Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Molasses Cookies.

I got an order from my ad for 5 different types of cookies. I am glad to know there is someone else out there with the same weakness as me. :-)  So i spent two and a half hours today making cookies. Yummy cookies. And there are lots of leftovers. I thought i had a recipe for molasses cookies, since they are one of my Dad's favorites, but i went though all my binders and notes and did not find a single recipe for them. So i did an internet search and came up with this one, from All recipes.

Molasses Cookies.

3/4 cup butter.
1 cup brown sugar.
1 egg.
1/2 cup molasses.
2 + 1/2 cup flour.
1 tsp salt.
2 tsp baking soda.
1/2 tsp ground cloves.
1 tsp ginger.
1 tsp cinnamon.

Cream together butter and brown sugar. Add egg and molasses, blend well. In another bowl, combine flour, salt, baking soda and spices. Add to molasses mixture a bit at a time until all incorporated.

Roll into small balls, dip in sugar. Bake at 350 F for 9 to 10 minutes. Cool slightly before removing to racks to cool completely.

Yummy! So i made a mistake, of course. I was not paying attention and used white sugar instead of brown. There does not appear to be any difference. I have not made the cookies before, so i have nothing to compare them to, really. I skipped dipping them because I find it is to messy. Otherwise, this is a great recipe and simple enough that it can be made with kids!  I was kind of rushing, so this was the only picture I got of them. 

Today was an exciting day! The Seadogs went all the way this year, they brought home the President's Cup (QMJHL)  and the Memorial Cup (Junior Hockey Canada wide). So today, they held a parade for the team. I took many pictures, here are a few!

Zamboni on King Street!

Trophy #1 on top of a Fire Engine (i think it is for MVP).

President's Cup.

Memorial Cup.

A huge turnout, the crowd from the parade moving towards the Rally at Market Slip. 

K and his Seadogs sign!

So it was a beautiful day, one of the few hot and sunny ones this year. And the Seadogs are geared up to take both championships again next year. Two years running would be great!

Hope everyone is having a great week!!

Friday, May 27, 2011

Rice Krispie Squares

Whenever I make Rice Krispie Squares, I can't help thinking of this commercial from when I was a kid. The Mother tricks her family into thinking she has been slaving all day in the kitchen to make their favorite treat. These are one of my favorites, to. They are so simple to make that I usually make up a batch and package them for my lunches. So much cheaper than buying one everyday. I like to think that because they are made from cereal, they are a bit healthy. And lets not forget that marshmallows are advertised as fat free! :-)

You can find the recipe just about anywhere, and the most likely place is on a package of marshmallows or a package of rice krispies. I pretty much have it memorized, but since I got the cereal in bulk, i used the recipe on the bag of mallows.

Rice Krispie Squares.

1/4 cup butter or margarine.
1 pkg (40) large marshmallows.
1 tsp vanilla extract.
6 cups rice krispies cereal.

Put butter and marshmallows in large microwave safe bowl. Microwave on high one minute at a time, stirring each time, until melted together. Add vanilla, stir. Add rice krispies and stir with buttered spatula until well combined. Use buttered spatula to pat mixture into greased square pan. Refrigerate until set. Slice into squares.

I have seen people dress up these little squares of perfection in many ways. M&Ms, Reece's Pieces, Smarties, drizzled in chocolate, even a layer of peanut butter in the center! I think they are delicious any way you slice them!

When I bought the Rice krispies, I misjudged how much 6 cups is. So, i ended up with twice the cereal than i needed. More squares, please! I was never wild about eating the cereal straight, i guess i need the little bit of sticky sweetness of the marshmallows thrown in.

So, another week gone. I am going to try selling my sweets at the Flea Market again Sunday, which is the reason why i made these. I may have gotten some good news on the job search today, not a job yet, just a trail that could lead to one.  I am keeping my fingers crossed! Have a good weekend, everyone!

Thursday, May 26, 2011

M&M Flourless Peanut Butter Cookies.

