Chocolate-Dipped Shortbread Cookies Recipe

Chocolate-Dipped Shortbread Cookies Recipe
One of my favorite sweets of all time is a¬†Walkers Shortbread cookie, especially when it’s paired with a cup of tea. When I was younger I went to an Irish dance competition in Scotland and I loved that every hotel I stayed at had a Walkers shortbread cookie on my pillow when I arrived. If I bought this delicacy every single time I crave it I’d probably go broke, so this winter I decided to make my own with a chocolatey¬†twist. You only need three ingredients to make the shortbread and a bag of chocolate chips. Ready to get started?

Chocolate-Dipped Shortbread Cookies Recipe

Check out how to make these tasty treats after the jump…

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The Best Roasted Broccoli

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Happy New Year! It has been amazing to take some time off. I got to spend a bunch of quality time with the kids, went to lots of movies (Into the Woods!!!, Am I right?,) saw my boyfriend Ben Folds play with the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra (fantastic!) and even contemplated some resolution-type thoughts. I’m not big into making resolutions but I definitely like thinking about them. And in between all that we played with lots of Christmas toys and cooked a whole bunch. Today, in between rounds of War (the card game) for jelly beans with Grammy, we cooked up sheet after sheet of this delicious roasted broccoli. I had tried this one on the kids about a year ago and it was a fail for them but today they all went bananas for it. A great reminder for me that those little taste buds are always changing.

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Here’s how we made our Roasted Broccoli:

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2014: Our Year in Splendor and in Sunshine (The Curtis Video Holiday Card)

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We had a crazy, emotional year full of firsts (first grade, first lost tooth, first visit to Norway) and also full of our own private “lasts.” But through all of our adventures and travels, Carleton, Scarlet, and I discovered that what we have is the whole world, and this world is enough. We hope your year is filled with splendor, sunshine, and infinite “firsts.” Happy New Year from our family to yours.

That beautiful song is “Isn’t this World Enough?” by Admiral Fallow from their wonderful album “Tree Bursts in Snow.”

This is our 4th annual Curtis video holiday card – it both breaks and expands my heart to watch the past videos! Check them out…

2013: Our Year in Space

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rj_527kdwxU

2012: All We Really Need

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oiCSFdLmFx4

2011: Our Year in Pink

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V2Vi4URpBOo

Peace to all and to all a good night!

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How to Gift Show Tickets

Theater gifts When I was growing up my family was on a tight budget. We rarely splurged on extravagant outings but my parents shared their love of live theater with us whenever they could. From pay-what-you-can performances at the best theater company in the town, to lively inner-city middle school musicals, we were always ready to check out what people had to offer on the stage. As an adult I married into another theater loving family and together we are trying to raise a new generation of theater lovers.

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When the holidays roll around, I can’t help but want to spend some of that Christmas budget on an experience rather than another piece of plastic under the tree but I also want the gift, in this case tickets to the stage version of Beauty & the Beast this January, here in Fort Worth, to feel special when it’s unveiled. Hopefully a little creativity will make opening the gift as exciting as seeing the curtain go up next month!

Here are some of my favorite tips for how to wrap event tickets:

If you have actual physical tickets to the performance you are one step ahead. It seems that will call is becoming more and more popular. If you don’t have physical tickets, print out the website page or write a special note as your special gift.

Wrap the tickets in a jumbo box with beautiful paper and a bow.
The message is that these tickets are a BIG DEAL! note: Tape the envelope to the bottom of the box so that the gift doesn’t get tossed with the tissue.

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Start a scrapbook.
Print out some photos from the show and and add them as the first page in a theater scrap book. Leave space for them to add ticket stubs, newspaper reviews and written memories of the show.

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Go with a theme
Think of something that makes the show special and incorporate it into the gift. For Beauty and the Beast, we might package the tickets or a note in a chipped thrift store tea cup, an old book, or tied to a rose.

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Set the scene
Present the tickets with other items that will make the night special, like something fancy to wear to the theater or a band t-shirt for a concert.

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Make a game of it
Create clues that lead your date to the big reveal. These can be hidden around the house or wrapped up in a surprise ball. Fun fact: My husband proposed to me with a surprise ball on Christmas morning 2003 so personally I am quite in love with that idea.IMG_0345

Most of all remember that the real fun is yet to come when you actually get to go to your show!

Break a leg little elf!

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Beauty and the Beast

Bass Performance Hall – Fort Worth, TX

1/14/15 – 1/18/15

Disney’s BEAUTY AND THE BEAST, the smash hit Broadway musical, is coming back to Fort Worth!

Based on the Academy Award-winning animated feature film, this eye-popping spectacle has won the hearts of over 35 million people worldwide. This classic musical love story is filled with unforgettable characters, lavish sets and costumes, and dazzling production numbers including “Be Our Guest” and the beloved title song. Experience the romance and enchantment of Disney’s BEAUTY AND THE BEAST at Bass Performance Hall!

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