Double Chocolate Chip Cookies

My favorite chewy chocolate chip cookies are now available in a chocolate lovers version, with a chocolate base and tons of chocolate chips for double the chocolate!

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One great thing about perfecting my favorite chewy chocolate chip cookies is barely needing to look at the recipe now to whip up a batch. It’s burned into my brain. This leads me to experimenting with things such as adding raisins and now doubling up on the chocolate. With already 3 cups of chocolate chips in the cookies, you’d think it would be at maximum capacity, but there was still room for cocoa in the base! You can use regular chocolate chips or try the springtime chocolate chips like I did for a pretty contrast. Throw some pastel sprinkles on there while you’re at it because it’s finally spring!

Is there a recipe that you have memorized? Have you ever changed it up?

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One year ago: Butternut Squash Orzo with Pine Nuts, Balsamic Drizzle, and Fried Sage

Two years ago: Chicken Pad Thai
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Slow Cooker Creamy Chicken Tortilla Soup

Let your slow cooker do the hard work. Throw the ingredients for this creamy chicken tortilla soup into your slow cooker and you’ll have a hearty and flavorful soup. Don’t forget the toppings!

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Yesterday afternoon I saw an e-mail that made my tear ducts come to life. Not out of sadness, but instead from pure happiness. The day has finally come – you can now PubMed me! AaaahAAaaAhahAhhhhh!! Here’s to hoping that having this publication under my belt will help me out in the job search.

Click here to read a lot of jargon—> My glorious research paper

If I remember correctly, I first submitted this paper around mid-September 2013. Six months for two revisions with countless figure modifications for new data per reviewers’ requests. I will tell you what though, the biggest pain in the butt was figuring out how to reformat the pictures for my figures to be the correct resolution, size, file type, and lacking alpha channels (wherever the heck those things came from or even what they are). But hey, now I know how to do it for my second paper pending publication. Mastering Adobe Photoshop one scientific figure at a time. And popping open a bottle of wine to celebrate!

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When that many pieces of a puzzle finally come together to create something amazing, it’s quite satisfying. Which is why you should not be scared by the lengthy list of ingredients for the recipe for this Slow Cooker Chicken Tortilla Soup. Almost all of the ingredients are thrown into the slow cooker together and the remaining few are added at the end or sprinkled on top just before serving. And to prove it, there are only three steps. Let the slow cooker do the rest.

One year ago: Cake Batter Cinnamon Rolls

Two years ago: Dark Chocolate Nonpareil Peanut Butter Cookies
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Blueberry Blue Velvet Cake

Red velvet cake gets a spring-time makeover with blueberries, blue food coloring and even a blueberry cream cheese frosting. It’ll disappear faster than you can slice it.

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Warning: this is not a joke. I know it’s April’s Fools Day but I truly did make a blueberry blue velvet cake with blueberry cream cheese frosting topped with more blueberries. Why? Because my nephew Luke LOVES blueberries so I made him the bluest and blueberriest cake I could possibly come up with for his birthday last week. He actually had his own personal blue truck shaped blueberry blue velvet cake, but everyone else had to share this cake. It disappeared as fast as I cut it, making me think I baked a magical disappearing cake!

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One year ago: Rainbow Guacamole Deviled Eggs

Three years ago: Baked Funfetti Doughnuts
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Oven-Fried Parmesan-Panko Crusted Tilapia

Even non-fish lovers will enjoy this oven-fried tilapia. Dressed up just like Chicken Parm with a Parmesan-Panko crust, you may not even be able to tell the difference!

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Before I talk about this recipe I must add a little commentary about how sad yet excited I am for the finale of How I Met Your Mother tonight. I unfortunately won’t actually be watching it this evening as I have a couple other episodes to catch up on first, but either way cannot believe it is about to be over. It is time for it to end but I will miss it dearly. Now I’ll just have to wait for the boxed set to come out and then rewatch the entire thing!

