Shot Glass Brownie Santa Hat

So I orginally tried to just do the brownie santa hats that I found here, the only problem was on a bit of time crunch….so I came up with these….and this is how I made them

First I started off with these ingredients….Brownies (already premade, but if I had more time I would have made them), Strawberries, Icing, and little plastic shot glasses..

I just scooped the brownie in the shot glass….

Then spread the icing…

Cut the strawberries…

Wa la! oh yeah don’t forget the little spoons…these are perfect…

A different way to look at art in a museum….

Picture Taken by Diane Alber

I went to the National Gallery of Art this week in Washington DC and it is one of my favorite gallery’s. I was really excited to see the Warhol Headlines expo. As we entered the exhibit, my husband said to me, “is this suppose to be good art?” and I replied with “yes”, I was a little frustrated but I understand he is trying to appreciate art so I explained to him that Andy Warhol had an obsession with media and celebrities and he is expressing it in these works of art. Overall Warhol’s work was a reflection of a period where he felt that the ordinary elements of life were being overlooked because of all the chaos and turmoil in the world, and these headline pieces tied it all together. All the headlines he had in this exhibit distracted society of what really was important, and in turned inspired him to create other works of art like the soup can. The classic Campbell soup can. When you think about the time in which they were painted, they really express simplicity as well as progress in technology.  Soup was traditionally made in kitchens by women, particularly moms and grandmothers, which represent home and family. They would make the soup from scratch and spends hours cooking it. And now all of that can be found in a can and be made in minutes?  So does that mean that you don’t need a mom in the kitchen anymore to make this comfort food? I think there was a fear in the 1960s that technology was robbing society of its individualism, everything was becoming automated. So…you see? would you have thought there could be all of that behind a painting of a soup can?

Another artist’s work that was there was Jackson Pollack, also one of my favorites. I can’t tell you how many times I go to an art gallery and the first thing that pops out of someone’s mouth is….”I could do that…?” or “you call that art?” I can understand people’s ignorance towards art but what I don’t understand is there ability to try and look at differently. Because I come from a  family of accountants I am used to people not understanding art, but maybe I can put it in perspective. I was able to give you a little history of Warhol, do you think it might change the way you view his art? possibly?  When you look at a Pollack painting, you need to understand two things….one, Pollack did have the ability to paint other things like still life and landscapes, and he understood the fundamentals of art and two….He was like every other artist and wanted to get noticed. So, Pollack was in the era of Picasso and he needed to develop a style of art that had never been done before. If you have viewed a Pollack piece they are quite terrific. Even though it’s splatter paint it is done in a way that is very uniform and appeasing to the eye, along with having such expression behind it, and no you could not do it, i’ve tried and I have an art degree for goodness sake. Now I would agree that some art is a little questionable and I can’t tell you I understand all of it, but everyone is going to get something different out it and the next time you are looking at a piece you just don’t understand, you should ask yourself, “what was the reason why they painted something like that?” and the answer is sure to surprise you.

Oreo Stuffed Chocolate Chip Cookie Muffin!

Okay so my two favorite cookies are oreos and chocolate chip cookies so you can imagine how excited I was to find a recipe to combine it all! Also I wanted to create a special cookie for my co-workers this year that wasn’t too difficult so I went a head and made this one. You can either make it with your own cookie dough or buy the store bought….and because i’m still new at cooking  I bought the store bought, also double stuff oreos and a cupcake tin.

 

Now that you have your ingredients i’m going to take you step by step. In a non greased cupcake pan, with COLD cookie dough (that’s important)  you are going to lay your first layer of cookie dough….you might want to preheat the oven at this point too, to 350 degrees…

Now your going to place your double stuffed oreos on top of the cookie dough…

Now you are going to add another layer of cookie dough on top, now make sure you add enough that covers the oreo….

Now you are going to bake it at 350 degrees for about 12-14 minutes…

You want to let it cool for a couple of minutes. I laid out some paper towel and turned over the cupcake tin and all the cookies fell out. If they are not coming out easily you might want to throw them back in the oven for a couple of minutes…

And now you should have some delicious cookies!

Yum!

I decided to get a little creative and add a label to my bag of cookies! This would also be perfect gift for teachers as well.

My first cookie party!

So if your a guy and stumbled on this post you may want to listen up and recommend this to your wife or girlfriend because while all of us were at the cookie party a lot of husbands were either at the football game or at the bar watching the game, so it really ended up being a winning combination. The men get to watch football, the women get to socialize and in the end everyone gets to eat cookies:)I made two collages of the party. I’m constantly looking for things to practice my photography on and this seemed to a perfect occasion. So not only did I want to display the photos I took but I wanted you to see how the cookie party turned out.  So a little about the party….each table was set up with the name of the cookie and the recipe of how to make it . There was about 15 of us and everyone would fill a cookie sheet and then move on to the next cookie. At the end everyone was able to take home a container full of cookies along with a print out of all the recipes. The cookies that we made at this party were: Chewy Molasses-Spice cookies, Chocolate-Espresso Snowcaps, Raspberry Almond Thumbprint Cookies, Choco-Loco Thumbprint Cookies, Dark Chocolate Chews, and The Orginal Chex Party Mix. The party started around 12 and went to 4. There was a lot of planning that went into this and the hostesses were amazing, thanks you guys! It was a lot of fun and it was great way for people to sit and chat and best of all…a chance to eat alot of cookies! If you would like the recipes for the cookies you can email me….Hope you enjoy the pictures!

 

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