Monthly Archives: July 2012

Jillian’s Chocolate Chip Cookies

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Hey everyone! Today I am going to be sharing with you some fabulous chocolate chip cookies that everyone should try. They’re super easy and fun to make! So…here we go.

You will need:
~3/4 cups of granulated sugar
~3/4 cups of packed brown sugar
~1 cup of butter (2 sticks)
~1 egg
~2 1/4 cups of all-purpose flour
~1 teaspoon of baking soda
~1/2 teaspoon of salf
~ Chocolate chips! It’s your choice to the amount, brand, size, etc.
for this I used Nestle Toll House Semi-Sweet Mini Chocolate Chips

 step 1: Heat the oven to 375 f.

 step 2: Mix both sugars, butter, and egg in a large bowl. Make sure it’s well blended, then add the flour, baking soda, and salt gradually. If your dough is stiff that means you’re doing it right! Stir in your chocolate chips.

 step 3: Drop doughby rounded tablespoonfuls about 2-3 inches apart onto an ungreased cookie sheet or a cooking stone. I prefer the cooking stone because it is easier to use and clean.

 step 4: Bake for 9 minutes. The centers will be very soft when you take them out, but once they cool it will be perfect. Wait about 2 minutes before moving the cookies onto a cooling rack! This makes about 35-45 cookies.

And that’s it! Enjoy your cookies (: ~jill

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Popcorn Miracle

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Hi friends! So if you’ve ever had stove popcorn, you would understand how good it is. My favorite food is popcorn, so I will eat any kind, but homemade on the stove is the best. Unfortunately, stove popcorn takes awhile, and creates sort of a mess. Plus, that microwave popcorn with the fake butter? Blech. At least compared to the real deal. So recently I made a discovery. I discovered how to make that same stove popped popcorn, but in the microwave! This is much easier and saves you a ton of money! So here we go:

This is all you need:

~loose, un-popped popcorn
~1/4 cup measuring cup
~ordinary brown paper bag
Optional:
~glass measuring cup
~unsalted stick butter (to melt)
~salt
or you can make any of your own toppings!

Step 1: Pour the loose popcorn into a 1/4 cup measuring cup.

Step 2: Pour the popcorn into the paper bag.

Step 3: Fold the top of the bag over twice, as seen in the picture. Make sure and crease it well!

Step 4: Put the bag into the microwave. Use the popcorn setting, or if you don’t have that setting, about 3 minutes. When the popcorn is slowing down, if you can wait about 3 seconds between pops, you might want to take it out. Just use good judgement!

Step 5: Remove bag from microwave! Contents: yummy. If you please, melt some butter and pour it over your popcorn! Then sprinkle with some salt. If you’re looking for a different taste, then by all means, go ahead and explore!

Well that’s all, folks! I really hope you enjoy this super easy and inexpensive popcorn method (that tastes better too)! In the long run it will save you lots. Snack on! ~jill

Music Review: Sara Bareilles ~ Kaleidoscope Heart

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Hi everybody!

So recently I stumbled across a not-so-new-but-still-fabulous-cd by Sara Bareilles! She really got started with her hit single “Love Song”, which I love. So when I discovered that there was more from her I was so stoked! This has become one of my very favorite albums. She has such a distinct and beautiful voice! It starts out with a harmonized all-vocal tune that I love so much. It heads straight into “Uncharted”, one of my favorites off the

Imageentire album. This album has a really jazzy and different vibe to it that is awesome. Following with “Gonna Get Over You”, “Hold My Heart”, and “King of Anything” Sara really shows what her music is all about. With layered instruments and gripping lyrics Sara really did wonders! Ending perfectly with the beautiful song “Bluebird” this album is complete. I highly suggest it if you’re looking for something new! I can’t wait to see what’s to come! ~jill