Saturday, January 26, 2013

Chocolate Chip Cookies

I love Chocolate chip Cookies and I thought I'd attempt to post some recipes although it won't be on a regular basis :)

This is my go to favorite recipe that I have used for the past 5 years. It's simple and basic and just an adaptation from the nestle toll house cookie recipe...


  • 2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup butter flavored crisco
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 3/4 cup packed dark brown sugar
  • 2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 cups chocolate chips ( I rotate between semi-sweet and milk chocolate) 
Pre-heat oven to 450 F.
1. Combine your dry  ingredients: Flour, Baking soda, and salt in separate bowl. Beat your crisco, sugars, and eggs in mixing bowl then add your vanilla.
2. Slowly add your dry ingredients until all is incorporated.
3. I then hand mix in my chips (this is because I feel like my mixer is too strong and the chips don't get incorporated evenly.
4. Grease your cookie sheet, spoon out the cookies, and cook for 9-11 minutes. :)

(P.S. In the past I have had trouble with the cookies spreading out on my cookie sheet and seeming to melt while in the oven -- to compensate for this I will sometimes put my cookie dough in the freezer or fridge for 15 or more minutes)

Then you have wonderful, great tasting cookies!

Monday, July 23, 2012

Sunday, April 15, 2012

Study Break

Spring is here!

Thursday, April 5, 2012

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

The Zoo

Animals have become my favorite subject lately for taking pictures and the weather has been so wonderful that I've already gone to the zoo several times this year :) Also animals really don't care if you take their picture once, twice, or ten times...

I thought that this guy had only one eye, but really his left lid is closed apparently zoo pictures aren't that interesting to him

I was able to get really, really close to the giant tortoise because he was located in the petting zoo area

The lorikeets are my favorite. Whenever we were at the zoo a few weeks ago they were pretty wild and I ended up getting nibbled on. THe zookeeper said that this was the young group and they'd been cooped up all winter

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Spring Break

Although I am no longer in Italy I recently got a new camera and have been hoping to share my pictures. Enjoy :)

Thursday, May 13, 2010

Verona take 2!

Going to Verona for the second time was a completely different experience. It was warm and sunny! I have been in Milan sitting through two weeks of non stop rain and seeing the sun again definitely lifted my spirits. I realize now that I cannot function well where it is gloomy all of the time, it does not lead me to be very happy. I joined my friend's Elle and Rina on their trip to Verona and this time I said, "WE must get a map!" After Holly and I wandered the streets of Verona I knew that the only way to successful get where I wanted to go was by a map. Okay, I'll admit I am the person on the trip who has to hold the map and constantly wants to tell people the way to go... I have accepted this as part of my Type A personality. :) Verona was fun because I got to enjoy some time away from school and Milan with friends. We walked around the whole city, visiting Giuletta's balcony and Elle got the chance to attach a love lock to the area. She later threw the keys away in the river. A tradition in Italy is love locks. People will sharpie or engrave their names onto locks and lock them on bridges and romantic areas and throw the keys away, symbolizing their love never breaking. It was fun for Elle and something she'll always remember. I was on watch guard from the security guard, we weren't actually sure that love locks are really legal.
On the way back through town we stopped at a German festival that was in town for the day. We drink beers and listened to the German's sing folk songs and dance around. It was all in all so fun and relaxing. It was nice to do something, not Italian. I wanted to stay all day at the German Festival but was overruled with the others vote. We headed back to the train station, jumped on the train to Milan and we're off! While searching for seats throughout the train we kept running into people singing very loudly and wearing Robin Hood like hats... with feathers and everything. Needless to say we were confused. Finally we stopped in a car with open seats and were motioned forward by a group of men singing. Finally, I learned they were alpine military units on the way to Bergamo for a reunion. Every year they pick a place in Italy to celebrate and gather. For two hours we were serenaded and given homemade wine to drink. It was a lot of fun and completely out of the pattern of my Italian life, I loved it!

Arriving back to rainy Milan, I'll admit was not as great as being on the train and drinking wine, but it is home. Finals have been happening this week and today is my last class of Italy. How strange is that! I cannot believe that these months have flown by and even though I look forward to Louisville I know that a part of me will always remain Italian. :)