Cookies in a jar

Cookies in a jar are a fabulous and easy gift to make for your friends and family. There are heaps of recipies online for cookies in a jar. I made up some yesterday for my friends for Christmas and though I would share what I used. The recipie comes from a site I am going to post the recipie but though it best to credit the creator also.

Jar Ingredients
3/4 cup (110g) plain flour
1/4 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/3 cup (75g) firmly packed brown sugar
1/3 cup (75g) caster sugar
3/4 cup (65g) rolled oats
100g craisins (dried cranberries), see variation
130g white chocolate chips

Extra ingredients for making cookies
125g butter, melted and cooled
1 egg, lightly beaten
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Sift flour, baking powder, bicarbonate of soda and salt into a bowl. Spoon the flour mixture into a 1L (4-cup) capacity glass jar. Top with brown sugar, then caster sugar. Top with oats, then craisins, then chocolate chips. Seal jar. Give as gift.
To make cookies, preheat oven to 190˚C. Line 2 baking trays with baking paper. Empty jar into a large bowl. Add butter, egg and vanilla. Stir until well combined. Shape tablespoons of mixture into balls and place on baking trays approximately 5cm apart. Bake for 10 to 15 minutes, swapping trays halfway during cooking, or until edges are lightly browned. Turn biscuits onto a wire rack to cool. Serve.
To make the tags I just created a 10cm x 7cm documents in publisher I put a chrsitmas picture on one half and write the recipie on the second half, but if you want the site above has tags you can print off. So have fun and enjoy they taste very yummy.


37oC and I have just gotten home from the local pool. The wind is blowing hard; we are on a high fire alert, with thunderstorm predicted for tonight. Arrh I just love mother earth, there is such a feel of power in the air. I love it when its like this, especially going outside and standing with my eyes closed, I can feel all kinds of energy today, the baking heat, the wild air, the smells of pending rain, just too much to describe. The skies have greyed now, I think I have another few hour of day before the rain comes. Also got to taste my first tommy tomato fresh from the garden adding to the sensory explosion.

Is Patchwork Photography the Best Arizona Wedding Photography Company?

If you’ve been searching for the best wedding photographers in Arizona, you’ve no doubt come across the Patchwork Photography name at least a couple of times – and for good reason. One of the most established and successful companies in the state and able to handle weddings of all sizes, the photographers at Patchwork have long understood that there is something almost magical about perfectly captured wedding photographs. But are the best at what they do?


Unlike many other Scottsdale wedding photography businesses, Patchwork is actually run and operated by successful and experienced photographers – not just some people who’ve bought nice cameras and want to make a little money on the side. There is a lot of skill and practice required to take the very best and most memorable pictures of your special day, and the last thing you’ll want to do is trust it to amateurs.


The other problem that crops up with less than professional outfits are the unplanned events and problems that can crop up – dead batteries, broken cameras, faulty equipment, you name it. Rather than give you a sad and sorry look and hope you can understand that they’ve just ruined your special day, Patchwork comes more than prepared with backups of just about everything to make sure that no matter what happens, your memories of the day will be captures effectively and beautifully. There really is no doubt that this is the best Arizona wedding photography business, and to find out for yourself all you have to do is go to

