Triple Chocolate Guinness Cookies!

HAPPY ST. PATTY’S DAY!!

Today being St Patricks Day I wanted to bak e something fun for the occasion! Last year I made Guinness Chocolate Cupcakes with a Whiskey Butterscotch filling and Baileys Irish Buttercream Icing!

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Today I decided to whip up some Triple Chocolate Guinness Cookies!

Triple Chocolate Guinness Cookies:

1 (12-oz) bottle Guinness extra stout
3/4 cup packed light brown sugar
2 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1 tsp instant espresso powder
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp kosher salt
1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, at room temperature
1 cup granulated sugar
2 large eggs
1 large egg yolk
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 cup white chocolate chips
1 cup milk chocolate chips

In a saucepan, combine the Guinness and 1/4 cup of the brown sugar. Bring to a boil, then reduce to medium heat, stirring frequently, until the mixture has reduced and is thick and syrupy (about 20-30 minutes). You should have just over 1/3 cup left once reduced. Transfer to a bowl and cool slightl, this will help it to thicken as well.

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While the beer is reducing you can sift together the flour, cocoa powder, espresso powder, baking powder, baking soda, and salt together in a medium bowl. I forgot to bring my sifter to the boys house so I had to improvise with a mesh strainer.

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In your mixer, or mixing bowl, beat the butter, granulated sugar, and remaining 1/2 cup of brown sugar together on medium speed until light and fluffy.

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One at a time, add the eggs and the egg yolk, beating well after each addition. Mix in the vanilla. With the mixer on low, slowly add the cooled Guinness syrup and beat until incorporated.

Slowly add the dry ingredients, mixing just until everything comes together.

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Mix in the white chocolate and milk chocolate chips until evenly distributed throughout the dough.

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Preheat your oven to 325 F. and line your baking sheets with parchment paper.

Using a small cookie scoop/ice cream scoop, scoop the dough on top the cookie sheet. Place them about two inches apart on the prepared baking sheets.

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Bake for about 18 minutes (rotating the baking sheets halfway through), or until the edges are set. I like mine crispy with a soft center, you can feel this when you check on your cookies, if they give too much when you tap the top then give them a bit more baking time.

These cookies are soft like brownies but they have the crispy edges that I like!

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Do you have any fun St. party’s Day recipes? (Sweet or savory?)

-K

Tea Parties and a Bridal Shower

Today I got to celebrate once of my best and oldest friends getting married! The wedding is in a couple of weeks but her bridal shower was today! It was held at The Garden Gate Tea Room in Mt. Dora. The room was so pretty!

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The food was really good, it might just have been the best chicken salad I’ve ever had!!

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They had a couple of teas available for us to drink, a hibiscus, and their southern belle which was peach tea. I choose the peach tea because it doesn’t get much better than that!

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We played games and the bride to be opened her presents.

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Kelly and I have been best friends since kindergarten, and although we got separated by college and distance at times, our friendship was always there! I was so happy I was able to celebrate this with her and I can’t wait for her wedding!

What’s your favorite tea room? I’m always looking for great tea places!

– K

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas! Pt. 2

Christmas Morning Jen and I left bright and early for the drive up to Charleston. The drive from Orlando to Charleston was a little long but I like road trips so it wasn’t unbearable.

The first day/night we hung out at the house, getting settled, reading, and then had a family dinner and opened presents. For presents we do a movie and candy combo white elephant exchange! This year my Aunt and Uncle got us all a couple of presents which were very thoughtful and perfectly picked for each of us.

For the rest of the trip we took evening walks on the beach, a carriage historical ride around Charleston, and a driving tour through a park filled with Christmas lights!! Most evenings were spent together as a family while days were for exploring!

It was a great Christmas!

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It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas! Pt. 1

I’ve spent the last two Christmases in New York City where it was cold, amazing, and snowed. It definitely felt like Christmas compared to the weather we usually have in Florida for Christmas. So when the idea of spending Christmas in Charleston South Carolina was thrown out there I was a bit hesitant. I loved Christmas in New York! I love being with my family no matter what but I was pleasantly surprised with how much I really enjoyed Charleston at Christmas time.

As usual my sister Jen and I spent Christmas Eve with my dad side of the family, church and then dinner at my Cousin Debbie’s house.

