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Chocolate Chip Cookies

Most people who love to bake had one recipe that made them fall in love with baking, something that made them want to try new and exciting things. For me (and many others, I suspect), that one recipe was Chocolate Chip Cookies.IMG_0525 (2)

Like most people, I started with the recipe on the bag of Chocolate Chips. In my late teens, I found the recipe was fun and easy. It quickly became my go-to recipe if I needed to take something to a party.

Back then, the only thing I did to change the recipe was to add M&M’S to add a bit of color. ;-) (This is still a fun idea, just don’t leave out the chips completely.)

One day, when I was about 20, I had committed to bringing cookies to work. I was already running late for my shift when I realized I was out of sugar.  In a pinch, I used all brown sugar. IMG_1460

People immediately realized something was different. Surprisingly, most people loved the change.

At that point, I started playing with the recipe–adjusting baking soda, sugar ratios, vanilla, and number of chips. I have made these over and over until I was truly happy with the end result. I settled on this recipe about five years ago, and these cookies are still my most requested, even by my husband.

You’ll see it isn’t too far off from the original.  More brown sugar, less granulated sugar. More vanilla, more chips. The result is a cookie that is crispy on the edges, but soft and chewy in the middle.

Chocolate Chip Cookies


  • 2 ¼ cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup (2 sticks) butter, softened
  • ½ cup granulated sugar
  • 1 cup packed brown sugar
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 2 large eggs
  • 3 cups Chocolate Chips or Chocolate Chunks (1 ½ 12 oz. packages)



    1. Preheat the oven to 350° F.
    2. Add butter and sugars to the bowl of a stand mixer, and beat on medium until light and fluffy (about 5 minutes).
    3. Meanwhile, add flour, baking soda, and salt to a small bowl and stir to combine.
    4. Add eggs to butter and sugar and continue to beat for an additional 2 minutes.
    5. Add flour mixture to mixer and stir on lowest setting to combine.  Increase speed to medium and beat for one minute.
    6. Remove bowl from the mixer, and add in Chocolate Chips.  Stir to combine.
    7. Using a cookie scoop or teaspoon, drop onto a parchment-lined cookie sheet.
    8. Bake for 8-10 minutes until the edges are set and the cookies just start to turn golden brown.
    9. Keep on the cookie sheet for 2 minutes, then slide parchment and cookies to a cooling rack.
    10. Allow to cool 15 minutes to enjoy warm or cool completely.Enjoy!

IMG_1510 Do you have a go-to chocolate chip cookie recipe? What dish made you fall in love with baking?  Share in the comments! ;-)


One-Pot Wonder – Roasted Garlic Chicken

The first time my dad invited Hubby and I over for 40 Clove of Garlic Chicken, we almost said no.  I love garlic, but 40 cloves is a lot, even for me!photo I am so glad we decided to try it, because it has become one of my favorite meals! I have quite a few friends who have said that this is their favorite thing I make. It was also my husband’s suggestion the first time I cooked for new friends after moving to NC (and they seemed to love it, too).  :-) Continue reading

Meatless Monday: Spinach, Artichoke, and Tomato Risotto

Hubby and I love fresh vegetables, and try to have at least one or two meals a week where the veggie get to be the start instead of the protein.  Risotto is one of my favorite (mostly) vegetarian dishes (I prefer chicken broth to vegetable broth).Spin Art Risotto

Once you have the basic technique for risotto down, the combinations are almost limitless.  I love grilled asparagus or green beans in a risotto, and it is easy to add in some fish or meat, too.  For something a bit different, try substituting barley for the Arborio rice.

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Princess Puppydog

Bored in the car.

Bored in the car.

Jon and I don’t have kids–we have a pup.  We didn’t plan it that way, but we love our life and our baby, even if she is a five-year-old dog. ;-)

We always planned to have one of us home with the kids once we had them.  The opportunity for me to leave my job and stay home presented itself about six years ago, and we decided to give it a try before there were kids in the picture.   At some point we realized kids likely weren’t in the cards, but we were already used to my being home, so we stuck with it.  Which is how I became a childless housewife in 2014 (or, as my husband likes to call it, a stay-at-home puppy mommy).
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Lemon Drop Cupcakes

IMG_2268I love to cook with lemon in the summertime. It is such a versatile ingredient–it works great in both sweet and savory dishes.  Plus it is one of both my mom and my husband’s favorite flavors. ;-)

I made these cupcakes the first time about a year ago.  I came across this three-layer cake recipe on Pinterest and really wanted to try it, but I needed cupcakes for a picnic.  Since I love filled cupcakes, the recipe for the cake and the filling worked well with some minor tweaks, although I did use a different icing. Continue reading

The Most Dreaded Place on Earth…

I’m off to my least favorite place this morning. A place so dreaded that I would rather visit the gynecologist.  That’s right, I am off to the dentist. Ugh.

Image by Grant Cochrane via http://www.freedigitalphotos.net/

Image by Grant Cochrane via freedigitalphotos.net

A bit over five years ago, I had an essay due for a creative writing class. I had been struggling with several ideas, but didn’t have anything I was happy with.  On the morning it was due, I found myself with a dentist appointment, and the topic just clicked.  Just for fun, I thought I would share it here: Continue reading

WANAFriday: Beach Volleyball and 90s Hair

I haven’t jumped in on the #WANAFriday fun yet, but this week’s post sounded like fun, so I decided to join in (even if it is Monday)! :-)

For anyone who doesn’t know what #WANAFriday is, a group of writing friends got together to pick a weekly blog topic to help everyone come up with new topics.  Whoever wants to join in writes a post, linking to all the other posts on the topic.  Here is this week’s topic:

Tell us about something you used to be into but aren’t anymore — a hobby, an activity, a band, a TV show, etc

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Comfort Food: Fresh from the Garden Spaghetti

I love comfort foodmacaroni and cheese, shepherd’s pie, pot roast, and, or course, spaghetti.


Spaghetti is my go-to meal for a variety of occasions ranging from nights I just don’t want to cook to nights I am feeding a large crowd.  It is tasty, filling, inexpensive, and easy! Add a salad and maybe some garlic bread and dinner can be done in as little as 20 minutes! :-)

Yup, 20 minutes, even if I am making the sauce from scratch! Continue reading

It’s Pumpkin Season: Paradise Pumpkin Pie

My mom didn’t cook very often when I was a kid, and she almost never baked.  It wasn’t that she wasn’t able–she is actually a very good cook.  But, she doesn’t really enjoy cooking, where my dad does, so he took the cooking duties.

The holiday meals were the one thing she did enjoy cooking, and this pie always topped off our Thanksgiving dinners.  This is one of my absolute favorites, although I have taking over the tradition of making it.

I have actually made it twice already this year, although Thanksgiving is still over a month away, and i am sure I will make it a few more before the holidays are done.  I get a lot of requests for the recipe, so I decided it is time to share.  :-) Continue reading

Go Buffalo: Buffalo Chicken Roll

Anyone that knows me knows that I love to cook and bake.  I prefer to cook from scratch, even figuring out how to recreate my husbands favorite Hamburger Helper varieties.

This past weekend, I went on a baking spree.  Apple coffee cake, banana bread, pumpkin bread, and chocolate chip cookies.  Yum!

I took a large tray of deserts to our picnic on Sunday, and they were a hit. Still, the most popular treat I made was a buffalo chicken appetizer. Continue reading


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