Chocolate Chocolate Chip Cookies

These are the best cookies you will ever eat. Well that is, if you like chocolate and deliciousness and a cookie that keeps its shape.

The original recipe is here, but I did modify. I put my version below.

First, I went with a dutched cocoa powder instead of the regular. It’s a little less acidic and the one I happened to grab out of the pantry. Most stores sell it, but it will be labelled differently than the regular. It has to say “Dutch” in some form.

My second change was that I used some dark chocolate chips. That’s what we keep on hand around here. But I didn’t have a full amount so it ended up being about half semi sweet and half dark chocolate. I need to make a grocery store order….

Third, I left out the nuts. My four year old is allergic to all nuts so it’s a pass.

Fourth, I always use unsalted butter. I didn’t add any extra salt to compensate.

Finally and most importantly, we added marshmallows. Trust me, it’s soooo worth it.

  • 1 cup Butter, unsalted
  • 1 ½ cups Sugars, granulated
  • 2 Egg, whole, raw, fresh
  • 2 teaspoons Vanilla extract
  • 2 cups flour, white, all-purpose, enriched, bleached
  • ⅔ cup Dutched Cocoa powder, unsweetened
  • ¾ teaspoon baking soda
  • ¼ teaspoon Salt
  • 1 cup semisweet chocolate chips
  • 1 cup dark chocolate chips
  • Large Marshmallows

Step 1 Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).

Step 2 In large bowl, beat butter, sugar, eggs, and vanilla until light and fluffy. Combine the flour, cocoa, baking soda, and salt; stir into the butter mixture until well blended. Mix in the chocolate chips and walnuts. Drop by rounded teaspoonfuls onto ungreased cookie sheets.

Step 3 Bake for 6 to 8 minutes in the preheated oven, or just almost set. You want them to be gooey because you are going to put them back in.

Step 4 Carefully remove the cookies from the oven and change the over to broil. Top each cookie with a large marshmallow and put back in the oven.

Step 5 Cook for about a minute until the marshmallows lightly brown on top. Take out and cool slightly on the cookie sheets before transferring to wire racks to cool completely.

Nordstrom Sale – Home Edition

With the NSale coming soon, you are going to hear the buzz from bloggers and friends alike. Keep in mind, these things will go on sale again. You might find a great dupe at Walmart! Don’t believe the hype to the point that you get click happy.

That being said… I love this sale. There are deals you can get on great things that are enjoyable to purchase. I shop Nordstrom because they have a phenominal return policy and I can trust the brands to be good quality. Nordstrom Rack is my best friend.

You can click the image for their full return policy.

What caught my eye in the home department

I have linked it all in the LikeToKnow.it app and you can access it here! Make sure you love the items that you want to come back and shop for the fastest access once you are able to shop.

I am looking for pillows for my master bedroom. I love the white with the cross pattern and the size options. I’m excited about the white bath rug. This could go in anyone’s bathroom and the price is great!

The grey towel set is a pretty good deal and the quality will be stellar.

The pink blanket comes in multiple colors. Key thing here is that it is a Barefoot dreams blanket. It’s top knotch quality and sooooooo soft.

I don’t need bedding but this one caught my eye and the pillows are on sale as well.

Loft Sales – 60% off, extra 20% on tops and FREE SHIPPING with no minimum

Loft’s sales have been out of control good. I am thrilled that even though they declared bankruptcy, they are revamping and are going to stick around.

Right now, not only is everything 60% off with code CYBER, it is an extra 20% off tops and free shipping with no minimum! That’s insanity.

Here are my picks! There is so much more available. Make sure you check out the sale section too because that’s an extra 60% off!

Tops

Smocked Yoke Bubble Hem Top $49.50 $15.84

Ribbed Racerback Outfit-Making Tank $22.50 = $7.20

Striped Dolman Shirt $54.50 = $17.44

Something in me adores this shirt! You can wear it untucked for a cute summer vibe or half tucked for a little more of a styled look!

Ruffle Sleeve Linnen Tee $29.99 = $12

I have this top and love it! It’s effortless to throw on but has some flare.

Hoodie Top $54.50 = $17.44

Pants

Lou & Grey Signature Softblend Sweatpants $59.60 = $27.80

I gifted a pair of these to my mom and mother-in-law last year. They are SOOO GOOD.

Accessories

Sunglow Stretch Bracelet Set $29.50 $11.80

Coin charm Necklace $34.50 = $13.80

Sunglow Drop Earrings $29.50 =

Braided Satin Headband $19.50 = $7.80

Floral Necklace $29.99 = $12

Slow Cooker Salsa Verde – Sometimes you just need easy

I have been making this crock pot recipe for over a year at this point, and it never gets old. There are periods of time that I make this weekly and keep the ingredients on hand at all times!

