Foodie Friday – Thick and Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookies

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2 cups all-purpose flour

2 tablespoons all-purpose flour

1/2 teaspoon baking soda

1/2 teaspoon salt

3/4 cup unsalted butter at room temperature

1 cup packed brown sugar

1 (3.5 ounce) package instant vanilla pudding mix

1 jumbo egg

1 egg yolk

2 tablespoons vanilla extract

1 1/2 cups semisweet chocolate chips

Directions

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Whisk both amounts of flour, baking soda and salt in a bowl. Beat butter, brown sugar, and pudding mix in another bowl with an electric mixer until blended; beat in egg, egg yolk, and vanilla extract until combined. Stir flour mixture into egg mixture until just combined. Fold in chocolate chips.

Roll the dough into 2-inch balls and place 2 inches apart onto ungreased baking sheets.

Bake until golden brown, about 15 minutes.

Thursday Crafts For Kids ~ Coffee Ground “Fossils”

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With moms help, for ages 4 and up.

1 cup of used coffee grounds

1/2 cup of cold coffee

1 cup of flour

1/2 cup of salt

Wax paper

Mixing bowl

Some small objects to make impressions in the dough (Shaped cookie cutters work well.)

Empty can or a butter knife

Toothpicks, optional

String to hang your fossil, optional

How to make it:

Stir the together the coffee grounds, cold coffee, flour, and salt until well mixed.

Knead the dough together and then flatten it out onto the waxed paper.

Use the can to cut out circles of the dough or use the dull knife to cut slabs large enough to fit your “fossil” objects.

Press your objects firmly into the dough. When you take the object out, you have your “fossil”. If you want to hang the fossil, poke holes into the edge to hold the string.

Let the fossil dry overnight (and up to two days) and then hang it if you wish.

Tuesday Thoughts ~ Cribs For Baby

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When it comes to picking out a crib for baby, what features do you look for?

When it comes to color, to you pick neutral, or something totally eclectic? How about the shape and size? Do you choose round or do you choose the traditional shape?

Share your favorite crib maker with us, and of course, why you love them!

Monday Moments ~ The Love of Little Girls

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Those precious tiny toes slipping into a pair of heels to trot around in. You worry that she’s going to fall, she worries she won’t make it to the princess ball in time.

The world of children is wondrous, refreshing and new. When you find your little angel, smearing your lipstick across her tiny pink lips, or prancing around the house in a pair of your shoes, instead of scolding, picture it. Take a photo to remember these fleeting times of childhood. Because soon enough, you’ll be walking her down the aisle and into the arms of her prince charming.

The Love of Little Girls…is fleeting.

Foodie Friday ~ Mayo Chicken

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1 cup mayonnaise

2 cloves garlic, crushed

1 tablespoon finely chopped fresh rosemary

1 teaspoon salt

freshly ground black pepper to taste

1 whole chicken, cut into 6 pieces

1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Stir mayonnaise, garlic, rosemary, salt, and black pepper together in a bowl. Place chicken pieces into a 9×13-inch baking dish, spread mayonnaise mixture over chicken, and top with Parmesan cheese.

Bake until the juices run clear, chicken is no longer pink in the middle, and an instant-read meat thermometer inserted into the thickest chicken piece reads at least 160 degrees, about 1 hour and 10 minutes.

Thursday Crafts For Kids ~ Fingerprint Flower Vase

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This painted jar doubles as a keepsake as it’s made with your child’s fingerprints!

 

What you’ll need:

Empty glass jar

Enamel paint (purple, pink, yellow)

 

How to make it:

First, be sure to read the instructions on the back of the enamel paint bottle.

Be sure glass jar is clean, dry, and all labels have been completely removed.

Have children dip their fingertips into the paint and dot onto the glass to form the petals of the flowers.

Repeat this process to dot on the flower centers–alternate the colors (purple flower, yellow center, pink flower, purple center, etc).

Monday Moments ~ Discovering The World

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Seeing the world through a child’s eyes…

I’ve always loved that old saying. This photograph captures that saying PERFECTLY. Every single speck of this earth is a brand new beginning for a child to take hold of, love, respect and cherish. It was always important for me to teach my children that we should take care of and nurture the world around us. Save it and savor it for the generations that are still to come.

Take a moment today to see through the eyes of your child. To witness the stars in the night sky as beautiful, not just “being there”. Feel the delicate leaves of an old Oak tree, breathe the air outside and listen to the birds sing. We are guilty at one time or another of letting the beauty of such diverse multitude to go unnoticed. NOTICE IT today. And remember it.