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Sunday's are for Baking {Double Chocolate Pecan Sea Salt Cookies}

{Kathleen} The West Fam got a double dose of church in this morning. We all got up and went to early mass at 8:30 at our usual church Our Lady of the Valley. After mass was over we headed over for my cousins dedication at First Christian Church. My cousin (Larry), his wife (Liz), and their new addition Caroline Layla, all live in Germany where my cousin is stationed. They planned the dedication for while they were here in the states at Liz's church that she has grown up in. After that we all headed to lunch at Ming's Cuisine, a local Chinese restaurant.

Kelly and I both got really excited when all the lunch entree's came with a egg roll + hot and sour soup + and the most amazing fried egg noodle chips. I was so excited about the egg roll (and also extremely hungry) I forgot to snap a pic.

I have not had Chinese food in really its been a while. My family used to order takeout from Golden City growing up but they closed down and we never really did replace Golden City with another restaurant till now. Ming's might make it on the West Family special occasion list of restaurants. I ordered the Kung Pao Chicken as my entree but ended up not quite finishing it as we had already eaten so much. I asked to sub the white rice (standard side) with extra veggies and they let me, major perk in my book.

The highlight of the lunch was passing around Caroline though, I mean seriously I think she might be the cutest little kiddo ever. She let everyone pass her around all morning and never even got fussy. She was clearly more entertained by the food on the table than looking at the camera.

             The meal would not be complete without the fortune cookies :)

 "People are waiting for cues from you. Lead them well." 

After we got home from lunch I was stuffed, it was really rainy and cloudy outside making the perfect environment for a nap.

I have to bring some dessert to work on Wednesday this week so I decided to go ahead and make some treats as I knew I would not have time Monday or Tuesday night to bake them. I opted for some traditional chocolate chip cookies (using Eat Live Run's recipe), and I think they turned out a little flatter than I would have wanted but I think that's because I over mixed them in my Kitchen Aid. Rainie makes her recipe frequently and she says that she hand mixes them for a fluffier cookie as her Kitchen Aid yielded a flatter cookie as well. Oh well they still taste good just a little flatter than I intended, now I know for next time :)

I also wanted to make a chocolate based cookie. I had an extra box of Duncan Hines Devil's food cake mix to work with and here is what I came up with. I was also out of canola oil so Kelly suggested using coconut oil and they turned out great. It was also super easy since your base is a cake mix!

 Not sure what to call them...maybe  

Double Chocolate Pecan Sea Salt cookies??


  • 1 box Duncan Hines Devils Food cake mix
  • 1/2 cup-1 cup chocolate chips (however much you prefer)
  • 1/2 cup pecans (chopped, could also sub walnuts)
  • 2 eggs 
  • 1/2 cup coconut oil (added an extra nutty flavor and buttery texture to the cookies vs. using canola oil) 
  • Sea salt-- Add just a sprinkle before you put them in the oven. 

  1. Mix all ingredients well.
  2. Scoop them into about 1 inch balls. 
  3. Bake at 350 for about 10-12 minutes. I used a pizza stone, not a cookie sheet for baking them. 

In between baking the two different cookies I took a break and took Kate and Riley for a walk. It was so nice outside last night when the rainy drizzle wore off, it felt like a July summer evening in New England. I could not resist going for a walk. We just did our usual 2.5 mile route.

Post Walk I was craving a smoothie so that's what I made for dinner.

I added about 2 cups of water + 2 cups of spinach. I blended that really well before adding any other ingredients.  I was listening to a pod cast earlier this week about the girl who started "Simply Green Smoothies" and she said if you don't have a nice blender then a trick to blend up the spinach and not get any chunks is to add just the water and spinach first. It worked like a charm! After it was well blended I added the rest of ingredients.

Strawberry-Banana Green Smoothie: 

  • 2 cups water
  • 2 cups spinach
  • 1 frozen banana
  • 2 handfuls of frozen strawberries
  • 1 scoop vanilla protein powder. 

After baking the next round of cookies, cleaning up the kitchen, and packing my lunch for Monday I called it a night. That's a successful Sunday in my book.

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