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Sweet & Salty Chocolate Chip Cookies

These cookies were inspired by Sally over at Sally’s Baking Addiction who posted this amazing recipe on my link party a few weeks ago.  I decided to use my trusty Ultimate Chocolate Chip Cookie recipe and change the add in’s to make my own Sweet and Salty Chocolate Chip Cookies.  They came out perfect, if I do say so myself.  A total hit.  The perfect combination of chocolate and pretzely goodness. Don’tcha like how I make up my own words too?  hehehe
Here’s what you need:
3 cups flour, all purpose
1 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. kosher salt
1 cup, butter, unsalted, at room temperature
2/3 cup sugar
2/3 cup light brown sugar, packed firmly
1 large egg
1 large egg yolk
2 Tbs. light corn syrup
2 tsp. vanilla extract
1 cups milk chocolate chips (semi-sweet work well too)

1 cup small broken pretzel twists (measure after broken)

In a medium bowl mix together the flour, baking soda, and salt and set aside.

 

In the bowl of a stand mixer beat the butter and sugars until light and fluffy, about 3 minutes.

 

Beat in the egg and egg yolk, corn syrup, and vanilla and mix until creamy, scraping down the sides as you go.

Add the dry ingredients and mix until just incorporated.  
 
Add the chocolate chips and pretzel pieces and beat until just incorporated.

Cover and refrigerate for at least 1 hour and up to 4 hours.
Pre heat oven to 350 degrees.  Line a large baking sheet with parchment or a Silpat.
Using a medium cookie scoop (I use my trusty Pampered Chef scoops) scoop dough onto lined baking sheet about 1 inch apart and bake for 9 – 11 minutes depending on if you like chewy or crispy cookies. Most important ~ Do Not Over Bake!
Let cool on cookie sheet for 2 – 3 minute before moving to wire rack to cool completely.
Enjoy with a tall glass of milk or whatever your beverage of choice is πŸ™‚
Serves – 3 dozen approx.
Enjoy!

~Hugs~
Michelle
Here’s the handy printable – Sweet & Salty Chocolate Chip Cookies 
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Creative Thursday Link Party No. 18

Welcome to Creative Thursday Link Party No. 18. 
We are all still recuperating from our bout with what I have dubbed “Justin’s Zombie Virus”!
Jessica is the last one to catch it and hopefully it will be cleansed from our house by Friday because we have her 18th birthday to celebrate on Saturday.  I can’t believe all the milestones we had this year and how fast the year seems to be flying by.  
Do you know that it is only 139 days until Christmas?  I know, huh.
I better get a move on the holiday crafting soon.
Hopefully everyone has had a wonderful summer like we have and are enjoying the hot summer days.  We are starting school again next week if you can believe that, but we are ALL ready for it even my son who usually drags his feet about school.
Well, enough about me ~ how are you doing?  You guys have been posting some of the most delicious looks recipes and coolest ideas for parties, households, DIY, etc.   I am super excited to see what you all link up this week πŸ™‚
Here are your top 3 viewed and my 3 favorite features from last week’s party, in no particular order.
1.  Gooey Butter Cake Bars from Cooking Morning Noon Night and don’t they look delish!
2.  Fast Pizza Dough from Chocolate, Chocolate and More I can’t wait to try this ~ we love pizza
3.  The Value of Vinegar from Confessions of an ADD Housewife can’t wait to start making my own household cleaners for a fraction of the cost!
4.  Lemon Raspberry cheesecake bites from Shugary Sweets I can’t wait to try this little beauties, they look divine!
5.  Strawberry Shortbread Creams from Tartan Tastes in Texas the best of two worlds shortbread with fresh strawberries and whipped cream, YUM!
6.  Image to wood transfer from Salt Tree coolest project ever ~ can’t wait to make one.
Congrats to all who were featured ~ Don’t forget to grab a button from the sidebar.
Party Rules:
Link to the specific post for something YOU have created – recipe, DIY, craft, idea.  Link to a specific post NOT your main blog page.
Please NO ETSY shops or giveaways.
Please link back to me somewhere in your post or post my button on your blog
Party runs through Monday night each week so link up as many times as you like.
Be sure to spread the love and visit other posts and leave a comment.

