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Chocolate Chip cookies with White creme + Milk Chocolate Hershey’s Kisses inside

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I was once again struck with the sudden urge to bake something so I thought, “Hey, why not?”

So I decided to use up the rest of the Hershey’s Kisses that I had to make different cookies out of them!

They worked out pretty well!

So here is the recipe:

Ingredients:

At least 48 Hershey’s Kisses (You can use whatever flavor that you prefer)

1 cup (2 sticks) of butter, softened

1/3 cup white sugar

1/3 cup brown sugar

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

2 cups all-purpose flour

1 cup Chocolate Chips (Again, you can use White or Dark chocolate chips, or whatever else you prefer)

Directions:

1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.

2. Beat the butter, both sugars and the vanilla in a large bowl until thoroughly blended.

3. Slowly add the flour to the wet mixture and mix until smooth.

4. Fold in the chocolate chips.

5. Unwrap however many Hershey’s Kisses you will use immediately.

I baked the cookies 1 cookie sheet at a time so I unwrapped 12 Hershey’s Kisses for the first batch.

6. Get some dough and start to mold it around the Hershey’s Kiss, making sure to cover it completely. Shape them into balls and place them on the ungreased cookie sheet.

7. Bake for about 10-12 minutes or until set.

8. When you remove them, cool them slightly and then remove the cookies from the cookie sheet to either a wire rack or some newspaper.

And voilà! You have yourself some delicious cookies to eat and share!

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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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Goodies from Taiwan!

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My friend Olivo has come to visit from Taiwan!

I’m so excited to go out and have fun together!

She brought me SO MUCH STUFF! It’s just CRAZY!!!

On top is Tea and more tea and baguette crackers~ Tea from Taiwan is so good!

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Potato chips drizzled with chocolate, shrimp crackers, caramel corn

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Chocolate crackers, Egg Sachima, different senbei like snacks! made with black bean, peach, green tea…SO DELICIOUS!

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An overall shot of everything.

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More shrimp crackers, a bag full of hard candy, Kiki Lala notepaper, bath bombs!

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Banana Chocolate Pocky and lots of amazing makeup and creams!

I love Asian makeup! I can’t spend money on makeup because I feel like it is such a waste so whenever someone gets me some I am so excited!

After I picked her up and she got a chance to unpack and rest a little bit we went out for a walk around the neighborhood so she could get her bearings.

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I had to stop by Kakaako Kool and get some shaved ice with condensed milk!

Always so delicious.

She had a credit card minimum so I just told the lady to charge me the minimum and that I didn’t need to pick out anything else but she was so nice that she came outside and gave me a bag of white chocolate dipped macadamia nuts that they package there!

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After that we went out to dinner. We tried to go to Genius Lounge but it was PACKED! I know it was Friday night but damn! So we walked around for a bit and decided to go to our default place, Fatty’s. I love it there but I was just worried about feeding my Taiwanese friend Chinese food for her first meal here but she liked it there too so it worked out okay.

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I had the spicy beef noodle like always. Yum!

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Then we went to Yogurtland for some dessert! Yay for cute Sanrio cups! The pink one says ‘Honolulu’ and the blue one on the right says ‘San Francisco’ on it. I kept some of the spoons they gave out too. But I threw the cups away…I’m not THAT crazy. Lolz.

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And I put together everything into a little bowl today so we can all share! Yay!

Now it’s time for some football! Let’s go Broncos!

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Christmas Presents & Happy New Year Time!

Happy New Years everyone!

I hope everyone had a good New Year’s Eve last night! And best of wishes to all my followers and friends for the New Year!

Thank you guys for supporting my writing ventures throughout 2012! You guys are the best!

And I know this is a little late but I HAD to share with you guys all the amazing gifts I got for Christmas this year!

First from my hubby Mark!

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532415_4992555008475_785525321_nI ended up placing them on top of the Adventure Time art pieces that Mark had got for me earlier. Isn’t it cute? They fit perfectly!

(And yes, I later ended up switching the placement of the figures because Mark pointed out that it would clearly fit better if in reverse).

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Oh My Glob! I love this episode!!

And here’s a closeup of the shirt:

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Mark knows me so well! ❤

He also got me this absolutely fantastic Tokidoki shirt as well!

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He really does spoil me silly…

And there was this art piece at a local boutique that I was totally smitten with and knowing how much I love art he bought it for me for Christmas!

If you see it in person it is absolutely stunning! This person did an amazing job! And it wasn’t that expensive either considering how pricey art usually gets!

And it’s all original too!

The only problem is that I’m not all too sure where I want to hang it… the wind in Hawaii is a huge problem and I’ve had glass frames shatter in a heartbeat so I’m just a little worried. BUT I have been seeing those Command 3M frame stick strips and I think I might just give those a try and see if they really do work as well as they advertise that they do. I’ll have an update about it when I do go ahead and give it the ol’ college try.

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And that wasn’t even the last of it!

I’ve been saying for the longest time how much I want to play Ecco since I had such fond memories of it when I was younger that he actually found a copy for me! And luckily enough he still had his dreamcast system back at his parents house so I was psyched when I opened it on Christmas!!!