I found this gluten free recipe on a website called Makes & Takes, and because I did not have the Reese's Pieces, I decided to substitute for M&Ms. I was actually being lazy (and frugal) and did not want to run to the store, but now that I think about it it has been awhile since I have seen Reece's Pieces on any shelves...I hope it is just an oversight on my part and not that they are no longer sold around here!

M&M Flourless Peanut Butter Cookies.

1 cup smooth peanut butter.
1/2 cup brown sugar.
1/2 cup white sugar.
1 egg.
1 tsp vanilla.
1/4 tsp salt.
1 tsp baking soda.
1 cup M&Ms (or Reece's Pieces)

Combine both sugars and peanut butter, mix until creamy. Add egg and vanilla, mix well. Add soda and salt and stir until all combined. Fold in M&Ms or Reece's Pieces. Drop onto prepared pans and bake at 350 F for 10 to 12 minutes. Let cool on pans 2 minutes before removing to wire racks to cool completely.

The recipe states it should make 3 dozen, I must have made them to big, because I only got about 24. Otherwise, it is a perfect peanut butter cookie. Tender and delicious!

Be careful about removing them from the pan to soon, though. I broke two because the spatula was not under the whole cookie, and the part that stuck out snapped off. They were the testers :-)

Another week almost over, still have not found a new job but I have had a couple of leads, so I am keeping my fingers crossed! Hope everyone is having a good week!

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Main Dish Cheese Spoonbread.

This morning i went for a walk to the library to return some books. While I was there, i took the time to print off some resumes and get three more cookbooks. One of the books I got was put out by Campbell's soup. I really only got this book because it was big enough to tuck my resumes inside, since i forgot a folder or plastic cover, and it was raining. Again. When I got my books home, i bookmarked a few recipes in each. This is one I decided to make tonight, since I had all but one ingredient. I had to run to the store for eggs anyway, so i figured i could pick up that one ingredient (bacon) while i was there. I got to the store, and all the bacon was priced high. The lowest was about 3.99 and it was ninety percent fat. This is why i usually buy turkey bacon. So, on the next shelf over was sliced ham, for 2.99. I decided to be creative and bought that instead. And honestly, I think it turned out better!

Main Dish Cheese Spoonbread.

6 slices bacon, diced.
1/4 cup finely chopped onion.
1 cup cornmeal.
1+ 1/4 cups water.
1 (10oz) can cheddar cheese soup.
3 Tbsp butter or margarine.
3 eggs, beaten.
1 tsp baking powder.
dash ground red pepper.
syrup or butter.

In 3 quart saucepan over medium heat, cook bacon until browned, stirring occasionally. Remove meat, drain on paper towels. In juices, cook onion until tender. Stir in cornmeal and water until smooth. Heat to boiling, stirring constantly. Remove from heat.
Stir in butter until melted. Stir in soup, eggs, baking powder, pepper and bacon. Pour into butter 2 quart baking dish.
Bake at 350 F for 50 minutes or until knife inserted in centre comes out clean. Serve with syrup or butter.

The thing i like about this book is that it has several substitutions for each recipe. Change the soup for cream of chicken, the bacon to ham, the onion to green pepper and the red pepper to paprika and you get a whole other dish.
Or, you can use cream of celery, 1/2 Lb bulk pork sausage, celery and dried sage. Or, cream of mushroom, diced corn beef + 2 Tbsp oil, chopped mushrooms and garlic powder.

This is the batter before I baked it...and when i took this picture, i realized that teaspoon measure sitting beside it still had the baking powder in it. Oops. So, i got a bigger dish, mixed the powder into it in this dish and poured it into the other one.

 I served it with sour cream instead of the butter or syrup. I found the recipe to be light, I think it might be a better breakfast or brunch dish, rather than dinner, but it was still delicious. I found the cheese was not a really noticeable flavour in the dish, but I liked it nonetheless and I think I might make it again.

 I think I am catching a cold. My throat has been feeling a bit sore all afternoon. I was hoping it was just the dry air, since it has been so wet and cold I have the heat on. But now the past couple hours since dinner, I have been feeling a bit stuffy and suddenly when i started typing, a few sneezes accompanied my first keyboard taps. So, i took an extra double dose of my vitamin C, hope it knocks it out before I actually catch it. I will have to go to bed early tonight and get some extra sleep, it will help as well.

