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The One Kitchen Gadget Joanna Gaines Says You Should Gift Yourself

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If there's anyone who knows how to hack a complicated recipe, its Joanna Gaines—the HGTV star recently released her first cookbook that's chock full of recipe hacks. Which is why many home cooks listened up when Gaines raved about a special appliance, and the one "dump" recipe that makes it so useful, on her Instagram story over the holiday season. Now that we're in the dead of winter, there's no better time to

Shot using a phone in what seems to be her personal kitchen, NBC's Today reported back in December that Gaines suggested that we all add a new bread maker to our wish list—and so we did so right away.

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But Gaines also has a foolproof recipe for making a fresh loaf of bread with just about three minutes of prep time. In her Magnolia blog, Gaines shares that "the thought of homemade fresh bread used to overwhelm me"—but also shares a bread recipe that can be simply placed into a bread maker before walking away.

More tips and tricks from Joanna Gaines:

Joanna's bread hack is designed to be more sweet than savory, but we find that simply reducing the amount of sugar used can make for a better slice—and will help keep sugar intake in control. The ingredients in Joanna's recipe are:

  1. (1) Cup warm water
  2. 1/4 cup white sugar
  3. 1 (.25 ounces) package of bread machine yeast
  4. 1/4 cup of vegetable oil
  5. 3 cups bread flour
  6. 1 tsp salt

Gaines says to combine all ingredients into your bread maker, and select the "basic" mode to bake to perfection.

The bread maker shown in Gaines’ Instagram story is a Breville Custom Bread Maker. This user-friendly appliance is equipped with 13 automatic settings (one programed for gluten-free bread, which is exciting!), three crust settings, and four loaf sizes, ensuring it will produce bread to your exact specifications.

It even comes with a fruit and nut dispenser for a perfectly timed release, allowing the ingredients to be evenly dispersed throughout the loaf.

The Hamilton Beach HomeBaker is a budget friendly option, a quarter of the price of the Breville. It has 12 settings, including a gluten-free option, three crust settings, and two loaf sizes. It also can double as a great place to prep other doughs for pizza, cakes, flatbreads, and more. This would make a wonderful gift for both new and avid bakers in your life this holiday season.


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Bluestone Cottage Kitchen: DIY Custom Millwork and Paint!

Admittedly, with everything going on in the world, taking on this kitchen renovation right now—of all times—felt somewhere between foolish and extra-super-stupid, even by my standards (which are considerable), just a few weeks ago. But really, it’s gone amazingly smoothly? I was thinking about why that is. In part, I think it’s because I’ve had to really focus on planning ahead and ordering things to avoid frequent shopping trips, and luckily shipping has remained reliable and timely. Sure. Makes sense.

But also? I’m basically a doomsday prepper, except instead of canned goods and toilet paper, I have stockpiled lumber and other construction/renovation supplies for years, like a total lunatic. And now? This is my time to SHINE. I think this global health crisis has pushed us all to use what we have around just a little bit more. I have just happened to prepare myself by having a lot around. No brag.

Behold: this is but one corner of my garage, which is really just a glorified wood shed at this point. No car has entered its walls under my stewardship. I swear I keep it somewhat organized for occasions such as this.

Up top is a stack of crazy painted and abused 1x lumber. It is the remaining majority of everything that came out of Bluestone Cottage during demo that has been in my garage ever since. The rest I’ve already transported back over to the cottage. Actually putting it back from exactly whence it came doesn’t really make any sense because the floor plan and fenestration has changed, and I want the molding to have a bit more detail than just a simple 1x board, but it’s solid material? I mean the dimensions are all over the map, and it’s beat-up, and paint-covered, and riddled with staples, and holes from old curtain rod brackets, and some of it still has phone line stapled to the top, and it’s filthy as all get-out, but otherwise it’s fine??

And that’s my problem. I will over-complicate my life forever in the name of avoiding a trip to the dump and possibly, potentially, someday having the option to perhaps save a dollar because I have something lying around that will do the job.

Here you can get a better sense of what kind of condition this stuff is in. It’s pretty special.

Using some very basic carpentry (table saw, chop saw, nail gun), I turned it all into what I think is a rather nice, appropriately modest and simple molding treatment, like so!

