I love doing bridals! I think it’s just so so smart. And it was so fun to get together with these two. They were just bursting with happiness and it was contagious. I was totally tearing up behind the camera at them and had to keep wiping my eyes so I could see. hahaha. These two are so good with each other. We weren’t sure if the weather was going to cooperate last week when we shot these. It was a lot of rain (and snow) and it just wouldn’t stop. But thankfully the precipitation stopped and we spent some time together. Now these two love birds are married and off celebrating married life.

i LOVE how happy they are! So so sweet. 

Huge congrats to these two love birds!!!!

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I follow Bon Appetit on Facebook and they share lots of fantastic recipes. And I am often saving the ones they share. This one was no different. I saw it and thought YES I need to make that.

And man are they so good. I have strong feelings about chocolate. If you put average chocolate into your cookies, they will taste ok. But if you put GREAT chocolate into them, it really can elevate the flavour and taste of the cookie. It seems like you shouldn’t “waste” your nice chocolate on them but it’s totally worth it. I am also a big fan of a thin slightly under baked cookie. That’s perfection to me.

BA’s Brown Butter and Toffee Chocolate Chip Cookies

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20 cookies

Recipe by Kate Davis for Bon Appetit

Ingredients

  • 1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • ¾ teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 cup (packed) dark brown sugar
  • ⅓ cup granulated sugar
  • 2 large eggs, room temperature
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 2 chocolate toffee bars, chopped into ¼-inch pieces (preferably Skor)
  • 1½ cups chocolate wafers (discs, pistoles, fèves; preferably 72% cacao)
  • Flaky sea salt

Instructions

  1. Cook butter in a medium saucepan over medium heat, stirring often, until butter foams, then browns, 5–8 minutes. Transfer brown butter to a large bowl; let cool slightly.
  2. Whisk flour, baking soda, and kosher salt in a medium bowl.
  3. Add brown sugar and granulated sugar to cooled butter. Using an electric mixer on medium speed, beat butter mixture, scraping down sides of bowl, until incorporated, about 1 minute.
  4. Add eggs and vanilla and continue to beat until mixture lightens and begins to thicken, about 30 seconds. Reduce mixer speed to low; add dry ingredients and beat, scraping down sides and bottom of bowl, until just combined.
  5. Add candy and chocolate wafers and mix to combine with a spoon or spatula. Let sit at room temperature at least 30 minutes to hydrate flour; dough will look very loose but will thicken as it sits.
  6. Arrange a rack in center of oven; preheat to 375°. Line a rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper. Using a 1½-oz. ice cream scoop, portion dough and transfer to prepared sheet, spacing about 3½" apart (alternatively, form dough into ping pong ball-sized pieces with your hands). Do not flatten; cookies will spread as they bake. Sprinkle with sea salt.
  7. Bake cookies until edges are golden brown and firm but centers are soft, 9–11 minutes. Let cool on sheets 10 minutes, then transfer to a wire rack and let cool completely.
  8. Do Ahead: Cookie dough can be made 3 days ahead; cover and chill. Let dough come to room temperature before baking.
http://rhondasteed.com/bas-brown-butter-and-toffee-chocolate-chip-cookies

They are so, so tasty! The Brown butter really makes the cookies have a slightly carmel flavour. And the GOOD chocolate really adds it up a notch. I used Skor bars as my toffee.

And…… You’re welcome.

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This little boy was seriously so sweet and SO small!! He was born early and was tiny. He was up to 6 lbs when we took these pictures! Smaller than any of my babies are birth! 😉 The light was lovely, the baby boy was lovely and hanging out with momma was lovely. Got my baby fix for a bit.


So so sweet! Huge Congrats to Casey and Bronson for this sweet little man.

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Wednesday around here:

8:21am: He’s back from his morning run.

10:03am: “What, they totally match.” hahaha, close enough!

10:14am: Waiting in the van to leave, hoping that the big kids will hurry up. Every time we are leaving anywhere, he is the first in the van so that he can get the front seat. And he has often grabbed the van keys and started it too. I finally had to teach him to open the garage door because he is always starting the van.

11:09am: Finding snacks. We got together with two other families. Two good friends of mine that I love and today they met each other. It was awesome.

1:44pm: These two are such good friends and they had lots of fun running around together. They are totally out of control together and I think they love that together.

