Lemon white chocolate chip cookies

Hello friends! I created this recipe years ago and actually published it on the old version of this blog (which you can still find in the archives)…but I have tweaked it just a touch and, in turn, I hope I have improved upon it. I love these cookies anytime of year, but they are especially nice in the summer, as the lemon flavor makes them seem lighter. If you don’t love lemon, you can certainly substitute your favorite citrus. I have made this recipe with orange and lime and they have been good. The lemon just happens to be my favorite. I hope you like them too!

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Lemon white chocolate chip cookies:
Yield: about 18 large cookies

Cookie batter:
2 sticks unsalted butter, softened
1 egg
3/4 cup sugar
1/2 cup light brown sugar
1 tsp. vanilla extract
zest of one lemon
2 1/4 cups flour
1 1/4 tsp. baking powder
1 tsp baking soda
pinch of salt
1 cup of white chocolate chips

Glaze
juice of 1 lemon
3/4 cup powdered sugar (plus up to 3 extra tablespoons of powdered. sugar if your lemon yields a lot of juice)***
whisk all ingredients together and set aside

***Start here, then taste the glaze- this is just a glaze, so you can tweak the measurements. For a thicker glaze, add more powdered sugar. I tend to like mine on the thicker side.

Directions:
In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment (or with a hand mixer), beat butter, egg and sugars, along with extract and zest on medium high speed until fluffy and pale yellow in color (4-5 minutes).
Gradually add in the dry ingredients and mix until just incorporated. Stir in chips

Use a large cookie scoop and scoop cookie dough onto a parchment lined sheet pan

Bake cookies at 375 F for 10-12 minutes. Mine usually take right around 11 minutes.

Allow cookies to cool and then top with the glaze (drizzle with a spoon and use the back of the spoon to spread). Allow cookies and glaze to sit for about a half hour so glaze will harden.

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Hope this makes your hump day more bearable! Enjoy!

5 things to love about World Market…if only I had more rooms to decorate

Happy Monday, friends! Is that an oxymoron? Probably….whoops. If you have a World Market near you and haven’t been in lately, check it out. If you don’t have one near you, get online and check out these great finds. There is eye candy everywhere in that store!

How cute is this metal storage bin?

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I love this cool industrial shelf. It reminds me of this shelf from Restoration Hardware, which is also awesome but a lot more money. If you like the look, World Market’s smaller version just may fit the bill. I can picture all my cookbooks and cookware on these shelves.

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I want this adorable shelf! Can you please buy and and invite me to your house so I can admire it? Thanks a bunch. Winking smile Better yet, it’s similar looking, but less $$ than its Pottery Barn counterpart.

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All I can say to this adorable shelf is yes please!

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Lastly, these vintage looking crates remind me of an old milk crate. I actually have an awesome vintage Borden milk crate, and these look very similar, minus the inscription.

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Enjoy the rest of your day!

Recipe: Cookies and Cream cupcakes with vanilla and chocolate buttercream frosting

Well HELLLOOOO friends. It’s been a while. The summer is just getting away from me and I have been ignoring this space. Let’s reconnect, shall we? Over cupcakes? I thought you’d like that.

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I don’t know what it is, but I have been on a cupcake kick lately. Don’t worry- I do give some away. I am doing the couch to 5K program….I can’t burn off those calories and then come home and eat 15 cupcakes, now can I?

Do you ever want to try a recipe, but you are missing an ingredient that you need? Happens to me all the time. I crave something, but don’t have all the goods to make it. I came across this cupcake recipe in one of my cookbooks and actually had Oreos in the house that I bought for Rob (a rare event). So, being the good wife I am, I ripped open that package of Oreos and helped myself to half the package to make these cupcakes. Sorry honey. I’ll buy more.

The cupcake and icing recipes are from two different sources. I thought they’d go well together and I believe I was right. My 2 year old neighbor across the street thought so too. Smile

Cookies and Cream cupcakes (recipe courtesy of Kitchen Aid Baking Companion):

Yields 24 cupcakes

Ingredients:

2 1/4 cups all purpose flour

1 TBSP baking powder

1/2 tsp. salt

1 2/3 cup sugar

1 cup milk

1 stick unsalted butter, softened

2 tsp. vanilla extract

3 egg whites

10 Oreo cookies, crushed

Directions:

1. Preheat oven to 350 F and line 2 cupcake pans with liners.

2. Stir together the first 3 ingredients in the bowl of a stand mixer (or use a hand mixer). Then stir in the sugar.

3. Add the next 3 ingredients and mix on low speed for about 30 seconds. Stop the mixer, scrape the bowl down and add the egg whites. Start the mixer again (slowly) and then beat the entire mixture for 2 minutes. Add the crushed cookies and mix until just incorporated.

