Monday, October 26, 2009

Chocolate Rolo Cookies

This is my sister stephanie's recipe. I made them myself for the first time last night. They are so good & so simple. I am a horrible cookie maker, unless they come in premade squares. My cookies always come out so flat but these turned out perfect!
1 Chocolate Cake Mix
I used the exact kind that is in the picture above. Betty Crocker, Tripple Chocolate Fudge
2 Eggs
1/3 Cup Oil
1 bag of Rolos
Don't follow the directions on the back of the cake box, just add the mix, eggs, and oil. Take a ball of dough a little bigger than a rolo and wrap it around a rolo. Back at 8 min @ 350 degrees on a greased cookie sheet. It made about 30 cookies. Kaitlyn and anyone else that loves chocolate and rolos, you must do this ASAP and report back to me. Its a bit of heaven on hearth. Love you all!
Shay Shay

In Keeping With Our Pumpkin Theme

Here is a great recipe I am making for a Bridal shower. It's easy too!

Pumpkin Bars

2 C. flour
2 C. sugar
2 t. baking powder
1 t. baking soda
1 t. cinnamon
1 t. nutmeg
1 t. cloves
1/2 t. salt
1 C. oil
15 oz. can of pumpkin
4 eggs


2 C. powdered sugar
1/3 C. butter softened
3 oz. pkg. cream cheese, softened
1 T. milk
1 t. vanilla
(combine ingredients and beat until smooth)

Heat oven to 350 degrees. Grease a 15 X 10 in. jelly roll pan. Lightly spoon flour into measuring cup; level off. In large bowl, blend all bar ingredients at low speed until moistened.
Beat 2 minutes at medium speed. Pour into prepared pan. Bake for 25 to 30 minutes or until toothpick comes out clean. Cool and then frost. 48 bars (you can freeze some)

Monday, October 19, 2009

Dove Evolution

I have been shown this video multiple times in different heath classes I have taken here at BYU-I. For some reason, it captures my attention each time I watch it as if it were the first time I was seeing it. I love the honesty.

I am new to blogging so I am not quite sure how to post the video but here is the link!

xoxo - Shay

Monday, October 12, 2009

Pumkin Soup with Chili Cran-Apple Relish

Hi ladies. Hope you are all enjoying this beautiful Fall weather. I love fall - perhaps the most.

A friend recently told me about this recipe by Rachel Ray. I made it last week and proceeded to eat it all (almost) by myself. It was delicious. I am going to have to make it again soon!


  • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil, 1 turn of the pan
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1 fresh bay leaf
  • 2 ribs celery with greens, finely chopped (save time and purchase celery already washed, trimmed and cut into sticks, this makes chopping fast work)
  • 1 medium yellow onion, finely chopped
  • Salt and pepper
  • 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons poultry seasoning or 2 teaspoons ground thyme
  • 2 teaspoons hot sauce, or to taste
  • 6 cups chicken stock
  • 1 (28-ounce) can cooked pumpkin puree
  • 2 cups heavy cream
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg


  • 1 crisp apple, such as McIntosh or Granny Smith, finely chopped
  • 1/4 red onion, finely chopped
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1/2 cup dried sweetened cranberries, chopped
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 2 teaspoons honey
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon


Heat a medium soup pot over medium to medium high heat. Add the oil and melt the butter. Add bay, celery, and onion. Season the veggies with salt and pepper. Cook 6 or 7 minutes, until tender. Add flour, poultry seasoning and hot sauce, to taste, then cook flour a minute. Whisk in chicken stock and bring liquid to a bubble. Whisk in pumpkin in large spoonfuls to incorporate it into the broth. Simmer soup 10 minutes to thicken a bit then add in cream and nutmeg. Reduce heat to low and keep warm until ready to serve.

While soup cooks, assemble the relish: combine apple, onion, lemon juice, cranberries, chili powder, honey and cinnamon.

Adjust seasonings in soup and relish and serve soup in shallow bowls with a few spoonfuls of relish.

Saturday, October 3, 2009

"The leaves changed their color and the schoolyards were filled"

I read Kaitlyn's post literally 10min after I had made Pumpkin Chocolate Chip muffins... kinda made me laugh that we were both feeling the same fall vibe. Anywayz, I dont claim to be a master chef in any way, in fact im still learning, but here is the recipe i made today with a few of my favorite fall to do's...

Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Muffins/Bread

1 3/4 cups flour

1 tsp. baking soda

2 eggs

1 cup pumpkin pie filling

1/2 cup softened butter

1 cup sugar

1/2 tsp. salt

1 cup chocolate chips (I used milk chocolate instead of semi-sweet, but either will work.)

Preheat oven to 350. Grease muffin tin or bread pan. Bake mini muffins about 10min. large muffins 15-20min. and mini loaves for 20-30min. Let cool and enjoy!

Fall Things i heart: Coraline (just redboxed it and loved it), The Nightmare Before Christmas (We like to watch this at Halloween & Christmas!), Sweet November, Harry Potter and the Socerers Stone, going to The Pumpkin patch, White hot Chocolate from Starbucks, picking apples from Apple Orchards (One thing i miss about upstate NewYork) and making homemade apple cider, Pumpkin Spice doughnut from Krispy Kreme, Straw Mazes, Homemade Soup, Cozy Socks, Light Coat Weather... and recently, the changing leaves on Mt. Timp.

with. love. d. lynn.

Friday, October 2, 2009

I would send you a bouquet of newly sharpened pencils...

Oh hello there Fall,

OK, who's got some great fall time activities?? I know someone does. In the meantime while I wait for the posts to pour in here are some on my fall favs

Pumpkins scones, pumpkin bread (BTW does anyone have a good recipe), OK pumpkin anything :)Peppermint tea (I know, I know you're thinking it's more a Christmas thing, but peppermint tea is really good for all seasons)


Roasting pumpkin seeds, walks in Central Park (Oh the leaves are pretty) surfing the Internet for Halloween costumes.


Scarves, pumpkin and spice candles, new school supplies, feelings of gratitude, cozy movie watching, leaves changing color, crisp air, great boots


You've got mail, August Rush, Autumn in New York, Practical Magic, Hocus Pocus...

Post your fav fall crafts or add to my lists!!!!!!! Come on inspire us, I dare you :)