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Compost Cookies® Recipe Posted by Leah

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A few years ago Momofuku’s Milk Bar Compost Cookies® were taking the world by storm.  Pastry chef, Christina Tosi, took everyone’s favorite snacks and packaged them up in a simple, compact, magical treat.  EVERYONE was talking about them!  I, of course, printed out her recipe and then somehow I just never got them made.  I finally baked some up and my oh my are they worth the hype.  You scoop out 1/3 cup of dough per cookie so these things are HUGE.  They can be made smaller, and I might do that next time, but there’s something so exciting about holding a giant cookie in your hand.  Believe me when I say you want to try these.  As the LA Times® says, “You’ll never look at cookies the same way again.”©

 

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Compost Cookies®

yield: 15 to 20 cookies

 

 

INGREDIENTS

Graham mixture

1/3 cup graham cracker crumbs (3 full sheets)

1 Tbsp milk powder

1 1/2 tsp granulated sugar

1/8 tsp kosher salt

1 Tbsp unsalted butter, melted

1 Tbsp heavy cream

Cookies

1 1/3 cups bread flour

1/2 tsp baking powder

1/4 tsp baking soda

1 tsp kosher salt

1 cup unsalted butter, room temperature

1 cup granulated sugar

2/3 cup light brown sugar, packed

1 Tbsp light corn syrup

1 egg

1/2 tsp vanilla extract

3/4 cup mini chocolate chips

1/2 cup butterscotch chips

prepared graham mixture

1/3 cup old-fashioned rolled oats

2 1/2 tsp ground coffee

2 cups potato chips (thick ones that won’t break too much when mixing)

1 cup mini pretzels

PREPARATION

Graham mixture

  1. Toss the graham crumbs, milk powder, sugar, and salt with your hands in a medium bowl to evenly distribute your dry ingredients.
  2. Whisk the butter and heavy cream together. add to the dry ingredients and toss again to evenly distribute. The butter will act as glue, adhering to the dry ingredients and turning the mixture into a bunch of small clusters.

Cookies

  1. In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt; set aside.
  2. Combine the butter, both sugars and corn syrup in the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment and cream together on medium-high speed for 2 to 3 minutes. Scrape down the sides of the bowl, add the egg and vanilla, and continue to beat for 7 to 8 minutes.
  3. Reduce mixer speed to low and add the flour mixture. Mix just until the dough comes together, no longer than 1 minute. Scrape down the sides of the bowl with a spatula.

Still on low speed, add the chocolate chips, butterscotch chips, graham mixture, oats and coffee, and mix until just incorporated, about 30 seconds. Add the potato chips and pretzels and again, mix only until barely incorporated, 15 to 20 seconds.

  1. Using a ⅓-cup measuring cup portion out the dough onto a parchment-lined baking sheet. Pat the tops of the cookie dough domes flat. Wrap the sheet pan tightly in plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 1 hour, or up to 1 week.
  2. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Arrange the chilled dough a minimum of 4 inches apart on parchment- or Silpat-lined sheet pans (should be about 6 cookies per sheet).
  3. Bake for 18 minutes. The cookies will puff, crackle, and spread. After 18 minutes, they should be very faintly browned on the edges yet still bright yellow in the center. Give them an extra minute or so if that’s not the case.
  4. Cool the cookies completely on the sheet pans before serving or storing. The cookies can be kept in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 5 days, or frozen for up to 1 month.

 

RECIPE NOTES:

Do not use instant coffee or espresso powder in place of the ground coffee, as it will dissolve into the cookies, which it is not intended to do.

Pretzel recommendation: Snyders® mini pretzels.

Potato chips recommendation: Cape Cod® potato chips.

This is what Christina Tosi says about her Compost Cookies®:

When I was a baker at a conference center on Star Island, twelve miles off the coast of New Hampshire, I learned to make this kind of cookie from one of the best bakers I know, Mandy Lamb. She would put different ingredients in the cookie each day or each week and have people try and guess what the random secret ingredients were. Because we were on an island in New England, when storms blew in, we were trapped. No one traveled to the island, and, more important, no boats with food on them came our way, either. We had to get creative and use what we had on hand. We might not have had enough chocolate chips to make chocolate chip cookies, but if we threw in other mix-ins as well, the seven hundred some guests would never notice the shortage of one ingredient—and the cookies would always feel brand new, because they were different every time. I found after many batches that my favorite compost cookies® had my favorite snacks in them: chocolate and butterscotch chips, potato chips, pretzels, graham crackers, and ground coffee.  Compost Cookies® always turn out great in my mother’s kitchen because she infamously has a hodgepodge of mix-ins, none in great enough quantity to make an actual single-flavored cookie on its own. My brother-in-law calls them “garbage cookies”; others call them “kitchen sink cookies.” Call them what you want, and make them as we make them at milk bar, or add your own favorite snacks to the cookie base in place of ours.

