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Triple Chocolate Chip Cookies

The weather finally cooled down from 108 to mid 90s this week. The slight change put me in the mood to bake and daydream about the upcoming Fall/baking season. Lately I’ve been trying out new recipes, some from Pinterest others from cookbooks in preparation for baking season. My favorite time of the year!

Today I’m sharing with you a triple chocolate chip cookie recipe made from a cake box. I found this recipe on the side of a Duncan Hines Dark Chocolate Fudge cake box and slightly changed it.

  • 1 cake mix box
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 stick of butter, melted
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 1/2 cup white chocolate chips
  • 1/2 cup chopped walnuts

Combine cake mix, eggs, melted butter, brown sugar and vanilla in a large bowl. Stir in chocolate chips and walnuts until evenly mixed. Drop by tablespoon on a greased baking sheet. Bake at 350 for 10-12 minutes. If you prefer a crispier cookie bake for 14 minutes. Cool for 2 minutes then move cookies to a cooling rack.

These triple chocolate chip cookies are SO good! I had to store them away before I ate them all. :)

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Sandra’s Summer Carnival in NYC

Last week I had the honor of meeting my longtime idol Sandra Lee in NYC. It was an experience of a lifetime! Sandra Lee was so sweet and welcoming. Her personality in real life is nothing
like you see on TV. I’ve always liked her but what you don’t see on TV
is how incredibly funny she is. She’s down to earth, fun, and hilarious! I’ve decided to break up my recap into two posts, but be warned there are lots of pictures to share!

It all started out with an invitation…

The Sears, Kmart and Collective Bias team invited me along with 20 other bloggers to fly to NYC to celebrate the launch of the new Sandra by Sandra Lee line. The fun began Thursday night at Cafe Centro where we enjoyed a fabulous dinner party. Our guest speaker was Mark Bonchek, the senior vice president of communities and networks for Sears holdings. He spoke about the history of social media and it’s influence.

At the end of the night we enjoyed a delicious dessert that was almost too pretty to eat..almost. ;)

Friday morning we met with the Sears representatives and designers that have worked
on the Sandra line now available at Sears and Kmart. At the Newport Mall we learned about all the brands and celebrities
Sears works with and their best selling lines. Its amazing all the work
that goes into creating a line. The sears trend expert travels all over the
world to spot and predict trends in the upcoming years (we even got a sneak peak at some color trends for next year). They spoiled us with product demos and even more treats throughout the store. Some of my favorite appliances were the Kitchen Aid stand mixer, Hamilton Beach toaster oven, and Keurig machine.

After our trip to the Newport mall we met up with Sandra Lee for brunch.
We were treated like celebrities with a red carpet entrance,
professional photographers, and videographer. As soon as we walked in I
was amazed by the beautifully decorated room. The tablescape was
incredible, perfectly decorated with Sandra products with a red and
white theme. Some of these photos were sent from the professional photographer. I could only wish to be that great at taking indoor pictures. :)

What’s amazing is that Sandra Lee took the time to get to know us by doing research of our blogs! After brunch and introductions we had some fun creating tablescapes using products from the upcoming Sandra Christmas line. We were separated into groups and given a box full of goodies to create a tablescape with.

The beverage table was
even styled! Check out the drink fountains, aren’t they pretty? I think
I need them at our next party.

 The chandelier was gorgeous and how cute is the bunting?
We then moved to another room where we learned about all the new Sandra products. I had read
about them online but having her show us how multipurpose they are was fun. The day before the Sears representative told us that Sandra Lee
dedicated a lot of time creating this line because she wanted to create
products that would help simplify our lives. Most of the products have
multiple purposes or an extra detail that makes it unique, yet still affordable. My favorite
is the indoor/outdoor grill that completely comes apart so that you may put
it in the dishwasher. Another favorite is the cute mini grilled cheese pan below. I’m pretty sure we need one in our house.
 We ended the day chatting in a small beautifully decorated room.I’m telling you Sandra Lee is hilarious! She had us all laughing.

As part of our swag we received an autographed copy of her Easy Entertaining at home book and were told to go back into the room filled with the displayed Sandra products and pick out whatever we wanted. I’m really grateful to have had this opportunity, it was definitely the best I’ve had as a blogger.
To learn more about the Sandra by Sandra Lee line visit the Kmart and Sears website. I even have a special code to offer my readers! Use the code BYSANDRALEE to get $5 off any $15 purchase at Sears. The code is valid until 05/26/2012.
Disclosure: I was invited to attend the Sandra Lee blogger event by Sears, Kmart and Collective Bias #CBias. Travel arrangements were provided for me. All opinions and experiences are my own.

Sandra Lee and New York City!

Hi guys! I know I’ve been a little absent this week, but trust me I’ve been busy getting ready for something BIG. Want to know what it is? Well, you know how much I love semi-homemade cooking right? You may have noticed that the majority of the recipes you’ll find on my site are semi-homemade. I’ve also mentioned how much I simply adore Sandra Lee and am inspired by her “70/30 semi-homemade” philosophy. Well I’m excited to say that today I’m headed to New York to meet my long time idol Sandra Lee!

I was invited to participate in Sandra Lee’s Summer Carnival this Friday! I’m thrilled to have the opportunity to meet someone I have looked up to for years. I have watched her shows since they first aired and have several of her Semi-Homemade books. My favorite are the Halloween episodes (doesn’t she make a fabulous Cher?). Over the years Sandra Lee has inspired me to be a better cook and to know that it’s possible to create delicious meals without making them scratch.

On Friday I will spend the day at Sandra Lee’s Summer Carnival to celebrate the launch of her new line of home products called Sandra available at Kmart and Sears. Here are a few of my favorites. You can see more on the #bySandraLee pinterest board I created.

 I am in LOVE with this red and white damask set. It’s absolutely beautiful! 

and I couldn’t help but give you a little sneak peek at her Christmas collection. There’s more, trust me you’re going to love it! 

I’d love for you to follow along on this big adventure! I will be tweeting every step of the way. You can follow me on twitter (where I’ll also post instagram pictures) and by following the hashtag #bySandraLee.  I can’t wait to tell you all about it next week! It’s definitely going to be an experience of a lifetime.

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Marshmallow Heart Brownie Bites

Hello, my name is Crystal and I’m a chocoholic. I can’t go a day without eating chocolate. It’s a problem I’m not willing to fix right now. You see, if I went through an intervention then I couldn’t bake cute little brownies with strawberry marshmallows on top. Let’s not forget the white chocolate drizzle either. This Valentine’s Day treat is too cute to not make. So I’ll gladly continue my chocolate addiction just to share with you cute little treats like these :)
I don’t know what it is about Valentine’s day that makes me want to see hearts everywhere. It’s not enough that my toddler wants to stamp hearts on paper everyday, we have to cut our food into hearts too. It reminds me of my childhood. My mother always tried to make every holiday fun and I’m trying to recreate those memories with my own children. And you know what? My children enjoy it and that makes me happy. 
brownie bites recipe
So while my oldest was in school the other day, my toddler and I baked these adorable heart filled brownie bites. We filled a mini muffin pan 2/3 of the way with brownie mix and baked them for about 13-15 minutes. As soon as I removed them from the oven we pressed strawberry marshmallows into each one. The heat of the brownie slightly melts the bottom of the marshmallows, keeping it in place. They needed a little something and this is where the white chocolate drizzle came in.
 These brownie bites are cute, festive, and totally delicious! 
 They even make a cute Valentine to give to a friend.

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