nutella drop cookie

nutella drop cookie

nutella drop cookie

I know this might not seem right to start talking about just yet, but the next couple of months will fly by with entertaining and get-togethers, and these nutella drop cookies are just what you need when you’re in a time-crunch.

There’s 56 days until Christmas, I know, it might seem a little scary, and you might already be looking for more time in your day. Entertaining shouldn’t be hard, or a chore. I’m a HUGE fan of stupidly easy recipes, and I think that’s why drop cookies have a special place in my heart.

You might cringe at the thought of a cookie exchange, but when you’ve got cookies like these Nutella Drop Cookies in your back pocket (okay, maybe not literally), you shouldn’t fear. Cookie exchanges are some of the most fun, and easiest ways to knock off your holiday baking.

Let’s get real for a second, who says cookie exchanges have to only happen around Christmas? Halloween is coming up, round up some friends and whip up a batch to share. We get so caught up in what should and shouldn’t be based on what everyone else tells us. Let’s start something new, stray away from the “normal” and make a new normal.

There’s nothing stopping you from creating a new and different tradition. You know those times you talk to your friends, or overhear a stranger talk about their halloween/thanksgiving/christmas tradition? Pipe up, and offer the idea of a non-traditional cookie exchange. In fact, I think I may have inspired myself!

But for now, here’s the nutella drop cookies

nutella drop cookie
Yields 20
Quick, easy, and delicious drop cookie
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Total Time
10 min
Total Time
10 min
Ingredients
  1. 1 cup nutella
  2. 2 tablespoons margarine or butter
  3. Splash of vanilla
  4. 1/2 cup milk
  5. 1/4 cup sugar
  6. 1 3/4 cups your fav. cereal (I used cornflakes in the picture)
Instructions
  1. In a saucepan, combine and melt all the ingredients except for the cereal over low-medium heat.
  2. Once the mixture is well mixed, remove from the element, and add your favorite cereal.
  3. Stir well.
  4. On a lined baking sheet, drop mixture by the tablespoon full, or to desired size.
  5. Place in the refrigerator for at least 30 minutes, and enjoy!
Notes
  1. Drop cookies will keep approximately 1 week stored in an airtight container in the fridge or up to 4 months in the freezer.
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we need community

I recently came back from the Food Bloggers of Canada Conference in Vancouver, and if I learnt anything there, it’s that we need community.

You might think of community in a different way than I do, or the next person, but it’s the idea of power in numbers. One of the sessions focused on Finding your niche as a blogger, a feat I am strill trying to overcome. In this session, Aimee from Simple Bites spoke about the power of blogging community. In a world that is filled with food blogs, look to your online neighbours as resources, not competition. Work together to create, rather than tear down.

FBC2014 - Nicole & LauraThe conference was a place for me to build my community, find the people I could relate to, and connect with. It was here that I met Nicole for the first time. Nicole is the blogger over at Culinary Cool, and though we hadn’t met in person before, we connected online and when we did get together, it was like meeting my Regina-twin.

We’re so focused on being better versions of ourselves and others, that we often forget that we can actually benefit from allying ourselves with our so-called “competitors.” We also live in a digital world, we don’t need to live next to each other anymore to be a part of a community. Send an email, connect via facebook, or reach out by text, the possibilities that you will find might astonish you.

Generally, most of the people we meet are willing to help, if you have a question that you think another blogger might be able to help or answer, don’t be shy: send them a message!

I’ve been away from home for almost two weeks now, and I’ve got to say that especially given the recent events that took place in Ottawa, I feel closer to the friends and family, and community that I have. In times of crisis, and in joy, you want to know that you can turn to the person next to you (or virtually next to you) and let them know you’re thinking about them.

That’s all for now, we’ll be back at it with recipes in the next few days!

Laura at porch&table Food Blogger Conference 2014 Golden Ticket

Food Blogger Conference here I come!

The day has almost arrived for me to jet off to Vancouver and attend my first ever Food Blogger Conference!

I’m both nervous and excited, but I know it will be an amazing time to meet the faces behind the blogs, and to tap into the immense resources of having great minds in one room.

Laura at porch&table Food Blogger Conference 2014 Golden TicketYou might remember a little while back, I won the “Golden Ticket” to attend the conference, and I actually remember the exact day that I decided I should commit to going. Spending money on myself isn’t something I’m particularly good at. Sure there were things that I could do be doing at home, but every once in a while you need to take that jump and do it for yourself.

This also marks my first trip on my own that’s not for work – it might not seem like a big deal, and it is “just Vancouver” but it’s a big deal. It’s a foreign concept to purposely put myself in a situation where I’ll known no one personally, I’m much more comfortable on the other side of the table at a booth, talking about someone else or company project.

The Food Bloggers of Canada group has been so receptive, and has given us all the tools to have the best time possible. I think as a new food blogger, it’s easy for me to celebritize other food bloggers, they’re the people I’ve been reading for years, and I get giddy when one of them follows me on twitter, I can only imagine how I’ll be when I come face to face with them!

So, for now, all I can do is take a breath, and take it all in. Vancouver, Food bloggers, here I come!