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Matcha Green Tea White Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe

Are you a matcha green tea latte fan? If so, I’ve got your new favorite cookie recipe right here. We make these cookies all year round, and this year we even made a batch for the church holiday cookie walk. Everyone just raves about them, and if you know anything about matcha green tea, then you know that it’s packed with antioxidants that have been linked to everything from fighting cancer to weight loss. I’ve been drinking matcha almost daily for over 2 years now and love its calm wake-up effect, along with its anti inflammatory properties.  I have tweaked this matcha cookie recipe quite a few times and really feel like it’s just perfect now: not too hard or soft, and not too sweet or unsweet. Give it a try and let me know if you love them as much as I do!

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matcha green tea cookies

Matcha Green Tea White Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 tablespoons Adiago Matcha Powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup packed light brown sugar
  • 3/4 cup unsalted butter, melted
  • 1/2 cup white sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/2 cup white chocolate chips (or white chocolate pieces)

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees Fahrenheit.
  2. In a bowl, combine flour, matcha powder, baking soda, and salt. Make sure it is blended evenly throughout.
  3. In a separate bowl, mix light brown sugar, melted butter, and white sugar.
  4. Beat the egg and add it and the vanilla to the sugar and butter mixture. Mix well.
  5. Add the butter, sugar, egg, and vanilla mixture to the flour/matcha mixture until well blended and a soft dough is formed.
  6. Fold in the white chocolate chips.
  7. Using a heaping tablespoon, drop cookies 3 inches apart onto a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.
  8. Bake for 9-12 minutes. Let cool on cookie sheet for 3 minutes before transferring to a cooling rack to cool completely.

Makes approximately 3 dozen 2- to 3-inch cookies.

 

matcha white chocolate chip cookies

These cookies are soft and chewy, not so sweet that you can’t taste the matcha, and not so strong on the matcha that they’re not sweet. The gorgeous matcha-green color is still there after baking, even on the inside of the cookies.

 

 

adagio matcha cookies

I have tried lots of different brands of matchas, including GotMatcha, Kenko, Stash, and Costco’s Ito En matcha powders, but my hands-down favorite matcha brand is Adiago Teas. Their ceremonial grade matcha is sweet and grassy, not bitter like lower quality matchas can be. You don’t have to use ceremonial grade matcha, which is the most expensive kind, in this recipe: since you’re baking, you could also use culinary grade matcha and save a little money.

 

These cookies are so good they make me want to bake everything with matcha! The beautiful green color and sweet green tea taste are just perfect for baking. Next I’m going to try matcha cupcakes or cake, and this summer I want to try making matcha ice cream.

 

Have you experimented with matcha recipes?

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Fun and Unique DIY Holiday Card Ideas

family christmas card ideas

Are you a paper holiday card person or do you share your holiday greetings via social media? Or maybe you take a hybrid approach. Whatever your method, chances are you spend some time each year putting together your card. I like to include a family photo in our Christmas cards every year, and I love getting photo cards from friends and family that I don’t see often. Some years I do the traditional family photo card with a decent photo of the 5 of us from a vacation or get-together and call it a day. However, my favorite cards over the years have been the ones that are fun and creative. Cute cards (cue the people tied up on strings of lights or the ones where a family is reflected in a metallic ornament) are nice, but I’m partial to funny cards. Today I’m sharing a few simple photo holiday card ideas that you can whip up in an afternoon even if you’re not a Photoshop wizard. I used PicMonkey and Paint to make the two of my own shown here.

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Fun & Unique Photo Card Ideas

1. Holiday Movie Themed Cards

This is my all-time favorite Christmas card. I was at the top of my game back in 2011 and haven’t been there since. To make this, I took photos of my three sons with specific facial expressions (and a stocking hat) and then incorporated a photo of a Christmas tree and a window-type background with square shapes.

home alone christmas holiday card

 

Here’s another movie-themed card featuring Elf. I couldn’t find the source info for this image (please let me know if you know where it came from), but I do know there are templates similar to this one available on Etsy that you can purchase. I think it would be simple enough to swap out heads with a similar background, but it wouldn’t be this precise.

elf themed family christmas holiday card

 

2. Theme Park Ride Photo Cards

Here’s my 2018 Christmas card (close your eyes if you’re one of the people I’ll be sending this to soon). I used a photo from our summer trip to Universal Orlando (I believe this was from The Mummy ride) and incorporated it and these unsuspecting people in the car with my guys in our family card this year. I cropped out some of the other rows of passengers in the ride, but left the ones just in front of my boys because their facial expressions were so funny. This one was a snap to make with PicMonkey (there is a free version, but I get the Basic $5.99/month plan for more features) because they have cute little holiday theme pack icons like these hats and ornaments that I just dropped in and resized.

