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Oh My Glob, like it’s Happy Valentine’s Day!

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I hope everyone has a good Valentine’s Day or Single’s Awareness Day or what have you!

Or you can just have a regular Thursday, it’s up to you!

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Either way, I’ve been having a fun couple of days baking goodies and sharing them with friends.

I’ve also been planning a lot of activities for when Eddie comes to visit for my Graduation! We’re going to do everything!

Shark cage tours! Kayaking! Parasailing! Jet skiing! Scuba Diving!

And so we both need to save some kind of money in order to do that so I told him,

“Whenever you want a drink, just say to yourself ‘Pirate’!”

There are some shipwreck scuba diving tours so I’m going to see if I can make that happen…

And so Eddie sent me this Valentine!

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Although the more I look into it, I really do think we need to be certified…

Like I said, I’ll figure it out.

I got Mark a couple sweets but he got a little munch hungry so I gave them to him a little early…

Sooo…I went out and got a few more things for him that I know he’ll like.

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Cute right? The bag I got at Walmart and the Japanese snacks I got from Nijiya on my way to school this morning.

I’m so glad they all fit in there. Yay!

And here’s my little Valentine’s Day outfit for today:

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Decided to go a little school girl today, just because I thought it would be cute.

Still playing around with photo editor apps but it’ll work out eventually.

Happy Valentine’s Day!

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Valentine’s Day Hershey’s Kiss Peanut Butter Cookies!

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I made some Peanut Butter cookies with Swirl Hershey’s Kisses today for Valentine’s Day!

I know V-day is on Thursday but there are some people I only see on Wednesdays so I thought I should bake some goodies a little early so that I could share them with everyone!

Mark has been devouring them like hot cakes! Haha.

So here is the recipe!

Ingredients:

-1/2 cup shortening

-3/4 cup peanut butter

-1/3 cup white sugar

-1/3 cup brown sugar

-1 egg

-2 tablespoons milk

-1 1/2 cups flour

-1 teaspoon baking soda

-1/2 teaspoon salt

-A little extra white sugar to roll the cookie dough in

-At least 30 Hershey’s Kisses (doesn’t hurt to have more just in case) 1 bag is more than enough

Directions:

1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees.

2. Mix the shortening and the peanut butter.

You can use a mixer but since mine has not come in the mail I just folded them together and it worked out great!

3. Mix in sugars and fold/mix until light and fluffy.

4. Add the egg, milk and vanilla. Continue to beat/mix well.

5. In a separate smaller bowl combine the flour, baking soda and salt. Gradually mix the dry mix into the peanut butter mixture.

6. Shape the dough into 1-inch balls and roll them in the extra white sugar.

7. Place the sugared dough onto an ungreased cookie sheet and bake for about 8-10 minutes.

They will come out looking about the same shape that they had when you put them in, but don’t be alarmed.

8. While the cookies are baking, unwrap however many Hershey’s Kisses that you need so that you will have them ready when the cookies are done baking.

9. Pull out the cookies, they should be lightly browned, and immediately place a Hershey’s Kiss on each cookie and press down slightly.

This will give it the flat cookie shape.

You can use whatever flavor Kisses that you like. I think they’re just a little more colorful with the Swirl Kisses.

You can either enjoy them at home or do what I did and gently place them in little plastic bags and tie a red ribbon on top.

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As a warning though, be careful when you package them because it will take some time for the Kisses to harden again. They will be melty for quite a while. But that’s what makes it so delicious right?

Enjoy and Happy Valentine’s Day!

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Half-Batch Chocolate dough cookies with milk & white chocolate chips

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Made a half-batch of cookies so I thought I’d share the recipe with you!

They were SO delicious!

I think Mark ate most of the batter before I could get it on the pan into the oven. But…in his defense, it was some of the best tasting cookie batter I’ve ever had.

So here is what you need:

Ingredients:

– 1 cup + 2 tablespoons flour

-1/2 cup butter

-1 large egg

-1/2 teaspoon salt

-1/2 teaspoon baking soda

-6 tablespoons of firmly packed brown sugar

-6 tablespoons sugar

-1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

-3/4 cup white chocolate chips

-3/4 cup milk chocolate chips

-3 tablespoons cocoa powder

Directions:

1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees.

2. Cream together the butter and the sugars. You can take the butter and open the sides and microwave it for about 13-15 seconds so that it becomes soft. Make sure to watch it so it doesn’t melt and make a mess.

3. Add the vanilla and the egg and continue mixing. Mix well.

4. Add the flour, salt and baking powder into the same bowl. Usually you would do this separately but since it is a half batch recipe it is easier to mix it all together without having to do it in parts. Mix well until everything is consistent.

5. Add in the cocoa powder and mix it in.

6. Fold in the chocolate chips.

7. On a ungreased cookie sheet, drop round spoonfuls of the dough. I usually use an ice cream scoop and it works out pretty well.

