How to Make the Best Chocolate Muesli Cookies for Beginners

I was haggard as hell last night but making these cookies was a decision I definitely do not regret. So I baked these guys for a tea party I was going to, but I never expected them to turn out this scrumptious. 

Continue reading if you wanna know how to bake the chunkiest, chewiest and fudgiest chocolate muesli cookies ever!

Inspired by this recipe from Food Network but because it had a lot of bad reviews, I decided to switch things up a bit. 🙂

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Ingredients

2 sticks of margarine, at room temperature

2 cups of brown sugar

2 large eggs (preferably native)

1 tablespoon vanilla extract

3/4 cup Ricoa cocoa powder

2 cups all-purpose flour

1 teaspoon baking soda

1/2 teaspoon Kosher salt

10-13 tablespoons of Muesli (optional)

Directions

  1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
  2. Combine the butter and sugar in a large mixing bowl and using a mixer, cream everything until it becomes a semi-homogenous mixture.
  3. Gradually add the eggs and the vanilla extract to the butter and the sugar mixture.
  4. On a medium bowl, combine all the dry ingredients (salt, flour, baking soda, cocoa powder, muesli) and mix well.
  5. Slowly add the dry ingredients while continuously mixing the butter, sugar, eggs and vanilla until it turns into a kind of pasty consistency.
  6. Prepare a baking tray and line it with parchment paper.
  7. Using an ice cream scoop, fill the baking tray with scoops of the cookie dough until completely filled. Make sure to leave room for when the cookie expands and flattens.
  8. Bake for 15-20 minutes.

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Best served with milk and/or yoghurt!

I had these for breakfast this morning and they were absolutely delightful.

Top 10 Forgotten Musicians Millennials Need to Revisit

Since we are a generation being ruled by Drake, Kanye West and whatnot in the music department, I realized that it would be nice to share something a little different from the usual go-to playlist.

I’ve listened to these artists all my life and I just thought it would be interesting to share with my fellow millennials.

I mean, modern day music is alright and modern day artists are great but nothing will ever compare to the glorious magic vintage music can bring to the hearts of its listeners.

It’s quite sad that people barely listen to vintage music anymore so here’s a little tribute to my favorite artists of all time.

10. Peggy Lee

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Best 5: Fever, You Belong to Me, I’m Confessin’, A Kiss to Build a Dream On, Ole Buttermilk Sky

Peggy Lee was an American jazz singer, songwriter and composer among others. Although some of her songs (e.g. Ole Buttermilk Sky) were originally sang by other artists, there’s just something oddly alluring with the way her voice is projected through her music that will keep you coming back for more.

9. Andy Williams

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Best 5: Can’t Get Used to Losing You, Moon River, Can’t Take My Eyes Off of You, Hopeless, A Fool Never Learns

Andy’s songs range from one genre to another. You’ll see that some of his pieces are similar to Frank Sinatra’s style while he also sang blues and Christian songs. My favorite among his pieces would definitely be Moon River.

8. Etta James

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Best 5: At Last, Sunday Kind of Love, Trust in Me, Lover Man (Oh Where Can He Be?), Something’s Got a Hold on Me

Etta James sang one of my most favorite songs of all time: At Last. Her powerful voice always manages to capture the intense emotions being projected in her songs. One of the best.

7. Dean Martin

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Best 5: Volare (Nel Blu Di Pinto Di Blu), Nobody’s Baby Again, It Just Happened That Way, You’ll Always Be the One I Love, (Remember Me) I’m the One Who Loves You

Dean Martin was also an American singer but the music he sang varied in language. Volare is an Italian remake (originally sang by Domenico Modugno) but I’m sure you’d prefer his version. I know I do.

6. Mel Tormé

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Best 5: Blue Moon, Poor Little Extra Girl, Comin’ Home Baby, L.A., I’ve Got You Under My Skin

I will always love Mel Tormé’s version of Blue Moon. He was an American jazz singer but he also sang songs of different genres.

5. Frank Sinatra

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Best 5: Fly Me to the Moon, Love Walked In, The Way You Look Tonight, That’s Life, You Make Me Feel So Young

Frank Sinatra is the best mainly because he is Frank Sinatra. He’s the OG Michael Bublé and the best one at that.

4. Charles Aznavour

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Best 5: Il Faut Savoir, For Me Formidable, Plus Bleu Que Tes Yeux, Oui, Je T’aime

Charles Aznavour is still alive and even I can’t believe that (I’m kidding!). My favorite would definitely be Il Faut Savoir because it perfectly encapsulates the image of a broken heart.
Il faut savoir rester de glace et taire un cœur qui meurt déjà.
(One must know to remain cold and hush about a heart that is dying.)

But for real, I will always love Charles Aznavour because his songs, even though majority of them are in French, are as phenomenal as his ability to withstand aging.

