Month: February 2014

Chocolate chip cookie brittle

www.nestinthewestIt’s a holiday here in BC…Family Day is in it’s second year as an official statutory holiday. The idea is you stay home and spend quality time with the fam. The kitty and I say, thank you very much! We love a day off! I’m working on a pretty big project which I’ll share soon, but for now I have a great treat recipe for you!

This is going to sound bad, but it’s the truth. As much as I love cookies, especially homemade, sometimes I just don’t want to stand and spoon mounds of dough on multiple trays and repeat. So when I stumbled across this recipe on Pinterest I had to give it a try. Bascially, chocolate chip cookie dough pressed into one pan and crisped up all together….yum! I made a few very minor changes to the recipe and here it is:

  • 1 cup butter, slightly softened
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 tsp sea salt
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 1/2 tsp vanilla
  • 1 cup chocolate chips

www.nestinthewestPreheat oven to 375 degrees F. Beat the butter and brown sugar together. Add salt, vanilla, cinnamon and the flour one cup at a time. Continue to mix. Add chocolate chips. This didn’t really form a dough for me – it was a bit crumbly. Press the dough into a 9″ x 13″ pan and bake for 25-35 minutes depending on how crispy you’d like them. Cut into squares while warm or let cool in pan then cut or break into irregular shapes, like peanut brittle. I baked mine for 30 minutes, cut half into squares and let the other half cool before breaking into jagged shapes. I prefer the squares but that may just be the OCD in me.
www.nestinthewestThese are so much easier and quicker to make than cookies but still have all the same great flavor. Also, did you notice they’re eggless? Go ahead and dunk them in your latte and enjoy!

Whatever Craft Weekend

I can still hardly believe I got picked, took multiple flights, met 15 wonderful ladies and spent a weekend with Meg and Kimberlee at the craft house in Kansas. It was an epic weekend of color, creating, crafting, eating, antiquing, swag and making friends. One I will not soon forget.
nestinthewest.comnestinthewest.comnestinthewest.comWe all met up at the craft house early Friday evening. The house itself is stunning with lots of wood, white, great art and a welcoming feel. Yup, pretty much my dream house! Rooms were assigned, roommates met, dinner was had and the crafting began. We each made a ruffled apron…all different, all adorable. I may have pranced around in mine.
nestinthewest.comSaturday was a full day of fun starting with an amazing breakfast including Kimberlee’s famous cinnamon buns (she does not disappoint), an antiquing trip to Bearly Makin’ It and the barn in Marion. Unbelievable stuff to be had there. Then it was back to the house for show and tell, dinner and crafting into the wee hours! It was so fun to see everyone’s projects. We all had the same instruction and supplies yet all turned out unique. I love that!
nestinthewest.comnestinthewest.comnestinthewest.comnestinthewest.comSunday was bittersweet with laughs, packing, photos and good-byes! Meg and Kimberlee were the hostesses with the mostest for sure and helpers Sara Jane and Jenny were the sweetest! They’re the kind of girls you want to hang out with, for much longer than a weekend.
nestinthewest.comThis whole adventure was a total splurge for me financially and travel-wise and took me out of my introverted comfort zone. It was soooo worth it and I’d do it again in a heartbeat. I came home inspired, happy and full of joy. I’m feeling confident enough to dust off the sewing machine and tackle a project, ready to sit down and paint more often and am redecorating my house with more color! Most of all, I feel so blessed to have met these amazing women and hope to keep in touch. I’d say we bonded! There was no drama, no egos, just a great group of gals brought together by our love of creating! Reunion anyone!?

Thrift finds – Pyrex & Pelouze

There are so many reasons for this love and you’re going to hear lots of them in time. For now, I want to share my Kansas thrift finds with you. Can I start by saying those middle-America towns really know how to do the whole antique thing? Amazing stuff at great prices. I was in heaven, except that I was flying home so restricted to what I could bring back. Totally up for the challenge, here’s what made the cut.
Pyrex nestinthewest.comnestinthewest.comThe Pyrex Cinderella bowl set – circa 1957 – in pink gooseberry has been on my wish list for years. I’ll admit that I did freak out maybe just a little when I spotted them. Never mind that the smallest bowl is missing and the set’s been well used. I scooped these up, wrapped my pyjamas around and tucked them in my carry on bag!
Scales nestinthewest.comnestinthewest.comAlso well used and from 1957 are these Pelouze scales I scored. They’re made of metal and super durable. There’s a bit of rust on the bottom and they need a good cleaning but I can live with that. I love that the face actually says: Evanston, Illinois 1957. Wrapped in newspaper and a paper bag, these made it home in my suitcase.
I picked up a little tin tray and a set of opera glasses too. Both of these are a bit battered but they’re just different from anything I’ve seen locally. And their imperfections are part of their appeal! Also they were only $4 each so I could easily justify dragging them home.
The amazing shop I visited is ‘Bearly Makin’ It’ in Marion, Kansas. It’s chock-a-block full with sections of Pyrex, mason jars, quilts, toys, musical instruments, antlers, license plates and more. They had SO much stuff! And cookies to munch on while shopping. And Mary, the Mayor of Marion runs the store! Small town charm overload…I hope I get a chance to go back!