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Cinnamon Sugar Crisps

I found this recipe over at Six Sisters’ Stuff blog and knew I immediately wanted to make the cinnamon chips from that post.  If you haven’t yet been to Six Sisters’ Stuff blog you really should stop by and check it out.  They are a wonderful group of ladies and have the most amazing recipes for everyday life.

These are a slightly adapted version of Six Sisters’ cinnamon chips.  And they are the most crispy tasty treat around.  Once you see just how easy these are to make you’ll be making them for your family in no time at all. And the best part?  They’re baked!  Baked foods are better for us than fried so that makes them super good for us in my book!  Right?

Here’s what you need:

10 – 6 to 8 inch flour tortillas
1/2 cup sugar
1 Tbs. cinnamon
cooking spray

Preheat oven to 375 degrees.  Line a large baking sheet with parchment and set aside.

In a small bowl mix the sugar and cinnamon until completely mixed.

 
Place a large piece of parchment on the counter where you will be working for easy clean up.
Place one tortilla at a time on top of the parchment and spray with cooking spray then liberally sprinkle with the cinnamon sugar mixture.  Press the cinnamon mixture into the tortilla and flip over.  Repeat on the second side.  
 
Cut into wedges and place in a single layer on the parchment lined baking sheet arranged close together.

 
Bake for 8 – 10 minutes or until crispy.  Let cool completely on the baking sheet before removing to a plate or bowl.  They will get a little crispier when cooled.   

Repeat with any remaining tortilla wedges until all are baked.

Store in an airtight container or Ziploc bag.

Enjoy!

~Hugs~
Michelle
Here’s the handy printable – Cinnamon Sugar Crisps 
You can find me each week linking up to these wonderful blogs

Tacos ~ My Way

For those of you who follow me on Instagram you saw these amazing Tacos I made a few weeks ago.  For those of you who don’t follow you get to see them now πŸ™‚  I have always had compliments on my tacos so I thought I would show ya’ll how I put them together.

Here’s what you need:

2 pounds ground beef, I use an 85 – 15 fat ratio
2 packages of Taco Bell Taco seasoning (I buy this at Winco)
1/2 – 3/4 cup water
2 cups romaine lettuce, chopped
1 avocado, diced
1 lime, cut into wedges
2 cups cheddar cheese, shredded
1 can refried beans
sour cream
salsa
hot sauce
1 bunch green onions, diced
flour tortillas (as many as people will eat, I use the medium burrito size)
vegetable oil for frying

Line a sheet pan with a brown paper bag (or two) and a few paper towels and set aside.

 
In a large skillet brown the ground beef until it is no longer pink.
 
Pour in the two packets of taco seasoning and stir until mixed well.  Add 1/2 – 3/4 cup water (no matter what the package says) you don’t want the meat to runny. Simmer on low for about 15 – 20 minutes, long enough for the tortillas to be cooked and the veggies to be chopped.
How about those nice paper plates?  Disposable!
Heat about 1/2 inch oil in a skillet over med-hi.  When the oil is hot enough the tortilla will immediately start to bubble and fill with air.  This process is very fast and the oil is very hot so BE CAREFUL.  Cook about 15 – 30 seconds on each side folding in half when you flip it the first time.
 

When they are the color and crispy that you like remove to the paper bag lined tray and drain on paper towels until ready to serve.  Repeat until all the tortillas are cooked.

 
Now the fun part ~ you get to fill these babies with whatever you like.  Here’s how we do it at our house.
Fill a tortilla with refried beans, then meat 
 
next comes the lettuce, cheese, and sour cream.
 
Avocado, salsa and a squeeze of fresh lime juice.
 
