Sea salt and thyme chocolate chip cookies

For the past few years, I have really been enjoying the salty sweet combo. To me, it’s the perfect combination.
These cookies fit perfectly into that category. Plus, they have the added flavor of the thyme.

To make them, I mixed together the flour, baking soda, salt and thyme. I didn’t measure the thyme but just added until I felt it looked like enough.

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Next, I combined the butter and sugar in my mixer. Then I added the vanilla and eggs. Finally, the flour mixture is added in three batches.

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The last ingredient is the chocolate. I used chocolate chips instead of chunks.

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Once the chocolate is folded in, the dough is ready to be scooped out onto the pan.

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Before the cookies go into the oven, they are sprinkled with coarse sea salt.

11 minutes in the oven and you have some tasty cookies!

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Brownies

Mmmmm brownies! Recently, I was in a baking mood. Seeing this recipe convinced me I wanted to make brownies!

The first step was to melt the butter in a pan. Then add it to the cocoa powder and combine.

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Then the rest of the ingredients are added and it is mixed until just combined.

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The batter is poured into a greased and floured dish and baked in the oven. So easy!

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The ideal time to make the icing is while the brownies bake. The ingredients are put into a bowl and mixed. I added a little extra water to get the consistency I was looking for.

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After the brownies have cooled, they are iced. I put mine into the fridge after they were iced, but not before I tried one! Of course I forgot to take a picture because I was too excited about trying a brownie!

Muffins galore!

I forgot how easy muffins are to make. In two days, I made 5 dozen.

The first kind I made is blueberry muffins. The first step is mixing the dry ingredients in a bowl.
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Then the wet ingredients get mixed in a separate bowl.
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Then the wet ingredients are added to the dry ingredients. Once it is all mixed up, the blueberries are added and stirred until combined.
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The batter is now ready to be poured into the muffin tin and put into the oven.
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When the time is up, voila! You have tasty blueberry muffins!
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The second kind of muffins I made were chocolate chip banana muffins.

The instructions for these muffins is to just mix all the ingredients, except the chocolate chips together until moist.
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Then the chocolate chips are added.
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Once combined, the mixture is ready for the muffin tins.
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These muffins were my favorite. And Chloe really liked them, too.

The final kind of muffin I made was a carrot muffin.

Once again, the dry ingredients are mixed together in a bowl.
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The wet ingredients are put into a separate bowl and mixed up. Then the wet ingredients are added to the dry ingredients.
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The batter is scooped into the muffin tins and baked.
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There you have it! 3 different kinds of muffins.
What are your favorite muffins?

Mini cheesecakes

I’ve never been big into cheesecake. Some people love it, but I’ve never been too excited about it.
Since I’ve started making it at home for other people, I’ve starts to quite enjoy cheesecake.
This recipe is one I tried a few months back for a friends birthday. I couldn’t find Nila cookies so I used a graham cracker as the base. This time, I decided to make my own base from graham crumbs, sugar and butter. I used a cup of graham crumbs, two teaspoons of sugar and a little bit too much melted butter (probably around 5 tablespoons). IMG_8263.JPG

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The bases baked in the oven for 3 minutes on 350 degrees.

On to the cheesecake recipe! I put the cream cheese, egg, vanilla and sugar into a mixing bowl and mixed it all together.

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Then I put the cream cheese mixture on top of the crusts and baked them in the oven for 25 minutes on 325 degrees.

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After the cheesecakes cooled down, I topped them with cherry pie filling.

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These are super easy, delicious and a hit when brought to functions! Or given as gifts.

Banana oat cookies

One of the first recipes from Pinterest that I started making on a regular basis was the banana oat cookie. My original pin ended up not working anymore, so I deleted it.
The recipe is actually the easiest recipe ever, though.

Get two ripe bananas. I used ones from the freezer and let them thaw for a few hours.

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Add one cup of quick oats to the peeled bananas. Or get your helper to do it!

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When I make these I usually add a handful of chocolate chips, but to my shock and surprise I was OUT of chocolate chips. Horrific, I know! So this time I added a handful of Reese chips.

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My helper and I took turns mixing everything together.

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Then I scooped out each individual cookie. I made them small, but you could make them any size.

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During the 14 minute wait in a 350 degree oven, my helper was patiently watching over the cookies.

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Finally, the cookies were ready and my helper got to have herself a delicious bedtime snack!

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Buttercream frosting

My daughters second birthday was the other day. For her party, I made cupcakes with buttercream frosting.

This recipe was easy to follow. I let my butter sit out for a couple of hours to soften. Then I put it in the mixer for a couple minutes.

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Next I added the icing sugar and put the mixer on low until the butter and icing sugar were combined.

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The last step was to add the vanilla and heavy cream. The recipe called for 3-5 tablespoons of heavy cream. I think I used just over 5.

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Once the buttercream frosting was ready, I split it into two containers. Using gel dyes, I turned one container of frosting pink, and one blue.

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My taste tester approved!
Yum!
Do you have a go to recipe for frosting?
What is your favorite kind of frosting?

White Cake

Well hello everyone my name is Adrienne & today I will be guest blogging on Morgan’s account. Let me start off by introducing myself. I am a 23 year old avid pinner on pinterest, I love cupcakes, makeup, cheerleading, travelling and being kind to others. Like many of us I am still creating my path in life. I am also one of Morgan’s best friends. We met in 2006 when I tried out for the high school cheer team. Morgan happened to be one of the coaches & from then on we became very good friends. We are always there for each other & that’s important in a friendship I’d say.
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Today I want to talk about cake. Specifically white cakes, homemade moist white cakes. This is what I had set out for on my most recent pinterest journey. I found a recipe, well I found several recipes actually. The one I chose was . I wanted a simple cake something where I wouldn’t have to rush to the store to grab 9 strange, exotic ingredients I’d never use again. I’m exaggerating but I’m just meaning I wanted a fast simple tasty white cake.
I have made this recipe twice now. Both times I split the recipe in half & made cupcakes. The first time I made them they came out a bit dry & tasted kind of like a cornmeal muffin they weren’t sweet enough for my liking & I may have over mixed the batter or possibly over cooked them. They were pretty fluffy looking though. They were in the oven for 20 minutes the first time & although they weren’t terrible they were kind of just okay. Just okay is not acceptable for an Adrienne cupcake. So I decided to try making them again for Father’s day only this time I made sure to only use the mixer when incorporating the milk and vanilla & only until combined. This second time I created them I doubled the sugar, bad idea. Now they were too sweet, dense & sunk in the middle. The flavour again wasn’t terrible but not my best work. Since I still had to serve these I whipped up some whipping cream added lemon zest & only about a teaspoon of powdered sugar. The cupcakes actually ended up tasting like lemon meringue pie which was kind of cool. However I did not get the fluffy moist white cake I was looking for. I may try this recipe one more time, again cutting it in ½ but using 1 ½ cups of sugar because I think if I can get the sugar balance right I may be in luck for what I’m looking for. Two things I wanted to discuss 1.) They don’t state it in the directions when to add the vanilla, I found it appropriate to add it with the milk. 2.) Most of this recipe you use your hands to mix & fold. I thought that was kind of different. So the verdict, I’m not happy with this recipe as of yet I will be trying it a 3rd time to see the results. I will also be on the hunt and testing out more pinterest white cake recipes.adrienne4
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Have you found a white cake recipe on pinterest you love?
How do you feel about incorporating ingredients using your hands?
Feel free to follow me on pinterest, username Adrienne Lucky