Chocolate Covered Cherry Cookies

Happy National Cookie day!! I’ve recently gotten into such a baking frenzy and when I saw this recipe on A Beautiful Mess‘ website, I just knew I had to try it! So here’s my try at making chocolate covered cherry cookies. You can find the recipe below.

 

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So, I was totally thinking that the base of this cookie recipe is so simple and could easily double as a basic chocolate chip recipe if you wanted`! But I love the addition of the maraschino cherries here as they add more flavor and a fun pop of texture. You could use dried cherries instead, but the softness of the maraschino (and sweetness level) is what makes these cookies remind me of chocolate covered cherries.

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I also added about a pinch of sea salt to each of the cookies just before baking but it’s totally optional.

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You can make this dough a day ahead and save in the fridge before baking or you could also freeze the dough if you want to keep it around longer. I love an easy and delicious cookie recipe for when you feel like a weekend baking session and these chocolate covered cherry cookies are the perfect thing to throw together!

I really hope you guys enjoy these so let me know in the comments what you think and if you bake these! I’d love to get some feedback on them 😉

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Recipe: Chocolate Covered Cherry Cookies

Servings: 12

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup softened butter
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup + 2 TB all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 cup chocolate chips dark or semi-sweet are my favs
  • 1/3 cup chopped maraschino cherries drained of juice

Instructions

  1. In a mixing bowl, cream together the butter and sugar until well combined. Stir in the egg and vanilla extract. In another bowl, whisk together the flour, salt and baking powder. Then stir the dry ingredients in with the wet. Stir in the chocolate chips and cherry pieces. Cover and refrigerate for 1 hour or overnight.

     

  2. On a baking sheet lined with parchment paper, spoon the cookie dough. Bake at 325°F for 14-16 minutes in the middle to upper 2/3 of the oven. Remove to a cooling rack. Enjoy.

Vancouver, British Columbia

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Lately I’ve been super busy with my summer internships but was so happy when I found out I was able to take a day off from work in order to go to Vancouver for Father’s Day weekend! Even though I was only here for a short while I still had such an amazing time.

We went to a place called Fly Over Canada and it was so much fun!! I totally recommend everyone to go there if you’re like me and have never been to anywhere in Canada. It takes you through an interactive ride/tour over basically all of Canada. You get to see all the scenic routes and beautiful landscapes that really made it seem like you were flying over Canada!

Then we went to the Museum of Anthropology which is supposed to be like one of the best anthropology museums in the world! They had so many amazing pieces and it was so wonderful to see all the different cultures reflected in their artifacts.

We also had an outdoor dinner at the Royal Vancouver Yacht Club with some friends and the sunset was so beautifully reflected off the mountains, I know that’s something I’ll always remember.

We also went to the Vancouver Art Gallery which was super fun and different from the usual museums I’m used to going to in Fayetteville and Dallas! 10/10 recommend for everyone to stop by and get a taste of Canadian art.

Now it’s just a relaxing Sunday and we’re trying to watch the University of Arkansas baseball game vs. the Texas Longhorns but unfortunately Canada doesn’t get US college Baseball channels/websites so I’m just texting my friends for updates lol.

Have you ever been to anywhere in Canada before? I’d like to one day come back and go to Banff! It’s so pretty there and it’s definitely on my bucket list. Do ya’ll have any suggestions of places I should go to next? Comment below! 🙂

My Favorite 2018 Met Gala Looks

I’m a little late on these but here are some of my favorite 2018 Met Gala looks!

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Blake Lively in Atelier Versace

Chadwick Boseman in Atelier Versace

Zendaya in Atelier Versace

Emilia Clarke in Dolce & Gabbana Alta Moda

Ariana Grande in Vera Wang

Nicki Minaj in Oscar De La Renta

Kim Kardashian in Versace

Rihanna in Maison Margiela by John Galliano

Lily Collins in Givenchy Couture and a one of a kind, Lelet NY designed crown

Cardi B in Moschino by Jeremy Scott

Katy Perry in Atelier Versace

Alessandro Michele, Lana Del Rey, and Jared Leto in Gucci

SZA in Atelier Versace

Jennifer Lopez in Balmain

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I’ve been super busy with my sophomore year in college but now that that’s over I’m so excited to start both of my internships this summer in Dallas! I’ll be posting more regularly with updates and fun finds and ideas.