Mmmmm, these are the tastiest tacos in town!  You need to make these soon.  Super easy and fast.
Serves 6 – 8
Enjoy!  
~Hugs~
Michelle
Here’s the handy printable – Taco’s My Way
You can find me linking up to these wonderful parties each week.

Creative Thursday Link Party No. 17

Welcome to Creative Thursday Link Party No. 17.  
I would like to send a special thank you to all my Guest Bloggers  ~ Lisa, Robyn, April, Julie, and Robyn ~ who kept my blog from getting cob webs while I was gone.  You girls ROCK!
Welcome to the new followers I picked up while gone ~ It always puts a smile on my face to see new friends following along.
I will be getting to the the featured favorites from the last three weeks over the weekend.  We got home last night and although I absolutely LOVED my vacation, it’s always so nice to be home.  Well, except for all the cleaning and washing I now have to do!
We had a fabulous vacation with my family and I’ll get pictures posted soon.  We unfortunately came home with colds; my son with the worst because he came home with an ear full of liquid and had to be seen by a Doctor in Venice 5 hours before we flew home.  It was hectic and we are all exhausted.
Well enough about me ~ how are you doing?  Hopefully you are enjoying your summer to the fullest.  I am super excited to go through all the wonderful postings I’ve had since I’ve been gone and can’t wait to see what you all link up this week πŸ™‚
Now on to the fun stuff !

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Guest Blogger ~ Robyn’s View

Hi! My name is Robyn, and I blog over at Robyn’s View.

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I live on the beautiful Pacific Coast. We  get a lot of rain throughout the year, but I wouldn’t want to live anywhere else. The rain is what keeps everything green and beautiful! I am a mom, grandma, and wife to an amazing man. Some of the most popular post on my blog are: Organic Doggie Shampoo, Homemade “Pore Strip” Mask, Coconut Sugar Scrub, Homemade Ranch Dressing, Blueberry Crescent Rolls, just to name a few! I am also a part of a group called Foodie Friends Friday. We have a linky party every Friday.

(One party 18 blogs!!) I’d love to have you come over and link up your favorite recipes!

Today, I want to share my recipe for Cinnamon Honey Butter. This recipe is so easy to make and taste great on toast, bagels, or even dinner rolls. I have a sweet tooth, so this ratio of ingredients is perfect for me. If you are afraid of it being to sweet for you, start by adding half the amount of honey, give it a little taste, and then add more honey depending on your taste buds.

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Here is what you will need:

3/4 cup Butter, softened
3/4 cup Raw Honey
2 teaspoons ground Cinnamon
Combine ingredients in a medium size bowl. Beat until well combined and butter is fluffy. Place in a jar of your choice. (I like to put mine in canning jars.) I usually leave mine out on the counter, but you can store it in the refridgerator, if you prefer. Just keep in mind that doing so will cause the butter to be firm.
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I want to say a big THANK YOU to Michelle for having me as her guest today on
Michelle’s Tasty Creations
and
Crafty Idea’s
Enjoy and have a great week!
~Robyn ο»Ώ

Creative Thursday Link Party No. 16

Welcome to Creative Thursday Link Party No. 16 ~ Can you believe it’s been 4 months already?  Where did the time fly off to?  
Well, I’m still having a great time in the Mediterranean and missing you terribly, but one must do what one must do to keep the family happy πŸ™‚  hehehe  I know you’d be right here with me if I’d had room in my suitcase!
By now you’ve met four of my five lovely guest bloggers, Lisa and Robyn posting this last week, April and Julie posting the first week, and still to come on Saturday is another wonderful Robyn so make sure you stop by.  I really appreciate you ladies for helping me out and not letting my blog get stale while I’m away ~ XOXO

Everyone should have stopped by your blogs by now because I KNOW I have the best followers out there πŸ™‚

I will post the features from these two weeks when I return but you can still link up and have a great time visiting each others blogs while I’m away.
Hope everyone’s summer is in full swing ~ What have YOU been up to?  Vacations, Mini Vacations, Day’s at the beach, movies, visiting family, etc…?
Now on to the party!
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Guest Blogger ~ The Ranch Wife Chronicles

