Saturday, February 13, 2016

Valentines! And Burned Cookies??

 I WON A GIVEAWAY!!!

Look what came in the mail from Arlene of Nanaland blog.
A lovely Valentine card and a pair of pretty fingerless gloves.
Aren't they just the perfect Valentine color!!
Thank you, Arlene!
Y'all be sure to stop in at her blog today.

An unexpected Valentine from a dear friend, who talked me into starting my blog back in February of 2010!

There was more to the package, but I forgot to include it in the photo, like the dark chocolate Dove bar which I ate before I had a chance to remember that I could take just a bite and save the rest for later. Who comes up with those dumb theories anyway. Deb makes her own beautiful cards and of course she knows how much I love dogs and the James Herriot stories.Thank you, my friend!

And now on to a couple family Valentines





You might notice that there are two types of Valentine cookies in the collage above: Pink and not so pink. The pink ones were baked in a 375 degree oven for 10 minutes.

The second type is the forgotten in the oven another 4 or-5 minutes after the timer went off slightly darker variety. They needed just ONE MORE MINUTE. But who sets the timer for one additional minute?! It looks like I should have. I'm going to blame it on my cute and distracting helper/decorator, because I walked away and totally forgot about them. Anyway, they were not burned, miraculously (because I bake them on heavy jellyroll pans), but they weren't quite as pretty. On the other hand, they had a much better crispy crunch, so they are my favorite. Crunch is a very important factor in my world. Next time I will probably bake them in a 350 oven for 12+ minutes to get a crunchier cookie without that less-than-desirable color which makes everyone reach for the pinker ones instead. And if they, for some reason, need an additional minute, I will be sure to set the timer.


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Have a wonderful Valentine's Day, everyone!

Judy


38 comments:

Deb said...

Hi Judy = Lucky you. Those fingerless gloves are always great as you can change up the colour of the glove underneath for a different look. I just received a pair this winter from a friend, a much better knitter than me, and I love them. And a home-made card is always special. :) Those grands make Valentines Day wonderful, don't they.

The Cranky said...

Congratulations! Agree with you on crunch... it's all about the crunchy!

Susie said...

Judy, I loved your post....you made me laugh. First the Dove candy and then the cookie timing. You are just human like some of the rest of us. LOL You did have a sweet little helper. I loved your cards and gifts, Those cute gloves will be nice...I am thinking I need a pair of those. Blessings for a great weekend, xoxo,Susie

Lynne said...

Sweet post . . .
Loved the cookie part, reminded me of ME . . .
And I am a crunch gal too . . .
Adorable "little munchkin!"
Happy Valentines Day, weekend . . .

Arlene Grimm said...

Thanks for the shout out Judy!! It is very chilly here this weekend so I will be wearing my gloves too!! Loved the pictures of your asst chef and Valentine pal. He is precious. Like you, I prefer crunchy! And Dove Chocolate..yum. I am off sweets for Lent so I will just have to taste it in my mind.lol

EG CameraGirl said...

h dear. Crunch is good, I agree. But browner than pink, not so much!

eileeninmd said...

Hello, your little fire chief is a cute distraction. I am sure the cookies were delicious. Happy Valentine's Day to you and yours!

Sandra said...

adorable chief and helper.. and i like crunchy cookies better.. as long as they taste good i don't mind the color at all. i like my toast crunchy and by bacon crunchy.. congrats on your presents. i got a good laugh over the timer and still leaving it to long. my cooking life is run by timer now and i still mess up. the other day i removed the pot from the low heat burner and left the burner on for an hour.

podso said...

Nice give away and very valentinish! Looks like you did make cookies and if you hadn't drawn the color to our attentions….

What a cute little valentine and helper!

Barbara said...

Delightful blog post, over-done cookies and all. Cute lil' helper, too! I really like the handmade card with the Log Cabin Quilt block.Have a delightful Valentine's weekend!

Rose said...

I could use a pair of fingerless gloves sometimes...LOL I like their color.

I love James Herriot's books...have read them more than once. Probably at least 5 or 6 times. I say they help keep me sane.

Karen S. said...

What a sweet surprise! I made special Valentine's Day cards this year and delivered them all with little bags! Makes everyone happy. Your little fire chief is just adorable too!

Daniela said...

I'm so glad for your Giveaway, it's such a joy to win it, your Friend Arlene was so very generous, she included so many goodies ... And I'm glad for your cookies too :) !!!

