Recipe- Banana Breakfast Cookies

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It’s been a while since I’ve posted something other than Monday’s Musings or Friday’s Five…sorry! I’ve been super busy with school and work, so figuring out how to cram all of my homework in on the weekends has been the extent of my creativity lately. It’s sad.

Last week, I ran out of coconut Chobani on Monday, but I didn’t really have the time nor desire to go to the grocery store, so I had to get creative with my breakfast. After PB&J toast one day and oatmeal with cookie butter the next (LOVE cookie butter, but still super burnt out on oatmeal from my 5-month obsession my sophomore year), I decided I needed something different. I remembered a few recipes for muffins made with overripe bananas and oats, two of the only ingredients I really had to work with, so I decided to peruse Pinterest for some inspiration. I found this recipe for Banana Oatmeal Cookies and was instantly sold.

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I halved the recipe and added a few extra ingredients. Here’s what you’ll need:

-1 overripe banana

-1/2 cup oats

-1/4 cup chocolate chips

-1 tsp cinnamon

Here’s what you do:

1. First, mash the banana and oats together until thoroughly combined.

2. Then, mix in the chocolate chips and cinnamon until incorporated.

3. Form into rounded tablespoons and space evenly on a greased cookie sheet. My batch made 7.

4. Bake at 350 for 15-20 minutes or until firm.

So easy, right? I stored them in a Tupperware container in the refrigerator and zapped them in the microwave for about 15 seconds in the morning, and they were delicious! A wonderful way to start the day, and pretty healthy! I’m thinking about making a big batch and freezing them so I can just have them whenever!

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Friday’s Five

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Happy Friday! I’m so excited that I finally have time to blog this week. It’s been busy, but I think I’m adjusting to my new schedule. I also had a shift in my work schedule so I got to sleep in until 9:15 yesterday, which was simply magical. Here’s what I’ve been loving this week:

1. Another Royal baby is on the way! 

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AN HEIR AND A SPARE! Kensington has announced that Kate is indeed pregnant with the second royal baby. As we know, I love Kate, and I’m always happy to have a legitimate reason to be obsessed.

2. 15 Signs You’re the Taylor Swift of your Friend Group

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As happens once per week, I found a Buzzfeed article that perfectly describes my life. Except the one about always dating a boy. But even when I don’t date them, they still turn out to be jerks. But the rest of them are spot on, so I guess I’m the T-Swift of my friends. I mean, I never miss a beat & I’m lightning on my feet, so it’s casual.

3. Aggie Football

kyle-fieldAggie football is back in action, and I’m so excited! Last week’s game was a little frustrating, because there was a 2-hour weather delay (it never rained), and so I ended up leaving with my sister and brother-in-law at half time…sars. But this week the Aggies play Rice, which is extra special because my dad played football there! He’s SO excited, because we rarely play each other, and it’s fun to have a little rivalry going!

4. Coffee sugar cookies

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I came across this recipe for Coffee Sugar Cookies on Pinterest, and I’m dying to give them a try. It’s two of my favorite things in one!

5. Sassy School Supplies

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This sassy ban.do pencil pouch and motivating Kate Spade agenda (I chose the Large in Green Painterly Cheetah) are sometimes the only reason I do my homework. I also like to flash them around when I’m in class so everyone around me knows that they’re in the presence of the Queen of Sass.

That’s all for meow!

I’m linking up with Amy & Karli today for Oh Hey Friday!

 

Have a great weekend! That’s all for meow!

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Recipe-Chocolate M&M Crinkles

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I hope you are all having a fantastic week so far! I moved into my new place on Sunday, and one of my roomies is FINALLY coming this afternoon! I’m excited to see her! It’s been a little lonely! Also, we just got the internet and cable installed in our townhome about ten minutes ago, but we don’t have a router yet, so I’m currently sitting in the closet under the stairs, connected to the modem with and ethernet cable. It’s a little awkward.

