Tuesday, August 26, 2008

my new FAVORITE choco chip cookies!

I've been stuck on the same (but definiatley good) chocolate chip cookie recipe. I've almost perfected the Mrs. Fields one, but I hate that it makes SO much! I've tried cutting it in half before, but it doesn't quite taste the same for some reason. Then I happened upon this recipe and it's my new fav! It makes just over 4 dozen with the small (I think) pampered chef cookie scoop.

Here's the recipe:

1 cup butter (softened)
1 cup brown sugar
3/4 cup sugar
2 eggs
1 Tbls. vanilla
3/4 tsp. baking soda
3/4 tsp. salt
3 cups flour
1 package Ghirarrdeli Milk Chocolate Chips
1/2 bag Ghirarrdeli Semi-Sweet Chocolate Chips

Cream butter and sugars. Add eggs and vanilla. Then add dry ingredients. Mix in chocolate chips. Bake at 350 for 11 minutes. Cookies might not look done but take them out anyways. Let them sit on pan for a few minutes before placing on cooling rack.

FYI: I cooked mine for 8-9 minutes and they were perfect. I think 11 minutes would be too long... but it all depends on your oven. I suggest you cook them for a shorter time first then see if it needs more time or not. Also, the first time I made these, I used the Ghirradeli chips, but this time I used regular off brand ones and they are


I think you're gonna like them!
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Thursday, August 21, 2008

Crafty Letters

Here's Claire's name I just finished for her room once we move. It will be hung up on her wall so it will look much better once its up

(Up close look)

Thursday, August 14, 2008

Picture Frame

So I made this frame for Claire's room and it was my first time working with Mod Podge and I loved it. I just took a cheap wooden frame from Roberts painted it all brown then took a matching scrapbook paper cut out the holes for the pictures with an exacto knife and then slathered on the Mod Podge. It was so easy, but I am not patient when it comes to crafts so I do have some bubbles and creases, but I can live with them. I will definitely be trying other things with Mod Podge.

(Sorry about Claire's finger in this picture, she was standing next to me when I was taking pictures and kept saying Daddy, Daddy)
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Tuesday, August 5, 2008

BBQ Ranch Chicken Pizza

Have you ever tried BBQ a pizza on the grill? If not I highly recommend it! I've seen it done on the Food Network and then my sister went to a friends house where they did it, so I thought I would give it a try.
I just defrosted some frozen rolls and rolled out 2 pizzas coated them with some olive oil and put them straight on the grill. Let them cook for a few minutes on each side (don't overcook) Brought them inside and added some ranch and BBQ sauce, then diced up chicken (that I sauteed with fresh garlic, italian seasoning, salt and pepper) then some cheese to top it off.
I added the pizzas back on the top rack of the BBQ just long enough to let the cheese melt.
You can add whatever toppings sound good to you that day, but this was an awesome combination