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My Morning Meditation Chill Out
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What I Love: Dill Pickle Cashews
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What I Love: Cookies & Cream Popcorn!
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Chocolate Cookies With THE BEST Peanut Butter Frosting
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Time To Decorate For The Holidays… And Dance!
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The Best Travel Mug That Looks Pretty
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Bofinkles and Me Are In Love… Looking for your Pet Partner?
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Ricotta and Tomato Tea Sandwiches
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Chocolate Protein Powder Oatmeal
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2 MINUTE MAPLE SYRUP BREAKFAST SANDWICH

My Morning Meditation Chill Out

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Folgers. All opinions are 100% mine.

Lately I’ve been dealing with some afternoon anxiety, the kind that creeps up on you suddenly when you’re working too hard, multitasking between jobs forgetting to breathe.    I’ve always done too much for work, and too little for me, so I’m trying to learn a little bit at a time why it’s really important to take a minute and chill.

Last year after coming to the full realization that life isn’t about purely about work (hard to believe, I still struggle with this) I started to try to make more time for myself, even if it meant 5 minutes of sitting in the quiet section of the studio staring at the wall, while doing some simple breathing exercises.   Eventually I started to get to into meditation, where I even participated in a group setting.  I started to explore meditation more, and even though I fell off the wagon for a few months, I’m trying to get back on as it was super successful in helping me deal with stress.   How to Destress In the Afternoon_3

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What I Love: Dill Pickle Cashews

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This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Emerald®.  This is my honest opinion that I’m obsessed with their Dill Pickle Cashews!

Based on my multiple pickle recipes (hello, hello again) I guess you can say I love pickles.  We grow cucumbers in the garden specifically for pickles.   I never leave any pickle untouched when they come on the side of a sandwich lunch.  I love peanut butter and pickle sandwiches.    So when I heard that Emerald® came out with Dill Pickle Cashews, I was like YES YES YES YES!
Dill Pickle Cashews

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What I Love: Cookies & Cream Popcorn!

In the What I LOVE series, I’m sharing current things that I love.  Maybe it’s a new restaurant, maybe it’s a new cookie, maybe it’s a new cat toy, maybe it’s… anything!

Remember Savage Garden? Remember their lyrics:

I want to stand with you on a mountain. / I want to bathe with you in the sea. / I want to lay like this forever. / Until the sky falls down on me

Yeah, well that’s how I feel about all the popcorn from Pop Works & Company right now, especially the Cookies & Cream.   It’s really good and I mean reaaaaaaaaaaaalllly good.  It’s so good we’re basically tackling each other to get the few pieces left in the bag.  There’s side eyes being shot at one another when someone says they finished the bag without you knowing it.  This popcorn is popped just right and seasoned with all the sweetness you need.    

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Chocolate Cookies With THE BEST Peanut Butter Frosting

Scrumptious Chocolate Cookies With THE BEST Peanut Butter Frosting.  The most popular cookie that friends and families ask me to make! Recipe makes 2 dozen cookies.

Scrumptious Chocolate Cookies With DA BOMB Peanut Butter Frosting. The most popular cookie that friends and families ask me to make! Recipe makes 2 dozen cookies.

Chocolate cookies aren’t appreciated enough in my opinion.  Usually when you hear chocolate in a cookie you automatically think of chocolate chip cookies, but how about straight up chocolate cookies?  Chocolate cookies are a thing of beauty when you bake them and they get that cracked texture on top.  Now throw on some frosting (that’s right) on top and you have your new favorite cookie.   The holiday season is all about comfort food and cookies are on the top of this list.  Who else receives cookies as gifts from their mother, aunt or sister?  It’s the best! This year I decided I’m going to make cookies and chocolates as gifts to family and friends.   There’s something real special about handing a nicely wrapped tin of cookies that still smell like they came straight from the oven to people you love.   

It’s almost as good as unwrapping a Goblin for Christmas.  Almost.
Scrumptious Chocolate Cookies With DA BOMB Peanut Butter Frosting. The most popular cookie that friends and families ask me to make! Recipe makes 2 dozen cookies.

If you guys can’t tell I’m obsessed with peanut butter frosting right now so I asked why do cupcakes and donuts get to have all the fun? Cookies need decadent frosting too!  I’m sure noone will disagree with this… right?

Scrumptious Chocolate Cookies With DA BOMB Peanut Butter Frosting. The most popular cookie that friends and families ask me to make! Recipe makes 2 dozen cookies.

This might be the best cookie dough I’ve made.  I kept telling myself  “You need to eat dinner tonight, don’t eat anymore!”.  But I did..
Scrumptious Chocolate Cookies With DA BOMB Peanut Butter Frosting. The most popular cookie that friends and families ask me to make! Recipe makes 2 dozen cookies.