Anyways, today I’m going to share with you a spinoff of the easiest cookies you will ever make, Princess Pink cake mix cookies. I’ve mentioned that there are millions of ways to make cake mix cookies, and here’s another! These are quite delicious, especially if you love chocolate!

Here’s what you’ll need:

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-1 chocolate cake mix

-1 cup mini M&M’s

-2 eggs

-1/2 cup vegetable oil

 

Here’s what you do:

First, mix together in a large bowl the cake mix, oil, and eggs until completely combined. The dough will be quite oily!

Next, mix in the M&M’s until evenly distributed.

Roll into even balls and place 2 inches apart on a greased cookie sheet.

Bake at 350 for 12-14 minutes, or until cookies are firm to the touch.

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Enjoy!

How easy are these? I love the mini M&M’s, they just take over the batter and you have a little extra chocolate in every bite! You could also try this with other cake mix/add-in combos! I’m thinking maybe strawberry with chocolate chips, yellow cake with heath bits… the possibilities are endless!

That’s all for meow!

The BEST M&M Cookies Ever

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Before we get to the cookies, let me tell you about my weekend! My cousin got married, and I was a bridesmaid. I’ve never been in a wedding before, and it’s actually been a while since I’ve even been to one, so it was exciting! My cousin Laurel and I have been best friends since we were little, and I loved being able to be included in her special day! I also got this fabulous purple monogrammed robe out of the deal, and one of my new favorite pastimes is sitting around in it being dramatic.

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I also got to meet some of the sweetest girls who were also her bridesmaids. We got along so well, and THE Bridal Party was definitely a force to be reckoned with!

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We have a HUGE extended family, and it was fun to see everyone! My second cousins were the flower girls, which was truly adorable.

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It was so much fun, but also so exhausting! I slept all day on Sunday, and made these cookies!

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I made these for the first time with my friends Joy and Kinsey last Tuesday before watching PLL, and they were absolutely delicious! The vanilla pudding mix makes them really fluffy and extra special. Unfortunately I forgot to snap a photo of the finished product, and now they are all gone! I used this recipe from Picky Palate blog, and I definitely encourage you to try them yourself! I love using both mini chocolate chips and M&M’s, you get so much more chocolate than you do with the regular sized ones!

Let me know how yours turn out!

That’s all for meow!

Recipe- Lovely Lemon Cookies

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Last night, I had a few friends over to watch The Bachelorette. I personally don’t really believe in the show because I don’t think it’s real life, but I love to watch it just to see how it all unfolds! (Can we talk about how Des sent Robert home? Like, please, he was the best.) It’s also one of those shows that’s just fun to watch with friends and hear everyone’s opinions. It’s only the second week, but my friends and I already have a rotation of who is hosting the watch party, and last night was my turn! None of us are chubsters, but we all love to eat, so I decided to whip up a batch of queso and something sweet! I couldn’t decide what to make, but then I remembered the easy, quick, crowd-pleaser that is the cake-mix cookie. You may recall my Princess Pink Cookies from last summer. I decided to stick with the lemon theme, but change it up a bit! I used a lemon cake mix and added lemon juice and orange juice to the mix to give it a little extra flavor!

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You will need:

-1 Lemon cake mix

-2 eggs

-2 tbsp lemon juice

-2 tbsp orange juice

-1/4 cup canola oil

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Here’s what you do!

1. Preheat your oven to 350.

2. Now we need to talk about measuring the orange and lemon juices and the oil. The original recipe calls for 1/2 cup of oil, but since we’re adding the juices, that needs to be reduced! Here’s what I did: First, measure out your 2 tablespoons of orange juice and 2 tablespoons of lemon juice and pour them into the measuring cup you’re planning on using for your oil, like this:

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This should come to about 1/4 cup. Then, slowly pour the oil into the measuring cup until you have 1/2 cup of liquid, like this:

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Not difficult at all!

