Change is Good…

It’s official…I’m a grown-up. I just signed the lease on a car, and the car is in my name. I’m officially overwhelmed.

Signing the lease...

That being said, I’m also incredibly excited. I love the West Coast so far…spending time hanging out with my little brother (and, yes, watching as much iCarly as possible) definitely balances out the fact that my cookie dough is coming out a little dry in the cold weather & high elevation.

And my dog loves California too!

It’s still very surreal–and as I move forward with my new life, I find myself still tying up loose ends. Like cookie videos from my old kitchen, which haven’t yet debuted on the site.

So, while I unpack & tweak my current cookie doughs (and before I treat you all to a new recipe), I’m going to leave you with a couple of batches of Florida-born cookies.*

Enjoy!

Love & Cookies,

KP

*PS These cookies are my mom’s favorites, so I’m featuring them today. She has graciously allowed me to come and live with her, and I cannot, cannot, cannot thank her enough. (I also made her a batch of these before I left Florida so she could enjoy them as soon as I landed in San Francisco!)

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The Holidays Are (Mocha Coco-)Nuts!

It’s that time of the year again.

No, not the time of the year when people spend cold days cozying up with their families by the fire, opening gifts and making resolutions; the time of year when people can’t find parking in the mall parking lot at 8 am. The time of year when peace and goodwill only applies after you’ve elbow-checked at least three people while trying to find the cheapest (insert-product-you-must-own-now-here), and then yelled at the barista for making your coffee 5 degrees too cold.

Needless to say, my day job is in retail.

I don’t know if it’s a symptom of my “profession,” or just a real sea change, but the holidays don’t feel like holidays anymore.

And for those of us on the other side of the cash register, sometimes the only thing that can get us through the ultra-long holiday shifts is a little extra boost from modern American (wo)man’s best friend: caffeine.

Personally, I gave up coffee when I went vegan back in August, but I figured that my fellow coworkers might need a day-after-Christmas pick-me-up.

And so I bought espresso beans.

And covered them in chocolate.

And then, for no reason other than the fact that “Mocha Coconut” is so much fun to say, I added coconut.

Better than Snow

And thus, Vegan Mocha Coconut Cookies saved the retail Christmas. (Or at least brightened up a few of my friends’ days…)

Love & Cookies,

KP