Good morning!! Sorry for the lack of postage last night. I was busy drinking this to make packing more fun (works every time):
And making these!
These are Chocolate Chip Pudding Cookies, which are every bit as amazing as they sound! They’re my grandma’s recipe, and nobody makes a meaner chocolate chip cookie than a grandma. You know?
The recipe is actually from this cookbook:
My grandpa died of cancer when I was in high school, and all of the recipes in this book are from my family members, with all of the proceeds going to the American Cancer Society. It’s a lovely book that I use over and over again. 🙂
The secret ingredient in these yummy little cookies is vanilla pudding, which gives them a perfect consistency and an unbelievable sweet taste. Behold said secret ingredient:
To make Chocolate Chip Pudding Cookies:
—2 1/4 cups flour
—1 tsp. baking soda
—1/2 cup margarine
—1/2 cup shortening
—1/4 cup granulate sugar
—3/4 cup light brown sugar
—1 package instant vanilla pudding (I used French Vanilla)
—1 tsp vanilla
–12 oz chocolate chips (I used peanut butter/choco chip swirl because I felt like it :))
—1 cup chopped nuts
Mix flour with baking soda in medium bowl. Combine margarine, shortening, sugars, pudding mix and vanilla in a larger mixing bowl. Beat until smooth and creamy. Beat in eggs. Gradually add flour, then stir in chips and nuts. Batter will be stiff. Bake at 375 for 8 to 10 minutes. Makes about 7 dozen.
The batter! Mmmm.
The truly amazing vanilla my mom brought me from her trip to Mexico (cooking ingredients from Mexico! This made me REALLy excited; I’m a dork):
These cookies are SO good! I make them often, hence the mix-in of the peanut butter/chocolate swirl chips for a new twist:
Speaking of snacking, last night I came home from working out (I just ran a little over 2 miles) and immediately munched on veggies and hummus, so dinner was fairly light:
A baked swiss + cheddar + marinara sandwich on sprouted rye bread.
Breakfast this morning was one of my fave Friday breakfasts (meaning I didn’t make it—these awesome peeps did!):
Now that I’m hungry again from looking at all of these food pics, I’ll switch topics to…Fun Fashion Friday!
Another column that made its my way to my blog last week. Since shopping occupies an embarrassing chunk of my weekend hours, I figured some of you would probably be interested too!
So here’s some of my fave links this week for your perusing pleasure!
1. Shopittome.com—this website it awesome! For those of us who have a fairly strict budget (me! me!) it’s perfect because all you do is sign up, and they send you alerts when clothes, accessories, etc go on sale. Everything from Juicy to Free People to Victoria’s Secret—they have a HUGE range of stores! You can even sign up with your size for more specific results.
2. The Sartoialist—my friend passed this along to me, and it’s so great! This website is basically for inspiration when you’re in a fashion rut—this guy just started randomly photographing people on the streets of NYC (where else?) that he thought looked fabulous. So you can totally steal their ideas, and no one will ever know, unless they read the website. Eh, it’s a chance I’m willing to take.
3. Glamour.com—my favorite magazine returns to the blog! Their fashion section is ridiculously fun. Take, for example, this article, which explains how a women can burn up to 48,000 calories a year shopping. Seriously, can find a better excuse for retail therapy? I think not. 🙂
Hope these provide some inspiration for the fiscally challenged (such as myself). Happy shopping, and have a great Friday!