
                 - Hamilton Wright Mabie

blog credit

Friday, December 2, 2011

6


A 1939 view of the City and County Building of Denver decorated for Christmas, 
courteousy of the Denver Public Library.

Thursday, December 1, 2011

5


I saw this in a friend's email a few month's ago and loved it. Rumi always does it for me (and everybody else it seems).