Coffee-Mate Baking Bistro Party

Many of you knew that I hosted a "Coffee-Mate Party" on Friday but you were probably really confused as to what that meant. Well, Coffee-Mate is awesome at marketing and asked their customers to spread the good word about their products. What did those special customers receive? Since I wanted to host a Baking Bistro party, they sent me all of these wonderful little gifts:

[free samples of Taster's Choice Instant Coffee, free samples of Original Coffee-Mate creamer, a muffin pan, cups, napkins, coupons for FREE Coffee-Mate, recipe cards (my favorite was the Biscotti), a cookbook and my absolute favorite... a STELLAR red Coffee-Mate apron.]

In the official terms of Coffee-Mate, Free Flavor Friday is:

On Friday, February 4th, 2011, COFFEE-MATE® is saluting its entire roster of flavors, and the people who love them with FREE FLAVOR FRIDAY! A special celebration filled with free product giveaways on and on Facebook, FREE FLAVOR FRIDAY is an opportunity to savor your favorite flavor or try a new one for FREE!

I chose to host the party for the wonderful volunteers, board, and staff at the First Call Pregnancy Center in Greensboro. The women (and man) involved in this organization are solid individuals who have a strong compassion on other women in need. They pour so much love on the women who come through the doors, I just don't know how they have any love left... well, it does make sense that they would because that love comes from Christ... but hopefully you get what I'm saying.

Margaret, a director at the Center, helped me set everything up Friday morning. She had some awesome ideas to carry out the theme of "Life Is Sweet" beyond playing Baby Bingo and the Ultrasound game... we used a clean baby changing table to set the fruit and utensils on and then set the Coffee-Mate station on a high chair. :) Thanks Margaret! She also made a delicious mushroom, ham and cheese casserole. A few of the volunteers brought in cinnamon rolls, hot tea, muffins, fruit and an apple and cheese dish. Thank you everyone!!

Also a huge thanks to Coffee-Mate and to all of my precious friends at the Pregnancy Center for attending the party! Here's a video from the day:

Music by Copeland (Coffee)

THIS is what a Todd Family Christmas looks like...

On this last day of January... we are posting Part 1 of the Todd Family Christmas. We know. That's terrible. It's like leaving your Christmas decorations up after midnight on December 31st (for all you superstitious men and women out there). Well, hopefully us posting these videos will not bring bad luck but rather tickle your hypothalamus and maybe inspire your thoughts in decorating for next Christmas.

We hope you enjoy seeing our first Christmas tree (that almost didn't fit because of the holly
adornment on top), a few of our family traditions, gifts we received (i.e. this book), and finally a delicious and beautiful Christmas recipe that I listed below.

Prep Time: 45 Minutes Start to Finish: 1 Hour 10 Minutes

Servings: 40 appetizers

2 cups finely shredded Swiss cheese (8 oz)

11/2 cups chopped cooked ham (8 oz)

1/4 cup sliced green onions

2 tablespoons honey mustard

2 cans (12 oz each) Pillsbury® Golden Layers® refrigerated buttermilk biscuits

1 egg, beaten

1 tablespoon sesame seed or poppy seed

2 tablespoons diced red and green bell pepper, if desired

1 green onion fan, if desired

1. Heat oven to 375°F. Spray large cookie sheet with cooking spray. In large bowl, mix cheese, ham, onions and mustard.

2. Separate 1 can of dough into 10 biscuits; leave second can in refrigerator. Separate each biscuit into 2 layers. Press each biscuit layer to form 31/2-inch round.

3. Place 1 rounded tablespoon cheese mixture on each dough round. Wrap dough around cheese mixture, pinching edges to seal. Repeat with

remaining can of dough and cheese mixture.

4. Arrange 8 balls, seam side down and sides almost touching, to form ring on cookie sheet, leaving 3-inch hole in center. Arrange 14 balls, sides almost touching, around outside of first ring. Arrange remaining 18 balls around outside of second ring. Brush wreath with beaten egg. Sprinkle with sesame seed.

5. Bake at 18 to 25 minutes or until golden brown. Carefully slide wreath from cookie sheet onto 14-inch serving platter. Sprinkle with bell pepper.

Place onion fan in center of wreath. Serve warm.

11.20.10 Part 3 - TMNT

This is the final video in our 11.20.10 series. :) JD did such a wonderful job with putting these together. This one is certainly special because this video describes a lot of what we do in our marriage: play video games. I was an "avid" video game player when I was young... you know, with The Lion King, racing games and such.

JD surpasses that though. He is not only an AVID gamer, but he is so good at every single game he plays. I had never even beat a video game until we got married. Some of you may be thinking, "Oh. Well I've never beat a game before either." Well, when you're a Todd, you have to beat EVERY GAME you play... Ninja Turtles included. This was the first game I had ever beaten in my life. It was a joyous moment. Sadly, we didn't catch that moment on video; however, we did catch some other special times displaying our fierce video game sessions.

*Disclaimer: This may or may not interest our readers / viewers. So if you don't enjoy watching people play video games, you may or may not enjoy watching this video. :) Enjoy!

11.20.10 Part 2 - With Milkshakes and Quiche Recipes

After a long hard day of putting together a cabinet... and eating...

Here's the second part of our day on 11.20.10, another fantastic video JD put together. In case you wanted to make pumpkin pie milkshakes or a delicious quiche for yourself, the recipes are below the video.

