Nov. 15, 2017
  • SUGAR COOKIES
  • 3/4 teaspoon baking powder

    Directions

    Sift together flour, baking powder, and salt. Set aside. Place butter and sugar in large bowl of electric stand mixer and beat until light in color. Add egg and milk and beat to combine. Put mixer on low speed, gradually add flour, and beat until mixture pulls away from the side of the bowl. Divide the dough in half, wrap in waxed paper, and refrigerate for 2 hours.

    Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.

    Sprinkle surface where you will roll out dough with powdered sugar. Remove 1 wrapped pack of dough from refrigerator at a time, sprinkle rolling pin with powdered sugar, and roll out dough to 1/4-inch thick. Move the dough around and check underneath frequently to make sure it is not sticking. If dough has warmed during rolling, place cold cookie sheet on top for 10 minutes to chill. Cut into desired shape, place at least 1-inch apart on greased baking sheet, parchment, or silicone baking mat, and bake for 7 to 9 minutes or until cookies are just beginning to turn brown around the edges, rotating cookie sheet halfway through baking time. Let sit on baking sheet for 2 minutes after removal from oven and then move to complete cooling on wire rack. Serve as is or ice as desired. Store in airtight container for up to 1 week.

     
     
     
     
Nov. 15, 2017

Below is a recipe for some comfort food. Who doesnt love to eat nice warm fresh cookies straight from the oven on a cold fall or winter day. I always find comfort in a nice calm day (unlike the one I had the other day, lol) being at home listening to my favorite music while baking in my kitchen. 

My kids absolutely love making cookies of any kind but especially love chocolate chip with coconut. You can add other things such as nuts, m&m's, vanilla chips, mint chips, whatever you prefer in your cookie. Personally I love chopped pecans and a little grated ornge zest. 

Do something nice for someone today, tomorrow or whenever you have time. Make them some cookies and make their day!!!

Nov. 15, 2017

Coconut Chocolate Chip Cookies Recipe

 

Prep time: 10 minutes

Bake time:15 minutes per batch

Makes 2 dozen large cookies

 

Ingredients

  • 2 cups  all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 1/2 cups  granulated sugar
  • 1 cup unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 3 1/3 cups  unsweetened shredded coconut
  • 1 1/4  cups semisweet chocolate chips

2 Mix the dry ingredients: In a small mixing bowl, stir together the flour, baking powder, and salt. Set aside.

3 Beat the sugar and the butter: With an electric mixer or in a stand mixer with a paddle attachment, beat to

Beat the sugar and the butter: With an electric mixer or in a stand mixer with a paddle attachment, beat together the granulated sugar and butter on medium speed until combined, 30 to 60 seconds. Scrape down the sides of the bowl with a bowl scraper and the beaters.

4 Mix in the eggs and vanilla: Add the two eggs and vanilla to the butter-sugar mixture and beat at medium speed until no clumps or streaks remain, 20 to 30 seconds. Scrape down the sides of the bowl and the beaters.

5 Mix in the flour: Add the flour mixture and beat on low speed just until almost all of the flour has been incorporated, 20 to 40 seconds.

6 Mix in the coconut and chocolate chips: Add in the shredded coconut and chocolate chips and beat on low speed until the shredded coconut and chocolate chips are evenly incorporated.

7 Chill, if needed: If your dough feels very soft or warm at this point, chill the dough for 30 minutes before scooping and baking. This will help the cookies keep their domed shape a better. It's also fine to use the dough right away, but except the cookies to spread a little more than pictured.

7 Scoop the dough: Use a large cookie scoop (about 4 tablespoons) to scoop the dough out onto one of the baking sheets. Space the cookies about 1 1/2 inches apart. Leave as is for domed cookies, or flatten slightly with the bottom of a water glass for flat cookies.

8 Bake the cookies: Bake the cookies, one sheet at a time, for about 15 minutes. Rotate your cookie sheet halfway through cooking so the cookies bake evenly. While the first batch bakes, scoop the cookies for the next batch.

The cookies are done when the bottoms are golden brown (which you can just start to see around the bottom edge) and the tops feel dry. The cookies will be soft when first out of the oven, but will firm up as they cool.

9 Cool the cookies: Cool the cookies on the baking sheet for about 5 minutes. Transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.

Cookies will keep in an airtight container for about a week, or in the freeze for 3 months. (Microwave frozen cookies for about a minute to warm.) You can also freeze the balls of unbaked cookie dough; bake straight from the freezer and add a few extra minutes onto the bake time.Image result for coconut chocolate chip cookies

 
Nov. 14, 2017
Nov. 14, 2017

First let me say that I am Grateful each day that I wake up, no matter the situation. With that being said I have to also say that this day was very overwhelming to say the least. I woke up feeling anxious, nervous and totally overwhelmed. Why? I have no idea but I know that it was a task just to function and do my daily chores today.  Do you ever have days like this?, I am sure that you do. I always have to just keep pushing through even with tears at times. The more I tried to do the worse things just seem to get. I had plans to do a lot of things, like decorate some more for Christmas, put the wreath on the front door, put up a second Christmas tree, and the list goes on. Instead I found myself struggling just to get the floors vacumed and the laundry done while also trying to rearrange some household items and make the beds. 

It seems like on days when I am already overwhelmed that anything and everything that could possibly happen, happens! Or I get one phone call after another from a bill collector, a telemarketer or just an annoying knock at the front door. In the midst of trying to accomplish what I set out to do I also remember other things that I should have already done. By mid afternoon I was on the verge of either giving up completely or thinking maybe I should have just stayed in bed this morning. Either of those would have probably been a good choice at the time except for one thing, I don't have the personality of a quitter, I will keep going and going even in the midst of a storm. Where other's give up or give in I power on through by what ever energy I have left inside of me (which was very little today). I wouldn't even say there was any energy inside of me so I suppose I got through it on a wing and a prayer. 

It's strange how life can throw things at you one after the other like you're standing in the middle of a ball field just waiting to get hit by the next ball. The day before was a great day and I had so many plans and was feeling like I was on top of the world with great joy and that all was well in my own little world. But today however was a totally differant outlook on things. I was even sitting in the carpool line thinking how strange it was that I was there but no one else ever pulled up behind me when what to my surprise was that I got there an hour and 45 minutes to early. WOW! Example of how messed up my day was, or rather I should say my mind was. By evening I said "enough" Made myself a cup of coffee and called it a day. As I set reflecting on just how hectic and overwhelming the day was my mind started thinking of everything good instead of all the things that had gone wrong. The boys & I had dinner and then watched a movie and all was good in the world once more. The moral to the story is this...We all have bad days, but everyday is a good day if we wake up each morning to have a new start. What we do with each new day and what we make of it is totally up to us regardless of the circumstances and the situations of the day.