Saturday, August 22, 2015

Secret Ingredient Chocolate Chip Cookies

My all time go to, favorite dessert is a Homemade Chocolate Chip cookie. I love them soft and chewy with lots of chocolate chips. In fact if there is a bite left without a chip in it, I will pull a single chocolate chip out of the fridge and stick it on top. Yes I am that person!  

Even though I already have a couple of favorite chocolate chip cookie recipes, I still like to search for new ones and try them out regularly. While this makes my husband a little crazy since trying new things isn't his style and he would stick with the same old cookie forever. It's hard to find ones that are all that different from the ones I've already tried, when I saw this one that had a new, never before seen ingredient in it I HAD to give it a try. Well It was Amazeballs! The secret ingredient was Karo Syrup, totally different right?  It was still a soft and chewy like I like it but it was also really smooth and silky. I will definitely be putting this in my FAV  5 of chocolate chip cookie recipes. You can find the recipe here . I followed her instructions completely making sure to chill the dough and also putting some choc. chips right on top to make it look super pretty. 
 I sure do love pinterest and all the exciting new recipes I come across.

Make sure you freeze them right away to eat them all month or in my case for the next two days!

Tuesday, August 18, 2015


While watching DDD I saw this concoction called an Arepa - a Venezuelan english muffin with a Venezuelan Chicken salad inside, aka reina pepiada. Well it was love at first sight. It looked pretty simple and easy though it was a little more work than I bargained for.( worth it!) On the show they used chicken breast that they had roasted and since I wanted it to be authentic I decided it was time to roast my First chicken! That's right I have never roasted a bird before chicken or turkey. I gotta say I was pretty nervous, turns out I didn't need to be. It was super simple and turned out perfecto! I found out everything I needed to know about cooking the bird from this website. 
I have never cared much for the skin of a bird but oh man me and the kids were fighting over it, and the meat too! 

I cooked the bird ahead of time and then separated the breasts from the bird once it had cooled completely. 
After that I diced both breasts

added generous amounts of mayo, dijon mustard and worchestire sauce, salt and pepper

then diced 3 avacados

then mixed it all together, works best to use your hands

Now it came time for the Arepa- I had no idea how to make one so I searched the web and came across this blog that went through it step by step with someone who KNEW how to make them. Normally I would explain how I made it but her instruction were so good and worked great that I want you to use hers. But please follow the instructions perfectly. 

Now the end of this tale is happy. I made, we ate and EVERYONE loved! Yes I mean it everyone loved these. My husband told me I will need to make them again exactly the same! ( that is big for him since usually he has one or two thing I could change or improve upon the food)