Saturday, July 22, 2017

Something Saturdays (7/22/17)

Last Saturday's wedding with Perfectly Planned was beautiful and went flawlessly!! And, on the topic, the styled shoot we did a few months back has been featured on Cake and Lace (if you like prettiness you should check it out!) 

Sunday Michael had a paper to write but every one of his aunts and uncles from his mom's side of the family were in town and at his grandpa's house (his mom has 10 siblings and their pretty scattered, so it's a big deal when everyone is in one place at one time)--largely because his aunt and new baby cousin were in town so everyone wanted to see the baby. So-I went without him, and it was so nice to see everybody (and get some baby cuddles)! 

My Barefoot wine work schedule is "currently on hold" (ask me how annoyed I am by that) so I'm currently not able to work until that's taken care of, so I spent most of the week just getting some stuff around the house done, making a few recipes for this blog (yay!), and generally relaxing and being lazy lol. Tuesday I did get to spend some time with our friend and his 3 daughters (the twins were a couple of our flower girls) because he had them for the week. And Thursday I got to spend a little time with my friend Molly and check out her amazing new dance/performing arts studio that she opened (if you're in the Canton area, I hiiighly recommend Inspire Performing Arts Center!) Today is a rare Saturday where...I'm doing nothing! So I'm going to enjoy it!

Posts from this week 
Flourless Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies

Recent links bookmarked (visit my Pinterest for more)
Mint Chocolate Icebox Pie (Baking a Moment)

Movies/TV Talk (assume there'll be spoilers)
Game of Thrones-Arya is still awesome (although wtf was that random scene with Ed Sheeran? Lol) as is Lady Mormont (take that, patriarchy!). Little Finger is still gross. Sansa is still kind of a brat. But like what really matters here is DRAGONSTONE. AND DRAGON GLASS. AND DANY!!!

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

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Flourless Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies

Flourless Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies
Here it is--my first recipe that I've made and photographed for the blog since that darned first trimester fatigue/nausea hit me. And-of course-the lighting was not my friend. So...sorry about the pictures. Bear with me.
Flourless Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies
Now the important thing here is HOW GOSH DARN TASTY these are. They're are super duper peanut buttery, very very flavorful-and there's no flour or butter. Lots of winning. Full disclosure, though--forming the dough into balls was THE BIGGEST PAIN IN MY BUTT. They were so crumbly and it was rough. Now-this may be partly because I used PB & Co peanut butter which I thought wouldn't count as natural peanut butter but...maybe it did and affected the texture. I couldn't tell you. But but but seriously they're so yummy.
Flourless Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies
Michael was a giant fan of these cookies-they got sent in his lunches every day (I love that I'm already well versed in packing lunches before even having given birth) and they were perfect for my occasional peanut butter cravings (which I'm attributing to the fact that I haven't been eating a ton of meat since getting pregnant so I probably needed the protein.) Whatever reason you may have for wanting them, you won't be sorry you made these cookies. Even if you're cursing their existence when you're scooping and shaping them :P

Flourless Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies

From Averie Cooks

Flourless Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies
Makes approx. 12-20 cookies, depending on size
  • 1 cup creamy peanut butter (do not use natural or homemade pb!)
  • 1 cup light brown sugar, packed
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 cup chocolate chips (or 6 oz. semisweet, dark, or bittersweet chocolate, chopped into chunks)
  • To the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment (or just a large bowl and using a hand mixer), combine peanut butter, brown sugar, egg, and vanilla, and beat on medium-high speed until well-combined and the sugar is fully incorporated and no longer grainy. Scrape down the sides of the bowl as necessary.
  • Beat in the baking soda.
  • Mix in the chocolate chips or chunks until evenly incorporated.
  • Scoop out mounds of cookie dough onto a parchment lined baking sheet or a large dish (using a medium cookie scoop is ideal but you can make them as large or small as you desire)--you may have a hard time keeping them together because of all the chocolate, use your hands to form them as best as you can if they start to fall apart. Flatten slightly (if possible) and cover with plastic wrap. Refrigerate for at least 2 hours or up to 5 days. 
  • Preheat oven to 350F degrees and, if you haven't already, line a baking sheet with parchment paper or silicone baking mat or spray with nonstick cooking spray. Place refrigerated dough balls on the prepared sheet, leaving at least 2 inches between each cookie. Bake for about 7-10 minutes (although this could vary if the cookies are particularly small or large)-until the edges are set but the middle still looks a bit underbaked. 
  • Let cookies cool on the baking sheet for 5-10 minutes before transferring to a rack to finish cooling. 
  • Keep cookies in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 1 week, or in the freezer for up to 4 months. (Unbaked cookie dough can also be frozen for up to 4 months, so you can bake only as many cookies as desired and save the rest of the dough to be baked in the future.)
Flourless Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies
If you're a peanut butter lover, these cookies will be your friend.

Saturday, July 15, 2017

Something Saturdays (7/15/17)

This has been a pretty good week, actually! Busy but not overwhelmingly so-the perfect balance :).

Saturday night, Michael and I ended up checking out a new restaurant that just opened near us (Walther's Twin Tavern) and had a  super nice evening. Sunday we slept in and then got some things done around the house-such as putting together our new end table. Monday I checked out a sale and bought a ton of cloth diapering things before coming home and cooking. Tuesday and Wednesday I just got some stuff done (although I also, briefly, saw Michael's cousin for a bit on Wednesday). Thursday I hung out a little with my cousin before cleaning the kitchen (which I despise because of how quickly it gets dirty again). Friday I worked. Today I have a wedding-the better kind of work! 

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