October Recap

I hope some day, I will delve into more detail about all of the fun that has happened in October, but here's a quick summary!

We celebrated Emily's bachelorette party on October 5th!  It was extremely fun and Emily has been blessed with many good friends in her life.

The next weekend, on October 12th, my baby sister exchanged vows with her now HUSBAND! Ahhh, she's married!  It was such a fun and beautiful day.  Emily looked like a model and I had a great time with family and friends.
The following weekend, we went to McGregor/Prairie Du Chein with Ryan's parents and their friends.  We had an awesome time, it was so beautiful up there, as always!
And last weekend, Brooke and I went to our friend Dalila's halloween party and we had an awesome time just getting ready for the party.  Our makeup was extremely time consuming, but it was worth it!
Happy Hump Day!! Enjoy the last couple days of October! :)


There Was This One Time...

There was this one time that I got all geared up to make chocolate chip cookies for my sister's bachelorette party, and I opened my cupboard and realized I had no brown sugar!!  How in the heck do you make cookies without brown sugar?!  Well...apparently I figured it out, because my cookies turned out beautifully and I received many compliments at the party.  So I might as well share the recipe, it's not a secret.
Soft and Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookies


·         1 cup (2 sticks) butter, softened
·         3/4 cup granulated sugar
·         1 3.4 oz pkg of vanilla instant pudding
·         2 eggs
·         1 teaspoon vanilla extract
·         2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
·         1 teaspoon baking soda
·         1/2 teaspoon salt
·         1 tablespoon cocoa powder
·         1 bag of semi-sweet chocolate chips


1.       Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Prepare a baking sheet with parchment paper.
2.       Use a mixer to cream together the butter and sugar. Add the packet of instant pudding until well mixed.  Add the eggs and mix together. Pour in the vanilla and blend until combined.
3.       Pour the flour, baking soda, cocoa powder, and salt in a medium bowl and mix until combined. Slowly add the flour mixture to the butter mixture. Mix until combined.
4.       Fold in the chocolate chips.
5.       Use an scooper or spoon to form tablespoonfuls of the dough. Place the dough on the baking sheet two inches apart.
6.       Bake for 8-11 minutes.  They will not be as “golden” as a cookie with brown sugar, so remember that. Remove from the oven. Allow to cool on baking sheet for 5 minutes. (I used a baking stone, cooked for 11 minutes in oven).
7.       Transfer the cookies to a wire rack and allow to cool completely.

ENJOY! And happy hump day! :)