Student Success Statement

” Set your goals high, and don’t stop till you get there. “

– Bo Jockson

Reflection: if you have high expectations and you are determined to achieve them, then most likely you will accomplish them.

deep dish pistachio + plum jam thumbprint cookies

of agates and madeleines

deepdish thumbprint cookies

And like that, it was Christmas.

This saddens me, because it means that pretty soon it will stop being acceptable to listen to my NKOTB and Hanson Christmas CD’s day every day all day. And it means that I won’t be able to talk about them on this space for roughly 315 days. Phew, man, I just gotta be strong. I got this.

You know what else I’ve got? New skis. A gorgeous new winter coat. Loads of not-new stuff. Chipped nails. Constantly-splitting ends. A truck with snow through-the-grill from plowing myself through 15″ of fresh snow. Cat affection. Cat reflection. Cat detection. Cat protection. Cat selection. Cat complexion. Cat infection. jk.

I also have these Deep Dish Pistachio + Plum Jam Thumbprint Cookies, and tell you what, they are infectiously good. Speaking of infections, after making Seasons 1 and 2 of The Walking Dead last for months, we found…

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Student Success Statement

” The mind is the limit. As long as the mind can revision the 

fact that you can do something, you can do it – as long as you

really believe 100 percent. “

– Arnold Schwarzenegger

Reflection: this quote is saying that anything is possible, as long as you truly have faith and believe you can accomplish it. your mind will find a way to achieve it. But you really have to have faith in yourself and you also need to work hard to get what you want. Its not just to want something and believe you will just come to you, you also have to do something and work hard to get what you want. Nothing in life will just fall from the sky for you, you need to put some effort as well.


Frosted Holiday Mint M&M Brownies

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Frosted Holiday Mint M&M Brownies

We had our annual Christmas Bunco/Potluck dinner this week and of course I signed up to bring dessert so here is a quick, easy and delicious holiday dessert from “i heart nap time”.

1 box brownie mix plus ingredients to make brownies

1 bag milk chocolate chips

1 can sweetened condensed milk

Holiday Mint M&Ms

1  Make brownies as directed on box and let cool.

2  Make frosting by combining milk and chips in a small pot and cooking over low heat, stirring constantly, until melted then pour over brownies.

3  Sprinkle M&Ms over frosting.  Let set before cutting.

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Cranberry Bliss Bars

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Cranberry Bliss Bars ~ Annie's Cooking Lab

The Cranberry Bliss Bars from Starbucks are always one of my favorite holiday treats. There is a Starbucks where I live (sad!) so I decided I needed to make these for myself this year! If you haven’t tried these bars before, it’s a brown sugar flavored blondie with cranberries and white chocolate mixed in. On top is a cream cheese frosting  with a few more cranberries, a drizzle of white chocolate and a hint of orange zest. The white chocolate, tart cranberries and creamy frosting are a perfect combination.

Cranberry Bliss Bars ~ Annie's Cooking Lab

This recipe came together in no time and tastes very similar to the bars from Starbucks. I loved the soft and chewy blondie portion of this recipe, I think it would make a great base for a variety of different mix-ins and frostings. I definitely plan to experiment with it more in the future. I made the full recipes in a…

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