wood fired pizza

Hello? Is this thing still on? 

Time to dust off the 'ol blog! 

I've got many sessions, trips and other fun things to post from last year. Surprisingly, not many are of my cats! Yes, I'm bummed too! 

First post goes back to last Forth of July. We headed up north to my father-in-law's. Some of his friends were making pizza in their wood fired oven. The fire had been started in the morning, meaning it would be hot enough by the evening for making pizzas. 

There was enough dough for everyone to make their own pizza, if not two. There was also every topping imaginable [even my favorite - green olives]. 

Baking time was only a few minutes and soon the pizzas, no two alike, were piling up. 

The night ended with everyone, completely stuffed, sitting around talking while a thunderstorm made it's way through. 

oreo party, part 1

It's no secret that there are TONS of Oreo flavors. Most of time new flavors seem intriguing, but if you are me, you don't want to spend money on a pack of Oreos that you may end up hating and throwing away. 

The best solution to this problem I found was to throw an Oreo party! So last fall, that's what I did. Between 12 people we tried SEVENTEEN different Oreos: chocolate, cookie dough, mint, birthday cake, caramel apple, berry, banana split, watermelon, heads / tails double stuf, pumpkin spice, triple double, peanut butter cup, lemon, limeade, fruit punch, peanut butter, and root beer. 

We had almost every Oreo offered, minus some of the basic ones like regular Oreos [boring], reduced fat [what's the point?] and double stuf [which I personally think are the best, but everyone has tried them already]. 

Before bringing out the Oreos we had lunch, you know, to try and get some healthy food in our bellies before all the sugar to come. After lunch we hung out in the backyard talking / playing before getting to the cookies. 

Eventually everyone was ready to try some Oreos, so a few of us went inside to set up the table. One by one, people would come in from outside and every single person that walked in would exclaim 'whoa, it smells like sugar in here!'. 

Only one of my friends ate one whole cookie of each flavor [way to go John!] while the rest of us mainly picked at all the cookies just to get a taste. Some even tried to mix flavors. 

And of course, milk was on hand. We even had some fresh milk, thanks to Katie and Andy's cows. 

Here's some random thoughts after cookie tasting: 

Here are a few pictures from the party. In my next post I'll have some additional pictures of the decorations as well as MORE cookie pictures! 

sugar cookie day

It's sugar cookie day! Did you celebrate? I made a small batch of my grandma's sugar cookies in honor of the day. If I could share them with all of you I would, but until I can transfer cookies through the internet, you will need to bake your own. 

Grandma Fiess' Sugar Cookies


1 lb. butter

2 c. sugar

2 tsp. vanilla

2 eggs


1 tsp. baking soda

1 pinch of salt

5 c. flour

Once you have the dough mixed together, refrigerate for a couple hours [or overnight] before rolling it out. The recipe says to bake for 8 minutes at 350 degrees F. [I usually only bake for around 6 minutes even though others think that's not long enough but I am telling you - THIS IS THE SECRET TO SOFT COOKIES.]

I possibly have way too many cookie cutters, but here are a couple of my favorites.


These Star Wars cookie cutters I got for my bridal shower, so I figured I should give them a try.

As for the frosting, I use my mom's recipe which is basically:

melt a bit of butter in the microwave

add some milk

add powered sugar - enough until you get the consistency you want

I realize none of that makes sense. Maybe one day I will try and figure out approximate measurements if anyone is curious. 

Sometimes I will add food coloring, but for the cookies I made today I just kept the frosting white and added some sprinkles. 

If you weren't able to celebrate sugar cookie day today - I am sure you can still celebrate tomorrow and no one will judge you.

donut day

Happy National Donut Day!

To be perfectly honest, it's been donut day around here a LOT lately. We had donuts as our dessert at the wedding and the next week our trip to New York was filled with trying different donut places.

Although I am not sick of donuts at this point, it's time to go back to limiting the amount of donut intake. But before that happens, I had to celebrate National Donut Day. 

I used the generic recipe found on the Wilton donut pan packaging. [Whale measuring cups help make extra yummy donuts.]

After the donuts cooled, I mixed the frosting  - 1 cup of powdered sugar / 1 TBSP of milk / green food coloring. I did both a light green and dark green [made dark by just using a LOT of food coloring]. 

Hope everyone had a great donut day.