Betsy’s Favorite Cookie and Favorite Things

After yet another successful holiday party last night, I’m officially pooped for the week! I’d better find some energy to celebrate The Hubs birthday on Saturday. Today I’ll wrap up my cookie/gift posts by mentioning all my favorite things. Including my favorite cookie.

For my birthday this year, my friend Jen made me these chewy coconut cookies which I LOVED. For cookiepocalypse this year, we added white chocolate chips! Best. cookie. ever. Coconut reminds me of tropical destinations like Hawaii, which, since we’re on the subject, is my favorite place in the world.

Chewy Coconut Cookies recipe from All recipes 

  • 1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup white sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 teaspoon coconut extract
  • 1 1/3 cups flaked coconut
  • ***we added one bag of white chocolate chips
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C.) Combine the flour, baking soda, and salt; set aside.
  2. In a medium bowl, cream the butter, brown sugar, and white sugar until smooth. Beat in the egg and vanilla until light and fluffy. Gradually blend in the flour mixture, then mix in the coconut. Drop dough by teaspoonfuls onto an ungreased cookie sheet. Cookies should be about 3 inches apart.
  3. Bake for 8 to 10 minutes in the preheated oven, or until lightly toasted. Cool on wire racks.
On to the gifts! Here’s a brief list of my favorite thing for this year. These are all things that I use in my life all the time. A great gift doesn’t have to be expensive!
The Hubs and I travel a lot. We’re always trying to avoid those extra bag fees, so we weigh our bags at home to make sure we don’t get pinged at the airport. Besides, anything that makes getting through crowded airports faster is an A+ in my book!
This is my all time favorite gloss! All my friends use it too. I can’t really pick a favorite flavor. I’ve loved Beach Girl, Vanilla Birthday Cake, Mimosa, the list goes on and on. I’m currently using Coconut Frosting, and hoping that this new scent, Aloha Girl, shows up in my stocking this year to keep my Hawaiian dreams alive!
These are the best reusable shopping bags out there. Mine folds up into a tiny little ball that I keep in my purse always. You never know when you’ll need an extra bag! Its great for bringing things to parties because you can unload your stuff then slip your envirosax into your purse and you won’t accidentally leave it behind. Did I mention these are practically unbreakable? I walk to the grocery store A LOT and have walked home with well over 15lbs in this bad boy.
Anyone else have curly eyebrows that need constant attention? My tweezerman tweezers are the best out there. If they ever get dull, you can send them in to be sharpened for free! I love all their cute patterns too. Mine are fluorescent orange, but I’m loving this breast cancer awareness pair.
I have a very poor short term memory, and am constantly taking notes. Sometimes I record ideas I have for stuff, sometimes its passwords for my clients, sometimes its just grocery reminders. Sometimes I use my iPhone for some note taking, but usually I use a mini notebook. Someday I’ll do a “what’s in my purse” post, and it will only consist of notebooks, lip gloss, envirosax and my wallet. Ha!
For my workout I did a Total Body 360 workout on demand, and a 10 minute cardio blast workout on demand (that actually consisted of A LOT of squats which I know I’ll be sore from tomorrow!) Happy Weekend Everyone!


  1. says

    Happy birthday to your hubby! I can definitely see why this is your favorite cookie, these coconut cookies look amazing. You are lucky to have a sweet friend like Jen. I like those little notebooks, they are good to have on hand-especially if a baking or cooking idea pops into your head unexpectedly. Have a nice evening.


Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <s> <strike> <strong>