8. Bake for about 8-10 minutes. They should still be soft so when you take them out of the oven let them cool on the cookie sheet for a few minutes before you transfer them onto wire racks or newspaper.

9. Enjoy and share!

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Commercial of the Day

Pay me in Gum Dove Chocolate?

Imagine if someone just went around tipping people in Dove Chocolate…

Some people would be presently surprised,

while others would be downright pissed.

I’ve tipped people in cookies before…

Hey, sometimes a girl just doesn’t have any cash on her!

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I almost forgot one

Love the Goat…especially when it screams.

Just priceless.

Happy Monday!

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Hong Kong Egg Tart Recipe

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Mark really liked the Egg Tarts when we were in Hong Kong so I thought, hey why not make them at home?

So I got my Nordic Ware Tartlette Baking Pan in the mail a couple days ago from Amazon so I thought it was the perfect time to try making some Hong Kong Style Egg Tarts at home!

So I looked for a recipe online but there were some things that I changed and will note in the recipe.

So this Tartlette pan is a little smaller than the average tart mold so please keep this in mind.

They were the perfect size for the egg tarts but the recipe online has slight variations and I’m sure this recipe works well with either the Tartlette mold that I have or the regular sized Tart molds.

So here are the ingredients needed:

Crust

  • 1 cup confectioners’ sugar
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup butter
  • 1 eggs, beaten
  • 1 dash vanilla extract

Filling

  • 2/3 cup white sugar
  • 1 1/2 cups water
  • 9 eggs, beaten
  • 1 dash vanilla extract
  • 1 cup canned evaporated milk

And let me say this now, the portion for the filling is way too much. You do not need this much filling, especially if you are using the Tartlette mold like I was. I only needed a tiny fraction of what I ended up making overall.

You could use this new adjusted recipe for the filling and still make out okay.

  • 1/3 cup white sugar
  • 3/4 cup water
  • 4-1/2 eggs, beaten
  • 1/2 dash vanilla extract
  • 1/3 cup and 2 tablespoons and 1 teaspoon evaporated milk

Don’t worry too much about the 1/2 egg and the precise measurements of the evaporated milk. A close enough amount will work just fine.

The directions also say that you have to sieve things but I didn’t have one, so I didn’t do it. So if you guys don’t have a sieve, don’t worry about it. My egg tarts turned out just perfectly without it.

Directions:

1. What I would do first is take the sugar for the filling and boil it with the water until the sugar is completely dissolved. Once it is dissolved take it off the stove and cool to room temperature. If you’re pretty fast at working through recipes I would put the dissolved sugar water either into the fridge or the freezer so that it cools down faster.

2. Next preheat your oven to 450 degrees F.

3. In a medium bowl, mix together the confectioners’ sugar and flour. Powdered sugar and Confectioner’s sugar is the same thing for those of you who weren’t sure. I had to double check at one point too…

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4. Mix in butter with a fork until it is in small crumbs. Stir in the egg and vanilla until the mixture forms a dough. The texture should be slightly moist. Add more butter if it is too dry, or more flour, if the dough seems greasy. So butter usually comes in these small 1/2 cup packets and they were just the perfect amount for me. Just open up the sides, pop it in the microwave for about 10 seconds and then it should be soft enough to mix. Keep an eye on it, it shouldn’t melt but just in case.

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5. Shape dough into 1 1/2 inch balls (or depending on pan size may have to adjust size), and press the balls into tart molds so that it covers the bottom, and rises up a little over the edges. You can basically mold/press it into the mold so that it takes shape of the crust. You can make it thicker/thinner depending on your preference. Works and tastes great either way. Use your fingers to shape the dough into the mold. And ladies, try to be delicate if you have longer nails, I know how it is.

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6. Strain the eggs through a sieve, and whisk into the sugar mixture. Stir in the evaporated milk and vanilla. Strain the filling through a sieve, and fill the tart shells. And again like I said before, I did not use a sieve because I do not have one and they turned out just great anyways! So don’t stress too much about it otherwise! I just made sure to whisk everything really good. I used these small 5 fl oz cans of Nestle Carnation Evaporated Milk and it was just about perfect for the full filling recipe. 2 cans of these are a little more than 1 cup total. So if you are using the adjusted recipe one can should be more than enough!

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7. Bake for 15 to 20 minutes in the preheated oven, until golden brown, and the filling is puffed up a little bit. I ended up baking them for close to 19 minutes. You can check up on them but if you’re not sure how they are you can take an oven mitt and slightly shake the baking pan to see if the egg custard is still mostly liquid, which in that case you can give it a couple more minutes. If you see it puffing up, don’t be alarmed! It will settle down again and it will taste just as delicious!

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And for those of you curious to see how much “filling” I had left over from the original recipe, here it is:

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It was ridiculous how much I had left over! Shows me for using Jumbo eggs. Oh yeah, DON’T USE JUMBO EGGS!