It was wonderful as always being with my family and since Jen and I leave early Christmas morning we usually open presents Christmas Eve as well!

My first Christmas present I actually received earlier in the month! I got a Kitchenaid mixer!!! I got it early because Kohl’s had a great deal, Jen and Wade split the cost as a joint Christmas present!

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Jen also got me a couple of other little presents so that I would have something to open since I went to Kohl’s and got the mixer myself. She got me my first Alex & Ani bracelet! Which was perfect because I have a necklace that was my moms that actually matches.

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And knowing my love of all things bulldog,the next present was perfect!

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Holidays are my favorite because my family always gets together and I love being able to spend time with my family.

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It was great that Wade was able to spend Christmas Eve with my family as well!

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Where do you spend your Holidays?

-K

Thanksgiving and a Knights Blackout Friday

Every year since I was 2 (with the exception of one) my family has always had thanksgiving at my cousin Lauren & Leon’s house. It’s my favorite family tradition!! Leon hunts and always tries to have fresh turkey and other treats for us such as venison and gator depending on how well his hunting season goes, but there is never a shortage of food or leftovers!

Lauren & Leon live in Umatilla which is about an hour and a half away from where I live in orlando and since my sister is back from Pittsburg we drove up together. The family was all there with the exception of my Aunt Lois who is older and having a hard time with her memory. The food was as good as ever, we didn’t have any venison or gator this year but I was very pleased that Lauren made my Aunt Lois’ onion caserole! It’s my favorite thanksgiving dish! I was even lucky enough to be sent home with a whole caseole to myself (1of the 3 that were made).

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Lauren & Leon live on a lake in between orange groves and every year there’s always shooting practice in the side yard. This year it was switched up a bit and there was skeet shooting down by the lake. I hadn’t shot guns at thanksgiving until this year, but I have gone to a gun range with Maria and her dad a couple of years ago, which I’m pretty good at.

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I went up to shoot twice and each time I missed all 3 targets, but I’m glad I gave it a try, and I wasn’t disappointed because it was my first time shooting skeet and my first time shooting a Remington which isn’t easy (at least not for me).

I always love seeing my family and am always thankful for them because they are a constant part of my life. The women in my family are amazing! They’re beautiful, smart, inspirational, and strong. I truly couldn’t ask for better women to look up to!

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I didn’t do any Black Friday shopping but I did go to the UCF game against USF with my friend Kristy! And as per the title of this post, it was a blackout game (all students wear black for support of UCF) not in the drinking fashion.

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We did a little tailgating and enjoyed the game, WHICH WE WON!!!!

I had a great holiday full of family, friends, and good food, all which I am truly thankful for everyday!

Hope yours was as good!
Happy thanksgiving!

– K

Palm Beach Chic Pt. 3

The third day was the last day of the conference. We woke up and got straight to work getting ready for breakfast. Once again we welcomed attendees as they came in for breakfast and were able to sit and enjoy it.

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Since this was the last day and we still had not been to a break out session, we were able to choose one we would like to go to and Nickalette and I chose one on colours and design. It was interesting to learn about the different colour pallets and which colours work well together in different ways.

After this, we finished setting up for lunch, lunch was the big finally to the conference! It was all out inspired and themed Lily Pulitzer!

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The tables were set up with 5 difference colours and 5 different patterns, it was a bit much at first but once it came together and the lighting dimmed it down some, it turned out really great!

Palm Beach Chic Pt. 2

Monday we woke up bright and early to start working. First thing we had to do was to welcome people as they came for breakfast. After this we got to sit in on a general session for a bit until set up for lunch began, then we guarded the doors of the general session and guided people to leave out the back, not out the side where lunch was being set up.

There were two seatings for lunch so we welcomed the attendees and took their lunch tickets to make sure they were in the first seating. After everyone was seated we were able to go in as well to eat lunch.

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After guarding and taking tickets for the second lunch seating, Nickaletta and I were able to attend the general session with Matthew Robins.

His presentation was on inspiration, and it was very inspirational. Matthew’s work is amazing! He showed us things he was inspired by and how he made his inspiration and vision come to life.

After this, we spent the rest of the day getting things ready for the third days breakfast and lunch.

-K