My American Kitchen: Chocolate Cookies (No Eggs)

I think autumn/fall is the perfect time to be baking tasty treats and trying out new recipes. I really enjoy it!

Recently, I really wanted to get in my kitchen and create something delicious, but every recipe I had, or found, required eggs – I do not have anything against eggs, I just did not have any, and I was not in the mood to go out and buy some (yes, lazy, I know)!

I stumbled across this recipe for chewy chocolate (no egg) cookies and adapted it slightly. They turned out really well and were crunchy on the outside and soft on the inside. Have a go at making them, they are nice and easy – what do you think?

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Recipe:

2½ cups all-purpose flour

1 tsp baking soda

½ tsp salt

1 cup unsalted butter (softened)

1½ cups soft, light brown sugar

2 tsp vanilla extract

3 tbsp milk

2 cups baking chocolate powder

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1. Preheat oven to 375°F

2. Sift together the flour, salt, baking soda, and chocolate powder –  then set aside

3. In another bowl, cream together using an electric mixer on medium speed, the butter, brown sugar, vanilla, and milk

4. Add a third of the flour mixture to the wet mixture, and combine on a medium speed – then repeat for the other two-thirds of the flour mixture – you should end up with a soft, fluffy moose-like texture/consistency

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5. Take about 1 tablespoon of the cookie mixture, roll it into a ball in your hand and then place it on a lined baking sheet. Press down with your fingers to flatten it out – keep them spaced out as they do expand

4. Bake in center of oven for 15 mins until the tops have ‘crackled’ and are firm to the touch

6. Leave to cool for a few minutes, then enjoy!

 

 

The Sunday Review | Peanut Butter Pie

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Welcome to my weekly review in pictures – for a closer look, you can click on the photographs and scroll through!

Just one photograph today – a peanut butter pie! I have been busy perfecting the way I make it for Hubby (he is an aficionado) and decorating it with yummy chocolate sauce! I am pretty happy with how it all turned out – what do you think?

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What have you been up to this week?

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Thrift Store Finds

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Since moving to America, I have enjoyed getting to know some of the thrift stores (charity/secondhand) and have found some really great things. The prices are too good to pass up, and you can often find some really quirky, or more interesting items.
You can also repurpose items (I am hoping to do a few posts on that in the future) and have fun adding your own touch to something. I am currently on the look out for a table/desk!

For this post, I just thought I would share my latest acquisition … a 70s/80s (not sure of the exact age) electric food mixer. Hubby was very sceptical about it and was not sure it would work. I told him that things like this were made to last, and indeed it was. It works perfectly! It cost $13.00USD (just over £8.00GBP) and will help me with all the baking and cooking I have been doing lately!

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Here are some more of my thrift store finds …

A lighthouse picture, x2 cups, mason jar, loaf tin and wicker basket

A lighthouse picture, x2 cups, mason jar, loaf tin and wicker basket

Have you found any great deals in a local thrift store or got any tips on how to repurpose something? I would love to hear from you!

The Sunday Review | About Town

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Welcome to my weekly review in pictures – for a closer look, you can click on the photographs and scroll through!

The last week was filled with baking (check out the chocolate cookies – which were amazing) and walking around Maumee and Perrysburg in Lucas County. I love to capture the things that catch my eye – a humorous squirrel, an interesting plant pot, an awesome fall shop display, a riverside view and a decorative bench were just some of the gems from this week – check out the photographs below!

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What have you been up to this week?

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My American Kitchen: Soup Beans

Recently, Hubby asked me to make a meal he has loved since his childhood and as it was something I have not tried before, I was excited to give it a go, especially as it is a very iconic American dish and I can write it up as a recipe and as a review for my Slice of Americana food series.

Soup beans and cornbread is a traditional Southern dish that is a great meal to make/eat when it is colder and the nights draw in. It can be made with pinto beans, Great Northern beans, butter beans or black-eyed Peas.

Recipe (from Hubby – I guessed the amounts as he did not know):

1 pound of dried Great Northern beans

Water

2 cups of diced cooked ham

1 large white onion

1 tsp of crushed garlic

Salt – generous pinch

Pepper – generous pinch

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1. Soak the beans and onion overnight in water (completely cover with a couple of inches). Once ready, drain but leave a bit of the water for flavour.

2. Place the beans, cooked ham, garlic, salt and peepr in a saucepan, cover with water (again by about 3-4 inches) and bring to boil.

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3. Simmer for about an hour or until the beans are really soft.

4. Serve in a bowl with some cornbread (we had some previously made, and a good recipe for them can be found here).

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Have you ever tried soup beans? Do you have other ingredients you add? Let me know your thoughts!

Meet & Greet: Earth to Jade

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I am so happy to introduce Jade from Earth to Jade (a wonderful blogger who I have been following for a while now) as a new sponsor of The Move to America! I often get serious photo envy when I scroll through her travel, expat and design blog categories as she is so creative and has a natural eye for details that I am trying to emulate. If you have not visited yet, go and do it now!