The Bitterness Ensues

So with this heartbreak my alter ego has come out. Her name is Emily. Emily is fun, freaky and bitchy. Most like her but if you cross her you can easily get called out for it and may get an ear full. The other night my newest friend drug me out of the house for a “double”date. The night before we had been hanging out at a local bar acting silly. Now for some reason Emily can hold her liquor. After 9 cherry bombs I was oddly clear and in tune with everything that was happening around me. My friends seemed to be the social butterfly that evening. Every time she moved there was a man close by asking her for a name and number. Now I remember exactly all of the knuckleheads that she was talking to but she didn’t, so when she got the random phone call for a date, she immediately called me. Luckily he was a he was decently attractive, so she couldn’t complain. And to my enjoyment he brought his best friend, who I had dated when I was in 9th grade. So we had a nice time laughing about old times. Finally he started getting into the the fact that we ran into one another was fate and that maybe we should hang out more. I let him know that I was off men for a while and that I was even remotely interested. I guess that gave him the idea that he needed to persist and continue saying how much he wanted me, not to mention touching me. Finally he leaned over and said the words that drive most women crazy, “you seem a little bitter”. I leaned back and gave him the funkiest side-eye I could muster up before I went to town on him. It seems that if a woman doesn’t want to be bothered because of a past situation she is bitter. I informed him I don’t want to be bothered by any man. Now if I were dating him and was acting crazy on him, then he might be entitled to use those words. Now seeing as we are chatting and I have said I’ll pass, why in the hell would he call me bitter? I don’t blame all men for what is going on, I just don’t feel like dealing with any for the time being and that should be respected, not twisted.

“Have You Ever Been Called Or Someone Called You Bitter At A Time When They Shouldn’t Have?”

Peace, Love and Chocolate

A New Idea For Survivor

After hearing Sarah Palin’s little ditty today I thought of where I would like to send her, to an island without internet, phones or a camera. Then I figured she would not be alone so I would send Glenn Beck, Bill O’Reilly, Rush Limbaugh, Michael Steele, Jan Brewer, Christine O’Donnell and Tucker Carlson. She can hunt to her hearts content, Rush will eat it all, Christine might conjure a fire while Jan and Michael stare at one another in fear. Glen and Bill will argue over who is the head of the camp, while both side pass Tucker back and forth because neither team really wants him. I can see their separate camps, forming partnerships, only to later stab one another in the back. Only problem is that I think they actually might vote Sarah off the island. Either way it would make for a great reality show.

Peace, Love and Chocolate

Happy New Year

Happy New Year everyone!!! I spent my NYE with my 2 youngest at our First Night festivities in our downtown. We walked around, the kids made crafts, listened to performances and watched fireworks. My middle son participated in a Robe Goldberg project for his school that makes a firework explode. I wish we would have had the opportunity to see it work, but I had no want to wait around till 11:30 for them to start it. I have an issue about being out on NYE. There are too many people where I live at that act crazy when NYE comes. In fact as we were leaving yesterday there was a couple that had stumbled out of a bar and were arguing at the top of their lungs. While we are driving a car came down the pne way street towards us. Then there was the OK Corral going on outside my window. Seriously I think that the guy reloaded his gun at least 4 times before he finally stopped aroung 12:30. I just don’t get what it is about shooting your guns over and over again to bring in the new year. Um, things that go up do come down. I guess that does not phase the shooter. Anyhoo all the shooting went on for about 45 minutes before there was once again peace in my neighborhood. At least my house is clean and clear. My mother has this thing about the house being empty of all Christmas things by New Years day. So within about 4 hours everything that remotely reminded you of Christmas was packed away for next year. With that in mind I hope the New Year brings me and those around me more happiness. Here’s hoping for a year full of Faith, Hope, Charity, Love, Wisdom and Peace.

Peace, Love and Chocolate

Tis The Season

I know it’s been a awhile since I have posted anything.  I am still getting over the stranger in my house thing.  I really miss my computer but I can’t do anything about it, but get over it.  The idea of someone in my house still gives me the heebee geebeez.  I know that eventually I will get another one, especially since I wasn’t expecting that one to be sent my way.  My kids are great.  I was surprised that they were able to get over not having their favorite toy around anymore, but they seem to be fine.  I am happy that they know that it wasn’t anyone’s fault and that eventually everything will be replaced.

