Thursday, August 28, 2014

Matt's Cookies - Coconut White Chocolate Macadamia Nut Cookies

What is one of your all time favorite "after school" memories?  Mine has to be coming home to a house filled with the heavenly aroma of freshly baked cookies.  I always thought my mom was magical because it seemed as though as soon as I walked into the kitchen, she would be pulling out a batch of cookies from the oven.  She would grab a plate, place some cookies on it and pour me a tall glass of ice cold milk.  It would look something like this.


white chocolate macadamia nut cookies


Talk about a great way to end the day.  Well, my daughter has been dating this wonderful guy with one downside...he lived 4 hours away.  Yes, I say lived because he recently moved and found a new job so that they can be closer together.  What a guy.  Here they are just having some fun together!




Now when I say he moved, he moved 4 hours farther from his family and into another state.  I think he's a keeper, don't you?  Anyway, I thought it would be nice to make (and send) him some cookies so he could come home and have a nice end to his day.  Here's the bag of cookies ready for shipping.

white chocolate macadamia nut cookies

Oh, but before I could even ship or make these cookies, I had to decide what cookies to bake. After chatting with my daughter, I discovered that his favorite cookies are white chocolate macadamia nut cookies but that he has a soft spot for the flavor of coconut.  So, I went to the kitchen and modified a cookie based on his likes and came up with this......




 If you like white chocolate, macadamia nuts, coconut and chewy cookies, you'll LOVE these.  Trust me!  Are you ready for the recipe?

Coconut White Chocolate Macadamia Nut Cookies


Ingredients:

  • 1 cup coconut oil, preferably virgin (but butter would work also)
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp coconut extract
  • 2 1/2 cups flour
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 cup white chocolate chips
  • 1 cup coconut
  • 1 cup macadamia nuts
Directions:
  • Preheat oven to 350 Degrees F.
  • Mix the coconut oil and sugar until light and fluffy
  • Add eggs, vanilla extract and coconut extract. Mix well.
  • In a separate bowl, mix the flour, baking soda and salt.  Add the dry ingredients to the sugar mixture and mix well.
  • Fold in the white chocolate chip, coconut and macadamia nuts.
  • To insure uniformly sized cookies, use a melon baller to measure and drop the dough onto an ungreased cookie sheet.  Do not crowd your cookies, leave approximately 1 1/2 inches between each cookie.
  • Bake for approximately 10-15 minutes until your cookies are lightly golden brown but no longer shiny on top....DO NOT OVERBAKE!
  • When you remove the cookies from the oven, allow them to set on the cookie sheet 5-7 minutes before removing them and placing them on a cooling rack. 
  • Enjoy!
  • This recipe will make approximately 4 dozen cookies.

Here's a plate for you to enjoy!


Wednesday, August 27, 2014

5 Easy Week Night Dinners & The Project Stash Link Party

Okay, are you totally crazy from all the "back to school" stuff?  All the "meet the teachers", fall sports practices and games, start-up of activities like Cub/Girl/Boy Scouts and other time commitments that you just don't have time for?  I don't know about you, but often times, when the schedule gets hectic the quality of our meals suffer.  That's why I'm so excited to share these 5 Easy Week Night Dinners from last week's Project Stash.


30-Minute Chicken Carbonara Pot Pie ~ White Lights on Wednesday
 Root Beer Pulled Chicken Sandwiches ~ Lou Lou Girls,
Croque Monsieur - Fried Ham and Cheese Sandwiches ~ The Pin Junkie
Skillet Enchilada Casserole ~ Miss Information
 Caprese Style Mac and Cheese ~ Heather's French Press


Don't these all look absolutely delicious?  And, a bonus, I now have next week's menu board already completed!  Woo Hoo!  If one of your recipes was featured, please grab some eye candy for your blog (featured button) and strut your stuff!

4 You With Love



Now, onto this week's party.  Let's start with me introducing you to The Project Stash co-hostesses!




Melanie from It Happens in a Blink
ChiWei from One Dog Woof
Marilyn from 4 You With Love

When you link up to The Project Stash, your projects are shown on all four blogs!  Also, when you are featured, your project will also be shown on all four blogs.  We also pin features to our Project Stash Features Pinterest Board.  If you'd like, take a moment to add our button to your blog somewhere - the more the merrier!  


4 You With Love


   
Now, let's get this week's party started.  Before you link up, please review our guidelines!  I can't wait to see what you've been up to this week!


Guidelines:
  • No shops, please. Giveaways and projects are welcome.
  • Feel free to link more than one.
  • Visit a couple other links and share some comment happiness.
  • By linking up, you are giving us permission to feature you on round-ups and social media.