Former California Girl Hit the SL Beaches

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“I been all around this great big world
And I seen all kinds of girls
Yeah, but I couldn’t wait to get back in the states
Back to the cutest girls in the world
” © The Beach Boys

 

 

One of my favorite blogs has been using some lyrics and song names lately for their posts, and since I love Oldies and had the ocean on my mind, The Beach Boys seemed like a perfect way to follow in their footprints.  In the last round of pics from my pre-surgery beach photo shoots you’ll find them a little sexier than I usually go for.  First off, I was testing some new technology that hit the grid that totally tickled me that I discussed earlier – the water reactive tee.  Well, I also found the Sandra hair by Mina that was made in collaboration with Salt & Pepper, who did the tee, and decided to try them out.  It was during the tee shoot I learned about the clashing between applied clothing and the new wet technology, but I tried to keep it pretty modest, while showing off how brilliant the designer’s creativity is.  If I say so myself I think a couple could work in a pixel version of SI™.  *grin*  So, let’s show off this former Californian avi’s beach bod off!  (And if you follow me on Flickr, then hopefully you don’t mind the repeat viewing, since I’m finally getting things caught up and the timing is all sorts of wonky right now.  *laugh*)

 

So, I honestly just walked her right to the ocean floor and then came up to pose, to show off the reactive nature of the new Mina hair.  With time, or a handy little blow dryer packed with the hair, the hair dries into a beautiful style you can wear anytime.  **As of 6/24/18 Mina sent out an updated HUD so that you can manipulate the hair even more, such as keeping it wet, etc.**

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I decided to wander in the waves for a bit, along the coast of one of the Destination Guide’s beaches, and tried out some poses I found in my inventory.  Whoa!  I think these would make Tyra Banks proud of my avi, even.  *laugh*

 

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Now, the following are a little more daring than I would normally show on here, but after the glitching, I figured the distance, poses, and the medium dryness of the shirt would keep these acceptable.  I kept the pictures that show that the shirt goes to a really neat translucence with little spots of discoloration, as little places start to dry.  When I added the hair dryer for the Mina hair I discovered it also sped up the drying time on the shirt, so yet another multi use item.  Money well spent!  And although you can’t see in these shots unless you enlarge them, the hair and the shirt cause little water droplets to drip, too, while wet. 

 

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Seriously, I am always amazed at the creativity and ingenuity of people in SL.  This amazing mind is someone’s neighbor that they just give a head nod to if they happen to see one another, probably, yet in world they are so brilliant.  It it makes the world a little more interesting to think about the strangers behind these avatars that do such creative things and you might sit next to them tomorrow on the bus, wait in line behind them for coffee, or whatever.  It adds just a little more magic to life.  Hopefully you enjoyed my beach adventures and take a moment to appreciate the possibilities around you today.  That elbow that bumps you and the person that apologizes could be that of a wildly creative person!  They could be lost in ideas of how to add more magic to other lives.  That idea helps me be a little more patient and forgiving.  🙂

Hungry? by Sauce Box

Absolutely nothing original here from me today, folks.  However, I think this is still well worth a read, because the blogger cracked me up, especially as a bath and body product crafter.  Since you are technically following a crafter’s blog, and he’s discussing the delicious scents being used in products nowadays, I couldn’t resist sharing his post with you.  Please go to Sauce Box’s original post HERE to click like and hopefully subscribe, because he has some great posts.  Without further ado, here is Sauce Box’s Hungry? blog post from 6/19/18 (I know, I’m behind *laugh*)…

 

“Mmm, soap. Yummy.

Very stupid post here but I just wanted to express my feelings towards surface cleaner, hand soap, and really any cleaning product in general that chooses to portray itself as absolutely delicious.

I’m not gonna name brands but I just cleaned my kitchen counters with a cleaning spray that had the scent of “Pink Grapefruit Banana Kiwi”. I don’t know about any of you guys, but let me tell you, that shit smells flat out amazing. As I cleaned, I seriously considered spraying some onto my tongue or even just screwing the cap off and taking a little sip of it. (Yeah, insert Tide pod jokes here.) The stuff is even in a see through bottle and is a radiant pinkish purple color, looking like a refreshingly delectable beverage that should be going straight down the hatch. It even says, “Non-toxic”. Seriously? Are you tempting me? Do you want me to try it? Cause I will.

