Lemon Coconut White Chocolate Chip Cookies

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It has to stop snowing here in the North East. Yes, we have like 2 feet of snow just sitting on the ground outside and more in our forecast this week! But more-so than that, every time it snows I am literally beckoned to bake something. The snow whispers “make something sweet and delicious…make something sweet and delicious!” And, well, I am a directions-follower, so…  When it snowed on Saturday I decided it was time to finally try this recipe for Lemon Coconut White Chocolate Chip Cookies that I had been saving for, well….a snowy night stuck inside.

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This is a pretty basic recipe with all the usual suspects of a cookie recipe: butter, flour, sugar, brown sugar, vanilla – but also some unique things like coconut, white chocolate chips, and lemon pudding. The lemon pudding is such an interesting ingredient where the lemon flavor comes from (obviously) but also adds a soft, chewiness to the cookies.

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The lemon, coconut, white chocolate may not sound like an ideal combination but I assure you – these are spectacular and a nice change from a usual chocolate-based cookie. I also am a big fan of lemony desserts and this has just enough of that tart-ness…so good!

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Enjoy!

So Done with This Week.

Usually on Friday I post a few pictures from our week and talk about the highlights. There were some highlights to this week as usual, but overall it just. plain. sucked. I don’t usually “go there” on this blog when things go wrong because why read a blog when someone is just complaining about their day? I am a positive and generally happy gal and like to spread that around, which is why this blog usually has a happy glow. Well not this week, friends. One thing after the next happened this week… Nothing major, nothing life-changing…just one mundane, crappy thing after the next. Do you need examples? I hate when people leave you hanging without examples. Let’s just say this week was filled with an unusual amount of tantrums (Z), 2 bouts of food poisoning/stomach bug (me, blech), sleepless nights because of 2-year molars (Z), sleepless nights from being pregnant and very sick (me), sleepless nights because everyone else was up and complaining (my husband), and of course – more friggin snow (the entire East Coast).

Ok, I think that’s all. Oh, one more – I cried at the grocery store out of sheer frustration with a side of hormones.

I will share some photos with you because we did manage to squeeze in some good times this week (much earlier this week as the case may be….). Here’s to 40 degrees on Saturday, sneaking off for a pedicure, and taking naps to catch up on sleep – that’s what I hope to be up to this weekend!

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My husband and I celebrated Valentine’s Day early with a night out at Craigie On Main. We’ve been wanting to go there for years and it did not disappoint! (Note – this night was the first wild Z tantrum of the week because she didn’t want us to leave her with the sitter, tantrum essentially lasted 24 hours.)

The bartender at Craigie even made me the most delightful mocktail with pineapple and cola.

We mailed out Valentines kisses!

We received the most FUN Valentine’s Day package of goodies in the mail…

And the total highlight of my week was escaping for a few hours to attend the Boston Bloggers dinner at Boston Chops! Georgina organized the dinner and it was such a blast connecting with old blogging friends and meeting new ones. Thanks for inviting me and can’t wait to see everyone soon!

Happy Valentine’s Day and have a great weekend everyone!

J. Crew Autumn/Winter 2014

I can’t let New York Fashion week go by without some acknowledgement…although being pregnant keeps less excited than normal at scoping out the styles since I won’t be able to wear them for a while. That said, have you seen any photos from the J. Crew Fall, 2014 RTW presentation? This outfit sort of summed it up for me…killer shoes with a dramatic jacket over basics. I guess this will just be more inspiration for me to lose that baby weight!

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photo source: Getty Editorial

Ps. Tory Burch, Milly, and kate spade shows were fab, too!

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Pss. Our own little NYFW runway at home

Homemade Tater Tots

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Remember tater tots? They make me think of 3rd grade school lunch – in a good way! Like the only edible thing that came out of the school cafeteria – aside from those fabulous rectangles of pizza every Friday, of course. Anyways, when I was pregnant with my Z, we bought a bag of frozen-then-bake tater tots…and they hit the spot. This pregnancy when I felt a calling for tots I happened to see an episode of Giada De Laurentis’ show where she made sweet potato tots and I couldn’t believe how easy it seemed to be. And something homemade is always better than processed and frozen so I got right on it and made a batch this past weekend. Here you go – make them now, they come out awesome and as most things I make, this recipe is very easy (and hard to mess up, actually!).

