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BFFMandy’s Chocolate Chip Cookie


So you know how like 80 years ago I promised ya’ll Christmas cookies? I’m fiiinally posting my first Christmas cookie recipe…after New Years…whatever.So this year for Christmas everyone got their favorite kind of cookie; up first is my CousinMichael whose favorite kind of cookies (for like forever) are chocolate chip. For as long as I can remember we’ve made chocolate chip cookies from the recipe in the Toll House Cookbook; the cookies are a classic and they come out crisp with morsels of chocolate. This year though (mostly cause I was home after surgery) I attempted and conquered BFFMandy’s Chocolate Chip Cookies. These cookies are soft, chocolate-y, pillows of awesome-ness. This recipe makes like a zillion cookies (I stopped counting after 11 dozen) and my family gobbled them up. One of my most favorite things is that you can mix and match your chips. I used a blend of milk and dark chocolate, but BFFMandy usually uses a mix of chocolate and peanut butter chips. So seriously if you’re jonesing for a chocolate chip cookies, make these ones.

BFFMandy’s Chocolate Chip Cookies
4 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking soda
2 cups butter, softened
1 1/2 cups packed brown sugar
1/2 cup white sugar
2 (3.4 ounce) packages instant vanilla pudding mix
4 eggs
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
4 cups semisweet chocolate chips (I used two 12oz bags, I could have used two and a half).

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Sift together the flour and baking soda, set aside.
2. In a large bowl, cream together the butter, brown sugar, and white sugar. Beat in the instant pudding mix until blended. Stir in the eggs and vanilla. Blend in the flour mixture. Finally, stir in the chocolate chips and nuts. Drop cookies by rounded spoonfuls onto ungreased cookie sheets.
3. Bake for 10 to 12 minutes in the preheated oven. Edges should be golden brown.


Hello There 2011

I pretty sure I said that last night, but extra good wishes never hurt anybody. Today I celebrated with my family in the way we have for many years; by disassembling Christmas. It was an especially bitter-sweet afternoon this year, because for the first time in my life I’m glad the holidays are over and I’m not sure how many of our traditions will remain intact. 
I’ve mentioned before that this was a difficult year for my family and for myself. We’ve had a lot of medical issues and conflict in 2010. Looking back on this year the difficulties and scares are so prevalent, but I know that there were high moments and triumphs. I’m hoping and praying that 2011 brings health and peace. 
This, I suppose, is where I begin my 2011 Resolutions. I’m not sure I’ve mentioned this before, but I don’t actually believe in New Year’s Resolutions. I’ve often felt that “resolutions” are too broad and they set people up for failure. I am, however, I HUGE fan of using the start of the New Year to reflect on the last year and set new goals. So here I my goals for 2011:
1. Go back to WW.  Good Ole Weight Watchers. I want to improve my diet this year, really make permanent change in how I eat. The goal is simply to go back to Weight Watchers and follow the program.
2. Make at least two of my posts a week more substantial. Not that you guys don’t already know this, but I’m a terrible blogger (for serious). The initial goal of this blog was to write something anything everyday for a year. But I’m now that I’m a quarter of the way through (!!!) my year, I’m not sure “something anything” is cutting it anymore. 
3. Shimmy, Shake, and Move. Basically be more active. Specifically do some sort of physical activity for at least 30 minutes at least 4 days a week. It can be anything the gym, the Wii, a walk in my neighborhood, or even taking the stairs at work. 
4. Be kinder. I need to meditate or pray or both and find a way to be kinder and less judgy. 
5. Visit two new places. Extra points if they are places on my Bucket List. 
6. Take my LCSW exam. This is what I’ve been working for since I was in college; I will take my liscensure test this year!
7. Actually cook some of the recipes I’ve been saving. I have about a gazillion recipes saved in my Google Reader from Tastespotting and the blogs that I follow. I need to actually start cooking them or get rid of them.

That’s all I’ve come up with today, but as I think over the last year and head into this one I might come up with more. 
Welcome to the World 2011. 

This is Halloween…Halloween…Halloween


I love Halloween! I have very fond childhood memories or decorating the house, carving pumpkins, creating haunted houses, and trick or treating. I also associate fall carnivals/pumpkin festivals with Halloween. It’s also the kick-off of the holiday season and the only thing I love more than Halloween in Christmas (just wait, you’ll hear all about it). Anyway, I spent today in “Disney Recovery” which mostly involves napping and drinking tons of water. I also baked pumpkin whoopie pies (more on that later this week) and helped Mom and Dad hand out candy to some of the cutest trick or treaters ever. All in all a successful day.