A Rewind on 2012

by Chelsey on January 6, 2013

Last year at this time, I had just finished my first semester of college, I was nervous getting ready for sorority recruitment, and I didn’t know what the next semester would hold for me.  Here I am, one year later and looking back on the past year, I couldn’t be more thankful for the people who have came into my life.  While my blog may not have been on the forefront of my attention, it was always in the back of my mind.

Here’s to the start of a new Cookteen, I turn 20 this April and look forward to what life has in store for me.  Until then, here’s my life through my iPhone and instagram over the past year.

We went on a snow tubing retreat


















And then were initiated!

And went to lots of hockey games!


Lastly, there was formal..

And then summer came…with lots of DELICIOUS smoothies

A super fun trip to florida, with some technical difficulties getting there

But  I Jetski-ed for the first time!

And enjoyed the sunsets

a 10k with my seester! <3

Fourth of July Fireworks!

And an end of summer trip to Atlantic City!

OH and I held a baby duck…and dropped it…ignore the petrified face.

At school, we had some fun with ugly sweaters

And nice dresses..

And bright pants…

And my prince ended up being a duck, not a frog

In Ithaca, they do Hanukkah fire and ice style.

I saw this beautiful winter rainbow at home

Went ice skating in Central Park

And saw the Christmas Tree in Rockefeller center, dodging tourists galore

And I baked, and didn’t blog..
Reeses in an oreo in a chocolate chip cookie.

Oreo pound cake

And red velvet s’mores brownies

Naturally there’s more, but I cant overload you tooooo much 😉

To a wonderful 2012 and an optimistic 2013.

With love and cupcakes,

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There are certain things in life that I just want to bottle up and carry with me everywhere.  Sunsets are one of them

I mean really, who would NOT want to see this pretty sunset in Marco Island EVERYDAY!

Iced Coffees with soy milk (from Starbucks) I mean I can bottle those up and drink them ALL THE TIME, but then I would never sleep, not that I do…

Family FaceTime Chats while I am at school.  I have a good feeling every member of my family will bug me about posting this..oh well!

Rosemary Salt Bagels with cream cheese, lox, tomato, onions and capers from College Town Bagels in Ithaca.

My trip last summer to Sedona, AZ.

My friends.  Until August 17th…

This guy… :)

AND the smell of cookies baking in your oven.  Seriously, there should be a Febreeze baking line that smells like yummy desserts baking in your oven. Now only if I could figure out a way to bottle the smell of THESE chocolate fudge cookies with peanut butter M+M’s… Until then, you’re just going to have to make them!

Is it just me, or does anyone else loathe dragging out their stand mixer? Any recipe that eliminates the need for the mixer is a winner in my book! These just use a bowl and the power of your own arms…

2 bowls. The one on the left has brown sugar and white sugar and the one on the right has flour, baking soda, cocoa powder and a pinch of salt.  Of course you don’t NEED two bowls (just at the dry directly into the other bowl) but I had time so I premixed it all.

Then you add cooled browned butter  butter, 1 egg, 1 egg yolk and vanilla into the sugars.

Give it a stir then add in the flour/cocoa powder mixture.

Once its is combined I added the peanut butter M+Ms..you could use any kind but the peanut butter ones gave it more flavor!  Plus, they taste AMAZING!

Mound of dough..

To form the cookies, you create 24 balls of dough the break them in half and reattach them so the jagged parts are facing out, as shown.

Bake from 10-12 minutes and VOILA! Delicious cookies.

They have the nutty flavor from the browned butter AND peanut butter and have the perfect amount of chocolate.  The crunch from the M+Ms is much needed between the smooth texture of the cookies!


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