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Biz’s Beat of the Day


This is a very old picture of Harper.  It is from this summer, when she had a baby tan and wore sun dresses.  Before she was mobile enough to eat dirt, and before the ground froze and was covered by snow.  I was playing flickr tag, when you post the 5th picture form your 5th file of photos, when I found this.

I have to make about 154 dozen cookies by Monday.  I might not be posting as much until then.  Yesterday, I made all the dough.  In the midst of using up about 16 lbs. of butter, I found time to put a cute outfit on the baby in an effort to photograph her for a post.  It did not work out, like most things baby related.  She sat there like a deer in headlights.  Normally she lights up and performs a bit when she sees the camera.  Really, she loves it.  As soon as the camera was put away, she discovered how fun the broom is.  It was freakishly cute, but you will just have to take my word for it.  

She also chose yesterday, of all days, to revisit her one crappy nap a day bit.  Come on now.  Work with me, baby girl.  Over 154 dozen cookies.  By Monday.  NAP.  Please.  Your other option is to watch Yo Gabba Gabba, and you don’t want ADD.



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9 Months and 5 Days Later…

(Still no new cute pictures of Miss Thing.  Cursid broken battery charger!  Here is one from last week)


Harper took her first steps today.  They were baby steps.  

Another mom saw her do it at playgroup, but I thought it was some freak accident.  Like when she rolled over at three months, but did not do it again for weeks.  Or, when she slept thought the night once, but did not start sleeping well for weeks.  My fellow mama must have thought I was nuts by the way I was so nonchalant about my child WALKING for the first time.  I think my response was along the lines of, ‘Oh, she wants to walk.  Mmmm, cookies!  Be right back.’

When we got home, I put her down near her toys, and she took two steps to get to them.  Whoa!  She is doing something so similar to walking!  I’m so happy, but…  She is growing up so fast.  First steps, then walking, then running, then boys & next thing you know she’ll be asking me for help with her algebra homework.  I don’t remember algebra.  Can that be solved with Google?  Panic.  I feel panic.

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Shout Out to Skylar & Buy my Cookies

Skylar’s crazy busy time at work is over, so he took over tending to Harper for me this weekend.  A saint, I tell you, the man is a saint.  I am a lucky lady.  

I took the time to turn his ‘office’ into my craft room.  He is just finding this out as he reads this, but I’m sure he saw it coming for a while now.  Like, when, a few weeks ago we moved his stuff into the basement… 

Inspired by Design Mom’s post about the felt food craze, I went to town making Christmas gifts for Harper, Spanky (formerly known as Skanky) and Trixie.  



I made felt cookies For Harper, although the zip lock bag is what she really asked for.  


For Spanky, and Trixie, catnip filled dead felt mice.  They are in the fridge so they don’t go bad. 


I also got a head start on my holiday cookies.  This year, I’m selling them on Etsy, too.  Wish me luck!


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Chocolate Sugar Cookies (light)

I’ve had the biggest chocolate craving lately.  It must be my belly can sense Halloween is coming.  I didn’t want to buy candy early, though, for fear I’d eat it all before the tricker treaters came (like last year.)  So, I made this recipe for light chocolate sugar cookies.  I love love love them; crispy on the outside, chewy on the inside, made with ingredients I already have in my house, super easy, low cal, cookie perfection.  They are not as rich as these chocolate sugar cookies I made this weekend, but still delightful.


Chocolate Icebox Cookies:

3/4 C flour

1/4 C unsweetened cocoa

1/4 t baking soda

1/4 t kosher salt

1/4 C butter, softened

2/3 C sugar

1 t vanilla extract

1 large egg white


  • Sift flour, cocoa, baking soda and salt in a bowl and set it aside.  Beat butter in a mixer with the paddle attachment until light and fluffy.  Gradually add the sugar and beat until well blended.  Add vanilla and egg white, beat well.  Add flour mixture; stir until well blended.  Turn dough out onto plastic wrap and form into a disk.  Refrigerate the dough for at least 1 hour.
  • Preheat oven to 350.
  • Roll the dough out with some flour till it is about 1/4 inch thick, or less.  Cut out cookies.  Place them 1 inch apart on a parchment lined cookie sheet (or silpat), and bake for 8-10 minutes.  
  • 61 calories, 2 grams of fat

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Brown Sugar Cookies

My mom was in town recently, and she brought me a bag of brown sugar from Sam’s. Now that she has gone home I have 7 lbs of brown sugar lurking in my pantry, waiting, watching, wondering what can anyone do with that much brown sugar. Brown sugar cookies, bisatch! They are light, too, and way tasty.

I think you could substitute brown sugar for sugar in any sugar cookie recipe, but this is the one I used:

1 cup all purpose flour

1/4 t baking soda

1/4 t kosher salt

1/4 cup butter, softened

2/3 cup packed brown sugar

1 t vanilla extract

1 large egg white

  • Sift together flour, baking soda and salt in a bowl, and set it aside. Cream butter in sugar in a mixer until fluffy, or as fluffy as brown sugar will get. Add vanilla and egg white, and beat well. Add flour mixture. Stir until well blended. Turn dough out onto wax paper, and roll it into a 6 inch log. Wrap log in wax paper, and freeze it for 3 hours (until very firm).
  • Preheat oven to 350
  • Cut log into 1/4 inch disks, and place 1 inch apart on parchment lined baking sheet. Bake for 8 to 10 minutes. Remove from pan to cool. Yield: about 2 dozen cookies Calories: 60 per cookies & 2 grams of fat

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