Happy Black Friday. Are you shopping?

Day 41 – #100HappyDays Challenge

Today is Black Friday. It’s the day when the holiday shopping madness officially begins. It’s a scary thought. Are you out there shopping? Or, like me, do a little online shopping? It’s a great time for deals even online in the comfort of your home over a cup of coffee.

The guys were up early and out the door. I packed them both bags of baked goods, complete with cinnamon rolls, to share with their early morning teams. I’m hoping the treats keep them motivated throughout the shopping madness.

Today is my last day in Des Moines. I head home tomorrow morning on the 6am flight. 😳 I’ve enjoyed my visit but I can feel it’s time to get back to my real life and give my son and Gregg back their time. I’m sure they are ready, but I’ll miss them.

We took some cute pictures on Thanksgiving in front of the Tree Beau put up. Picture almost perfect memories. LoL. You should have seen us trying to get Mr. Abraham to look at the camera with his ears up. Oh well. A few of my happiness moments.

Cheers!

❤️

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Small Blessings

Day 37 – #100HappyDays Challenge

Last night I pulled out a package of croissants from Trader Joe’s to rise over night and then baked them before my son headed out to work. When I was browsing at Trader Joe’s, I chatted with a lady who had 4 boxes in her arms. She raved about them so I figured I’d try them just to see what the fuss was all about.

Run, don’t walk to Trader Joe’s while you can. They are decadent. They bake up light and airy oozing buttery goodness in every delicate layer. The first bite took me back to France. These heavenly croissants that will make even the Parisians fall in love with them.

I’m enjoying my visit here with the guys. Gregg surprised me by bringing home the cake platter I had deliberated over along with a bouquet of flowers. I’m so blessed.

Today’s baking adventure began and ended with a brilliant, festive cranberry quick bread. This decadent loaf is made with cream cheese with a hint of vanilla which softens the tangy cranberries. This will make a perfect Black Friday morning treat for all the hard working staff at Gregg’s work.

By the way, don’t forget to pull your turkey out of the freezer and put in the fridge to defrost if your cooking Thursday.

Happy baking!

Cheers!

❤️

Home Goods

Day 35 – #100HappyDays Challenge

Mr. Abraham was thrilled when Beau came home from work. He’s such a happy little dog. Especially with all the belly rubs and head scratches.

Today was Gregg’s day off which he graciously shared with me. We headed out this morning to pick up all the things I forgot yesterday. Then we went to HomeGoods. Cue the music and the lights, clouds part, and doors open. I just love the HomeGoods here.

The store is neat. There isn’t combat shopping carts careening down aisles littered with broken product. Every time I turned a corner there was more items to admire. More to add to my cart while Gregg patiently put up with my wandering.

I did take some time to admire a stunning cake platter, pondering on how I could get it on the airplane in one piece. Not that I need another cake platter but I did think about it for quite a bit, before deciding against it. Instead I picked up a rolling pin that will come in handy for the apple tart in our near future.

We made it home just in time for me to gently push down the bread I had put on to rise before we headed out in the morning. It’s always a new adventure when baking in an unknown oven. But over all, even though I think the bake could have used a few more minutes in the oven it turned out pretty good.

I love using a mix of fresh and dried cranberries in this hearty cranberry walnut bread. The tartness of the fresh cranberries lend a brightness to the hearty loaf. I really enjoy it toasted, slathered with butter and honey in the morning with coffee. Try it. You’ll love it!

Cheers!

❤️

Breakup Is Here and Its Beautiful!

“Flour and butter, cream and sugar, words and images — all the ingredients for a rich, tasty story.”
― Rona Simmons, The Quiet Room

Oh my goodness, I’ve been busy. The days are speeding by and I am getting less and less done. On the bright side its getting brighter and warmer and muddier out…Hello, Breakup! The very last one that I will experience. After 25 years I think I’m ready for a real spring.

But Sunday is for baking and I’m taking a few minutes to share pictures from my trip to Iowa (no time to bake this weekend). I just had to test out my son’s kitchen and what better way to do that than bake some cookies for the guys. After being pried out of Trader Joe’s (LOVE that store!) we made it back home, supplied for the next decade or more with pantry staples.

I baked. And fed the guys piping hot cookies straight out of the oven.

Cookies = Love

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Tip: Freeze extras! I made an extra batch to freeze. Wrap the cookies in freezer Ziploc baggies to pull out to enjoy later. Yum!

Cheers!

 

Sunday Is for Baking

“If you can’t change the world with chocolate chip cookies, how can you change the world?” – Pat Murphy

I love ❤️ Sundays. I just do. Especially when Miss R comes over and fills my house and heart with tons of love and happiness.

It’s been awhile since we baked cookies together and today is the day for chocolate chip cookies. And there’s nothing better than Toll House Cookies. Yummy!



Cheers!