BEAR WITH ME. I KNOW IT LOOKS NUTSO. But the thing about historic moldings that separates them from new moldings is that they’re generally composed of various moldings layered together and combined, unlike new moldings that tend to have a lot of detail but not a lot of dimension, because they’re generally machine-made from one 3/4″ board. Historic moldings typically extend further out from the wall, which creates more dimension and shadow—they tend to be large and in charge and that’s why we like them! Make sense? I feel like this hits that goal and hey—free!

(If you still think I’m being ridiculous, let’s just note that so far we’ve managed to lay a wood floor, trim all the doors and windows, install wainscoting, and make all the cabinetry look custom and built-in with 2.5 sheets of plywood and a pack of shims as the only new lumber purchases in this space. SO LAUGH ALL YOU WANT. Of course, you could do the same thing with all new lumber, and experiment with combining different stock profiles to make something custom and unique! The combinations are endless, so look around for inspiration and have some fun seeing what you come up with! I’ve had to try to match a bunch of historic moldings over the years, but I wrote about this simple one 6 years ago, too!)

Below the trim boards, we have a large and impressive stack of 8″ pine shiplap, rescued from a house I worked on several years ago. You might know what shiplap is because a certain Joanna Gaines loves her some shiplap. The oft-overlooked reason that JoJo loves shiplap is because it’s a historic wall treatment down in Texas, which makes sense, because the Gaines family lives in Texas! I, however, live in Upstate, NY, where shiplap was commonly used on houses from around the turn of the century until…the 70s?…as exterior sheathing—that layer right over the studs (or rafters) that gets covered in housewrap and siding (or shingles).

My point is that shiplap itself doesn’t really make sense as an interior wall surface in this area it just wasn’t used that way traditionally so it comes off feeling trendy. But you know what totes does make sense? Shiplap’s glamorous rich cousin, beadboard. Beadboard all day long. East coast historic houses love their beads.

First I had to make my baseboard, using the same supply of old 1x stock I used for the window and door casings. All it really takes to create an easy historic baseboard is adding a bead to the top of a piece of 1x stock. A 1/4″ bead added to the top of a 1࡬ or 1࡮ board both tend to look good and appropriate, particularly for more modest houses (like this one) or more modest spaces (like a bathroom or closet) in a more grand house. I have my Porter-Cable router installed onto this Bosch router table, which just makes milling a lot of material at once go faster and easier.

With the baseboards fabricated, time to get that shiplap beaded! For beadboard a smaller 1/8″ bead bit will generally look best, and again—it’s just a matter of running it through the router and voila! Beadboard!

NOW. Taking all this trash and turning it into parts of a house is all well and good, but it’s really only worthwhile if it also looks good when it’s all done and stands the test of time. Otherwise we’ve just nailed garbage to the walls and called it “reclaimed.” Which is to say: the paint process is KEY. And I have discovered a few new (to me) things to tell you about THAT.

We have three distinct challenges here:

  1. Old trim painted with god-knows-what. YES it’s all dirty, but underneath the grime, some of it is shiny whereas some is fairly matte, some appears to be oil-based paint, some appears to be latex, and some—I swear—appears to be some kind of acrylic art paint that is definitely not for painting the moldings in your house. So we need to worry about coverage, stain-blocking, and adhesion.
  2. Raw old knotty pine. Knotty pine will break your heart if you let it. Or if you treat her wrong. But it doesn’t HAVE to.
  3. Ultimately with these rough materials, we’re still after a smooth finish—for me, preferably one that looks and feels like it’s been here forever, still allows plenty of texture to show through, and will clean easily without losing its finish. It’s a kitchen, so things need to be easy to wipe down!

Meet my best friends. The two on the ends are new friends and the one in the middle is an old faithful. You can tell because she’s a mess, like myself.

With any material designed to expand and contract at a joint (like tongue-and-groove, shiplap, or clapboard), it’s smart to take the time to pre-prime your boards, paying special attention to the part that won’t be visible (and therefore accessible with a paint brush) after installation. If/when the wood contracts, you don’t want to see a sliver of unpainted wood peeking out! Because I lack patience, resent pre-planning, and find pre-priming to be a tedious task, I chose to only pre-prime the rabbet joint and worry about the rest once it was on the wall.

This isn’t my first rodeo with this shiplap/beadboard, and in the past I’ve been pretty adamant about only using oil-based primer for this task. Traditional wisdom says that oil-based primer will adhere and stain-block better than latex counterparts, but it’s a real pain to work with and clean up, and it’s worse for the environment, and it takes a while to dry, and it stinks…all reasons why I was excited but apprehensive about using this $25 can of latex Valspar primer that claims to perform as well as what I’m used to, but with a much faster drying time and easier clean-up and improved workability and not a lot of stink.