You’ll want to roll these into tablespoon sized balls (pictured to left).  Then gently press down with a spoon (not pictured).  And then when they come out of the oven they’ll be perfect (pictured to right).
Scrumptious Chocolate Cookies With DA BOMB Peanut Butter Frosting. The most popular cookie that friends and families ask me to make! Recipe makes 2 dozen cookies.

I just love how crinkly these look on top when they come out of the oven.  When they are finished baking, they’ll be soft, but don’t worry, give them 15 minutes to cool and they’ll harden up.
Scrumptious Chocolate Cookies With DA BOMB Peanut Butter Frosting. The most popular cookie that friends and families ask me to make! Recipe makes 2 dozen cookies.

Now you can totally just use this recipe to just make chocolate cookies.  Throw some powdered sugar on top and you’re done. 

Or you can take them to the next level and add peanut butter frosting on top.  OH LA LA LA.
Scrumptious Chocolate Cookies With DA BOMB Peanut Butter Frosting. The most popular cookie that friends and families ask me to make! Recipe makes 2 dozen cookies.

This peanut butter frosting has become a staple in my recipe book.  I’ve also learned how easy it is to make my own powdered sugar from making this frosting so often. All you do is take 1 cup granulated sugar and 1 teaspoon cornstarch, put in the blender and blend until it has a powdered sugar consistency.  It’s so easy!
Scrumptious Chocolate Cookies With DA BOMB Peanut Butter Frosting. The most popular cookie that friends and families ask me to make! Recipe makes 2 dozen cookies.

If I have chocolate wafers in my baking cabinet, I’ll throw one on top of each cookie.  
Scrumptious Chocolate Cookies With DA BOMB Peanut Butter Frosting. The most popular cookie that friends and families ask me to make! Recipe makes 2 dozen cookies.

Scrumptious Chocolate Cookies With DA BOMB Peanut Butter Frosting. The most popular cookie that friends and families ask me to make! Recipe makes 2 dozen cookies.

Hope you guys enjoy these cookies!
Scrumptious Chocolate Cookies With DA BOMB Peanut Butter Frosting. The most popular cookie that friends and families ask me to make! Recipe makes 2 dozen cookies.

Scrumptious Chocolate Cookies With DA BOMB Peanut Butter Frosting

Ingredients

For the cookies

  • 1/2 cup softened butter
  • 2 tablespoons milk
  • 1/2 cup white sugar
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 cups flour
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda

For the frosting

  • 1 cup powdered sugar I make my own, instructions in Notes below
  • 1/4 cup peanut butter
  • 2 tablespoon milk

Optional

  • Chocolate Wafers

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray cookie sheets with nonstick spray or use silicone baking sheets.
  2. In a large bowl mix butter, milk and sugars together with hand mixer. Add egg and vanilla and continue mixing.
  3. Stir in flour, cocoa powder, salt and baking soda and mix until you have a nice cookie dough consistency.
  4. Roll up tablespoons of cookie dough and drop onto cookie sheet. Use a spoon to lightly press down each cookie.
  5. Bake for 10-12 minutes. Cookies will be soft when they come out of the oven, but don't worry, they will harden up.
  6. Let cool for 15 minutes before removing from cookie sheet.

For the frosting

  1. Add powdered sugar, peanut butter and milk in a bowl and use a hand mixer until it forms into a nice frosting.

Cookie time

  1. Spread generous amount of frosting on each cookie.
  2. Add chocolate wafer on top of each cookie.

Recipe Notes

Makes 24 cookies.
To make your own powdered sugar, mix 1 cup granulated sugar with 1 teaspoon cornstarch in a blender until it is powdered.

 

Time To Decorate For The Holidays… And Dance!

Yesterday I begged Matthew to climb up the ladder and get all the Christmas containers down from the loft.  I’m not good on a ladder so I leave the dangerous chores to him. After passing each one down to me I dragged them to the other side of the room.  Then I coughed because goodness, it’s crazy how dusty this place can get in one year! 

The lids came off the containers, the snowmen were released from their plastic homes and then Mariah Carey came on Spotify.  And then I danced.  And then the cats stared at me as they usually do when Mom is one of her dance moods.  Check out that flip dance move on Bofinkles.  Also apologies to my neighbors but this song is on replay for the next 24 days. 

 

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The Best Travel Mug That Looks Pretty

This weekend we were Upstate (have you heard about our new adventure?) working hard.  On Sunday morning we were on the land bright and early and it was 27 degrees.  I saw ice on the land.  I shivered and shook as I dove into my work clothes.   Then I immediately grabbed my cup of tea that I made 30 minutes before at the motel.   I knew this would warm me up over the next few hours.