I went online to search up the other “flavors” and oh, it gets much better. “Minty Lemon squeeze”. “Toasted Almond”. “Rosemary Herb Butter.” Dude, am I cleaning my counters or am I spraying this on my pasta?

And that’s just surface cleaner. Let’s not even get started with the “Winter Candy Cocoa”, “Frosted French Toast”, and “Warm Apple Pie”, hand soaps. Are you kidding me? How do you even portray warmth in a scent first of all, and second, we live in a world where soap is making me hungry. I sit on my couch sniffing my freaking hands after I go to the bathroom like some kind of narcissistic psychopath.

Dude, if I was a kid, I’d be cussing my mom out on the daily.

“You’re gonna eat soap now to clean out that filthy mouth!”

“Sweet! Can it be the Chocolate Caramel Bundt Cake this time? I ate too much of the Creme Brulee yesterday and got a stomach ache. Bitch”.

Imagine being a parent and telling your five-year-old not to eat this shit.

“Now, these are chemicals, Billy. You do not, under any circumstance, put these in your mouth.”

“Then why is it called ‘Scrum-diddly-umptious Marshmallows and Skittles cleaner?’”

“Because, well— I don’t actually know, Billy. Sounds pretty damn tasty to me.”

The actual food these products are imitating doesn’t even smell or look as good as these delicious chemicals.

All in all it’s probably some kind of conspiracy to thin out the heard. Speed up Darwinism. Next thing you know they’ll have flavored lighter fluid and candy cane car exhaust.

Moral of the story: If you eat Tide pods, you’re a dumb ass. Soap and surface cleaner is where it’s at, man.”

Rocky Road Slow Cooker Cake Recipe by Leah

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Soft, gooey, chocolaty, and delicious this Rocky Road Cake is all those things!  My mother’s all-time favorite ice cream is Dreyer’s Rocky Road™ so when I saw a Rocky Road Cake at a potluck I knew I had to try making one myself.  I altered the recipe to make it more to my mother’s taste and then surprised her with it at one of our dinners.  To call it a success kind of feels like an understatement.  She not only asked for some of leftovers (which she never does), but she also asked me to bookmark the recipe to make for her birthday.  She loved it!  I was so happy!  I hope you like it too.

 

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Rocky Road Slow Cooker Cake

 

INGREDIENTS
1 (18.25 oz) package Devil’s Food Cake mix

1 (3.4 oz) package vanilla instant pudding mix

3 large eggs, lightly beaten

1 cup sour cream

1/3 cup butter, melted

1 tsp vanilla extract

3 1/4 cups milk, divided

2 1/2 cups semisweet chocolate chips, divided

1 (3.4 oz) package chocolate cook & serve pudding mix

3/4 cup chopped almonds

1 1/2 cups miniature marshmallows

vanilla ice cream, for serving

 

PREPARATION

  1. Beat cake mix, vanilla pudding mix, eggs, sour cream, butter, vanilla, and 1 1/4 cups milk at medium speed with an electric mixer 2 inutes, stopping to scrape down the side as needed.  Fold in 1 cup chocolate chips.  Pour batter into lightly greased 4-quart slow cooker.
  2. Cook remaining 2 cups milk in a heavy saucepan over medium heat, stirring often, 3 to 5 minutes or just until bubbles appear (do not boil); remove from heat.  Mix in chocolate cook & serve pudding mix.
  3. Slowly pour chocolate mixture over batter.  Cover and cook on LOW for 3 1/2 hours.
  4. Meanwhile, heat almonds in a small nonstick skillet over medium-low heat, stirring often, 3 to 5 minutes or until lightly toasted and fragrant.
  5. After 3 1/2 hours turn off slow cooker.  Sprinkle cake with pecans, marshmallows, and remaining chocolate chips.  Let stand 15 minutes or until marshmallows are slightly melted.

Evening Beach Retreat

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Before my surgery I had a lot of fun hitting the beaches and on one of my adventures Luke tagged along, so I convinced him to try out some poses with me and think they came out so neat.  They’re evening shots, so I warn you, they’re a bit dark, but it kind of adds to the beauty, to me.  Not much story behind them, other than just having some fun goofing around with poses and the beautiful stormy beach at Gale Retreat.  I am having trouble picking between day shots from the other beach photo shoots, so here’s just some cute pictures to hopefully make you smile and remember a special moment you treasure from your own beach adventures.

