a blogger’s dozen: bridget’s chocolate chip cookies (joyfill)

0.jpgHello, friends!

Today I am featuring the second post from A Blogger’s Dozen. This recipe come from a fairly new blog entitled Joyfill. Joyfill is a local Canadian blog that focus on recipes, landscapes, plants, and crafts to come. Created, photographed, and written by Bridget, each post is extremely informative and engaging. Although it’s still early, Bridget has such a unique voice that really captures what life on a farm is all about. I truly trust her recipes, and have confidence in saying that anything she publishes has been perfected and tastes delicious.

If you’re looking for one last gift for Valentine’s Day, this should be it.

Emory

2.jpgChocolate Chip Oatmeal Cookies:

1 ½  cups flour

1 tsp baking soda

1 ½  tsp salt

1 ½  tsp ground cinnamon

½  tsp nutmeg

1 cup butter at room temperature

1 cup brown sugar

½  cup white sugar

2 large eggs

1 ½  tsp vanilla extract

1 cup chocolate chips

3 ¼  cups oatmeal

1.jpgPre-heat oven to 350°F. Line cookie sheets with parchment paper.

In a medium bowl, mix together the flour, baking soda, salt, cinnamon and nutmeg.

3.jpgIn another bowl, beat the butter, brown sugar, white sugar. Add the eggs. Beat in the vanilla. Slowly add the flour mixture. Stir in chocolate chips and oats.

4.jpgDrop onto cookie sheet, flatten a bit with a fork. Bake for 12-15 mins. Makes about 4 dozen cookies.

5.jpgThis is a fairly new recipe to me. These are dense chewy oatmeal cookies, almost similar to a granola bar. I recently got the recipe from a neighbor who made it with raisins and nuts instead of the chocolate chips. I really enjoyed the hint of cinnamon and nutmeg in the background, especially if you use freshly ground nutmeg, the cookie has more depth and a richer flavor. Please enjoy this recipe and feel free to replace the chocolate chips with raisins, peanut butter chips, butterscotch chips, nuts, or even a combination of your favorites.  And make sure to have a couple cookies with a nice cold glass of milk, some things are classics for a reason!

Bridget

A Blogger’s Dozen is a new series that was launched in 2014. If you would like to be featured in a post, as well as have free advertisement for that month, please contact Emory at helloscarlettblog@outlook.com. Be sure to send any food-related ideas that you may have. Hello, awesomeness!

5 manly gifts for valentine’s day

6I may be taking a shot in the dark when I say this, but I’m going to assume that most of my readers on Hello Scarlett are of the female persuasion. I almost feel like breaking out a song from the 90’s when I say “where have all the cowboys gone?” Seriously, though, what gives men?

I really wanted to blog about my top five DIYs, but knew that it would not be practical to repost any girly-girl handmade gift ideas. Although extremely cute, I know that my husband wouldn’t really enjoy getting a lace flower pot or a snow globe as a gift. After revisiting my first blog, I found some more mannish DIYs that would work great as a gift to your male friend, boyfriend, husband, teacher, student, lover, family member, or whatever you crazy kids are calling one another these days. These gifts also look great around the home, so if you live with your male Valentine, it’s win-win.

Here they are:

11. I Heart You Pillowcases.

92. Love(ly) Sign.

83. Wood You Like A Coaster.

54. Cut A Rug.

105. Hearty Meal.

Accompany any of these gifts with a movie and you have a recipe that can’t fail. Good luck DIY-ing your way into your men’s hearts! Only three more days and counting!

Emory

we can do what we want, we can love who we want

IMG_1.jpg IMG_2.jpgIMG_3.jpg IMG_4.jpgIMG_5.jpg IMG_6.jpg IMG_8.jpgIMG_9.jpg IMG_10.jpgIMG_11.jpg IMG_12.jpgThis black and white bow dress has become one of my new favourite pieces that I own. I had originally bought this dress from our local thrift store for less than $15. I never tried it on, I just knew that it would fit. While I was in the store I had already decided to make it my new party dress. It really only needed a few alterations, and after I removed the sleeves it was like it was brand new dress. “La da di da di, we like to party.”

I chose to keep this dress in my closet until I had a special event to attend. Summer ended, Halloween came and went, as did my birthday, Christmas, New Years, and husband’s birthday. Not once did I take it out to wear it. Then, of all things, I watched Miley Cyrus’ video. Not the one where she is naked on a wrecking ball, but the one where she is at a party, having a good time, and not giving a damn. That was when I decided to go up to my closet, put on my dress, and have an impromptu photo shoot while I wore it. Do you know what? It was my best yet. My dress and I were liberated, and “we can’t stop”.