3. Mix together in a large bowl the cake mix, eggs, and oil/juice mixture until completely combined. Because of the juices, the batter has more of a cake batter texture than a cookie dough texture, so it’s not as easy to work with, but still worth it!

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4. Drop by rounded teaspoonfuls onto a greased cookie sheet and bake 8-10 minutes or until brown around the edges. Hopefully they’ll look like this:

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My friends told me they loved them, so I guess they’re pretty good! You can try this with any cake mix (though I would omit the orange and lemon juice and use the original recipe) to make any flavor cookies you desire. I thought the lemon was nice and refreshing for summer! I hope you will give this a try, and let me know how it turns out!

That’s all for meow!

-Kristen

Princess Pink Cookies

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I know that I said my next blog post would be about my day in NYC, but I haven’t wanted to do that yet. Also, since I plan on becoming the next Martha Stewart, I decided blogging about food would be a step in the right direction. But I really am going to post about it soon, before I forget! Before we get to the star of the show, let me tell you a little bit about my summer. I’ve been taking my math class, so that’s what I do in the mornings, and study a little at night. It’s actually my most sucessful attempt at a math class in my entire life, so I’m pleased with that. I also have like, 5 other craft projects I’m working on, and I’ll be excited to share those when (if) I finish them! I also have been searching all over town for a paperback copy of Mockingjay. I read the first two Hunger Games books in less than a week, and I’m absolutely DYING to read the third. I found one today at WalMart, but in the checkout line, I realized it was large print, so I put it back. I have a thing about large print books. They just bother me & my eyes kind of freak out. Also, I feel like I’m reading a “chapter book” I would have read in like, the second grade. You know what I mean. Books like Junie B. Jones, The Magic Treehouse series, and whatever else you read as a child all have that like, 20 point font. That’s what large print reminds me of, and since I am no child, I can’t stand it. So, the search continues. I started reading Jane Eyre, but I’ve only gotten through three chapters, and while I love the Bronte sisters and their literary masterpieces, I’d honestly rather just find out what happens between Katniss and Peeta. #sorryimnotsorry. Also, I got a new planner today on my weekly trip to Target. It’s honestly kind of sad how excited I got about it. It matches the cover I have from last year, and it has a beautiful pattern on the pages. Oh yeah, this is supposed to be about cookies. Whoops.

These are seriously the easiest cookies you will ever make in your entire life. I made them in New York, and they were wonderful, so when I saw pink lemonade cake mix at WalMart today, I was overjoyed and purchased a box. Now, I’ve made cake mix cookies before, but apparently not many people have heard of them, so I’m trying to spread the word. Also, these are pink, which makes them ten times better, because I feel like princesses would only eat pink cookies. The lemonade flavor is really different than what you’d have every day, and it’s great for summer! Anyways, here’s what you’ll need:
-1 box Pink Lemonade Cake Mix (I used Pillsbury, you can use whatever…if anyone else makes that kind)
-2 eggs
-1/2 cup vegetable oil

