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Sunday, August 22, 2010

Perfect Chocolate Chip Cookies...

These cookies are AMAZING! I'm not sure if Justin shares my opinion, but since I'm the one who makes the cookies, I guess I get to decide what recipe we use! My friend Jacque told me about this recipe she found at America's Test Kitchen (love that show!) She even brought me a few cookies that she made...I'm hooked. And, no, that is not a picture of my cookies...the fish tanks create too much humidity in my house in the summer, so my cookies don't raise and look pretty...but they sure do taste good!
1 3/4 cups flour
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
14 tablespoons butter
1/2 cup granulated sugar
3/4 cups brown sugar
1 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 large egg
1 large egg yolk
1 1/4 cup chocolate chips
  1. Adjust oven rack to middle position and heat oven to 375 degrees. Line 2 large (18- by 12-inch) baking sheets with parchment paper. Whisk flour and baking soda together in medium bowl, set aside.
  2. Heat 10 tablespoons butter in 10-inch skillet over medium-high heat until melted, about 2 minutes. Continue cooking, swirling pan constantly until butter is dark golden brown and nutty aroma, 1 to 3 minutes. Remove skillet from heat, and using heatproof spatula, transfer browned butter to large heatproof bowl. Stir remaining 4 tablespoons butter into hot butter until completely melted.
  3. Add both sugars, salt, and vanilla to bowl with butter and whisk until fully incorporated. Add egg and yolk and whisk until mixture is smooth with no sugar lumps remaining, about 30 seconds. Let mixture stand 3 minutes, then whisk for 30 seconds. Repeat process of resting and whisking 2 more times until mixture is thick, smooth, and shiny. Using rubber spatula or wooden spoon, stir in flour mixture until just combined, about 1 minute. Stir in chocolate chips, giving dough final stir to ensure no flour pockets remain.
  4. Divide dough into 16 portions, each about 3 tablespoons (or use #24 cookie scoop). Arrange 2 inches apart on prepared baking sheets, 8 dough balls per sheet. (Smaller baking sheets can be used, but will require 3 batches.)
  5. Bake cookies 1 tray at a time until cookies are golden brown and still puffy, and edges have begun to set but centers are still soft, 10 to 14 minutes, rotating baking sheet halfway through baking. Transfer baking sheet to wire rack; cool cookies completely before serving.

Thursday, August 19, 2010


Stella graduated tonight! I must admit I had my reservations...I wasn't sure if she'd make it to be honest. I haven't had the time to work her like I should have, but she still passed!! And how can you not love that sweet Stella face and awesome graduation cap!

Friday, August 13, 2010

Winner, Winner...

Stella Hawk - First Place
Vancouver, BC - First Place
So 2 out of 6 wasn't bad! Along with those Mom got 1 first place. Jen got 2 first, 1 second and 1 third. Michael got 2 first place. Kaden got 1 first place and Mason got 1 third place. So all in all, I think we did pretty well!

Sunday, August 8, 2010

Fair Time...

It's that time of year again! Here are the pictures I entered in the fair this year.
Stella Hawk
Vancouver, BC
Faith Marie
Kisses for Candy
Faces of Jacks
Stella loves Maddie
We'll find out Thursday how we did!

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Justin's Couponing...

This is Justin!!!
When we went on our family camp out, Janeen told us how she had been clipping coupons. Amy had already said how good she was doing using coupons, so we figured we would give it a shot. When we got home, Jamie got an email from Janeen that told what she was doing that week with coupons so we could get an idea. Jamie said she was over whelmed by everything involved in getting the "good" deals with coupons, so deferred the job to me.
I decided to start clipping those coupons, but wanted to go easy at first. I must admit, it does take a little time, but I was amazed how much you could save or get for free with just a little time and effort. I am not trying to go crazy, just getting stuff we need with a few stock piles of things here and there because they are free.
Here are my results this far:
12 Boxes Kraft Pasta Salad
4 Boxes of Fruit Gushers/Roll-ups
2 Kikkoman Teryiaki Sauce
Clorox Green Works Cleaner
Nexcare Bandages

Total Retail: $29.45
Coupons: $25.50
Savings: 87%

Gillette Body Wash
Crest Vivid White Toothpaste
Tampax Pearl Tampons
Oral B 2 pack Toothbrush

Total Retail: $14.64
Coupons: $13.00
Savings: 89%

6 Cans Ro-tel Mild Chilies
2 Pop Tart 6 packs
Baby Goldfish
Rhodes Warm and Serve Dinner Rolls
4 Large Avocados

Total Retail: $15.27
Coupons: $ 13.37
Savings: 88%

6 Jars of Prego Pasta Sauce
2 Pepperidge Farm Cookies
6 Hunts Pudding Cup 4 packs
2 Juicy Juice 8 packs
Oscar Meyer Select Hot dogs
2 Chef Boyardee Raviolis
2 Clean and Clear Face Wash
2 Scrubbing Bubbles Toilet Gels
2 Scrubbing Bubbles Toilet Cleaner Refill packs
2 Kerr Large Mouth Jar Lids
Total Retail: $46.93
Coupons: $40.52
Savings: 86%
So in just over a month of couponing, we have gotten over $106 worth of goods for the low low price of $ 13.90!!