I just spent the past three days in beautiful Carmel and I’m still trying to find a way to get back to reality. More on that later, but for now I have cinnamon butterscotch oatmeal cookies for you.
You see, I have two huge jars of oatmeal from Costco that I’m trying to use up before I move back to Southern California. I can’t buy anything from Costco at this point because I won’t be able to use it up in two months (except for greek yogurt… I inhale that stuff).
I’ve also never been a fan of butterscotch chips, but for some reason, I had a bag in my pantry. My DF thinks otherwise and loves butterscotch anything.
I guess if you like butterscotch then you’d like these cookies, if not, then you won’t (obviously). You can replace the chips with peanut butter, white chocolate, or even mint chocolate. The dough base itself is wonderful on its own.
Who knew a simple cookie could be so rewarding? The cookie itself has only five ingredients. I think that’s what makes a shortbread cookie so good. The shining star is the butter, which creates a crumbly, yet sturdy, texture. It truly melts in your mouth.
The cookies are great alone, but I wanted to add something a bit sweeter in the middle. Lucky for me, this Hatchery box introduced me to some wonderful new foodie finds that fit the bill perfectly.
If you haven’t heard of Hatchery before, it’s pretty much like the Birchbox of foodies (except it’s way better than Birchbox… I wasn’t a fan of that one). For a small monthly fee, you get a box of curated, sample-size artisan ingredients and condiments delivered straight to your door.
Hatchery allows you to be bold and try flavors that you normally wouldn’t have. It pushes you to be creative in the kitchen and make a new dish with the help of a wide variety of flavors from condiments and spreads to oils and vinegars.
It also helps that the packaging is so gosh darn cute. You’re basically unwrapping 5-6 gifts every month! I love surprises.
I was really impressed with the box. There wasn’t anything in it that I wouldn’t use. All of the samples were also new to me, so I googled the brands to learn a bit more about them. The quality of the ingredients and the stories behind each brand made it a little more personal for me. I grew attached to the creators and not just the products. Sounds cheesy, but I’m serious!
Each Hatchery box comes with a guide to help you with recipes involving the ingredients in each box. When I spotted Dave’s Homemade Dark Chocolate Malted Fudge in my box, I knew just the thing to do with it. I’m such a sucker for sweets.
Look at that perfect swirl. My DF compared it to Nutella, but better. It has a wonderful consistency for spreading onto your favorite dishes or drizzling onto your favorite ice cream. After some refrigeration, it was thick enough to spread on toast with sliced bananas. I may or may not have eaten that for breakfast.
You can buy the full size jar of Dave’s homemade fudge here for $12. After trying out your samples that you received in the mail, you can go online and buy the full sized versions of the ones that you love the most on their website. Isn’t that convenient?
I would consider this sample size as a deluxe sample size. The jar is quite generous, as are the rest of the products that I received. You really get your whole $20 worth.
I can’t wait to receive my next month’s Hatchery box!
One major event for this year down.. my older sister is officially married! We spent this past weekend in Santa Barbara setting up for my sister’s wedding. She got married in a park, so there was a lot of DIY and manual labor involved. All in all, no one notices the little things that you stress over and there is always something that you forgot. That’s just the way it goes.
In the end, it doesn’t really matter because it all falls together eventually.
It was great seeing my family and friends, but I’m exhausted from the past couple of days. I can’t even complain because my parents did ten times what I did helping out. My parents are honestly super heroes.
I can’t believe my wedding is only six months away. More wedding projects coming up soon on my Wednesday Wanderings!
The food that my sister had at her wedding was amazing. It was catered barbecue with ribs, tri tip, and chicken and I’m impressed because both my sister and her husband are vegan!
Here’s a quick dish that you can make in less than 30 minutes for dinner. Serve it over some rice and you’ve got yourself a take out meal made in your own kitchen!