Monday, December 21, 2015

Cranberry White Chocolate Chip Cookies


Every year I get together with my girlfriends for an annual cookie party. We each bring all of the ingredients for a recipe, prep, bake, drink lots of wine and make a huge mess. It's a great time. (Obviously this year I was missing the wine!)

This year I made The Domestic Rebel's Cranberry White Chocolate Chip Cookies. I botched some measurements the first time around (whoops) and they still turned out yummy. I gave it another go at home and got it right. So delicious!


Prep time:  1 hour 15 mins Cook time:  10 mins Total time:  1 hour 25 mins
Serves: 24

Ingredients
¾ cup unsalted butter, at room temperature
½ cup brown sugar
½ cup white sugar
1 Tbsp vanilla extract
1 egg
2 cups all-purpose flour
2 tsp cornstarch
1 tsp baking soda
Pinch salt
1 cup dried cranberries
1 cup white chocolate chips

Instructions
1. In the bowl of a stand mixer, beat together the butter, brown sugar & white sugar with the paddle attachment until light and fluffy. Beat in the vanilla and egg to combine. Lastly, beat in the flour, cornstarch, baking soda and pinch of salt until a soft dough has formed. Stir in the cranberries and white chips by hand.
2. Refrigerate the cookie dough for AT LEAST 1 HOUR. You can chill it overnight if you'd like, but one hour chill time is mandatory to prevent cookies from spreading and to create that light, soft and chewy texture.
3. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line two baking sheets with silicone liners or mist lightly with cooking spray. Remove chilled dough from fridge and roll into Tablespoon-sized balls. Place onto the cookie sheets about 1-2" apart from one another.
4. Bake for approx. 8-10 minutes, rotating pans halfway through baking time to ensure an even cook. Cookies may appear slightly undone, but do not over-bake them! They will continue to set up more as they cool. Allow cookies to set on the baking sheets for about 10 minutes or so before carefully transferring to a wire rack to cool completely. If you'd like to make them prettier, garnish cookies with additional white chips on top of still-warm cookies before serving.

What's your go-to cookie recipe?
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Friday, December 18, 2015

Happy Friday

via Pinterest

This is all I want to do this weekend but it's packed so don't expect much down time. We recently moved so we're still settling into the new place and also preparing to go to Colorado next week for Christmas. And we can't forget about Baby B... so much to do to plan for her arrival. I'm a little overwhelmed to say the least.

For once I did my holiday shopping ahead of time. I just have to head out to get some wrapping this weekend and I think I'm set. What did I forget!?

ASHA Lily Chain $395 $110

One last minute gift idea to share before the weekend if you're in a crunch. ASHA is offering free overnight shipping now through 12/23, 3PM EST. There are so many great items still available on sale, including the earrings I posted about yesterday. Non-sale items are 15% off with ASHA15.

I became familiar with the brand after spotting pieces in the Juliska boutique in Stamford. The founder is from Greenwich and her designs are inspired from her travels around the world. Martha's Vineyard and Nantucket are part of the Wanderlust collection. 


Wearing the Lily Chain last weekend in Essex.

Have a great weekend!
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Thursday, December 17, 2015

Holiday Look #22weeks

Dress. ASOS (Maternity). Earrings: Asha. Shoes: Christian Louboutin. Lips: Nars Cruella

Last weekend Ted and I went to our friend's annual Christmas party. Typically it's freezing at this time of the year and I could never wear open toe shoes without tights. I hear horror stories of feet getting bigger after pregnancy.... I'm praying that doesn't happen to me. Wearing my favorite shoes while I can!



Here's a similar look with a non-maternity dress from ASOS. You can't go wrong with a LBD, especially at their price price points. (The fit can be tricky with ASOS so I typically order a few sizes just in case since it's free returns.) I ordered my ASHA earrings on Black Friday, they are still on sale. Finally, if I could add another heel to my closet it would be these. Santa?!
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Wednesday, December 9, 2015

Onesie




Do I even need to add a caption? Baby B needs the pink! (Or all 3....)

Vineyard Vines is offering free shipping with code ELF2015

And for those of you in Fairfield County...


I'm not mentally prepared for a sample sale right now! haha

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Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Lately

Me - Coat: J. Crew. Sunglasses: Ray Ban. Scarf: Gap (old - similar). Dress: ASOS (maternity). Boots: Rag & Bone. Tote: Goyard. Lipstick: Dior.

Ted - Jacket: Patagonia. Shirt: Vineyard Vines. Jeans: Gap. Boots: Clarks.

Post Thanksgiving our friends Kate and Mike came down from Boston to visit us for the weekend. Kate is getting married in April and had an appointment in the city to look at dresses. I was so honored that she asked me to join her. Real life Say Yes To The Dress!

Before the appointment we had brunch at Blue Ribbon Bakery Kitchen. (Unlike several brunch spots in the West Village, they do take reservations.) A spot I recommend. 


We are in the middle of packing up our apartment. I hoped some fresh blooms would detract from the chaos. Is anyone else missing C. Wonder? It was such a great place to shop at this time of year for gifts. I had bought the blue and white ginger jar for part of my wedding centerpiece arrangements.

The candle is Nest Birchwood Pine. My friend that is a fragrance chemist recommended it and as always she was spot on, great scent. 


For our "Friendsgiving" meal Ted made his signature dish, meatballs. I was relieved not to cook so I could focus on assembling a cheese plate, haha.  Kate made a pitstop in Boston's North End that morning for fresh pasta and Italian cookies to go along with our meal.

Now let's divert and talk about coats... 


I have wanted a navy pea coat for a few years and finally bought one this year. Of course I wish I waited until the Black Friday promotion, but at least I got a few wears first. I'm sure J. Crew will have another sale soon. It's a great time to get one, it will never go out of style. I was mad to see it on the sale racks in stores....


Another coat I love that J. Crew keeps bringing back.


And here is Kate modeling it for you.

I don't know if it's just me... but I am always wanting a new coat. I always think "This is the one!" and I will be satisfied for the season. Not so much.

That's all for now...  I'm off to Dallas for work. Ta ta!


PS - Birchbox extended their Cyber Monday promo, 25% off $35+. Good time to get Oribe hair products... it's hard to find them on sale.
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