Thursday, April 19, 2007

Lots to do before they say 'I do'

For me, the summer of 2007 will forever be remembered as the summer we spent all of our meager two weeks of vacation time attending weddings because Jerry and I have seven -- yes seven -- nuptials to attend.

Fortunately or unfortunately, I'm not sure which, we can only attend five because two conflict with others. There wasn't any particular way we decided one over the other, mostly we just weighed whether the couple was able to attend ours, whether or not I'm in the bridal party, our proximity to the event, and how much we'd have to shell out for lodging, meals, gas, etc.

I think we've finally managed to make hotel reservations for all of the long-distance ones, but the checklist of things to accomplish between then and now is overwhelming.

In fact, it's actually been keeping me up at night -- but not in a bad way. It's more of a "Crap! Did I RSVP to that shower yet?" kind of way. Plus, in keeping with my bridal attendant duties, I'm helping to host a shower for my friend Timberly, who did such an amazing job throwing me a shower two years ago that I'm determined to return the favor. And I'm also hosting a smaller shower for a close friend at work, Jen. This party is in less than two weeks. At my house. Which is a complete mess at the moment. Filled with dust elephants and dog hair.

So, while simultaneously tracking RSVPs and coming up with different games for both showers, I'm also trying to finalize a menu for the party at my house, come up with a workable timeline on how I will get everything done including grocery shopping, making the food, cleaning the house, shopping for the party, decorating ... and taking my daily pregnancy nap, too.

Believe it or not, I'm not complaining. I'm loving every minute of it. Not only does it remind me of the hectic must-get-things-done pace of planning my own wedding, but what better way is there to spend your free time than by sharing momentous memory-making events with your friends? And there's never any better motivation to make your house look its best than inviting people over. (And I need all the incentive I can get these days.)

So, back to my checklist. And if anyone has any to-die-for cookie recipes that aren't too complicated, please feel free to share. I'm trying to round out my dessert party repertoire.


Jenni said...

I love these cookies

julie said...

I lost my favorite dessert recipe. But my favorite recipe site is

Ally said...

Sandra Lee on the food network makes amazing cookies! I love the almond cookies, repcipe here.
I've also made her peanut butter cup cookies, recipe :
1 package Pre-made sugar cookie dough (about 18 oz.) (room temp.)
1/2 cup peanut butter
1 16 oz. can chocolate frosting

special equipment: 3 mini cupcake pans

1. Preheat oven to 350 °F. Lightly butter cupcake pans.
2. Knead cookie dough and peanut butter until just swirled. Press about 1 rounded teaspoon of dough into each cup of prepared pans. Bake for 12 minutes or until cookies are light golden brown. Cool slightly in pan.
3. When slightly cool, make indentation in center of each cookie. Remove from pans to cooling rack. When completely cool, place about 1 tsp. of frosting in center of each cookie. (You can use a pastry bag/ziplock bag w/hole to do this)

These are SOO yummy, and I bet you could make them in reg. sized pans as well, they'd just be giant.

kimiedawn said...

I found this awhile back on another site. Basically, she and her daughter visited a Nieman-Marcus Cafe in Dallas and decided to try the store's namesake cookie. It was so wonderful, she asked for the recipe. When they said no, she asked if she could buy the recipe. She was told it cost "Two fifty" and proptly pulled out her credit card.

A month later, when she got the bill, it was for Two HUNDRED and fifty.

Needless to say, she's sharing the recipe with the world and I love her for that. Have at it:

2 cups butter
4 cups flour
2 tsp. soda
2 cups sugar
5 cups blended oatmeal**
24 oz. chocolate chips
2 cups brown sugar
1 tsp. salt
1 8 oz. Hershey Bar (grated)
4 eggs
2 tsp. baking powder
3 cups chopped nuts (your choice)
2 tsp. vanilla

Cream the butter and both sugars. Add eggs and vanilla; mix together with flour, oatmeal, salt, baking powder, and soda. Add chocolate chips, Hershey Bar and nuts. Roll into balls and place two inches apart on a cookie sheet. Bake for 10 minutes at 375 degrees. Makes 112 cookies.

** measure oatmeal and blend in a blender to a fine powder.

Pauline said...

Sometimes 'Dust bunnies' just doesn't cover the sheer magnitude of dust. Good luck with all that planning!

I definitely have a awesome cookie recipe. I get requests for this during holidays, ect.

-Chocolate Crinkle-top Cookies-

12 oz. package semi-sweet chocolate chips
1 1/2 cups flour
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt

1 cup granulated sugar
6 Tbs. butter
1 1/2 Tsp. Vanilla extract
2 eggs
1/2 cup powdered sugar

Microwave 1 cup chocolate chips for 1 minute; stir. Microwave at additional 15 seconds intervals, stirring until smooth; cool to room temperature.

Combine flour, baking powder, and salt in small bowl. Beat granualted sugar, butter and vanilla until crumbly. Beat in melted chocolate. Add in one egg at a time, beating well after each addition. Gradually beat in flour mixture, stir in remaining chocolate chips. Cover, chill until just firm. Shape dough into small balls; roll in powdered sugar. Place on ungreased cookie sheet (I usually use a stoneware pizza pan, personally.). Bake in pre-heated 350 degree oven for 10-15 minutes or until sides are set and centers are still soft.

Kristin said...

What fun! I love weddings. My favorite cookie is the white chocolate cranberry cookie. I can get you the recipe or I think craisen bags may have it on there. Easy and tasty :)

Anonymous said...

Not to pop your bubble, Kimmie Dawn, but the Neiman Marcus thing is an urban myth. It is a funny legend, though....