For Secret Recipe Club this month, I was assigned to Mary Kay’s blog Homemade Cravings. With things such as Tortellini Pizza with Sausage and Alfredo, Cherry Lemonade, and Vanilla Souffle with Chocolate Sauce, I certainly had a fair amount of great recipes to choose from. Oddly enough I ended up picking a fish recipe in spite of my dislike for seafood in general. When I read the post about this tilapia and how all four of her kids enjoyed it despite only recently incorporating fish into the family meals, I knew I had to give it a shot. Mild fish coated in Panko and Parmesan cheese seemed like a safe starting point, and it turned out to be true. This fish-hater could not tell that it was fish. In fact the tilapia itself didn’t taste like much while the crust was the shining star – and Parmesan is delicious! Now if only all fish didn’t taste like fish.

Although I will continue to depend on the cheaper option of chicken most of the time, it’s good to know that I am capable of cooking and enjoying fish for the fish-loving people in my life and not needing to prepare something separate for myself. Thank you Mary Kay for opening my eyes to fish (even if only a sliver). Maybe I’ll get frisky and try another fish recipe such as the Root Beer Battered Fish which sounds like another I would enjoy. I do love root beer!

Three years ago: Orange Beef
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Single Serving Bread Pudding

Want a warm breakfast treat or dessert without leftovers? This microwavable single-serving bread pudding is customizable to your cravings and ready in under 5 minutes.

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I may not pay attention to college basketball with the dedication that I do to college football but I do enjoy a good March Madness! Although I find it almost pointless to watch more than the last 10 minutes, it is entertaining to fill out a bracket and then watch it unfold. Unfortunately Ohio State didn’t make it out of the first round, but I have faith in the remaining Big Ten teams. With one already in the Final Four, tonight will determine whether or not two more teams will join the ranks.

What does basketball have to do with this bread pudding? Absolutely nothing. Unless of course you stay up too late watching a game and need a quick, hot breakfast in the morning. Make it your own by mixing in your favorite things. I added chunky peanut butter and strawberry jam for a PB+J version and topped it off with a scoop of ice cream for dessert. Bread pudding is not only acceptable for breakfast but also dessert!

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One year ago: Strawberry Stuffed Cupcakes

Three years ago: Eggplant Parmesan
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Review: Halo Top Ice Cream Giveaway & Neapolitan Ice Cream Pie

If you love Neapolitan ice cream then check out this ice cream pie. Simply layer thawed chocolate, vanilla, and strawberry ice cream into a chocolate cookie pie crust and you’ll have an impressive dessert.

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Have you heard of the new Halo Top ice cream yet? It is a low calorie ice cream that is non-gmo, 100% natural, high in protein and fiber, and sweetened with organic stevia to lower the sugar content. One pint of Halo Top vanilla bean contains 280 calories, 28g protein and 16g net carbs (compared to 1,080 calories, 16g of protein and 96g net carbs in a pint of Haagen-Dazs vanilla bean ice cream)! Additionally, it is made with premium ingredients such as Belgian chocolate, pure Madagascar vanilla, and real California lemons and strawberries. If that isn’t heavenly enough for you, the pints are also donned with golden tops to look like halos.

Halo Top comes in four flavors: Vanilla Bean, Chocolate, Strawberry and Lemon Cake. I was lucky enough to try all four and the lemon cake was my favorite. It reminded me of the lemon chalet girl scout cookies! But overall I was impressed with how delicious the ice cream tasted, especially being someone who tends to dislike sugar alternatives. The only tricky part is that Halo Top ice cream freezes a little harder because of its lower fat content, which tested my patience a bit as I waited for it to thaw a little into a scoopable consistency.

It was worth the wait because once they did temper I was able to make you a fantastic little ice cream pie using three of the flavors – Neapolitan ice cream pie! Who knew an impressive-looking dessert could be made so easily? And better yet, I am giving away a coupon for a free pint of Halo Top ice cream so you may try it out for yourself. Use the Rafflecopter widget at the bottom of this post to enter, then check out their website to find out more about their ice cream and where to buy it!

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One year ago: Asian Fried Quinoa

Three years ago: Black Forest Stuffed Cupcakes
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Pig Cupcakes

These cute pig cupcakes are easier than they look. Turn your favorite cupcake into a farm-animal friend with just a few ingredients.

