Monday, February 29, 2016

Monster Chocolate Oatmeal Cookies

I showed these cookies to Lily right after her nap and boy did she smile in delight.  She said...

"Mama , it looks so good and it is big" . "I like when you make cookies mama" .

I can't blame the kid, I would like and love the person who would always bake cookies for me. These huge, chunky, chewy and delicious cookies are so easy to make.  Instead of using sweetened chocolate bark, I used regular chocolate chips. Melted it, cooled it and chopped 'em into pieces. Not to be complicated in the kitchen but I wanted to see if the result would be the same or better.

The result. I fell in love with the cookie. There were huge chunks of chocolate and small pieces that just beautifully and deliciously incorporated with the oatmeal cookie.


Ingredients:

3 cups old fashioned oats
2 cups all purpose flour
1 cup, unsalted butter softened
1 cup white sugar ( can substitute for splenda or raw sugar)
1 cup brown sugar
2 eggs
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 1/2 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp salt
1 cup, chopped walnuts
8 oz bag of semi sweet chocolate chips.

Directions:

Line a cookie sheet with parchment or wax paper. Melt the 8oz. bag of chocolate chips in increments of 10-15 seconds, mix  between melting. Or you can melt the chocolate chips in a bowl  on top of a pot of hot water. Transfer the melted chocolate chips on the prepared cookie sheet. Spread to make a layer. Let it cool, set aside and let it harden. When the chocolate chips solidify, roughly chop it into chunks. It doesn't have to be uniform. Mine had small and big chunks.


Line your cookie sheet with parchment or silicone liner , set aside.Cream butter and sugars until smooth and fluffy. Beat in eggs and vanilla. Mix the flour, cinnamon, baking soda and salt.  Add the dry (flour mixture) ingredients into the creamed butter mixture. Stir in oats and walnuts. Fold in the chopped chocolate chunks. Place the dough in the fridge for 30 minutes to an hour. 


Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Using an ice cream or cookie scooper ( I used a 2 tbsp ice cream scooper), drop the cooled, rounded dough onto your prepared cookie sheet, at least 2 inches apart.
Bake for 10-12 minutes. 


These cookies are gooey, chunky and oh..delicious! These monster oatmeal chocolate cookies will surely win anybody's palate. What's not to love? 


Though I seldom meet a cookie that I don't love, there are some exceptions to the rule. I'm not a big fan of really hard cookies or cookies that claim to be chocolate chip cookie but you rarely see the chocolate..chocolate chips that go hide and seek on you. I guarantee you that ..THIS cookie is not the "hide and seek chocolate chip" type of cookie.


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Thursday, February 25, 2016

Blogger Spotlight and Pin-it Party #11

Welcome to the Bloggers Spotlight Link and Pin-it Party.  Thank you for making the party successful and wonderful! We enjoyed stopping by and learning new things. If you are new here, welcome and we are glad to have you. If not, welcome back! We appreciate each of you.


Here's what you may have missed from your hosts :




http://www.raisingfairiesandknights.com/i-miss-the-old-me/


http://www.raisingfairiesandknights.com/product-review-doterra-essential-oils/




http://www.lindseyandrewswriter.com/last-week-to-get-your-free-ebook/



http://www.thetightwadteacher.com/6-tips-to-fake-self-confidence-when-you-have-none/


Thank you for sharing the word on our party too, we really appreciate each and every one of you. 


Cristina of A Bountiful Love 


I Miss the Old Me, The Pre-Motherhood Me
from Raising Fairies and Knights


5 Ways To Make Him Significant Again
by Sun Sparkle Shine


http://sunsparkleshine.com/5-ways-to-significant-marriage/

 If you are featured, don't forget to grab your button! Visit Hilary, Lindsey Carrie and Rachael check out their week's feature!

 
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 Simple Link Up Rules

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2.  Not a must but we appreciate if you can follow your hosts in any way , let us know if you are a new follower, we will return the love back.
3.  Leave a link to your actual post and not your home page. A link back to your host, is greatly appreciated.

