Month: November 2014 (page 2 of 3)

The Best Ever Dark Chocolate Chunk Oatmeal Cookies

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If I had to pick just one cookie as my ultimate favorite, it would be oatmeal chocolate chip.  No raisins, no walnuts, just decadent chocolate to complement the existing nuttiness of the oats.  So, when I came across this recipe, I added dark chocolate chunks to the mix to make it my own.  I love how this cookie is soft and chewy and not too thin.  It is moist all the way through, which is not always the case for heartier cookies, and you get plenty of oats and chocolate in every bite.

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Each cookie is pretty large, so the batch only makes about 12, but you can always double the recipe if you are making them for a large group or giving them away for the holidays to family and friends.  I plan to bake a few batches and tuck them in decorative boxes to bring with us to my in-law’s house this Thanksgiving and my parents’ house over Christmastime.

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Ingredients:

  • 1 large egg
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter (1 stick)
  • 1/2 cup light brown sugar, packed
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 cups old-fashioned whole rolled oats
  • 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • pinch of salt
  • 1 heaping cup chopped dark chocolate, I used 1 giant bar of Hershey’s Special Dark, mildly sweet chocolate (6.8 oz.)

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Directions:

  1. To the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment (or large mixing bowl and electric mixer) combine the egg, butter, sugars, vanilla, and beat on medium-high speed until creamed and well combined, about 4 minutes.
  2. Stop, scrape down the sides of the bowl, and add the oats, flour, cinnamon, baking powder, salt, and beat on low speed until just combined, about 1 minute.
  3. Stop, scrape down the sides of the bowl, and add the chocolate chunk, and beat on low speed until just combined, about 30 seconds.
  4. Using a 1/4-cup measure, or your hands, form approximately 12 equal-sized mounds of dough, roll into balls, and flatten slightly. Place a few of your leftover chocolate chunk pieces on top of each mound of dough.
  5. Place mounds on a large plate or tray, cover with plasticwrap, and refrigerate for at least 2 hours (I refrigerated this batch for 5 hours). Do not bake with unchilled dough because cookies will bake thinner, flatter, and be more prone to spreading.
  6. Preheat oven to 350F, line a baking sheet with parchment paper and lightly grease with butter or cooking spray. Place dough mounds on baking sheet, spaced at least 2 inches apart (I baked 8 cookies per sheet) and bake for about 12 minutes for super soft cookies, or until edges have set and tops are just set.  Even if slightly undercooked, pale, and glossy in the center, don’t overbake. Cookies firm up as they cool. Allow cookies to cool on baking sheet for about 10 minutes before serving.
  7. Cookies will keep airtight at room temperature for up to 1 week or in the freezer for up to 6 months. Alternatively, unbaked cookie dough can be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 5 days, or in the freezer for up to 4 months, so consider baking only as many cookies as desired and save the remaining dough to be baked in the future when desired.

oatmeal choc chunk cookies on sheet

oatmeal choc chunk cookie bite{Recipe, including ingredients and directions, adapted from the blog, Averie Cooks}

Enjoy!

Fall Florals

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I’m usually not big on floral prints.  They can look too young, too busy, too distracting.  But sometimes they can look just right.  And this dress, which I scooped up at Target for under $30 is the perfect way to introduce floral this fall.

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Top with a cozy faux fur vest and add a pair of comfortable booties and you can take this outfit from church, to brunch, to dinner with friends.

fall florals{TARGET long sleeve belted shirt dress in navy floral, sold out, similar HERE and HERE / CHICWISH faux fur vest / old JCREW classic leather belt, similar HERE /old DOLCE VITA taupe suede booties, similar HERE}

Happy Sunday!

Something For Saturday: Leftover Halloween Candy Trail Mix

Just a little something for Saturday.

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Is there still a ton of leftover Halloween candy in your pantry or in your fridge (which is where our favorites, like Twix, Hershey’s chocolate bars and peanut butter M&M’s linger in a big bowl until the next big holiday comes around)?  For another way to use up your trick-or-treaters’ hard-earned goodies, combine with some healthier options, such as almonds or unsalted peanuts, or with other favorite snacks, like pretzels sticks or Cheerios.

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Store in small Ziploc bags, so you always have a snack on hand or already prepared.

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My favorite is the combination of honey nut Chex, almonds with sea salt, peanut butter M&M’s and mini-marshmallows {above}.  A perfect mix of salty and sweet.

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Emma loves pretzel sticks, mini-marshmallows, cheddar Goldfish, Cheerios, plain M&M’s and pieces of milk chocolate Hershey’s bars {pictured above and below}.

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halloween trail mix

Have a great weekend!

Mad For Plaid

plaid pile side view

Plaid is everywhere this season.  On button-down shirts, over-sized sweaters, scarves and jackets.  And it is one of those patterns that can easily be carried through all winter all long.  I tend to gravitate toward soft, plaid shirts that never go out of style.  I collect new ones each year and love that they can be worn with comfy leggings or jeans, sneakers or tall riding boots, alone or with a vest over top.  And this fall, I picked up two new plaid scarves that were super affordable and are large enough that they can double as blankets when traveling by plane.  Here are some of my favorite pieces of plaid right now.

plaid pile of shirts and scarves

plaid pile{FROM TOP TO BOTTOM: super old RAILS shirt plaid button down, similar HERE & ON SALE / TARGET merona favorite button down shirt / super old J.CREW boyfriend flannel shirt, similar HERE / TARGET women’s button down flannel shirt – merona / old ABERCROMBIE & FITCH plaid shirt, similar HERE}

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scarves rolled{FROM TOP TO BOTTOM: MERONA FOR TARGET oversized plaid scarf – multicolored / MERONA FOR TARGET multicolored oversized plaid scarf – red}

Have a great rest of the week!

Weekday Wardrobe

weekday wardrobe

I have those couple of full head-to-toe outfits that I heavily rely on when I am in a hurry to get ready and out the door.  The same combination of pieces because it’s so much easier to grab from my closet that way.  And this one, full of key essentials, like these walkable suede booties, has become a recurring weekly, weekday wardrobe this fall.  Comfortable, yet pulled-together.  Warm enough for the changing temperatures, but doesn’t leave me looking to peel off layers by mid-afternoon.

weekday wardrobe 2{SANCTUARY via ANTHROPOLOGIE draped anorak vest / ISABELLA OLIVER hamilton maternity top / old DOLCE VITA taupe suede booties, similar HERE / THEODORA & CALLUM earth scarf / HERMES Clic-Clac H Bracelet / GENETIC DENIM shya distressed skinny jeans}

Enjoy your week!

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