THE BEST Chocolate Chip Cookies + some crazy life stuff

**Just a warning – this is going to be a llloooonggg post.  But I hope you enjoy it enough to read it all!  :)**

Okay, here’s just how crazy I am.  At the moment, I’m FINALLY uploading my wedding pictures (from June 2010) to be developed…  I don’t have any printed off.  And I’m dead serious.  (Have I mentioned I am the queen of procrastination?  Because that’s true too.)  Not to mention baby pictures.  We have a baby?  You’d never know by my empty photo frames.

Anyhow.  We had a great, crazy, busy weekend.  My grandmother’s party was a hit.  I survived the 5K run.  Mother’s Day has come and gone.  All that in 2 days.  And it just hasn’t seemed to have slowed down very much.  I’ve had time to post, I won’t deny, but I’ve chosen to chillax instead.  Right now, I’m really still chillaxing.

I have to share this picture with you.  I just stumbled on it in choosing what pictures to get printed (this is a most certainly…).

You see, my brother Caleb got the brilliant idea of a turban for Cael a few months ago.  And now I do variations.  How do you like Biker-Cael-with-the-Cheesies?  I think he’s pretty darn cute, to tell the truth.

So!  I thought I’d  let you in on the 75th Birthday Bash.  The cake turned out pretty good (gave me a huge headache, but worth it… right?).  Along with my pan of squares, orange vanilla scones, two batches of shortbread cookies, AND 20 roast beef wraps.  I was flying on Saturday.  Literally, flying.  And slightly scared of crash landing in my mess of an icing-filled kitchen.  Mother’s Day, we went out for breakfast, and then we went for ice cream that evening too.  🙂

How do you like my grandmother’s cake?

Doesn’t she look great for 75?  If I didn’t know it, I would have guessed 65, seriously.

AND NOW…  I’ll share some food with you.

I made and photographed these awhile ago.  They are a standard in every household, but I like to believe that these are the BEST of their kind.  Give it up for Chococlate Chip Cookies!

*Warning – this makes a big batch.  But they go fast, so don’t even worry about it!*

This recipe is from a family friend.  The recipe says that the oatmeal is “optional”, but I would say that it is actually quite MANDATORY.  You choose in the end, but I’d advise adding oatmeal over not.  🙂

Chocolate Chip Cookes
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The best chocolate chip cookies! Chewy and crisp around the edges - absolutely the best!
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Ingredients
  1. 2/3 cup vegetable oil
  2. 2/3 cup margarine, softened
  3. 1 cup sugar
  4. 1 cup brown sugar
  5. 2 eggs
  6. 2 tsp vanilla
  7. 1 tsp salt
  8. 3 cups flour
  9. 1 tsp baking soda
  10. 1/2-1 cup oatmeal (I use almost a cup most of the time)
  11. 2 cups chocolate chips
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 350F and line cookies sheet with parchment paper.
  2. Cream together the oil, sugars, and butter, until nice and yummy.
  3. Add in those eggs and mix until pale and fluffy. Throw in the salt and vanilla. Stir.
  4. Dump in the flour, baking soda, and oatmeal, and mix until combined.
  5. Add chocolate chips and give a good stir.
  6. Drop onto cookie sheets and bake for 10-11 minutes, or until slightly browned. Let rest on cookies sheets for 2-3 minutes, and then transfer to a cooling rack until completely cooled. (Or just eat them <--- that's what I'd actually suggest.)
Adapted from Family Friend
Adapted from Family Friend
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Mix together fats and sugars.  Add eggs, vanilla, and salt!

The batter will look something like this:

Doesn’t it make you want to lick the beaters?

Next, add the salt, flour and baking soda, and beat until smooth.  Add the oatmeal and chocolate chips.

Bake for about 10 minutes (or until slightly browned).  They are awesome RIGHT out of the oven.  And almost equally awesome days later.

Please enjoy these on this nice spring Victoria Day LONG WEEKEND!  Woot.  Do it up.

A new picture, just because.  

The BEST Chocolate Chip Cookies

 

Now if you would be so kind as to not fall asleep while reading these 30 ‘interesting’ things about me!  🙂

30 Day Challenge

Day 6 – Write 30 interesting facts about yourself.

(This could be hard…  But here goes!)

1)  I love baking, but never follow a recipe exactly

2)  I work best under pressure (ie – ‘Queen of Procrastination’)

3)  I took Tourism and Hospitality Management at university

4)  I love doing cross words (but usually end up cheating for a word or two)

5)  Puzzles are awesome

6)  I study best at Starbucks

7)  My favourite thing to drink at Starbucks is a Skinny Caramel Macchiato

8)  There are three books I have read about 10 times each (and would still re-read) – they are all by Eva Ibbotson

9)  I have read through the entire Bible once, and am currently trying to do it again

10)  I married my high school sweetheart

11)  I am so glad I did

12)  I have the cutest little boy in the world, who laughs when he burps or farts (quite a boy, huh?)

13)  This summer will be the first time I’ve ever stood in a wedding other than my own

14)  I have an addiction to mustard coloured things

15)  I love my middle name

16)  I love wearing dresses, but I also love jeans – it’s a toss-up

17)  I love reasons to dress up

18)  I love kissing my hubby

19)  I love taking university courses (it makes me feel successful)

20)  I haven’t weighed myself since the day before I gave birth to my son

21)  I own a TON of Coke Cola memorabilia, but rarely drink the beverage

22)  I no longer have an appendix

23)  I was born with a cleft palate in my soft palate

24)  I have had the same group of 4 friends since grade 5

25)  I love to drive.  Like, I REALLY love to drive.

26)  Road trips are my dream vacation (well, other than touring France, England, and Italy)

27)  One of my favourite foods are Ribbits (Which are really bad for you, and you’ve probably never heard of them, but you should really try to find them, BBQ them, and eat them.)

