Flourless Chocolate Chip Cookies

6 Jan

I found this recipe here: With Style and Grace. I love love this blog. She focuses on Gluten free recipes which is a refreshing change to incorporate in the diet every once in a while. If you have a gluten intolerance, I do not, then this is kind of necessary so it might not be refreshing. Anywho, check her out.

Now back to the cookies. I instantly thought of Emily’s dad when I found this recipe. She has told me countless times of how peanut butter is something he eats a lot. I don’t think anyone would mind eating spoonfulls of peanut butter everyday for that matter BUT Emily’s family should maybe try these instead of those to-die-for chocolate chip cookies just once??

Sidenote before I continue: Emily’s mom makes a fantasticly delicious chocolate chip cookies that are requested for every visit/event. I pretend like I hate when she brings them back from visits but they are just SO GOOD!!

The recipe is so easy I can quote it without even thinking about it…or maybe because I have made them twice in less than a week. Yes they are that yummy/easy.

This Stuff is GOOD straight out of the Jar!!

Preheat oven to 350 F

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup of peanut butter (I used 1/2 cup of the chocolate pictured above and 1/2 cup of crunchy; she uses a full cup of the chocolate because it is gluten free, just check the label on your peanut butter because it will tell you if it is or not)
  • 1 cup of packed brown sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/2 teaspoon of vanilla
  • 1 teaspoon of baking soda
  • 1 cup of semisweet chocolate chips ( I used mini)

Mix the first 5 ingredients in a bowl until incorporated. Fold the chocolate chips in. Use a tablespoon to scoop the dough mixture, roll into a ball or plop them down like me, and place onto a greased pan or a lined parchament paper pan. Bake for 10-12 minutes. LET THEM COOL. This is very hard for me as well but they will just fall apart if you don’t so wait for 5 minutes before devouring them.

These are seriously so good, yummy, fantastic. The boyfriend even likes them and he is not a dessert person (what a very strange breed?!).

Happy New Year!

Katie

StyleMint

16 Dec

I recently did a post on not knowing what my style was and kind of running through examples of things I like. I have some expensive taste thats for sure. Too bad I don’t have have a bank account to match this taste.

 Have you heard of StyleMint, ShoeMint etc??  These two are responsible for StyleMint, umm need I say more?

Well, here is my point. When you first sign up for the website you answer a series of questions so that they can give you an idea of what they think your style is. UMMM they hit the nail on the head!

“Take cues from timeless beauties like Jackie Onassis and Grace Kelly and wear these tops with polished pieces and chic footwear”

I will take that and run with it! I am in love with this site. One more cool function is when you select a style that you like, the editors write a brief way to wear it: SCORE!

I may or may not have bought myself some Christmas presents…oops!!

 Katie

Santa Hat Desserts

16 Dec

As promised from my pervious post I completed another pin from Pinterest.

I bet you can pick out the one I did first!

On Monday December 5th one of my friends had her baby girl Addison. Once the proud parents got a week to settle in, a group of us brought them dinner. I was in charge of desserts so I turned to Pinterest to find a recipe. I made these because I thought they were so cute and this group of girls LOVES brownies.

Like my socks, don't laugh! It's cooold.

The recipe that was linked on pinterest used icing for the cotton around the bottom and the ball at the top. Icing just did not sound good to me mixed with strawberries (personal preference). So what goes really well with strawberries and is white…CHOCOLATE!!

They were really good. Not as time-consuming as I had thought… so I would do it again for a Christmas party or get together.
 
Recipe:
 
Ingredients:
Strawberries
White Chocolate
Box of Brownies (still working on making them from scratch…give me time)
 
Tools:
Cookie Cutter
Pastry Bag or Ziploc Bag
 
Directions:
1. Cook brownies according to directions on box, or make your homemade batch…overachiever!!
2. While the brownies are in the oven, trim the top off of the strawberries and hull the middle out. There is a great tip on Pinterest (of course) using a straw to hull them.
3. Once the brownies are done let them cool down. I am a very impatient person so this was hard. I forced myself to clean out my car in order to distract myself!!
4. Once cooled, use the cookie cutter to make your circles.
5. Melt your white chocolate in a double boiler. Put the melted chocolate in your pastry bag.
6. Assemble your santa hats. I tried all sorts of ways to make the chocolate on the bottom of the hat look “realistic”. They all ended up pretty much the same so save your creative energy for something else!
7. Taste one of your creations!
 
A few side notes: A mini muffin pan would make this a lot easier and you wouldn’t have to eat  waste all those scraps! Let the white chocolate cool for maybe 30 secs to a min before applying to your first strawberry, that way it won’t run down the brownie as much.
 
The technique for eating is to eat the top of the strawberry first then stuff the rest in your mouth!!
 
Katie
 

icon.

