Wednesday, January 23, 2019

Snow Day Art





Yesterday we had a two hour delay but the girls still missed the bus due to both myself and my husband both being under the weather. I am barely functioning while my husband is moving much more then I am helping me keep the house moving as much as he can.

I try to keep things on hand to bring out on days like this so out came the watercolor paint set from DeyArt for my daughter to try out.

I am totally impressed by the compact design, the bright easy to blend colors, and the brush that breaks down into its own protective case when not in use. The little water pot is a great extra.

Here you can see my daughter who wanted to do a sunset. I think she did pretty good. She says she doesn't get to paint very often in school so she looks forward to being able to paint more at home now that we have these. Lets see where this set will take her over the next few months. I can't wait to do some painting up by the water in the spring when the Geese and Ducks are having their babies. Maybe we can do a Mommy and Daughter Painting. Mind you I am not much better then my daughter I haven't painted since 7th grade, but I would love to try it again.

The DreArt Set comes with 12 richly pigmented colors, a travel brush, 4 partitions to blend the colors and a pallet cup. 





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Tuesday, January 22, 2019

52 Weeks of Cookies Marksville Style Week 3 Chocolate Chip Cookies

52 Weeks of Cookies 
Marksville Style


I have been under the weather so my husband took over and made his favorite cookie which is Chocolate Chip cookies with Milk Chocolate Chips. I tell him all of the time he needs to enter a contest. He really just follows the directions but he must just put in extra love because his cookies always come out different then any other cookie I have had from anyone else even from myself when I make the cookies from the batter he has made. It just doesn't make any sense. 

So here is the recipe he follows from the back of the package. The only difference he says he does is that he pats each cookie down with what we call his big sausage fingers. So maybe that is the secret. 

Our changes are in Bold 

1 cup butter softened we used butter Crisco
3/4 cup granulated sugar
3/4 cup packed light brown sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 eggs 
2 1/4 cups all purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 cups of milk chocolate chips

preheat oven to 375

1. Beat butter, granulate sugar, brown sugar, and vanilla until creamy. Add eggs continue to beat. 
2. In separate bowl mix together flour, baking soda, and salt.
3. add flour mixture to butter mixture until well blended 
4. stir in chocolate chips 
5. drop by teaspoon onto silicone lined cookie sheets  and bake for 10 minutes for a crunchy cookie 8 minutes for chewy cookie.

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Sunday, January 13, 2019

Reading Log 2019 for MarksvilleandMe


I wanted to keep a running log of everything I read and finish in 2019 this year. Mind you I have several books going at a time some for church, myself, and for reading with my children so there will be quite a mix here as well as with my local reading club. Below you will find what I have finished as well as where to find them if you are interested in adding them to your list.

Monday, January 7, 2019

52 Weeks of Cookies Marksville Style Week 2 Soft & Chewy Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies

52 Weeks of Cookies 
Marksville Style


Recipe below is from Just So Tasty 
Notes in Bold are from MarksvilleandMe


                                            Ingredients

  • 1 and 1/3 cup all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 to 1 teaspoon cinnamon ,to taste
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 cup unsalted butter ,melted and cooled to room temperature
  • 3/4 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla
  • 1 large egg
  • 2 and 1/4 cups old-fashioned oats
  • 1 and 1/4 cup chocolate chips , your favorite kind
  • 1/2 cup chopped walnuts , optional but recommended

 Directions

  1. In a large bowl whisk together the flour, cinnamon, baking soda & salt. 
  2. In a separate bowl beat together the melted butter and sugars using an electric mixer. Add in the honey, vanilla and egg and continue beating until combined. 
  3. Turn the mixer down to low and beat in the flour mixer until almost combined.
  4. Add in the oats and beat on medium speed until combined. 
  5. Then turn off the mixer and stir in 1 cup of the chocolate chips and the chopped walnuts.
  6. Form the dough into balls of about 1/4 cup . Flatten slightly, set on a plate and cover with clingfilm. Refrigerate for at least 2 hours. I found cookies too large for my family so changed them up  and I made them by tablespoon size
  7. When you're ready to bake, preheat the oven to 350F degrees. Line your baking sheets with parchment paper or a silicone baking mat and place the cookies at least 2 inches apart. 
  8. Bake for 12-14 minutes until the tops of the cookies look almost set. I baked for 12 minutes
  9. Remove from the oven and dot the tops of the cookies with the remaining 1/4 cup of chocolate chips.
  10. Allow to cool on the cookie tray for 10 minutes before transferring to a wire rack to continue cooling.


Even with using Just So Tasty's tips and following directions my cookies were chewy but still fell apart easily so I am still looking for the perfect cookie for our family.

Directions in Grey are from Just So Tasty 



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Thursday, January 3, 2019

Stamped Canvas Baby & Pet Prints Keepsake Giveaway!

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