Wednesday, December 3, 2008

An inspiring find

As some of you know, I am an avid surfer, a blog surfer that is, I love to link and link and link from blog to blog to blog. And find cool and inspiring and wonderful things, and sometimes I find really fab blogs and sites, that I would have never seen otherwise, tonite I found one of those that go into my Favorites for Life file, I even posted a link on my sidebar, and only ones that I really like go there, all the others go elsewhere...anyways, this lovley lady is doing 29 days of giving, and no it is not the product or whatnot that makes it special, it is the fact that she is willing and able to do it, the reasoning behind it, the fact that she knows when she does one llittle thing, a million other little things could come of it. You just have to read the post to get it, all I know is that I am really inspired by her and it makes me want to give, so I will be doing a giveaway soon :) I want to post to her and see if she wants me to do a giveaway in relation to hers and if so I will, and if not, I will do it here!

So stick around and check back here and there to find out... and please, give freely, your time, your kindness, whatever you have to give...

Cookie Exchange

Feel free to make these yummy cookies, I made these as a challenge over @

She is having a cookie exchange and knowing how I lOVE to bake, I was in, here is the recipe for


Time from prep to in your mouth about an hour...

3/4 cup all-purpose flour
3/4 cup whole-wheat pastry flour
3 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
6 large egg whites
3/4 cup granulated sugar
1 1/2 cups packed dark brown sugar
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
3 ounces unsweetened chocolate, chopped and melted


1. Position rack in the center of the oven; preheat to 350° F. Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper or a silicone baking mat.

2. Whisk all-purpose flour, whole-wheat flour, cocoa powder, baking soda and salt in a medium bowl. Beat egg whites in a large bowl with an electric mixer until foamy, about 1 minute. Beat in granulated sugar in a slow, steady stream. Scrape down the sides, then beat in brown sugar 1 tablespoon at a time. Beat until smooth, about 3 minutes. Beat in vanilla and melted chocolate. Stir in the dry ingredients with a wooden spoon until just incorporated.

3. Drop the batter by tablespoonfuls onto the prepared baking sheet, 1 1/2 inches apart.

4. Bake the cookies until flat yet springy, with slightly cracked tops, 10 to 12 minutes. Cool on the pan for 5 minutes, then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely. Let the pan cool for a few minutes before baking another batch; replace parchment paper if torn or scorched.

You can add in nuts, fruit, or dried fruit, or more chocolate chips!!! Whatever you would like to add in!1

Here are two methods to melt chocolate, I had some trouble with this the first few times I made these so you may want to read this and follow the tips!

1. Bring 1 inch of water to a simmer in a double boiler set over medium-high heat, then place chocolate in the top pan. (Alternatively, to improvise a double boiler, place chocolate in a heat-safe mixing bowl that fits snugly over a pan with 1 inch of simmering water.) Stir until half the chocolate has melted. Remove the bowl and continue stirring until the chocolate has fully melted. Cool for 5 minutes at room temperature.

2. Place the chocolate in a microwave-safe bowl and microwave on High for 1 minute. Stir well, then continue microwaving in 30-second increments on High until two-thirds of the chocolate has melted, stirring well after each heating. Remove the bowl and continue stirring until all the chocolate has melted. Cool for 5 minutes at room temperature.