Chocolate Chip Blondies

Speaking of Blondes – I really like the new Blonde Roast at Starbucks. Apparently the Baristas have been told not to make any blonde jokes with customers….like when they order a tall blonde. I have to wonder how far Starbucks thought that name through before they brought it to market. Funny.

Jim went out with some work friends tonight and Ella is at our neighbor’s for a sleepover. I told Taylor we would have a “date night” and she responded to me “Mommy, I’m not having a date night with you. We are having a girls night out!” So, I went with that:-) The thing is, it has been a really long week and I went for a run before our “girls night out” so by the time we left the house I was getting super tired. As I type, we are back home and snuggling on the couch (actually now she is laying on her stomach and “accidentally” kicking me every ten seconds.) I told her she can watch any show and stay up until 9 o’clock – very exciting:-).

We did make a stop at Justice and the Kangaroo (which is a gas station.) One of her friends at school had a piece of Valentine’s candy and apparently she got it from the Kangaroo, so Taylor has begged me to stop there for the past week. So tonight I told her we would go and find her treat. The only problem is she couldn’t tell me exactly what it was. She said it was not like normal candy, but it was smooth like the palm of her hand (and then she made me feel how smooth her hand was.) I still have no idea what that candy was and I’m not sure that she does either. I let her get a little package of airheads and she seemed happy with that. We don’t buy candy very often so I guess it was exciting enough.

Speaking of exciting….these are AWESOME chocolate chip blondies. I will make these again and again. They are buttery and sugary and perfectly soft and doughy. They are thinner than your typical bar cookie or brownie, but they are thicker than your typical cookie. If you like a chewy chocolate chip cookie try these. They would be PERFECT as the base for a blondie sundae.

To top all of that excitement off they are super easy to make. It probably took me about 10-12 minutes total to get them into the pan to bake. I like to make cookies when I have plenty of time, but on a Sunday afternoon when we just want a treat to go with a nice dinner, I like to turn to easy, but delicious recipes like this. Enjoy!

Source: Taste of Home

Chocolate Chip Blondies
Recipe type: Dessert
  • 1-1/2 cups packed brown sugar
  • ½ cup butter, melted
  • 2 eggs, lightly beaten
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • ½ teaspoon baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup (6 ounces) semisweet chocolate chips
  1. Combine the brown sugar, butter, eggs and vanilla just until blended. Combine the flour, baking powder and salt and whisk until combined; add to brown sugar mixture. Stir in chocolate chips.
  2. Spread the mixture into a greased 13-in. x 9-in. baking pan. Bake at 350° for 18-20 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. Cool on a wire rack.

Simple Sesame Noodles

I am the designated Potluck Focal for my team at work. Right after the potluck we are also having our second annual cookie competition. It is a very exciting day. I am taking any suggestions for a first place cookie recipe. Also, any fun potluck recipes would be greatly appreciated. I have a cookie recipe in mind (which I won’t mention here because I don’t want anyone on my team who is reading this post to know.) However, I never decide these things until the last minute. Then I usually panic and make something that I have made a million times before.

Speaking of organizing potlucks, we aren’t allowed to use this for work, but for my daughters’ school we use a tool called Sign-Up Genius. It’s a great way to get people to sign up online for potlucks or for volunteering. I used it last year when I was a room mom so that parents could sign up to come in to do centers in Taylor’s Kindergarten classroom. It’s really easy to use and it is so much easier than tracking manually with a spreadsheet. You just set it up and everyone else does all the work. It also sends out reminders a day or two ahead of time.

This recipe would be perfect for a potluck because it is great cold and the flavors get better if it sits for a little while. You could certainly use a different noodle, but for authenticity I think you should use the long noodles.

This is a big hit at my house and I like it because it is so easy to put together. Big bang for your buck! I served this the other night along with a flank steak (recipe to come), and Ella said that it was the best day of her life (can you sense the drama we have in our house??) Jim and I usually throw some pepper flakes or sriracha on top for some added heat.

This recipe is from Pioneer Woman and I think she has it listed as one of her favorites, too. Try it out – I bet it will be the best day of your life, too!


Easy Sesame Noodles
Recipe type: Side Dish
  • 12 ounces, long noodles, cooked and drained (we used thin spaghetti noodles)
  • ¼ cup Soy Sauce
  • 2 Tablespoons Sugar
  • 4 cloves Garlic, Minced
  • 2 Tablespoons Rice Vinegar
  • 3 Tablespoons Pure Sesame Oil
  • ½ teaspoon Hot Chili Oil (we didn't use this)
  • 4 Tablespoons Canola Oil
  • 4 whole Green Onions, Sliced Thin
  1. Combine soy sauce through canola oil and whisk in a bowl.
  2. Pour over the noodles and mix.
  3. Add onions and sesame seeds.

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