Tobins' Tastes: November 2016

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Freshly Picked Black Friday Sale & A Moccasin Giveaway

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

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

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.

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