5 Ingredient Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies

That’s right, a five ingredient, gluten-free cookie that is PACKED with peanut butter flavor.  Big Guy was a little hesitant at first about these cookies because of the two words “gluten” and “free” but I promised him that these would not taste healthy.

They are indulgent and rich and you only need one to tame that sweet tooth that you get post-dinner.  They are super simple to make and they’re also freezer friendly.  So you better believe I have a stash that I’ve hidden for those nights when I want something sweet but I haven’t gotten around to making anything.

Here’s what you do:

Whisk together 2 cups of coconut sugar with 2 eggs.  Add in the vanilla and salt.

Add an entire 16 ounce jar of peanut butter and mix with a spatula.  Add in the chocolate chips and stir.  Now let the bowl of deliciousness literally “chill out” in the fridge or freezer for at least 15 minutes.

Using a cookie scoop, arrange on a baking sheet covered with parchment paper and bake for 11 to 13 minutes.  Allow to cool slightly before removing from the pan.  Then allow to cook completely before storing.

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Note:  These do not spread out like regular cookies.  They are more round and almost like cookie bites.

Now where did I stash those cookies…

 

Antipasto Pizza

Happy Monday, friends!  I hope you all had a fantastic weekend.  We spent Friday night hosting “A Night in Havana” which was so much fun and we couldn’t have asked for better whether when it came to dining outside.  Saturday I was up early to teach class and then we spent most of the day lounging by the pool before heading home for a “date night in.”  And on Sunday we got in a long walk and brunch before getting cleaned up and going to a friends house for a gender reveal (it’s a boy AND a girl!).  We ended the weekend in the best way with pizza!

I loosely based our pizza on this recipe but I used our favorite crust recipe.  We decided to grill our pizza so we threw the dough on the grill and then after three minutes flipped it and then added ALL the toppings:

Marinara Sauce

Sautéed mushroom, red onion and garlic

Olives

Salami

Prosciutto

Roasted Red Peppers

Mozzarella

Fresh Basil

Allow the pizza to grill until the crust is cooked through and beginning to brown and the cheese is nice and melted.

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Serve with an extra sprinkle of fresh basil and dig in.

Pizza Pizza!

Friday Favorites

Weeks that “start” on Tuesday sure do go by fast!  It’s been a busy week trying to fit five days into four plus tying up a few loose ends for two events (one was last night and one is tonight).  What does your weekend have in store for you?  Tonight we’re co-hosting Supper Club and I’m so excited about the theme, “A Night in Havana.”  Bring on the mojitos!  My brother and SIL plus the babe are staying here the night and I cannot wait to snuggle my nephew a little more.  Saturday is wide open minus teaching at 8am and Sunday is pretty open minus a little gender reveal party we’re attending.  Perhaps I’ll find time to hit the pool and I’m certain I’ll find time to make something amazing in the kitchen and pour myself a glass of wine.  Have a good one, friends!

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Favorite Spread:  A Late Spring Cheese Board with Beet Whipped Feta.  A platter of my dreams.

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Favorite Layers:  Lemon Poppyseed Cake.  Lemon desserts are one of my favorites.  And it’s so beautiful.

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Favorite Advice:  5 Real People on the Small Lifestyle Shifts They Made to Save Money.  Because saving money is easier said than done.

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Favorite Weekend:  Chicken Burgers with Jicama and Candied Jalapeños.  I’m not usually a fan of chicken burgers but this looks insane.

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Favorite Splurge:  Persifor Women’s Capri Riviera Kilpatrick Dress.  A little pricey considering it’s cotton but I love the print.

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Favorite Craving:  Blackened Salmon Caprese Skewers.  I know Big Guy won’t touch these so I might need to fire up my grill pan inside.

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Favorite Recipe to Save:  Chocolate Zucchini Muffins with Avocado.  The day will soon come when I’m up to my ears in zucchini…

 

Favorite Read:  Adulting.  So interesting and I can totally relate.

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Favorite Salad That’s Not a Salad:  Spicy Peanut Soba Noodle Salad.  This looks delicious.  I love a good peanut sauce.

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Favorite Sipper:  Pineapple Punch with Ginger Beer.  Say “hello” to my Saturday cocktail.

 

Cheers!

Friday Favorites

Bring on the three day weekend!  Like I say every year, Memorial Day Weekend is the unofficial start to summer in my world.  The past few weekends have been quite full and the coming weekends look just as hectic (but fun!) so I’m excited that this weekend doesn’t really involve a lot of plans.  I’m hoping to relax, sneak in some walks and enjoy a crisp glass (or two) of rosé.  I hope your weekend is swell and I’ll see you next week!

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Favorite Icy:  Frozen Peaches and Cream Cake.  The perfect summer dessert after a long day in the sun.

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Favorite Roundup:  35 Recipes for Your Memorial Day Weekend.  The only place you need to go for food inspiration this weekend.  From appetizers to mains to drinks, Gaby has you covered.

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Favorite Curious:  What Your Go-To Breakfast Says About Your Personality.  I eat a lot of yogurt in the mornings.

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Favorite “Appy” Hour:  Avocado, Spinach and Artichoke Dip.  This reminds me of the dip I shared yesterday but better because #avocado.

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Favorite Intrigued:  Everything I Know About Essential Oils.   My mom has recently gotten interested in essential oils and the more I hear, the more I want to know and the more I want to try.  I’m especially interested in the lemon and the peace and calming oils.

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Favorite Bowl of Food:  Tequila Shrimp Taco Salad.  I love everything about this dinner.

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Favorite Top:  Ann Taylor Striped Off The Shoulder Ruffle Sweater.  Classic yet fun and perfect for almost any summer occasion.