Has anyone been watching the Royal Wedding?! I was totally going to stay up until 3 am to watch it Live but I could only make it to 12 so I decided to go to bed!

I’m definitely thinking about uploading a blog about some of my favorite dresses from the royal wedding! What would y’all think?

Book Club

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My favorite blogger, Amberfillerup Clark decided to create a sort of book club a month ago and recommended a few podcasts and books to read by the end of each month! Normally I like to find books to read on my own time and don’t like taking recommendations but since I’m such a big fan of everything she does, I decided to give this a try!

So, here it is, Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert! You might recognize her name from her best-selling novel turn movie called Eat, Pray, Love. She gives great tips on how to live life fearlessly and dive into any endeavor you might be too scared to try! She’s been a great inspiration for me to become my best self so I would say this is a great book to try reading when you have time.

I liked it so much that I even left notes in the margins and highlighted my favorite parts throughout the book! I would definitely recommend this to anyone who feels like they’re in a creative rut or just need overall inspo.

 

I ordered my copy off of Amazon and it was shipped the next day and came super quickly and was only $12. So the link to order your own copy of Big Magic can be found here.

 

Happy Reading!

Emporium Pies

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Pictured on the Left: their original roasted coffee

Pictured in the middle: a to-go box filled with a cute little “Lord of the Pies.”

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Emporium Pies is a delectable little bakery in a rickety old house in the popular Bishop Arts District in Dallas, Texas. These photos were all shot on my iPhone even though I just received a Canon Rebel for Christmas, I can’t wait to try it out!

I ended up going to Emporium Pies for the first time because a few of my college friends came down from Oklahoma and Arkansas to visit me during my Christmas Break and we wanted something sweet to eat after a long day at the Perot Museum.

The way they operate, is that you can buy a slice of any pie for $6 or buy the whole pie for about $30. They also serve hot coco, coffee, and other delicious treats. I highly recommend getting a slice of either the Smooth Operator or the Lord of the Pies! Just click on either of the pies I suggested and it will take you to their website and tell you all about what goes into them!

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For more information about Emporium Pies and to find out their locations, click to visit their website here.

Stella & Dot

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Hello again! (Scroll down to read about this product!)

I feel like I haven’t posted in a very loooong time haha. For my 2018 New Year’s Resolution I decided it should be to post more on my blog! If I was being honest, I would have to say this last year has been one of the toughest in my life. That being said, finding time to post on my personal blog between college classes and work became extremely difficult and I definitely lost the motivation to keep at it.

But all this being said, whether you’re a close friend of mine or just some random stranger or even if nobody ends up reading this at all, I have to decided to continue this challenge solely for my own benefit and for no other gain.

So, I hope you all have had a happy New Year and may many blessings come upon you.

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Stella & Dot is an amazing Jelewry company and I was so excited when my amazing Aunt gifted me with a beautiful dark blue necklace from them! Click here to buy this necklace!

For more information about Stella & Dot, visit their website at:

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Malaysia 2017

10 Thoughts on Malaysia! 

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The Petronas Towers in Malaysia

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The first traditional dish I had in Malaysia

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The view from inside the Petronas Towers

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The Petronas Towers mainly deal with the oil and gas business!

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This Malaysian beer was so light and so yummy it went great with the food from the food stalls

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A traditional dish called dim sum!

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Local fruit from a Malaysian farm that absolutely smells disgusting but tastes pretty good!

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One of the many delish food stalls on the street.

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Fried Frogs !!

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Real Coconut water!

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The Batu Caves are a great geological gem!

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One of my favorite caves to hike through!

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Their were many shrines and temples within the Caves.

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This golden statue was absolutely gigantic and this picture doesn’t do it justice!

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The stairs were absolutely killer to climb though!

1.) Malaysian hospitality was great! I had so much fun hanging out with the locals and seeing the non touristy part of Malaysia!

2.) It was so HUMID!! I thought my hair would never recover from the frizz.

3.) If you don’t like spicy food nor seafood then you might not survive in Malaysia. Most of their traditional and unique local foods mainly consist of one or the other and sometimes both components!

4.) I had an amazing time hiking and spelunking through the Batu Caves! It was honestly my favorite thing to do in Malaysia! The caves were a tad bit hot but overall I would highly recommend doing that if you’re ever in the area! Also, there were baby monkeys!!

5.) I didn’t have time to visit a shrine while there and that is probably the one thing I regret from that trip!