I have to start baking tomorrow for the weekend. I made abut 60 dollars last weekend at the flea market, and the regulars said it was a dead day because of the long weekend. They also said this weekend will be busy, as it is the end of the month and the government checks are in. So i decided to try again selling sweets this weekend, hopefully I will sell more.

Hope everyone is having a great week! I am having a good week so far, my team won last night (Saint John Seadogs) they are playing the Memorial Cup challenge. The Seadogs are the youngest team this year playing and have won both of their games thus far. They are playing again tonight and halfway through the gave are up 2-0. Yay Seadogs!!

Have a good week! I have at least 2 meal recipes and a new cookie recipe coming soon!!

Friday, May 20, 2011

Porcupine Sauce

This recipe actually comes out of a double oops. I have been in the kitchen all day, making sweets to sell Sunday at the Flea Market and some meals for an order I was asked to make. The order is for a shepherd's pie, a lasagna and some chili. After making the first two, i realized i did not quite have enough hamburger for the third (oops #1), so i pulled another pound out of the freezer and decided to use what was leftover for dinner tonight. At about 4:15, i started an internet search and came across a recipe called Porcupine Meatballs. They looked great and I have all the ingredients, so I went with it.

Porcupine Meatballs.

1 Lb ground beef.
1/2 cup uncooked rice.
1/2 cup water.
1/2 cup chopped onion.
1/2 tsp salt.
1/2 tsp celery salt.
1/8 tsp garlic powder.
1/8 tsp pepper.
1 can tomato sauce.
1 cup water.

Combine meat, rice, 1/2 cup water, onion and spices in medium bowl. Roll into meatballs. Brown on all sides in hot frying pan. Drain. 

In square baking dish, combine tomato sauce and water. Add meatballs to sauce and stir to cover. Cover dish and bake at 350 F for 45 minutes. Remove cover and bake for an additional 15 minutes.

It was early this morning that oops #2 occurred, when i was washing out a condensed milk can after making fudge, i managed to slice my finger. Having a bandage on my finger, i have been using gloves all day to do dishes. But i do not have any plastic gloves for making meatballs. So, i washed out my cookie scoop and used it.  Of course, as soon as the meatballs hit the pan, they fell apart because they were not tightly packed, thus the Porcupine sauce instead of meatballs. I also added a sprinkle of Italian spice to the baking dish before I added the meat, just because the plain tomato sauce looked, plain. 

I was planning on having it with bow-tie pasta, but when I was going through my breadbox that i keep pasta in, i found some leftover egg noodles and decided to use them instead. After pouring the sauce on top, i gave it some cheese, because everything is better with cheese! 

This is a very delicious meal, not very heavy. I can't wait to try it again as proper meatballs. There are plenty of leftovers as well, to go into the freezer for lunches. 

Here's something else i made today, candy kabobs! I only made 6, mostly because I have nothing to package them in. I put them all in a medium freezer bag and tied the bottom, hopefully they will stay fresh until Sunday and some spoiled kid will come along and say "Mommy! I want that!!" :-) 

They were super easy to make, i recommend spraying the sticks with cooking spray first. I tried making one last week and it proved quite difficult to put the candies on the sticks. I read online to spray them, so i did this time then wiped them with paper towel. While it was still a little difficult in the places i missed, it made it quite easier for the most part. 

So i hope everyone has had a great week so far, mine has been busy and the weekend is looking to be the same. Still looking for a job, but i can not seem to find much that i am qualified for or pays more than minimum wage, which is 9.50 an hour right now. I am keeping my fingers crossed and my eyes peeled, though!! Have a good weekend!

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Cake Pops: Round Three

So I have some bad news and some kinda good news. Bad news first. Yesterday, I went to work, la de da, normal day, then at about lunch time, I got called into a meeting and got laid off. On the spot. Here's two weeks pay, there's the door. We will call you if anything comes up. It came totally out of the blue, and I am sure all five of us were equally shocked. I have since heard some rumors and some truths as to why it happened, and I understand, for the most part. But, there is no sense in making a fuss and a scene, i don't want to burn any bridges so I am taking it in stride.

