Grace in Small Things No. 48

1. Community is back! #sixseasonsandamovie

2. Splurging on dinner at Teddy’s Bigger Burgers.

3. Making all-purpose orange cleaner. I added a cinnamon stick and some cloves to make it smell even better.

4. Fresh strawberries with homemade whipped cream.

5. I’m in the middle of planning a family trip and I’ve been stressing over something that I have no control over. But then I remember all of the people we’re going to see and all of the fun things we’re going to do. That helps me feel better.

To learn more about the Grace in Small Things movement check out the website here

Photo by Arbine Villanueva-Hoapili

Chocolate Chip Mac Nut Cookie + Coffee Ice Cream Sandwiches

Yesterday my husband and I did a mini marathon of Community. It’s been syndicated and will be airing on Comedy Central on Friday nights. Cool. Cool cool cool.

I realize that Community is not a show for everyone. The humor and pop culture references may go over your head. I admit, sometimes I don’t get all of them either. But, to me, it has a very similar feel to Futurama. The characters and episode plots can be over-the-top, fantastical, and down right ridiculous at times, but in the end, they still manage to hit you in your gut. Then you have all the feels.

If you ever need a little pick me up from all those feels, I recommend trying this ice cream sandwich.

Greendale is the best school in the entire world.

Chocolate Chip Mac Nut Cookie + Coffee Ice Cream Sandwiches

Yield: 8 ice cream sandwiches

Ingredients

  • Cookies
  • 2 ¼ cups all-purpose flour
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • ½ cup granulated sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tablespoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1 cup bittersweet chocolate chips
  • 1/2 cup semisweet chocolate chips
  • 1/2 cup roughly chopped macadamia nuts
  • Ice Cream
  • 1 ½ cups coffee ice cream

Instructions

    For cookies:
  1. In a medium bowl, add flour, baking soda, salt, and cinnamon, and stir to combine. Set aside.
  2. In a large bowl, add butter and sugars and beat with an electric mixer for a couple of minutes or until light and fluffy.
  3. Add eggs one at a time, beating after each addition. Add vanilla and beat to combine.
  4. Slowly add dry ingredients to wet ingredients and mix to combine.
  5. Fold in chocolate chips and macadamia nuts.
  6. Refrigerate dough for 1-2 hours.
  7. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  8. Using a one-inch (diameter) ice cream scoop, scoop dough onto parchment lined cookie sheets. Bake for 10-12 minutes.
  9. Remove from oven. Let cookies cool on the pan for a minute. Remove cookies from the pan and cool completely on a wire rack.
  10. For assembly:
  11. Scoop 2 ½-3 tablespoons of ice cream onto the flat side of one cookie.
  12. Top with another cookie and lightly press together. Repeat with remaining cookies and ice cream.
  13. Place sandwiches in the freezer for about 1-2 hours or until firm.
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Chocolate Cookie + Coffee Ice Cream Sandwiches

You all know that I love the television show Community.

I love it so much that last night I watched their most recent panel at PaleyFest. Thanks Hulu!

I’ll never get over how talented the entire cast truly is. Jim Rash (Oscar winner!) is sublime as Dean Pelton. The reference humor is great. And there is no laugh track, which I think is genius.

If you’re not already watching Community and want to give it a try, I highly recommend starting from the very beginning. It’s not really a show you can just jump into.

So, Greendale Human Beings, what is your favorite episode, moment, or line from Community?

Chocolate Cookie + Coffee Ice Cream Sandwiches

Yield: 8 ice cream sandwiches

Ingredients

  • For chocolate cookies
  • 1 ¾ cups all-purpose flour
  • ½ cup cocoa powder
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • ½ cup granulated sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tablespoon pure vanilla extract
  • ½ cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • ½ cup mini chocolate chips (optional)
  • Ice cream
  • 1 cup coffee ice cream

Instructions

    For the cookies:
  1. In a medium bowl, add flour, cocoa powder, baking soda, and salt, and stir to combine. Set aside.
  2. In a large bowl, add butter and sugars and beat with an electric mixer for a couple of minutes or until light and fluffy.
  3. Add eggs one at a time, beating after each addition. Add vanilla and beat to combine.
  4. Slowly add dry ingredients to wet ingredients and mix to combine.
  5. Fold in semi-sweet and mini chocolate chips.
  6. Refrigerate dough for 1-2 hours.
  7. Preheat oven to 350?F.
  8. Using a one-inch ice cream scoop, scoop dough onto parchment lined cookie sheets. Bake for 8-10 minutes. Remove from oven. Let cookies cool on the pan for a minute. Remove cookies from the pan and cool completely on wire rack.
  9. To assemble ice cream sandwiches:
  10. Scoop 1 ½-2 tablespoons of ice cream onto the flat side of one cookie. Top with another cookie and lightly press together. Repeat with remaining cookies and ice cream.
  11. Place sandwiches on a parchment lined plate or baking sheet and freeze for about 1-2 hours or until firm.
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HIHO Volunteer Recognition Dinner

Some say that volunteering is a reward in itself.

And it is.

But when you get to volunteer with a group of people who become your second family, well, it just makes the experience that much more special.

Plus, with this group, you get to eat.

A lot.

I encourage you all to volunteer. Do some good in your community. And who knows? You might just make friends for life.

Tuesday Tidbits

1. Oh, Super Fans. I really wanted you to make it to the finale of The Amazing Race.

2. I totally love that Mindy Kaling referenced You’ve Got Mail in a couple of episodes of her new sitcom The Mindy Project. I think this means we need to be BFFs.

3. If you’re heading to Paris and like geeky stuff, be sure to check out this bar.

4. October 19th isn’t just a date. It’s a state of mind.

5. Just some random photos from our volunteering outing this past Saturday.

6. Amara didn’t make that hole. It was already there.

7. I love these Johnny Cupcakes tees.

8. This Rain Room is pretty cool.

9. Want this Paris and Stacked Paperback wallpaper.

10. This Dixie Chicks song is one of my faves.

Have a brilliant week!