I mean, look at that wood. I’m demanding a lot of this primer.

With the beadboard installed, I rolled a pretty thick coat of primer over the whole thing and followed up with a 3″ brush, smoothing it out side-to-side and making sure the primer made it all the way into the crevices.

To prep these multi-colored moldings, I followed the same basic steps I normally do: scrape off what’s flaking, sand down weird high spots to smooth things out a little, and clean it with TSP substitute. Because the Valspar bonding primer claims to adhere well to glossy and previously-painted surfaces and I like to test the limits, I didn’t worry at all about knocking down the shine on the glossier bits of old trim, or even being that thorough with my TSP rinse. Just kind of gave everything a once-over with a rag and a few minutes to air dry before priming.

VERDICT? This stuff works GREAT. It’s really thick but not gloppy, coverage is really very good and adhesion is excellent. I’m stoked to find a latex product that feels like a real alternative to oil-based primer—ESPECIALLY one that’s suitable for interior and exterior use. It worked perfectly for both of these applications, as different as they are, and because it was dry in an hour or so, I could get back to work faster! I’m psyched to have this in my arsenal next time I have to pre-prime a bunch of clapboard.

Next up: PATCH. I kind of enjoy patching salvaged wood because there’s the slightest amount of artistry involved—I try to strike a balance where it feels solid and easy to clean, doesn’t look newly installed, and still shows plenty of character and texture. So I pick and choose what to patch and what to leave alone. ANYWAY—said it before and I’ll say it again: 3M Patch Plus Primer is the best thing I’ve used for small patches in walls or moldings, full stop. Everything it says on the package is true, and I’ll add that it sands smoother than other patching compounds, which leads to a nicer painted result!

Now here’s my paint secret that I discovered too late in life. You know how sometimes when you’re working with unpainted softwood like pine, you can sand and sand and it’ll still have a sort of fuzzy texture? And then when you paint, that fuzzy texture dries and it feels kind of rough, and you’re annoyed because you did all that sanding and still have rough wood?

The secret is to let the primer fully dry (and patching compound, if present), and then go back over the whole thing with sandpaper—I like a 120 grit pad on my mouse sander for faster work. This pulls double-duty of smoothing out the patch compound and knocking down that dried painted wood fuzz to give you a truly smoooooth surface for the paint. Try it! You’ll like it. I’ve never lead you wrong before. (unless I have in which case, my apologies.)

Of course, after sanding, give everything a good vacuum to remove any dust.

I apologize profusely for the poor quality of this photo. You may be pleased to know that your support on Patreon has now bought me a long-needed replacement lens for my nice camera so I can stop using my phone for everything like I’ve never even heard of Pinterest. (THANK YOU, PATRONS!)

The point here is that while Valspar’s latex bonding primer has addressed most of my problems, I think the “stain-blocking” refers more to more common household stains, like nicotine or, say, blood spatter. But staining that results from the knots bleeding through the paint is a different animal, and one that I’ve found can really only be adequately addressed with shellac-base primer. Skipping shellac-base primer (whether you use oil or latex-based primer) on knots may seem OK at first, but days or weeks or months later, those knots will inevitably bleed through the paint and then you’ll have to decide whether you want to chock that up to character or repaint (in which case, if you think one or two more coats of paint will eliminate the problem, you will be going through the same thing a few days or weeks or months later). But through the unending power of shellac (I mean, what other all-natural product can fix your paint job AND coat the outside of a jelly bean?!), we can quickly fix this existential problem by just pre-treating knots with shellac-base primer and moving on with our lives. It IS stinky, but that’s mostly just the alcohol content and the smell doesn’t linger once it’s dried and the alcohol has evaporated. Otherwise, though, it’s easy to work with, dries VERY quickly, and most importantly is EFFECTIVE. And because I’m not all sticky and pissed off from forcing myself to use oil-based primer rather than my fancy new Valspar latex Bonding primer, spending a half-hour spot-priming with this stuff feels like an easy extra little step to ensure a good final result.

Finally, I caulked! You definitely want to be done with any sanding steps before caulk. I used my old faithful, Big Stretch. It hasn’t let me down yet! On the pricier side, but so, so worth it.

