Thursday, January 31, 2013

Small Batch Chocolate Chip Cookies

For those of you trying to be remotely healthy this weekend with the Super Bowl approaching, and yet craving the chocolate, here's a pin on Pinterest (original link here) that my friend posted on Instagram last week. I took it and ran with it.

It was a Sunday night and hubby happened to comment that he could really go for just one chocolate chip cookie, which is odd in and of itself because the weirdo does not appreciate chocolate, especially in cookie form, all that often. Alas, we had no cookies and trying to stay healthy, I didn't make any.

Lo and behold Monday rolls around and a friend of mine on Instagram had posted the most amazing photo of gooey, chewy, yummy looking, chocolate chip cookies! AND... said that it was a single-serve batch that made only two cookies! What the what?!?

I jumped on this and made them Monday night. They were ridiculously easy to make (I just whipped the batter up in a cereal bowl.) and I already had everything on hand, which was one of my favorite things about it. I will say I swapped the dark brown sugar for the light brown, which I had. I also didn't have regular chocolate chips, just mini ones, so I used those. The hardest part for me was separating the egg yolk (I went through two eggs.), but again, not a big deal.

The recipe says it yields two cookies, but I was trying to make as many out of the batter as possible so that they'd be fewer calories, so I could then eat more. Trust me, it makes sense in my head. I used my bigger cookie scoop and got exactly six cookies. Yay! More for me! They took no time to bake and clean-up was a breeze, and then we were ready to eat them.

I smacked the pan on the counter to flatten them and wondered what that mattered for, but do it. Trust me. It just adds a bit of magic to the cookies. In the meantime, I'd entered the recipe into My Fitness Pal to see exactly how many calories each of these cookies would be. I was really proud of myself for not even adding pecans to save calories. I do NOT eat chocolate chip cookies without pecans. I do not MAKE these without pecans. I'm Southern; it's how we roll. Pecans pretty much go in every baked good. As they should.

Anyhoo, where was I? Oh, the calories. One cookie came out to 119 calories, for those of you wanting to know. Which was really sad when I was supposed to only get two and not six cookies. There's no way I would've been able to eat an almost 400 calorie cookie on a normal, no-workout kind of day. So glad I made them smaller! That's why I'm calling these Small Batch Chocolate Chip Cookies and not the Single Serve ones the blogger calls them.

Overall they were yummy but I almost wish I'd just shoved them all warm and gooey in my mouth with some milk and been done with that particular craving. As it is, I was a good girl and they taunted me for dayzzz... but honestly, they're good and I'd call that a huge success!

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Toothpaste And Headlights

My car is old in car years. It was around for Y2k, people. In car years, it's Lazarus. They haven't made them in ten years; that's how old it is. But I love my car. I've had it almost as long as I've been married, which is saying a lot, especially since we bought it used. My beloved Malachi (as he's known to friends and family) has a lot of years and mileage on him, but he's overall a very good car.
Well, poor Malachi has been developing that cloudiness on his front eyeballs that older cars get and when I saw this pin, I knew I had to try it (Find the original link here.). I've been trying to get around to this particular PinterTest for months, but me being a lazy slacker, I finally waited until winter to do it. 'Cause that makes sense in my world. An unexpectedly gorgeous day and I'm home early? Let's rub some toothpaste on the car and see how it goes!

So here's the before for you...

Please ignore the bird poop. I was not about to clean that!

And here's the after!

Again, pretend you don't see bird poop.

Super easy and it basically works! Malachi's cataracts are still there, but way better than they were, and that's good enough for me. The real test will be after my long work day tomorrow to see how much better at night (in the dark) I can see, but for the tiny bit of effort I put into it, I am pleased.

So here's the quick process that I did. The pin didn't seem detailed enough for me, so I made it up as I went (Directions?! Who needs directions?!).

I traipsed outside with a spray water bottle, some old dishtowels I didn't mind dirtying, some Crest (because I'm a Colgate girl), and I did take a toothbrush out with me just in case I needed help with the scrubbing (I ended up not needing it at all.).

I sprayed water and dried the lights off first just to get the base level of grime off, then put the toothpaste on the light (the more the better, but I just had a travel sample tube), and scrub-a-dub-dubbed with the towel. Then I sprayed again and dried again. So easy.

So easy I went and did Hubby's too, even though his car isn't quite old enough for cataracts yet.

The before...

Here, I'd already rinsed off his left headlight, but this is before the toothpaste application. (His right headlight is the real before.)

The after! (Sorry, it was really sunny out so it's kind of hard to tell, especially with his car.)

Overall I'm pleased, and I'm calling this PinterTest a success! Yay!

Thursday, January 17, 2013

Thursday Randomness

Well, I thought I'd share more randomness with you friends today! What better way to celebrate the possible hopeful first (and hopefully not last) snow flurries we might see tonight (if we stay up late enough to see it before it's gone Friday morning)?!

1. I cannot walk in heels. I dream one day of being able to look like a sassy chick walking around in them, instead of what actually happens. (Lots of clomping, which does not look cute or sassy)

2. I cannot live without Burt's Bees lip balm. Trust me, I've tried EVERYTHING and this is the best. How can you go wrong when it also freshens your breath? I like doubling up on productivity!

3. I have made lots of blog/insta/twitter friends over the last year or so, especially, and I have yet to meet one of them in person. This is kinda killing me, because I am dying to hang out with even one of you people! Just sayin'... this is the big one that's been on my mind constantly. Somebody has GOT to come here! Or pay for me to come see you- I'd be okay with that too! ;-)

4. Hubby got me addicted obsessed into kinda liking the Lego Friends at Christmas. There, I've admitted it. I like the girl Legos. I might have gone nuts with my Christmas money buying up all I could (sorry I didn't warn you to take out stock). Our poor future kids won't stand a chance to open a new toy- Mama and Daddy will have already amassed everything, especially Lego-related. Poor kids and their future hand-me-down toys... from their grown PARENTS. Yeah, that'll be us.

