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New Fav Cookie: Double Chocolate Chip

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This post has nothing to do with the babies... I KNOW?! Crazy right?!?! This might be a first since they've entered into our world.

Anywho, for those of you who know me, you know I love to cook/bake and there is nothing that brings me more joy than to find an awesome new fav. on Pinterest. This year, I found the jackpot for chocolate lovers. I've made these cookies a couple of times and they are a hit. So without further adieu I'm going to share the recipe with yall because it is TOO good not to share.

Again, this is NOT my personal recipe (I don't want to take credit where credit is NOT due). Although, I must confess I do tend to take a recipe and never follow it exactly (a little more vanilla here, a TON more chocolate chips there, etc). But if you're looking for the foundation for a great double chocolate chip cookie recipe, look no further. I found the recipe on Pinterest, but the original recipe can be found here at Kitchen Simplicity. Also, all photo creds also go to the original recipe blog.

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Here is the original recipe directly from Kitchen Simplicity (great foodie blog to follow... fyi). The only "official" alteration I usually make is I definitely do more chocolate than the original recipe requires. Sorry I don't quite measure, but I'm guessing that I usually use probably double the chocolate chips and I probably use 5-6 oz. of semi sweet choc. to mix with the butter. Hey, the more chocolate the merrier... right? Also, I must scoop out bigger cookies because this will usually get me 20-24 cookies... definitely not 30.

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Much love,

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Posted on December 10, 2012 and filed under Food, Reviews, Things I love---, Recipes.

Fall Favs & Photo Friday

All right - I'm trying to start doing a Photo Friday every week to capture some sweet moments of the girls even when I don't have a lot of time to blog. But I haven't posted since last week so this is a combo post (photos of the girls are at the bottom if you have zero desire to actually entertain my rantings ;)). And yes, it's being posted on Friday evening... barely. I'm trying people... Trying... but blogging isn't quite on the top of my list these days. Cleaning poopy diapers and being a milk cow are somewhat semi-consuming. All that to say... I'm trying. :) And holy cow... time has FLOWN by! It's fall?!?!?! Glory hallelujah. But really, I'm slightly confused how I skipped August and September - but evidently it's mid October and I'm rolling with it because it feels amazing here in RDU.

The weather isn't the only thing that makes my heart happy about fall.  Fall means that it's time to break out a few of my favorite things. (It's also pre-holiday season... which is my ABSOLUTE favorite!) But that's for another day, another blog post. SO without further adieu... here are a few of my fav fall things:

First - fall decor. Yes please. I took a trip to Home Goods not too long ago and picked up a few things to scatter around the home.

And of course, the happy everything plate has to change along with the seasons!

And how can it actually be fall without a trip to the fair??? No - we did not take our babies. I can't think of anything more traumatizing... Taking our colicky babies, who are still not even 3 weeks past their due date (but actually 12 weeks old), to a germ infested location full of crowds, crazies, and e-coli. No. Thank. You. My blood pressure would sky rocket and we don't need that. :) Mil & Pil came and watched the girls while we went on a double with some sassy friends from our small group from church. Oh the good times were rolling.

Also to kick off the fall taste buds, I tried my first attempt at homemade applesauce with apples from our local farmer's market. I would take a picture of it, but it's all gone... except for a bag in the freezer. Whoops. Obviously this Pinterest crockpot recipe was a HIT. I made a few adjustments, lemon juice instead of actual lemon peel... etc. But the basic concept was a perfect fit for us. I highly recommend it!

And speaking of the farmer's market - some of my family came in for a quick visit this week and we took at trip to the market! And my sweet nephews got to meet their twin cousins for the first time. So fun!! :)

Then last but not least... What's fall without Pumpkins & Mums??? Really there isn't much better.

Actually I'm wrong... Pumpkin and chocolate all in one cookie is brilliantly better. This recipe from Pinterest was a hit in our home!

And actually... I'm wrong again... Pumpkins on babies is definitely the bestest.

Don't even try to tell me I'm wrong about that one. :) Pumpkins + Babies = Amazing. Happy Fall everyone!

Much love,

Posted on October 19, 2012 and filed under Food, Recipes.

A Pinterest Craft and Recipe

Alright people... I tried a new pinterest craft and recipe last week while the parental units were in raleigh with me and the mister. The thing about Pinterest is that although it's AWESOME - sometimes you never know how a recipe or craft might actually turn out. I've made a few recipes and then at the end of dinner, the Mister and I just look at each other and agree that it's not worth making again. :) So I thought I'd share these two pins because they are GREAT - and if I can do them... anyone can.

We'll start with the recipe because it is AMAZING. So last Thursday night, we had dinner at our place for my parents, inlaws, and then the Mister's bro and gf. First off, have I mentioned how much I love the fact that my inlaws and my family get along so well???? No... well I do. :)

So for dessert I wanted something light, healthy, but sweet and refreshing. Alas, Pinterest delivered (and Thank you McKinzey for the pin)...

Yes... That is Pineapple Sorbet served in a pineapple shell. So I went to the original recipe, followed her instructions (the one without the ice cream attachment), and made a double batch. I have to say... a double batch barely served 8 people (we had zero leftovers...) so beware. But with the first half of the batch, I did only pineapple and had it displayed in one half of the pineapple. But the second half, I decided to add in some frozen strawberries to the blend and made a pineapple strawberry sorbet and displayed it in the other half of the pineapple. I have to say - what I wasn't prepared for was HOW frozen it would be coming out - not smooth at all. We actually had to stick it in the microwave to thaw it out, but after a few minutes it was PERFECT. After that, I served a scoop of each in lil' juice glasses and it was delicious. A perfect summer recipe that mainly consists of fruit that I plan on using again!

Ok... Craft time.

I saw these beauties on pinterest when I just found out I was preggers.

And ever since then... I've wanted to make them for Noel and Felicity's room. So while ma and mil were around last week we tackled these bad boys. You'll have to wait til later this week (or maybe next week) to see the final pics of the room... but this craft turned out awesome.

We made a few adjustments to the original instructions. We changed (1) size of balls and (2) we used styrofoam balls instead. But just like the blogger stated... this craft project takes a LOT of time. If my mom and mil weren't here... I'm not sure HOW long it would've taken me solo. Here's a photo of the beginning...

And here's a pic of the end result:

Alright, as you're reading this... I'm at the lake relaxing... so I'm going to get back to that now! But I just wanted to share a few things off of Pinterest that have worked for our home! :) Go to Pinterest and check 'em out!

Much love,