Another batch of Nutella chocolate chip cookies this week! We’re going over our friend’s house tomorrow night for dinner and I’m bringing a sampling of cookies along. These ↑ and 5 recipes I tested this week for Sally’s Cookie Addiction.
Lately I’ve been throwing myself into cookbook writing, but it’s been blissfully wonderful turning off the lights in my office each night by 7pm. Normally by now I’d be deep in the throes of writing, purely exhausted writing at 12am and my mind completely evaporating where I can’t even hold a conversation… unless it’s about baking. Stressed and dangerously testing my limits. I absolutely LOVE writing cookbooks, but it’s a large time commitment. We’ve talked about this before, but work/life balance is on the forefront of my mind right now. I recently had a conversation with a friend who reminded me that happiness isn’t just something that lands on our doorsteps, we have to actively seek it out and make it happen.
Here’s to unapologetically taking more time for yourself this year, resting, relaxing, and finding happiness in each day.
Oh and about those Nutella chocolate chip cookies? No dough chilling. They’re a pretty quick and easy cookie recipe!
Here’s my 1st book pick from your suggestions last week: 19 Minutes by Jodi Picoult. I have a hard time getting into books and 19 Minutes seems not only suspenseful and compelling, but thought provoking and emotional as well. Who’s read it? Just got it yesterday.
Tonight’s date night. After the Golden Globe sweep, I talked Kevin into seeing La La Land. Has anyone seen it?
Here’s something I’m in love with right now. In fact, I’m wondering WHAT I did so long without them. These flour containers. I have 4: one for brown sugar, flour, granulated sugar, and confectioners’ sugar. They each hold 5 pounds so if you bake a lot, they’re a fantastic size. They have airtight closure. Kevin actually found them on Amazon and bought me one to start– loved them so much I bought 3 more. I want even more– maybe for cocoa powder and another for chocolate chips. They’re certainly not as gorgeous as some flour containers, so I keep them in the cabinets. Take them all out on baking days.
The containers *do* have a built in leveler inside but you can’t use it unless the container is only half full. However I always suggest spooning and leveling off with a knife or your finger, so I don’t even use the leveler.
It snowed last weekend! Actually, let’s call it a dusting. Nevertheless, it was Franklin’s first time in the snow. He was born in February, but we adopted him in May. So maybe he’s already seen snow? But he sure looked confused and intrigued when we let him out that morning.
What IS this stuff??
( Lol Jude ↑ )
Dogs are doing well! They both have check-ups today at the vet. Jude’s been doing wonderfully since this past Fall when we learned he has mild arthritis. He’s getting older and it shows– we just take it easy with him these days. Still happy as a clam, as always. Franklin’s almost 1 already! He’s about 55 lbs by now– and I notice him getting taller these days. He has so much personality, just like Jude. I honestly don’t know what I’d do without these two! ♥
Did you see the new video for homemade ham and cheese pockets? We made this video a few months ago, but I just shared it the other week. Wanted to SHOW you how simple these are. I use my favorite homemade pizza dough but you can use store-bought dough if you prefer. Instead of ham and cheese, fill with some small pieces of broccoli and cheese! Or pepperoni, cheese, and pizza sauce.
In case you need help drinking enough water during the day OR are throwing a fairytale enchanted birthday party, unicorn straws exist. They’re at Target in the party section!
And lastly: be a cupcake in a world full of muffins.
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