Nutella Chocolate Chip Cookies

We spent the last week turning our kitchen into the cookie factory for Christmas. I decided to bake everyone cookies this year for 3 reasons: Because I wanted to bake cookies for everyone last year, but I didn’t because we were in the process of moving the day before Christmas Eve and nothing was even a little unpacked. Because I got a new stove (with a convection oven!) and I wanted to test it’s power! Because I didn’t want to buy anyone gifts. So cue baking massive amounts of Christmas cookies. And these cookies in particular have been calling my name basically since I discovered Pinterest and food blogs. So the stars of Christmas cookie baking and giant (cheap!) jars of Nutella at Costco aligned and I made them! And now that I have made them, it’s your turn to make them, too! It’s the perfect time! Right before New Year’s and any resolutions to eat healthier, or – god forbid – cut down on your cookie intake. Maybe stick to eating cookies. That way I don’t feel so bad, right? Right. I must thank Add A Pinch for this recipe! I did change up the method a bit, but the glorious ingredient combination is all thanks to her! I also want to add that it is my New Year’s Resolution to post original recipes regularly, to go back to doing Pinterest Recipe Fridays, to maybe add some other features, and to bring my blog back from the dead. So, any help that you would like to give me in the form of re-pinning, sharing, or even commenting on here will be appreciated...
Review: Seven Spoons

Review: Seven Spoons

I’ve always been into cookbooks from bloggers, or people I have some sort of connection to (celebrity chefs who I like to watch being another example) more than cookbooks from just any random person. I hesitate to admit, though, that I didn’t even know this was a blogger cookbook until it came in the mail! So as you can imagine, I was pleasantly surprised. I’m super pleased to finally be able to get this review done (and also make this my debut back into blogging), as this book has been on my dining room counter for more than a few months now begging me to finish reading it – and maybe, JUST MAYBE make something from it’s beautiful pages. Not to mention it has sustained a few feline-caused scratches on it’s cover from my fe-LIONS using it (and everything else on my counter) as a launching pad. First Impressions I’ll be brutally honest, I hate figs. Always, all the time, hate figs. Not that this is any fault of the book or it’s author – and the cover art IS beautiful. But I’ve never been of the opinion that figs were pretty or photographed well, despite that they are so pervasive in the current cookbook scene. The book is well-written, and even though not heavy on the photography side, has very beautiful pictures where they exist. I think the author does do a nice job of balancing a personal “blogger-style” voice with the more professional style of writing. There are no purposeful grammar mistakes here, folks. And in other news, I am so pleased that there is a table...
Clean Slate: Review

Clean Slate: Review

If you’ve read my blog for any period of time, you know I am all about that healthy lifestyle. In my head. Really, I like to eat cheese and Doritos. And buffalo wings. I want to want to be healthy. So, naturally, when I saw this book, I wanted it. And I know some people don’t like her brand, but in my opinion, you can’t go wrong with Martha Stewart. The lady knows her stuff!     First Impressions This book is so bright! Everything is white and light green and pink! It definitely stands out and gives a very CLEAN EATING LIVES HERE impression. It’s a paperback, but it’s pretty sturdy for a paperback. Although the pages are a little matte, they are in color and of good construction. I was pretty happy about the way the book was set up. There was a beginning section for a Reset which gave you tons of information about good fats, what kinds of foods you should choose, smart swaps (like swapping traditional croutons for walnuts). This is all stuff that I pretty much already knew, but it’s nice to be reminded, and it’s especially nice for people who may be starting their healthy eating journey here. The second half of the book is the recipes. The Recipes I’ll be honest here, the actual recipes in the book sound scary and sort of look like cardboard. Overall, that’s pretty disappointing because if healthy eating looks like it doesn’t taste good, people won’t eat it. Really, I’d prefer badly shot Pinterest-style photos over artfully crafted packing peanuts. Being someone who does cook, though,...
The Slanted Door: Review

The Slanted Door: Review

I was pretty excited to get this book! It’s a food genre that I’m not really that familiar with. We have a couple of Vietnamese restaurants here, but I’ve only been to one and I can’t say I remember a lot about the menu. It was Vietnamese, Chinese, and also included Dim Sum. I’ll definitely be throwing some recipes out of it up on the blog as I make them! I am very excited about that part. It’s not often that my kitchen gets to see Asian ingredients or Asian methods. First Impressions I love that this is a big, sturdy book. When I’m reading novels I want them to either be paperback or I want them to be on my e-reader. But with a cookbook, I want it big, heavy, and able to stand up to abuse. I have my things so I can USE my things! It’s not that I don’t take care of my things, it’s just…. No, it’s that I don’t take care of my things. My laptop sits on the counter while I’m cooking and is almost always splattered with foodstuffs, and my cookbook pages have stains and are worn in some places. You get the idea. I am a huge texture person, though, and this book kind of has a rough burlap-like cover. Not my thing. But it’s not like I’ll really be holding it much, right? The pages themselves are pretty glossy, though, which is nice for the pictures! The Recipes First I’ll start off by saying that I really thought it was cool how the recipes in the book were ordered by...
We bought a house!

We bought a house!

We bought a house! We’ve been living here now since December 23rd! Probably the worst time ever to move, but Merry Christmas to us! It’s a 3 bed, 2 bath, and it’s got a 2 car garage. It’s on a little under half an acre, and it’s not fenced on one side, but we will handle that as soon as the ground thaws so that the dog can run freely. We don’t have it all the way set up yet, so I don’t have any images of the house since we’ve been living here. Even though our housewarming party is on Saturday and I need to get on that. I do have real estate photos though! The kitchen is totally gorgeous, too. And bright! I am so excited to be able to take real blog photos. And to be able to post more about things which I don’t need to plan ahead to be done in the brightest of daylight so I can take it over to the window to take pictures. And I’ll be able to take real progress photos or videos, which will be awesome. I’m looking forward to our new lives in this house! Our new kitchen with two pantries! And also all of the living posts I will be able to make and hopefully gardening too, this summer! Now, time to look at some...