Walnut Chocolate Chip Cookies

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Hey everyone! It has been the picture perfect fall day, in Sonoma County today.  With weather like this, baking was calling my name. I was given a new Kitchen Aid Mixer for my birthday last week and I finally got to use it! I didn’t have a ton of time today, so I needed to make something sweet and it needed to be quick and easy. These cookies were super quick to make, and are super tasty! If you are a chocolate desert person like me, you are going to love these cookies.

Happy Baking!

Walnut Double Chocolate Chip Cookies

Course Dessert
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 20 Cookies

Ingredients

  • 8 tbsp soften butter 1 stick
  • 1 tsp Vanilla
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 cup flour
  • 2/3 cup cocoa powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 cup walnuts chopped
  • 1/2 cup chocolate chips semi sweet

Instructions

  1. Pre heat oven at 350 degrees. 

    Add butter, egg, vanilla, and sugar together in bowl. Use mixer until ingredients are creamed together. 

    In separate bowl combine your dry ingredients. Flour, baking soda, cocoa powder, and salt. After dry ingredients are mixed together, add your dry mixture to your wet mixture. 

    After cookie dough is mixed together, fold in walnuts and chocolate chips. 


Recipe Notes

I cooked my cookies on my top rack in an electric oven. They ended up being perfect at 8 minutes. 8 minutes they were soft and chewy. 10 minutes still chewy but a crispier bottom. 

The Kid-less Friend

IMG_6465Scrolling through my social media feeds all I see is ” Moms question on this” or Moms what’s your favorite this.” No one ever says ” Kid-less person what’s your take on this” or “Kid-less person whats your opinion on that.”  My most favorite thing, is if you have an opinion on a child acting like the spawn of satan, you will get a ” You will understand once you have kids.”  Nope. Pretty sure I don’t need special mommy super powers to spot an asshole 10 year old.

” This girl is my best friend, we do everything together.” ( insert picture of mom and 5 year old) Really? We’ve come to this? I’ve been replaced by 5 year olds. She can’t even drink. I’m sure she has great insight on Paw Patrol, but does she know the gossip about The Real House Wives of Beverly Hills? If she does, you’re a shit mom. All jokes aside. I get it. I am pretty sure my dogs are my best friends. IMG_8101.jpg

I thought I was ready to have children a couple years ago, nope. I was at my friends house with her kid and our other friend joined us with her kid. I brought my niece. Looking back at this day, I totally used my niece as a test pilot. ( sorry Morgan) Anyway, I thought we would let the little nugget loose in the backyard and have a glass of wine, or a beer,  I would of settled for a snack. The conversation turned into birth stories, dark nipples, baby blowouts, sleeping 2hours a night and natural vs pain killer delivery (Take the drugs, duh.) The question I tapped out on was, Did you eat your placenta?  I knew right then, I was nowhere near mature enough to have children.

 I love all my friends, and their little nuggets. This is a stage of my life, where I am focused on growing and creating who I want to be. My friends are focused on growing themselves and tiny humans, I get it. Everyones tired.

My 27, senior citizen self will keep posting  pictures of my fur babies while you post cute pictures of your babies.

 

No-Rise, Sweet Glazed Cinnamon Rolls

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These no yeast, no rise Cinnamon Rolls are sooo good, and they take less than a hour to make! I wish these were healthier, because I could eat the whole pan! These are great for a sweet treat, or weekend breakfast. I love cinnamon rolls, and this is a perfect no hassle version!

What you need

Cinnamon Rolls

1/2 Cup brown sugar

1 teaspoon baking soda

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/2 teaspoon vanilla

1 large egg

1 cup of butter milk

3 cups flour, 1/3 cup for dusting

Filling

4 tablespoons softened butter

1/2 cup brown sugar

1 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon

Glaze

6 tablespoons of heavy cream ( or milk)

1 1/2 cup powdered sugar

2 tablespoons softened butter

Pre heat oven to 350 degrees. Use spray and grease muffin tin.  Mix together your dry ingredients in a bowl, and mix your egg, butter, vanilla and sugar in a separate bowl. Gradually combine your flour mixture into your wet mixture, until everything is mixed together. Your dough will be a little sticky, so don’t be afraid to dust it a bit in the bowl while you kneed it together

Combine filling mixture in separate bowl.

After dough is kneed together, dust counter and rolling pin with flour. Roll out your dough. Make sure you keep it all the same thickness. You want your middle to be the same thickness as the middle.  Spread out filling mixture across dough.

Roll up dough and cut into 2inch rounds. Place cinnamon rolls into greased muffin tin. Bake for 13-15 minutes. check at 12min.

Combine glaze mixture in separate small bowl.