The beginnings of cookies fit for a princess. Or a 5-year old.
Here’s what you do:
1. Pre-heat your oven to 350.
2. Mix together the cake mix, oil, and eggs, until you get a little pink bundle of joy like you see below. You might think that you need to add a little more liquid, but if you keep mixing, it’ll be okay. I had a few lumps of mix left in mine, but I just said YOLO and continued on with my life. (not really, I hate that phrase. But I did leave them and it was fine.)
The dough reminds me of edible play-dough I made in my childhood. But it was peanut butter. But still awesome.
3. Next, spray your baking sheet with some pan. The dough is really oily, so it’s probably not 100% necessary, but I like to be on the safe side.
4. Next, I rolled the dough into little balls and placed them on my cookie sheet. You could totally do rounded teaspoonfuls if that’s your thing, but I like uniformity in my baking, so I chose to roll them.
My vain attempt at an artistic camera angle. I think I’ll just stay on the other side of the camera. lawlz.
5. Bake for 12.5 minutes. This is very exact, and I’m kind of proud of that, since I was winging this one. You can tell when they’re browning on the edges, and that’s when they’re done. But, if you take them out and they still aren’t firm after a few minutes, I’d put them back in for like, 2 minutes. 12.5 should do the trick, but if you don’t believe me, experiment at your own risk.
I love how they’re crackly on top.
6. Eat them. (Not all of them, I don’t promote obesity.)
Plate of Pink.
See how easy that was?? Just six steps, and the last one was unnecessary! Apparently you can make these with any cake mix, so the possibilities are basically endless. Except I’m not sure how it would work out with an angel food mix…someone please try that and let me know. Rebecca, the precious girl from Georgia that we met in Long Island, told us that if you use a lemon cake mix and use a little less oil and add a little lemon and orange juice, they’re divine! So I’ll probs be trying that one soon. Anyways, the point is, you’re only a box, two eggs, and half a cup of oil away from wonderful cookies. I hope you try this and love it as much as I do! And I promise I’ll write about New York next time. In the meantime, hopefully I’ll find Mockingjay and fun activities to write in my new planner. Until next time!

Brownie Buttons- Recipe

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Since I’m home for Spring Break this week, I actually have time to blog! I was planning on crafting as well, but then I went to Barnes & Noble & bought myself a couple of books, so crafts aren’t really happening this week. Between the chapters of my British literature & hanging out with my family however, I whipped up some delicious cookies! I wanted to bake something, and we had a brownie mix, so I decided to get creative! Actually, I just Googled, but whatever. I’ve found you can find a recipe for basically everything if you google it. Anyways, I wanted to make cookies out of a brownie mix, so I typed in “brownie mix cookies” on the world’s most convienient website, and took the first recipe I came across. (I’m going to write out the recipe, but here’s the link, just to give credit where credit is due: http://www.cooks.com/rec/view/0,1710,148185-235195,00.html ).
Here’s what you’ll need!
1 box of brownie mix (I used Pillsbury)
1/4 cup of flour
1/4 cup vegetable oil
3 tbsp. water (I used a little less)
2 eggs
1 cup chocolate chips (I used 1/2 cup of chocolate chips & 1/2 cup of Heath Bar bits)

Here’s what you do!
1. Mix everything together, except the chocolate chips, by hand.
2. Stir in the chocolate chips.
3. Drop by VERY VERY SMALL spoonfuls onto a greased cookie sheet.
4. Bake at 350 for 10 minutes!

The reason I suggest making them very small is because
1. The batter goes further. More cookies = more reasons to smile
2. This batter spreads like none other once it’s in the oven. If they’re too big to begin with, all the cookies will run together & make fat, ugly cookies, which is a personal peeve of mine.
3. Smaller cookies are much easier to remove from the pan. These are very fragile too, so the smaller you make them, the easier your life will be.

Also, I HIGHLY advise using Pam on the cookie sheet between each batch. For real, spray that stuff on thick. Scraping burnt-on crap off a cookie sheet is not what you want to be doing when you have a Jane Austen novel waiting for you. Or ever, really.

Here’s what my first batch looked like (Please don’t laugh…I learned from my mistakes.) :

This is why you make them small, or else they turn out looking like cow patties. By the way, I considered naming these creations “Cow Patty Cookies” for about .032 seconds, but then I decided that was disgusting. I may be from East Texas, but that’s just too much. I hope I didn’t ruin this for anyone by saying that….
Here’s what they looked like once I finally figured everything out!

Much better! They’re quite delicious, if I do say so myself. They’re kind of chewy, and they taste pretty much the same as a brownie, they’re just in cookie form. Well, I go back to school on Sunday (I can’t wait for that, by the way), so it might be a while before I blog again. Maybe next time I’ll give a literary analysis of Emma, if I have it finished by then. I would like to state that at this point, I think Emma is a bit of a brat & if I were Harriet, I would be royally cheesed off at her. But Harriet’s stupid. I’ll save this for another day 😉 Until next time!