Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Chocolate Chip Coconut Walnut Cookies


Chocolate Chip Coconut Walnut Cookies

Yield: 24-26

Ingredients:

2 sticks of softened salted butter
1 cup of brown sugar
1 cup of granulated sugar
2 tablespoons of vanilla extract
2 large eggs
2 1/4 cups all purpose flour
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 cup shredded coconut
1 bag of Ghirardelli  semi-sweet chocolate chips
1 cup of chopped walnuts

Directions:
1. In your Kitchen Aid mixer add your softened butter and blend with the paddle attachment.
2. Add your sugars and vanilla and mix well on medium.
3. Add your eggs one at a time and mix well on medium.
4. Add your flour, salt, powder, and soda and mix well on low.
5. Add your coconut and mix on medium.
6. Add your chocolate chips and walnuts and mix well on low.
7. Preheat your oven to 375 F.
8. Spray your cookie sheets with cooking spray and spoon your cookie dough on to the sheets. I spoon 6 balls of dough on to each cookie sheet. After the balls of dough are portioned I lightly pat the dough down to spread into even circles making them about 3/4 of an inch thick and 3 inches in diameter each.
9. Bake at 375 F for 9 minutes. After each batch is done, pull out of the oven and leave on the pan for one hour before removing. This creates the perfect crunch on the outside and soft gooey middle. YUM!

I used to make Chocolate Chip Walnut Cookies "plain", but then one day I added coconut and it made all the difference! My husband doesn't even like coconut, but now he only likes the cookies when I make them with coconut! Just wanted to share, for anyone who is thinking "ewww coconut is nasty!"  :)

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Pinterest Fail!

     My son's second birthday was two weeks ago and it was almost a complete disaster. I planned and planned and planned his party for six months. I thought about everything I wanted to do, what decorations I wanted to put up, what cake I wanted to do, who to invite, what invitations I wanted to make, etc etc. Then, the week before his birthday party things just kept piling up that needed to be taken care of. The night before his party I sat down at my craft table and cranked out as much as I could possibly do in one night. It was a disaster, to say the least. The next morning I was a ball of nerves trying to get all the food prep done.
      I made two cheese cakes that I was going to stack on top of each other, I have been making cheese cakes for years and have never made a bad one. Everything just seemed to be going wrong with the chocolate ganache, Reese's cups, etc. I was so dissapointed with what I was serving to my guests I just wanted to cry.

I had planned on making this cake for his Monkey Themed party:




     This is what it ended up looking like:



Pinterest fail....Big Time! This is our first birthday party at our new house, so I officially know how NOT to throw a party at our house!

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Chocolate Peanut Butter Cup Cheesecake Ice Cream


Chocolate Peanut Butter Cup Cheesecake Ice Cream

Ingredients:

1 cup Whole Milk
2 cups Heavy Cream
3/4 cup Sugar
1 tablespoon Vanilla Extract
1 cup chopped Chocolate Peanut Butter Cups
1 large slice of Cheesecake (chopped)

Directions:

1. In a bowl mix together the milk and sugar with an electric beater until combined (about 2 minutes).
2. Mix in the heavy cream and vanilla.
3. Turn on your Ice Cream Maker and slowly pour in your creamy mixture.
4. Run the machine for 25 minutes.
5. Add in the chopped peanut butter cups and let the machine run for 2 minutes.
6. Add in the chopped pieces of cheesecake and let the machine run for 3 minutes.
7. Put in a plastic container with a lid for at least an hour to firm up.
8. Enjoy!



Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Strawberry Ice Cream



Strawberry Ice Cream

Ingredients:

1/2 quart of sliced Strawberries
2 tablespoons of Lemon Juice
1 cup of sugar (divided)
1 cup of Whole Milk
2 cups of Heavy Cream
1 teaspoon of vanilla extract

Directions:

1. In a bowl add your strawberries, lemon juice, and 1/3 cup of your sugar. Mix well to marinade. Continue to stir, periodically, for two hours.
2. In a separate bowl, mix together your whole milk with the remainder of your sugar. Use an electric beater to mix the sugar into the milk. Blend for about 2 minutes.
3. Add your heavy cream, vanilla extract, and the juice from your strawberries. Mix well for about 30 seconds.
4. Turn on your Ice Cream Maker on and slowly pour in your cream mixture. Let that run for 25 minutes.
5. Add in your strawberries and run your Ice Cream Maker for 5 minutes.
6. Place in a container and let your ice cream firm up in the freezer for at least 1 hour.
7. Enjoy!

Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Frozen Yogurt Bites




Frozen Yogurt Bites:

1 gallon sized Ziploc Bag
1 32 oz container of blended flavored yogurt

Directions:

1. Scoop desired amount of yogurt into the Ziploc bag and seal.
2. Snip a small hole in one corner of the bag.
3. Pipe 1 inch dots of yogurt on to a parchment paper lined cookie sheet.
4. Place in the freezer for at least 1 hr.
5. Enjoy on a hot summer day!




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Sunday, July 1, 2012

Toy Organization





      I bought two Room Dividers, from Costco, for about $200. The canvas bins are included with the shelving units. The bins and cubicles are perfect for organizing and putting away toys. I love being able to find any toy that my demanding toddler desires in a matter of seconds. The bins are also at a great height for toddlers to be able to search for their desired toys on their own. The quality of the Room Dividers and the bins are decent and will hopefully withstand many years of children pulling themselves up on them, beating them up with toys, coloring on them, and playing hide and seek in them.