Let the cinnamon rolls cool for 15 minutes before glazing. I took mine out of the pan before glazing, they popped right out.

I think these yummy cinnamon rolls taste best warm, so just heat them up for 15 second in the microwave for next day munching! 🙂

 

 

Travel Tips for the Best Getaway

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Myrtle Beach
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Ghirardelli Chocolate Factory aka Heaven!
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Savannah Georgia
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Northern California and Redwoods with our niece Haddy Paddy 

Being in a new location every couple of weeks or every few months has made me pretty savvy ” Experience Finder.”  Every town no matter how little has had fun things to do and experiences to be had. Even Price Utah.

There are different ways I go about travel/tourist deals, and I going to share my secrets with you! So the next time you are countries, states or a few hours away for a break from your every day routine, think of these tips. They can save you money, and bring to light things in the area you didn’t know existed.

Favorite Sites

  • Pinterest. I love a good visual from other peoples point of view. Getting feed back about their experience rather than reading a travel brochure gives me better insight.
  • Groupon. I know this site is super popular, and I have had great luck with it. This site is great for deals, and gives you more ideas of things to do in the area. For intense, we were in Virginia and wanted something to do on the weekend. Beer Festival tickets popped up. Perfect! We like beer, we like food, and tickets were %50 off!
  • Trip Advisor. One of my favorites. I have booked many hotels from here. I like how people can take their own pictures of the rooms and grounds of the hotel. Have you ever booked a hotel because it looks sooo pretty online, and then you get there and the pictures haven’t been updated in 20+ years? I have, and its a bummer!

My Travel Tips

  • Travel in the Off Season. Sometimes you can’t get around traveling in the peak of the season, but if you can its the best. We went to Virginia beach with our dog Max. Dogs are allowed on the beach anytime before May 29th. After the 29th, they are allowed before 6am and after 7pm. Good thing we went May 15th! Max was one happy pup playing in the sun! No lines is always a bonus too!
  • Ask the locals.  If you are going to be in a spot for a while, stop by a local cafe and ask what is the best thing todo while you are there? I bet they will have different answers than the internet. I have found my favorite food places, bars, hikes and shopping doing this.
  • Do something new. It has always been a wonder to me why people do the same vacation year after year. I have grown the most trying new and going somewhere new. Its good for the soul. Close your eyes and pick a spot on the map!
  • Do what the locals do. When in Rome Right!? For real though, when you are in Denver CO catch a Broncos game, or a Giants game in San Fransisco. If you are not a Journey fan, San Fransisco will make you one!
  • If you will regret it later, make sure to do it. We landed in Washington DC when everyone was in DC. That’s how it felt anyway. So many lines, and the heat and sweat, and more people. I have always wanted to go to all the museums though, and thats what we were going to do. I had to see the Constitution. We waited in line, it wasn’t that cool, but if  I didn’t do it I would regret it. So I am super happy we got to see the not so cool Constitution.

Winter Wonderland

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Winter is Coming…. just joking, Winter is Here. Growing up in Idaho, snow is just part of life. Everyone here in Bend, said the snow will come, but melts with-in the week. Not this time! We got 23inches of snow in two days.

I was so stoked on the snow, until the pipes in our fifth wheel froze. Luckily we were only without water for a day. We upgraded to a camper in August with a extreme weather package…not so extreme I guess. We figured since we had a heated inclosed bottom that we didn’t need to skirt our trailer. We just bought a canvas skit. Full-time RV living is trial and error. You can only prepare for so much. We have gained so much reward with this lifestyle, it’s only natural to have a hiccup here and there.

Even though we have been a little stressed with what mother nature has brought our way the past week, Max has been loving it. He loves the snow! He has been extra sassy lately trying to stay outside as long as he can. The height of the snow is the same as him. That doesn’t stop him. He hops through the snow like a rabbit… its the funniest thing!

I will be taking pictures soon and doing a post on our RV setup and some of my favorite things. Are there any questions you have or ideas about RV Living?  I would love hear from you!

Until Next Time! BYE!

Sparks Lake, Bend Oregon

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This is our day out at Sparks Lake. It’s about 25miles from Bend, and its magical. We have been in Bend for a little longer than a month, and I love it here. It has been a huge but welcome change after living in Virginia for a year. Don’t get me wrong, Virginia was great, and I met some awesome people, but the West will always have a home feeling for me. This is Max’s first time traveling long distance and going West. We got him while we were in Virginia, but I think he is adapting just fine. He loves going on  trips in the car. He always thinks we are headed to the dog park, and starts grunting at me once we pass the amount of time it takes to get there. He was not disappointed exploring the lake and barking at the ripples in the water. The same ripples he was making .

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