||Find, Tweak, Try||XXL Chocolate Cookie

Hi Friends!

Oh man am I excited for this week’s post!  While I had been on a crafting kick this summer, school has taken over my life, so I’ve decided to channel my creativity into the kitchen (which means follow a recipe).  My Pinterest food board and cookbooks are overloaded with yummy treats to try, so I have been trying out some good recipes lately.  While doing this, I have created a method of cooking from start to finish.

My “patent-pending” Find, Tweak, Try method is a simple three-step approach.

  1. Find.
    1.  I have two main recipe gurus: Pinterest and the cookbooks we got as wedding presents.  Pinterest is great and all, but there is something special about the all-church cookbooks with tried and true recipes.
  2. Tweak.
    1. Admittedly, I never have all the right ingredients on hand.  Sometimes I’m willing to make a special trip for those really important ingredients (like flour or chicken stock), but the majority of the time, I just use what I have in the pantry.
    2. I’ll start with my core ingredients, such as the meat or vegetables, see what seasonings/sauces I DO have and DON’T have, then find things to supplement the recipe.
  3. Try.
    1. Finally, I give it a whirl!  Somethings have been a flop, but most of the time it works out pretty well!

So to kick things off, I’m going to start with my favorite recipe I have used my “Find, Tweak, Try” (FTT) method on.  So pull out your recipe cards or your Pinterest boards and your ingredients from your pantry because do I have a recipe for you!


need to share this recipe with you.  Seriously.  For all you chocolate lovers, you better try this right now.  Put down whatever you are doing and pull out your mixing bowl and spatula, because this XXL Death by Chocolate Cookie is now on the top of your priority list.  You can either make it as one big cookie, or make 4 small cookies out of the dough.  (Make the right choice here.  Go big or go home.  And please don’t go home)

Go right now to Sally’s Baking Addiction and check out this cookie.  It’ll take you like 20 minutes to make, and you won’t regret it.  (Okay, you might regret it if you eat the entire thing…but who am I kidding, you’ll be wanting another one!)

Luckily, I ended up having all the right ingredients for this recipe.  However, Hershey’s makes Dark Chocolate cocoa powder….so I used 1 tablespoon Dark Chocolate and 1 tablespoon Milk Chocolate to spice things up a little in my life.



Are you in the kitchen yet??

Find, Tweak, Try||XXL Chocolate Cookie

I went big and made mine into a massive chocolate cookie. Seriously so good



Please go to the kitchen now if you are not.

I made this once last week for my man and I to split before he went to work, and nearly every night after that he asked me to make it again and again

It tastes like a rich brownie on the inside, but it’s a little crunchy on the outside like a cookie. Best of both worlds.

Quick and easy
Absolutely delicious
Common kitchen ingredients

I struggle to get 2 tablespoons of egg measured correctly
Gone too quick!
Very chocolatey (Also a pro)

Okay, I think you’ve had enough time to get yourself into the kitchen to make this tasty XXL chocolate cookie, so get to baking.

Thanks to Sally’s Baking Addiction for this recipe!!

Did you make this cookie yet? Let me know how it turned out in the comments below!



Stay joyful,


Is my Disney spirit-princess Rapunzel??||The Ramblings of a Student-Teacher in the Near-Distant Future

Hi Friends!

Phew! What a whirlwind of adventures lately! I think we last left off sometime this summer when I had a rage of craftiness that has been unmatched since. I began my senior year of college in August (say WHAT?) and the fact that I have one more semester until I student-teach has hit me like a ton of bricks.

Thoughts about this:
1. Holy moly I’m almost done!
2. Oh no, I’m almost done
3. I was born for this
4. I can’t do this
5. Graduation–yay!

I feel a bit like Rapunzel in the movie Tangled when she leaves for the castle for the first time.

I flip back and forth between elation…..tangled___best__day__ever__by_kaelxy-d536p2w                                                                     image courtesy of: teresadelallo.blogspot.com

and terror……………………


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But all in all, I pretty much just feel like this:

strangely optimistic with slight trepidation…..rapunzel 2

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But through all of these emotions, I know that I have plenty of time to prepare and plan for student teaching and whatever job I am blessed with after graduation.  I have so many ideas of things to do in my future classroom, and I’m so excited to put them to the test.

As a moderate perfectionist, it is difficult to accept that not everything I will do as a teacher will be successful.

The first several years will be hard.
Students will have more important issues than learning about Shakespeare and reading YA novels for fun.

It’s okay.  As a wise husband (I’m so lucky) always tells me, “It will all work out”.  And I know it will.  I just want it to work out right now, not six years from now 😉

There will be good days and bad days.  The trick to surviving each day is to always find some good in the bad days, and to remember why the good days were so good….

Let me try to say that better..

For me personally to make it through the bad days, I need to look for the little spots of hope, the glimmer of understanding, or the twinkle of excitement that arise throughout the day.  What’s that saying–every cloud has a silver lining–?   Every day won’t be a bad day, and when they do happen, I can’t let them dictate my mood.

During the good days, I want to figure out why they were better than other days.  Were the students engaged in the material?  Did hypothetical Suzy finally master her introduction?  Did I explain something in a different way that worked?  Or were the students just enjoyable today?  Maybe I’m just looking through rose-colored glasses, or I’m being the eternal optimist.. and maybe you have to do a little of that to be a good teacher..

I still have about 8 months before I’ll student-teach, which is good.  Of course I want to be at that point now, but there are still so many great things happening in my life where I am at today.

As a wise dad (yep, my dad!) always says “Life by the yard is hard, life by the inch is a cinch”.

So for now, I will be focusing on where I am at in life, not getting distracted by the possibilities of the future.

Philippians 4:6
Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.

Stay joyful friends,