Who doesn’t LOVE cookies?

20170425_123804So I know I normally post about crafts and stuff but today I was making my favorite cookie recipe and I just had to share it with you. I came across this monster cookie recipe on Pinterest a couple of years ago and ever since then it has been my favorite cookie recipe. I have to be honest though, I don’t make it very often because you just have to know it must have a million calorie in it. But they are completely worth it! The original recipe post is here by Kathi.

Basically I finally just got my Kitchenaid mixer and was dying to use it! It was a wedding gift that came in the wrong color and I had to return it and finally got it ordered in the right color. I’ve been waiting all week to finally have a chance to make something and it was a toss-up between homemade cupcakes with homemade frosting or these cookies. I had most of the ingredients for these already in my pantry. I just had to pick up m&m’s. I know the recipe calls for full-sized m&ms but I prefer the mini ones for these cookies. Basically because I don’t like to bite into a big bite of chocolate in these cookies since I like to make them so small and bite sized.

What you’ll need to make these cookies:

1 cup granulated sugar
1 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup butter, softened
12 ounces creamy peanut butter
3 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla
3 1/2 cups oatmeal
2 teaspoons baking soda
1 cup flour
1 cup mini chocolate chips
3/4 cup m&m’s
 
 
These are the instructions that Kathi gives on her post for how to prepare them:
 

Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

1. Cream together granulated sugar, brown sugar, butter and peanut butter. Mix until well combined and then add one egg at-a-time to the mixture until all eggs are thoroughly incorporated. Add vanilla and give it a good stir.
2. With the mixer running on low-speed, add oatmeal, baking soda and flour until dough forms. Remove bowl from mixer and using a rubber spatula incorporate chocolate chips and m&m’s.
3. Place dough on prepared baking sheet with the help of a cookie scoop or about 1 1/2 to 2 tablespoons of dough per cookie. Place in the oven and bake until lightly browned, about 7-9 minutes.

 

Personally I never use the parchment paper when making these cookies. With all the peanut butter in them and the butter the cookie dough is actually quite moist and I never think it’s necessary when I’m using a non stick cookie sheet. I also like to make these cookies rather small. I usually use my melon baller to scoop the cookie dough. Since they are so good I feel less guilty eating a couple when they’re small. Also the recipe calls for a really short cooking time and says they’ll turn lightly brown. I’m not sure if because I make them smaller that they don’t really get very brown on top but they are done in 7-9 minutes. They come out very soft and just need a minute to cool before you can eat a delicious warm monster cookie. 20170425_130338

Catching you all up with my shop

Hey everybody. 

I just wanted to keep all of you few followers up to date on what has been going on with me and my online boutique. This month I have worked hard on improving my online presence a lot. Which is why my blog posts this month have been less. I would love for you all to take a look at what I have going on on my Etsy page! 

This week I even expanded my etsy page into an online shop away from etsy so it looks a little nicer. All my Etsy listings can be found on Pattern here. I would really love to know what you all think!

Aside from working really hard making my etsy side look professional and expanding my listings. I also got my business Facebook, Instagram and Pinterest up and going. They’re actually really fun. I’m not a big fan of using my own personal social media. I’m usually pretty minimal on posting things there on my personal accounts. But my business social media is much more carefree! I can post pictures of my crafts and ideas without worrying what my friends are thinking. Or are worried that they’ll get annoyed with all my craft posts. Posting on my business ones means that whoever is on there looking at my stuff is there because they’re interested. 

I also gave my blog a bit of an update. It highlights more photos of my projects and items listed on my etsy page. I still need to update my header photo to match my branding but oh well, that will happen soon enough. 

If any of you are interested  in checking out my other social media sites, links to them are on my menu bar! Would love to hear what you all think. 🙂

My Crochet Boot Cuff Patterns

Well I’m happy to announce that I finally completed two of my very own crochet boot cuff patterns. I really hope that I’m not one of those people who thinks they wrote a clear pattern and it turns out it’s completely confusing when someone other than me reads it. But I guess I won’t know until I sell a couple copies and get some feedback. I did work through each one multiple times before finalizing anything but who knows. Anyways what do you all think of the finished products I came up with??? This first one is the moss stitch fold over boot cuff pattern. 

The next one is the petal stitch crochet boot cuffs! I hope you all think they look nice. It was the first time I ever came up with a pattern myself from scratch! 

Other Bloggers DIY Soap Recipes to Try

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Today I feel like giving a shout out to some women who have created some wonderful looking soap recipes. The last few days I have been on pinterest researching soap making techniques and recipes. When I create my own soap I want it to be original but I still took to looking at others creation for some inspiration. These receipes I’m about to show you were a few of my favorites and I just thought before I get into sharing with you all the receipes I come up with, that I would share with you what others have done.

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This recipe interested me because I plan on making a lemon soap with my home-grown lemon balm in it and I was curious to see what she had put in hers. This was created by Crystal Owens. She describes the finish product as “The lemon zest gives the soap a great texture and the citrus scent will leave your hands feeling rejuvenated.” You can find her post about his here

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This is orange creamsicle soap bar was created by Simply Stacie. I liked that she used orange zest in this and it gave me all kinds of ideas about incorporating the natural ingredients and herbs I want to use in the future. She says it “smells like a dream! I can’t get enough of the vanilla + orange scent combo.” It should yield 4 soap bars and you can get her full recipe details on her blog here

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When I came across this recipe I didn’t think much of it at first. It’s not bright or vibrant in color or has any flashy add ins. But the more I thought about it, the more I liked it. It’s subtle and simple and its beneficial. This was created by a blogger named Lolli and she titles it Soothing Citrus Oatmeal Shea Butter Soap

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Okay, who doesn’t LOVE coffee?!? Coffee soap is a thing? This soap recipe looks like it smells amazing. That’s a good enough reason to give this a try. This blog post is from a blog called Living Well Spending Less and is a guest post by a gal named Gabby, and she provides and very detailed explanation on her process in making this soap. If you’re someone who works best with visual learning, she provides a lot of step by step photos throughout her process so you know exactly what’s going on. This is one post I think you all should really check out. Take a look at her featured post here

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Last but not least this colorful beauty. This soap is called Citrus Summer Punch Swirl Soap by blog Humblebee and Me. At first sight I would think this recipe is a little out of by beginner skill level, but the nice thing about this post is that if you are truly a visual learner she has the recipe on video! The video is very detailed and doesn’t move to fast. The colors of this are rich and beautiful and perfect for summer. One I will have to try as soon as I have a chance. Just a heads up on this recipe is that this one is not a simple melt and pour recipe. It’s a much more advanced recipe but it definitely looks like it’s worth it. When you’re ready to do something more advanced check out this blog here. 

Homemade soaps

I am super excited that today I finally got my mini herb garden planted! Not only is it filled with things I can use while cooking but also it has multiple kinds of mint and some lemon balm in it. I’m about ready to try out making homemade soaps and I plan to use my very own mint and lemon balm dried and included in the soap. It smells amazing and I can’t wait! I am thinking about giving it a shot in some bath bombs as well. Any other herbs that people will think would be good in homemade soap? I’m open to other suggestions.