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Start by boiling your potatoes (I used 3 small regular potatoes) for just a few minutes until they’re slightly soft when pierced with a knife.  You want it so there is some cooked potato around the edge but still uncooked in the middle.

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Shred your potato in a food processor or with the largest opening on your cheese grater (as I did). Mix with 1/3C flour and s&p for seasoning.

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Form into 2-inch logs and fry in a couple of inches of oil heated to 350 degrees for about 4 minutes or so.

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Season with salt immediately.

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Serve warm….

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…and with tons of ketchup. Enjoy!

Double Dozen Roses

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What’s better than receiving a dozen red roses on Valentine’s Day? Receiving a DOUBLE dozen! A few years ago, I came home from a long day at work on Valentine’s Day to a beautiful vase full of roses sitting on our kitchen island. I thought the vase looked very full and asked my husband if he got a special kind of rose that was fuller or something. Turns out he got me a DOUBLE dozen roses!

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Every year Whole Foods Market sells their beautiful roses as a double dozen for Valentine’s Day at the reasonable price of $25. You can feel good about buying these roses too because they are Whole Trade® roses – which means they have the Whole Trade® Guarantee seal.

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You can get them in any color – no matter who is on your Valentine’s Day list…

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And giving a double dozen just shows you’re double-ly in love, right? Feel free to email this post to your valentine as a gentle hint. You’re welcome and Happy Valentine’s Day!

*Disclaimer: I received complimentary goods for this post, however all above opinions and thoughts are my very own.

Couple Things…

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Another ski weekend! We had fondue, the perfect pares ski dinner, right?

Have I told you about this wine? It’s alcohol removed, aka perfect for pregnant women! I’ve had the Moscato, Chardonnay, and I have a bottle of the red blend waiting to be opened. Not a bad option when alcohol isn’t an option.

Speaking of being pregnant, I ordered a little lose-my-pregnancy-weight inspiration from J. Crew’s most recent sale…I’ll be ready for these velvet dot matchstick jeans this fall!

We had a yummy roast chicken for dinner this week.

Of course you’ve heard of (and experienced) the snow day this week. My husband took our Z outside to make a snowman and she was less than thrilled.

This week – red toes!

 

Have a great weekend everyone!

Valentine’s Day Cookies

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This is a little story about the largest cookie I have ever baked. If you get the Williams-Sonoma catalog or receive their emails, you may have seen their latest Valentine’s Day heart cookie cutter. In the description they mention it’s giant, but it wasn’t until I saw it in the store that I realized just how giant it was – bigger than my Z’s head in fact (proof). So, we obviously bought it immediately and it happened to be Tuesday afternoon just in time to be snowed in all day yesterday and bake a batch of cookies! I decided to use our favorite Vanilla Bean Sable Cookie recipe. Here’s how we made them…

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Just before adding the flour to the cookie dough, I added some red food coloring to make the cookies pink because if you’re making giant heart cookies why not make them pink too?

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After chilling the dough, I rolled it to about 1/2″ thick and cut. I am still amazed at the size of this cookie cutter!

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It was tricky maneuvering the cookie, so I used a little butter knife to scoop out the smaller pieces, then a large spatula to help me move the giant cookie.

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I got 2 giant cookies out of a 1/2 recipe.

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Once cooled, it was time to decorate. I made a quick icing with powdered sugar and milk – thick consistency so I could use it as a glue for the sprinkles.

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I have to say it was slightly intimidating deciding on decor for a giant cookie!

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I opted for simple.

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And lots of sprinkles on the little guys. Enjoy!

PS. You’re probably wondering where the cute, tiny cookie hearts went? Well, my little sous chef was helping me with this project and…well…these are her absolute favorite cookies and she literally ate all of them in the process of decorating and photo-taking. They were super cute though, trust me!

PPS. I know it’s annoying when a blogger links to something sold out online (as I did with the cookie cutter) but there are tons in the Williams-Sonoma stores, so go grab yours today at your local W-S before Valentine’s Day. Nothing says I love you like a cookie bigger than your face.