2:24pm: “Mom, can you just read this story right now please!”

2:40pm: Eli took the camera downstairs and took some pictures of the kids playing. I set the camera up with the proper settings so he could just shoot freely. Lots weren’t even in focus, but he did get some.

2:44pm: Eli took this of us as he came upstairs too. This is what we did most of the day, spent time talking about so many good things. I love being with women who fill me up and are so full of Gospel discussion.

3:55pm: Perhaps she’s learning from her watching her mother. 😉

5:03pm: Had to get a a shot of these lovely ladies with me together. Love these girls.

5:26pm: I often find him here eating cereal. We go through a LOT of cereal. It drives me crazy. And I’ve tried to stop it, but alas, I am constantly finding him here eating it.

6:27pm: Dad sharing pictures of Uncle Ryan with Lucy.

6:39pm: She’s writing a book. And I love it. “I’m not sure if it’s an adventure or a spooky one yet.”

6:47pm: I love to read books and I go thru spurts of reading them. Every once and a while I want an easy read.

6:52pm: Love catching stuff like this.

7:05pm: A little tramp basketball game going on.

7:35pm: Finally getting to supper. Fed the kids left overs so  that we could go out to eat after the kids are in bed. We had a great conversation tonight around the table. These times are so important to me. And I hope to the kids too.

8:22pm: We went out to eat at Browns Social house. And when I was talking to the waitress about a sandwich and asking about the bread. And she said it was on a hamburger bun. So I ordered it on lettuce as a wrap. When she walked away Regan said immediately ” I knew the minute she said hamburger bun that would never fly with you.” I started laughing. He knows me well. I’ve become a bread snob apparently. (probably more of a general food snob actually ;)) HA!

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Tuesday looked like this:

7:35am: Trying to sleep in and not working out so well with these two around. 😉

9:29am: These two finally getting up and eating breakfast.

9:43am: Smoothie moustaches are always a hit around here. Oliver especially loves his.

10:17am: Checking on the plants she helped plant yesterday. She wanted one to take care of, so this is the one.

10:19am: “Thank you mommy.” Always love how affectionate this one is to me!

10:23am: Random hilariousness with his mask. He just showed up, upstairs with it and he was walking around making people laugh.

11:48am: Going to check the mail is a great outing. Especially when you are wearing a lovely outfit like hers.

12:09pm: Slurpees. They’ve been asking for them a LOT lately and it’s kinda of funny. Lots of times I say no, but why not?!

12:50pm: Trying out some brioche cinnamon buns today. I’m constantly trying recipes over and over to see what I like best.

1:05pm: Lots of nerd wars going on around here. It’s a fun way for them to have fun. Trying to keep them off screens.

1:45pm: Oliver is loving to having friends over  to play lately. Karver and Bronson spent a lot of time playing in and out of the house. Lots of tramp basketball. 

2:27pm: She’s been in her room supposed to be cleaning it for over 2 hours. It’s not working out so well yet. She keeps getting sidetracked, as per usual when her cleaning room.

2:59pm: Dropped off the boys to go play golf. They love doing it and I love that they are doing it. Outside things are the best for them I think. It’s great we live in a small town where it’s cheap and available to do.

3:02pm: Found him as I was driving home from dropping off the boys. If it’s even a little nice out, he’s out roaming the streets looking for friends to play with.

3:13pm: Finished and looking tasty!

4:23pm: “Don’t worry mom, I can look up there easily.”

6:13pm: Making pizza for supper. My kids love it and I have fun trying various kinds. It’s one meal I know the kids will all love.8:15pm: “I need a superman to bed dad!” Her favourite way to travel to bed.

8:17pm: He’s too tired to walk. So he’s just laying there pretending to sleep, waiting for someone to pick him up and take him to bed.

8:28pm: Boys are home from Young mens. They did a nerd ward at the JR high and both were very excited to go. They had a lot of fun.

8:35pm: Trying to do more active things, Especially with Lucy. So we’re trying to walk outdoors after little kids go to bed.

9:20pm: Having some Cokes to remember Uncle Ryan on his birthday. He loved Coke and so every year on his birthday we drink and remember him. It is a great way to keep his memory alive. It’s been quite a few years now since he passed away but i love this little tradition.

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