Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Day 181: Travel jewelry

When I travel, I like to keep my wardrobe (for the most part) color coordinated.  Meaning I'll stick to mainly neutrals with a few accent pieces and accessories.  I do the same with my jewelry.  I believe that just as much as your clothes and shoes are important to pick appropriately for trips, so are your purses, scarves and jewelry.

For a recent trip, I decided to go with a gold theme of mainly fun, but wear-with-anything pieces.  I call it my "Mall Collection."  They are just simple pieces from the mall and they are all in the color (not material!) gold.  Now I'm a fan of good quality jewelry, but I was going on a touristy family vacation where I was not going to be going out to swanky parties, or posh lounges.  I believed my Mall Collection would be sufficient, and I was right!

It included:  a glass stoned and satin weaved bracelet from The Limited; bell earrings from J.Crew that I got on sale around Christmas time; a bar ring from Pull & Bear (it came as a set of four stackable rings, but I opted to only take one); a $10 bird necklace from H&M that I always get many compliments on; and a monogrammed necklace from Urban Outfitters which is probably the most expensive but cheaply made piece which goes to show you a high price tag doesn't necessarily mean quality!

I put them in a convenient burlap bag I got with a ring I ordered online from Giles and Brother.  I have a jewelry roll I usually use, but it's nice to change things up a bit!  These were the perfect accents to my casual American Boho style as I toured Central Europe.

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Day 161: Simply THE BEST Chocolate chip cookie recipe

It has been my purpose in life to make the best chocolate chip cookies for my kids.  It is my duty!  Luckily my kids love to help, so it has become quite a bonding experience in the kitchen.  Though with them, I tend to have all my ingredients out and ready so that I can move fast.  Who knows what mischief can happen when my back is turned while getting something?  I tend to mix all the dry ingredients together first, then the sugars, and then the wet ingredients.  Wet ingredients go in with the sugars and then slowly mix in the dry ingredients.  I've grouped them as such.  

Dry ingredients
1 1/4 cup whole wheat flour
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp salt

1/2 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup sugar

Wet ingredients
1 egg
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 cup coconut oil

1 1/4 cup chocolate chips

1.  Mix all the dry ingredients in one bowl, the sugars in another bowl.

2.  Mix the wet ingredients quickly, so that the coconut oil doesn't solidify.  Add the sugars to the wet ingredients.

3.  Slowly add the dry ingredients in, mixing thoroughly.  When the dough is nice and stiff, add the chocolate chips last.

4.  Spoon onto an oiled baking sheet at bake at 350 F for 10-12 minutes or until the tops are firm.  

5.  Cool for 10 minutes on baking rack, and then enjoy!