And now. The new light of my life and fire of my loins, Valspar’s Cabinet and Furniture Oil-Enriched Enamel.

I’m not sure what this particular flaw in my personality is called, but my immediate reaction to new products I’ve never tried tends to be one of immediate suspicion and speedy dismissal. I have painted plenty of things with perfectly nice paint that turned out perfectly nice, so surely this new thing I’ve never needed before is a marketing ploy that I can swiftly ignore. This is exactly how I approached high school trigonometry, and my private (now public) feelings about that new dish spray when dish soap has held it down for my entire lifetime. WHY. WHO ASKED FOR THIS. I’M NOT INTERESTED IN TRYING YOUR

This is to say: in the last kitchen we renovated together, I used Valspar Signature paint on the cabinetry, inside and out. Which is great paint! I’ve used it a billion times for walls and trim and doors and shelves and cabinetry. No complaints!

And yet. Curiosity got the best of me, which is how I ended up giving the Cabinet and Furniture Oil-Enriched Enamel a shot, fully expecting it to be the same paint I already know but in a different package.

Fine. I admit it. THAT is some dope paint.

I can’t honestly explain to you what “oil-enriched” means—I did some cursory research and immediately felt overwhelmed and remembered I’m not a chemist. What I can tell you is that this paint has the convenience of latex (relatively speedy drying time, soap and water clean-up), but behaves much more like oil paint. It’s on the thinner side and has an extended drying time (dry to the touch in about 4 hours), which allows the paint to self-level really nicely and avoid visible brush-marks or texture from a paint roller. I painted two coats over my primer (same technique as the primer: roll on a thick coat, even out with long with-the-grain brush strokes), and the final finish is like VELVET. The satin has the perfect amount of sheen for me, too. It just turned out so slick. I couldn’t be happier with it.

It’s also scuff/scratch/fade resistant, and I feel really confident that it’ll stay looking great for years to come and be able to handle the day-to-day use and abuse that gets thrown at kitchens!

The color is Valspar’s Country Charm, by the way! I tried a bunch of samples but ultimately this won out, which is funny because I used it about a year ago in my bathroom! Beige = controversy, and I live for controversy. I used Valspar’s Wedding Cake (Valspar Signature, Flat) for the walls and ceiling.

As whacky as all of this stuff looks in a pile in my garage or when it first gets installed, I really do think all the layers of history and signs of age are a huge asset in this situation once it’s all evened out with the right combination of paints! I don’t think it translates super well to pictures, but having that subtle texture really changes the feel of a space, and I think will keep it from feeling immediately obvious that this was a complete gut renovation rather than a sensitively updated old house! Smoke n’ mirrors, baby!


15 Amazing Home Décor Tips From Joanna Gaines

Whether you're a Texas resident, a fan of the Hearth & Hand line for Target, a regular reader of the Magnolia blog, or just one of the millions of HGTV fans out there, odds are, you know (and love) Joanna Gaines. Alongside her husband Chip, the design guru—and former star of Fixer Upper—has lent her polished style to countless worse-for-wear houses in the Waco area, transforming them into stunning spaces anyone would be eager to call home.

Luckily, even for those of us who can't book the Magnolia maven to personally spruce up our homes, it's still possible to take a page from her playbook. Start by brushing up on these expert décor tips—which come straight from Gaines herself.

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Don't have a ton of storage space? No problem! "I've found that when things are out in the open and you have cute containers to contain the mess, it actually makes it clutter-free," Gaines says in one HGTV video.

Just don't limit yourself to a single type of open storage—opt for wire baskets, clear bottles, and glass containers. "The more storage options you have, the better," she added.

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"If there's a room in your house that you dread going into—whether it be a pantry, your office, or even your laundry room—have fun with it and make it more of a creative space so that you actually enjoy going in there," Gaines says in the same video.

She suggests adding subway tile to the walls, and then filling the space with glass jars, handmade signs, storage baskets, and some antique-inspired lights.

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While many people assume that you have to use petite furniture to furnish small spaces, using a single larger piece can actually open up the space in unexpected ways. "In tighter spaces, people think you have to go smaller, but I always like to go the opposite," says Gaines. For instance, instead of having a full-sized bed flanked by two small nightstands in a bedroom, a king size bed without the additional furniture can make the space feel larger.