4. Fill liners about 2/3 full with mixture and bake at 350 F for 20-25 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center of a cupcake comes out clean.

Buttercream frosting (Recipe courtesy of Williams Sonoma Family Meals- Maria Helm Sinskey)

Ingredients:

2 sticks of unsalted butter at room temperature

4 cups powdered sugar, sifted

1 tsp. kosher salt

1/4 whole milk (psst- I only had 2% and it was fine)

2 tsp. vanilla extract

1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder

2 tsp. very hot water

*****3-4 crushed Oreos for garnish, if desired

Directions:

1. Start the mixer on low and beat the butter, sugar and salt on medium speed once the powdered sugar is mixed in a bit (unless you want to wear it).

2. Add the milk and vanilla and beat until light and fluffy. Remove half of the icing. This is the VANILLA buttercream.

3. Add the cocoa powder and beat on low speed until combined. Add the hot water to bring it all together and beat again for one minute. This is the CHOCOLATE buttercream.

Ice the cooled cupcakes and add Oreo cookie crumbles if your little heart desires.

I LOVED the chocolate buttercream on this particular cupcake, but both were delicious.

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Enjoy everyone! I won’t wait so long to say hello again.

Five on Friday with a new home tour

Hello Friday! It is the first Friday of summer break for me! I am linking up with Christina at Carolina Charm for today’s Five on Friday. I also have a home tour up on the blog- follow the link below to the main page of this blog for photos. Smile

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I have two of these Threshold stools from Target sitting at my kitchen island at the moment. I am trying to decide whether to keep them or not. We have some nice bar stools from World Market that we like, and we recently covered the cushions with some leftover fabric, but the stools are kind of big for the island and where it’s placed in our kitchen. These are more compact. If you like them, or any barstools at Target, take advantage of the 20% off barstools sale on Cartwheel. The deal expires tomorrow (Saturday June 7).

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You aren’t using Cartwheel????? Please tell me you’re kidding. If you’re not using it, and you shop at Target, sign up now. I just got a notification that I have saved over $100 using this app. It’s free and easy. If I have my eye on something that is not a necessity, I wait for Cartwheel to have a discount (like the stools above). Discounts range from 5-25% off. Get signed up!!!!!!!!!!!

Three:

Are you watching Fixer Upper on HGTV? I adore this show. I watched the marathon yesterday (in a nice outfit in my pajamas) to catch up on episodes I’ve missed. I’m in awe of people who have the vision to turn something hideous into something so beautiful.

Four:

Jeni’s Ice Cream opened last night here in Charleston on Upper King Street….just in time for summer break. I’ve had her cookbook for a few years and the recipes are wonderful. I can’t wait to head downtown and feed my face. I am certain I can find a few friends to tag along with me. Winking smile

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If you haven’t visited me lately, I recently posted some home tour pics on the main page of this site. I’m still learning….learning my camera, learning technology. Bear with me! I hope you enjoy the tour. Smile

Have a wonderful weekend everyone!

Fried green tomato BLT with pimento cheese (y’all)

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The thing that is great about experimenting in the kitchen is that you can satisfy a craving at any time without having to go to your favorite restaurant. One of my favorite indulgent sandwiches is a fried green tomato BLT. Throw some pimento cheese in the mix and it’s even better.

Ingredients (for 2 sandwiches):

6 strips of bacon

romaine lettuce (or whatever floats your boat)

1 green tomato (this will yield 2 slices per sandwich)

4 slices of hearty sandwich bread (such as Pepperidge Farm brand)

1/4 cup buttermilk (if you don’t have this; add 1/4 tsp of lemon juice or white vinegar to 1/4 cup regular milk and allow it to sit for 5 minutes)

Pimento cheese

Coating for tomatoes:

1/2 cup all purpose flour

1/2 cup cornmeal

pinch of kosher salt

6 grinds of freshly ground black pepper

1/4 tsp. cayenne pepper

Directions:

1. Prepare all of the ingredients is (toast the bread, wash the lettuce, etc.). Pan fry the bacon and set aside on a plate lined with paper towels to drain. Pat the excess grease off the top of the bacon.