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Yesterday I shared a couple shots from my nephew’s 2nd birthday party. As you may have assumed I was in charge of the desserts featured in those photos. Although the blueberry blue velvet cake was the tastiest and most appreciated dessert, my favorite to assemble was the pig cupcakes. I immediately fell in love with them when I spotted them on my sister-in-law’s Pinterest board. With a few common ingredients these cupcakes come to life on top of your favorite cupcake to melt hearts of all ages.

One year ago: Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter Half & Half Cookies
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Inedible Favorites – Luke’s 2nd Birthday

My nephew Luke turns two today! We last saw them in August at my cousin’s wedding and it’s amazing how much he has grown and learned since then. He knows all of his colors and animal noises, giggles like a madman on a swing, loves milk and fruit, and is just adorable overall.

His first birthday occurred while living in Boston but now they live in LA so we ventured off to the other side of the country to celebrate – Little Blue Truck style!

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The dessert table spread: pig cupcakes, blueberry-blue velvet cake, “cow pie” cookies, Oreo and chocolate covered doughnut “tires”, Chocolate “mud” pudding, and all kinds of fruit because he’s a fruit fanatic!

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“Bounce bounce!” Adult tested, kid approved.

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My brother even made little wooden trucks for the kids to paint.

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Look at him playing well with others.

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Blueberry-blue velvet truck birthday cake! (I think I did a pretty good job despite the spontaneous nature of it’s creation.)

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Upon completion of singing “Happy Birthday” he proceeded to feed me a sprinkle and had me lick the frosting off the #2 but unfortunately the only photo captured was from behind. It’s okay, it still melted my heart picture or not.

One year ago: Inedible Favorites – Luke’s 1st Birthday

Two years ago: Jalapeno Popper Buffalo Chicken Pizza

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Mini Chocolate Caramel Peanut Butter Cheesecakes & Giveaway

Get ready for the best day ever – it’s Chocolate Peanut Butter Day! Join our hosts, Carla (Chocolate Moosey) and Miriam Overtime Cook), and a group of 31 bloggers who are sharing their favorite chocolate peanut butter recipes, ranging from cookies and bars to scones and muffins. Follow the hashtag #chocPBday on social media and join us with your favorite chocolate and peanut butter recipes. Looking for recipes all in one place? Follow our Pinterest board. We are also teaming up with OXO, King Arthur Flour, and Peanut Butter & Co. to bring you three fabulous prize packs. You don’t want to miss this opportunity! Giveaway details are at the end of this post.

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When it comes to mini desserts, mini cheesecakes are my favorite. Combining these cute cite-sized treats with peanut butter and chocolate seemed like a fantastic way to celebrate Chocolate Peanut Butter Day. Peanut Butter & Co.’s Dark Chocolate Dreams peanut butter was used in these cheesecakes to ensure complete peanut butter and chocolate saturation, but were also stuffed with caramel-peanut butter candy bars and topped with more candy, peanuts, and caramel sauce. You might want to take a moment to admire their beauty, but only a moment because they deserve to be devoured.

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Check out all the chocolate and peanut butter action going on today:

One year ago: Creamy Tomato Tortellini Soup

Three years ago: Banana Pecan Waffles
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Cheesy Vegetable Enchiladas

Searching for a great meatless meal? These cheesy vegetable enchiladas are packed with so much flavor that you won’t even miss the meat.

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For the past 5 days I’ve been on the opposite side of the country, visiting family in LA and San Diego because my nephew is turning two, doubling his age! Can you believe it’s already been another year since his first birthday? I certainly cannot. His birthday party was this past Saturday but I am waiting to share the photos until his actual birthday this Wednesday, March 26th. Stay turned for that if you’re into adorable two-year olds.

In the meantime, feast your eyes upon my latest enchilada creation. With  sweet potato, black beans, corn, bell pepper, rice and cheese, these veggie enchiladas are packed with so much flavor you’ll find that meat would be completely unnecessary. And then throw some avocado on top while you’re at it.

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Three years ago: Blueberry Cookies
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