5. I don't often dress up and look super cute. This is because it already happens so rarely that people assume I'm going for an interview or that someone passed away and I'm attending the funeral. Not so encouraging when I feel like looking extra cute sometimes. I figure the more I dress up, the less people will think this. Unfortunately, we're currently averaging one funeral a week right now at work, so in fact, people are dying. Quite the conundrum.

6. I always say the wrong thing. I have horrible comedic timing so whenever I tell a story or a joke, it never ends well. I also forget important thoughts that string together the rest of what's in my head, so when I talk, it kinda comes out like a jumbled mess of random (thus this post). Poor CC is forever having to translate or explain what I'm actually saying. Fortunately for me, he's had a lifetime of translating and studying my native tongue (ha!).

7. I used to be a big extrovert and a pretty open book. I was what you might call an 'over-sharer.' Since hubby, I am still open but not with many folks, just really close friends and family. I have also turned into quite the introvert. CC had me take an introvert test and apparently most women are dominant on one side of their brains (I forget which), but I'm primarily the opposite, which tends to be the dominant male-side. I found that interesting.

What fun facts are stored up about you? I'd love to know more about you!

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Throwing The Hammer Down

Well, God's been teaching me a lot lately, most of which is to let Him do what He's good at, while I keep plugging away at the whole trust/obedience/loving others stuff. The more I learn, the more I feel awful at it. Every where I turn, there's another lesson. Which is great, until I have to act on it, you know?

As I mentioned in my last post, Chris Tomlin's new album, Burning Lights, is amazing. In short, it's amazing because the entire album is pretty much a recap of everything God's been talking with me about since before Christmas. I suppose He's got more to say or I'm not getting it as much as I hope I am. Either way, He's still talking.

My very favorite song on the album is called Sovereign. It's basically every promise God's given me lately in one song.

I encourage you to check out the whole album, but especially that song. It's especially great if you're in the middle of some crazy of your own. Hubby was dealing with some major work nightmares last week and happened to check out the song and just about lost his breath at God's timing of it all. Crazy cool.

Another good one from the album is Whom Shall I Fear (God Of Angel Armies). For real, amazing.

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Run Away, Run Away, Run Away, Baby!

If you have ever lived in NC, you know that our weather is pretty inconsistent. This past weekend was no exception. Winter's traipsing along, with the hopeful eventual promise answerered prayer of snow, and then wham! Out of nowhere we're in the high 70 degree temps! And that is why I never put away my flip-flops; I have them available to me year-round, just in case. And now today, we're back down to our version of 'wintry weather.' Go figure.

This past weekend we had no plans and a beautiful Saturday, so we took off and ran away to the beach for the afternoon.

Apparently we weren't the only ones with that brilliant idea since traffic down there was CRAZY! We took a lunch detour...

...and had some yummy seafood, then headed for the beach. It was gorgeous! We walked for a while and turned around and walked back.

Stuck our toes in the frigid water and enjoyed just being away. It was bliss. A perfect moment God gave us in the midst of the crazy.

Day trips for us are always a blast. We connect, we reconnect, we catch up, we talk about minor things, we talk about major things. And we blast music and sing at the top of our lungs (this time to Chris Tomlin's new album, Burning Lights. For real, if you have not yet listened/bought/repeated hearing this album, go do it RIGHT NOW. I'll wait...).

We plan. We pray. Whatever we need, God works it out on road trips. We LOVE them. We do not like sitting still that long, but that's about it. For us, we'll take off when we get the chance. It's therapeutic for sure.

And it made for the perfect day. Just what was needed.

Thursday, January 10, 2013

Bucket List, Take One

As you know, I've been trying to come up with a bucket list of some sort for a while now. I think I've got one started and wanted to share what I've got so far. This won't be the official one, but at least something will be written down... so what do you think?

* Fly first-class
*Get back to my high school weight at least once in my life even if I don't stay there
*Buy a new wedding dress and wear it once (same hubby!)
*Travel to Hawaii
*Travel back to England and go to Ireland next time
*Make every recipe in all of Ina Garten's cookbooks, or at least in one cookbook
*Publish a book I've written (lofty, but it's a dream)
*Look like a legit ironic hipster at least for one day
*Be debt-free (we're so close!)
*Own a house
*Be a secret millionaire so we can give to others in need
*Own a pot of La Mer cream at least one time in my life
*Have a book made out of all my bloggie posts

What would be on your list?

Wednesday, January 09, 2013

2013: A Year Of Joy

Hello, bloggie friends!

I know it's been a while since I last posted, for various reasons, and all to my chagrin. I'm thrilled to be back and look forward to a fantastic year with you!

Our letter for 2012
Every year after Christmas, Hubby and I write ourselves a letter for the following Christmas. It's one of my most favorite traditions that we have. In the letter each year, Hubby predicts what the next year will be a year of, based on what God's been telling him. 2013 is supposed to be our year of joy. At first I was really excited. Joy! That means more blessings and happiness and fun stuff! Noooo, Hubby explained, Joy is happiness and contentment in whatever situation God has us in. Say what?! That's not what I was expecting. But Hubby's not been wrong yet about what the year will be. So a year of joy it is.

I'm still excited about it. I have no idea what this means will or won't happen, will or won't be said or done, or whatever, but it's full of promise and I am looking forward to it!

What are you looking forward to in 2013?