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A few fabric accents can turn even a room with concrete floors or a steel staircase into a more welcoming space in no time. "If you're not in the market for a huge renovation, try some things like rugs, pillows, throws, even curtains—all those elements really help soften up space," Gaines says.

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Love the sight lines of your open floor plan, but feel less enthused about having your ground floor function as a single room? Transform the space by delineating separate areas with distinct design elements. "The easiest way to do that is with light fixtures and area rugs," says Gaines. In doing so, "When you walk into [a] space, you have two defined areas."

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While it may seem like wallpapering a small area would overwhelm the space, the opposite is often true. "Small spaces like bathrooms, mudrooms, and entryways are ideal for trying out a bold pattern because they're fairly low-risk in terms of the amount of real estate you're covering," writes Gaines on her Magnolia blog.

This is especially true when you're working on creating a distinct area within an existing room, like turning an area under a dormer into play space. "Hanging a print or pattern that you love in a small spot, like a desk or reading nook, can highlight that space in a way that helps it stand out within the larger context of the room," says Gaines.

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If your space feels small and cramped, opt for some overhead or sconce lighting—or both! "One of the biggest things I find in small spaces is that there's not enough lighting, so I always encourage people, 'If you have some room in the budget, add extra lighting,'" says Gaines. "Light makes things feel bigger."

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Those bathroom necessities that you'd usually tuck away can actually be fun accent pieces.

"The fun thing about being creative with the way you contain things is that things that typically wouldn't be cute, like cotton balls and Q-Tips, you can make it cute by getting cute little glass jars and putting them in a basket," says Gaines. Hang the basket on the wall, and voila! Tons of storage and a focal point of the room without sacrificing surface space.

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While wire cube storage may be a staple in dorm rooms, the same type of storage furniture in wood can actually make for a beautiful accent to any room, no matter what your design scheme is.

"You can change the idea of these boxes—keep the concept the same, but change it whether you use reclaimed wood [or] slatted wood," suggests Gaines. "As time goes on, you can add to it, take away, [or] modify it" to suit your evolving needs.

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Even if you don't have the time—or budget—to run to the flower shop for a centerpiece, you can still wow your guests with some simple flowers or plant clippings placed in plain glass jars or low vases.

"As the seasons change, you can still use that same idea of going out in the front yard" to find greenery for your table, says Gaines. "For instance, for Christmas, you can get Christmas tree clippings."

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"When I'm doing open shelving, a trick that I like to use is using a grid that goes in a diagonal form," says Gaines. So, if you have a green jar on the upper righthand side of your top shelf, put an item in a similar hue diagonally below it to create a cohesive design. "It's a simple trick that I use on all built-ins it's a way to balance things out."

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Instead of overloading your walls with pictures and paintings, opt for rich textiles, like plush rugs, beautiful curtains, and soft, inviting bedding. "Let the textures be the thing that makes the room feel complete, more than all the stuff on the walls because you want to feel like when you step in your bedroom, it's a retreat," Gaines tells Country Living.

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Have an unused entryway that could use some freshening up? Adding a chair rail adds visual intrigue without sacrificing square footage. "It adds some texture to the space, but it also really makes it feel warm and inviting when you walk in," says Gaines. "The walls don't feel so flat…you feel like it draws the walls out, but you still have room for artwork."

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If you're invested in a minimalist aesthetic, but aren't ready to commit to an all-white home, don't break out the paint just yet.

"Choose a color you love and incorporate it throughout your space using books," writes Gaines on her Magnolia blog. Add books in similar hues to your bookshelf or simply neatly stack them on a table for an unexpected pop of color that won't overwhelm the room.

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Who says that antiques and kids are a recipe for disaster? A few sturdy older pieces can make a playroom a significantly more elegant space in no time.

"One of the things I really love to incorporate into kids' spaces are funkier pieces," says Gaines, who repurposed an old toolbox as crayon storage for a client. "It's a really cute piece that has a story, but now you're just giving it a new purpose." And for more ideas on how to declutter that play space, start with these 15 Genius Design Tricks for Hiding Children's Toys.

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Joanna Gaines Says You Don&rsquot Need a Fixer Upper to Have Old-House Charm

Get Joanna's signature style, no renovation required.

If you&aposve ever tuned into an episode of Fixer Upper on HGTV, you know that Chip and Joanna Gaines have mastered modern farmhouse style. The Waco, Texas dream team became household names as they transformed the town&aposs crumbling historic properties into Pinterest-worthy dream homes.

