The Great Somoa Cookie Adventure

Last night I decided to finally get around to making that homemade somoa cookie recipe, since I didn’t have the black beans I needed for another cookie recipe. Let’s just say I’ll be leaving the cookie-making to the Girl Scouts…or whomever manufactures those bad boys.

Homemade Samoas Girl Scout Cookies

It all started out fine. I got the dough mixed up and ready to go, but started going downhill when I found myself skipping steps and combining things that weren’t to be mixed. The first step I skipped was the cooling of the dough. I started the process around 7, so I figured, “Hey, who has time for an hour in the fridge? Not me.” I proceeded to roll the dough out for cutting and quickly realized it was too warm. After I scraped the last glob from my elbow, I decided to just shape these cookies the old fashioned way. No biggie, right? It’s just a shape. After I popped them in the oven, it was time to toast the coconut. Again, trying to save time, I decided to do it at the same time the cookies were baking. What I failed to realize was that I was going to have to open the oven constantly to stir the coconut, thus thwarting the cookies from being cooked thoroughly.

After I got everything out of the oven, it was time to screw up the recipe one more time. I spent the next 10 minutes developing carpal tunnel syndrome by performing the tedious chore of unwrapping each caramel from it’s plastic wrap. I then proceeded to melt the caramels in the same bowl as the chocolate and mix it all together. Albeit not a terrible decision, but definitely a difficult mixture to stir. I finally realized that I had royally mucked everything up and decided to just wing it. I started smearing the caramel/chocolate/coconut mixture onto the cookies and finished by spreading them out to cool. They looked like poop and weighed about 3lbs each. Seriously the heaviest cookies I’ve ever lifted. I rolled the remaining topping mixture into little balls, which looked even more like poo. Beauty be damned; the things were delicious!

So now that I’ve scratched that off my Pinterest list, I can say with the utmost confidence that I won’t be trying that recipe again. Well, maybe next time I’ll have a second party to help keep my head on straight.

My Cooking Tip of the Day: Allow yourself plenty of time to follow a recipe through from start to finish. Baking late at night is not a great idea.

WIAW: Crock Pot Challenge Meal #5

I’m happy to report the Crock Pot Challenge is going very well so far. I’ve knocked out five recipes, so far, and plan to finish out the remaining five before the deadline. This week’s recipe was a PBFingers original. Looking for a simple menu item, I went with her Crock Pot Chicken Taco recipe. I must say, it was incredibly easy and extremely successful. I did, however, make one modification to this recipe. Instead of ground chicken, I used a large chicken breast. I did this mainly because I couldn’t find ground chicken at my store and partially because I thought shredded chicken seemed more appetizing. Now I know what you are thinking: “Isn’t she a vegetarian?” Yes, I do abstain from meat 90% of the time; however, on occasion I have been known to stray. I always make sure that if I do, I eat organic, local or at least GMO free meat. Thus was the case with the chicken.

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You had better believe that if I’m putting that crap into my body it is at least chemical and hormone free. I placed the breast in the slow cooker with 1/2 a packet of chicken taco seasoning and let it cook overnight on low for around 8.5 hours. When I woke up the next day, the breast was fully cooked and very tender. 

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I must say, I’m not a fan of actually cooking and handling meat. I also found it nerve wracking to deal with the stress of not getting raw meat on any of my household surfaces. Regardless, the chicken turned out perfectly and Alex was thrilled with the little taco bar I set up for us that night. 

Ok, now on to WIAW.

 

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After I pulled this together, I realized how unappetizing it all looked together, but keep in mind that these are things I’ve eaten over several days. The Coke Zero was definitely a craving impulse, but I literally NEVER drink soda, so I figured it wouldn’t kill me. The vitamins are my daily regimen. I have to say, the biotin is definitely working. My hair is growing fast! The Chobani was definitely the winner on this list. I took one cup of vanilla Chobani Greek yogurt and put in around 1 tsp of PB2 and 1/2 scoop of chocolate protein powder for a yummy, protein packed combo. 

My Healthy Tip of the Day: If you aren’t that into vitamins, switch to gummies to make the process fun again! Kroger makes a great Sourpatch Kids-esque version call Everyday. Highly recommend.