January 29, 2016

Foodie Friday: Hot Chocolate Cookies

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There's nothing like being snowed in with your spouse, cat and Netflix...unless you start having a craving for something and have already braved the weather once already. During our storm on Saturday I had a strong craving for something chocolatey and s'more like but had already went out to the store and didn't feel like braving the elements again. Thankfully in our kitchen we always have baking ingredients...but no chocolate...expect for hot chocolate! So I did so digging around on Pinterest to see if a Hot Chocolate cookie even was a thing, and behold it is! So I found a recipe as my base idea (here).  Generally it's like a sugar cookie BUT with Hot Chocolate. Perfect for indoor snow days.

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Hot Chocolate Cookies

1 and 1/4 cups butter, softened
1 cup sugar
2/3 cup brown sugar
2 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla
3 1/4 cups flour
4 packages (or 3/4 cups) hot cocoa mix (I used 4 packs of Swiss Miss hot coco) 
1 teaspoon salt
1 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 cup chocolate chips (optional) 
1 cup Mini Marshmallows (or you can use the mini marshmallows from your hot coco mix) 

Step 1. Mix butter, sugar, and brown sugar into a bowl until light and fluffy. Then mix in eggs and vanilla.
Step 2. Slowly mix in your flour in your mixture. 
Step 3. Mix in hot coco powder, salt, baking soda, baking powder into the batter. This batter is like a sugar cookie batter so it's pretty crumbly so you might want to use your hands to mix everything together. If doing chocolate chips, mix them into your batter. 
Step 4.  Refrigerate for about an hour. 
Step 5. Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees
Step 6. Scoop about 2 tablespoons of batter and roll into a ball. Place onto cookie sheet and use your thumb to create a thumbprint in the dough. You should be able to fit 2 to 3 mini marshmellows in this space.
Step 7. Bake for 9 to 10 minutes, or until lightly gold brown on the bottom (marshmallows should also have a nice golden toasted color) 
Step 8. Enjoy! 

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These cookies were the perfect little snack while we binge watching Making a Murder. And definitely fulfilled my craving for something s'more like. If you are looking for something super chocolatey I would suggest to use chocolate chips and a richer hot chocolate mix (maybe something like Godiva or Ghiradelli hot chocolate mix). The best part about this recipe is that it's stuff that you most likely have in your pantry already. 

January 25, 2016

Weekend Wear: Velvet Snow

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This weekend we had quite the snowstorm here on the east coast. It was the first snowstorm of the season, and in NYC we accumulated the amount of snow we would get through out winter in this one storm. Of course, my husband and I had planned a party this weekend which we thankfully decided to postpone till this coming weekend. We were skeptical about the amounts they were saying we would get but I'm happy that we decided to go ahead and postpone it.

The day after a snowstorm I always feel like a kid. I want to go sledding and build a snowman. It's one of those times where I wish I had a kid or lived closer to my nephew. Nothing sounds better to me then going sledding and then going to Farmacy for some hot coco and ice-cream (icecream to me is an all year round thing). So we bundled up and headed out for a bit. Walked around the hood and picked up a few things from the store...boring grown up stuff if I do say so myself.

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Coat: William Rast c/o Lord and Taylors | Sweater: Zara | Leggings: Aritiza | Boots: c/o Cougar Boots
Bag: Rebecca Minkoff | Hat: Joe Fresh | Sunglasses: c/o Boohoo | Scarf: c/o DSW

How was your weekend?

January 20, 2016

Outfit Post: Black Jean Queen

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I've been looking for the perfect pair of high waisted black jeans for a while now. After tearing the zipper off of one pair of jeans and ripping a hole in another (my quads don't lie) I decided it was time to take the plunge in quality pair of jeans....and bought a pair of high waist black jeans from Madewell. I'm glad that I did, I love Madewell jeans and these in particular. Not only do I feel like they are made for me, but I can easily wear them with everything.

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Sweater: Forever21 (old) | Shirt: Urban Outfitters | Jeans: Madewell | Boots: Zara | Sunglasses: Feather's Boutique |
Hat: Forever21 (old)

Do you have any pairs of jeans that are your favorite?

