Friday, December 21, 2012

A Little This, A Little That...

Love This...

And This...

Absolutely Stunning...

This Too...

Earlier this week the boys, my parents, and I all went to the Orlando Repertory Theatre to see a performance of Junior Claus. It was very entertaining, and we all really enjoyed ourselves. Even my youngest who is 5.5 sat through the entire thing, watching every performer and scene with great interest. I definitely recommend taking your children to see it if you get the chance. :)


Christmas Day is almost here...are you ready? Is all of your shopping and gift wrapping complete? I have stocking stuffers to buy and a few more gifts to wrap, but thankfully neither will take that long, especially since our weekend is packed full of special events and family gatherings. :)

From the Kitchen:

Many of us spend a good deal of time baking during the Holiday season. There are so many delicious baked goods during this time of year, and one of the easiest, most delicious, universally loved, and all time-favorites is the Nestlé Toll House Chocolate Chip Cookie. Here's the recipe...

  • 2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup butter or margarine, softened
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 3/4 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 large egg
  • 1 (12 ounce) package NESTLE® TOLL HOUSE® Semi-Sweet Chocolate Morsels (I prefer to use the Milk Chocolate Morsels myself)

1. PREHEAT oven to 375 degrees F.

2. COMBINE flour, baking soda and salt in small bowl. Beat butter, granulated sugar, brown sugar and vanilla extract in large mixer bowl until creamy. Add eggs one at a time, beating well after each addition. Gradually beat in flour mixture. Stir in morsels and nuts. Drop by rounded tablespoon onto ungreased baking sheets.

3. BAKE for 9 to 11 minutes or until golden brown. Cool on baking sheets for 2 minutes; remove to wire racks to cool completely.

*Do not overbake the cookies or they'll turn out hard and crunchy instead of soft and chewy.

Fabulous Florida Mommy Baking Tip: When storing your cookies in the cookie jar or other container, add a slice of bread that has been cut in half. Place one half at each end of the container or on each side of the cookie jar. (If you have a lot of cookies, then use two slices of bread.) The bread soaks up the extra air in the container so that it dries out instead of your cookies. I change out the bread slices each day so that the cookies remain moist as long as they are around...which isn't very long in my house. :)

That's it for now...I hope you all have a lovely weekend! Do you have anything fun and exciting planned? Just going to relax at home? Finishing up your Christmas shopping? Please do share! I always love to hear from you! :)



  1. Hi FFM! Glad that you had fun and much appreciate the recipe! My mother always put a slice of bread in with the brown sugar, don't know why i haven't thought of that for cookies!

    That white dress with the red floral embroidery is divine! Oh My Goodness!

    1. Hi WMM! Good idea about the bread in the brown sugar! I have never tried it, but plan to now...thanks for sharing that tidbit!

      I hope you are staying warm and enjoying your vacation! :)

  2. that first pic is to die for - love that classic chic look!