Friday, August 28, 2015

Chocolate Candy Cookies: Recipe

It's been a while since I've participated in my own little Food Friday... which is disappointing since I've still been making things. I just haven't found the time to share the recipes.

Today's is a winner, though - super duper easy cookies... and all that chocolate. Mmmmm.

But really - these are SO easy. I made them when the Air Force Academy flying team was in Ohio to compete at Nationals. Dan was on the team while he was a cadet, so we drove to Columbus a couple times to see some of his friends and watch them compete. And who would I be if I showed up without goodies for them? Exactly. 

They loved these. And they were a big hit with my pregnant taste buds as well. Enjoy.

Easy Chocolate Candy Cookies


• 1 package chocolate cake mix
• 1 egg
• 1/2 cup butter, softened
• 2 tbsp chocolate syrup (or water if you don't have any)
• 1 1/2 cups M&Ms or other chocolate candies


1. Preheat oven to 350ยบ.
2. In a large bowl, combine the egg, butter, syrup, and cake mix with an electric mixer on low speed until completely mixed.
3. Add candies, a little at a time, and stir in with a wooden spoon.
4. Drop rounded tablespoonfulls of dough onto an ungreased cookie sheet about two inches apart.
5. Bake for 10-12 minutes.
6. Cool on wire racks.

Do you like chocolate?
What's your favorite kind of cookie?

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Professional Maternity Photos

Three weeks ago, right when I was 35 weeks pregnant, Dan and I had maternity photos taken! I had been looking forward to these, and I am SO glad we had them done.

They will be great to look back on as Baby Cookie grows, and I'm sure it'll be fun for her to see life before she was born!

Our good friend, Megan (of Magical Moments by Megan), took the photos for us on what has probably been the sunniest / brightest day in Dayton all summer - no joke!

We love how they turned out - and we did so many poses! I wanted to make sure I had enough so I can make a collage to match the rest of ours for our home.

Have you had maternity photos taken?


Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Baby Shower in Kansas City

Way back at the end of June, Dan and I drove back to Kansas City, Missouri for our baby shower. We were lucky enough to spend several days there before, and we had the best time seeing family and friends!

The day before we had to drive back, my mom and grandma threw a baby shower for Baby Cookie! There was a small problem in the logistics (as in there was a huge thunderstorm two nights before, and the power was out at our location), but everything worked out, and we had a blast!

Our cake was from Hy-Vee (shout out, MidWest!) and was so delicious. I wish we had one here...

My grandma and my husband unintentionally matched, and it was awesome.

The coolest gift we could ever receive was this old wagon full of blocks. It was my dad's when he was a kid, and I played with it when I was little too. It's so special to have for Baby Cookie!

My friend Megan (you may remember her as the Maid of Honor in our wedding) made this adorable pink tutu for Baby Cookie, along with two taggie blankets and an awesome belt! She is so creative and thoughtful!

My mom and grandma did such a great job putting this together for us!

We were so happy to see everyone (some for the first time in forever!), and we will definitely never forget this day!