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It doesn’t affect the taste, just your sense of waste. Haha. The recipe for the dough was pretty spot on. I had a little more dough left over so I ended up making about 8 more egg tarts after the first batch. I didn’t really mind since I had so much filling left over.

And I had to face my never ending battle with saran wrap…but I swear, someday I will be victorious!

Does anyone still make saran wrap that still works? I swear it won’t stick onto any surface!

And after about 15-20 you should have some beautifully tasty Hong Kong style Egg Tarts!

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Enjoy the recipe!

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Rookie Couponing…Try #2

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So I “tried” couponing again today.

Not REALLY HARDCORE or anything since I only took in one physical coupon that was for $0.30 but I still gave it my best try…

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First I got a $10 coupon (for spending so much money). #CouponFail

For anyone who lives near a Safeway, they are doing a promotion where if you spend $75 you get a $10 coupon for next time!

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And then I got a $2 coupon for any two Splenda products.

Hey, at least it’s more than 30 cents.

And for the record, no I do not use Splenda, Mark does.

2013-01-30_14-42-25_113Mark likes to take Cashews to work but they are SO EXPENSIVE in Hawaii but I got a steal on these!

Normally they are $20.39 but the store was having a sale where they were $2.40 off so $17.99, BUT I had a Safeway eCoupon (which you can also get by checking our their website. Safeway.com and registering for an account. All you need to do is add the eCoupon to your account and it automatically deducts the coupon once you scan your club card or type in your phone number while in the checkout line). SO I got an additional $3.00 off these bad boys making them only $14.99. (Which is still a ridiculous price for Cashews, if you ask me).

1. Register at Safeway.com.
2. Click on “just for U”.
3. Click on “Coupon Center”.
4. Go through the list and add what you want (you might as well add everything since it doesn’t hurt).
And they’ll be ready to use without any unnecessary hassle!

Easy right?

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Bought another Land O Lakes Unsalted Butter. I used the coupon that you see on there (that I got last time) to get 30 cents off my purchase. I usually buy Salted butter but I’ve been cooking a lot and it’s better most times to use unsalted so I’ve been getting in the habit of just buying unsalted butter, just in case I need it to bake cookies or what have you.

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These were on sale for buy one get one free!

Who DOESN’T like breakfast sausages??

So normally for two of these boxes it would be $11.98 but I only paid $5.99! Score! We’re eating good tonight! Hahahaha. I kid.

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And how much do you think I paid for this box of 200 Splenda packets? Originally it’s $12.99 but they were $4.00 off so I only paid $8.99 for them.

Although if you think about it, I could have just taken multiple trips to a nearby coffee shop and just lined my pocket with Splenda but who am I kidding? I’m not Chinese.

I’m just joking people. Other Asian people do it too…don’t worry.

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Mark also likes these Builders Protein Bars but they’re usually pretty pricey.

(Yes, they can be cheaper at Walmart but sometimes I just don’t want to deal with the hassle of what is Honolulu Walmart).

The peanut butter ones are originally $10.39 and the chocolate mint ones are $10.19. Why the peanut butter costs more than the mint, I have no idea.

But I got them both at $7.99 a box (which is pretty good since they usually sell for like $2/a piece).

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The Flipz White Fudge Pretzels were also buy one get one free!

Cha-ching!

Seriously, score of the day! (Well this and the breakfast sausages…what? They’re good!)

So normally they would both be $9.58 but I only paid $4.79 for both.

These things are addicting!

I have stopped buying things that I could make at home but I don’t think I could make these as fast as I could eat them.

Good thing I’ve been hitting the gym lately.

And I bought a few other things with minor savings but I didn’t think they were worth the post.

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I also got some Cream of Tartar so I could make some Snickerdoodle cookies this week. It was on sale but it wasn’t.

Let me explain.

All the spices were Buy 2 Get 1 Free but spices are so expensive and I didn’t think I needed another one…

Although thinking about it, I’m kicking myself right now because I could have bought some more Cinnamon (which I use more than anything else) and then gotten some Thyme for free…

But no matter now! What’s done is done!

There will be more sales!

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And the last thing I didn’t buy because it was on sale.

(Although it also happened to be on sale).

Mark loves Sweethearts (even though I think they are the most horrid thing since black licorice) and when we tried to get a bag in Minnesota they weren’t the ones that he liked so we ended up chucking most of it (which was fine by me). So when I saw these at the market I thought, why not? Plus it’s almost Valentine’s Day and I’m sure he would like these in his little lunch bag. (Although he might just leave them at home and devour at a later time).

For all three the regular price was $1.77 but I got $0.27 off so I paid $1.50 for all three which is about 50 cents a piece which is pretty good.

Spent more money than I had intended but I got some good deals out of it so I’m a happy camper.

Yay! Hope you enjoyed the post!

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