Sunday, April 26, 2009

Chocolate Chip Cookies

My favorite cookie is a chocolate chip cookie. I am seriously addicted to them! Lately I've experimented around with some different recipes but nothing yet tops my favorite old fashioned recipe.

The Recipe:
Cream together 3/4 cups white sugar and 3/4 cups brown sugar, 2 eggs, 1 teaspoon vanilla and 1 cup vegetable shortening (I like classic Crisco the best), next mix in 2 1/4 cups white flour, 1/2 cup old fashioned oatmeal (the thick coarse oats), 1/4 cup chopped walnuts or almonds, and 2 cups of chocolate chips.

Spoon the dough onto a cookie sheet (I always line it with aluminum foil, it keeps the pan clean and makes for a cheap and easy cooling rack)

Bake at 350 till starts to turn golden on top. You want to take them out when the cookies are still a little doughy in the middle because they will continue to cook after they are removed from the oven. Remove from pan immediately to prevent burning.

Enjoy!

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

UpCycling For Earth Day!


I love Earth Day. To me it's a day to reflect upon the planet that we all call home. I may not be the best at recycling but I try.

Here's a few tips to help you reduce the plastic waste in the landfills and upcycle those old tubs from food items.

Ice Cream Tubs-
I normally buy ice cream in the gallons, After the tubs are empty I use them in my pantry and fill with things like flour, sugar, rice, beans and pastas. They are also great for storing small toys in the play room.

Other small containers-
Other containers like yogurt, sour cream, cottage cheese, etc. work great for storing foods in the refrigerator. I also use them for other small pantry stuff. I have an old parmesan cheese container to keep sugar in for things like making milk shakes or other desert stuff.

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

My new hobby.

I love to pretend that I have a green thumb and try to grow things from seed. I'm actually pretty good at getting them to sprout (thanks to Jiffy green houses) I tend to have more of a brown thumb as the plants get bigger though.

Here's a few of the plants that have made it (so far)

Lavender


Apple tree from the seed I took out of a delicious gala apple

Lemon Balm (Melissa)

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Rain Rain Don't Go Away.

Call me crazy but I love the rain! I don't know what it is about it, I just love the rain. Maybe it's because of growing up along the west coast in Oregon and Washington, or maybe it's the clean green look it gives to the earth.

I love how everything is so green after the rain. And the smell before the rain starts.... When I was a kid there was nothing I liked better than sitting out on the front porch watching the rain showers. I still love to look out the windows or sit on the porch and watch it. The harder it rains the better it is!


So drip, drip, drop little April showers and I'll be singing in the rain all day long! (and for the next 3 days if the weather hold out like it's expected to!)

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Welcome!

Welcome to Dream! Love! Cherish! This blog will soon be filled with all the things that I dream about, love and cherish!