and action

It’s official.  Wedding week is in full force.  I am picking up two of my best girlfriends at the airport today.  Taylor and all his friends are heading up to Mt. Hood for 2 nights of skiing, drinking, and god knows what else.  Me and my girlfriends are going to spend a day in wine country tomorrow.  I am really excited to have all my closest family and friends in town for our wedding celebration.  And check this out, since we are having a western theme wedding my mom’s girlfriends made some cowboy hat cookies for our guests.

Nothing is cooler than a cowboy hat cookie if you ask me.

Anyway, blogging may be pretty random for the next few days.  But I will keep checking back and posting food pictures and other nonsense.  I think baking is still happening this evening.  I have a lot of cookie recipes from you guys that I need to try out.

Also, on a sad note, Henry is going to the kennel.  I am pretty bummed about this, but no one is going to be home long enough during the day to take care of him.  We went for our last run this morning with him so hopefully that will tie him over for the weekend.  I sure hope he doesn’t think we are giving him away.  Taylor and I are going to drop him off in a little bit.  Tear…..

Henry we will see you Sunday.

Happy almost weekend everyone!

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12 Responses to and action

  1. korinda says:

    I have this recipe that I’ve been working on for a long time for Oatmeal Zucchini Chocolate Chippers…thought you might like if you have some zucchini hanging around!

    ¾ cup lightly packed dark brown sugar
    ⅔ cup sugar
    2½ cups oats, divided (quick or old fashioned)
    1 cup butter
    1 egg
    2 tsp vanilla
    1¼ cup flour
    ¾ tsp salt
    ½ tsp soda
    1 tsp cinnamon
    ¼ tsp nutmeg
    1 ½ cup zucchini, grated and drained
    chocolate chips
    chopped pecans

    1. Preheat oven to 375°F and prepare cookie sheets.
    2. Process in a food processor brown sugar, 2/3 c. sugar and 1 c. oats until oats are finely ground.
    3. In a mixer, beat butter, egg, and vanilla until light and very fluffy.
    4. Beat the oatmeal-sugar mixture into the butter mixture a little at a time.
    5. Add the remaining 1½ cups oats, flour, salt, soda, cinnamon, and nutmeg and mix.
    6. Fold in the zucchini, chocolate chips, and nuts. If the mixture is a little too thick, add a splash of milk.
    7. Drop rounded golfball-sized spoonfuls of dough onto prepared cookie sheets. Bake for 18-20 minutes or until the edges begin to turn golden brown. Do not over bake these – they are best chewy! Remove the cookies from the oven and cool on the sheets for 5-10 minutes before removing to a cooling rack.
    TIP: If you grate the zucchini in a food processor with a shredder disk, you won’t get a whole lot of residual liquid clogging up the recipe. If you use a metal grater, be sure to press the liquid out of the zucchini in a mesh strainer.

  2. Leslie says:

    Don’t worry about us ! Enjoy your very special weekend ! We can patiently wait until your events are over and you are happily married. So enjoy from all of us as we send our best wishes !

  3. Kristin says:

    Congratulations! Enjoy your pre-wedding week and cookie baking! These are really fantastic, but can be very spicy, depending on how much cayenne you put in:

    Fire Cookies
    5 ounces bittersweet (60 to 70 percent) chocolate, coarsely chopped **I used 85% **
    3/4 cup all-purpose flour (about 3 1/3 ounces)
    1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
    1/4 teaspoon baking powder
    1/4 teaspoon salt
    Dash of black pepper **freshly ground**
    Dash of ground red pepper **I use ¼ tsp**
    1 1/4 cups sugar
    1/4 cup butter, softened
    1 large egg
    1 teaspoon vanilla extract
    Cooking spray

    Preheat oven to 350°.

    Place chocolate in a small glass bowl; microwave at HIGH 1 minute or until almost melted, stirring until smooth. Cool to room temperature.

    Lightly spoon flour into a dry measuring cup; level with a knife. Combine flour and next 5 ingredients (through red pepper); stir with a whisk.

    Combine sugar and butter in a large bowl; beat with a mixer at medium speed until well blended (about 5 minutes). Add egg; beat well. Add cooled chocolate and vanilla; beat just until blended. Add flour mixture; beat just until blended. Drop dough by level tablespoons 2 inches apart on baking sheets coated with cooking spray. Bake at 350° for 10 minutes or until almost set. Remove from oven. Cool on pans 2 minutes or until set. Remove from pans; cool completely on a wire rack.

  4. Jenny Wright says:

    Love your blog. I live in rural Nova Scotia after a move from the big city of Vancouver, B.C. so can relate to some of your experiences. I also love to cook. A necessity now that we live near NO restaurants. Anyway, enough about me…congratulations and enjoy your magical wedding week. All the best to you both!
    Ps Henry will be fine

  5. Shannon Geddes-Keene says:

    I can’t wait for wine tasting tomorrow! We are going to have such a blast and in just a few more days you’ll be hitched! Try to just sit back and take it all in. It will fly by! Love you friend and see you tomorrow!

  6. Aunt Mary says:

    Hi Andra, I can hardly wait for Friday. I just love what you do with your blog. I hate to read it because then I am hungry! I know how you feel about Henry and leaving, I always feel that way when I live Libby and Buster, and guess what are they excited to see me when I get home – so know that Henry will marking the days until his mom and dad come and get him. Stay cool and let those around you help as it is much easier on you! Love Ya and see you Friday!

  7. Have a blast this week! Enjoy the crazy, hectic, fun with all the friends and family! Henry will be just fine and think about how excited he’ll be to see you in a couple days! Doggies always forgive:) Congrats on a wonderful wedding and am even more exciting marriage! I look forward to the recap…

  8. Sue says:

    Yes, have a lot of fun! Congratulations on your wedding!! Can’t wait for your recap and pictures.

  9. Julie says:

    Have a fun wedding weekend! Don’t stress too much 🙂

  10. Jean says:

    Wishing you both a lifetime of happiness together.

    PS Henry knows you love him. He’ll be fine.

  11. Karen Anne says:

    How long is Henry going to be in the kennel?

  12. Dorothy says:

    May you enjoy a wonderful wedding, and many happy years together.
    You surely chose the kennel with great care, so Henry should be just fine.
    (But wouldn’t he have made a marvelous ring-bearer?)

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