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best ever chocolate chip cookies

okay…i know everyone knows how to make chocolate chip cookies.


but these are really good.
my favorites.
my friend jonelle gave me a book of handwritten recipes for my wedding.
this recipe was in it.
she called them the best ever…and i do too.

first thing to do is cream together crisco and sugars.
i like butter flavor crisco.  
(there is so much wrong with that sentence – i like butter flavor crisco.)
but to make these delicious cookies…you need it.
or regular shortening is fine too.

then you add your eggs and vanilla.
this is what i think is the key to the yumminess of these cookies –
you add 1 and 1/4 tsp. baking soda dissolved in 1/4 c. water.


then the dough looks kind of funky like this…

kind of seperated…
i think it's hard to see.
maybe this.


then you add the flour salt and baking powder.
then the very best part….


the chocolate!
make sure you sneak plenty of dough while you bake.

and if i am feeling nice…i save a little for lauren…her favorite part.
now to bake them.
if i am feeling lazy i put all the dough in a sheet cake pan and make bars.
(i don't know why my blog is double spacing! it's making me crazy!)
but i didn't have sheet cake until last year.
it's just something i never bought.  weird right?
so for the past 13 years i just make regular old cookies.
i like them just as much but i tend to burn things (ADD) so the bars are easier.
now just sit back and wait for someone to ring your doorbell
with 50 balloons, a tiara and a plaque that says Mother-of-the-Year.
surely it will happen one of these days right?
recipe is on the sidebar.
*edited: the family thing by the cookies is a sweet gift from my MIL.
it says "family is born out of the laughter of Heaven. 
why else would we delight in wiping runny noses 
and birthdays that aren't our own."

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playdoh cookies

i found these at little momma and company.

she has such creative fun in her kitchen.
i was in love with the color…of course.


i doubled the recipe since there were four of them.
and i think if i ever do it again…i will make some for me to play with too.
ours looked nothing like little momma’s but that’s not important.
(hers were pretty.  ours were not.)
this was just for fun.
and so we could check something else off the summer list.


it is real cookie dough that looks like playdoh.
it was good enough to eat.
and they did.



they each got their own pan.
there was no wrong way to make them.
if we make these again i will add more flour…it was quite sticky.



annie was the only one who wanted to eat annie’s.



they turned out pretty good.
kind of flavorless…but so colorful.
it was a little strange to eat a bright blue cookie.

but they managed to get it done.

and for those of you who will comment that i am “such a fun mom…”
they were all grounded from tv and video games yesterday
and this was to keep my sanity.
and 20 minutes after this….
they all got sent tho their rooms till their dad got home from work.

but i am still a fun mom.
just want you to know (in case you doubted) that we have plenty of UN-fun here too.

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things i am loving…

Salon Perfect –  Stick To Your Guns
this is my current favorite nail polish color!
i do currently have this color on my nails but this lady’s nails look so much better than mine.
i found this at wal-mart – $4.

these cookies made me super happy.
and i ate A LOT of them!

have you seen some of katie daisy’s new work?
painting in her fabulous style on top of beautiful photos!!
she makes EVERYTHING beautiful!

I saw this a few months ago in the theater and just wathed it again at home last night.
such a good movie!!
two thumbs up!

this advertisement for this tee came across my IG feed and i LOVE it!!
it was from The Pink Lily.
this isn’t an ad on my part… and i have no idea about this shop but this shirt is perfect!
i am ready for all the christmas music and cookies and movies!!!

Slow Cooker Mac & Cheese
i made this recipe for our church potluck today – SO EASY!!!
i doubled it even and there wasn’t a single bite left to bring home.
i love my crock pot!!!

i think i found my halloween costume…. HA HA HA!


i have new Mini Scrap Bunting in my shop in FALL COLORS!!!
this was so fun to put together!
go check it out!

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going on over here

i posted this picture on Instagram a couple of weeks ago.
talby called me after she’d left with sean for school and said “MOM! HURRY! GO OUTSIDE! There’s a FULL RAINBOW! HURRY!”
so i ran out to the driveway in my pajamas and saw THIS!
i mean – whaaaaat?!
and just as i was taking the photo it began to rain.
the rain lasted about 2 minutes and the rainbow was gone.
but i was beaming with joy about it for hours.

and this was the sunset on the way home from ball games later that same day!
the sky was getting so fancy for a plain old tuesday!

we have a new kitten.
there have been many names thrown around for her but i chose Yzma from Emperor’s New Groove.
the kids still disagree with me but no one will make up their mind any other way so Yzma it is!

talby’s club team has a tournament every weekend for like… ever.
but it has been SO fun to watch them find their stride.
it’s a really great team that talby loves to be with – which makes me happy to see too!

we were in lawrence for a volleyball tournament and decided to catch a KU game the same day.
(omg – the guy behind us!) ha ha ha
we had just the youngest two kids with us which is always fun to change the dynamics a little.

it was a GREAT game!
craig was loving every minute.
watching a game in Allen Fieldhouse is always awesome – A L W A Y S !

another great sunset last week!

i made these monster cookies last weekend.
i already bought everything to make them again.

more volleyball tournaments and more hugs.

in the last week i have seen all three of these movies.
YOU MUST go see them!
all three of them!

ok… my list for the week is slightly depressing.
i just want to snuggle into bed and not be prodcutive… is that so wrong?

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