 

theme park photo holiday christmas card

 

3. Head Swap Cards

I’ve seen a few cards like this one, and I especially love it when there’s a baby or a pet involved. Again, I couldn’t find a source – please let me know if you know where it came from so I can give credit.

head swap photo holiday christmas card

 

4. Giant Pet Family Photo Cards

These cards often involve the good old family pet, but I’ve seen a few with some dinosaurs or wild animals used as well. I like the idea of using the family pet like they did in the card below (source credit? anyone?).

family photo christmas holiday card

 

5. Thought Bubble Family Photo Card

This card (couldn’t find source) is another idea that would be so simple to do with an easy photo editor like PicMonkey or whatever you use. I like the fact that you could just shoot a photo of the fambam in everyday clothes with thoughtful expressions, add the thought bubbles, and boom, you’re done. Wouldn’t it be hilarious to do one of these and include the family pet wishing for something?

speech bubble photo family holiday christmas card

 

6. #RealLife Family Photo Card

Okay, this photo is not one from a holiday card, but I can see staging a photo like this pretty easily at home. You could even take one Christmas morning where all of the post-gift-fest carnage is lying about and people are in their jammies, hair messed up, and maybe even looking like they had a little too much Christmas candy. Then you already have your card for the following year! Danielle Guenther, the photographer that took this photo has a whole series of “real life moment” pictures and they are all amazing and highly relatable.

danielle guenther rush hour photo

 

Happy snapping, friends! And if you’ve made or found a unique and fun photo card lately, I’d love to see it!

 

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Holiday Gift Guide for Moms, Sisters, & Besties

Holiday Gift Guide for Ladies

Time to tackle those holiday shopping lists! I know people who buy Christmas gifts for others well in advance, and even pick up gifts throughout the year so they are ready to go when the holiday season hits. I am not usually one of those people. I’m assuming there must be more of us out there, so today I’m sharing a few great gift items for your moms, sisters, and friends. Truth be told, quite a few of these items would be great for the guys in your life as well. Most of the items in this gift guide are ones I’ve tried myself, so I can officially give my stamp of approval. I hope you find it helpful!

Holiday Gift Guide Moms, Sisters, & Besties

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Holiday Gift Guide

1. Vionic Slippers with Arch Support

These babies are on Oprah’s 2018 Favorite Things list, and as far as I know, Oprah never leads us wrong on those lists. I’m a huge fan of Vionic shoes in general because of how comfortable and stylish they are. The mule style slippers keep your tootsies warm, but I love the Relax Plush Slippers in leopard even more! These babies are number one on my own wish list.

Vionic Relax Slippers Leopard

 

2. GoPure Beauty 10-Item Complete Premium Skin Care System

This is the very skin care system I have been using. I switched to GoPure Beauty because their prices are AMAZING and their products are made in the USA with globally sourced active ingredients like Hyaluronic Acid, Vitamin C, Shea Butter, Green Tea, Aloe Vera, Argan Oil, Rosehip Oil, and others. I’ve been using their serums for several months now (read about my experience with them here), and I recently added the cleanser, toner, eye gel, day/night moisturizers, microdermabrasion cream, and enzyme mask from the set you see here. I am so excited with the results I’m getting I will be doing another blog post on this good stuff very soon after the new year. If you have a friend who wants a good basic skincare system you can buy on your own (without having to go through a “friend who sells stuff”), this is perfect.

**GoPure Beauty’s Black Friday Sale runs now through midnight Saturday, 11/24/18:

  • Get $5 off with BLACKFRIDAY5
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  • $20 off orders of $120+ with BLACKFRIDAY20

 

3. Homesick Hand-Poured Soy Candle

For those friends, mamas, or sisters who are far away and missing home, this candle is the perfect gift. Don’t worry, you can get all of the other states: this isn’t just an Illinois candle.  Hard to believe anyone would be homesick for IL: I’ve lived in IL my whole life, so I feel qualified to say that. LOL! There’s nothing like a warm, flickering candle on a cold evening, and the Illinois-scented one smells like  “grain fields and a floral bouquet of honeysuckle, lavender, white flower, and violets alongside light breezes, and a touch of vanilla and lemon.” Each state has its own unique scent!

