Saturday, January 29, 2011

Kansas is 150

Saturday is The Kansas Sesquicentennial (thank goodness for spellcheck).  Kansas will be 150 years old ... and everyone here (in the state, not our home), is very excited about it.  In fact, the kids don't have school on Monday because of it.  I'm all for celebrating the birthday of this state, but can't we also send our kids to school on that day?  Today was Kansas Day at the boys school.  They wore their new KU shirts with pride.  They were shouting "Rock Chalk Jayhawk" in the front porch shots.   

Jenn brought my attention to the amazing valentines on Eighteen25 today.  Love them!  And love this cookie recipe that was also on there.  A valentine's twist on a classic.  I'm going to make them this weekend.

Peanut Butter Blossoms
(Valentine's Day Style)

* Heart shaped Chocolates (we used dove milk chocolates and reese's peanut butter hearts)
* 1/2 cup shortening
* 3/4 cup creamy peanut butter
* 1/3 cup granulated sugar
* 1/3 cup packed light brown sugar
* 1 egg
* 2 tablespoons milk
* 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
* 1-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
* 1 teaspoon baking soda
* 1/2 teaspoon salt
* granulated sugar

1. Heat oven to 375 degrees. Remove wrappers from chocolates.

2. Beat shortening and peanut butter in large bowl. Add 1/3 cup granulated and brown sugar; beat until fluffy. Add egg, milk and vanilla; beat well. Stir together flour, baking soda and salt; gradually beat into mixture.

3. Shape dough into 1-inch balls. Roll in sugar; place on ungreased cookie sheet.

4. Bake 8 to 10 minutes or until lightly browned. Immediately press a chocolate heart into center of each cookie. Remove from cookie sheet to wire rack. Cool completely. (we put them in the freezer because the chocolate hearts continue to melt)

Makes about 4 dozen cookies.


  1. Lovin Hud's do! Keep it up momma!

  2. Your kids look good in blue and red!

  3. The boys are soo adorable, but Huds hair is too much! What a cutie pie sportin' his faux hawk! LOVES IT!