September 16, 2013

Rosemary-kissed Orange Thumbprint Cookies

Lately, I have been on a cooking/baking-from-Pinterest spree... It's been so fun finding new recipes and actually trying them! Granted, most of the over 2000 pins on my boards will never be realized by my hands, I love feeling creative and productive with something new. 

This recipe, however, was not from Pinterest, although it's probably out there somewhere. I got this deliciousness from a Christmas cookie exchange I went to several years ago. My sister and I still talk about how savory and scrumptious these cookies were. Well, tonight, I finally decided to try them... 

Oh. My. I'm in big trouble when I weigh in at Weight Watchers this week! Surely there is a lower fat recipe for these, but the melty buttery goodness is not substitutable! (is that even a word?) Chilling the dough was a key factor, as well as using parchment paper on the cookie sheet. Hope you enjoy them!

Rosemary-kissed Orange Thumbprint Cookies

Prep: 30 min. Bake: 14-16 min. Chill: 1 hr. 
Oven: 325*F

1 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 cup cornstarch 
1 tsp. snipped fresh rosemary
1/4 tsp. salt
3/4 cup butter, softened
1/3 cup powdered sugar
Few drops almond OR vanilla extract
1/4 cup orange marmalade
Powdered sugar to sift on cookies after baked

1. In a small bowl stir together the flour, cornstarch, rosemary, and salt; set aside. In a medium mixing bowl beat the butter with an electric mixer on medium-high for 30 seconds. Add 1/3 cup powdered sugar and extract and beat until combined. Add flour mixture and beat until combined. Wrap and chill dough for 1 hour or until easy to handle. 

2. Preheat oven rot 325*F. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper or silicone mats; set aside. Shape dough into twenty-four 1 inch balls. Arrange 2 inches apart on prepared baking sheets. Use thumb to make indentations in each cookie. Spoon about 1/2 tsp. marmalade into center of each. 

3. Bake 14-16 minutes or until edges are lightly golden. Cool 1 minute on cookie sheets. Remove and cool completely on wire racks. Sprinkle with additional powdered sugar to serve. 

Makes 24 cookies. 

November 2, 2011

December 5, 2010


Lights are up outside... Decorations are up in the house... it feels like Christmastime. I am in my happy place.

October 27, 2010

Pure Bliss Desserts

My friend, Andi, had a dream to bake delicious desserts, cakes, scones, cupcakes.... You get it. She has been running her business out of a rented kitchen and her home... Until now. She opened her BEAUTIFUL store front in Bellingham yesterday.

If you need a new date night place, girlfriend talk session, or just to fix your sweet tooth craving, go! You won't be sorry...

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It's that time of year...

My kids have been begging me to carve pumpkins.... So here they are!

October 26, 2010

Let's give it a shot...

Facebook has taken over my cyberlife. Ugh! I hate it, but it's true. I love blogging, I love talking about my family and keeping up with everyone. But it seems so easy just to post a quick "status update" on Facebook rather than a long blog about the day/trip/event....
While reading a friend’s blog she mentioned how she was going to become a five minute blogger (an idea she got from her friend). I love this idea!
So.... I am going to give it a shot... I want to keep this blog if only for myself. Hope I can keep it going... miss you all!

July 31, 2009


Well, since I haven't properly introduced our newest edition, allow me to now:

This is America Samuel Danzig Norris, more commonly known as "Sam."
This is Sam at 3 weeks old.
Sam is a South African Mastiff, also known as a Boerboel.

4 weeks old...

6 weeks old...

8 weeks old... our first meeting!
Certainly love at first sight, that's for sure.
He was calm and confident right from the beginning.
He immediately took to Rick. He knew right way who Daddy was.
We flew down to LA to pick him up. There are not many reputable breeders in the US, and the one we chose was in California. So we flew out EARLY Friday morning, picked him up at 11 am, and headed to Hermosa Beach for a few hours of bonding time. As you can see, there was not issues with bonding at all!
He seems SO small in Rick's arms. When we brought him home, he was around 18 pounds at 8 weeks old.

Yes, he actually used to fit in Rick's lap

9 weeks old... and helping me with my homework
Sam went to Ski to Sea with us, and met an English Mastiff along the way. He was right at home with him!

10 weeks old...

12 weeks old...

13 weeks old... He loves the kids and they love him... if you can't tell

16 weeks old... first time out on the boat!

17 weeks old... loves to play with Rick!

18 weeks old...

19 weeks old...
He is already 56 pounds!!

Well... that is our boy! We love him... I am sure there are going to be more posts on him. I certainly have enough pictures of him :-)

July 6, 2009

4th of July Boating

We took the boat our for it's (second) maiden voyage this weekend for the 4th of July. We headed out to Sucia Island in the San Juans. It is a beautiful island right on the US/Canadian border. We had SUCH a great time! Rick and I loved being out there with our family. The kids were especially excited about being on the boat! Jim and Joanne joined us for the weekend. We can't wait to go again!

Here are some of the pictures from our weekend:

Click here to view more photos from the weekend! Thank you, husband, for the wonderful weekend. Can't wait for the next...