I forgot to take pictures, I was too focused on eating.

I decided to try out delish’s recipe for “best-ever chocolate chip cookies” from their cookbook “Insane Sweets”. You can actually find it on their website but there it’s called “Chewy Chocolate Chunk Cookies“. Both versions call for packed brown sugar but don’t say whether to use light or dark so I used light brown sugar. Both call for 3 ounces of chocolate chopped but the book adds on that it’s supposed to equal out to about 1/3 cup… it won’t. It’ll be more than 1/3 cup but you better believe that I went with the ounces rather than the 1/3 cup (I love chocolate too much to pass on chocolate simply ’cause it didn’t fit into the measuring cup).

I’m not used to recipes saying they want cookies to be spaced 3 inches apart but once the cookies baked I understood why, these are big cookies ! The cookbook version ends with the baking time but the online version tells you how long to leave them on the pan before transferring them to a cooling rack. Kind of important information that I wish they’d included in the book !

Not gonna lie, I was a little nervous to try these. I’ve loved eating Toll House cookies for so many years thinking they were the best chocolate chip cookies that I never tried other chocolate chip cookie recipes figuring I’d just be disappointed. Boy was I wrong ! The edges of these cookies have a little crispiness to them but the middle was soft. The chopped chocolate wasn’t all soft or melted like the chocolate chips so it added another texture to the cookie. These were at their best when they’d just come out of the oven but mommy and me were still enjoying them long after they were cooled down. Oh yeah, totally not related to what it’s like eating these cookies but this recipe says you’re supposed to get 15 cookies from this but I actually got 20. I swear that I followed their amounts called for and used a 3 tablespoon cookie scooper but alas, I got more cookies out of this recipe than they did. Considering how awesome these taste, I ain’t mad about that at all !

I wasn’t paid in any form to promote Toll House or delish.

Take care y’all !

The Best Vegan Chocolate Cake?

My mom and me both love chocolate so when I came across this recipe, I wanted to see if it lived up to it’s title or not.

For the ingredients, there’s only one thing you get to choose between: “1/2 cup canola oil or melted coconut oil”. I chose to go with the canola oil. For the frosting, even though they say 1/4-1/2 cup of almond milk, it’s actually only 1/4 cup that goes in and then the remaining milk is there for adding in if you think the frosting is too dry.

I was able to make the cake and the chocolate buttercream frosting and just needed to assemble. This cake is really moist but that makes it so tender that you can easily have the cake start to break if you’re not careful. Thankfully, this recipe produces so much frosting that any cracks will easily be hidden once it’s smothered with the frosting. The recipe never mentions having to level the cake but since mine didn’t come out with a flat surface, I figured I needed to ! After trying to level out my cake by hand, I’ve come to realize that I either need to invest in a cake leveler or accept that I’m gonna have a lot of tilted cakes until I get better. Wasn’t sure how much frosting to use between the two layers and still have enough for the outside of the cake so this is how the finished product came out looking:

As you can tell, I could’ve used some more frosting between the layers ! Finally tried a slice and the first bite is so good ! This is a chocoholic’s dream cake and the “buttercream” frosting is silky smooth. After the first bite though, all that frosting started to make the cake too sweet. I scraped off a lot of the frosting and tried another bite and the sweetness was much more manageable ! This is a rich cake so you’re probably not gonna be able to enjoy more than one slice at a time but what a delicious slice it’ll be !

The recipe for this cake came from noracooks. If you’d like the recipe, click here.

I wasn’t paid in any form to promote noracooks.

Take care y’all !

Pictures tomorrow

I tried out a cake batter popsicle recipe yesterday & am letting it sit in the freezer all day today. Tomorrow I’ll take pics and let you know how things went !

Hope you have a great day today. Take care y’all !

Copycat McDonald’s Shamrock Shake Recipe

It’s been years since I went to a McDonald’s but even then, it was never at the right time to try out their Shamrock shake so when I saw this copycat recipe online I figured, why not?

I tried it out and this is how it turned out looking:

This came out having a thick, creamy consistency but I did find out that to fully enjoy it, you gotta take small sips. Too big a sip and you start to get that artificial taste in your mouth from the extract. Smaller sips just give you a nice minty flavor. I used extra creamy whipped cream from a can which I had no problem with flavor or texture-wise but it sucked at supporting the weight of the maraschino cherry ! That cherry started to sink down as soon as I placed it on top of the whipped cream so if you’re going to make this yourself and plan on posting pictures of it, move quickly !