Sad news is that the controls suck and I can not play for shit! But I will give it another go around once I finish playing Yakuza 4. But I’m still really excited to have it there for me when I do come around to playing it again!!!!

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And last but not least…we got to go to a Timberwolves home game the day after Christmas!!

581483_10200207200439529_2139316516_nWe each had a drink and had a blast!

It’s too bad the T-wolves lost to the Rockets though. They were leading the whole game but boy James Harden got lucky with most of his shots. That’s for sure.

Mark was pretty disappointed that they lost but I still had fun.

We were at the game with the 3rd highest amount of people in attendance. It was a little above 20,000 people.

Did you know that a Timberwolves game can seat more people than a Lakers game?

And that a Clippers game in the same Staples center can seat about 63 more people than a Lakers game?

Weird huh. It must be some of the courtside seats or something. Who knows.

I also received a very sweet Christmas card from my friend Missy:

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And my longtime friend Bow sent me all these cuddly creatures and scrumptious treats all the way from Australia! Thanks Bow!

Those chocolates are delicious and I put up the finger puppets as art on my wall. I’ll upload a picture when I complete my art wall when I get home.

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And one of my best friends Patty is such a doll that she sent two sets of Christmas presents! One with the cutest pair of Hello Kitty Leopard Jeans, ornaments and hair ties.

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And another package with just a whole bunch of fun surprises!

She sent 3 sugar cookies (2 Christmas themed & 1 Spongebob cookie) and the family dog ended up getting into the Christmas cookies last night. I wasn’t angry but more worried about if the dog was going to be okay. She ended up puking it back up today but she seems in better spirits now which is good.

She knows I like foxes so she sent the cutest sweater and the cutest desk figure. Again, I’m just so worried that the wind is going to knock it over and smash it into a million pieces. Maybe I can just command strip everything into place!

…Not a bad idea at all. Hmmm…

Thank you Patty! Happy New Year!!

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And these are the gifts I got from his family!

(They also got us our hotel room in Minneapolis for the Timberwolves game).

s1349901-main-heroI asked them for this specific Smashbox Foundation and they actually got it for me!

I’ve wanted it ever since I saw it at Sephora but it was too expensive for me to buy so I was so thrilled to get it on Christmas!

Oh and I guess before I go any further they asked both of us what we wanted for Christmas and we both each gave them a list of stuff that we wanted.

They got me so much stuff from my list it was crazy!

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They got me the Dostoyevsky book that I wanted! (Which is really good so far. I’ve been sidetracked by other things but I will get back to it…probably on the plane ride back home).

They also got me the Adventure Time game for DS which I beat yesterday. It has it’s pros and cons but I had fun with it. I’ll probably do a game review in a future blog update if anyone is interested.

Also a $100 gift card to Victoria Secret! I think I’m going to wait till I get home to use it though so we don’t have to carry home too much stuff.

They also got me a Hello Kitty Calendar and a Hello Kitty bank!

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LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE!!!!

I am going to take a permanent marker and write ‘LAW SCHOOL’ on Hello Kitty Bank’s forehead and hopefully that will encourage me to save SOME money for Law School. A girl can try right?

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Mark’s sister got me a rolling pin! (Which I also asked for).

And her daughter (my niece…in law?) painted this pie pan for me since Becky (Mark’s sister) owns a glass shop where she does lots of crafts and stuff. I wanted a pie pan so this was perfect! Happy!!

And last but not least his parents also got me art supplies! I left my paints and stuff at home in Los Angeles and I wanted to start again so I was ecstatic! I have started painting again too. I haven’t finished but I will once I get home.

Yay!

I had an amazing Christmas! I’ll upload more Christmas cards and stuff once I get home to my mailbox.

Ah~ It’s almost time for school again…

I hope everyone enjoyed their New Years eve as much as I did!

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We hit the town, shopped, used our gift cards, ate delicious Mongolian BBQ and then went to Dempseys to play a little black jack.

Kahlua + Half & Half and a few rounds of Black Jack make for an amazing New Year’s Eve!

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Who doesn’t love getting mail?

I really do have the best friends in the world!

I got 3 things in the mail today! One I ordered for someone else but anywho…

First I got the Mr.Toast Art piece that I ordered!

Right when he posted a picture of it I knew I had to have it! My Mr.Toast collection is growing! Slowly but surely…

He framed it and everything for me too! I just need to find the perfect place to put it!

And then my awesome friend from New Zealand who’s living in London sent me some amazing stuff too!

The Earl Grey is so fragrant that I could smell it even before I opened the box! And I finally have Kinder Surprises and Marmite!!! Yum…And I’ve never even seen those fruit candies so I’m excited!

Boy am I one happy Panda!

Oh and last week Patty sent me a whole bunch of stuff too!

It’s all just cats! (And Astro Boy). LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE!

I swear no one knows me like Patty does.

I have to go shopping so I can send everyone a little something back! Snail mail is the bestest! For sure!!!!

I love you guys!!!

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