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Getting Back into Blogging with the Great Food Blogger Cookie Swap

12 Dec

So about a month and a half ago, I came to the decision to stop blogging because juggling weekly blog posts with college, friends, and family became more of a challenge than a source of pleasure. Luckily for me, prior to making this decision I had signed up for the Great Food Blogger Cookie Swap, and the amazing outpour of passion and thoughtfulness of this event has reinstilled my desire to keep writing, cooking, and photographing for ModernAlice. Thank you to the wonderful ladies whose love of baking and blogging has been such an inspiration to me.

The elegant packaging and sweet notes were just as motivating as the delectable cookies that I received and that’s really saying something!

Lauren of SizzleEats sent delicious Whole Wheat Chocolate Chip Cranberry Cookies that reminded me that food blogging and fitness can go hand in hand. Healthy goodies that are not only delicious but good for you can be refreshing and exciting in a blogosphere so packed with sinful indulgences.

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Hannah of FleurDelicious made my mouth water with her Pistachio-Cranberry Mexican Wedding Cakes. Until now, I thought a good cookie had to include chocolate, but these buttery, melt-in-your mouth cookies were so delicious that I couldn’t put them down. Thank you for introducing me to such a delicious new cookie to add to my to-make list.

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Rachel Sally of Le Peche Fraiche made some of the prettiest cookies that I have EVER seen! My boyfriend swore that she must have bought them because her beautifully iced butter cookies were so professional looking. If you’re reading this Rachel, you truly should sell these wondrous holiday goodies!

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For my cookies, I wanted to share one of my favorite indulgences that somehow hasn’t made its way onto my blog until now: Epicurious’s Chocolate Toffee Cookies.

These fudgey, chocolatey cookies taste almost brownie-like, but the toffee chunks provide a nice crunchy contrast. The recipe claims to make 18 giant cookies, but I made about 40 normal sized ones to keep the chocolate from becoming too overwhelming, but if you’re feeling adventurous, feel free to make 1/4 cup cookies, as originally recommended.

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Giant Chocolate Toffee Cookies

yield: 32-40 cookies

Adapted from Epicurious

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup all purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 pound semisweet chocolate, chopped
  • 1/4 cup unsalted butter
  • 1 3/4 cups (packed) brown sugar
  • 4 large eggs, room temperature
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 4 1.4-ounce chocolate-covered toffee bars (like Heath), coarsely chopped

Directions:

  1. In a small bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder and salt.
  2. Stir chocolate and butter in top of double boiler set over simmering water until melted and smooth. Remove from over water. Cool mixture to lukewarm.
  3. Using electric mixer, beat sugar and eggs in bowl until thick, about 5 minutes. Beat in chocolate mixture and vanilla. Stir in flour mixture, then toffee.
  4. Chill batter until firm, about 45 minutes.
  5. Preheat oven to 350°F. Line 2 large baking sheets with parchment paper. Drop batter by rounded tablespoonfuls onto sheets, spacing 2 1/2 inches apart. You may have to return it to the refrigerator midway through the scooping process to let the cookie dough firm up again.
  6. Bake just until tops are dry and cracked but cookies are still soft to touch, 10-12 minutes. Top with sea salt if desired. Allow to cool on racks.
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Very Inspiring Blogger Award

18 Aug

Thank you so much to the incredible bloggers at both Act Like A Lady, Eat Like A Man and My Student Struggles for nominating me for the Very Inspiring Blog Award! The wonderful young ladies who write both of these blogs are smart, passionate writers and thinkers whose blogs encourage me to infuse every drop of creativity that I have into each of my blog posts. Sara Ann of Act Like A Lady, Eat Like A Man posts wonderful recipes, work outs, and style tips. She writes such honest, passionate posts that reading her posts makes you feel happy inside, as if you are talking to a childhood friend. My Student Struggles is a blog full of fascinating research and personal musings that you can count on to make you really think!

Award Rules:

  1. Thank the person who nominated you.
  2. Share 7 things about yourself.
  3.  Nominate 15 other bloggers that you admire or inspire you.
  4. Go leave a comment and let the people know you have nominated them.

About Me:

1. I recently switched my major from Architecture to English, with the goal of becoming a high school english teacher

2. The only tv show I really watch is How I Met Your Mother

3. I drink about 3 cups of green tea daily, I’m addicted!

4. My full-grown teacup poodle weighs just 3 pounds.

5. I am obsessed with all types of fruits, especially peaches and berries.

6. I am in the process of growing out my hair to donate for locks of love, hopefully next summer it will finally be long enough.

7. In just 4 days I move into my dorm with my 7 lovely suitemates.

Nominations:

Genuine Blogger and Sunshine Awards

8 May

I know that many people turn to tv or movie-watching to reward themselves for a long day’s work, but for me, I always find the greatest comfort in reading blogs. It never fails to amaze me how many immensely talented and genuinely kind people fill the blogosphere. Whether it’s seeing a new post from one of the bloggers I follow appear on my blackberry screen, reading a sweet comment on one of my posts, or getting a notification that another reader liked my blog enough to start following me, the wonderful world of blogging continually brings a smile to my face.

Hiba from Cloud of Lace, who nominated me for the Versatile Blogger Award a few months back, has been kind enough to nominate me once again for the Genuine Blogger and Sunshine Awards. I can’t thank her enough for her thoughtful comments, insightful posts, and touching award nominations. Make sure to check out her incredible blog with lovely decorating, DIY, and travel posts!

Here are the rules for the Sunshine Award:

  1. Link the award to the person who gave it to you.
  2. Answer the questions that come with it.
  3. Pass it along to 10 people and let them know they have received it.

The questions are:

  • Favorite color: Yellow
  • Favorite number: 15
  • Favorite Non-alcoholic drink: Green Tea
  • Facebook or Twitter: Facebook
  • My Passion: Traveling
  • Favorite pattern: Florals
  • Favorite Day of the Week: Saturday
  • Favorite Flower: Sunflowers

The 10 Bloggers I’d like to nominate for both the Genuine Blogger & the Sunshine Awards are:

  1. Turn Towards the Sun
  2. As Is Home
  3. Sugar To Glitter
  4. Belopotosky
  5. Love and Cupcakes
  6. Make Something Mondays
  7. Sensual Appeal
  8. Roam and Home
  9. Movita Beaucoup
  10. Baker Bettie