This was the first time that I have baked something other than boxed brownies in my oven in my apartment (at least desert-wise)! Go me!
I really tried to use as few bowls and utensils as I could, and clean as I went along so the whole process was so much better when it was the end and I just got to eat the cookies and not have to clean. Highly recommend trying this out.
This recipe is originally from Toll House. My family has been making this specific recipe for years and it is the best! You can find the original recipe here.
Toll House Recipe with Camille’s Twist
You will need:
- 2 1/4 cups of all purpose flour
- 1 tsp of baking soda
- 1 tsp salt
- 1 cup (which is 2 sticks) of butter
- 3/4 cup of granulated sugar
- 3/4 cup of packed brown sugar
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 2 eggs
- 2 cups (I miiiight have put a little more than this) of chocolate chips
- Heat the oven to 375 degrees.
- Mix the flour, baking soda, and salt in a small bowl.
- Mix (Use a beater if you have it – I don’t) butter, sugar, brown sugar, and vanilla extract in a large bowl.
- Add eggs to butter mixture and mix well.
- Stir in flour mixture.
- Stir in chocolate chips.
- Bake for 8-10 minutes (less time if you like them a bit undercooked like I do!)
- Let them cool or you will regret it.
Let me know if you try this recipe out and how it goes! Enjoy!
Back again today with March’s kindergarten crate! Instead of a video on my YouTube channel, I thought I would just do a blog post – since my channel is lifestyle and beauty focused. Not kid focused. Anyway, here it is!
I’ll start with the obvious…I love that there is something Pete the Cat themed!! My kids are just starting to get into word families too so it’s perfect timing! The activity for the month is also related to word families and CVC words. It’s based off the book “Splat the Cat.” There were also some Dr. Seuss stickies, number word dice, pointers, googlie eyes for reading, and some sea salt caramel popcorn!
I already have plans for the number word dice, stickies, and pointers so I’m excited to bring this box into school!
If you want to check out Kindergarten Crate for yourself, you can find it here!
The other weekend I got into a cleaning and organizing mood. Not only did I clean the entire apartment (here) but I did something that I’ve been meaning to do since we moved in in June. I organized the pantry. Yes. I did it. And it’s now pretty impressive if I do say so myself.
I tried to put everything that belonged together, like baking supplies, snacks, spices, etc. into their own separate space in the pantry so they could be found easily. I also threw out things that moved with either of us and had been opened already like chips.
So without further ado, here is my masterpiece.
I’m still hoping to put some of this into nice labeled jars, like the ones in the featured image, but that’s a job for another weekend! Hopefully, this gives you some inspiration for cleaning out an area of your home that really needs to be done. What area should I focus on next? The closet? The garage? Let me know!
I’ve been searching for easy, healthy things to make for breakfast. I go through smoothie phases where I make them for a while, but then I stop for years. Well, I’m back on my smoothie kick! This is the one that I’ve been making recently – you can adjust it to your preferences!
You will need:
- 1/2 cup of Mixed Frozen Berries (or any kind of fruit)
- 1/3 cup of Greek Vanilla Yogurt
- 1 scoop of protein powder
- 1 cup of Almond Milk (you can change this depending on how thick you want your smoothie)
Just stick all of this together, blend it up, and enjoy!
Let me know if you try this or make your own version!
I’m looking for more inspiration for my weekly food posts. I’m not a very creative cook, so I really don’t have many ideas for new recipes. Please give me ideas of other things to write about on the food section of my blog! Or maybe I should redesign, get rid of this category and do something else. Let me know! Anyway, this is what you get this week.
For breakfast this morning I made something quick so I could get a few more minutes in bed. I’ve been really into peanut butter lately. I sometimes go months without eating peanut butter, and then I want to eat it every day – it’s just one of those foods I get obsessed with and then sick of. I also had a coffee.
I’m aware this is not a very appetizing-looking photo of my lunch, but it actually did taste pretty good. This was leftover from a Mexican takeout dinner last night. This is a fish taco with rice and beans on the side. Honestly, this restaurant that we ordered from is not my favorite, but everyone else in the friend group loves it.
I had quite a large snack this afternoon. And even though I had coffee, I ate too much, made myself sleepy, and had to take a nap. Ugh. I made popcorn with butter and salt.
