Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Copycat Potbelly Cookies

This post was supposed to be up Monday! Forgive me for being a day late and a dollar short, lol. This past weekend was so nice. Mostly because I was able to bake and my family and friends enjoyed it. That makes my heart rejoice!! So, let me tell you how this recipe came about. My co-worker told me on Friday how she loves Potbelly oatmeal cookies. She was trying to recreate the recipe from the Quaker Oat container and the Hershey's chocolate chip bag. Nothing worked out for her. I told her did you do a copycat recipe search on Google. I looked for the recipe and came across a couple of websites. I picked Pardon the Dog Hair because I like the name of her site. I love dogs!!!

I modified the recipe for my next batch of cookie mix. I have a lot of Asian friends and they told me the cookies were too sweet. All my family and American friends thought the cookies were just right. Next time, I will make 2 batched of cookies mix and cut the sugar half on one batch!

Ingredients
  • 1 cup butter
  • 1 cup brown sugar (1/2 cup lessen sweetness)
  • 1 cup white sugar (1/2 cup lessen the sweetness)
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 2½ cups quick oats (or regular, food processed)
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1½ tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 2 cups chocolate chips (1 or 1 1/2 cup)
  • 1 cup of your favorite nuts
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. In a large deep bowl, cream butter and sugars. Add in egg one at a time and mix well after each addition. Mix in vanilla.
  3. In a separate bowl, combine oats, flour, baking soda, and salt. Mix together then slowly add into the butter mixture. Add one cup at a time, mix till moistened, then add another cup. Do this until it is all blended together. Mix in chocolate chips.
  4. Form dough into large size balls, place on cookie sheet with parchment paper, and bake for about 12 minutes or less. It depends on how gooey you want them. My cookies were chewy and delicious!


The fun thing about cookies are you have modify the recipe to your liking. If you don't want chocolate chips but you want cinnamon and nutmeg. Omit the chips and add any ingredients you like! How did you make your cookies? Leave a comment and let me know!

By the way-These cookies were brother-n-law approved!

Monday, June 8, 2015

Austin Roadtrip

My trip to Austin was very much so enjoyable! I posted on Instagram (@realtalkrealfoodblog), asking "Where should I visit in Austin?" My follower gave me ideas right away on the best spots for food, pastries, history, and fun. Plus, I checked Yelp for the place my followers mentioned and additional places. 

On the long drive down 35S, we saw Buc-ee's. I was so excited!! I told my friends we have to stop here! I got my usual things...crème brulee almonds, peppered beef jerky, and almond brittle!!! I go buy all these things and we had a car full of junk food! 

I want to share a couple of picture of my trip and some places you should visit in Austin.





I heard so much about Franklin's BBQ and was looking forward to eating there. Until... we saw the line. I thought this must be the best barbecue in the world for people to come hours early and wait in lawn chairs with umbrellas! Unfortunately, we had to go somewhere else because we were starving and didn't want to wait all day long.



We had lunch at New Awlins Cafe. It was amazing!! I'd never had fried crawfish and decided to get the crawfish platter. It was delicious, and by signing into Yelp, I received a free pie of my choice. I had the peach pie and it wasn't bad. I should of gotten the chess pie!


We took a tour of the State Capital. It building was beautiful but the tour was too short and boring.








Toastie's sub sandwiches were go delicious! I wish they would open up a spot here in Dallas.






Sweet Ritual
Delicious coconut milk based ice cream!




Go see UTA and visit some of the cool eateries on the strip!

888 Pan Asia Restaurant The Pad Thai, The Pho, and the Orange Chicken was amazing! We will visit this restaurant again. Did I mention it's open to 2am!!!

Tell me some of the places you visit when in Austin!

Monday, May 4, 2015

Weina and Krystal Take Dallas

I'm very late on this post! I took my Chinese language partner to get a REAL burger. Somehow or another she managed to eat a burger from Kroger's. She complained that is was so nasty and she didn’t want to try another burger. I asked her "Who buys a burger from Kroger's!?! That's why is didn't taste good! I didn't even know Kroger sold burgers! I will take you to a burger joint." She says “will these burgers be like McDonald's?” I told her "Oh my goodness, No! This burger will blow your mind!

 

We went to Hopdoddy Burger Bar in Dallas. This is one of my favorite places to get a big juicy burger! I had the Classic with mushrooms, caramelized onions, and cheddar cheese. She has a regular burger. I cut her a wedge of my burger so she could taste the goodness of a custom built burger. While we were eating I asked, "好吃?" Which pretty much means, "Is it good?" or "Do you like it?" She says, "非常非常好吃?" Which means, "I like it very much!" We ate our burgers and delicious fries like two hungry dogs. After burgers we went shopping. She had never gone into Forever 21 or H&M, and had gelato from Paciugo.
 
 
This outing was a huge success! More to come on the Adventures of Weina and Krystal Take Dallas!












Thursday, April 9, 2015

Second Worst Day of My Life


 
Yesterday, I felt was the worst day ever. I asked the nurse to check my blood pressure because my doctor wanted me to monitor it.

First time on left arm 160/112

Second on left arm 159/98

Third on right arm 160/103

They wanted to call rapid response but my co-worker who is a nurse talked them out of it. So I had to schedule to see my doctor that day. I came back down to the office on the verge of tears and called my mom. I felt extremely scared, and full of anxiety. I was so nervous I couldn’t eat. After speaking with my mom, I called my sister. The first time in years… she answers her phone on the first call, when I really needed her to. I told her and she tried calming me down as she always does. She asked me, "do you know what this means?" I said, "yes." Then she told me it’s time to make drastic changes in my lifestyle and eating habits. I definitely agree.

I had an appointment at the doctor’s office and was diagnosed with hypertension. My plan is to reverse this diagnosis with diet and exercise. Stay tuned.
But it could be worst... This is something I can fix!


Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Baked Spaghetti & French Apple Tart

Hello Foodies!!

I had friends visiting from California this week. They sent me an email requesting that I cook. I was so happy they asked me! I asked what they wanted to eat and spaghetti made the list. Just so happens, I posted a bake spaghetti with meatballs recipe on my Facebook page, the week prior to their visit.

Menu:
Baked Spaghetti
Salad- Tomatoes, Romaine lettuce, green onions, red bell pepper, salad onions, and bacon bits
Garlic bread
Dessert
French apple Tart with Coffee

This was my first attempt at making this dish. I was a tiny bit nervous that is wouldn't turn out right. But guess what? It did!!! Both came out beautifully and tasted even better. Man, I love food!!






I got the idea for making this simple and easy dessert from Bruno Albouze cooking/baking channel! I love his channel!
I didn't have a mandolin. I did everything by hand except make the crust. I wish I had a piece now! This was so delicious!!