Friday Favorites

Only three weekends remain between now and BG’s due date.  So I’m trying to make the most of these quiet days.  Obviously we’re staying close to home because, well, babies do what they wanna do when it comes to their arrival.  The only real things I have on the agenda this weekend is good food, organizing the pantry and brunch after church on Sunday.  Other than that, there will be lots of relaxing with little spurts of productivity sprinkled in here and there.  I hope you survived yet another snow (woof) and I pray that’s the end of it until next winter.  Here are my favorites from the week!


Favorite Fun:  White Chocolate Funfetti Rice Krispie Treats.  I am instantly happier just looking at these pretty little bars of sweetness.


Favorite Spring:  Eliza J Flounce Hem Sweatshirt Dress.  I’m so over dressing the bump at this point.  And I’m so ready for spring.  This dress is adorable and can be dressed up or down.


Favorite Bucket List:  Easy Bagel Recipe.  I so want to make bagels at home.  And while I have several recipes saved this one looks to be the easiest (and healthiest).  When do you want bagels, Big Guy?


Favorite Sweet Treat:  Healthy Peanut Butter Cups.  I am totally making these for an after-dinner treat ASAP.


Favorite List:  14 Things to Make Your Life Easier in 2018. My favorites:  “wear looser pants” and “let go of expectations.”


Favorite Snack:  Actually Crispy Baked Chickpeas.  I adore crispy chickpeas.  But they can be hit or miss at actually being crispy.  And one of the tips, peeling the skins, is something I do for homemade hummus but haven’t tried for crispy chickpeas.


Favorite For Two:  Small Batch Meyer Lemon Scones.  There are few things I adore more than the flavor of lemon.  How delightful would these be with a mug of hot tea?  (I think I just aged myself 35 years.)

Favorite Necessary:  Women’s Bean Boots.  If it snows ONE more time, these are being ordered immediately.  But I also think they’d be great for rainy days.  Sometimes my Hunter boots can be a hassle to put on (and take off).


Favorite Dip It:  Wild Mushroom and Chorizo Queso Fundido.  Football season is slowly, but surely, coming to and end.  This would be a delicious way to eat your way through the Super Bowl.


Favorite Trending:  Salted Butter and Chocolate Chunk Shortbread Recipe.  These cookies seriously almost broke the internet last week.  I saw them posted on Instagram at least 20 times.  So that means, they definitely need to happen.  Perhaps tomorrow.





Fudgy Flourless Chocolate-Walnut Cookies

As promised, cookies!!!!  And while they are “flourless” they are far from healthy.  These cookies are incredibly rich and remind me of a mix between a cookie and a brownie.  The outside is slightly crispy and the inside is soft and fudgy.  Big Guy enjoyed the cookies warm with ice cream and I preferred them room temperature.  So you’ll have to try them for yourself to figure out your favorite way to enjoy each and every chocolatey bite.

The cookies start by sifting together the powdered sugar, cocoa powder and salt.  Next, whisk the egg whites until frothy and add to the sugar mixture followed by the vanilla.  The batter is incredibly thick – so don’t think you’ve done something wrong.  Next add in your chopped chocolate and nuts (I went with walnuts because I had some on hand).

When baking, allow a little space between the cookies because they do spread out just a little bit.  Bake until the tops are shiny and cracked – about 10 minutes for me (check at 8 minutes).


These might be some of my favorite cookies – but I adore chocolate and all things fudgy.  The texture was absolute perfection for me.

Perfect for gifting this time of year or keeping on hand for holiday guests.  I even think Santa would approve of these cookies with a glass of milk.

Potato Chip Chocolate Chip Cookies

I’ve been day dreaming of these cookies for weeks now!  When I first ran across the recipe I knew I had to find a reason to bake a batch.  And football season is the perfect excuse to bake something sweet to share with others.


The cookies are sweet and salty and the perfect combo of crisp on the outside, chewy on the inside (thanks to molasses).  The potato chips don’t really give the cookie any flavor other than saltiness but they do add a little texture.  I simply crushed the cookies between my hands before adding to the batter.  And there’s not one but two kinds of chocolate – dark and mini chips.  I also really appreciated that I didn’t need to allow the butter to come to room temperature – simply cream cold butter with sugar for these cookies.

