Chocolate Chip Sprinkle Overload Cookies

 This is what happens when you let a five year old pick the cookie.

This has been quite a week and many of us are learning how to handle our emotions, vocalize our thoughts and learn how to be better parents and leaders in light of the most recent tragic events targeted at the Black community.  As social unrest stirs across the country, many of us struggle on how to talk to our children about racism and privilege.  I am by no means an expert on the topic, but I know I want to educate myself and my children to ensure we are doing all we can to promote equality and inclusiveness and eradicate  acts of racism, bigotry, and hate.  On a walk this morning my son saw a Black Lives Matter sign.  He is only seven years old and when when he read the sign, he mispronounced “matter”.  When I corrected him, he said with emphasis, “Yeah they do!”. It was a small moment, but it let me know that we are sharing the right messages with our kids.    I do not have the answers, but I know I want to be part of the solution.  

Chocolate Chip Sprinkle Overload Cookies
recipe by Baked Perfection
2 1/2 cups  all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
1 stick  unsalted butter, softened
3/4 cup  creamy peanut butter 
1 1/2 cup packed dark brown sugar
2 large eggs 
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 cups semi sweet chocolate chips
1 cup assorted sprinkles, divided

Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit . Line baking sheets with parchment paper.
In a medium bowl whisk together flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt, and set aside.
Beat the butter, peanut butter, and brown sugar until well combined.  Add the eggs  one at a time, beating well after each addition.  Add in the vanilla. Gradually stir in the flour mixture. Stir in the chocolate chips and 1/2 cup of the sprinkles
Divide the dough into tablespoon sized balls and dip tops in remaining sprinkles.  Place onto prepared baking sheets.
Bake for 10-12 minutes, or until golden brown. Let cool for 5 minutes before removing to wire racks to cool completely.

My 2010 NCAA Tournament Odds

Last year I posted my odds for the 2009 NCAA tournament, and this year I’ve made some improvements to help me fill out my bracket.

This year I’ve modeled the difference in each team’s mean points per possession per game. This model can then be used to estimate the probability of one team beating another team. In other words, I am modeling the difference in the team’s efficiency ratings on a per game basis.

If you’re interested in all of the gory details then be sure to look for another post this weekend, as I’m presenting this and one other method at SIAM-SEAS this weekend, and I plan on posting that presentation here.

The Odds

Kansas is estimated to win the tournament 24.8% of the time, but Duke is close behind with an estimated 24.5% chance of winning. The odds of Kansas or Duke winning is slightly less than 50%, so don’t be surprised if a team other than Kansas or Duke wins.

The estimated odds of each team proceeding to each round in the tournament can be found in this spreadsheet. These odds can be used to come up with the following bracket:

2010 NCAA Tournament Bracket


5 Advanced Basketball Stats Every Team Should Track

I have a love / hate relationship with basketball stats.

On one hand, I agree with Marc Gasol who said:

“Stats are killing the game of basketball. A lot of things happen that you can’t measure in stats.”

While on the other hand, I can’t deny that — if used properly — the data produced from tracking basketball statistics can give your team a major competitive advantage.

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Mega 15 in 60 (Western Conference 2.22.21)

A look at all 15 teams in the West, including LAC/UTA takeaways, Damian Lillard in the clutch, a full breakdown on Anthony Edwards, Jamal Murray’s 50-point game as one of the most efficient in NBA history, Zion as a switch defender, and much more.

Timestamps: LAC and UTA (0:00), SAS (20:30), SAC (27:51), POR (37:34), PHX (46:10), NOP (52:10), OKC (1:02:08), MIN (1:10:22), MEM (1:23:50), LAL (1:28:30), HOU (1:34:57), GSW (1:40:50), DEN (1:51:14), DAL (1:55:10).

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We Went to Jarrett!

Life is what we make of it. We have to get off our asses and do work. We have to squash the internal hater and give him no light of day. But sometimes the Universe just gives. Back in 2000, I was given seats to the Lakers/Trail Blazers Western Conference Final game from work. I was sitting mid-level right behind the upper right corner of the backboard where Shaq grabbed that alley-oop pass from Kobe. What an amazing game and experience. Thank you, Universe. Last night, we were blessed with another such performance as the Universe took us to Jarrett, as in it was Jarrett Allen night.

26 17 2 0 3 3 0 11/11 4/7

In 42 minutes! Andre Drummond who? The loss of the unprotected first in 2022 hurts, but Allen is only 22 years old and looks to be a centerpiece for the franchise. Man, Brooklyn sure could use him, but they got freaking James Harden. And herein lies the lesson for today. When trading in your fantasy leagues, in order to get you must give. Same concept my wife and I adhere to. Sure we all would love to get something for nothing but that’s not how shit works. Make mutually beneficial deals. Alright, sorry for veering off-topic. Back to Allen. Over the last four games, he’s been a top 40 player and could finish inside the top 25 because he’s going to score points, grab boards, get his Mutombo on, dish out a few dimes, and has very good percentages (67% from the field and 73% from the line).

Here’s what else I saw last night:

Sausage Stuffed Peppers

overheard image of sausage stuffed peppers

Sausage Stuffed Peppers

New dinner recipe for you to try this week! While we mainly focus on baking and desserts, it’s fun to share savory recipes every now and then– especially when we make one that REALLY hits the spot like these sausage & herb stuffed peppers. I’ve made them a handful of times in the new year, usually mixing up the type of sausage, cheese, herbs, and rice each time. I figured you’d enjoy trying a new dinner recipe, one that’s equally satisfying, flavorful, and comforting.

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Earl Grey Blueberry Lemon Cake.

Earl Grey Blueberry Lemon Cake |

Earl Grey Blueberry Lemon Cake.

Earl Grey Blueberry Lemon Cake…sweet lemony almond cake swirled with a mix of fresh blueberries and infused with the warming flavors of earl grey tea for a cozy winter twist. Finish this simple cake with a citrus lemon glaze that’s unique and delicious. Every last crumb is SO GOOD. Enjoy for brunch, as an afternoon […]

READ: Earl Grey Blueberry Lemon Cake.

What is a Triple Double in Basketball? (Definition and NBA Records)

If you’ve been following NBA basketball at all during the last couple of years, you’ve probably heard this term thrown around a lot.

It’s one of the most impressive things a player can accomplish in a single game and we’re seeing more of them than ever before.

I want to dedicate this post to the triple-double phenomenon, what it is exactly, and who are all-time NBA record holders when it comes to one of the hottest stat lines in basketball.

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Sweet on Trader Joe’s: Aussie-Style Chocolate Crème Sandwich Cookies

Trader Joe's Aussie-Style Chocolate Crème Sandwich Cookies review

Happy Valentine's Day Eve! That's a thing, right? Here's a hint: I bet your sweetie would like a Trader Joe's goodie bag. 

Trader Joe's Aussie-Style Chocolate Crème Sandwich Cookies review

Today, we're reviewing Trader Joe's Aussie-Style Chocolate Creme Sandwich Cookies. I believe these are new, but they weren't in a special display – just on the shelf with all of the other cookies. A box of 10 cookies costs $2.49. 

To clarify: We have no affiliation with Trader Joe's. I feel sure they have never read this blog and have no idea who we are. Hey, we like being incognito! These reviews are just for us – and for YOU, our fellow Trader Joe's lovers! 

CLICK TO CONTINUE READING…more sugar this way!