Double Chocolate Chip Cookies

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These days, I’ve been spending most of my spare time baking. By the time I’m done there will be cookies and other desserts galore. Tis the season, huh? And as strange as it sounds, baking to Christmas tunes is one of the traditions that I look forward to the most around this time.

Along with the traditional fixings, this year I wanted something super chocolatey. Enter Martha Stewart’s double chocolate chunk cookies. They’re pretty ridiculous – as in ridiculously good. Oh, and did I mention they’re super chocolatey?

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The recipe’s great, though I used Ghirardelli semi-sweet chocolate chips instead, but that’s just a preference thing. I also did this:

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Sometimes, frosting just makes everything better. I slathered peppermint frosting on about half of these babies, but didn’t stop there. After debating between decorating them with metallic jimmies (yes jimmies, I’m from Philly) or crushed candy cane for longer than I care to admit, I ultimately decided to go with the candy cane. You know the saying. Go big or go home.

Watermelon Salad & Lemonade

Get the most out of the last of your summer produce with these two great recipes. Both incorporate watermelon into easy and delicious concoctions. Here goes.

Watermelon & Feta Salad Ingredients

  • watermelon
  • basil
  • feta
  • arugula

Directions

  1. Cube watermelon into relatively small pieces.
  2. Combine watermelon with feta and finely chopped basil.
  3. Sprinkle with some pepper and serve over a bed of arugula.

Watermelon Mint Lemonade Ingredients

  • watermelon
  • mint leaves
  • lemonade (fresh or mix)

Directions

  1. Toss a handful of cubed watermelon into a blender.
  2. Add a few mint leaves.
  3. Pour about one cup of lemonade into blender and combine.
  4. Pour lemonade into glass and garnish with a sprig of mint.

Sorry for lack of exact measurements! I winged these recipes, so you can just eyeball how much you think you’ll need.

Cucumber Avocado Salad

Last week I Pinned this great recipe for a cucumber and avocado salad that I absolutely could not wait to make. Avocados are one of my favorite foods, so I love any recipe that incorporates them.  This is a nice and light summery salad that has some kick to it. Oh and by the way, it is completely delicious. So delicious, in fact, that I’ve had it 3 times in the past week. (And I’m not ashamed.)

What’s your favorite summer salad?

Green Smoothie

Lately, I’ve been loving starting my morning off with a green smoothie. It’s not only healthy; it’s yummy as well – just don’t be turned off by the color! The best part of this smoothie is that you can really customize it to your taste preferences or what you have on hand. Check out more info on substitutions after the directions below.

Ingredients

  • two handfuls of baby spinach leaves*
  • 1 banana**
  • 1 handful pineapple chunks***
  • 1/2 cup water (add more as needed)
  • ice (optional)

Directions

  1. Throw all ingredients into a blender.
  2. Blend well and add more water as needed.
  3. Enjoy!

*Any leafy green vegetable like kale or arugula will work, but spinach has a pretty mild flavor in comparison. **You don’t have to use bananas, but it gives the smoothie a creamy texture which is a typical smoothie base. ***Light colored fruits like green grapes, pears, mangos, etc keep your smoothie a bright green while darker fruits like berries will make it muddier but still oh-so-delicious. Try a bunch of combinations to find your favorite, this one just happens to be mine.

Quick & Easy Guacamole

I love things that are easy. I love guacamole. I love easy-to-make guacamole. Understand? You will if you love both of these things too.

Here’s my go-to recipe for guacamole on the fly.

Ingredients

  • 1 avocado
  • 1 lime or 1/2 lemon
  • red onion
  • salt & pepper
  • cilantro
  • garlic powder (optional)

Directions

  1. Cut avocado and scoop into bowl
  2. Finely chop some red onion and add it to the bowl.
  3. Finely chop some cilantro and add it to the mixture.
  4. Smash mixture around with a fork until it is smooth and creamy.
  5. Add the juice of 1 small lime or 1/2 lemon and mix well.
  6. Add salt and pepper to taste. And if your me, garlic powder.

I should have made a last step that said “enjoy”. Because you totally should. I like to eat mine with a handful of blue corn chips or those Hint of Lime Tostitos. It’s also really good on whole grain toast. So many options. So little time.