recipe: double chocolate chip cookies

Double Chocolate Chip Cookies

Ingredients:

1 cup butter, room temperature
1 ½ cup white sugar
¾ cup vanilla pudding
2 large eggs
1 tsp vanilla extract
2 ¼ cups all-purpose flour
¾ cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1 tsp baking soda
½ tsp salt
1 cup chocolate chips

Steps:

1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Cream together butter, sugar, and pudding in a large bowl. Combine eggs and vanilla. Add the remaining dry ingredients and mix until well blended.

2. Drop the mixture onto a cookie sheet using spoons. Bake for approximately 12 minutes, or until a toothpick comes out clean.

Emory

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our kitchen: before and after

Welcome to our kitchen renovation! The total time that this project took was approximately 3.5 months. 

During that time, we were also renovating our living room, hence the delay! It felt like a long process, but one that wasn’t as stressful as I had originally thought. Below are the before pictures.

Our goal for the room changed quite a few times. First it was to get new flooring and counter tops, but to leave the sink. Then it was to get all three. By the end, we decided on a new floor and sink, and to leave the preexisting counter tops. Meanwhile, we were always set on refacing the bottom cabinets and replacing the uppers. And that’s what happened!

We began this process by first taking down our upper cabinets. Removing them went fairly smoothly, but what was behind them was a bit of a mess. Where there was drywall, it was bumpy and uneven. In other parts, they had cut away the drywall to install the cabinets. The window casing also decided to come down with the cabinets. Because we were wanting to install floating shelves, the walls needed to be even and smooth. It took a lot of mudding, sanding, puttying, and more sanding, but we finally got them to a usable state!

Meanwhile, we had the same company return to rip out the vinyl flooring in the kitchen, and install the same dark laminate that we used in the spare bedroom. I love a dark floor with white cabinets, and thought that continuing it in this room would be to our advantage. After a day of labour, it was in!

Next we had a contracting company come and reface our bottom cabinets. We had never had this done before and were curious and excited to see how it would play out. We chose to reface instead of install new cabinetry for many reasons. The first was to keep the costs low. The second was because it was quicker. The third because it created less of a mess and we could still use our kitchen while it was getting done. They made us new soft-close drawers from scratch, reconfigured a few things, and ironed on the new material. I chose these drawer pulls from Amazon. Although it took three long days, we were so happy with the results!

After our cabinets were refaced, we set about painting the kitchen. This was pretty straightforward. It took four heavy coats of white to cover the dark and grease-stained walls and off-white ceiling. It was the most time-consuming project in the entire renovation!

We ordered our new appliances from Home Depot and Trail Appliances. We went during a big sales event at Home Depot for a new fridge and stove. It turns out that they ordered us the wrong fridge (but we kept it), and our stove was back-ordered for two months. I don’t think that we’ll be going back there again for appliances. Our dishwasher, on the other hand, came from Trail Appliances. We picked it out and picked it up that same day, and the sales team and entire experience was so enjoyable. We were even given a discount just because the salesman liked us! I definitely recommend a smaller company like them over a big box store.

Choosing our floating shelves was probably the hardest process in this makeover. I bought and returned so many different types and colours of shelves- it was insane! Here is Geoffrey testing out a MDF wall shelf and a barn wood shelf. We ended up going with neither! Instead, we chose wide plank pine shelving.

We ended up going with these brackets from Amazon. The least expensive brackets that I could find at Home Depot and Rona were around $10. Because we needed 17 of them, I wanted to find a cheaper option. The brackets that we ordered were only $5 each, and looked better than anything that I could find in the city. Hooray!

I also ordered our light fixture, sink, and faucet from Amazon. Those were the last to be installed. We chose a sink that was a little larger than our previous one, and so much better looking. The faucet is so neat. It has an LED light that turns blue when the water is cold, green when it’s neutral, and red when it’s hot. The plumber said that he had never seen one like it before. He took a video and a few pictures of it, and said that he wanted to order them for the shop. Too funny! After spending an entire day here, and $1100 later, our sink and faucet were in. We were done!

Down the road, and if we stay in this house, we would like to order a chimney range hood for over the stove. I would also like subway tile back splash in the kitchen! I think that it would pull it all together.

We learned so much from this renovation. I’m just thankful that we were able to continue to use our kitchen the entire time. I couldn’t imagine not being able to! In that regard, I wouldn’t have changed anything.

I hope that you guys enjoyed this post. Please leave a comment below if you have any questions, concerns, or compliments. ;-)))

Emory

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recipe: drop biscuits in shrimp casserole

This is a rich and savory meal that is packed full of flavor and comfort. Enjoy!

Drop Biscuits in Shrimp Casserole

Ingredients:

(For the biscuits)

2 cups all-purpose flour
1 tbsp baking powder
2 tbsp sugar
¼ tsp salt
½ cup butter, melted
1 cup milk

(For the shrimp casserole)

300 g peeled shrimp, thawed
½ cup corn, frozen
½ leek, chopped
1 garlic clove, chopped
½ tbsp salt
pepper, to taste
3 tbsp butter
¼ cup canola oil

Steps:

For the biscuits

1. Preheat oven to 450°F. Mix the first four ingredients together in a medium-sized bowl. Then add the final ingredients, stirring until just combined.

2. Place parchment or aluminum foil onto a large cookie sheet. Grease well. Using a tablespoon, drop twelve biscuits onto the sheet.

3. Place in oven, and bake for approximately 12 minutes, or until golden brown. Remove from oven, and let cool.

For the shrimp casserole

1. Preheat oven to 400°F. Place six fresh biscuits in an oblong casserole dish. Then add the shrimp, corn, leek, garlic, salt, and pepper. Drop the butter on top of the casserole mixture. Drizzle with oil, and place in oven for 30 minutes, stirring halfway through. Serve hot.

Emory

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no-bake chocolate & peanut butter cookies

These are tremendously delicious cookies to make that will probably remind you of your childhood. I made them when we had no stove, and relied on the use of our microwave instead. They came out great! Please try them out for yourselves.

No-Bake Chocolate & Peanut Butter Cookies:

½ cup milk
2 cups white sugar
1 cup peanut butter
¼ cup cocoa powder
¾ cup butter
½ tsp salt
3 cups large flake oats

1. Combine first six ingredients in a medium saucepan. Stir over medium heat. Bring to a boil. Remove from heat and add oats until well combined. (You can also make this in a microwave. Put first six ingredients in a microwave safe container and cook on high for about 8 minutes. Remove and add oats.)

2. Line a baking sheet with wax paper. Using a spoon, drop mixture onto wax paper. Put in refrigerator for 1 hour. Serve chilled.

Emory

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diy: bath salts

This year, Valentine’s Day falls on a Wednesday. That might just equal a cozy night in. What could be cozier than a romantic soak in the tub, solo or not, with scented bath salts? You can make them more feminine or masculine smelling, depending on which fragrance you choose! This simple DIY is the perfect gift for any significant other.

Bath Salts for Your Valentine

Ingredients: 

3 cups Epsom Salt
2 cups sea salt
⅓ ounce essential oil

Steps:

1. In a large bowl, add all three ingredients together in the order that they appear. Mix well.

You can put the salts in a glass jar to make them that much more appealing. Enjoy!

Emory

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