Beat melted butter and sugars with electric mixer until creamy, then add eggs and egg yolks and beat until well combined. Add milk and vanilla and beat until well combined. Then add salt, baking soda and flour mixing just until incorporated. Remove bowl from electric mixer stand and stir in chocolate, then toasted coconut, and macadamia nuts with a wooden spoon until evenly distributed through the dough.
Place cookie dough in refrigerator for several hours or overnight to chill completely.
When ready to bake, preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Scoop dough out and roll into golf-ball sized balls. Place on cookie sheet or baking stone and bake for 10 minutes. Rotate baking stone/cookie sheet and bake for 2 more minutes. Let cool 10 minutes before removing to wire rack to cool completely. These freeze beautifully.
**To toast coconut, spread the coconut flakes out on a sheet pan or stoneware bar pan in a thin layer. Bake at 375 degrees F. Check the coconut every 5 minutes and stir until the coconut is your desired color. It takes about 10-15 minutes.
In large bowl with electric mixer, beat sugar and butter until creamy. Add egg; beat well. Beat in coffee and vanilla. Add salt, baking soda, and flour until combined. Remove from electric mixer and stir in 3 cups oatmeal with wooden spoon. Stir in toffee bits and crumbled sugar cones just until well incorporated. Refrigerate dough for several hours or overnight to chill.
When ready to bake, preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Roll tablespoons full of dough into round balls (golf ball sized) and place on baking stone or parchment lined cookie sheet. Bake 12-14 minutes just until golden brown. Allow to cool on baking stone for additional 5-10 minutes. Transfer to cooling wire racks to cool completely. Freeze well.
I hadn’t ever thought to, but when I looked at my “blob” of paint the next day, a parakeet appeared! Mind over matter??!!
So I painted this. I don’t even know the man’s name (who sweetly purchased a copy each of Klaus the Mouse, and Lucas the Lucky Lion for his grown artist daughter), but this painting is lovingly dedicated to him wherever he is, in honor of the sweet parakeet he and his wife recently loved and lost. May they somehow feel the love. And if he ever sees this, I will surely gift him with a print!
A Patch of Purple Delphiniums Original Watercolor 11×14 by Jodi McKinney
A Patch of Purple Delphiniums.
Splashing some green and purple this past weekend –
very loosely for an initial wash,
then adding additional loose detail
to somewhat resemble a patch of purple delphiniums!
This watercolor was inspired by Mary at HeartandSoul974‘s flowery blog post last week. We are not even sure if they are delphiniums in her photo, but that is what I am calling my watercolor, because….
because I can!
As most of you know that have been hanging around here for any length of time, I am the fortunate grandma of two beautiful granddaughters to my oldest son and daughter-in-law. You may not know, however, that I have an adorable grandpuppy to my youngest son and daughter-in-law, and we had the pleasure of having him over for a weekend vacation when his Dad and Mom went away on a little trip recently.
Charlie was such a good uncle to his young nephew, Trevor.
He got a bit annoyed at times with Trevor’s puppy energy and enthusiasm, but he properly warned and then gently taught him when “enough was enough!”
It was so fun having sweet Trevor around. He never left my side, and I was told he may have missed us as much as we missed him when he went home. He often comes to visit, however, so we are sure lucky!
I just had to paint a little portrait of his sweet puppy face and eyes for his Dad and Mom. I cropped and used a bit of artistic license from the photo above I took from his recent stay.