 

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“Come on (surfin’) baby”©

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One of my awesome friends sent me a surfboard from the latest round at Arcade (thanks Derek!!) and I decided to explore some beaches.  I found a lot of neat spots and surprisingly got what I think are some massively improved shots, so expect a few beach posts.  If you’ve been on my flickr, you’ve seen a few of the pictures, but I’m behind on everything since life came to a screeching stand still after surgery, so I have a few surprises for you still that I haven’t gotten uploaded over there yet.  Today though is all about that surfboard.  *grin*

 

 

 

I wish I could remember where this was, but I found it in the Destination Guide after going to about 8 other places and post surgery my mind is an absolute blank.  It had some neat areas though, so I’ll have more shots of it and I’ll figure out (and credit) the sim later.  I considered matching the surfboard, but honestly, I don’t know that I own a pastel bathing suit in either life.  *laugh*  The black shirt in the top left picture is from the recent Arcade also, by Salt & Pepper, and when SL water hits it, it becomes a wet tee, and then slowly dries.  I found a hair designer, Mina’s Sandra style, that worked with the shirt designer to have the same effect, which I love, because I am all about the multi style hair ever since Truth Hair created his Stylist HUD.  The shirt gets a little more focus in another post, as I tested if applied clothing would work under this mesh shirt (in case you’re wondering, nope, so if you’re modest, find a secluded beach like I did and watch for cross hairs.  *laugh*  I had my Dr. Who Tardis applier bikini from Nerdy Girl (oh how I miss that store!) on under the shirt for testing the modesty theory and it is so me I stuck with it for the rest of time at this beach.  *grin*  I mean, I’m going to utilize any moment that I can justify wearing something Tardis related.  The two poses are built right into the surfboard, which I thought was pretty awesome, although the overhead one would be very dangerous for someone as accident prone as me.  *laugh*

 

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I couldn’t resist one more with it overhead while at the other beach, while playing with the windlights and the LeLutka moods.  Whimsy had the perfect expression come up in time with that wave, in my opinion, so I had to share this, although I managed a few gorgeous shots back at my favorite, Gale Storm Retreat.  

 

The next day I hit Gale Storm Retreat and tried the different sunset WLs with the Whimsy and Natural moods, although I couldn’t resist the new Truth hair that had come out, so no more wet hair for the surf board.  *grin*  The following turned out to be some of the best shots I think I’ve taken so far and I’m not sure how I did so well, especially without filters.  *laugh*

 

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After the fact I realized I should have utilized the shine factor on the Lara HUD, but I’ve honestly never done that before, so it didn’t occur to me.  I still think they’re beautiful and actually am using them on my computer and phone for backgrounds, even without shine or droplets.  *grin* And notice, I got closer to matching this time, since I went with a mesh swimsuit this time (a good investment over at Foxes last year…wowzer!).  So, you’ll recognize a few of the details, but the other posts won’t include the surf board.  I was so touched to receive it that I wanted to dedicate a post just to the successful board pictures.  I hope your week has started off well and send best wishes while I dream of visiting the ocean.  🙂

Guacamole Recipe by Leah

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I can’t remember the first time I ate guacamole.  I’ve loved it longer than I can remember.  If I’m eating at a Mexican restaurant you can bet I’ll be ordering it.  But it’s so much more than a dip for tortilla chips!

It’s delicious in wraps, on a baked potato, with fresh veggies, as a spread in sandwiches, as a dressing in a salad, on a crispy corn tortilla and topped with an egg.  The list goes on and on.  I love guacamole and this is my preferred way to make it.

 

 

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Guacamole

 

INGREDIENTS

1/4 cup finely chopped white onion, rinsed under cold water

1 medium tomato, diced

2 Tbsp chopped fresh cilantro**

2 tsp finely chopped jalapeno chile with seeds

1/2 tsp salt

2 ripe Haas avocados, pitted and peeled

1 Tbsp fresh lime juice

PREPARATION

  1. Combine onion, tomato, cilantro, jalapeno and salt in a small bowl.
  2. In a large bowl, coarsely mash the avocados with a fork or potato masher.
  3. Add the onion mixture and lime juice, stir until well mixed.

*Can be made ahead.  Cover and refrigerate up to 4 hours.

**Georgia’s Nerdy Note: As noted in previous recipes, if you are unable to eat cilantro, you can swap parsley for it.  Some people have the same special genes, OR6A2, which cause the person to pick up other scents that others do not detect, causing cilantro to taste like soap.  Parsley is an easy swap, so you don’t miss out!