No matter if it’s cold or hot outside I always start my morning off with tea.  During the Winter it’s a hot cup of Oolong.  During the Summer it’s a cold cup of Green Jasmine.   When I walk to work in the Winter I carry my tea in my hands just in case I need a quick drink to warm me up while waiting for the Walk sign.  It helps a lot!

So with a Pumpkin bagel in one hand and Contigo’s Travel Mug in another, I was ready to get dirty and work all day long.

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Bofinkles and Me Are In Love… Looking for your Pet Partner?

Did you read my post last week about Brother Bear? I hope so. I’m back with another adoption post… this one to get you to PetSmart for National Adoption Weekend.

If you follow me on Instagram, you know that me and my FiFi Bofinkles have a special relationship, some even say romantic because we kiss so much. Yeah, we really love each other.  

Bofinkles is my babydoll and this month she will officially be with us for 6 years.  We adopted Bofinkles when she was already a senior cat at 9 years. Now she’ll be turning 15, some might call that a old lady, but Bofinkles would swat you if she ever heard you say that.  Bofinkles story is interesting. She was born in South Carolina, so she’s a Southern Belle with drama.  Ask Matthew, he can’t touch her without her biting me. But me? Oh no, I can do anything to her and she will drool happily.  We’re BFFs.

My baby Bofinkles. #iminlove

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Ricotta and Tomato Tea Sandwiches

EASY Ricotta and Tomato Tea Sandwiches that you can make ahead! This easy recipe makes a ricotta garlic mixture to spread on the bread! Use cookie cutters to cut out shapes in the bread – perfect for a afternoon tea party or baby shower!

There’s something about a afternoon get together with mini sandwiches that makes me happy.  Can you imagine a brunch with friends and there’s heart shaped delicious sandwiches waiting for you on the table?  Doesn’t that scream love and yum at the same time?  In this super easy to put together recipe we’re going to make Ricotta and Tomato Tea Sandwiches that you can whip up in just a few minutes.

Ricotta and Tomato Tea Sandwich Ingredients

You only need a few ingredients for this recipe: bread, ricotta/garlic/basil mixture, diced tomatoes, and more basil.   You’ll also need some adorable cookie cutters where you can be creative.  I used hearts here because I love you guys, but stars and festive shapes like pumpkins for Thanksgiving would be super cute too.  Also, cat cookie cutters are always a good idea.  Anything cat is always a good idea.  Trust me.
cookie cutter shapes with bread

Perfect for Afternoon Tea Parties!

You can use any type of bread, I used whole wheat because that’s always something I have in my refrigerator.  Grab a bunch of pieces of bread and start cutting your shapes out.
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Chocolate Protein Powder Oatmeal

Chocolate Protein Powder Oatmeal is a healthy breakfast recipe!  It’s made with chocolate protein powder and chocolate chips! Who doesn’t want chocolate for breakfast?

One breakfast I’ve been loving is Double Chocolate Protein Powder Oatmeal.   With this Double Chocolate Protein Oatmeal I get what I need: protein to keep energy up and chocolate.  Because who doesn’t need chocolate?  And who doesn’t need chocolate in the morning?  I look forward to waking up now!
chocolate protein powder oatmeal

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2 MINUTE MAPLE SYRUP BREAKFAST SANDWICH

These taste like FRENCH TOAST! EASY, YUMMY breakfast sandwich made in 2 MINUTES! This Maple Syrup, Egg, Ham and Cheese Sandwich recipe is great for a quick breakfast! You can freeze the sandwiches to make ahead too!

It’s almost September! Yipee!  You see, I’m a Fall girl so I love everything about these next upcoming months.  But with Fall, comes early mornings.  Maybe it’s back to work (or maybe it’s regular go to work), getting your kids on the bus, making your loved one a on the go sandwich, or throwing together a quick dinner sandwich after basketball practice.  This Maple Syrup Ham, Egg and Cheese Sandwich is crazy good, will fill you up and the best part, it’s made in seconds.  I’m serious.  You can literally have this made in under 2 minutes!

EASY, YUMMY breakfast sandwich made in 2 MINUTES! This Maple Syrup, Egg, Ham and Cheese Sandwich recipe is great for a quick breakfast! You can freeze the sandwiches to make ahead too! They taste like french toast to me!

The sandwich is based on a popular fastfood sandwich, but homemade so you know what’s going into it and you can use the best ingredients.  It hits the spot of being savory (ham, egg, cheese) but with a touch of sweetness (maple syrup).   You can serve it up for breakfast, pack it for lunch (just put the syrup on the side) or make for dinner.  I’m a fan of breakfast for dinner, so make these up and serve with some greens on the side and you’re set.

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