Anyhoo, I got an email from Toys R’ Us saying that they were going to be open for 24 hours.  Really?  I wonder what kind of person will be wandering the aisles at 3am.  It fo sho won’t be me.  I am just thinking do they really need to be open 24 hours till Christmas?  If you haven’t shopped for your kid yet it is kinda late, but I am sure there is going to be someone who will roll over at 2am and say, “honey time to go to Toys R’ Us”.  I am just happy to be done besides having to go and exchange an item.  All I have to do is wrap and give.  Wrap and give, wrap and give, that is all I do during this time of year.  I do love this time of year though.  Decorating, shopping and having a reason to drink an absurd amount of eggnog ( plain eggnog, eggnog with brandy, eggnog with kahlua, eggnog with rum, anyway is a good way).  Tis the season.

Peace, Love and Chocolate

Where Have All The Good Friends Gone.

There are moments that I think about my friendships and where they are gong.  Matter fact I think about where they are.  Over the years more and more of my friends have moved farther and farther away.  Even the guy friends I have live far away.  Maybe it is a deep seeded need o keep all of my friends away.  I guess that would sound nice if I were keeping my enemies closer, but that isn’t true either.  I saw one of my best friends about 2 months ago when she came to pick up her daughter.  I saw the other the day after Christmas last year.  Another good friend I haven’t seen in 4 years.  Amazing how I can call these people my close friends.  It’s funny that some people do not have to be close to you in order to be on your team or understand you..  I know that they always have my back and whenever I do call them we always pick up where we left off.  People find that hilarious because of the fact that we do not miss a beat.  It may take a couple of hours but we can always get caught up with one another and then part ways like we are going to see one another the next day.  Now I do have a close friend that I see pretty often.  We hang out and it cool to finally get to catch with someone a few times a weeks instead of a few times a year.  I guess as long as everyone is happy in all these friendships, all is good.  Maybe.  I still still miss them all and I do find moments in my life where I miss them desperately.  All gals need a friend that will let you cry into a drink, hold you hair back when you are sick, listen to you man bash and hide you out when you need to be left alone.  ”Where have all the good friends gone”, seems to be all that I am thinking about right now.

Peace, Love and Chocolate

Cleanse Day 1: You Really Shouldn’t Talk About Food

Ok, I am 24 hours+ into this cleanse.  I feel kind of miserable today.  As my body does not awaken till it is doused in coffee, but that was a no this morning.  Gurgle, gurgle. (that’s my stomach)  I went to sleep earlier yesterday just so I would not have to e around my family while they were eating.  I suppose that is a little extreme but seeing it, smelling it and hearing it is driving me mad.  Gurgle, gurgle. (there it is again)  Besides drinking that lemonade, you must also drink salted water and plenty of plain water.  This is even worse.  I can’t wait to finish this tomorrow evening.  I can wake up Sunday feeling like a …. normal person.  Gurgle, gurgle.(I think there is a pattern here)  I think I may even wake up at midnight and eat the bowl of soup I plan to buy from a restaurant that I call Aladdin’s tomorrow.  Mmm, some lentil and chicken chili (not what you are thinking).  That will hopefully boost my energy so that I can go to boot camp midday on Sunday.  Gurgle, gurgle.  (Wow my stomach can really talk)

Peace, Love and Chocolate

This Is Not The Love I Wanted

Ok so the guy that shouldn’t be my friend told me he loved me today.  That totally f’d up my day.  Like I needed that with all this crap I am going through right now.  The one man that I can’t have loves me, seriously?  Is this some cruel joke because I am not laughing.  I had to look at it a few times to make sure that I was reading his words correctly.  Yep “…I’m in love with you”.  was sitting there on my phone first thing this morning.  Now we haven’t talked in a few days but we have been talking more and more lately, which I know is bad.  I am becoming that chick that I hate and I don’t know what to do with all this.  Sure I love him too, but nothing can ever come of this mutual attraction.  Then there was a friend I cut lose who also spilled the beans.  He has been trying to help me out of my funk and said, “you have so many people that love you including me”.  Not a direct I love you but a way to go around it without putting yourself out there.  I guess that was the thing to do especially since my response was, “thanx”.  I guess when asking God for blessings, I need to be a little more specific.

“Ever Had Your Prayers Answered In An Unexpected Way?”

Peace, Love and Chocolate