Also this month, we will be putting up our Christmas videos. It's bad luck to have your Christmas decorations up after December 31st. I hope it's not bad luck to show Christmas videos after the last day of December too...

Pumpkin Pie Milkshake
Recipe by Our Best Bites

1/3 C pumpkin, canned or homemade
1/4 - 1/2 C milk
1/4 t vanilla
1/2 t cinnamon
1/16 t cloves (just use a 1/8 t measure and fill it half way, or do a pinch)
1/16 t nutmeg
2 T brown sugar
2 C vanilla ice cream
1-2 graham crackers

Pop everything but graham crackers in a blender. Start with 1/4 C milk and then slowly add more if needed to make the blender process it all. I used somewhere between 1/4-1/2 C.

*Our friend, Amanda Y, inspired this want for the pumpkin pie milkshake. She just started a blog: You should check it out!

Ham & Cheese Quche
A Family Recipe... I think.

1 Pastry (Pillsbury Pie Crust)
1/2 cup (2 oz.) Shredded Swiss Cheese
1 cup (8 oz.) Shredded Shard Cheese (Cheddar), Divided
2 tbsp. All Purpose Flour, Divided
1/2 cup Diced Cooked Ham
2 tbsp. Honey Mustard
5 eggs, beaten
1 1/4 cups half-n-half
1/4 cups chopped green onions
1/4 tsp. salt

Line 9-inch quiche dish with pastry; trim excess pastry away. Prick bottoms and sides of pastry with a fork. Bake at 400 degrees for 5 minutes. Remove from oven and prick with fork. Bake for additional 5 minutes. Combine swiss cheese, 1/2 cup cheddar cheese, and 1 tbsp. flour in a Ziploc baggie. Toss gently to coat. Spread in a pastry shell. Combine ham and honey mustard. Toss gently to coat. Spoon ham mixture over cheese. Combine half-n-half, green onions, eggs, remaining 1 tbsp. of flour and salt; stir well. Pour mixture into pastry shell and top with remaining 1/2 cup cheddar cheese. bake at 350 degrees for 40 to 45 minutes or until set. Let stand for 10 minutes and then dig in to some delicious goodness!

*My cousin, Lauren K, gave me the Paula Deen Pie dish (color: robin's egg blue). I would not bake another quiche without it. I LOVE it! It's the perfect color too!

JD's First Video

It was a warm and lovely autumn day exactly two months ago from today. My sweet husband and I got the opportunity to put together my grandmother's "appliances" cabinet. With everything we do together, we had a blast. Yes, we do seem to find an overflowing amount of joy in almost everything we do, but we just can't help ourselves. :) This video marks a huge event... this is actually the first video that JD has made on his computer by himself. Normally I make them because I have more time on my hands... and since he drives us whenever we travel throughout the Southeast, I have plenty of time in the passenger's seat to edit videos. I am so stinkin' proud of him for putting this one together! I hope ya'll enjoy it as much as I do!

Snowed in at the Bungalow

How crazy has this winter storm been?! JD made it out of the driveway for the first time this morning in Papa's 4-wheel drive truck but Silver Flash still has about 2 inches of ice layered on her windshield. I have yet to get out of our sweet bungalow. However, these four days have given us a lot of time to examine the pure beauty surrounding our home, eat, work on videos, be creative, coupon clip and CLEAN!! :) What have you done throughout this week to prevent cabin fever?

Here's a video of our icy snow-covered bungalow:

Snowed in at the Bungalow from Whitney Todd on Vimeo.

Music: February Air by Lights & Battle Royale by Does It Offend You, Yeah?

How to Make Snow Ice Cream

Before everyone settles in to watch the National Championship game, you might decide you want to make some delicious snow ice cream beforehand. :) It will make for a perfect ball game treat! We also apologize for not posting more consistently lately. We've been working on our Christmas videos so we will be posting those as soon as possible. We definitely have time tomorrow as we're iced in (sadly, not "snowed" in). Well, JD and I will be having a lovely dinner of chicken poppy seed casserole and black eyed peas, followed with the delicious snow ice cream! :) Hope you enjoy!

Search for the Great Pumpkin

What an absolute joy it was to pick out our very first pumpkin together as a married couple!! In the Adams Family, it's a father/daughter tradition to carve the Halloween pumpkin in the theme of the decorated house. Last year we made a super awesome pirate. This year we made a crazy mad scientist. It also marked the first year that JD could join in on the fun and get in on the tradition! We will have to carry this tradition on to our children after all. It was actually one of JD's first pumpkin carving adventures since being a child. He did an amazing job! :)

Search for the Great Pumpkin from Whitney Todd on Vimeo.

Brains? Hearts? MAD SCIENTISTS??

This post is incredibly belated but it is well worth the wait! We would like to introduce you to the infamous Adams Halloween House. If there were neighborhood awards for the most loved and most feared house, my parents would take the prize. Christmas, of course, beats out all of the holidays; but Halloween follows in a close second.

This year's theme screamed Mad Scientist!! I dressed up as a scary nurse, JD dressed up as "Docter Docter" (disregard the misspelling) and dad dressed up as "Doctor Trust Me". I made the lab coats from a Queen bed sheet and staples. :) We actually got a lot of the decorations from WalMart and dad came up with the idea of the bubbling cauldron.

Enjoy the Mad Lab! We have two other video posts following this one with some more Halloween clips this week... and then we're off to our Thanksgiving and Christmas posts. Hopefully we'll have those posted by the end of December!