Last Friday, I informed a friend that I would no longer be in the business of baking cookies. They don’t ever turn out perfectly; they’re either too crunchy, flat, or mushy, I told her. Maybe I should start baking cookie bars instead? As I love reading blogs, I soon went on my Google Reader and saw a post from Two Peas and Their Pod for Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars. I texted my husband and told him I had discovered a recipe for cookie bars and I was thinking about making them that night. Seeing as how he loves chocolate chip cookies, he was happy!
Since it would only be the two of us eating the cookies, I chose to cut the recipe in half. I used white whole wheat flour as a substitute for the all-purpose flour and extra virgin coconut oil instead of the butter (except for about 1 tablespoon). Coconut oil has recently been getting a lot of press as it is better for you than using regular oil. Katie who blogs at Kitchen Stewardship has a really informative post on coconut oil’s health benefits.
They turned out to be delicious! The cookies were the perfect texture: soft, yet a little crunchy, with gooey chocolate chips. I would definately recommend trying this method of cookie baking. It saves time and cleanup.
Have you ever tried baking cookie bars?
This is my second edition of Top Ten Tuesday hosted by Amanda who blogs at Oh Amanda.
Please note: this list is not in preferential order.
There you have it! What are your favorite movies?
I am joining Jeanett at Life Rearranged for another edition of Insta-Friday, posting all of the pictures I’ve taken during this week.
We were invited to Disneyland with my in-laws and had a wonderful time. We were there Thursday, June 16 through Sunday, June 19th. So a few of my Instagram photos are from that!
Here is my best friend at our hotel, waiting for breakfast, before we went to the Magic Kingdom!
One of the reasons, we love Disneyland is because of the amount of detail they put into everything. This picture was taken primarily for my father-in-law as he owns a janitorial company. Here is a restroom in Critter Country under Hungry Bear Restaurant. So awesome!
We got to celebrate Brianna’s 20th birthday at Disneyland and she was wished a happy birthday so many times, it made me want to go there for my birthday!
Donna, my mother-in-law and I went to one of the California Adventure cast members to ask about fast passes for Toy Story Mania or Ariel’s Undersea Adventure. They informed us that neither ride had fast passes, and then asked how many people are in your party? I said seven. The Cast Member said, let me make a little magic for you. He grabbed a pad of these tickets and said, this pass is good for any ride you want to go on. It will permit your entire party access to the front of the line! I walked around with this GOLDEN ticket in my pocket trying to figure out which ride I wanted to use it on. Finally, after going on Toy Story Mania and waiting for about 40 minutes the first time, I decided we should use it on Toy Story again! We got to walk right up the exit and handed this ticket to the Cast Member and they let us right on the ride. YIPPEE!
This is my new lunch bag. The best thing about this is that it is made of neoprene and I can wash it in the washing machine!!! I really am a germ-a-phobe, so this is great news for me.
This afternoon, about 50 NASCAR big rig haulers drove by my work (near the downtown Capitol). They were honking their horns and drumming up support for the Sprint Cup Series and their race next week at Infineon Raceway (yes, I’ve been there thanks to my Dad bringing me!). This is #14-Tony Stewart’s hauler and I thought this was pretty cool. The Sacramento Bee has an article about this event.
I made spring rolls last night as it was 100 degrees outside!
My friend, Kim gave me the rice paper, vermicelli noodles, and a tutorial on how to make the rolls.
My cousin, Beth was my cooking show audience.
For these rolls I used:
Butter leaf lettuce
Chicken Tenders (marinated in Soy sauce & EVOO)
Green onions, sliced
Wet the rice paper with warm water, shake off, and place on a flat surface. The rice paper will soften and become moldable. Arrange all ingredients in the order listed above. Gently fold paper over the food and fold in the sides like you would for a burrito. Chill until ready to serve.
Slice diagonally. I used Trader Joe’s Satay Peanut Sauce and a sprinkling of peanuts as garnish.
Here is the beautiful and delicious finished product!
This is my second installment of What I Wore Wednesday with The Pleated Poppy. Here is what I wore this week:
Thursday, June 16, 2011
Turquoise Shirt- Kohl’s
Plaid Pants- Thrift store!
Buckle Shoes- DSW
Standard Jewelry- Wedding ring, watch, diamond necklace, (All gifts from Anthony) and silver hoop earrings
Friday, June 17, 2011
Full length…can you guess where we were?
Yellow-striped T-shirt- Aeropostale
Jeans- Thrift store
North Face Jacket- My parents as a Christmas gift
Standard Jewelry- (see above)
Sunday, June 19, 2011
Green T-shirt- Aeropostale
Black Tank- Kohl’s
True Religion Jeans- store in Tahoe
Toy Story’s Woody- made entirely of Lego’s!
Looking at all the coins in the water at the Wharf bridge in California Adventure
Tuesday, June 21, 2011
Black Shirt- Gap
Plaid Skirt- Thrift Store
Earrings- Forever XXI (gift from my cousins and Aunt!)
Standard Jewelry- Necklace & Watch
Buckle Wedge Shoes- DSW
Shoes closeup and yes, I have a star tattoo.
That’s what I wore this week!
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This is a new post I am trying out from one of my newest blogging finds, The Pleated Poppy. Here is what I wore this week:
Thursday, June 9, 2011
Close up of the elephant necklace
Purple tunic- Kohl’s
Black Leggings- Target
Gold Earrings & Necklace- Forever XXI
Bracelet- Lia Sophia Jewelry Party
Saturday, June 11, 2011
On Saturday, we went to San Francisco (see this post for all the details). This picture was taken in the Rickshaw Bags Storefront.
Black shirt- Gap
Jeans- Crossroads Trading, Co.
Scarf- handmade by Me!
Necklace & Sunglasses- gifts from Anthony
Tuesday, June 14, 2011
Close up of my jewelry
Green Shirt- Kohl’s
Striped Pants- Gap
Gold Necklace- Forever XXI
Gold Earrings- Lia Sophia Jewelry Party
Wednesday, June 15, 2011
Black Shirt- given to me by my sister, Heidi
Jeans- Nordstrom Rack
Necklace & Earring Set- Target for only $4!
So, that’s what I wore this week for my first edition of What I Wore Wednesdays. I hope you enjoyed!
One of my friends is celebrating her 30th birthday tomorrow night and asked me to bring a pie to her party. It is a common cooking/baking practice of mine to double whatever I make so I can freeze or give away the other item. Knowing that my husband loves apple pie, I told my friend I would bake one (and make an extra one).
A goal of mine is to make food healthier whenever I can, so I looked for a Dutch apple pie recipe. These pies have a crumble topping and a single crust instead of double. I found this recipe. I doubled the recipe and of course made a few modifications! I used white whole wheat flour from Trader Joe’s instead of regular white flour. I used two pre-made crusts from Trader Joe’s for all 3 pies. For both the filling and the topping. Also for the topping I used 1/2 cup of butter instead of 2/3 cup and used a mixture of flour and instant oats instead of only flour. The result: delicious smelling kitchen and a very happy husband and friend!
Here are the finished pies:
The pies are in the shape of a famous character. Do you know who it is?
One of my grandma’s bought me this cute apron for my birthday. Considering what I made, I had to take a picture in it. Thank you, Mom-Mom!