My boyfriend made dinner for us tonight. I tried to save some of my salmon and peas for lunch tomorrow so I also made myself tomato, mozzarella, and basil as a side!
What did you eat this week?
Sometimes I just need to throw on some quick makeup because I look like a zombie, but I have places to be! This is the look that I go for!
Here we are, halfway through January, and I am finally writing about the books I read in December! I actually do have a good excuse for my lateness, though, I had to re-order one of them from the library and wait for it to come back in, so there!
The first book that I read in December was Can You Keep a Secret by one of my all-time favorite authors Sophie Kinsella. She writes light, easy to read books that usually focus on a female character in her 20s. Being a female in my 20s, this appeals to me quite a bit! Honestly, I read this so long ago that I can hardly remember what it was about, except that it was about a girl who “accidentally” told all her secrets to her boss. Of course at the time, she didn’t know he was her boss. Then they end up dating and he doesn’t like to tell secrets so she is mad that he already knows all of hers. It’s just a fun, silly read!
The second book was I Capture the Castle by Dodie Smith. My mom recommended this book to me because it’s by the same author who wrote 101 Dalmatians. I liked this book, but it took me a while to get into it because there’s very little excitement or drama. It was the type of book that you want to read curled up by the fire drinking tea on a winter night. A very peaceful book.
The last book was my favorite of the month. It was My Life in France by Julia Child. I’ve had this book for a while and just randomly picked it up to read. She has such a fun personality in the book and she writes with so much detail, I was amazed she could remember so much about her early life! All the food she mentions sounds delicious, and I definitely ate too much while I was reading this book!
I love going back and looking at the previous posts I’ve done about the books I read. It’s a good way to keep track of how much I am reading! What did you read during the month of December?
Since filming my “Best of 2017” video, I’ve realized that I am running out of foundation, concealer, and powder. The three things I use every day and I need more immediately! Of course I could watch favorites and recommendations videos or just buy something and hope for the best, but I wanted to know what the people reading my blog would recommend!
I’m not picky about the brand of the items, but I would prefer if they were drugstore. They don’t have to all three be from the same brand or even the same store! I’m just looking for your favorite, high-quality foundation, concealer, and powder.
So what would you recommend? What are your favorites?
Are you a kindergarten/preschool/first grade teacher? Are you a parent? Do you like kids? If any of these are true for you, then you definitely need to subscribe to Kindergarten Crate!
This is my third month receiving this subscription box and it is definitely my favorite so far! The penguin theme is just so cute!
Included in this month’s box is:
- “Penguin and Pinecone” book
- Penguin Craft
- Penguin mini notebook
- Penguin stickers
- Crayola White Chalk
- Blue Construction paper
- Pencil top erasers
- Tempera paint markers
- Dark chocolate pretzels
- Puzzle pieces with writing lines
Wow, we got so much this month! As a reminder, this box is $40 a month, but is less if you purchase more than one month at a time.
If you would like to subscribe go HERE!
I’ve had this blog for over a year (although I wish I was more active) and while I am by no means a professional blogger, I have picked up some tips and tricks along the way. This is a different post than what I normally do, let me know if you like this sort of thing!
This is a guide for someone who already has a blog (self-hosted or not) and is looking for ways to blog more or become more organized with their blogposts. I consider blogging to be a hobby of mine, it’s definitely not a job for me. However, I really do enjoy blogging just for fun!
If you’re like me and you like blogging as a fun hobby, then you probably are somewhat irregular with blog posts and/or your blog might be lacking a little jazz. I get in “moods” where I love blogging and making YouTube videos and then I might disappear for a few weeks. But that’s okay – I’m not really trying to make any money from this! You also might have posted a blog post or two that wasn’t “professional” looking and wished you could have done something better.
I can’t just write a blog post off the top of my head (usually). Even though I still consider myself a blogging beginner, I’ve developed a way to plan my blogposts so that when I do post, I am proud of the content I have created!
I’ve created this (FREE) blogpost planner that I use whenever I am writing a blogpost. It really helps me focus on what I’m trying to accomplish. This might seem like a lot of “work” for a hobby, but I actually enjoy the planning process – and I bet some of you out there do too!
If you’re a beginning blogger or a hobby blogger, check out this planner to organize your blog!
Download your blogpost planner here!