Make sure not to overcook the cookies – they crisp up as soon as you remove them from the oven.


Now if only I had one right now….

Christmas Baking 2016

On the 1st day of Christmas my true love the anti-technology gods gave to me, an iPhone that woooon’t work.  Y’all.  I’m on the brink of an anxiety attack.  Last night I reluctantly decided to update my phone (all because of a dang avocado emoji) and well, it froze.  I went through the same steps I went through a month ago when this happened and nothing.  Finally this morning, at 3:30am, I was able to restore my phone only to have it freeze up again.  This time, I can see the screen and that I have text messages but touching the screen does nothing.  OH, and if it tells me Hello in all the languages of the world any more I’m going to throw it across the room.  I know it seems silly, but say a little prayer that when I have my call at 8:15am with an Apple Tech person that they know more than me and can solve the problem.

In order to avoid a nervous breakdown, let’s talk about recipes!  For the past several years, I pick a day (typically a Sunday) to bake all the things.  I put together little boxes of treats to take to friends around town.  I know I’ll be making a few bundt cakes but I also want to make at least one cookie.  Help me decide!


Chewy Gingerbread Cookies.  All the flavors of Christmas rolled into one soft, chewy cookie.  Super simple but would be incredible on any cookie platter.


Chocolate Espresso Thumbprint Cookies.   These bite sized cookies look insanely decadent and rich.  Perfect for all the chocolate lovers out there.


Christmas Crack.  A non-cookie option!  A family friend brings a big bag of this addictive mix over to my parents every year.  It’s salty and sweet and it keeps in the freezer (!!!!).


Old Fashioned Iced Brown Butter Oatmeal Cookies.  I adore oatmeal cookies.  Filled with cinnamon and browned butter, these chewy cookies sound incredible.


Cranberry Almond Shortbread Bars.   Soft, buttery and filled with sweet cranberries and zesty orange peel.  These remind me of a treat I’ve seen at Starbucks in the past.  These would be amazing with a cup of coffee.


Christmas Chocolate Chip Cookies.  Who can resist a cookies full of chocolate chips and green and red M&Ms?  Not me.


Five Ingredient Cheese Straws.  A little something savory!  Cheese straws are a staple in the South at holiday parties.  This homemade version requires only five ingredients and would be the perfect for the non-sweet tooth person in your life.


White Chocolate Ginger Cookies.  Spicy and sweet!  A classic Christmas cookie with some festive decorations.  So pretty!


So what should be on my list for this year!?!  My baking day is coming up this Sunday.  I think I’m going to try some apple cider mulled wine for the first time and just spend the day listening to Christmas music, watching Christmas music and making an absolute mess in the kitchen.

Bisquick Chocolate Chip Cookies

Congratulations!  We’ve made it to Wednesday.  Let’s celebrate with cookies!


These cookies couldn’t be easier to make thanks to a little help from, you guessed it, Bisquick!

So when I had Big Guy taste a cookie for the first time, I asked him to guess the secret ingredient.  He assumed veggies.  His sisters did the same thing.

Hey, I can’t say I’ve never done that so I guess I can’t blame them.

There are no vegetables in sight.  (I know, whew.)

But there is chocolate, butter, brown sugar, Bisquick, vanilla and an egg.

That’s it.  How easy can it get?


You deserve a cookie.

Christmas Cookies

It’s December!  We can finally talk everything and anything Christmas (despite some of the world wanting to start before Halloween).  Today’s a manic Monday…but here are two cookies that I’ve made recently that would be perfect for any Christmas cookie exchange or any holiday party.  Enjoy!



Angeletti Cookies – I made these for Chris’ sisters.  They’re like little sugar cookie balls.  Cute and delicious.  And super easy to make!  Want to know why I really like this recipe…the butter is melted, not softened (I always forget to lay out).

Lace Pecan Cookies

Pecan-Lace Cookies

Pecan-Lace Cookies – I made these cookies for Big Guy to take home this past weekend.  These cookies take a little time (you can prep the dough far in advance but it must refrigerate for at least 2 hours) because you can only fit 6 on a baking sheet at a time.  They’re fun though!  You roll the dough 1 teaspoon at a time into a ball.  When baked (only 8 minutes) they spread out and look like lace.  So Southern.


Happy Baking!