Rachel said...

oatmeal lace cookies! they are super pretty & if you dip them in different colors of chocolate, they are soooo yummy!!!

1/2 lb. softened butter (two sticks)
3 c. oatmeal
1 c. sugar
1 tsp. vanilla
1/2 tsp. salt

Cream butter, sugar and vanilla until light and fluffy. Fold in oatmeal one cup at a time. Drop mixture by level teaspoonful onto ungreased cookie sheet (4 across and 5 down). Bake at 350 degrees for 8-10 minutes or until cookies are thin and golden brown.

Allow to cool slightly before carefully removing from sheet. Place cookie sheets side by side, do not stack in oven.

Lauren said...

Go here:

He's got about a million and one ideas.. and they are all easy to do.

He's a xanga guy, too.

Got Milk? said...

Myth or not, the NM sounds like good cookies to me! In fact, all of them listed here "read good." Probably should print out the page!

For further research, of course.

kimiedawn said...

I don't know if it's a myth or not, but I do know that the cookies are good.

Ray said...

Wow, five wedding's to go to, "I'm Jealous!" Me I love weddings! I can't get enough of watching them on television as well as wishing that I was a wedding planner myself. But then again that's probably because I'm such the hopeless romantic! =P

As for making the bridal showers I hope it isn't too hectic for you. If you feel overwhelmed get Jerry to help you in some area. Like taking you to the store to get party decorations, and helping to clean the house so it's presentable.

After all you are pregnant, "Woman!" So take things easy.

A cousin of mine is getting married in September, and my aunt told me that it's going to be a really extravagant wedding. The Bride's said to be inviting 500 people!! My cousin's side is like what 180? Give or take a few, I'm just estimating. The weddings taking place in a beautiful country club that seats 800 people! So if I go, which I probably am, I'm sure I'll have a great time.

Well take care, Kelly.

Janice said...

Dust elephants... brilliance.
That sounds like so much fun! I hope you have a great time doing it :)

julie said...

Ok, I was just browsing through that site I recommended earlier and I saw this:

Easy Lemon Cookies

1 (18.25 ounce) package lemon cake mix
2 eggs
1/3 cup vegetable oil
1 teaspoon lemon extract
1/3 cup confectioners' sugar for decoration

Preheat oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C).

Pour cake mix into a large bowl. Stir in eggs, oil, and lemon extract until well blended. Drop teaspoonfuls of dough into a bowl of confectioners' sugar. Roll them around until they're lightly covered. Once sugared, put them on an ungreased cookie sheet.

Bake for 6 to 9 minutes in the preheated oven. The bottoms will be light brown, and the insides chewy.

I think I might try them this weekend.

aisha said...

I have several that I will share as soon as possible... :) not sure about the level of difficulty/how you define difficult(my mom makes these lemon sugar cookies that I LOVE, and are mostly easy EXCEPT for the rolling out part).

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gora_kagaz said...

bridal showers are so fun! i hosted my friend's shower last year and had a blast! hope it goes well for you.

Amy said...

I'm not good with baking.
I'd go for a regular cookie
mix and just hope for the best.

Amy said...

My mom and I love making these, they're brownies but if you're into chocolate they'll blow your mind! The recipie has a lot of steps, but it's overall not that complicated!

Caramel Brownies
1 (18-oz.) container of T. Marzetti's Old Fashioned Caramel Apple Dip (or you can use a 16oz package of individual caramels)

2/3 C. evaporated milk, divided

1 stick melted butter

1 (18.25-oz.) German chocolate cake mix

6 ozs. semisweet chocolate morsels

Preheat oven to 350° F.
Add 1/3 cup evaporated milk and melted butter to the cake mix in another bowl. Batter will be stiff.

Spread half of the cake mixture in a buttered (9x13-inch) baking pan and bake at 350° F. for 5-6 minutes.(I like to make the batter into a big patty-ish thing in the middle of the bowl and then cut it down the center with a knife, and spoon half out. it's THICK)

while that's in the oven...
Heat caramel with 1/3 cup evaporated milk until caramel is melted. Set aside.(if you're using the individual caramels, put them in a pyrex with the 1/3 cup evap. milk and microwave in 30 sec. increments until melted, stirring after microwaving. It'll take you awhile to unwrap all those caramels so this is where you may need a helper!)

When brownies in the oven are done, let cool for 2 minutes. Then pour caramel mixture over them evenly. Then sprinkle with chocolate chips(again, evenly). You can add nuts as well but i dislike nut brownies!

Place remaining batter on top as best you can and bake for 15-20 minutes.(trick- take the other half of the brownie-dough patty and put it on an empty cookie sheet. roll it flat with a rolling pin or squish it down with a spatula. cut the flattened brownie into squares or rectangles and use the spatula to put them on top of the rest of the brownie-this results in a better covering of the top half. don't worry if you run out of brownie, it'll spread)

Chill 45 minutes before cutting.

Makes about a zillion small brownies. the recipie i found online says 18 large brownies, but they're crazy rich so chances are you won't want to cut them that big. my mom and i usually go for 1 inch squares.

good luck with your party! I haven't read your blog for very long, but I really enjoy both the style and substance of your writing!


darcy said...

these are killer !!! but watch for cavites...
Unbaked Chocolate Cookies

3 cups rolled oats
1 cup coconut
1/2 cup cocoa
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 cups sugar
1/2 cup milk
1/2 cup butter
1 teaspoon vanilla

Mix rolled oats, coconut, cocoa and salt together in a large bowl. Set aside.
Mix sugar, milk and butter together in a saucepan and bring to a boil. Boil for 2 minutes.
Remove from heat and stir in vanilla. Add dry ingredients and mix.
Drop by teaspoons onto wax paper and let cool.