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Friday, July 25, 2014

Triple Chocolate Mint Cookies

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Chocolate on chocolate cookies..makes your heart skip a beat doesn't  it?  I am not a big fan of mint cookies..I could eat one or two but I will not crave for it.  This cookies however, is not very "minty".. I can taste the chocolate mint but it is mild  and it doesn't make me sneeze . Maybe it's just me.. but anyway.. this cookies are chewy , fudgy and my oh my so delicious. A friendly and loving reminder , just like anything else..moderation is the key to any sweet dessert.


2 1/4 cups all purpose flour
1/4 cup cocoa powder
1 cup unsalted butter
1/2 tsp salt
3/4 cup dark brown sugar
1/4 cup granulated sugar
2 eggs
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 tsp baking soda
1 (3.4 oz) package of chocolate fudge
1 cup Andes mint baking chips
1 cup dark chocolate or milk  chocolate chips


Prepare your baking sheet, line it with parchment paper.
In a medium size bowl , whisk flour, cocoa powder, baking soda and salt. Set aside.

Cream butter and the sugars until creamy and fluffy.

Add in the pudding mix, eggs and vanilla. Beat well until well incorporated. Gradually add the dry ingredients ,mix until combined . Do not over mix.

Fold in all the baking chips.

Put the dough ( wrapped or in a covered bowl) in the fridge for about 1-2 hrs.
After a couple hours,  Preheat oven to 350.
Shape your dough into a ball  ( your desired size) and flatten .  Bake for 11 minutes.
Let it stay in your cookie sheet " to continue baking". Transfer to your cooling racks to let it completely cool.

I always put some chocolate chips on top of the cookies just right after they came out of the oven. They look more tantalizing that way.


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Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Letter of the Week : Oo

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 To save money , local library is a good option. You can also use whatever books you may have in your home library to supplement with the lesson.

From the library ...
Oo by Kelly Doudna
Olive and Oscar by Anders Hanson
Olga and Olaf by Anders Hanson
May Belle and the Ogre by Bethany Roberts
Oliver by Syd Hoff
Olivia by Nickelodeon
Orange Pear Apple Bear by  Emily Gravett

From our book shelves..

My One Book by Jane Belk Moncure
Nursery Collection by Little Treasuries ( Old King Cole)
Old Mother Hubbard - Sesame Street

Alphabet Book Shiny Sliders 
Eating the Alphabet by Lois Ehlert

We started with letter tracing of both uppercase and lower case Oo. Download the free printables here:

The Letter O via

Owl Tracing Sheet via

Oo in D'nealian  ( short O sound) via  first-school

Oo in Standard ( Short O sound) via first-school

 We used the  Kidz Delight Light N Sound Phonics, to listen and practice the letter Oo sound.

We read more words that starts with the letter O and a poem about an octopus.

Get the Oo is for octopus via  Confessions of a Homeschooler

You can use magnets or do a dot markers.

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For our crafts , we made cheerio octopus art. Find the printable here : Making learning Fun

We painted the O collage using dot sponges and orange paint.
Get the letter collage :  here

We also made an octopus , using toilet paper roll.  See here for the octopus printable. ( with paid subscription)


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Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Crockpot Steel Cut Oats

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So what exactly is this steel cut oats?
 Steel-cut oats comes from the same plant as rolled or instant oats.  It starts from the whole grain , never cooked  and have been cut into pieces.  They are more dense , nutty and chewy.  It cooks longer than rolled or quick oats.

 Is it healthier than rolled oats or quick oats ?

 Rolled or quick oats,  are steamed and then rolled ( so it cooks faster). Steel cut oats are a bit lower in calories. Just by the way they were processed, steel cut oats has more benefits. 
Here's a quick heath benefit info:

Protein : 7 grams per 1/4 cup serving
Fiber : 5 grams per 1/4 cup serving
Iron : 10 %  of the recommended daily allowance in 1/4 cup dry steel-cut oats.
 Sugar : 0 grams per 1/4 cup
Steel Cut oats sits lower on the glycemic index.
Calories : 140 per 1/4 cup ( as compared to 160 for rolled oats)

All of these facts depends on how you cook ( sugar, milk or butter you add with it ) and prepare your steel cut oats as well ( toppings).

Rolled oats and quick oats also has a lot of benefits , Use steel cuts if you want to take your healthy eating habits up a notch.

We love oatmeal for breakfast. I just normally put flax seeds, a lil bit of sugar and milk with our oatmeal. Sometimes the girls loves it with raisins. This is a nice change. It takes a lot longer to cook but I don't mind it with a slow cooker. Our home smells good and the wait was worth it.  It is very yummy!


1 cup steel cuts oats
2 granny smith apples, chopped
1 1/2 cups low fat or skim milk
1 1/2 cups water
3 tbsp packed dark brown sugar
2 tbsp butter
1 - 2 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp kosher salt
non stick cooking spray

Toppings : flax seeds , nuts , dried fruits


Spray your slow cooker with the non stick cooking spray.  Prepare all your ingredients.

Combine all of your ingredients into your crockpot ( Except your toppings) . Mix to combine.

( Don't mind my stained crockpot...someday I'll remember to use liners)

Cover and cook on low for 7-8 hrs ( overnight if you prefer)

Serve with your favorite toppings.

To wake up with this goodness! Simple pleasures in life...

We loved it and will definitely make this again. Not so sweet , nutty and simply delicious.

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