15 Dec

Have you ever wanted to just pick up your life and move somewhere unexpected? Or make plans to do something…and actually do it? To make good on a promise or a want you have wanted forever? I admire people who can do all of these things. The ones who make a list of things they want to do, or places they want to do and make good on those ideas. These people are icons, for the sheer reason of they do what they want. I LOVE that. I have my own bucket list, and hope one day I can cross every single one off. Here are a couple of my items to check off:

What are some of y’alls bucket list items…I would love to add to mine!

xo, EM

Christmas Cheer

12 Dec

“The best way to spread Christmas Cheer is singing loud for all to hear”. Oh Buddy you got it right. Whatever holiday you celebrate during this lovely month, do it BIG and Loud.

Carolers at work, I thought this was so cool!!

 I absolutely love this time of year. I could do without the wishy-washy weather of Georgia but other than that I am a huge fan of everything Christmas.

What is making this year’s Christmas even better when celebrating/decorating/cooking…Pinterest!!

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Love the details, especially the nutcrackers!

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Cannot wait to do this with my future kiddos!

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So funny

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I am attempting to make these this week so check back in for the outcome!

Here is something I have completed that I found on Pinterest:
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Not too shabby huh??

I am really pumped to say I actually used a pin!! I hope the santa hat brownies are just as successful…

Layla is the best present of all!!

 I hope you have a wonderful holiday filled with spending time with the ones you love and eating lots of delish food!
Katie

Chimichangas

7 Dec

I had no idea how to spell the food for this week, I googled it to make sure I did not look like a complete fool. I call them chimi’s around my house. So clever right? I know this is a second post on mexican but I couldn’t help it. This one is by far one of my FAVORITE recipes. I have held onto it for a little over a year now and refuse to stop making it.

While these yummy little things are usually fried and filled with lots of meat in the restaurant version, I found a recipe that bakes them and adds more figure-flattering ingredients. It’s a recipe offline and I cannot seem to find the link so I have it typed for you here:

Ingredients

2 spray(s) cooking spray
1/2 pound(s) uncooked ground turkey breast(I used ground chicken because it was on hand)
16 oz fat-free canned refried beans
1 and 3/4 cup(s) salsa
4 1/2 oz canned green chili peppers, mild, drained and diced
1 tsp chili powder(or more if you want a kick)
3 Tbsp scallion(s), thinly sliced
1 cup(s) shredded reduced-fat Monterey Jack cheese
8 large burrito-size wheat flour tortilla(s) (I only had taco sized so I just reduced the amount of filling per tortilla.)
1 cup(s) salsa
1/2 cup(s) fat-free sour cream
Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350ºF. Coat a large skillet with cooking spray. Coat a 13- X 9- X 2-inch baking dish with cooking spray.
  • Add turkey to skillet and cook over medium-high heat until lightly browned, about 5 minutes. Drain any excess liquid from pan and then add beans, 1 and 3/4 cups of salsa, chili peppers, chili powder and scallions. Cook until heated through, about 3 minutes; stir in cheese.
  • Meanwhile, wrap tortillas in foil; warm in oven for 10 minutes. (I always forget to warm my tortillas ahead of time so don’t be like me and remember!)
  • Assemble chimichangas by spooning about 1/2 cup of turkey mixture onto each tortilla; fold in sides and roll up.
  • Place chimichangas, seam-side down, in prepared baking dish. Bake, uncovered, until tortillas are crisp and browned, about 20 minutes. Serve each topped with 2 tablespoons of salsa and 1 tablespoon of sour cream (or you can smother them with both of these ingredients without discrestion…or save yourself some calories and eat them plain, still deeeelish!!) .

I have a friend who refuses to eat refried beans, chilli peppers, and scallions but he likes the recipe. His words are “It’s fire”. Its also relatively cheap so why not just try it! They freeze really well too so they are a go-to lunch/quick dinner during the week!

Katie

icon.

6 Dec

I know it has been what seems like forever since I have shared one of my icons with y’all. But I refuse to say I have been neglecting it, I just blame school. Finals, papers and the dreaded group projects have been just insane. But don’t you worry, here’s a new one.

On my personal blog I did a post last week about the absolutely fantastic and gorgeous Crazy. Stupid. Love. star, Ryan Gosling. So for this week I have decided to highlight his equally as fabulous co-star, EMMA STONE.

Not only is she one of my favorite young Hollywood stars acting wise right now, but she is incredibly beautiful and hilariously funny. Her comedic timing is just spot on and I find she really captures the audience whenever she is on screen.

Some of her acting chops include Easy A, Superbad, The Help, and Crazy. Stupid. Love. She will also be in the new Spiderman movie, alongside rumored boyfriend, Andrew Garfield. Uhhh….yes please.

She also is not afraid to take some daring fashion risks, with that fiery red hair. I am utterly obsessed with just about every look she rocks on the red carpet!!

So, while I might not scale a mountain, or jump out of a really high plane to be the lovely Emma, I can sit here and completely obsess about her. It only seems like the healthy thing to do!!  Not only because she is gorgeous, makes me giggle, and takes risks on the red carpet, but, she gets to kiss some of the most swoon-worthy men in Hollywood….how do I get that job?!

xo, EM

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