Wednesday, August 20, 2014

5 Back to School Printables & The Project Stash Link Party

Well, we've finished our first week of school and I am once again reminded of how much busier life becomes when school starts.  So, I was so happy to discover these amazing FREE printables from last week's Project Stash.  Check these out 'cause I'm sure they will help you and your family stay on top of things this year!

free printables


After School Checklist from My Paper Craze
How to Pack a School Lunch from While He was Napping
Back to School Interview from Giggles Galore
Teacher Gift Printable from Wine and Glue
Healthy Eating Chart from Powerful Mothering


Aren't these ideas absolutely AMAZING?  I LOVE the back to school interview...what a great item to put into a memento book!  Which one is your favorite?  If one of your printables was featured, please grab some eye candy for your blog (featured button) and strut your stuff!

4 You With Love



Now, onto this week's party.  Let's start with me introducing you to The Project Stash co-hostesses!




Melanie from It Happens in a Blink
ChiWei from One Dog Woof
Marilyn from 4 You With Love

When you link up to The Project Stash, your projects are shown on all four blogs!  Also, when you are featured, your project will also be shown on all four blogs.  We also pin features to our Project Stash Features Pinterest Board.  If you'd like, take a moment to add our button to your blog somewhere - the more the merrier!  


4 You With Love



Now, let's get this week's party started.  Before you link up, please review our guidelines!  I can't wait to see what you've been up to this week!


Guidelines:
  • No shops, please. Giveaways and projects are welcome.
  • Feel free to link more than one.
  • Visit a couple other links and share some comment happiness.
  • By linking up, you are giving us permission to feature you on round-ups and social media.

Friday, August 15, 2014

Stop by The New York Melrose Place and See How I Reupholstered a Chair in Under 2 Hours!


It's garage sale season which means it's the perfect time to pick up a piece of furniture with good bones but is in dire need of a makeover.  I found a great desk chair that I turned from drab to fab in less than 2 hours!  

dining room chair makeover

Isn't the "new" chair gorgeous?  I absolutely LOVE it.  To see how, stop by The NY Melrose Family where I'm a guest contributor today! While you're there, take a look around.  Jenny has all sorts of amazing posts...especially about Google+.

 

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

5 Back To School Lunch Ideas and The Project Stash Link Party

When does school start near you?  Our public schools have historically started approximately August 25th and then ended around the June 5th.  Well, with the lovely proficiency tests that Ohio administers to determine how well our school are doing, the educational curriculum has slowly gone from teaching subjects to teaching to the tests.  So, this has now shifted our school year to start a bit earlier and then end earlier (so that "teaching" ends with the proficiency test.  So why am I telling you all this? Are you holding onto your hat?  Today is our first day of school!

Yup, my youngest went off to school this morning but it wasn't just the start of any old school year.  Today was the first day of his senior year!  Wow, does time fly.  Although my son is 17, he still packs his lunch.  Yup, can you believe it? He has packed every day since 1st grade!  Is your child(ren) a packed lunch eater too?  If so, you'll LOVE our features from last week's Project Stash!

5 Back to School Lunch Ideas







10 Quick and Easy Toddler Lunch Ideas from Lambert's Lately | Easy DIY Pizza Lunch Kit from Mostly Homemade Mom | Printable Lunch Box Jokes from Wine and Glue | DIY Lunch Box and Back Pack Tags from Live Laugh Rowe | DIY Lunchables Bento for Kids from About a Mom



Aren't these ideas absolutely AMAZING?  I think I'll surprise my son with a DIY Pizza Kid lunch tomorrow.   Does your child pack their lunch?  I'm always looking for new lunch ideas so leave me a comment and tell me what you put in your child's lunch box.

Anyway, If one of your projects was features, please grab some eye candy for your blog (featured button) and strut your stuff!

4 You With Love



Now, onto this week's party.  Let's start with me introducing you to The Project Stash co-hostesses!




Melanie from It Happens in a Blink
ChiWei from One Dog Woof
Marilyn from 4 You With Love

When you link up to The Project Stash, your projects are shown on all four blogs!  Also, when you are featured, your project will also be shown on all four blogs.  We also pin features to our Project Stash Features Pinterest Board.  If you'd like, take a moment to add our button to your blog somewhere - the more the merrier!  


4 You With Love



Now, let's get this week's party started.  Before you link up, please review our guidelines!  I can't wait to see what you've been up to this week!


Guidelines:
  • No shops, please. Giveaways and projects are welcome.
  • Feel free to link more than one.
  • Visit a couple other links and share some comment happiness.
  • By linking up, you are giving us permission to feature you on round-ups and social media.