 

4. Instant Pot Programmable Pressure Cooker

Have you jumped on the Instant Pot train yet? If you have, you know how awesome these babies are. If you have a friend, sis, or mom who hasn’t tried one yet, you can help her out this holiday season. These little pressure cookers do so much more: they’re also a slow cooker, rice cooker, steamer, saute, yogurt maker, and warmer. Hop onto Pinterest to see a gazillion ways to make your life easier with an Instant Pot.

**Black Friday sale on Instant Pots at Target: just $69.95 and you get a $10 Target gift card! (ends Saturday, 11/24/18); or Amazon has them for $67.99.

 

5. BP Leopard Print Scarf

This leopard print is one of the most versatile I’ve seen: it’s not too animal-y (know what I mean?), but also not too cartoony. It’s lightweight enough for spring and summer, but 100% on-trend for fall and winter, too. Your mom, sister, or friend definitely needs one of these in her life.

 

6. OPI Holiday Favorites 2018 Nail Lacquer Mini-Pack

The color selection in this year’s OPI Holiday mini-pack is phenomenal! It’s a great mix of classics and trends, and it happens to contain three of my favorite shades: Bubble Bath (the best clean-looking pale pink) and Lincoln Park After Dark (a gorgeous deep navy).

 

7. Kate Spade New York Initial Mug

Because doesn’t every girl need a mug with her initial on it? This cutie is part of the Kate Spade New York “It’s Personal” monogrammed collection.

 

8. SmileBrilliant cariPRO Ultrasonic Electric Toothbrush

This toothbrush is another of my all-time favorite products. I first tried it last summer (read about my results in the first 2 weeks of use alone) and I loved it so much I bought them for my husband and all three sons. They all love it, too! Okay, maybe a toothbrush is a bit unconventional as a holiday gift, but this is one of those game-changer items. And have I got a discount for you: you can get 50% off of this baby with promo code EVERYDAYTEACHER50. You and your friend/mom/sis can thank me later.

 

9. Yeti 20 oz Rambler Drink Tumbler

Yetis are the best way to keep your hot drinks hot and your cold drinks cold. I have the 20 oz Rambler in seafoam (a pretty mint color), and I use it almost every day to bring my matcha latte to school. There are so many great colors to choose from (I love the coral and olive green colors!). You want to make sure you get one with the “Magslider” lid: this type of lid can be opened and closed, and although it won’t completely eliminate leaking of you turn it upside down (just don’t!), it’s a lot better than the regular plastic lids with the openings that just pour out. This is another gift idea that’s great for everyone, not just your mom/sis/friend.

 

10. Philosophy Honey & Cream Body Set

Have you smelled this scent by Philosophy? It’s heavenly. If you like their hugely popular Fresh Cream scent, you’ll love this even more. It smells like the Fresh Cream, but with noticeable honey mixed in. Here’s how they describe it: honey notes and light, fluffy cream. You can also get Vanilla Fig or Lemon Custard scented sets at this link. Decisions, decisions! And if you’ve ever used Philosophy body souffles, you know how hydrating and luxurious they are. This set comes with one 64-fl oz shampoo, shower gel, and bubble bath; two 16-fl oz glazed body souffles; and one 8-fl oz body spritz.

 

11. Buffalo Plaid Checked Floor Mat

Because all the cool kids are layering their door mats now! But seriously, I bought several of these so I could use one in my laundry room as well. It’s such a clean, crisp print it instantly upgrades the room. They can be used with pretty much any style, from farmhouse to rustic modern (my style) to classic. I love that these mats are machine washable: a must if you’re using it for the front door. The price point is great and I was happy with the quality.

 

12. 52 Lists Project: 52 Lists for Happiness Book

Gift your favorite Listy McListerson with 52 Lists for Happiness: Weekly Journaling Inspiration for Positivity, Balance, and Joy. This book will help the reader “discover the keys to their own unique happiness and bring more joy and balance into their lives. I personally own the original 52 Lists Project book and have enjoyed creating and re-creating weekly journal lists for the past few years (read about my thoughts on it here). One of the things I love most about this type of journal is that it’s quick and easy: no daily commitments and you don’t have to ponder deeply on your innermost thoughts. Plus, these books are pretty to look at. They’re hardcover and very visually appealing, so you could leave them out as a part of a tablescape or styled bookshelf. Bonus!

 

Happy Shopping!

I hope these ideas helped you round out your shopping lists! Let me know if you have any questions on these products: like I said, I use most of them myself so I can tell you more about them. I don’t own the Vionic slippers (but I really, really want to!) or an Instant Pot (yet — hoping to receive one myself this Christmas), so if you have those I’d love to hear your thoughts about whether they are as great as everyone (including Oprah!) says. Happy holiday shopping, friends!

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