Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Tate's Copycat Chocolate Chip Cookies


2 cups all purpose flour
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp salt
1 cup salted butter (2 sticks)
3/4 cups sugar
3/4 cup dark brown sugar, firmly packed
1 tsp water
1 tsp vanilla
2 large eggs
2 cups semisweet chocolate chips


1.  Preheat oven to 350

2.  Grease 2-3 cookie sheets

3.  In a large bowl, stir together flour, baking soda, and salt

4.  In another large bowl, cream the butter and sugars, then add the water and vanilla.  Mix until combined.  Add eggs and mix lightly.

5.  Stir in flour mixture.  Then, fold in chocolate chips.

6.  Drop 2 tbsp of dough 2 inches apart on cookie sheets. 
7.  Bake from 12-17 minutes or until the edges and centers are golden brown.

Is your mouth watering yet?

I ate about the equivalent of two of these cookies in dough before I baked these...

Enjoy these crispy and delicious cookies for every occasion!

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Shop Profile: Kensie --Amazing Fashion for Women

So I've recently been on an accessory kick, which is why I was so excited when an amazing clothing company, Kensie, contacted me for a feature....I just had to pick a new set of jewels.  And let me tell you...I have never received so many compliments on a single piece of jewelry before in my life!  

Check it out:

The amazing iridescence of the different bright colors combined in this bracelet truly make it an amazing piece of jewelry that matches virtually anything and everything in your wardrobe.  

Kensie is sold through many awesome retailers such as Macy's, Lord and Taylor, Bloomingdale's, and Amazon.  

Check out some of their stuff by clicking here: Kensie Retail Locations

You can get your very own bracelet by visiting their Amazon shop here: Kensie "Naught and Nice" Gold Plated Pyramid Flex Bracelet

Friday, November 8, 2013

Top 10 Must Have Black Friday Apps 2013

Plan out your Black Friday the right way!  Check out these amazing Black Friday sale apps for your holiday shopping this year!

Happy Shopping!

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Guilty Pleasure Chocolate Caramel Chex Mix


8 cups Chocolate Chex cereal
3/4 cup packed brown sugar
6 tbsp butter
3 tbsp light corn syrup
1/4 tsp baking soda
1 cup mini marshmallows
1/2 cup caramels
1 tbsp heavy cream
3/4 cups melted chocolate "candy melts" or chocolate chips
1 tsp sea salt


Pour measured cereal into microwaveable bowl

In a separate microwaveable bowl or measuring cup, combine brown sugar, butter, and light corn syrup.  Place mixture in microwave for 1-2 minutes, stirring after 1. Combine mixture well.

Stir in baking soda until dissolved (so it looks as pictured above).

Pour mixture over dry cereal and mix it in well, evenly coating all cereal.  Once mixed, place the bowl in the microwave on high for 3 minutes, stopping to stir every minute.

Line a cookie sheet with foil or waxed paper and spread and press mixture evenly onto sheet.  Let cool for 10 minutes to allow the cereal to stick together.

Spread marshmallows evenly over Chex Mix.

Next, melt caramels in a microwaveable bowl with the heavy cream on high for 1 minute or until caramel is melted.  Mix caramel until smooth.  Drizzle caramel over the Chex and marshmallows with a small utensil (drip with a spoon as opposed to dumping it in) to keep from getting too concentrated in one area.

Melt candy wafers in a microwaveable bowl (yes, another one!) based on the directions on the bag.  Once melted, stir until smooth.  Place into a piping bag (or ziplock with the corner tip cut off) and drizzle it over the Chex/marshmallow/caramel mixture.  Refrigerate until hardened (only a few minutes).

Break into pieces and you're ready to eat!  This recipe was made for a pot luck lunch at work, and it went over great!  It is incredibly easy to make and great to bring to events!  If you plan on serving it the next day, cover the top of the bowl tightly and let sit at room temperature.  

This is an adapted recipe from the original found here:
Monday, October 7, 2013

Top 12 Sweaters for Fall 2013

Though I am still mourning the loss of the summer sun, I am so excited to get into the season of chunky sweaters, scarves, and boots.  Check out this list of my latest finds to keep you fashionable this fall!

images via shop akira, nasty gal, asos, necessary clothing

1.  H&M Knit Cardigan - $34.95

image via H&M

2.  Shop AKIRA Acrylic Cable Knit Sweater - $69.90

image via shop akira

3.  ASOS J.D.Y. Roll Neck Sweater - $23.63

image via asos

4.  Forever 21 Relaxed Drop Shoulder Sweater - $14.80

image via forever 21

5.  Nasty Gal Cambridge Knit Camel - $68

image via nasty gal

6.  Necessary Clothing Schooler Sweater in Olive - $34.99

image via necessary clothing

7.  Urban Outfitters BDG Twist-Back Shaker Cardigan - $69

image via urban outfitters

8.  H&M Fine Knit Sweater - $14.95

image via h&m

9.  Nasty Gal Between the Lines Knit - $48

image via nasty gal

10.  ASOS Elbow Patch Cardigan - $25.31

image via asos

11.  Necessary Clothing Nahla Long Sleeve in Wine - $27.99

image via necessary clothing

12.  Nasty Gal Forever Fallen Sweater - $82

image via nasty gal
Which is your favorite fall look?
Sunday, October 6, 2013

10 Ways to Spice Up Your Halloween Pumpkins!

What is better than a beautiful fall pumpkin?  Well, .....a beautifully decorated fall pumpkin!  Spice up your home this Halloween season with some awesome pumpkin decorating ideas!

Check them out!

1.  BHG Boo Button Pumpkin

With just some ribbon, glue, and buttons, you can create your own design without the mess of carving or painting! Awesome and so cute.
image via BHG

2.  My Sweet Savannah Chevron Pumpkins

Painting things with a chevron pattern makes anything cuter...
image via my sweet savannah

3.  Crafty Scrappy Happy Pumpkin with Dentures

This one is pretty self explanatory...if you have kids, this is definitely the way to go.  Too funny!
image via crafty scrappy happy

4.  Stylish Eve Glitter Pumpkins

Adding glitter to anything automatically makes it prettier.
image via stylish eve

5.  Mom Always Finds Out Spray Painted Glitter Pumpkins

I love love love the way the black contrasts with the gold glitter...such a pretty touch.  And perfect for Halloween!
image via momalwaysfindsout

6.  HGTV Monogrammed Pumpkins

Personalize your pumpkin with this simple craft!  So cute!
image via HGTV

7.  Create Craft Love Simple and Classy Pumpkin

All it takes is a little paint, ribbon, and metallic trim to make a classy and beautiful pumpkin decoration!
image via create craft love

8.  The Diary of Dave's Wife Spider Web Pumpkin

Transform your pumpkins into creepy crawly Halloween decor with this little trick!
image via the diary of dave's wife

9.  Martha Stewart Translucent Pumpkins

What an amazing idea!  By just carving away part of the outer skin (not carving all the way through), the light inside of the pumpkin glows through in such a warm and beautiful way!  You can try this with multiple designs.
image via martha stewart

10.  Honestly WTF Lace Pumpkins

With a little paint and some lace appliques, you can create your own black and white lace pumpkins!
image via honestly wtf

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