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Wednesday, February 24, 2016

Healthy Living Link Party #51

Welcome to the Healthy Living Link Party #51
 We had another great party last week.  We’d like to thank each and every one of you for making every week so amazing! Keep sharing your healthy and inspiring posts with us.  If you are new here , we are so glad to have you!!  We have two new hosts, please welcome Laura from Day by Day in Our World and Leigh from A Chat Over Coffee. Give them some love and visit their blogs, say hi and follow them too.


Here's what you may have missed from A Bountiful Love :

30 HEALTHY AND FRUGAL MEALS

Healthy and Frugal Meals
 
Bloggers Social Media Support Group

http://www.abountifullove.com/p/bloggers-social-media-support-group.html

So have fun and make new friends! I appreciate each and everyone of you for joining us.



The Healthy Living link party is all about living a healthy life. Link up your posts related to healthy living and recipes that are low carb, low calorie, paleo, keto, organic, clean, etc. Eating healthy doesn't have to be boring and is more fun when you share your recipes and find some new ones. We all pick our week's feature, so don't forget to stop by their blogs!


Goat Cheese Guacamole
Cheesy Shells
Chickpea Chili


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Rules of the Party:
  • Leave a link to your actual post and not your home page. A link back to your host, is greatly appreciated.
  • Please link up only healthy living related post --> recipes, tips, guidelines, giveaways, etc.  If you want to share your other post (non-healthy living) and promote your linky party, you can do so at Bloggers Spotlight Linky and Pin-it Party, every Thursday 7pm PST
  • You are welcome to link up both NEW and OLD post that needs more attention :)
  • Don't link up and run, please visit other bloggers. Make new friends or say hello to old friends. Say hello to us and let us know if you are new here, we will follow back.
  • Please follow your hosts and guest hosts in some way. We pin all entries and share the features on all of our social media platforms. Feel free to follow our Healthy Living Link Party board :




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 Let's party, link up below!

GIVEAWAY :The Legend Of The Easter Robin

I remember the responses my husband and I got from our daughters, the first time we asked them what Easter is about. " The Easter bunny and the eggs!!" , they gleefully replied. It was cute indeed and then we wondered how can we get them to understand the extent and greatness of God's love for us. How he gave us His only Son. How Jesus Christ died for us while we are yet sinners.

It can be overwhelming for a young child. This classic story, The Legend of The Easter Robin is such a great way to explain and let children know what Easter is all about. We love the classic and beautiful illustrations too!

This newly illustrated edition of The Legend of the Easter Robin renews the wonder and charm of the original and timeless tale written by Dandi Daley Mackall. With new vibrant artwork from New York Times bestselling illustrator, Richard Cowdrey, this holiday classic is brought to life for a new generation. The Legend of the Easter Robin tells the story of Tressa, whose grandmother reveals to her the story of a small robin who saw Jesus struggling and soared to help him. This Easter tale reminds Christians everywhere how much Jesus sacrificed for us and how much he loves us.


 
About the book:
In the center of the nest lay one perfect egg, the color of a spring sky. The father robin sat on a branch nearby, guarding his family. Tressa spotted raccoon tracks below and a blue jay eyeing the nest. “Gran, how are we going to keep the egg safe?” “We’ll have to leave that one to the Creator,” Gran said. Robins have built a nest on the window ledge at Grandmother’s house! Tressa is thrilled―and concerned. What will happen to the sky-blue egg laid by the mother robin? As more eggs appear, Tressa witnesses the daily drama of the robins’ nest and learns how God cares for all creatures. Besides watching the birds, there are Easter eggs to color. And there is a very special story to hear―a tale of long ago about one small bird with a very big heart. How did the robin get its red breast? Tressa is about to find out as Gran tells her the story of the Easter robin. Brought to life with colorful, tender illustrations, The Legend of the Easter Robin will captivate and teach your child about compassion and faith.

Age Range: 4-8 years
Hardcover; 32 pages 
Publish Date: January 26, 2016 


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Disclosure : Many thanks to Propeller Consulting, LLC for providing this prize for the giveaway. Choice of winners and opinions are 100% my own and NOT influenced by monetary compensation. I did receive a sample of the product in exchange for this review and post.