Hi, Robyn here from The Ranch Wife Chronicles.  I am a South Dakota Ranch Wife who loves being in the kitchen, taking pictures and living on the prairie. I blog about our life on a cattle ranch and my adventures.  I also try to share some tasty food along the way.  Today I am sharing a recipe for Fruit Pizza.  I have never made a fruit pizza before and have wanted to try one for a long time.
My inspiration is a Taste of Home recipe for Makeover Fruit Pizza (http://www.tasteofhome.com/recipes/Makeover-Fruit-Pizza).  I tend to use recipes as a guide to complement my personal preferences and create delicious food.  I made a couple of changes from the original recipe.   First, I used the crust recipe from my Mom’s Fresh Fruit Pie.  I wasn’t picky about any specific fruit for the topping and used orange juice in the glaze instead of pineapple juice.
Here is what I came up with:
No- Mistake ~ No-Roll Cookie Crust:
ΒΌ C Butter
ΒΌ C Sugar
1 Egg Yolk
3/4 C flour
Combine butter, sugar and egg yolk.  Mix in flour until crumbs form.  I used my food processor.  Press firmly into 9” square pan or roll out on a cookie sheet.  Crust will be thin.  Bake in 400 degree oven 8 minutes or until edge is browned.  Cool completely.
Filling:
1 package (8 ounces) reduced-fat Cream Cheese
1/3 C Sugar
1 teaspoon Vanilla Extract
In a small bowl, beat the cream cheese, sugar and vanilla until smooth. Spread over crust.  I also added a dollop of Cool Whip.  I had just a little left over from another recipe and wanted to use it up.
Fruit:
This is the fun part!  I cut up strawberries, a peach, a kiwi and tossed in some grapes.  Use your personal preference and favorite summer time fruits.
Arrange fruit over cream cheese filling.
Glaze:
5 teaspoons cornstarch
1-1/4 C Orange Juice
1 teaspoon Lemon Juice
In a small saucepan, combine the cornstarch, orange juice and lemon juice until smooth. Bring to a boil; cook and stir for 2 minutes or until thickened. Cool slightly. Drizzle over fruit. Refrigerate until chilled.
The Hubby, my toughest critic, loved this dessert!  I hope you will enjoy this easy summer time dish as much as we do.

Guest Blogger ~ Wine & Glue

Lisa is a new blogger and wannabe crafter, seamstress, party planner, baker, and master chef.  When she’s not doing those things, it’s because she’s chasing around two wild, lovable, and crazy monkeys as a stay at home mom.  Check out her blog ~ Wine & Glue and follow her on Facebook.


Shhhhhh . . . . Do you hear that??

Neither do I!

My house is quiet!

It’s Sunday afternoon, and Gavin and Nathan are having some much needed Gavin-daddy time.  Quinn is napping.  My kitchen is clean.  My laundry is folded can wait.

What should I do with this small piece of heaven known as a quiet home??

Enter my Adult Iced Coffee.

Have you met my friend?  UV Whipped?*

The smart people at UV have worked their way into my cocktail lovin’ brain and found yet another flavor of vodka to make me drool over.

And added to iced coffee?  Oh. Sweet. Goodness.

Why am I still blogging?

* I’m not getting any money from UV.  They don’t even know I exist.  Yet.

Creative Thursday Link Party No. 15

Welcome blogging friends – It’s time for another link party and as you know I’m on Vacation for the next two weeks so I’m sorry to say there won’t be any features from this party until I return.  But you can still link up and visit each other while I’m away πŸ™‚
By now you have met two of my guest bloggers, April and Julie, and hopefully you’ve made time to visit each of their blogs.  They are all wonderful ladies with awesome blogs who jumped at the chance to help out a friend πŸ™‚  
Wishing you all the best this week πŸ™‚

Now on to the party!

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