Thursday, August 20, 2009

The Best Chocolate Chip Cookies Ever


Noah has been begging me to make cookies all week so, I went online to Allrecipes.com (one of my favorite recipe sites) and entered "best chocolate chip cookies." This is the recipe that appeared. So, I went to work making cookies (even though it was almost 90 degrees outside that day - ugh.) The cookies turned out super yummy. I like to add "extra" stuff to my cookies - this time I did not have enough chocolate chips so I added white chocolate chips too.

Recipe:
1/2 cup butter
1/2 cup shortening
3/4 cup packed brown sugar
1/2 cup white sugar
1 egg
1 tsp vanilla (I always add a little extra of this)
1 tsp baking soda
1 1/2 cups chocolate chips (I use milk chocolate chips)
2 cups all-purpose flour

Preheat oven to 350. Combine flour, and baking soda in a separate bowl. In mixer combine soften butter and shortening, sugar, brown sugar and vanilla. Beat until creamy. Beat in egg. Gradually add flour mixture and mix well. Stir in chocolate chips and any other goodies you want to add. Bake on ungreased cookie sheet for 8-10 minutes. Keep an eye on them - you don't want them to get too brown, you want them to be soft and chewy! Enjoy.

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Our First Garden

Here is our garden! Our sunflowers are gigantic. It's so nice to see them from our dining room yet, I will need a ladder to cut them down.

This was our first year growing a vegetable garden. Our garden produced bitter lettuce, twisted carrots, lovely green beans and enormous sunflowers. We also planted cucumbers and watermelon but no luck so far.