Emory

P.S. Tomorrow is the birthday of my beautiful niece, Olive. Happy birthday, cutie! I hope that your parents spoil you rotten! <3<3

the not-so-simple but very beautiful pecan pie

IMG_1.jpgPie is one of my favourite deserts. It always has been, and always will be. However, making pie will forever remain the most frustrating baking experience that I have had thus far. The first pie that I baked was overflowing and charred. I modified the recipe slightly the second time around. The results were better, but were still not quite there. With this last modification, I know that it will be a winner. Third time’s the charm, right?

IMG_2.jpgPecan Pie:

1 cup whole pecans

1 cup brown sugar

1/3 cup unsalted butter

1/4 cup honey

1 tbsp vanilla

1 tsp cider vinegar

1/4 tsp salt

2 eggs lightly beaten

IMG_6.jpgIn a small saucepan, melt butter over medium heat. Whisk in brown sugar and honey. Remove from heat and add vinegar, vanilla, salt, and eggs.

Add pecans to pie shell. Pour mixture into shell.

Place pie on baking sheet on top rack in oven. Bake at 350°F for 60 minutes.

Let cool, then dive right in!

IMG_9.jpg IMG_10.jpgIMG_11.jpg IMG_12.jpgThough the pictures turned out remarkably well, my stomach did not thank me for what I put it through. I thought twice about posting this recipe, simply because, well, you get the picture. I know that the biggest problem was that this recipe called for way too much of everything. With overstuffed pies, it was a kitchen nightmare waiting to happen. Yet, this pie and my intentions are so good that I know that the final result will be the winner.

It’s the last weekend before Valentine’s Day, I hope that it’s a good one!

Emory

P.S. If you try out this not-so-simple but very beautiful pecan pie, leave me a comment. I am curious to see how you made out!

P.P.S. If anyone has any tips for my future pie making, please list them below!

the young couple and their antlers

IMG_1.jpgIMG_2.jpgIMG_3.jpg IMG_4.jpgIMG_5.jpg IMG_6.jpgIMG_7.jpg IMG_8.jpgIMG_9.jpgIMG_10-1.jpg More and more I am moving Little Green away from its modern style and into one filled with rustic goodness. If you have been following my blog for awhile now, you may have seen some country aspects already creeping in like with this post here, or this one here. Living in the prairies, it may seem like a logical shift to have a more rustic-inspired home. Contrary to popular belief, while I did grow up on the fields, we Canadians don’t all currently live on them. In fact, our first home as a married couple was a new, ultramodern, very green condominium. We had granite countertops, engineered hardwood floors, expensive European appliances, custom window treatments, high ceilings, the works. Do you know what? After about 6 months of living there, I hated it. Everything eventually broke, and what didn’t break, I somehow damaged with either doing crafts, having pets, or in just being a living, breathing entity. It felt more like a museum than a home, and I couldn’t wait to move into an old bungalow that was already broken into and screamed character.

When we bought Little Green, we went from a place that was built in 2010 to one that was built in the 1920s. It was a daunting time warp, and one that I wasn’t quite sure how to style. My first mistake was reusing the same paint that we used in our condo to apply to the walls in our new home. Suddenly, the cool greys, blacks, and stark whites were clashing with the stain that covered our hardwood floors and baseboards. It looked off to me, yet I couldn’t put my finger on why. I began to panic, and so we ended up rectifying our paint scheme by either adding stripes to the walls and  adding furniture with cool tones. Then, one day, I finally figured out that we had to go with warmer paints. By choosing softer yellows, greens, and whites, Little Green felt more like a recipe that was coming together rather than one that left an aftertaste in your mouth. I also slowly got rid of our modern furniture, and over the course of the past year, we have almost replaced it all with more natural fabrics, warm woods, and more recently (and completely inspired from my mum’s decor), animal subjects.

Our newest addition is our antler light that I bought off of eBay for $100. We changed out our modern light in our front entrance with it, and it’s beginning to pull our entryway and dining room together nicely. I think that it plays well off of our more rural motifs, and with our 8 foot ceilings, our tall visitors will no longer be getting a string of crystal beads caught in their hair when they enter our home. I feel that this fact alone has made it a winner.

Emory

  • Welcome, friends! My name is Emory. I am a wife and mother to three (two on earth and one in heaven). This is our life on the Canadian prairies.
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