So the first thing I did when I got out the door was text my sisters. My baby sister's hubby works for the same company, but in another department; thankfully, his job is safe. My older sister works for a company with a large influence in this city, she does a labour job so I don't think i could work there, but it is nice to get your woes out to someone and let people know you are looking. When I got home, I called my Mom, who was equally surprised. She told me first thing to get my butt to the Government building and apply for my Unemployment Insurance (EI) benefits. It takes almost a month to process, so she wanted to be sure I got that ball rolling right away in case I can not find something in the next two weeks. I had not thought of that, so I am glad for Mom. I got to the EI office and found out that they will send some people back to school as well, for re-training. Of course, there are many stipulations and not everyone is let into the program, but this morning I went back to the EI office and attended an information session about it. They also hooked me up with a career advisor, who told me the kinda good news, which is that I may be able to go back to school for business. Unfortunately, they only pay 50%, which means I would have to come up with the other 50% before September, and get into the program. And business is a popular one. So I may not be able to go that route, for now. And I may not be accepted into the program because I have already been to college, albeit 11 years ago, but still according to the government people, i have something to fall back on (Early Childhood). I just have to update my first aid & CPR. The career advisor also wants me to take two more information sessions, one for starting your own business (since I mentioned i want my own bakery someday) and one for job finding.

So now onto the rest of the kinda good news. I just got a phone call stating I can have a table at a local Flea Market that runs every Sunday, so now I will be spending the rest of the week baking! I want to make at least 3 types off cookies (chocolate chip, S'mores and chocolate, and maybe M&Ms). I am making 2 or 3 lemon breads and banana breads, and some cake pops! I started on the cake pops last night, before I knew that i would be selling. It was basically a make-busy project for this afternoon. I have only been out of work a day and a half and I am bored out of my tree.

Last night, i made up a white cake mix that i had added vanilla to, just like the last time.  This morning, i crumbled it up and mixed in a whole can of cream cheese icing, plus a bit of leftover, I scooped them out and got 63. Into the freezer they went for a few hours and now I am slowly dipping them.

They are giving me some issues, but not as many as the last time. I think it is the chocolate, it is very thick this time, so i am adding a bit of shortening to thin it out. I am using three types of sprinkles, as you can see. And I may leave some just plain as well. Horrible thought, but not everyone likes sprinkles :-)

Thankfully, I have everything here to make all my sweets, i just had to run to get an extra box of eggs and container of milk. I am also thinking of making some of my chocolate fudge for this weekend, and I want to make candy kabobs, I have everything but the packaging and have yet to find anything suitable in my city.

So I am hoping this will turn out and I can do it again to get a little bit of income until I get another job. EI only pays out (from what I am told) 55% of your wages...that is not a lot. I do not really want to go to another call centre and it is difficult to get a job in Saint John that is not a call centre that will pay a decent wage (I need minimum 11.50 an hour to keep this apartment). So, keep your fingers crossed for me, and i will update as the job search goes!!

Monday, May 16, 2011

Cheese and Raisin Biscuits

It has been raining, or overcast, or misty, or just plain miserable for about 95% of the last two weeks. I think we have had one sunny day this month. One sunny day. Out of 16. They are calling for more rain tomorrow, and maybe sun on Wednesday through Friday, then more rain.

Because it is so miserable, I made chicken noodle soup tonight. A nice, warm meal on a wet day. I also decided to make biscuits tonight to, just i wanted to jazz them up a bit; so i split the recipe in half and added cheese to some, and raisins to the other. The soup turned out really good, it is basically a throw together soup. I used premade broth, added a chopped potato, carrot and sweet potato. some frozen peas, dried bowtie pasta and a chopped precooked chicken breast.

Tea Biscuits

2 cups flour

4 tsp baking powder
3 tsp sugar
1 tsp salt
4 Tbsp shortening
1 cup milk

Sift dry ingredients together. Cut in shortening. Add milk and mix well. Turn onto floured board, knead a little and roll out. Cut into 24 biscuits. Bake at 400 F for 15 to 20 minutes.

