Saturday, October 21, 2017

Something Saturdays (10/21/17)

Things are getting kind of hectic, this baby is coming soon! Last weekend I had my last wedding of the year and it went really well, it was the perfect way to end the year <3 Sunday, Michael and I pretty much set up the whole nursery (just a few things still need put away or set up later because we don't have them yet). It's so cute and I'm so in love! Once it's done done I'll share more photos and maybe actually do a house tour while I'm at it, we've been here for a year so it's probably about time lol. We also went to Michael's mom for dinner with some of his relatives who are in town, including his cute baby cousin, Wesley (he is so tickled by the fact that he's 31 with a 7 month old cousin)--and of course Michael got a bit emotional, too, all like ,"we're going to have one of these!" It was so so cute. Monday I got some stuff done, including making cheddar pierogi to eat for the week + more to freeze for when baby is here. Tuesday I went to visit with some of my dad's family that I'm close with and pretty much only see when I drive down and see them once a year. Wednesday I realized I had come down with a cold, and also hung out with my cousin Brianna. Thursday and Friday I worked and trudged through having a stupid cold. Stupid stupid cold. Luckily, I'm already on the mend. 

Today I'm working and then spending time with the hubby and tomorrow we have our last baby shower with his mom's side of the family! Yay!

Posts from this week 

Recipes from the blog that I made this week
Homemade Cheddar Pierogi {with Caramelized Onions}

Recent links bookmarked (visit my Pinterest for more)
New Orleans-Style Beignets (Baker by Nature)

Movies/TV Talk (assume there'll be spoilers)

La La Land-I was super uninterested and uninvested while watching. There's nothing specific I can say was wrong with it-it was well acted and the cinematography was nice so I get why it did well critically but watching it I was just meh.

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

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Healthier NY Times Chocolate Chip Cookies

Healthier NY Times Chocolate Chip Cookies
It's a good day when you have a big, indulgent-as-heck, gooey, and flavorful chocolate chip cookie that's sorta healthified ('s not healthy. It's not spinach. It is a cookie. Just a slightly less bad for you cookie). You feel like you can have it all! And you get to have a treat that makes you feel happy and not at all guilty. Everyone is happy! (Except my stupid hubby who insisted "I can tell they're healthy" and grumbled about just wanting normal cookies. He is spoiled and I disagree with him and don't think these taste healthy at all. And who are you gonna trust, me or the guy who brought you a recipe for drinking spaghetti-o's straight from the can??)
Healthier NY Times Chocolate Chip Cookies
Moving along...

What makes these ccc's healthier than your average cookie? First of all, you use coconut oil instead of butter which makes them dairy free (aside from the chocolate chips, but you can use dairy free chips if you'd like) and everyone knows coconut oil is like miracle food or something, right? Then, you use white whole wheat flour. And finally, the amount of sugar is reduced from your average cookie recipe and we use only unrefined sugars. Just a few little swaps!
Healthier NY Times Chocolate Chip Cookies
Now what makes these cookies delicious? They're inspired by the famous NY Times Chocolate Chip Cookies-which means they're big. And crisp around the edges but omigosh so gooey inside and chewy and full of flavor and chocolate chips and ahhhh I miss them and I want them right now!! Take it from someone with high cookie standards-these are LEGIT.

