Hey There, Cookie.

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The other night, while watching the March Madness Final my husband requested dessert.  “Dessert?! I don’t have dessert!” I thought.  So, I told him I needed a glass of water (to think), how do I tell my husband I don’t have dessert right now?  And then it dawned on me: chocolate chip cookies!  This recipe. Easy peasy. 1,2,3 style. From no cookies, to cooling in about 25 minutes, if that.

So here’s the thing about chocolate chip cookies.  I love to eat them, right? But when it comes to baking them, well, they’re a bit finicky. Sometimes they turn out too thin, other times too thick. Sometimes they’re too sweet, sometimes the dough is too dry, sometimes there aren’t enough chocolate chips, sometimes they aren’t soft enough.  For a chocolate chip cookie to be amazing, so many elements have to perfectly blend and bake in the oven.  For this reason, I rarely make the same recipe more than a couple times.  Generally, this is because by the second or third time, I’ve decided I don’t like the recipe.

However, I’ve finally found a recipe that I somewhat do, actually, like.  And I’ve know made these cookies maybe 5 times! Amazing, right? Oh, and it is a Pinterest recipe, so that makes it all the more cool.  The only clincher, is that it calls for powdered non fat milk.  I think it may be the secret ingredient, so just pick it up next time you’re at the store if you don’t already have it on hand. Also, this will not be the last chocolate chip cookie recipe I ever post.  In other words, I will likely post another chocolate chip cookie recipe (or two, or three) as time goes on.

However, for the time being, these cookies are great to throw in a ziplock bag and take with you as a homemade treat for road trips.  In our family that means a long drive to Lake Tahoe for the weekend – they keep the little guy happy if we hit traffic or just get fed up being cooped up in the car.  I imagine you could also take these with you on a flight, to work, to school, the park,you get the idea..

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This picture is from when I made these cookies last summer.  See the JOY these cookies bring?! 

IMG_9051Here’s the link to the recipe: http://www.foodiecrush.com/milk-bars-salted-chocolate-chip-cookies/

Note: I don’t completely melt the butter, but I do let it almost entirely melt.  I just don’t like when the butter gets too warm/hot because then it causes the chocolate chips to melt when you add those to the batter… get my drift?

Cheers!

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Easter Easter, Brunch All About It!

 

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I YouTubed Easter napkin fold, and these cute “bunny ears” came up, which was fun to do.  I copied the bunny design with the kids’ names from someone on Instagram I had seen and loved.

Easter, He is Risen! My favorite holiday.  Every time Easter rolls around, I find myself saying “Easter.  This is my favorite holiday.  Truly, Truly, my favorite.”  Family, close friends, deeeeeelicious food, champagne, chocolate, egg hunt, bunnies, tulips, flowers, spring time.  It’s one of the few holidays, that renews, recharges, leaves me feeling at peace.  Maybe it’s because it stands all on its own, maybe it’s because it marks the start of spring, maybe it’s because we never travel for Easter, or a combination of those things.  The point is: Easter is my favorite.

Before I say anything else, let me tell you that this Easter I did not cook or bake a thing.  Instead, I set the table, which was fun and actually very relaxing while the littlest slept and the oldest hung out with Dad and Uncles and Aunts. My Mom, as she always does, made the most incredible Easter brunch.  We look forward to it for weeks and weeks, and it did not disappoint! There were fresh made crab cakes with an amazing little sauce I could have eaten straight with a spoon, breakfast croissants with a homemade sun dried tomato mayo, a perfectly cooked Spanish tortilla, and plenty of mimosas with fresh squeezed OJ.

Oh, and dessert.  Holy cow, dessert.  My sister made a Banffi Pie! So good, so decadent.  It is deceiving because it has bananas in it, so you think it is healthy.  But it’s not.  It’s pure sugar and cream.  And to top off the pie we had chocolate mousse!

Voila! Now go ahead and gain 10 pounds with these pictures 😉

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Dad’s fresh squeezed OJ
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CRAB CAKES! 
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Crab cakes, again, because they were that good!

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Chocolate mousse cups put us all in a food coma 😉
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My Little Bunny

Happy Easter!