Both types turned out very well, but the cheese stuck a bit to the pan; nothing bad, but you may want to grease the pan a bit.  This recipe is one that both my Mom and I have been using for years and years. They turn out light and fluffy every time.It is a perfect beginner recipe. When I was a kid, i would eat a half dozen of them in a sitting! They are best warm from the oven. 

Hopefully this raining spell passes by soon, thankfully there has not been much flooding. March was a warmer month, so the snow melted before the April rain started. Unfortunately, Mother Nature seems to have forgotten April is over and it is now supposed to be sunny May. 

On a brighter note, the Saint John Seadogs WON the President's Cup challenge!!! YAYAY!! It almost went to seven games, the last being tonight, but with 30 seconds left of the final period the Seadogs tied the score. It took one and a half overtime periods to get another goal; and now on Friday, the Seadogs are going to the Memorial Cup, which is played by Junior Hockey teams from across Canada, and a few of the most Northern States. Last year, the Seadogs made it to the Presidents Cup Finals, along with another New Brunswick team, the Moncton Wildcats. It was the night of the first game in that round that I started this Blog. Now, a year later, the Seadogs have taken the championship! Tomorrow night is a send off party for them, it is a free event and an autograph session; best to get their sigs now, they may be drafted to the NHL soon! So, I may be attending that tomorrow night, maybe the rain will go away for a bit so they can have a BBQ to. 

Hope Monday is treating you well! Keep your fingers crossed that my Seadogs do well in the Memorial Cup games! 

Sunday, May 15, 2011

Crock-pot Leftover Pasta

It has been a busy weekend. Friday, I was asked to make up a dozen mini meals for someone. Since I was supposed to go see my Dad to have my Summer tires put on my car that night, i planned on making the meals Saturday. Instead, when I got off work Friday, i found myself to tired to drive the 45 minutes each way, so instead I ran to the grocery store and got my ingredients, and started cooking. I managed to get 5 different meals done within 4 hours, and another in the crock-pot for overnight. And I had plenty of leftovers, which i ended up using today.

I started with some bow-tie pasta, i just covered the bottom of the crock-pot with them. On top of that, i chopped some leftover mushrooms, from Sweet Potato Shepherd's Pie.

I then chopped a quarter of a green pepper, and gave it a sprinkle of Parmesan cheese.

On top of this I dumped some leftover lasagna sauce. It is basically pasta sauce with hamburger, cheese and a bit of water mixed in. Finally, i topped it with about 3/4 of a jar of Newman's Own Marinara sauce. I basically just dumped it in, and when it came to the point that i would have to scrape the jar, i just capped it.

Finally, i turned it on High for 2 hours, stirring after the first half hour. And lunch was served! It made enough for three, so i will have some more for lunch tomorrow and throw the rest in the freezer for next week.

Friday night when i was cooking, I had to make four dishes with hamburger: two types of shepherd's pie, lasagna and chili; so i just bought three and a half pounds of the meat. To save time, i cooked it all up at once. I only have one large pan, so i had to empty it into my large mixing bowl three times. This is a lot of hamburger!

For dinner tonight, i had leftover mashed potatoes and sweet potatoes. I got this sweet potato at the City Market on Friday, it is one of the biggest i have seen!  I had to use my big frog pot to cook it in, it was the only one big enough.

I still have plenty of leftovers, some Mac & Cheese in the freezer, some more potatoes and sweet potatoes in the fridge, and of course some of the pasta from today. Good news is, the gent who purchased the meals was impressed, and plans on giving my name to all his work buddies; meaning i may soon be busy!

Hope everyone had a great weekend, and a great upcoming week!

Friday, May 13, 2011

Oatmeal Fruit Muffins

I decided today to find another new recipe for muffins. I have been working the super early shift all week and taking breakfast with me to save time (and sleep in). This breakfast has consisted of a half cup of oatmeal and a banana. It is Friday, so I wanted something different. Thus, the search for muffins!

