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In the meantime, I’ll munch on macaroons.

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A few mornings ago, I opened my eyes, accepted the sunlight coming through the window, and began my lazy morning ritual of scrolling through Facebook, double-tapping pictures of my friends’ lunches on Instagram, and pinning outfits I can’t afford on Pinterest. Suddenly, I received a text from my roommate, who I can only assume had just woken up as well.

Yes, we text each other from just a few feet away. Don’t judge.

The text went as follows:

Bri: Hey boo do you have any plans for today?
Kate: Nope, I need to work out and go to the bank but that’s it.
Bri: Just curious, I have so many things that I want to do today but the day doesn’t have¬†enough hours, plus I love laying in bed!
Kate: What do you have to do?
Bri: Nothing I have to do, just things I want to do. ūüôā¬†I have an eye appointment at 3:30, I’d like to get adjusted, I want to get a massage and a facial, I want to go to the street fair, I want to lay out, I want to do my laundry, I want to go see a psychic. ūüėČ

Okay, so she’s a bit of an overachiever, but I was on board.

It was too cold for the pool or beach, the massage place was booked up until late-afternoon, and who really wants to do laundry? Answer: NO ONE.

Ultimately we decided to a.)Definitely make it to the Huntington Beach street fair. It’s every Tuesday, and I had never been, despite the fact that I’ve lived in Southern California my whole life. b.) We were totally into this psychic idea.

I’ve hit a bit of a rough patch in life, and I’m currently in search of ANY input. This is includes a psychic reading, apparently. I mean, why not, right?

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So we set out for the day. I won’t bore you with the details of how long we searched for a psychic that wasn’t going to charge each of us $100, homemade Panini for life, and the rights to our first-born children. Eventually, we ended up going to a lady located very close to our apartment.

Now I don’t know if this psychic thing is real or a bunch of applesauce, but it was pretty interesting nonetheless.

I won’t share what she said to me, but if she’s right, I have a lot of changes headed my way, in almost all aspects of life. Some sounded pretty darn exciting, others…quite scary.

Regardless, it opened my mind up to¬†possibilities. Who knows where I’ll be a year from now, whether or not I’ll be single, what career path I’ll have chosen, or which people will still be in my life.

I can hope, though, that my roommate is one of them. If it wasn’t for her, I wouldn’t have ever thought to seek input from a complete stranger. My roomie is da bomb.

Therefore, I made her some cookies. While we were at the street fair later that day, we passed a booth that was selling cookies. Macaroons, to be exact. And she just happened to mention that she loves them.

Uhh..okay. Easiest cookie ever. Next to snickerdoodles, her other favorite.¬†She’s easy to please.

Poor thing had a rough day, so after I cleaned out our fridge and cupboards, I whipped some up. Just for her.

For you too, of course, but shhh…don’t tell her that. ūüėČ

While I wait to see if the psychic’s predictions are true (one thing already happened, by the way), I’ll be here, munching on these delicious macaroons.

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Easy Peasy Coconut Macaroons

14oz (1 pkg) shredded coconut
14oz sweetened condensed milk
3 tsp vanilla extract
2 egg whites
pinch of salt

1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees

2. Combine coconut, vanilla, and condensed milk in a medium bowl. Set aside.

3. Beat egg whites and salt on high until medium-firm peaks form.

4. Fold egg whites into coconut mixture until thoroughly combined.

5. Place 1 3/4 inch balls onto a foil-lined cookie sheet.

6. Bake for 30 minutes. Transfer to cooling rack.

If you decide to dip them in chocolate, allow them to cool completely, melt the chocolate in the microwave for one increment of 30 seconds, stir, another increment for 45 seconds, and stir until everything is melted. Dip the macaroon in the chocolate and set on foil.¬†Don’t touch until it’s completely set, Cookie Monster!!!

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Bon Appétit! 

Island cookies from the Mainland

I have to take a moment to brag, so bear with me. It’ll benefit you, don’t worry.

I’m going to Hawaii on June 9th.

I’m going to Hawaii on June 9th for 6 days.

I’m going to Hawaii on June 9th for 6 days with my amazing boyfriend.

I. am. so. excited.

You know the best part about Hawaii? I don’t have any responsibilities there. No work, no school, no rent, no bills, no nothin’, except sunshine and lots of ridiculously awesome tropical adult beverages.

So because I’m a cheeseball I decided to make something with island-ish ingredients.

It doesn’t get more tropical than coconut.

This is a Sugar Therapy original, and it tastes quite delicious. That’s some good news, people! But at the same time, this is a Sugar Therapy original…so there are a few kinks to work out. Totally fixable, though!

These cookies might look a little flat, but they’re full of flavor! The next time I make these (which I will) I’m going to up the rum (yep, rum), and make them thicker by adding a little more flour. I knew the batter looked thin, but did I do anything about it? Nope. Oh well. You bake and you learn.

They’re so good though. And you know what’s really weird? These are possibly the first cookies I’ve ever made that might just be better the next day instead of right out of the oven.

“What? Those kinds of cookies exist?” Mhm, they do! ¬†But don’t be hesitant to try one ASAP, because let’s face it, you are baking and you do love cookies.

Island Cookies

1 1/4 cup flour
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 cup unsalted butter, room temp
1/2 cup + 2 tbsp coconut sugar (you can use regular granulated sugar too, I was just feelin’ fancy)
1/2 cup packed light brown sugar
1 egg
3/4 tsp vanilla
3 tbsp pineapple rum (I used Captain Morgan Parrot Bay Pineapple Rum)
1/4 cup butterscotch chips
1/4 coconut flakes
a small handful of cashews
a small handful of sliced almonds
milk chocolate

1. Heat oven to 325 degrees, and line cookie sheet with parchment paper.

2. Sift flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt together in a medium bowl.

3. In a large bowl, beat butter with an electric mixer until fluffy and light in color.  It will take a while, so hang in there.

4. On medium-low speed, add sugars and beat until smooth (little to no grittiness).  Increase speed to high and beat mixture for about 3 minutes.

5. Add egg and vanilla.  Beat until incorporated.

6. Add rum.  Beat until incorporated.

7. Stir in the flour mixture with a spoon until everything is just blended.

8. Stir in the butterscotch, coconut, and nuts.

9. Form 1″ balls of dough and place 1 1/2″-2″ apart. Bake for 10 minutes. Cool on baking sheet for about 5 minutes, and transfer to wire rack.

10. Melt the milk chocolate and drizzle it on the cookies, as seen above.
Hint: Stir in a tiny bit of veggie or canola oil to the melted chocolate to keep it shiny. ūüôā

One last thing. ¬†Because I’m such a fan of substitutions, tweaks, and twists in baking recipes, I encourage anyone making these island goodies to add anything that sounds yummy. ¬†Macadamia nuts, perhaps? ¬†Maybe chocolate chunks for the chocoholic in your life? ¬†Something I considered (but unfortunately didn’t have time for) was to soak the coconut in the rum, instead of adding it to the batter in liquid form.

These cookies have too much potential.  Start baking!

Aloha!