Saturday, April 22, 2017

Something Saturdays (4/22/17)

First off--sorry no recipe this week. Things have been crazy. So sorry!

Anyway, if you celebrate--how was your Easter weekend? Saturday Michael and I met up with a few of his cousins and hung out and played games, which is always fun. Sunday we had lunch with his stepmom's side of the family then dinner with his mom's. It was nice, as always :) Michael had Monday off from work so we kind of just relaxed and hung out. Then I just did stuff around the house and ran a couple errands on Tuesday. On Wednesday, my boss and I had a meeting with our July 1st bride. Thursday I worked. Friday I babysat my cousin's baby all day. Today is the official beginning of wedding season for Perfectly Planned this year--we have our first wedding! I'm so excited :) And tomorrow we are having belated Easter with my mom's side of the family. Funsies funsies. 

Movies/TV Talk (assume there'll be spoilers)
Once Upon a Time-Yay!!! I loved this episode :)

Girls-Ok, so clearly that ending didn't feel very end-y...but, overall-I liked this final season. It made some characters I hated almost likable at times and I appreciated the growth. I was kind of bummed over that entire Adam episode, and I do sort of feel like the second to last ep felt like the last but I suppose it sort of is, and like the finale is sort of an epilogue?

Legion-I will admit that I started watching this because of Dan Stevens (Beast from the new Beauty and the Beast) but it seriously is a really good show, everything is so well done!

Instagram Latel(a few highlights from this week on Instagram)

Saturday, April 15, 2017

Something Saturdays (4/15/17)

It's Easter weekend (for those of you who celebrate)! Doing anything fun??

Tomorrow we're having 2 Easter meals, one with Michael's stepmom's family and one with his mom. My mom's side of the family is doing theirs next weekend (my grandma and mom are both in the Bahamas right now and coming back next week).

Last weekend the weather finally got nice and stayed that way, so Michael and I got some dinner at Main Street Grille again, which was really nice. Sunday we spent a bit of time with Michael's mom and siblings. Other than that I've pretty much been just dealing with some stuff and working this week :) We did have dinner with Michael's dad and stepmom on Tuesday (they left for Florida on Thursday so we won't be seeing them tomorrow) which was super nice. But yeah...that's pretty much it lol.

Posts from this week 
Sweet & Salty Kitchen Sink Cookies {Panera Copycat}

Recent links bookmarked (visit my Pinterest for more)
Homemade Brioche Buns (Dessert for Two)
Best buns ever! Plus they're whole wheat!
Michael fell in L-O-V-E when he saw the photos, and I have to agree!

Movies/TV Talk (assume there'll be spoilers)
The Big Bang Theory-I JUST WANT TO SEE WHAT THE BABY LOOKS LIKE!

Scandal-I kept going back and forth on how I felt about the alternate reality but in the end...I wished it had gone down like that. For Liv and Fitz, anyway.

Instagram Latel(a few highlights from this week on Instagram)

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Sweet & Salty Kitchen Sink Cookies {Panera Copycat}

Sweet & Salty Kitchen Sink Cookies {Panera Copycat}
These are the best cookies I've made in awhile. Like...can't get enough of them. Which makes sense because they're modeled after another cookie I couldn't get out of my head: the kitchen sink cookies at Panera.
Sweet & Salty Kitchen Sink Cookies {Panera Copycat}
At one of our meetings with a bride, my boss and I had a couple kitchen sink cookies at Panera. And I knew I needed to recreate them. They were HUGE (like...bigger than these ones. For the first time in my life I struggled with making cookies big enough!) And had pretzels and little bits of caramel and chocolate chips and...of course...there was sea salt on top. So-pretty simple to recreate actually. I amped up the flavor an extra notch by using one of my favorite browned butter cookie bases, because--why wouldn't I?
Sweet & Salty Kitchen Sink Cookies {Panera Copycat}
I think my version might be even better. They're sturdy but chewy and full of so many fantastic textures-crunchy pretzels, gooey caramel, melty chocolate. They're so so good. Addictive to the max. They also freeze really well if you-like me-can't be trusted with an entire batch. I froze some and then just pulled out when I needed a special treat ;). 

They're also great for sharing with new friends to endear yourself to them-hence why I brought along some for my "girl-date" with my boss/friend, Val and our new friend, Evie. They both loved them. Of course!
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