6.) The time change definitely caught up with me here and I was dead for most of the nights haha

7.) There was a really nice bar on the top floor of our hotel and it even had a pool! We would go up there and have a drink and watch the Petronas Towers light up while we relaxed from a long day!

8.) While my dad was conducting business throughout the days I was mainly either by myself or with a local who showed me around!

9.) Next time I travel like this I definitely want to try staying at an Airbnb! 🙂

10.) Finally, I would just suggest at looking outside of your comfort zone to find fun things to do! You might even surprise yourself! I know I did when I decided Malaysia was one of my favorite places to visit while traveling this summer! 🙂

Dubai (2017)

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An aquarium inside a Mall?! I think yes!

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My first time at Shake Shack and my first time in Dubai!

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The view from the world’s tallest tower

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Dubai had one of the best skylines I had ever seen!

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At Ski Dubai in the Burj Khalifa Mall

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Who knew you could ski in the middle of the desert in Dubai with over 100 degree weather?!

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The Burj Khalifa Tower aka the world’s tallest tower aka the one from Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol

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Seriously in love with this dress from Hazel and Olive Boutique in TX 🙂

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Afternoon tea with some friends! It was way too hot to take this picture outside!

I recently went on a tour and traveled to three countries and my first stop was Dubai! I absolutely fell in love with this place and had such an amazing time! I have always loved traveling ad seeing all the different cultures that I actually considered being an Anthropology Major!

My first day there I knew it would be hot but when we walked to have lunch literally right across the street from our hotel, I was absolutely covered in sweat! I couldn’t believe how hot it was and it was only 106 degrees there which is not the record high for a normal day!! We soon realized why we also never saw anyone walking around during the day because everyone does everything at night! The nightlife here was absolutely insane and I even almost was able to see the local Dubai prince at the Burj Khalifa Mall.

After spending two and a half days here while I was on my tour I really wish I could have stayed longer and gotten to experience more of the local side of things! Also, the fact that inside the Dubai Mall there was a massive aquarium AND a full size skating rink was absolutely insane. Not to mention a full blown freaking Ski Resort in a separate mall!! If you told me a few years ago that I would be skiing in a 120 degree desert in Dubai, I would think you were insane!

All in all I would have to say I thoroughly enjoyed my time in Dubai and hopefully one day I can go back and maybe even see Abu Dhabi while I’m in the area! 😉

P.S. Gotta say a special thx to Hazel and Olive Boutique for the two awesome dresses I’m seen pictured in above!

xoxo

5 Inexpensive Father’s Day Gifts

So this year I wanted to go all out for Father’s Day and I initially had some trouble finding ideas so, like everything else I looked online and came up with my very own list of last minute gifts. These will be easy to quickly pic up and get for low prices so that you won’t break the bank! So, Happy Father’s Day to all you rad dad’s 🙂

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1.) If your dad likes to cook as much as mine then he would love this barbecue how to! There’s even instructions on how to roast an entire pig! (My dad has been thinking about trying this out for a party so this was perfect for him!) You can easily get this on Amazon or pick it up in store at Barnes and Noble.

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2.) I’ve found out that every dad has his own brand of cologne or shirt that they wear all the time so maybe upgrade their favorite shirt with a new one! Tommy Bahama is definitely the way to go in my opinion! You can either get it from their website or I know Nordstroms sells it within their store and they will price match it so you can get the best deal possible!

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3.) For the dad that likes to cook, I suggest finding something at Williams and Sonoma like the grill set pictured above. Any guy would love to grill veggies or even meats on these high heat no-stick steel grill pans! Easy to clean and easy to cook with you just can’t go wrong with it! Williams and Sonoma is even having a sale of 20% off cookware for a limited time so try to snag some soon if you’re considering this!

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4.) I recently heard about Skyroam from an online travel blogger and she gave it great reviews so I figured I would try it out myself too! For the dad who loves to travel abroad, Skyroam offers easy portable wifi services wherever in the world you may be!

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5.) My favorite kind of gifts to give are gag gifts that will make you laugh and create special memories with your loved ones so, this Father’s Day mug is perfect! “Best Farter, I mean Father” mug is such a cute idea to give and will surely make your dad laugh when he opens it. You can easily pick it up in store or online at Walmart as well as on Amazon and etsy!

Common Grounds

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P.S. you can find my Mumu dress at Show Me Your Mumu and its even on sale! 😉