Monday, December 8, 2008

No #8, But Something Special.

Good Monday evening everyone! I hope you all had a great weekend. One of my favorite things to do on a weekend during winter is chill out on the sofa watching The Waltons. I love that show! How about you guys, any of my readers Walton fans?

As you can tell my #8 appetizer isn't in this post. When I thought about cooking or baking this weekend, I couldn't pull myself to do it. Although today I did get to bake some yummy cookies (scroll down). So, instead I am giving you recipes my readers have taken and made themselves. And seeing others make my recipes, I seriously love it.

"Sour Cream Sugar Cookies" made by Jody. I love her blog. Jody is a Momma to 6, ages 9 and under. I love finding families with 6 kids since there are 6 kids in my family too.

"Corn Dip" made by Allie. We make this dip fairly often during summer time here and Allie got to make it for an autumn party she had....doesn't it look scrumptious? "Giant Ginger Cookies" made by Jessica. These are my favorite fall cookies and Jessica got to make them for her sister as a going away snack to college. "Won Over Coffee Cake" made by Joan. I love love this coffee cake and Joan thought so too. Seriously, it is sooo good."Big Brownie Cookies" made by Lisa. Such easy cookies and yet amazingly delicious. Lisa baked these up for her PTA meeting and everyone there loved them and her family did too. Yummo."Ooey Gooey Cookies" made by Katherine. Katherine baked these up for her girls and neighborhood and they loved them. She's already made these 4 times!


"Correcting Those Lighting Issues"
I'm sure most of you guys deal with lighting issues when taking your food pictures, I sure do! I found a solution. It is a free download called Picasa which is available thru Google. Google "Picasa 3" and click on the first link that comes up. See the below picture? That is before editing. The next picture is after editing. This software isn't hard to figure out either.

After editing.

"Oatmeal S'more Cookies"
1/2 cup butter, softened
1/2 cup shortening
1 cup packed brown sugar
1/2 cup sugar
2 eggs
1-1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
3 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
1-1/2 cups old-fashioned oats
1 cup (6 ounces) semisweet chocolate chips
1 - 1/2 cup miniature marshmallows

In a large mixing bowl, cream the butter, shortening and sugars. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Beat in vanilla. Combine the flour, baking soda and salt; gradually add to creamed mixture. Stir in the oats, chocolate chips and marshmallows. Drop by heaping teaspoonfuls 2 in. apart onto greased baking sheets. Bake at 350° for 9-11 minutes or until golden brown. Cool for 1-2 minutes before removing from pans to wire racks to cool completely. Yield: about 6 dozen.

See you next with #8 in appetizers!


Jessica said...

I need to figure out lighting with all of my pictures I think...I tried to take so many of my cousins' children this weekend and they all look white in the face. Thanks for the hint about picasa..I'll have to search for it!

Barbara Bakes said...

I haven't watched the Waltons for a long time. I did watch the Waltons each week when it originally aired. I guess that makes me old.

Bethie said...

Absolutely, who doesn't love the Waltons? I am fortunate enough to live in VA and have visited the Walton museum in Schuyler a few times. It's lots of fun.

Jade said...

I have to admit I'm not a fan of the Waltons. I just can't stand John boy! Everything looks great! It's making me hungry just looking at it lol

Meg said...

I am a Little House on the Prairie Girl! Fun post and love the cookies!

Rebekah said...

that corn dip looks amazing! Thanks for all the great recipe links!

inland empire restaurant and food reviews said...

Those brownie cookies look good!!

Melissa said...

What a neat blog! It all looks so good!

Pam said...

Can a cookie get much better? Beautiful Priscilla - drool worthy cookies.

Cristine said...

I MUST make those cookies! YUM!

And thanks for the info on Picasa. We all know I could REALLY use the help on my pics! HA HA HA!

HoneyB said...

Love all your references!
I have picasa too but found that buying an ego light really improved my lighting issues!

Katherine Aucoin said...

Pam is right these are drool worthy, I'm drooling over them now. Priscilla, help your self to the pictures you want and if you want me to email them to you let me know.

Allie said...

I downloaded the program so I'm excited to play with something new. Thanks for posting my picture! I love all your post!!

Maria said...

Those cookies look so good! Thanks for the lighting tips too!

Joan said...

Priscilla, thanks so much for mentioning me! I really do recommend that coffee cake to everyone! Its wonderful. Your cookies look wonderful with that light, it makes a big big difference. Have a wonderful day!!

Megan said...

I use to watch the Waltons all the time when It first aired. Love it! The oatmeal s'more cookies look like a great cookie to take camping. Bookmarked!

Katrina said...

Great post.
Totally not trying to get you to put this on your blog or anything, but wanted to let you know I recently made your Cookie Dough Truffles and took them to a baby shower. Everyone LOVED them. I also made some fudge with the cookie dough in the middle. YUM!
Love your blog, Priscilla.

Jade said...

Hey Pirscilla! Yep, it's just plain ole hershey bar pieces on the peanut butter cookies=)No I didn't get your comment! I'm sorry=( For the signature, I just typed it out on photoshop and uploaded it as a picture.

Have a great day!


Miss Rachel said...

Hello Priscilla -
thank you for coming by my blog. You have been following me. How long have you been following me?

I think I am going to like your blog! Recipe blogs are always so good to have to share with friends... :)

Yep, looking through your blog sidebars and entries, I AM going to like it! Glad you commented!

I am in the process of making up a blogroll for my blog sidebar with my friends on it. I will add you to it!

thank you for coming by! Glad you did. :)

love and blessings to you!

Chris and Rebecca Lee said...

priscilla, i just discovered your blog. i am so impressed with your recipes and that you love to cook at 17 yrs old. I'm so glad your mom shares her kitchen with you! can't wait to try several of these recipes. i recently just started a food blog a couple of months ago... check it out if you have time. press on... ~rebecca~

J.Danger said...

those oatmeal smores cookies look soooo good!

Priscilla said...

Thanks so much everyone!