The recipe for this came from delish. Click here if you’d like the recipe.

I wasn’t paid in any form to promote McDonald’s or delish.

Take care y’all !

Kuddos to vegans

I tried being vegan guys, I swear I did… but it didn’t stick ! I just enjoy eating meat and dairy too much to give it up. I have so much respect for the people out there who can stick to the vegan diet but it’s just not for me. Just felt like I should let you readers know so you don’t come on the site expecting it to be strictly vegan recipes and then you see a recipe involving cheese, eggs, milk, bacon, etc. and feel bamboozled or lied to.

Stay safe and take care y’all !

Glazed Orange Loaf

This was the first baked good I made after deciding to go towards being vegan and I wasn’t sure how it’d turn out but it looked like it was worth a try !

In their ingredients list, they call for soy milk (I used plain unsweetened), flour (I used all-purpose flour), and “juice of 1 medium orange”. I have no clue what a medium-sized orange is ! They don’t sell oranges in stores based off their size so I just grabbed an orange and measured out the juice in a liquid measuring cup (got about 1/3 cup worth of juice). The recipe also calls for orange zest but they list it down at the very end so don’t do what I did and forget to read the whole list, throwing away the first orange after it was juiced and having to use up another orange just for the zest.

The directions are easy enough to follow. Using parchment paper did make it easy to pull out the loaf when it was done baking however I couldn’t get the paper to stay smooth when I was lining the pan so my loaf came out looking… different than the shape of the actual pan.

I left the loaf in the pan while pouring the glaze over it, causing the bottom of the loaf to look a little soggy but it didn’t ruin the texture of the dish.

Finally the loaf was cool enough to cut and I couldn’t wait to try a piece (which is why you’ll see one end missing in the first picture). Oh my god, this was good. You could definitely taste the orange in this, the glaze made it sweeter but not so sweet that you couldn’t enjoy it for breakfast, dessert or just as a snack at any given time !

One piece of advice though, after you slice this, wrap it up (I used plastic wrap). The loaf will start to lose a little bit of its moisture and tenderness after it’s cut (not instantly but still).

This recipe came from “Vegan Junk Food” by Lane Gold (expanded edition).

I wasn’t paid in any form to promote the cookbook or Lane Gold.

Take care y’all !

It’s been a day

So I wake up late but once I’m up I eat breakfast and get started on trying out this vegan chocolate cake recipe. I make it, really like it and after I’m done taking pictures decide to check my email account. To my surprise, somebody has used my email to set up an account on a website I’ve never been to so they could get something shipped to them. I start panicking ’cause I don’t know if they got ahold of the information on one of my cards & bought it that way or not & do I need to call & cancel any cards? I call the company & they say this problem will be sent up to corporate but when I ask how quickly they can remove my email from the account they say it’ll take six weeks ! While I did change my email, the whole experience just felt draining ! I hope none of y’all have to go through stupid crap like this.

Stay safe on the internet y’all !

Sorry it’s been a couple of days

I know I haven’t posted in a few days, sorry. The first day, my left shoulder was really bothering me so I was trying to avoid using it as much as possible. Yesterday it was just a case of trying to figure out what I want to do with my “diet”. I don’t like restricting myself from making whatever looks good to me but I have to think of my health. While it doesn’t stop me from doing what I set my mind to, I’ve lived with pretty much constant aches and pain for years now. I gave up eating meat and drinking alcohol a while back but I was still experiencing pain which was really frustrating. I talked to my mom (who’s pretty much vegan) and she said that when she drastically cut back on how much sugar she was having, her own back pain seemed to disappear. I’m desperate enough that I’m gonna try going vegan and cut back on how much sugar I consume. I’m still going to keep baking and making desserts, I just won’t be eating nearly as much of each dish. I hope you’ll still enjoy coming back to see what I have to post !

Take care y’all !

It’s her birthday

It’s my mom’s birthday today and we’re just trying to enjoy the day. Currently, that means watching The Amazing Race from the beginning. It’s so weird seeing the differences between season one and the most current season !

Take care y’all !

I wasn’t paid in any form to mention The Amazing Race.