Healthier NY Times Chocolate Chip Cookies

Healthier NY Times Chocolate Chip Cookies
Makes approximately 16 large cookies.
  • 1 cup + 1 tablespoon coconut oil, room temperature
  • 6 oz. coconut sugar
  • 6 oz. unrefined sugar (I used morena sugar)
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 tbsp. vanilla
  • 15 oz. white whole wheat flour
  • 1 and 1/4 tsp. baking soda
  • 1 and 1/2 tsp. baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp. salt + extra sea salt (or kosher salt) for sprinkling on top
  • 1 and 1/4 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips (you can also use dairy free chocolate chips)
  • Using a stand or hand mixer, cream together the coconut oil and sugar in a large bowl until well combined.
  • Beat in the eggs and vanilla.
  • Mix in the flour, baking soda, baking powder, and 1/2 tsp. salt.
  • Stir in the chocolate chips.
  • Roll the dough into sixteen 3.5 oz. balls and refrigerate for at least 2 hours (or up to 72 hours. You can also freeze dough balls in a freezer bag for up to 3 months. Just let the frozen dough balls sit out while the oven preheats and otherwise bake normally.)
  • Preheat oven to 350F degrees and line a baking sheet with parchment paper or silicone baking mat. 
  • Place chilled dough balls (leaving PLENTY of space in between) on prepared baking sheet and sprinkle with sea salt. Bake 11-14 minutes, until set but still appearing slightly underdone in the centers. 
  • If desired, sprinkle with more sea salt and let the cookies cool on the baking sheet for 10 minutes before transferring to a wire rack to cool completely. 
  • Store leftover cookies in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 5 days.
Healthier NY Times Chocolate Chip Cookies
Taking these photos and not tearing into the cookies was a special kind of torture.

Saturday, October 14, 2017

Something Saturdays (10/14/17)

Hallo hallo!

Considering there's just over 2 months before the young sir arrives, we've started trying to get stuff ready. Michael installed the ceiling fan in his room and we did a bit of shopping last weekend as well. I started trying to make some food to freeze for after he's here, this week, stuff like that. Tuesday I had a doctor's appointment-nothing exciting, everything is good! Wednesday I got to see the new studio space that Perfectly Planned is now calling home (so exciting!) and met with the couple whose wedding I'm coordinating today! Yesterday I had the rehearsal (and a funeral for a close family friend, which is super sad and I won't get into but I'll say this: hug your loved ones. You never know when something can happen) and today is the big day! They're friends of my boss so she'll be attending and I'll be trying to keep her from working :P.

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Roasted Garlic and Caramelized Onion Mashed Potatoes

Roasted Garlic and Caramelized Onion Mashed Potatoes
Sweet and oh so flavorful...roasted garlic and caramelized onions are a few of my favorite things (I tried to plug them into the song but couldn't quite make the rhyme scheme work so just pretend I'm clever and I did it and we all had a good chuckle, mkay?). I also adore mashed potatoes. So putting them all together is pretty much side dish nirvana.  (Especially when you're serving them with french dip sandwiches. That's a good meal, right there).
Roasted Garlic and Caramelized Onion Mashed Potatoes
It's so ironic that I have so many mashed potato recipes on this blog but, in reality, 99% of the time I make mashed potatoes I sort of just wing it and mix stuff up not according to any particular recipe. That's real life, folks. BUT sometimes you wanna mix things up and do something specific and special and that's what happened here with these lovelies.
Roasted Garlic and Caramelized Onion Mashed Potatoes
Creamy mashed potatoes with all the flavorful and somewhat sweet deliciousness imparted by roasted garlic and caramelized onions totally make the time that goes into them worth it! Michael even enjoyed them and generally he's pretty meh on mashed potatoes. Highly recommend!

Saturday, October 7, 2017

Something Saturdays (10/7/17)

Last weekend's wedding went well! It was busy but went pretty smoothly :) Then Michael and I did mostly nothing on Sunday, except for do some online Christmas shopping lol. This week I tried to just get some things done and my day-job giving out wine samples has picked up again so that's good! Today we're having a very early Thanksgiving with Michael's mom because his brother and sister-in-law are in town, but first we're having breakfast with a friend of Michael's who is also in from out of town! Fun fun fun :)

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Whipped Nutella Cream Pie

Whipped Nutella Cream Pie
Hey! Did you know you can make a yummy pie filling with just 2 ingredients? And that those ingredients are nutella and heavy cream? you know. And you know that it's creamy and silky and decadent.

And that it probably is delicious in any kind of pie crust, but I highly recommend a toasted tart crust. Because it's buttery and adds even more hazelnutty goodness. But you do whatever you like!
Whipped Nutella Cream Pie
I love how crazy easy this is to make. And how decadent it is to eat. But be warned-you had better love nutella if you're going to eat this pie because it is FULLLL of nutella flavor. Which I adore. So I was a happy happy camper. 
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