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Q. How would you describe yourself and your blog?

I am a chatterbox with a good sense of humour who loves travel, photography and design. I’m also an ex-expat (is that even a word) who has just returned back to Australia after living in the UK for seven years. My blog is an extension of myself, in that it’s a place where I can chat about all the things that I love.

Q. You lived in London, UK for seven years and have some great posts about it – but what would be your top tip/s for a first time visitor?

Thank you very much! My top tips for a first time visitor would definitely be to plan your days before you get to London. It’s a big city and can be very crowded which is daunting for people who haven’t experienced a rush hour trip on the London Underground or a walk down Oxford Street on a Saturday at lunch time. For the big tourist attractions like Buckingham Palace and The Tower of London, it pays to be an early riser and arrive right on opening time, because those places are busy all day long.

Q. When you were an expat, did anything surprise you about the experience?

Pretty much the first year was a whole bunch of surprises. England might be a predominately white, christian country where they speak English just like Australia but it certainly isn’t anything like Australia. I wrote a lot about my experiences in my first year as an expat as part of my Expat column too.

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Q. Your photography is amazing, what got you interested/started?

Thank you! I have a very artistic family and my Grandfather has had a camera glued to his hand for as long as I’ve lived, so I guess I picked up the habit of always carrying a camera from him, but as I started blogging more often and realised that writing was not my strong point, I knew I had to up my game with my photography, so in 2010, I bought a DSLR and started taking courses and learning how to use my camera properly.

Q. What is next for you and your blog?

As I am no longer an expat, I will be transitioning the blog to a travel & lifestyle blog. I am working on opening a small design studio in 2015 and the blog will be an extension of my company. I hope to eventually be able to work for six months of the year and travel for six months, which will all be documented on the blog!

To find out more, follow Jade via Earth to Jade  //  Twitter  //  Instagram

The Sunday Review | Autumnal Walks

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Welcome to my weekly review in pictures!

These photographs are from a wonderful autumn/fall walk …

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Autumn raindrops

Autumn raindrops

A rose garden

A rose garden

Walking through autumn colours

Walking through autumn colours

Autumn reds

Autumn reds

A beautiful rose

A beautiful rose

 

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Questions about Moving to America

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On Saturday, it will be a year since I became an expat and moved to live in Ohio with the Hubby. To commemorate this occasion, I thought I would open up the blog post floor to anyone who has a question about moving to/living in America.

It can be anything you are curious about or need to know regarding moving to the States – the organising of shipping belongings, the medical and embassy interviews/visa process, what immigration is like to go through or adjusting to life in the US etc.

I will answer the questions in another vlog giving my answers for you (if you want to watch the first two, click here and here).

Questions can be sent using the form below or you can leave a comment.

A Slice of Americana: Breakfast Cereal

Welcome to my food review blog series A Slice of Americana, where I get to try different iconic American foods, based on suggestions from Hubby, and you, my lovely readers!

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I will be tasting most things for the first time, and will give an honest opinion of all that I consume – it is important to note that I am not receiving any payment or endorsements of any kind.

With that said, on with my review of . . . Froot Loops & Cap’n Crunch

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The Information
Froot Loops have been around since 1963 and are a fruit flavoured cereal made by Kellogg’s. According to my research, the loops are not different flavours (as I had assumed) and are all one (blended) fruit flavour.

Cap’n Crunch is a sweetened corn and oat cereal that was also introduced in 1963 by Quaker Oats.

Froot Loops

Froot Loops

Cap'n Crunch

Cap’n Crunch

The Taste Test
Froot Loops have a very startling first taste as it hits your tongue with a fruity (but nondescript) blast that then subsides with each spoonful and then resembles a sort of mild sherbet-like (even chalky) taste.

Cap’n Crunch is very sweet (it resembled crunchy honey) that lasts with each spoonful and develops an oaty overtone once you have had a bit of it.

The Verdict
When I saw the colour of Froot Loops, I was quite taken aback as I have never eaten a cereal this bright before! I had a good few spoonfuls of it, and although the texture was pleasing (a nice crunch) I did not like the taste. It was far too much like a candy for me.

Cap’n Crunch was nicer to taste at first (it also had a good texture), but after a few spoonfuls it got too sweet for me and began to leave an odd sensation on my teeth/tongue.

Have you tried these cereals – what did you think? What would you like to see me try next?

The Sunday Review | My American Kitchen

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Welcome to my weekly review in pictures!

This week has been a week of cooking and baking – something I am really getting in to – and I got to experience a first with trying a very American dish ‘Soup Beans and Cornbread’ (as requested by Hubby) which I will be writing up in more detail soon (I will give you a hint, I really loved it).

I have also been enjoying the change in the season as autumn/fall has begun and the leaves are changing – it is my favourite time of year, not to mention, next week will be a year since I became an expat and moved to be with Hubby in Ohio! Exciting times ahead!

To find out what has been going on, roll your mouse over each picture or click on it for a closer look!

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What have you been up to this week?

 

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