Only one entrant per mailing address, per giveaway.  If you have won a prize from our sponsor Propeller / FlyBy Promotions in the last 30 days, you are not eligible to win.  Or if you have won the same prize on another blog, you are not eligible to win it again. Winner is subject to eligibility verification.”

Now , onto the GIVEAWAY!!

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Shared with:
Bloggers Spotlight @ A Bountiful Love 
The Cozy Reading Spot @ Reading List 
Faith Filled Fridays @ Missional Women  
Awesome Fridays @ Reviews, Chews and How To's
 Free Fun Friday @ Devastate Bordedom

Tuesday, February 23, 2016

30 Healthy and Frugal Meals That You Can Afford.

I used to think that eating healthy can be quite expensive. When I became a stay at home mom, I know that the budget for groceries is the first one that needed to be adjusted. I honestly did research on how to slash the grocery budget and bought several cookbooks that promised frugal meals. A few years ago, I watched the first episode of Extreme Couponing and I was amazed! Determined and inspired, I learned how to coupon.  While I will  never be an extreme couponer,  couponing did save us a lot of moolah.

Using coupons on top of an already sale price or marked down item will greatly affect your grocery budget. Eating top ramen is definitely frugal however in the long run, investing in your health is still the best.  I am not dismissing semi healthy to not healthy frugal meals, sometimes there are days that you just have to make do or make it through the next paycheck.

How can you eat healthy frugally? As much as possible build your menu with whats on sale. Serve meatless meals. Make filling meals or soups. Use coupons. Have a price book to take notes of your stores prices. Sometimes, you will be surprised how certain health foods are cheaper at Trader Joes. Make some of the kitchen staples at home. ( See here for 9 Pantry Staples That You can Make At Home). If you find yourself clueless or in need of Healthy and Frugal Meals , here's 30 recipes for you! These recipes are $10 or less to make, we are a family of four and there are always leftovers! Just a quick note that I live in California and I understand that there are States that may find $10 pricey.








Pin delicious and budget friendly recipes with me!


Thursday, February 18, 2016

Blogger Spotlight Link and Pin-it Party #10

Welcome to the Bloggers Spotlight Link and Pin-it Party.  What a fun link up it was last week and we would like to thank you for making the party successful and wonderful! We enjoyed stopping by and learning new things. If you are new here, welcome and we are glad to have you. If not, welcome back!


Here's what you may have missed from you hosts :




http://www.abountifullove.com/2016/02/ultimate-guide-on-choosing-your-wedding.html


http://www.abountifullove.com/2014/07/why-i-choose-to-be-stay-at-home-mom.html







http://www.raisingfairiesandknights.com/ultimate-marriage-journal/




http://www.lindseyandrewswriter.com/when-there-is-no-love-left-for-valentines-day/




http://www.thetightwadteacher.com/how-i-got-over-1000-views-in-my-first-month-of-blogging/




http://www.bisforbookworm.com/thoughtful-spot-weekly-blog-hop-126/

Thank you for sharing the word on our party too, we really appreciate each and every one of you. 


Cristina of A Bountiful Love 

 TODAY IS NOT FOREVER BY My Snippets Of Inspiration


http://www.mysnippetsofinspiration.com/today-is-not-forever/

 5 SECRETS OF WORKING MOMS WHO DO IT ALL by Smart Mom Smart Ideas


http://smartmomsmartideas.com/working-moms-who-do-it-all/


 If you are featured, don't forget to grab your button! Visit Hilary, Lindsey Carrie and  Rachael to check out their week's feature!

 
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 Simple Link Up Rules

1. ALL encouraging and wholesome post are welcome. Old and new. You are welcome to share as many posts as you like! 
2.  Not a must but we appreciate if you can follow your hosts in any way , let us know if you are a new follower, we will return the love back.
3.  Leave a link to your actual post and not your home page. A link back to your host, is greatly appreciated.

Simple Pin-It Party Rules
  
1.Old or new posts or pins are welcome! Link up pins that you think needed more attention. Leave the pinned Pinterest link , not your actual post.
2. Please re -pin at least 2 other links. Return the re-pin love!