Joanna understands that a time-consuming renovation won&apost work for everyone. If you&aposre a #shiplap fanatic moving into a new home or even a rental, she has a few tips to help you capture centuries of charm.

1. Don&apost assume that a new home won&apost have history.
Joanna said that clients often think that the choice to build includes lots of cookie-cutter details. "Tell your own story in the space," she said. With a little planning, you can trade in builder basics for materials, hardware, and architectural details with personality.

2. It&aposs more than just shopping for farmhouse tables and vintage suitcases.
Incorporate older elements into the construction, not just the decorating process. Joanna loves to repurpose older windows, walls, and doors to add history. "Right now, we&aposre working on a brand-new project… that&aposs going to literally feel 100 years old," she said.

3. Plan ahead and keep everyone up to speed.
Save time and money by finalizing the salvaged materials (and clueing in your contractor!) early on. Joanna said she often challenges Chip with new elements at the last-minute, but we aren&apost all married to our contractors. "Sometimes I say, &aposOops I just found these and you&aposve already framed up this wall!&apos" she said. "He never gets upset." Lucky lady.

4. Renters can live out their Fixer Upper-dreams too.
"Even though it&aposs not a final home, it can still feel like home," Joanna said. You may not be able to change the light fixtures or hardware, but you can still decorate with meaningful objects. Repurpose furniture from your childhood home, hang old family photos on the walls, and work meaningful quotes into the decor.


Big and Chewy Oatmeal Cookies

These Big and Chewy Oatmeal Cookies are everything you are looking for in a cookie – easy, chewy, extra big, and packed with delicious add-ins.

This recipe is pretty special to me. A friend from church was telling me about a cookie her mom used to make before she passed away and I decided I wanted to try to replicate that cookie for her. She told me what was in it including all the qualities that mattered. I got to work and after a couple tries it came out perfect. She said it was just like her mom used to make and that made me happy. I love that food can do that- bring back a memory or remind you of someone. Now she’ll be able to make these whenever she wants.

These cookies are not for the faint-of-heart. Each ball of dough is 1/3 cup and the whole batch only makes 8 cookies. They are huge and remind me of those specialty cookies you buy at bakeries. That’s not a bad thing! They make the perfect gift because they are so big and look very impressive. Good thing is, they are super easy to make!

One thing that can happen when making oatmeal cookies is that they can come out flat and thin. I know because it has happened to me many times! I played around with the measurements and also added a super helpful ingredient- cornstarch. I’ve used it in chocolate chip cookies to keep them thick so I figured it would also work in these and I was right. These cookies are super thick and so chewy- perfect!! Also, because of the cornstarch there is no need to refrigerate the dough- a step most cookie recipes call for.

A couple essential ingredients in creating the most chewy oatmeal cookie are brown sugar and molasses. I used Golden Barrel’s Organic Brown Sugar which keeps the cookie incredibly moist and soft. I also used a tablespoon of Golden Barrel Blackstrap Molasses – a little goes a long way and it gives great depth of flavor.

These cookies are loaded with tasty add-ins dried cherries, chopped walnuts, and dark chocolate chips. That’s what my friends mom used in her oatmeal cookies, so that’s what I wanted to use. Of course you can go with the classic raisin – that’s definitely my favorite. I encourage you to try this combination too, though. All those flavors and textures work perfectly together and create one amazing cookie!

You will love these Big and Chewy Oatmeal Cookies because they are so thick, giant, soft, and easy to make. A classic made bigger and better.


Ingredients You’ll Need

When you have your hands full with a big family dinner, keeping the main event nice and simple is key. This recipe only uses a few ingredients, minimal prep, and you’re rewarded with some of the best ham you’ll ever have.

  • Brown sugar – You can use granulated sugar, but I find the flavor you get from brown sugar with that hint of molasses is unmatched.
  • Honey – Check out the organic aisle at your local grocery store! I’ve found so many hidden honey gems there. You can really amp up the flavor of this ham if you find a good quality honey.
  • Dijon mustard –I used dijon that had tarragon in it which was so amazing. You can add a bit of fresh tarragon if you can’t find that flavor, I highly recommend it. I know some people really don’t like dijon so you can use regular yellow mustard if you like!
  • Water –This is what will turn out sauce from a syrup to a glaze. By thinning it out we’ll be able to get into all the little crevices of the ham.
  • Cloves – The cloves add a really nice festive flavor to your ham and the glaze. If you aren’t a clove fan, you can leave them out. You can add a cinnamon stick as well.
  • Spiral cut ham – If you can’t find a spiral cut ham, see if the butcher at your grocery store will slice it for you. The glaze will have an opportunity to flavor the ham so much more. You’ll never want to go back to regular ham!

