Sunday, March 29, 2015

Levain Cookies Copies!!!

Levain cookies; the big, thick, chocolate chip cookies floating around instagram and pinterest.  My latest and most greatest feat.  I've been searching for a thick chocolate chip cookie to make for a while and I finally found it! These cookies are so thick, dense, bursting with flavor and oozing with chocolate chips.  {Theirs have walnuts in them also, but Ew I don't like walnuts.} I must say when you eat 4 of them in a row, it quite resembles a meal....and that I need to go run 5 miles. 

recipe adapted from Broma Bakery 

3 cups + 2 tablespoons of all purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup of salted butter, cold, cut in cubes
3/4 cups + 3 teaspoons of brown sugar
1/2 cup of granulated sugar
2 cold eggs, beaten lightly in a different bowl.
1 teaspoon of vanilla extract.
1 cup of semi sweet chocolate chips
1 cup of milk chocolate chips [I use ghirardelli because I like their bigger size.]

Measure out the flour, salt, baking soda {I got BAKING SODA} and baking power in a bowl.

Beat the butter with a mixer on high for about a minute.  {paddle attachment, ideally} or until the butter forms one big ball.

Then add the sugars and beat for about 2 more minutes or until the butter mixes with the sugar.

Then mix in the vanilla and eggs on medium/low.  The dough will be lumpy and that is OKAY!

Then gradually add the flour. And lastly, fold in the chocolate chips with a rubber spatula.

Divide dough into 12 chunks.  Don't roll them. Place them on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.  Here comes that sad part. :(  The cookies will need to be in the freezer for up to 3O minutes. {feels like the equivalent of a treadmill minute x 3O, ughhhh} They can stay in there for up to 12 hours.

Ten years later, you can put them in the oven @ 375 F for 18-22 minutes.  Mine were in for 18-19 minutes.  You don't want to over cook them because that will ruin it!!!!  And once you take take them out of the oven, they still continue to cook.  So you can take them out to early and pop em back in need it be, but you can't undo it if you over cook. 

Enjoy your Levain copycat cookies, take lots of pictures, eat them for dinner, don't share, or share all of them! 

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Hair ye Hair ye

I'm a new netflixer and part of the reason I got it was because I wanted to watch Gossip Girl!  A bunch of my friends have told me I need to watch the show because it's so me.. Well I've binged watched half a season so far and I'm obsessed.  I've followed hella Gossip Girl accounts both on Pinterest and on Instagram.  Let this hair serve as an example of my obsession.  Serena Van der Woodsen is my spirit animal!!! {Or maybe I'm just really obsessed with the show like I am whenever I start something new. ahem overalls.} She has such a great sense of style and she's far less bitchy then Blair Waldorf.  I like her though, too. [ Maybe a little inspired... ]  If you're on the fence about cutting your hair like me, watch an episode of Gossip Girl.  Seeing Serena's hair is like contraception. Honestly. I now never want to cut my hair because her's is perfect every single second of the show.  I'm partial to her messy ponytails and voluminous half-up hair.  I wear my hair in the pony tail and half up style at least 4 times a week.   I'm still perfecting the volume backcombing bump, let's face it, the one pictured is a little flat. :/ Nothing that a few youtube videos can't fix. But when you nail it, it's so messy chic and soooo good.  I have to remind myself that she has people doing her hair to make it perfect every time.  I lack in that department. 

 This hair is perfect for day 3 hair, like mine in this pic.  {I'm SO proud of myself for going 3 days, lemme tell ya.}  But you just back comb the crown, Pull up into a pony, leave out a few front pieces and then use a chunk of hair to wrap around the hair band. et Volia.  continue on your day as Serena Van der Woodsen.  Enjoy upper eastsiders. xoxo Gossip Girl 

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Me Again

Prada bag / James Perse Tee / Mango Shorts 

Me again!   So everyone needs to own a green purse.  Green is a neutral, look around it's everywhere - grass, trees...etc!  When I was looking for a purse, I knew I wanted a color because I wear black/white/grey/denim mostly, {the evidence pictured above.}  Black purses make me sad, except when it's a Chanel 2.55. I also knew I wanted a classic handbag.  What gets more classic then a Prada tote?!  Suffice it to say I picked the perfect bag, I love it and I love the color!  I think my staged, 'drop everything and look at my purse' picture sorta says something along the lines of that? Lemme tell ya, it feels really good to walk around the mall with a big Prada shopping bag on your shoulder - it's borderline euphoric.  I always get curious when I see people walking around the mall with a big Saks or Chanel or whatever shopping bag.  My friend just tells me I'm just nosey. But point aside I got to be that girl!! Maybe I'm just a jerk but I got my moment to shine. ;]

Sunday, March 8, 2015

What's Good?

HELLLOOOOO!  I'm back from my Caribbean vacation, tan legs and all!  JK, I have this weird ombre tanline going on on my legs to prove it, too. I was in Denver last weekend, which is both cold and amazing at the same time...and totally opposite from the Caribbean. I was in San Diego this weekend. AKA playing lots of volleyball. I dyed my hair last week, I'm borderline blonde again! I shattered my iphone {6+} you can't win them all. And I never have a chance to cook anymore.  But, I'm reading good books.  I got a Prada bag!! Suffice it to say, LOTS IS GOOOOOD!  So, that's whats new with the blogberry.  I've sorta been MIA for the past couple weeks so hopefully that somewhat explains it all because it's been alot.  On top of it all, I sit there and think I have 2 1/2 months of high school left!  It's madness and I've been going 200 mph but it's nice to sit back and sort of enjoy everything for what it's worth.  I'm looking forward to sharing it all with you soon!