The cookbook that the base recipe originates from is Practically Paleo. I make it a little different. One, it’s not in a dutch oven. I’m sure that’s delicious, but the crockpot is wonderful and so easy! I opt for the chicken breasts instead of the choice between breasts or thighs. Chicken broth does well vs the bone broth and the garlic is preminced in a jar instead of smashed cloves. I use regular olive oil instead of extra virgin as I don’t keep extra virgin on hand due to it’s lower heat point without losing nutrients! It has to be easier than the recipe, though this isn’t a complex one. This is hacking the working mom after all.

The recipe in the book lists serving it with crispy plantain chips. They are good! However, my favorite way to serve it is with russet potatoes sliced in long pieces and baked at 400 degrees after being tossed in olive oil, salt and pepper for about 25 minutes (flip halfway through).

slow-cooked salsa verde chicken

  • 3 pounds chicken breasts
  • 1 large onion sliced
  • 1 tbs preminced garlic in a jar
  • 1 jar (24 oz) salsa verde
  • 1/3 c chicken broth
  • 1/4 c tomato paste
  • 2 tbs olive oil
  • 1 tbs paprika
  • 2 tsp ground cumin
  • 2 tsp ground coriander
  • 2 tsp salt
  • 2 tsp black pepper
  • 2 bay leaves (don’t skip them)

Throw it all in the crock pot! Seriously…. that’s it 🙂 And cook on low for 5-8 hours. Once done, shred it in the sauce and enjoy! Top with avocado, cilantro, and tomatoes if desired.

Serve on top of russet potatoes, quinoa, cauliflower rice, or your choice of grain/starch!

Crate & Barrel Bath Sale

You use your towels every day. Whether it’s from a shower, washing your hands, washing your face or a million other reasons, towels are vital. Having a luxurious towel can be relaxing and refreshing to you as you start a hard day. I have been on the hunt for new towels for a few weeks now for my master bathroom.

I have looked at Kohls, Target, various online stores and couldn’t find atowel that I liked. In comes Crate & Barrel! I have always loved their items and the quality that comes with it.

Right now, they are running 15-30% off in the “Bedroom event”. Here are some of my favorites, but take the time to browse through all the options!

Turkish bath towels are such a luxury! They are $10 off their normal price. The standard size towel is just over $20 a towel. Even better, if you buy the set of 6 towels (bath, hand and wash cloth), it is an even steeper discount – though more limited colors.

Organic 800-Gram Turkish Bath Towels - Image 4 of 5

The organic cotton waffle towels are a classic with a flare of design. I have these personally in the grey for hand towels in my bathroom.

My master bathroom

There are so many good options! Here are a few more that I love and would consider putting in any bathroom. As a bonus, they are all on sale.

Amazon finds for the week of 7.12.2020

All things home and kids this month!

Eli is back in daycare and needed lunch boxes: Bento boxes (linked here) and the actual lunch box (linked here). I went through some of the Bento boxes that I have had in the past and decided to try a new one that was at a better price point. I have loved them! I have been using them five days a week (I have three total). The middle insert is dishwasher safe and the outside is a quick hand wash (trust me, I don’t do non dishwasher things).

The lunch box is too cute! It didn’t cost any more to personalize it and put his name on it. Originally I didn’t want to do his full name so no one would know it in passing for safety reasons, but since you have to put their name on everything for daycare anyway, I wish I had done his full name.

Our blinds are supposed to be in for the house any day! I will take you through our process of blind buying in another blog post! I quoted quite a few and can’t wait for them to come in. The Wink (linked here) is a piece of technology that connects to things through ZWave or bluetooth, like lights, blinds, etc and allows you to control them! I am thrilled out this hooking into some of my blinds.

I redid my kitchen knobs and pulls on the cabinets and loved it so much that I wanted to use the same ones in my master bathroom. I need to find the time to actually put them on! The 5″ pulls in matte black (linked here) are incredible, easy to install, and look phenomenal. I am trying the cabinet pulls as well for my bathroom (linked here).

I have two new additions to my office setup this week as well. I was tired of my mouse pad sliding all around and saw another office that had a larger desk pad instead of something just for the mouse! I love the purple one (pinkish) that I got (linked here)! I also wear keyboards down quickly…. They rarely last a year without the letters being unreadable. It was time for a new one and I wanted something streamlined so it would fit my office, but wasn’t expensive. I went with this one!

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I want to be present

This article starts with a sigh. If you follow our craziness on Instagram (@hackingtheworkingmom), things can often look ideal or at least really good. And to be honest, most days it is, all things considered! But as a working mom and in the middle of the crazy world that we currently live in, saying this is hard doesn’t even cover it.

