Thursday

The Worlds Best Chocolate Chip Cookies

A couple of weeks ago my oldest son left to serve a mission in Seoul Korea.  Which means for the next two years I will be sending weekly packages and letters half way around the world.  This last week I made our family's chocolate chip recipe...which is the worlds best!  No kidding!!!  So I thought I would share it with you.  




I got recipe years ago from the owner of a mortgage company I managed.  She shared it with me to help me lure a man .... I don't think it was the cookies that did it....but everyone who eats these throws out their recipe and begs for more.  It is the perfect balance between chewy and crisp...and the dough if to DIE for!  It is the best!


The Best Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe

1 Cup Sugar
1 Cup Brown Sugar
1 Cup Butter
1 Teaspoon Vanilla
2 Eggs

Mix these ingredients together....

1 Teaspoon Baking Soda
1 Teaspoon Salt
2 Cups Flour
2 Cups Oatmeal
1 Package Chocolate Chips

Optional: Chopped Nuts or Coconut

Mix the remaining ingredients together and place by large tablespoon on a greased cookie sheet. 


  Here is the secret.  Bake at 425...yes higher heat... for only 6 minuets then leave them on the hot tray for an additional 6 minutes!  Then enjoy the perfection!!!!


Let sit on try for six minutes to finish baking.....


Perfection!!!!!


My Missionary....Elder Dorrough

I hope you enjoy these cookies and they become your family's favorite too.  I have added coconut and about died....nuts ahhh ok....but however you make them they are so delish.  Have a great Thursday!

PS....I just traced out two Irish blessings and am stitching them up tonight while I recoup from the dentist.  I'll share soon...



Monday

Love Grows

I finally finished the center block of my new quilt "Love Grows"!  I designed it two years ago while I was on a cruise to the Bahamas (I wish I was there now...) and have been sidetracked with other projects until now....


Love Grows

I cut out the pieces for the other blocks this afternoon and am ready to get them put together.    Along with this quilt is a small 11 x14" Applique wall piece that can be framed, "Birdie" the bird keeper doll, a pillow case and throw pillow pattern. 

The quilt has twirling vines, polka dots, bird-homes (its a home not a house) and a few button buds too.  



For those who want to get a head start the center block pattern and wall piece are available on www.tweetledeedesignco.etsy.com.  I will be posting a tutorial this week on how to do this simple Applique technique.  Frames are also available on my etsy shop.


I hope you enjoy this colorful and "tweet" new pattern.  It has been so fun to stitch.  Just what I needed to beat the winter blues!!!

Sunday

Paper Hearts

I love to look through old school books for children's poems and sayings from long ago.  Last month I found this saying in a 1930's elementary school book and new I would have to stitch this one up.  "I'm going to make a heart of paper and put it together with glue...Valentine's Day is giving me a sweet day to say that I love you!"  

Paper Hearts

The pattern is available at my Etsy shop www.tweetledeedesignco.etsy.com, including the instructions for covering the frame in fabric and the templates for the paper heart garland.  It is a fun project for your little sweethearts to help with.  I had my Gracie gluing hearts and buttons all afternoon (I couldn't get her away from them).

Have a wonderful Valentine's Day! 


Tuesday

Chocolate Hearts

We are a week away from the sweetest holiday of the year!  In our family we have a tradition of the children making their Valentine treats for their friends, teachers and "sweethearts".  This year my granddaughter, Gracie will be here and I can't wait to make them with her.  They are super easy!  Last year I taught a bunch of college kids how to make them...so if they can do it...anyone can!



You begin with melting chocolate which can be found at any cake and candy supply store.  I like to use both dark and milk chocolate...even white for those who don't like chocolate (whatever....who doesn't like chocolate?)


If you want a flavoring, you can pick up flavored oils and the candy supply store and add a little bit to the chocolate for a hint of something special.


Materials

Lollipop Candy Molds
Sticks
Melting Chocolate
Flavoring  (optional)
Glass Bowl
Spoons
Microwave

Place chocolate melting discs in a glass bowl and microwave for 5 minutes.  



 Take out and stir till all discs are melted.  If you leave them in the microwave until the discs melt and are liquid the sides will burn.  Prepare your molds by washing with warm soapy water and drying.



Place sticks in slots.  Spoon melted chocolate into molds.  Lightly shimmy or shake the mold to get chocolate around the sticks.  Tap the mold on the counter a few times to get out any air bubbles.



Once the molds are full you can place in a fridge of counter to let harden.. Once they are cool you can pop out the lollipops.  Gently break off any rough edges.


Wrap in clear cellophane bags with candy treats and a sweet message and they are ready to give to your sweethearts!

Friday

Who Do You Think You Are

It's finally Friday the 4th and my favorite show begins it's second season tonight!




I got hooked on this show last spring.  It was touching and inspired me in begin working on my family history.  Each week it highlights famous stars as Ancestry.com uses it's experts to find a part of their family history that was a mystery to them.

I love history and joined Ancestry.com http://www.ancestry.com/shortly after watching the second episode to see what I would find.  I have found 1,456 of my ancestors as well as pictures and stories that have helped me to learn about my heritage.  I have several lines that go back over 29 generations and one that is back 49 to 79 AD....and the best part is it was sooo easy. 


Campbell Castle

I LOVE history and especially historical fiction and Ancestry.com helped me find so many interesting stories of my ancestors that were alive at the time of my favorite periods of history.  Castles, knights, dukes, ladies in waiting, pilgrims, ship manifests and all sorts of wonderful pieces of history belong to me now.  Campbell Castle...had a ancestor who lived there.  We are now planning a trip to Europe to visit all the places that belong to my family history. 

So set your DVR's and record the best hour of television out there.  It airs tonight on NBC at 7:00.  Warning....you will get hooked!  




 
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