Wednesday, May 30, 2012

My Summer Favorites

A couple of months back, I came across some candles at Target (I'm a sucker for anything delicious smelling) and I couldn't resist. Each time I walk into my house I look forward to lighting my vintage looking, "Happiness" candle. It makes me... well, happy.

I thought I'd list a few more of the things that are making me happy this summer.

It's the little things in life, right?
I layer these under everything and because they are cropped, they don't make me hot. 

Vanilla Fields
I have worn this inexpensive perfume since high school. I still love it!

Nike Women's Running Shorts

Makes my hand look years younger!

Happiness Yuzu & Lime Aromatherapy Candle from Target
Smells amazing!

Hard Boiled Eggs
Organic, cage-free, & so full of goodness!
So comfortable and cushioned...just the way I like 'em!

The first well-made & supportive suits I've owned!

Full of antioxidants and inhibits cancer growth!

Saturday, May 26, 2012

It's Summer Time

Summer is here.

The last day of school was bittersweet. It always is.

Friends moving away, another year over, and the realization that, yes, my kids are growing up.

My proudest moment of the day was watching my fearless 11 yr. old sing a solo in the school talent show. Pretty amazing.

I'm so thrilled to spend the summer months with these special kiddos.

Max- Talent Show Performance

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Sea Salt Choc Chip Cookies

Big Sea Salted Chocolate Chip Cookies
2 sticks unsalted European butter
¾ c. granulated sugar
¾ c. packed light brown sugar
2 large eggs
1 tsp. vanilla
3 cups all purpose flour
¾ tsp. sea salt
1 ¼ tsp baking powder
½ tsp. baking soda
2 cups semi-sweet chocolate, chips or chopped
1 cup chopped walnuts
Sea salt for sprinkling
-          Using a cheese grater, grate cold butter. Beat with mixer until creamy. Add sugars. Beat.  
-          Add eggs and vanilla and mix.
-          In another bowl, mix flour, baking sold, baking powder, and salt. Add to batter and blend.
-          Add chocolate chips and walnuts.
-          Chill dough overnight.
-          Preheat oven to 375°
-          Divide dough into 16 balls. Do not press flat. Bake them on ungreased cookie sheets.
-          Bake for 7 minutes at 375°, then lower temp to 325° and bake for 8 more minutes.
-          Take them out of the oven and let cool on cookie sheet.
-          While they are cooling, sprinkle sea salt over the tops of the cookies.
-          Enjoy!