2. Keep the pan with the bacon grease on medium heat. You can fry the tomatoes right in it (why dirty another pan?).

3.. Slice the tomatoes, dunk quickly in the buttermilk, then add to the coating and coat generously. Press the coating into the tomatoes. Place the tomatoes into the hot bacon grease.

4. Fry the tomatoes on medium heat for about 2 minutes per side. When they are golden brown, place them on a plate lined with paper towels. Pat any excess grease off the top, then finish with a sprinkle of kosher salt.

5. Assemble the sandwich by spreading the pimento cheese onto one slice of bread. Top with the tomato, bacon and lettuce.

Enjoy!

An almost effortless sink skirt

Hello friends! Today I am linking up with A Bowl Full of Lemons for One Project At A Time.

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I’ve had a sink skirt under my kitchen sink for close to a year now. I’ve changed it 3 times, but the current one is my favorite. Let me show you how easy this is to do!

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All you need is:

  • A tension curtain rod
  • Small ring clips (I used 40)
  • A piece of fabric

I had this fabric leftover from another project. Previously, I had a sink skirt that I made from dish towels.. Afterwards, I replaced that with a sink skirt that I made from a drop cloth. After doing a few different ones, I have to say that a lightweight, single piece of fabric works best here. It’s not too heavy on the rod and it’s easy and light to open and close.

Here we go:

1. Remove cabinet doors (when your husband is at work so he does not roll his eyes at you doing another project….tee hee hee). Winking smile

2. Cut your fabric to fit your opening. My opening for this double cabinet is 34.5 inches wide. My finished fabric is 55” wide x 27” long. You will really need to measure your own cabinet for preference. If you want your curtain to be more ‘billowy’, cut it wider. Your sink will also determine length. We have an under mount sink. 

3. This particular fabric has raw edges, which I like, so I did not hem them. I only hemmed the bottom edge of the fabric (with a sewing machine).

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4. Attach your ring clips and evenly space them across the top of the fabric.

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5. Place the tension rod up inside the cabinet. If your fabric is heavier, you can mount a command hook (that holds 3-5 lbs.) centered on the back of the cabinet face under the sink, then rest the rod on that, dividing the ring clips evenly on either side so the curtain is centered. I did that with my last 2 curtains, but this one is so light, it was not necessary. It’s hard to photograph, so I did not, but my Command hook is mounted directly behind that little glass knob you see in the pictures below.

 

Give this project a try if you’re looking for a quick (under 30 minutes), easy way to add cottage charm to your kitchen.

Five on Friday

Hello and TGIF! I hope you have all had a good week. As the school year winds down, this school district based behavior analyst can only think of hitting the beach, pool and catching up with friends. Smile What are you all looking forward to this summer?

It’s time for another link up; this week, with Natasha over at Hello Happiness.

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Speaking of catching up with friends, Rob and I are heading to Savannah tomorrow to meet up with our friends that we have not seen in 2 years! We definitely need to stop into Back In The Day Bakery. I have their cookbook and I seriously want to quit my job and drive to Savannah to bake with them every day. Hey, it’s only 2 hours away! I wonder if they’d pay me mileage….Winking smile

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If you’re local to the Charleston area, make the trip to Summerville to have Sunday brunch at This Whole House. It’s an adorable tea room and I will be honest,…it is small inside. But on a beautiful Sunday morning, grab a table outside on the front lawn. The brunch is delicious and all you can eat. Check it out.

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If you know me, you know I am a cookbook collector (and if you don’t know me, well now you know me a little bit better!). I purchased this cookbook a couple of months ago. It’s been a hot week here in the Charleston area, and I love her cilantro lime slaw for a quick side dish. It’s a lighter alternative to mayonnaise based coleslaw and it makes a great topping for tacos and sandwiches, if you’re into putting coleslaw on top of such things. Winking smile

Four:

This video seems to be all over the internet this week. If you have not watched it, take 5 minutes to do so. It’s embarrassing to think of how we can look glued to our cell phones, I Pads, etc. I am trying hard to put my phone away at night. Just because it’s blinking does not mean I have to deal with it right away. I used to be so good about this and I need to get back to putting it in a separate room at night. Real, quality time with my husband is more important than checking Facebook every 15 minutes out of sheer boredom.

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I love this quote.I might need to put this on one of my chalkboards. Smile

 

Have a great weekend, everyone! And Happy Mother’s day to all the moms out there.