3. Billie Holiday

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Best 5: Gloomy Sunday, Stormy Weather, Say It Isn’t So, I’ll Be Seeing You, On the Sunny Side of the Street

I’m currently loving Stormy Weather as of the moment but let’s be honest, nobody can ever not like Billie Holiday’s songs. There’s something about her voice that would make you fall in love over and over again.

2. Nat King Cole

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Best 5: Answer Me My Love, L-O-V-E, The Very Thought of You, Let’s Fall in Love, Love is a Many Splendored Thing

Nat King Cole makes me believe true love actually exists because all of his songs are so heartfelt and so meaningful. My current favorite is his version of The Very Thought of You. I really love the way he sings the lyrics to the song, especially these:

I see your face in every flower
Your eyes in stars above
It’s just the thought of you,
The very thought of you, my love

1. Edith Piaf

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Best 5: Milord, Padam Padam, Non Je Ne Regrette Rien, Paris, Les Amants de Paris

I don’t think there’s any other artist in the world who can ever be better than Edith Piaf. She was the original singer of La Vie En Rose which, I’m sure everyone has already heard. When I listen to Edith, I feel like I’m walking along the romantic streets of Paris. You’ll know what I’m talking about when you start to listen to her, too. 

Although not enough words would ever be enough to justify the astonishing beauty of these artists, this is the best that I could do. I hope you enjoyed!

Wanna check them out? Here’s a Spotify playlist for your benefit. 😉

Here’s a link to the playlist if it doesn’t work:  https://open.spotify.com/user/zabala.thea/playlist/1LnSI5bTZFpPGOcpnKlTKZ

For the Lonely, the Heartbroken and the Bitter Gourd This Valentine’s Day: There is Hope.

Let me tell you, there is no other occasion in the world that I could possibly hate as much as I despise February the freaking 14th. I hate seeing those lovey dovey couples being well, lovey-dovey. I hate seeing those stuffed animals on full display EVERYWHERE. And most of all, I absolutely hate (x10000000) the sight of fresh roses of all sizes on colors basically wherever I went.

I hate Valentine’s Day because it’s this constant reminder of the fact that I do not have a Valentine and that I have never, not even once in my life, had one.

And to my mother, if you are reading this, I knoooow I’m too young to even start thinking about those things but it’s so hard not to, especially since people my age are actually spending their Valentine’s Day with someone special.

Anyway yes, everyone who has known me for quite some time is fully aware of all the love I have for this spectacular event. On February the 14th, as expected, I woke up with a huge scowl on my face as I began to read my daily devotional.

However, the most beautiful thing in the world occurred as I realized that I, for once in my life and for the rest of my life too, had a Valentine now. I was able to fully understand and see that I am not alone and that Valentine’s Day is not a day for self-pity and complete annoyance.

All I could possibly do was laugh at myself as I almost felt like the Lord, Himself, gave me a pat on the back and said, “it’s okay, Thea. You are not alone because I Am here for you. I Am all the Love you’ll ever need.”

For the entirety of my life, I have become so pathetic as to think to myself, “I don’t want to become an old lady who lives alone with cats because I hate cats and I don’t want to be alone.” Seriously though, I obviously have issues.

I never realized how wrong it was to become embittered by a certain day about love because yet again, what is LOVE? As it is written in 1 John 4:10 (CEV),

“Real love isn’t our love for God, but His Love for us. God sent His Son to be the Sacrifice by which our sins are forgiven.”

By dreading the day of hearts and allowing myself to be filled with so much bitterness and anger, I am also forgetting that TRUE LOVE cannot be found in a love between a man and a woman nor between a mother and a child. The TRUEST LOVE anyone could ever find is Jesus’ death upon the cross for our sins.

Moreover, because The Lord already chose to die for me even while I was still a sinner, would He not be gracious enough to give me all the Love I could ever need? Would He deprive me of the very Thing by which He even refers to Himself sometimes?

Definitely not!

In the perspective of the world, I may be some lonely 17-year-old who might as well just go to the nunnery or something BUT in reality, I am a thousand times more blessed than any other girl with a date, chocolates and bouquet of flowers on this occasion.

My date on Valentine’s Day is not some guy who could possibly break my blood-pumping muscle anytime, my date is The King of all kings and The Lord of all lords.

So no, I am not anymore sad that Patrick Schwarzenegger and Miley Cyrus probably went out today because my God is a thousand times more handsome than any other existing human being on this planet.

And besides, I am absolutely certain now that the Lord is preparing and grooming the boy whom He has set for me and whom I would spent my Valentine’s Day with someday. I am a hundred percent sure that when the day finally comes for me to spend the time with the best man for me, it would be worth all of the waiting I have been doing.

Therefore, all you single ladies, put your hands up and give praise to The Lord instead of dwelling in your bitterness and self-pity. Stop fretting! Just keep looking upon the eyes of The Lord because He is ALWAYS at work. I pray that the Lord touches your heart through this and lastly but certainly not the least, happy Valentine’s Day, you guys!

Thea Zabala