Tobins' Tastes

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Freshly Picked Black Friday Sale & A Moccasin Giveaway

It's no secret that Easton's favorite shoes are Freshly Picked Moccasins. They come in the best colors and prints to match all of his outfits and I love how easy they are to put on. FP moccs are seriously the only shoes Easton has yet to figure out how to take off and the soft soles are great as he has recently started walking and running everywhere.

Moccs: For The Win - Top: Beckett's Threads - Pants: June & January

Our current favorite pairs as pictured above:
Born In The USA - For The Win - Anchors Aweigh
Salt Flats - Classic Ebony - Weathered Brown
Swimming With Sharks

Moccs: Anchors Aweigh - Jumper and Bib: June & January 

We are so excited because today is Freshly Picked's annual "Black Tuesday Sale" where every single item on the site is 25% off for 24 hours. The sale starts at 10am MST (12 noon for the East Coast) and the best styles and sizes may sellout quickly so you will want to be sure to log on to Freshly Picked site right at the start.

All of our favorites except for Born In The USA and Swimming With Sharks will be back for the sale tomorrow. In fact, FP is bringing back tons of past fan favorites so be sure to visit their Facebook page and Instagram to catch some of the sneak peaks of what will be included in the sale.

Moccs: Swimming With Sharks - Top: Hurley - Shorts: Lulu + Roo 

Easton is pretty well stocked in his current size but I plan on grabbing a few of our favorites in the next size up as well as some newborn crib moccs for upcoming baby shower gifts. What are you hoping to grab?

Moccs: Born In The USA (Go For The Gold will be back today) & onesie also FP

Moccs: Classic Ebony

Moccs: Anchors Aweigh 

And as if the sale wasn't exciting enough, I'm honored to have the opportunity to giveaway a pair of Freshly Picked soft soled moccasins on the blog this week! Please note that you cannot have won a FP giveaway in the last 60 days and that shipping is only available in the United States (sorry!). Once a winner is randomly chosen you will need to respond to your email from me within 48 hours so I can give your information to Freshly Picked. Good luck!

Full disclosure: I did not receive monetary compensation for this post but Freshly Picked did send Easton an awesome pair of moccasins and they are graciously providing the giveaway prize to the winner. All opinions are completely my own and we loved FP way before this collaboration : ) 


Monday, November 21, 2016

Christmas Brown Butter Snickerdoodles

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The holiday season is officially here and in our house that means lots of baking and dessert making. Every year I spend an entire day in the kitchen making tons of Christmas treats and packaging them up and give them to my co-workers, friends and family.

This weekend I wanted to test out a new recipe to add to my traditional list of treats and since we were going out of town for a wedding I figured the recipe could also double as a thank you gift to my parents and in-laws who would be watching Easton for us.

These cookies are a twist on one of my favorites- Brown Butter Snickerdoodles. The browned butter is an added step from your traditional snickerdoodle recipe but it makes all the difference. This version are also topped with holiday chocolate covered candies and they add a whole other layer of richness to what is already a complex and delicious cookie.

Since I'm not overly crafty, I usually stop by Walmart at the beginning of the holiday season every year and pick up a few packages of Rubbermaid TakeAlongs in the limited edition holiday colors. I love how easy and festive they are to wrap up Christmas treats before I give them as gifts. The Quik Clik Seal™ keeps cookies and other baked goods fresh and since they are microwavable and freezer safe your recipients can reuse them for pretty much any kind of food storage once they have eaten all your treats. 

I dressed mine up a bit by adding some metallic twine and a holiday gift tag to make them even more festive. At less than $4 per package Rubbermaid TakeAlongs are an affordable option for gifting Christmas  baked goods and with the amount of baking I do this time of year I'll be stocking up on the holiday colors while they are in stores through December 24th. For more holiday baking inspiration be sure to visit Share The Holiday

Christmas Brown Butter Snickerdoodles
Ingredients (makes about 36 cookies)
    For The Dough
    • 2 sticks (8oz) of unsalted butter
    • 2 3/4 cups of flour
    • 2 teaspoons cream of tartar
    • 1 teaspoon of baking soda
    • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
    • 1/2 teaspoon salt
    • 2 large eggs
    • 1 tablespoon milk
    • 1 cup of sugar
    • 1/2 cup of firmly packed brown sugar
    For The Rolling Mixture
    • 1 tablespoon cinnamon
    • 3 tablespoons sugar
    • 1 cup mini chocolate covered Christmas candies
    1.) In a medium sauce pan, place butter (cubed) and heat on medium heat until the foam subsides and the butter turns brown. Should take between 8-10 minutes.

