Let me just start by saying I’m super proud of myself. Why? Because over the last three days I’ve been trying to learn Photoshop for these blog pics. Not feeling comfortable with Photoshop was one of the main reason I did not post between the months of December and Febuary…not good at all. But the last three days I’ve been off from work and somehow got my mojo back. I’ve posted three blog posts and there’s two more on the way. Yup, giving myself a pat on the back, and with Michael’s encouragement it has invigorated me. It’s nice to have someone who believes in you when you from time to time lose faith in yourself, xoxo. I’ve been trying my best to curate some of the content myself since Michael has his own work . I was so bratty about him not helping me, but at the end of the day it’s my blog and I have to learn how to do it.
So yesterday I made these delicious coconut, cranberry and white chocolate cookies. They were thin, chewy , and caramalizy–I know it’s not a real word but dictionary police stay away, I’m African, speak 3 languages fluently and have a spear in my trunk haha). Anyway, I woke up with the feeling to make more cookies and post it. But first I had to go to the insurance company to get my ring insured. Need I say again it’s hard to go to someone’s office with a 1-year-old, and mind you the office had a bunch of stuffed animals. Ava thinks every stuffed animal is either a bear or “doggie” haha. She is so obsessed with dogs but I cannot come to terms to buy her a dog. Years ago I had a traumatizing experience being left with two adult German Shepherds. Though they were friendly, I have not been the most fond of babysitting dogs since. Honestly, I don’t want to have to clean up after it, as it’s hard enough taking care of a tot and grown man LOL. Anywho we were there a total of 10 minutes, but Ava was trying to grab stuffed animals, go into people’s’ cubicles. I was constantly having to grab her it was such a workout. People that don’t have kids tend to look at you a bit crazy, but helloooo she is a child doing what children do. Yeah I used to be one of “those people”. She is actually quite friendly saying “Hi” to everyone, and sometimes too many times haha. As we left she got upset and wanted a bear. So while putting her in her car seat she started bawling her eyes out, OMG, we drove ten minutes to our next location with nothing but cries. Ended up at a new southern fried chicken place called Ma Lou’s that opened like two weeks ago. I happened to see someone post it on Instagram so being the foodie I am I had to go the same day. I know, I know, I’m such a foodie SMH. By the time we get there this child of mine had stopped crying, only to start again as soon as I try to take her coat off. I’m like WTH, and to top it off this man gives me a dirty look…really dude? People can be rude and mean sometimes. Luckily she cried for just a minute and got happy when she saw a another small child. They spoke to each other in their own baby language that us adults do not understand haha. We ate some yummy fried chicken, and let me tell you this chicken was delish. As for Ava, I think she was really just ready to go home back to her own space. In fact once she was home all the crankiness and crying ceased. If you are ever in Ypsilanti, MI make sure to stop by Ma Lou’s Fried Chicken. There are a lot of pretty cool places in the Ann Arbor and Ypsi-area, so I get the best of both world’s since they are right next to each other. I do miss my food spots in and around Royal Oak however.
Now to the recipe, I personally believe that chocolate chip cookies are America’s favorite. I’ve never heard anyone say they don’t like them, unless you don’t like eating chocolate of course. Chocolate isn’t something I eat often, because I’m actually one of those who doesn’t enjoy it very much. I know, I can imagine the jaws dropping in disbelief LOL. But I do like chocolate chip cookies. Since they are sold pretty much everywhere and pretty much everyone is familiar, more often than not, for many homemade ones don’t taste like Mrs.Fields, Tate’s or Famous Amos. When I was younger I liked the Toll House and Pillsbury break and bake, or the ones that had to be cut. They were always able to fulfill my craving, but as I’ve gotten older and better learned about baking I find myself consuming less prepackaged baked goods. By no means not judging anyone who likes them, it’s just that my taste buds have refined and I have to accommodate those changes.
In making many batches of chocolate chip cookies, I find that most people prefer the soft batch cookies that are more chewy. My favorite will always be crispy, as I’ve never been a soft cookie kind of girl–no pun intended, haha. This recipe took some tweaking, but it’s pretty easy to make. It’s thinner and super crispy, and did I mention cinnamony. “These are dunking cookies” as my friend Susan likes to say, haha. Baking is really not as intimidating as it may seem, but the saying “practice makes perfect” is true for most things. That’s why I think you should give it a try, it won’t disappoint! Don’t forget to follow and comment.