Saturday, December 12, 2009

A Proud Mama and a yummy gift....

Today was my eldest son's first piano recital. He started playing last January. He was nervous when he heard there was to be a recital, but seemed excited too. Well, today was the day - he played three Christmas songs - Up on the Housetop, Rudolph and Jolly Old St. Nicholas. He was #17 on the list, so had to wait a fair bit for his turn, but he played so beautifully I almost cried. My favorite is Jolly Old St. Nicholas. It is one thing to hear him play everyday in my kitchen (okay, so somedays I almost cry there too...), but quite another to see my 7 year old decked out in dress pants, shirt & tie, get up there in front of all those people and play so beautifully! We are so proud of him! He brought an entourage with him too - our good friends and neighbours - you might know Danderella -came out to watch as well as another close friend of the family - it was so nice of them to come out and show their support. We also videotaped it so that Nanny & Papa can see it later.

Today was also the day of our Christmas Open House - so we forgot to take a photo beside the piano when we returned home as I was in a hurry to try to get all the food ready to go for 6 pm. (We got home from the recital just after 4). However, I did have this shot of our piano all decked out for the holidays, so thought I'd put it up anyhow.

I decided to make a "cookie in a jar" recipe for the piano teacher's gift. I rec'd this same Cookie Mix from a friend a few years back and the cookies were so yummy that I asked her for the recipe for what was in the jar so that I could make some for giving. I am sorry, I had a hard time photographing these, I was in a hurry and lacked proper lighting to boot...

Here is what is printed on the tag:

Chocolate Coconut Toffee Delights Mix

1 jar of mix
1/4 cup butter, cut into small pieces
2 eggs
1 tsp. Vanilla

1) Preheat oven to 350. Line cookie sheets w/parchment paper. Place chips from bag in a lg. microwavable bowl - mic on HIGH 1 min, stir. Mic 30-60 secs. or until chips are melted. Stir well.

2) Add butter to chocolate - stir until melted. Beat in the eggs & vanilla. Add remaining mix to chocolate mixture; stir until well blended.

3) Drop in heaping 1/3 cupfulls approx. 3" apart onto cookie sheets. Flatten into 31/2 " rounds. BAKE approx. 15 mins. or until edges are just firm to touch. Let cookies stand on sheets mins. Makes 1 dozen 5" cookies. Enjoy!
Now, if you would like to try making these yourself, this is what you need:
1 pkg. semisweet chocolate chips -divided
1 & 1/2 cups flaked coconut
1 cup toffee baking pieces (skor bits)
3/4 cup pkd. light brown sugar
1/2 cup flour
1/4 tsp. baking powder
1/4 tsp. salt
Place 1 cup chipits in baggie. Layer all remaining ingredients in any order into a 1 & 1/2 quart canning jar. Pack ingredients down as you go. Use chipits in baggie as the final ingredient. When I made mine, the chipits in the baggie wouldn't fit, so I just tied them to the jar with an extra piece of ribbon.
Hope you are all having a great weekend!
Shanna :)


  1. How exciting for you & your lil' guy!! Enjoy these moments because they grow up so fast!!!

  2. Congratulations on the recital! This cookie jar looks divine! Well done (both of you!)

  3. Congrats on the recital! the cookie jar looks adorable

  4. Love the cookies in a jar! Congrats on the recital!

  5. Congratulations on the recital. The cookie jar looks fab. have a great evening

  6. From one Twilight fan to another (and the witness to some great piano playing on Saturday) I have to tell you that I think Cameron is an "Edward" in the making...polite, good looking, friendly, and a great piano player already. :)

  7. Congrats on your son's first recital, that's such a great milestone in music! I had my first piano recital at that age and I remember I was so nervous I thought I would mess up every song for sure! Your cookie in a jar looks delish, thanks for posting the recipe too, I love cookies!


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