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Friday, July 27, 2012

Chocolate Stout Cookies

We've all heard of chocolate stout cupcakes, but I really wanted to try some stout in brownies.  But, brownies seem like such a big commitment of sorts...A whole pan...Just too tempting for me these days.  So, cookies sounded about right in the portion control department.   And, I could freeze them.  Always a plus!

Freezing cookies and having a stash in the freezer solves a few issues:

1. I have a ready source of cookies for my morning coffee.  Yup, I start every day with a cookie.  How bad can that be?
2. If someone comes to the house to do work, like the guys who came to prune trees, I have some for them to munch on while they are here. 
3. I will always have some for my dad when he comes over.  My dad LOVES cookies.  His motto:

There are no bad cookies, some are just better than others.

I love my dad.

These cookies are super EASY to mix up and bake.  They hold up well too with adding this and that.  I added salted peanuts because I love peanuts and chocolate.  Get a little protein boost in your cookies, too!  I especially like that these cookies have a shininess to them.  Almost festive. 

Great with a cup of coffee or as a quick snack.  I would imagine that any sort of booze could be added.  Go ahead, experiment!
Moist and chocolaty and peanutty...All my favorites in one cookie!

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Saturday, July 7, 2012

Versatile Blogger Award

Today I'm sharing The Versatile Blogger award with some pretty amazing bloggers out there in blogger land.  I was passed this award by Dawn of DJ's Sugar Shack.  Yes, DJ's blog is passing along the sugar as much as she can one thoughtful recipe at a time.  DJ's even has a few weekly parties that I'll be participating in very soon: Whatcha' Whipped Up Wednesday and Foodie Friends Friday.  Thank you so much, Dawn, for passing this award on to me at BIWB! 

Dawn lives in Alaska which is absolutely surreal to me as I've never been there nor honestly believe I'll ever make it up there.  I see the pictures and I think it's absolutely beautiful...Just not sure about those winter months.  She has shared some cool pictures of bears on her porch which I think my cat would go ape over.  I just can't imagine...

DJ's Sugar Shack has more recipes than I can list here, but here are a few that are now on my "favorites" list:

So, on to the The Versatile Blogger Award!  First things first.  Here is the list of 15 blogs that I follow to which I am passing on this award.  So, if you're on this list, congratulations!  {Please don't forget to read what to do next...}

When you receive the award this is what you do:
1. Thank the person that gave you the award in a blog post & link back to their blog
2. Pass the award on to 15 bloggers you follow
3. Include 7 random things about yourself in your post
4. Notify your nominees by leaving a comment on their blog

Okay, so here are 7 random things about me:
1. In college I drove London double deck buses
2. I'm the youngest of 4 kids
3. I lived in 5 states before I turned 12
4. I read presidential biographies, for which I take a lot of flack
5. I've never been to Hawaii
6. I love just about anything that is described as "Honey Nut"
7. I have fallen off my bike only twice in my life (ages 6 and 44), hitting my head both times.
I now ~begrudgingly~ wear a helmet.

So, congratulations to all The Versatile Blogger today!! 
You keep me on my toes and inspired,
even on those really tough blogging days...

Cheers y'all!!   Ellen

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Thursday, July 5, 2012

Blueberry Infused Gin

This gin is very smooth with a nice sweetness of blueberry.  The combination of blueberry and juniper from the gin just might make a gin "drinker" out of me yet!  

I made this for a few BIWB recipes, including this loaf cake recipe that was in the Sacramento Bee last month.  I learned about infusing booze from a very cool website Post Prohibition.  The recipe for Blueberry Infused Gin is from KitchenKonfidence.   Post Prohibition not only tells you how to infuse all kinds of booze, the website even has amazing cocktail recipes for all that wonderful infused booze. 

As we all know by now, I am not a gin drinker.  Well, to be honest, I'm not a drinker of any alcohol, straight that is.  If it can be mixed and doesn't taste like booze, I'm in!  The only exception though, and for some strange reason unbeknownst to yours truly...seems to be a Manhattan.

I don't even like maraschino cherries!

We all know by now that I'm a cocktail kinda gal or why else would I be baking with booze?  Booze combined with sugary or savory baked goods?  Well, now you've peel back just a bit more of the BIWB girl onion. 

So, on to the blueberry gin infusion!

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