28)  I love superhero movies

29)  Ice cream is one of many of my all-time favourites

30)  I am a firm believer in the death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ.  He is my Saviour.

There you have it guys.  You should know me a lot better now.  If I’m ever sad, or grumpy, buy me some ice cream or a Skinny Caramel Macchiato, and I’m good to go.

What do you think?  What did you find ‘interesting’?  Whatcha doin’ for the long weekend?

Cookie Dough Balls – 2 Ways

Squares and Cookies | January 21, 2012 | By

Hey, hope everyone has had a great January thus far.  2012 is flying by already.  My little guy is 6 months old today!  When people tell you that kids grow up fast, you nod, agree with them, but only half believe them.  Until…  your baby is born, then screaming, then laughing and smiling, then rolling, then eating solids, then cutting teeth…  and soon crawling, and now 6 months old!  It really does jet past.  My advice to others (and myself included), set down the laundry, stop doing the dishes, and spend time with your kids.  The dishes and laundry will always be there and never change, kids are different.  Enjoy them.  Every moment.  They’ll remember you spending time with them too.  Don’t get me wrong, you do need to get those things done, but in time.  It doesn’t always have to be done right away.

Our first family Christmas photo with our baby.

Okay, so I’m really proud of myself right now.  Second post in under a month.  Must be a record for me.  We went out this afternoon for lunch, it was awesome.  If you’re ever in NS, Canada, check out the Kiwi Cafe.  It’s sweet.

Today, I’ll fulfill my promise of sharing my cookie dough ball recipes with you.  I made these for a cookie exchange (one of two in two days… haha) over Christmas, and they were really great.  Sad thing was, I didn’t make extra for myself, and only got to sample half of each.  Guess it helped with my holiday weight gain that way…  sigh.  Oh well.  Next year, we’re making a triple batch!  😉  I made two different recipes for this exchange.  Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Balls, and Cranberry White Chocolate Skor Cookie Dough Balls (or CWCSCDB for… short?  Haha.).  Just a note – these recipes are especially for my friend Amanda, who tried these and loved them (I love hearing people enjoy food I make…!).

Don’t they look great?  Good enough to eat?

The chocolate chip balls were an idea I found on Pinterest, and adapted slightly to my own liking.  The other recipe was adapted from a cookie recipe given to me by a friend (they were actually supposed to be made into cookies for ice cream sandwiches, which I intend to try sometime!).

So!  First off, Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Balls!

Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Balls
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Cookie dough balls! Awesome for gifting, holidays, or just plain old eating whenever you want! Egg-free!
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Ingredients
  1. 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  2. 1 tsp salt
  3. 1/4 tsp baking soda
  4. 1 cup margarine, room temperature
  5. 3/4 cup white sugar
  6. 3/4 cup brown sugar
  7. 1 tsp vanilla
  8. 1/3 cup milk
  9. 1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips (or mini chips)
  10. Coating: 1 pkg chocolate chips and 1/4 cup Parofin Wax.
Instructions
  1. Beat margarine and sugars in a large bowl with electric mixer on medium speed until light and fluffy. Add milk and vanilla.
  2. Stir in flour, baking soda, oats and salt and mix on low-speed (or stir by hand) until incorporated. Stir in chocolate chips.
  3. Form dough into 1" balls and arrange on a baking sheet lined with waxed paper.
  4. Melt chocolate and wax in a double boiler.
  5. Using spoon, dip cookie balls into chocolate coating to cover. Tap on side of pan to remove any excess coating, and return to waxed paper-lined baking sheets.
  6. Chill until set.
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AND NOW, for the amazing Cranberry White Chocolate Skor Cookie Dough Balls.

Cranberry White Chocolate Skor Cookie Dough Balls
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YUM! You must try this different take on cookie dough balls. So good.
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Ingredients
  1. 1 cup shortening, room temperature
  2. 1 cup brown sugar
  3. 1/2 cup sugar
  4. 3/4 cup milk
  5. 1 tsp vanilla
  6. 1 cup oats
  7. 2 cups flour
  8. 1/2 tsp baking soda
  9. 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  10. 1/2 tsp salt
  11. 1/2 pkg white chocolate chips
  12. 1/2 cup Skor toffee bits
  13. 1 cup dried cranberries
  14. Coating: 1/2 pkg white chocolate chips and 1/4 cup Parofin Wax
Instructions
  1. Beat butter, and sugars in large bowl with electric mixer on medium speed until light and fluffy. Add milk and vanilla.
  2. Stir in flour, baking soda, oats and salt and mix on low-speed (or stir by hand) until incorporated. Stir in chips, Skor bits, and cranberries.
  3. Form dough into 1" balls and arrange on a baking sheet lined with waxed paper.
  4. Melt chocolate and wax in a double boiler. Using spoon, dip cookie balls into chocolate coating to cover. Tap on side of pan to remove any excess coating, and return to waxed paper-lined baking sheets. Chill until set.
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They look good, inside and out.

So, I think these turned out wonderfully.

I stuck the recipes on them too.  

At the cookie exchange, there was a prize for the best packaging.  I had seen in a magazine a few ideas for food gifts.  One of them was to use an egg carton and scrapbooking paper.  I tried it – and it looked really neat.  It’s a great idea recycling-wise, and it won the prize too!  🙂  All you had to do was cut a strip of paper the size of the top of the carton (the part that lifts) and then cut out the holes where it closes, and glue it on.I put my cookie balls in the carton in small paper cups and then wrapped the carton with raffia and stuck in a sprig of a decoration thing that we’d picked up.

Hope you enjoyed the recipe.

Did anyone else try anything new this holiday season?  Have you guys discovered Pinterest yet?