    2.) Pour the browned butter through a strainer into the bowl of a stand mixer. Beat on medium to bring back to room temperature, 5-7 minutes.

    3.) Whisk together the milk and eggs.

    4.) Once butter has cooled, add the sugars (amounts for the dough) and beat on medium for about 2 minutes.

    5.) Add in egg and milk mixture and beat until fully combined.

    6.) Add in the rest of the dry ingredients in 3 parts until just combined.

    7.) Cover dough in plastic wrap and stick in the fridge for at least an hour but not more than 24 hours.
    Mix the cinnamon and sugar for the rolling mixture in a bowl. Place candies in a separate bowl.

    8.) Using a cookie scoop or your hands form uniform ball of dough. Press the dough ball into the mini candies and then roll it in the cinnamon sugar mixture before placing on a lined baking sheet. If you roll it in the sugar mixture before putting the candies on they won't stick very well so add the candy first.

    9.) Bake at 400 degrees for 10 minutes or until the tops of the cookies have started to "crack".

    10.) Let the cookies and the chocolate cool completely before storing in Rubbermaid TakeAlongs.

    Sunday, October 23, 2016

    Pumpkin Patch 2016

    A few photos of the Pumpkin Patch 2016!

    Since Easton was too little to bring to the pumpkin patch last year, Justin and I knew we wanted to bring him for photos this year. And in our family there is no going to the pumpkin patch on your own, it must be a full on family affair with cousins and grandparents too.

    Our day started out slightly chaotic when we arrived to the pumpkin patch my mom and sister had visited last year only to find out that the weekend they had visited last year was apparently some kind of "fall festival" that was not scheduled until next weekend.

    We had heard good things about a pumpkin patch at a church a few minutes away so we headed there with high hopes for pumpkin filled family photos.

    When we arrived at the second pumpkin patch we realized that it wasn't scheduled to open until noon and it was only 10:30. After a short family discussion (read: argument) we decided that we would take the risk of trespassing in the name of cute fall pictures.

    We weren't the only ones desperate enough to risk breaking laws for pumpkin photos. Once we decided to step over the ropes, families who had been waiting in their cars decided to get out and join us. Enough people showed up that the church volunteers ended up coming out early and opening ahead of time. Guess we started a trend.

    Easton wasn't too cooperative for the photos but he had way too much fun running around and grabbing every pumpkin in sight. My nephew Jack was so in love with his mini pumpkin that they ended up having to buy it for him so he wouldn't have to give it up. Overall it was the perfect way to kick off fall!

    Easton's outfit:
    Pumpkin Onesie: Plucky Mustard
    Pants: June & January 
    Shoes: Cat & Jack 

    Friday, September 30, 2016

    60+ Ways To Enjoy Apples This Fall

    With Fall finally here I am so excited to start incorporating more of my favorite fall flavor into our recipes and daily routine. I know that pumpkin is usually the star of fall but apples are my true fall ingredient love. Many of the members of the Social Fabric community have gotten together to create this amazing list of over 60 ways to use apples this fall and all year round. Hope you enjoy them as much as I do!

    Home and Garden Cafe - Apple Pie Coconut Ice Cream
    Kitchen Concoctions - Toffee Apple Pie Cookies
    Basic N Delicious - Apple Cinnamon Bundt Cake
    Mostly Homemade Mom - Caramel Apple Pie Fudge
    Little Blog in the Country - Pressure Cooker Canned Apple Pie Filling
    Diana Rambles - Apple Spice Dump Cake
    The Tip Toe Fairy - Apple Plum Skillet Cobbler
    Home Maid Simple - Easy Apple Crisp
    More or Less Cooking - Best Apple Fritter Coffee Cake
    My Big Fat Happy Life - Skinny Caramel Ice Cream
    Julie Is Coco and Cocoa - Fried Cinnamon and Sugar Apple Rings
    Polka Dotted Blue Jay - Mini Carmel Apple Bites
    Finding Sanity in Our Crazy Life - No Bake Oatmeal Apple Pecan Cookies
    Upstate Ramblings - Caramel Apple Cake
    Rebecca Lately - Baked Apple Recipe
    Bento Lunch (dot) net - Caramel Apple Pudding Parfaits

