Many people in the NJ/NY area woke up on October 30th not only to massive flooding, down trees and no power but some woke up to everything they have worked for their whole lives – GONE.

I for one am a NJ Girl, born & raised. I don’t think a lot of us really appreciated sites such as the boardwalk that we spent so many summers on until we had to view it like this…

The pictures of people’s homes and businesses gone is devastating. The news stories about the children as well as the men & women who lost their life during this super storm is something no one will ever forget. Normalcy is something that will not return for a while but the amount of support from people and volunteer groups is incredible. Those volunteers are truly the sunshine after such a dark  time.

While listening to Elvis Duran I heard them discussing this concert

121212

AMAZING line up for an AMAZING cause.

Check out 121212concert.org for full details.

Tickets go on sale via Ticketmaster on 12/3 at 12pm, various prices for different levels.

If you cannot make the concert, please follow the website to get all broadcast info.

**UPDATE**

Ticketmaster has just posted that ticket prices start from$150.00-$2,500.00

**updated post HERE

While looking up recipes for Thanksgiving I came across this recipe with the most amazing title ever:

Nutella-Stuffed Brown Butter + Sea Salt Chocolate Chip Cookies

reallllly? ahhh Heaven in a cookie! If you get a chance to make these, let me know what you think.

Prep Time: 2 hours – Cook time: 10 mins – Total time: 2 hours 10 mins  Serves: 2 dozen cookies

Ingredients:
  • 2 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/4 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon of salt
  • 2 sticks (1 cup) unsalted butter
  • 1 1/4 cup packed dark brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 large egg plus 1 egg yolk
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 tablespoon plain greek yogurt
  • 3/4 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 1/2 cup milk chocolate chips
  • 1/2 cup dark chocolate chips
  • 1 jar of Nutella, chilled in refrigerator
  • Coarse sea salt for sprinkling
Instructions:
  1. Whisk together the flour, baking soda, and salt in a bowl and set aside. Melt butter in a saucepan over medium heat. The butter will begin to foam. Make sure you whisk consistently during this process. After a couple of minutes, the butter will begin to brown on the bottom of the saucepan; continue to whisk and remove from heat as soon as the butter begins to brown and give off a nutty aroma. Immediately transfer the butter to a bowl to prevent burning. Set aside to cool for a few minutes.
  2. With an electric mixer, mix the butter and sugars until thoroughly blended. Beat in the egg, yolk, vanilla, and yogurt until combined. Add the dry ingredients slowly and beat on low-speed just until combined. Gently fold in all of the chocolate chips.
  3. Chill your dough for 2 hours in the refrigerator, or place in freezer for 30 minutes if you are super eager, although I cannot promise the same results if you do this.
  4. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Once dough is chilled measure about 1 1/2 tablespoons of dough and roll into a ball. Flatten the dough ball very thinly into the palm of your hand. Place 1 teaspoon of chilled nutella in the middle and fold dough around it; gently roll into a ball — it doesn’t have to be perfectly rolled! Make sure that the nutella is not seeping out of the dough. Add more dough if necessary. Place dough balls on cookie sheet, 2 inches apart and flatten with your hand VERY gently. (Really only the tops need to be flattened a bit!)
  5. Bake the cookies 9-11 minutes or until the edges of the cookies begin to turn golden brown. They will look a bit underdone in the middle, but will continue to cook once out of the oven. Cool the cookies on the sheets at least 2 minutes. Sprinkle with a little sea salt. Remove the cooled cookies from the baking sheets after a few minutes and transfer to a wire rack to cool completely. Repeat with remaining dough.

Happy Baking 🙂

Hi everyone,

Thanks for following my blog! For as long as I can re-call, there was always a few things I have been obsessed with – beauty, fashion, traveling, eating…. but most of all, writing! A lot of  little girls growing up want to be a ballerina or a doctor but I have always had this wild imagination and I always wanted to be a writer. When I got to college my dream job was writing for Cosmo or Glamour Magazine. In my mind I had it all planned out – I would apply for a writing position, I would score it & I would become this well-known Advice Column writer. Needless to say… the real world doesn’ t work that way. I started to realize I might have watched a little too much Sex & the City & admired Carrie Bradshaw a bit much.

Even though I never landed my dream job I sit here today still obsessed with the same things so I figured… why not start a blog. I attempted the blogging thing a few years back and life kinda got in the way.  Hopefully this time will be different.