Best Ever Chocolate Chip Cookies

We didn't have a lot going on this weekend so Sis and I thought we'd make some of Meg's Best Ever Chocolate Chip Cookies.  I found the recipe on her Whatever blog a long time ago.  It's been sitting in my buffet drawer waiting for some day.  Guess today's the day.

Here's what you need:
1 c. shortening
1 c. sugar
1 c. brown sugar
2 eggs
1 tsp. vanilla
1 1/4 tsp. baking soda dissolved in 3 T. water
3 c. flour
1 tsp. baking powder
1/4 tsp. salt
12 oz. package chocolate chips
Preheat oven to 350.
Once you figure out how to work the mixer...

"How do these go in here?"
"How do you get the top to go down?"
"What does this do?"
"Ok, I get it now."
Moving on...
Oh.  Mygosh!  Do you SEE the dirt under her nails!?
...and we really need to practice cracking eggs, not squishing them.
Cream together shortening, sugars, eggs and vanilla.
Add soda dissolved in water.
Blend in flour, baking soda and salt.
Add chocolate chips.

The recipe said we could either drop spoon fulls onto cookie sheet and bake for 10 minutes.
dump all the dough into sheet pan & bake for 20 minutes or until entire top of cookie is brown.

We chose to dump & be done with it.
Golden goodness.
They really ARE the Best Ever Chocolate Chip Cookies!
Brother was a little out of sorts because they were square.  "Where's the round cookies?" he said.
So Big Daddy cut his square into a circle and all was good.
Every last bite!
Thank you Meg for this great recipe.  I do believe we will be making these quite often.

If you would like to make your own, you can find the origional recipe HERE.


Thursday Three {bake. craft. shoot}

This week I found a few things I'd like to share with you.  They're just too good not to!

While channel surfing over the weekend I happened to catch The Pioneer Woman's cooking show.  She has the sweetest family.  Some of her cooking is a bit too much for me, sorry PW I honestly do crush on you, your life... and your kitchen...*sigh*

Anyway she made some soup, quick and easy.  Just the way I like it.  It's Corn & Cheese Chowder.  MMmmm!

Photo courtesy of The Pioneer Woman
 A great cold weather comfort.  You can find the recipe Here.

I'm a huge fan of Brooke at All Things Thrifty.  When I saw her post Restoration Hardware Birdcage Chandelier The Thrifty Way!  my chin hit the desk top so quickly I didn't know what to do.

She takes you step by step through the transformation process, from bird cage to chandelier.  I'm so totally on the look out for a bird cage now.

Recently the know how and instruction of Katie Evans Photography was brought to my attention  ...you really should check her out.  She has a great photo blog, book, and even an affiliate program if you'd like to make some extra money.  Her book, The Key To Taking Pictures Like a Professional Photographer can be found Here.  It's a simple, down to earth, easy to understand read and I would highly recommend it.

She's at the top of my favorites list and I keep her Photo Essentials Guide in my camera bag at all times. 

But Wait!

There's more ...

I have a Bonus Video to share with you.  Ashley at lil blue boo is good at just about Everything, and she's started working on a new project of 2,000 Buttons.  I can't wait to see how turns out. 

In the mean time, she's kindly shared one of her past projects with us.  I think you'll really like it ...and Ashley too.  She's an amazing woman!

The Mona Lisa in Buttons from Ashley Hackshaw on Vimeo.

Happy crafting, baking, reading, and shooting!

{on thursday}


All Heart

Carody and I made cupcakes for Valentine's Day.  She likes to do the mixing, but then she pretty much disappears until it's time to eat them.  Can't say that I blame her.

Love ya honey!
Mmmm...fluffy icing.
And candy toppings too!
Pretty.  Yummy. 
All heart.
So this is my family ... you See what I put up with!?!  
And Big Daddy wonders why I hardly ever take his picture!
My Valentine treat? 
After dinner they did the dishes and cleaned up the kitchen.
Yay me!
Ok, so maybe they're not so bad after all. 
I think I'll keep 'em.

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So did you happen to catch Google's Valentine's Day Doodle yesterday?

It reminds me of Carody ...so I keep playing it over and over, again and again.

Hope your Valentine's Day was Fabulous!  *Mwah!*



plus this...

equals this...

add a little of this,
and a little of that...

and you get this:
Happy Valentine's Day!

Today I'm linking up with Kim Klassen and many others for


A Sunday Well Spent

When the kids got old enough to be school all day, I went back to work.  It was then I started collecting recipes for good meals and time savers as well.  A gal I worked with gave me this recipe.  She said her mother used to make it for her when she was growing up.  Now I do too!

Chicken Italiano {Crock Pot Style}
Here's what you'll need:
2 to 3 lbs. boneless, skinless chicken breasts
2 - 10 3/4 oz. cans golden mushroom soup
2 - 14-1/2 oz. cans diced tomatoes
1 c. onion, chopped
1 t. dried basil
Arrange chicken in a slow cooker.
Mix together remaining ingredients and pour over chicken.

Cook on low for about 6 hours, or until chicken is done.  (I forgot to start mine this morning so I cooked it on High for about 3 1/2 hours w/ frozen chicken and it turned out great)
Cut or shred chicken into bite-size pieces before serving. Serves 4 to 6 people.  It's good with rice, sprinkled with grated Parmesan.

I think the girls are slowly but surely becoming friends...

Now I don't claim to be a crafter by any means.  I'm still waiting for Meg's invitation to Craft Weekend.  {{wink-wink}} Being a good crafter is something I strive for, but in the mean time my crafting comes in small packages.  If it takes too long I lose interest.  I did however get my craft on for about 20 or 30 minutes today. 

I have a split level home...not what I wanted, but hey, it's ours.  I have had the hardest time trying to figure out how to decorate the entry way.  I super wish Brook at All Things Thrifty would do a post about decorating this odd space.  Anyway, I had a quilt hanging in the entry way at one time, but now just the rod is left.  Not pretty!  So I decided to spruce it up a bit with some hanging hearts.   

Love is in the air...

I had hearts left over so I made one for my kitchen too.

Happy Valentine's Day!


Our day looked like this...

Yeah, we were pretty much useless today  ...but sometimes you need a day just to do nothing.


Texture Tuesday ...on Friday

This picture was taken last summer in my back yard. My husband owns a lawn care company so it's rare to find a dandelion around here. I jumped at the chance ...I may not get another for a long long time.
I'm so far behind on my textures I don't even know where or what I'm doing at the moment.  I believe I'm a week behind, who knows?  I've gratefully used Kim Klassen's texture Organic.

Visit Texture Tuesday {Here}


Get Loud !

Over the weekend Carody participated in her first competition since breaking her ankle. 

Welcome to the Get Loud Cheer Competition!

We all dressed in our team shirts to show support for out Super Star.
Even little brother.

At first he didn't want to wear the shirt because of all the sparkles 
...we told him it's not sparkly, it's gray!
Girls, Girls, Girls
LOUD Girls  ...Everywhere!

The girls ROCKed the house!  It was so much fun watching them.  I couldn't be more proud.  The girls have worked extremely hard.  They came in 3rd and walked away with their heads held high  ...as they should, they earned it.

 You can check out the action {Here}
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