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Favorite Throwback:  Friday Favorites {NOLA edition},  A friend was asking me about restaurants in New Orleans and I couldn’t help but day dream about our trip a little over a year ago.  Weekend trips are one of my favorite things in the whole world.

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Favorite Side Dish:  Caprese Pesto Pasta Salad.  I’m really into pasta salads lately so I’m rolling with it and kind of want to make this over the weekend.

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Favorite Shaken:  Jam Cocktails.  How fun!  I think I would go for the Blackberry Gin Cocktail.

 

Cheers!

And HAPPY BIRTHDAY (tomorrow) to my BROTHER, TAYLOR!!!!!!

Friday Favorites

Happy Friday!  This weekend has been a long time coming:  my niece is coming to visit!  We promised her when she turned 5 that she could come spend a weekend with Aunt Emmy and Uncle Chris all by herself and we finally coordinated our schedules so we could make it happen.  We have a fun weekend planned and can’t wait to spend some one-on-one time with my favorite 5 year old.

Here are my favorites from the week:

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Favorite Layers:  Chocolate Layered Zebra Mousse Cake.  How fun is this cake?

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Favorite Dip:  Curry Hummus.  What a perfect snack.  Or lunch.  Or dinner.

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Favorite Tropical:  Hacienda Convertible Gown in Kauai Kisses.  The perfect summer dress in a fun palm print.

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Favorite One-Pan Dinner:  Lemon Basil Chicken.  Because sometimes life is crazy and you need easy dinner ideas.

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Favorite Carbs:  Breadsticks with Homemade Ranch and Pizza Sauce.  I need a night of nothing except catching up on DVR and breadsticks.

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Favorite Spring Cleaning:  5 Strategies for Organizing Your Pantry (And Keeping it That Way).  I love nothing more than organized closets.  And drawers.  And rooms.

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Favorite Date Night In:  Seared Scallops with Porcini Mushroom Risotto.   Drooling.  This dinner is begging for a bottle of white wine.

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Favorite Purchase:  2017-2018 Simplified Planner.  After years of using the same planner, I’ve upgraded.  I love that every day has it’s own page which means lots of room for LISTS.

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Favorite From Scratch:  Homemade Cinnamon Raisin Bread.  I adore cinnamon raisin bread but I’ve never tried to make it at home…

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Favorite Poolside Sipper:  Strawberry Gin Lemonades.  Summer is right around the corner!

CHEERS!

Mushroom Cheese Ravioli with Rosemary Butter Sauce

Say “hello” to your next date night in dinner.  While I love going out to dinner and traveling to fun new cities, there’s something about a cozy evening in with a delicious home cooked dinner and a bottle of wine.  And while we haven’t had one in a couple weeks and I’m not really sure when our next one will be, I couldn’t resist sharing with you the dinner we made during our last date night in.

And don’t be scared of this recipe.  We made homemade pasta but it is NOT necessary.  In fact, the recipe called for wonton wrappers that you find at your grocery store and we made the decision to make the recipe more difficult.  So there is no excuse not to make these raviolis.

The ravioli filling is a mixture of sautéed mushrooms, thyme, ricotta cheese, fontina cheese and parmesan cheese.  The filling is so simple but it really makes the earthiness of the mushrooms shine through.

The sauce is light (aka not full of cream) but still FULL of flavor.  The butter is browned before adding in some garlic and rosemary (is there any better smell?).  Then add in some chicken broth and/or some white wine plus salt and pepper and let it reduce.

The combination of the mushroom and cheese ravioli plus the rosemary butter sauce is magic.  We did not even miss the meat in this dinner.

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Oh, date night, you’re my favorite.

Charred Corn + Bacon Pizza with a Cream Cheese Stuffed “Everything” Crust

I have to be honest – there are a million thoughts swirling in my head right now.

“What should I pack for the weekend?”
“What dress should I buy for Logan’s wedding?”  (this is taking up way too much room in my brain)
“How am I going to decorate for an event that I’m ‘hosting’ on June 1?”
“What are we going to do with Haines next weekend?”
“What are we going to do Memorial Day weekend?”

I feel better now.

(please know that none of these “worries” are serious – I’m just having a hard time concentrating on one task at a time currently.)

But because I need to seriously pack for the weekend I’m going to skip my favorites around the WWW this week and share with you an insane pizza we made a couple of weekends ago.

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INSANE!

We started our pizza like most and made our favorite dough from Jessica’s cookbook.  But we made the crust a little more insane by adding a cream cheese filling to the outside and then sprinkling the crust with an “everything bagel” seasoning that included sesame seeds, garlic flakes, onion flakes, poppy seeds and flaked salt.

The pizza itself was topped with fontina cheese, charred bacon, red onion and even more cheese (fontina and mozz).  After baking, top the pizza with a sprinkle of green onion.

Ya’ll – this pizza was so good.  I think we ate in silence with a few “this is so good” statements thrown in here and there.

MAKE THIS PIZZA.  You don’t have to make your dough from scratch.  But you do have to STUFF the crust.

INSANE.

p.s. Happy Mother’s Day to ALL the fabulous moms out there.  I am incredibly blessed to have my Momma and there’s no one else that deserves more celebrating than her.  But I was also blessed with two amazing mother-in-laws when I married Big Guy.  Sunday will probably be a little sad for Big Guy because we won’t have his Mom to call or wish a Happy Mother’s Day but I am so thankful for her and for the man Big Guy is today.  Big Guy’s step-mom (a word we don’t really like to use because she’s so much more than that) also deserves celebrating and we love her SO much for all she has done for us both.