Have a wonderful Valentine's Day, my loving Judy, filled with so much love,
sending hugs to you,
with all my heart
Dany


Denise inVA said...

I would forget the cookies also if I had such a cute helper. The cookies look great. Crunch is great. Happy Valentine's Day :)

Carrie B. said...

Oh what wonderful goodies! LOVE those gloves!! What adorable family time Valentine's. ;) And I'm with you - I'd want the darker cookies. Crunch is life! Lol Happy Valentine's Day my Friend. Blessings to you All. xoxo

Deborah Montgomery said...

I love soft cookies, so I'll take the pink ones! I love wearing my fingerless gloves. So nice to get treats in the mail; James Herriot is always a favorite. Happy Valentine's Day!

Debby@Just Breathe said...

Happy Valentine's Day to you! Sometimes a burnt cookie tastes really good to me.

Karen said...

You have some nice Valentine treats there! I made some Christmas cookies that looked a lot like your 'not so pink' ones! LOL Now I'm hungry for Dove chocolate. Thanks for visiting my blog. I was just dreaming about jonquils.

L. D. said...

All cookies look great to me. Brown and not so brown, I don't care. I will eat them all. The grandchildren photos are so wonderful.

Carol Z said...

Thanks for sharing Valentines Day! Those cookies look so good either way and your helper is adorable.

TexWisGirl said...

just one more minute...ha ha!

Michelle said...

I always cover my mistakes with some frosting! lol

Judith @ Lavender Cottage said...

A nice blog win Judy and it doesn't surprise me you ate the chocolate before sharing it with us. Anyone that has to hide the chocolate chips.........well, I keep chuckling about that.
We've all overcooked the cookies (and likely many more things) at least once but hey, we're always multi-tasking and these things happen. ;-)
Happy Valentine's Day!

Lowcarb team member said...

'Just one more minute' ... Oh the times many of us do that!

Love all your photo's
Happy Valentine's Day

All the best Jan

Carol- Beads and Birds said...

Lovely post. It's always a wonderful day when you can share it with kids!! I have to watch cookies in the oven like a HAWK. I have a tendency to bake tooooo long. But they always disappear!

Happy Valentine's Day
xx, Carol

Simply Linda said...

{{{Big, Big smiles}}}---Happy Valentines Day to you, Judy. Have a beautiful upcoming week, friend.

Vee said...

Oh I adore James Herriot's writing. I am sure that the gathering of dog stories will be a delight. My favorite story is "The Christmas Day Kitten" which also features a couple of basset hounds.

Very glad for you to have learned what makes a nice crunchy cookie! Serendipity is a good thing.

Darling Valentine. No wonder you were distracted!

Missy George said...

I'm sure your cookies were appreciated no matter what the color..Happy Valentines Day

Tree Hugger - Suzan said...

Awe, cookies are good even when a little crispy!!!
Great shots of your helpers!!
Happy Valentine's Day Judy!!!

Terri D said...

Congrats on winning Arlene's giveaway!! My Joe says there is no such thing as a bad cookie, including the ones that are a little darker than the others! Fun times!

Empty Nester said...

Oh that blasted extra minute and the timer relationship. I forget every time. It's one area in which I never fail. LOL LOVE the pix and the lovely gifts! I'm sure the cookies all tasted delicious!

Amy at love made my home said...

What lovely things to have received, I have that James Herriot book, it is good isn't it, there is also a cat one! Happy Valentines! xx

Denise said...

this made me smile

Lois said...

Your little "Fire Chief" Valentine is adorable!

pattisjarrett said...

I like crunch, too. Sometimes I set the timer, go into the other room, and ignore it--until I realize why it was set in the first place! I use it too much to clock the laundry, which usually isn't as unforgiving as the oven.

Deb @ Frugal Little Bungalow said...

You have an adorable little Valentine there!

I was going to do this with my grands and then came down with a cold and decided it would be a better present to keep my germs away from them.

We are the opposite! I like my sugar cookies soft so the recipe that I have has them at 400 degrees for six minutes exactly and THAT is hard to keep track of, lol..so I've ended up with some crispy ones in my lifetime every season! :)

Jennifer A. Jilks said...

Good for you! We had valentine fun, too. We were babysitting. Love your family photo.

Red Rose Alley said...

Cute giveaway, Judy. I was lucky enough to win several giveaways through the years. :) Oh, I can see how the little ones can distract you when baking cookies. These look Yummy to me, even though some of them are a bit brown. Would love one to go with my coffee right now. :)

~Sheri

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