I am torn between finding things outside of my son to ensure I feel like a human and not just a mom to balancing the desire to do other things when hanging out with him. It’s a weird struggle to have two things equally important, but at the end of the day, as a mom, I am ten times more likely to chose my child over myself.

I don’t have this figured out. I have days that I feel like super mom and others where I realize that I am constantly on my phone and looking to entertain myself in a short attention span instead of engaging with the four year old right in front of me. On the best days, those are the moments that I try to purposefully “lose” my phone on the dining room table and walk away.

I do know that if I show up for myself early, before my son is awake, I get the opportunity to work out and challenge myself. By challenging myself to show up for myself and remember that I am more than just a mom, I am able to enjoy the time with my son with a clear head. I am not as worried about all the mess and I am able to focus. On the days I don’t do that, I am easily irritated and just exhausted. Funny how not working out makes me exhausted??

I am thankful for the little moments. I am thankful for the opportunity to be his mom. I hope I never lose that perspective.

For the workouts that help me keep my sanity, follow me on Instagram at @hackingtheworkingmom or join me here.

Cajun Chicken Alfredo

Food can get boring. I get tired of the same things over and over and this is coming form a gal that could do crockpot shredded chicken with raw veggies multiple nights a week.

This recipe is from my college days. But it has stuck around for a reason.

Making it this week was with a whole wheat pasta instead of the unspecified on the recipe.

Ingredients

  • 8 oz bowtie pasta
  • 1 head broccoli (throw it all you will eat!)
  • 2 tbs butter
  • 3 cloves garlic. minced (I buy it jarred)
  • 1 lb chicken, cut into bite size pieces
  • 2-3 tsp Cajun seasoning
  • 4 oz cream cheese
  • 1 c milk
  • 3/4 c parmesan (optional)
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp pepper

Steps

1. Cook pasta but one minute before done, add broccoli. Drain and set aside.

2. In large skillet, melt butter over medium heat. Add garlic and cook 2 minutes, stirring constantly. Add chicken and Cajun seasoning. Cook 2-3 minutes.

3. Add the cream cheese, stirring well until melted and smooth, 2-3 minutes. Gradually add milk and stir until incorporated. Stir in cheese, salt and pepper. Stir until melted and thickens slightly.

4. Add broccoli and hot cooked pasta. Stir to combine.

Loft 4th of July Sales

There have been multiple orders I have placed with Loft in the last few months that have my jaw dropping! I am going to share what I personally ordered along with a link to all the cute options that I saw and loved!

The best deal by far is the items that are already on sale, and the majority have good sizes in stock! When you buy four items, you get 70% off!!!

Shop it all in one place

What I ordered from Loft

These sunglasses (link) were too cute to pass up for a grand total of $6!

They aren’t my typical style but they look so fun and summery that I am willing to try to pull them off!

If you have never owned anything Lou & Grey, you should. They have my favorite joggers (linked here) that are like butter on your skin and so flattering. They have a great pink color as part of the 70% off in some sizes and the rest are 50% off.

This linen top (link) at less than $8 will be a staple in my closet!

I had a necklace similar to this from love with pink flowers and got constant compliments on it!

A statement piece (link) like this goes great with the simplest of outfits and elevates it. Not bad for $10.

The best trick that I have learned from bloggers is that it isn’t complicated. It is an expression of what you love! And you can’t have enough staple pieces.

I ordered this one in white and the shimmer gold at $13.50 a piece (link). Sweater tanks can be worn almost year round and make whatever you wear them with look effortlessly good!

Less than $9! Guys…. this is an awesome shirt for work when I eventually am at client’s again! The deal was just too good to pass up. (link)

It’s available in a floral dot and a bouquet mixed pattern as well that land at the same price point!

I have been eyeing these linen pants! (link) They are cute with so many things – flip flops, heels, on the beach, around the house, chasing a kid! They were already in my cart and I was thrilled to get 70% off the current price.

They aren’t quite as much of a steal but still not bad for just under $20!

Note: Some of these items might be final sale. If that is the case, make sure you like what you get and know it will fit well!

Extra 50% off GapFit Workout Clothes

A few years ago, I started prioritizing myself. And not just the latest fad or diet. Actually caring about how I felt and my mental health that is so closely tied to physical activity. With that, the amount of workout clothes that I needed went up! And then I realized that they are extremely comfortable when you are chasing a toddler as well!

Here are some of my favorites from over the years with links to the current items and, of course, they are on sale! I don’t do full price.

I have had multiple things from the GapFit line and I am always impressed with how much I like them! Right now, everything is an extra 50% off!

All the links are in one spot through this link or click the image below for the leggings, tank tops and sports bras!