I will say, as amazing as a spiral cut ham is, it’s not cheap. I have used an uncut ham before and that works just as well, it’s just that it’s a bit more work required because you have to slice it up yourself. Hams that don’t come pre-sliced are a bit cheaper and you can find them pretty much year round, so sometimes that might be the best option.


7. And she's not a huge fan of orange or purple.

There's a reason you don't see shades of pretty lilac or peachy hues in her designs. "Purple and orange are the hardest colors for me," she says. The designer tends to think of purple as being tricky to pull off and too "theme-y" sometimes, though she likes deep, rich shades.

As for orange, she didn't give an explanation, but Chip offered one. "Ironically, she married the orangiest man on the planet," Chip joked. "I think she got all the orange she can handle in me."


What were the difficulties of filming Home on the Road?

While getting your own TV show seems like a dream, filming Home on the Road wasn't all fun and games for Ramirez and Sudano. One week prior to filming, Sudano found out she was pregnant with her third child. &ldquoOn top of the difficulty of touring all the time, raising kids and filming in a tiny tour bus, we also decided to get pregnant at the beginning,&rdquo Sudano tells People. &ldquoSo, we just decided to throw in a very exhausted pregnant woman who needs to snack and pee every 40 minutes or so," she says. Ramirez adds that the cameras captured everything from the couple telling their band manager the news, to telling their own families.

However, Ramirez and Sudano were comforted knowing that Chip and Jo had their backs during all this. "Because touring is the foundation of our life, it took an intimate relationship like the one we have with Chip and Jo to trust the team to come in, put cameras in our faces, and let our life now become a performance,&rdquo Ramirez says.


Joanna Gaines' New Cookbook Is Out — and We Want to Make Everything!

If you've already remodeled your home to shiplap perfection, wait ‘til you get your hands on Joanna Gaines' new cookbook, Magnolia Table. The HGTV star's debut cookbook is chock-full of 125 recipes vetted by Jo, Chip and the kids. According to the book's introduction, Chip's had a part in the vetting process for a while. For one of their first meals as newlyweds, Jo made Chip one of her favorite recipes: her mom's spaghetti. The problem? It didn't taste like his mom's spaghetti. "I almost choked on my noodles," Jo writes in the book. Needless to say, it was a learning experience for the couple that has only made their marriage stronger.

That night, Jo learned that "Food is personal," and it's a mantra that's woven into the fabric of Magnolia Table. Jo shares everything from how she views cooking — "I'm not trying to achieve perfection in the kitchen" — to how she stocks her pantry (see her must-have ingredient list in the introduction). Each of the seven sections starts with a note from Jo about what this group of recipes means to her and her family. For example, Jo says breakfast is "Chip's love language." (We love pancakes too, Chip.) But the best part of the book is the recipes that Jo shares. They're clearly made with love and are an integral part of the Gaines' household. Here are the ones we're most excited to try.

Jojo's Biscuits: Jo spilled the secret ingredient for her biscuits on a recent Today Show appearance. Turns out she adds eggs to make them super light and fluffy. Her favorite way to eat them is in the Strawberry Shortcake recipe you'll find in the Dessert section.

Syrian Doughnuts: This recipe is a nod to Jo's heritage and was passed down to her from her grandfather when she was just 12 years old. "These doughnuts have since become our own family's favorites, and every time we make them, I think about that memorable day with my grandfather," Jo told USA Today.

Chicken Pot Pie: If it's good enough for the Gaines kiddos it's good enough for us. Jo has been serving this recipe topped with crescent roll dough to her children since they were toddlers. The filling can be somewhat soupy, so Jo likes to ladle it on top of a helping of mashed potatoes to soak up the good stuff.

Mom's Bulgogi with Cucumber Kimchi Salad: Even more beloved in the Gaines household than Chicken Pot Pie is Jo's mom's bulgogi recipe. "It's my kids' very favorite food in the world, so I knew I had to include it in the book," Jo writes.


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