    Happy Go Lucky - Bacon Cheddar Apple Dip
    Creative Southern Home - Apple Bread
    Beyond Mommying - Apple Bacon Grilled Cheese
    Tiaras and Tantrums - Favorite Autumn Apple Snacks
    Injenious Life   - Gluten Free Applesauce Muffins
    Everyday Party - Simple Caramel Apple Cider
    A Paper Arrow - Apple Bread for the Fall
    Happy and Blessed Home - Delicious Apple Recipes
    Mom Saves Money - DIY Dehydrated Apple Rings
    Gluesticks Blog - Baked Apple Chips
    Ava's Alphabet - Baked Apple Pancake
    For the Love of Crust - Homemade Crockpot Apple Cider
    Oat & Sesame - Maple Your Applesauce

    Jenny at Dapperhouse - DIY Apple Basket Sorting Game

    Creative Ramblings - Fabulous Fall Wood Apple Sign
    Woods of Bell Trees - Quilted Apple Pillow
    The Kennedy Adventures - Paper Plate Apple Craft


    Can you believe all these incredible Apple themed posts? Bookmark this page so you can come back and try out all the recipes, crafts and activities with you and your family!
    Check back next month when Social Fabric features posts with a pumpkin theme. You can always search the hashtag #SoFabSeasons to find more of what you're looking for!

    Friday, September 23, 2016

    Caramel Apple Cheesecake Dip

    So apparently it is "fall" all around America. Target has the Pumpkin Spice M&M's and Candy Corn on display. People are putting out door wreaths and taking in summer patio furniture. Every other post on Pinterest is fall this or pumpkin that. But here in South Florida? It's humid, sunny and 90 degrees. Not quite my idea of fall.

    One thing fall-ish I can get into are apple desserts. Not Hot Apple Cider type treats but cool, crisp apples and no need to turn on your oven treats. And this Caramel Apple Cheesecake Dip fits the bill.

    This was actually the very first recipe I ever posted on the blog. And since it's been a few years and a name change, I think it is high time I reposted this recipe with photos that don't look like they were taken in a root cellar.

    Caramel Apple Cheesecake Dip is one of those recipes that people see set out at a party and are like, "Oh, apple dip how healthy!" And then they take one bite and realize that the only thing healthy about it is the apple slice they are using as a shovel to get the dip into their mouths.

    And once the apples run out (and they inevitable will, because really, who ever gets the dip to dipper ratio right?) people will start using spoons, forks, knives, cookies or even their fingers if the evening gets late enough to scrape every last bit of caramel covered, powdered sugared, cream cheese off the plate. And why shouldn't they? The apples were healthy.

    I got this recipe from a friend at a summer cookout and then have adapted it over the years. I make it at least once a month or more and each time it turns out a little bit different depending on what I have on hand. Feel free to spice it up with whatever toppings make you happy. And then serve it to your friends with a limited amount of apple slices and watch the social experiment begin : )

    Caramel Apple Cheesecake Dip
    • 8 oz. brick of cream cheese softened
    • 6 tablespoons powdered sugar
    • caramel syrup (I find the caramel dip/topping to be a little too thick)
    • mini chocolate chips
    • Heath Bar Toffee Bits
    •  Granny Smith apple slices (I buy the presliced CrunchPak for ease)
    1.) Beat together cream cheese and powdered sugar until smooth.

    2.) Spread mixture onto a serving dish and smooth out into a thin layer.

    3.) Sprinkle on chocolate chips and toffee bits.

    4.) In a pretty pattern, drizzle on the caramel sauce to lightly coat the candy pieces.

    5.) I chill it in the fridge for an hour or so before surrounding it with apple slices and serving it.


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