January 18, 2016

Weekend Wear: Athleisure

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Jacket: c/o Piperlime from Sanctuary Clothing | Hoodie: Athelta | Leggings: c/o Aerie
Sneakers: c/o Piperlime from Steve Madden | Bag: Marc by Marc Jacobs | Sunglasses: H&M

To be honest....most weekends I'm a total bum. Only to go outside to run some errands or even take a small walk in the hood to at least say "I went outside." This even more true as the days get colder. Thanks to the athleisure trend for allowing me to look like a fashionable lazy bum.

How do you pull off the athleisure look?

January 15, 2016

Foodie Friday: Pesto Pizza

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If you don't love pizza...then I don't think we can be friends. Maybe it's because I'm from New York, but pizza is one of those foods that I could live off of. My husband and I have resolute this year to eating better and also cooking in more. This past weekend we successfully did not order out! We made dinner together Saturday evening and on Sunday I took my own little twist on pizza...Pesto Pizza.

I've made a lot of pizza in my day...Never made dough from scratch, though I've used all different sorts of crust: Pillsbury Pizza Crust, Boboli Pizza Crust, etc. But by far the best one that I've used is from Fresh Direct. The husband and I have been ordering from Fresh Direct for a few months now and this was my first time ordering their frozen pizza dough. To be honest I was skeptical about this dough but this...this is legit. They come in packs of four and you can easily do small personal pizzas or a medium size pizza. I've learned that I think next time I would do 2 small personal pizzas for husband and I. This dough is way easier to use then the Pillsbury and comes out like a real thin crust pizza.

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- Pizza Dough
- Pesto Sauce
- Olive Oil
- Mozzarella cheese
- Flour* (depending on what type of dough you use)

***If you are using frozen dough...let the dough refrigerate over night. Then an hour before cooking let it sit out in room temperature***

these steps are for frozen pizza dough modify where needed:

1. Pre-Heat Oven to about 500 degrees.
2. Sprinkle a little flour on the table before rolling out your dough.
3. Roll out dough to desired size. I did a thin crust pizza for two (we got about 4 slices each)
4. Once rolled out to desired size, transfer to baking pan or pizza stone. If using a pizza stone add a little flour on the pizza stone before placing the dough.
5. Spread about 1/2 tablespoon of olive oil on the crust of the pizza.
6. Add about 1/4 cup of pesto sauce (or to taste) and spread over dough.
7. Evenly spread the bag of mozzarella cheese over the pesto and dough.
8. Place into oven for 10 to 15 minutes or until edges are golden brown.
9. Once edges are crispy, take out of oven and let it sit for about 2 minutes.
10. Slice and enjoy!

This is such a quick and easy little twist on your everyday pizza. Plus, its so simple that you can do it in minutes in stead of ordering out. Plus you can add your own sides, I had my pizza with a side of Caesar Salad.

I think I'm going to try garlic knots next with this dough! Stay tuned for that!

Would you try this twist on pizza?

January 11, 2016

Weekend Wear: New Year, New Start

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Jacket: Calvin Klein (similar style here)  | Sweater: J.Crew (similar style here) | Jeans: Madewell
Shoes: Dolce Vita (similar style here) | Headband: c/o Superdry (on sale!) | Scarf: c/o Superdry
Bag: Marc by Marc Jacobs  

Hola 2016! This year has already started out with a bang. I spent the New Years week in Mexico with my husband and a close friend of ours. There really isn't a better way to ring in the new year. It was the perfect way to decompress from another crazy year. But since we stayed all inclusive it meant I over indulged in food and margaritas. Plus, the whole month of December I basically binged on cookies. So I'm starting out this year with healthy eating and getting back into my exercise routine (which I couldn't be more happy about). The first weekend home in the new year was spent laying low. Finally, it was cold enough to get a hot chocolate from the Chocolate Room (best hot chocolate ever) and wear my new winter accessories from Superdry.

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Hows your New Year going so far?

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