I found this recipe on, I just did a generic Google search for Oatmeal muffins (figuring I best incorporate something I have plenty of), and this was the second I went into. The first only had a quarter cup of oatmeal...not much for a batch of muffins! One of the comments on this recipe stated she had muffins on the table in 20 minutes. I thought this would be the perfect quick recipe I could whip up between getting home from work and making dinner last night. And it was.

Oatmeal Fruit Muffins.

1 cup flour.
1/2 cup sugar.
3 tsp baking powder.
1/2 tsp salt.
1 cup oatmeal.
1/2 cup either raisins, blueberries or nuts.
3 Tbsp oil.
1 egg, beaten.
1 cup milk.
2 Tbsp brown sugar.
2 tsp flour.
1 tsp cinnamon.
1 Tbsp butter, melted.

In large bowl, whisk together milk, egg and oil. In another bowl, blend together flour, sugar, salt, powder, and oatmeal.
Pour wet ingredients into dry, stir until just moistened. Fold in berries or nuts. Scoop into 12 prepared muffin cups.
For topping, mix together all four ingredients. Sprinkle over top of muffins.
Bake for 15 minutes at 425 F.

I found the batter to be very wet, but they had no issue baking. Because I discovered a few days ago that my oven bakes hot, I turned it down to about 375 F. They baked nicely in about the 15 minutes allotted. The topping had too much butter in it. I think next time; I will just leave it dry and sprinkle it on. With the butter, it clumped so I ended up just dropping a half teaspoonful of it onto each muffin, so they kind of looked funny.

I had no nuts, and very few raisins, so I used a bag of mixed berries. Some of them were huge, so I microwaved them for 15 seconds to thaw a bit, and then chopped them up. My muffins have strawberries, blackberries, blueberries and raspberries in them. Yummy! I also found this recipe to be quite small. It just barely made a dozen medium muffins; so if you need plenty or want large muffins, best double it.

Glad it is almost the weekend again and that this shift is almost over. I am not suited to early mornings. I have realized I have mostly been making sweets lately, so I am going to try for a meal or two over the weekend.

Happy Friday, everyone!!

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Four Way Cookies

I'm Back! It took eight days, but life is back to normal, the new place is arranged and now a home, and i have broken in my new kitchen. In the comments from my last post, i had requests for a picture of my new kitchen. Here it is! Twice the size (maybe even three times) a little cluttered for now, but i still have a bit of rearranging to do.

I figured the first recipe in my new oven had to be a simple cookie, just to test the oven. I have found it is baking a bit hot, so i will have to turn it down slightly the next time. This recipe i got from a cookbook called Basic Baking: baking from scratch, easy as pie. I love the recipes in this book because they are all quick and easy; simple enough for a baker of any level.

Four Way Cookies.

1 cup butter.
1/2 cup sugar.
1/2 cup brown sugar.
1 egg.
1 tsp vanilla extract.
2 cups flour.
1/2 tsp baking soda.
Any 4 of the following add-ins: 1/4 cup of either raisins, dried cranberries, chopped pecans, chopped walnuts, chocolate sprinkles, colored sprinkles, shredded coconut, or 1 square semi-sweet chocolate, melted.

In bowl of mixer, beat together butter and sugars until creamy. Add egg and vanilla, blend until combined. Add flour and soda, mix until completely incorporated. Divide dough into 4 balls, add 1/4 cup of an add-in to each ball, or add 1 cup to entire mix (or 1/4 cup of four to entire mix).
Scoop onto prepared cookie sheets, bake at 375 F for 8 to 10 minutes. Makes 5-6 dozen cookies.

I used a bit of raisins, some cinnamon chips and some coconut. The batter was very dry, and i didn't even use the full amount of flour. I did not fully incorporate the add-ins, so some have just raisins, some just coconut or chips, and other a combination of all three.

They taste fine, but are very dry. Oh, and i only got about 28 using my mini scoop. A far cry from the 60 promised. And a bonus, the heat of the oven warmed up my kitchen a bit. It has been raining since Saturday lunchtime (thankfully, we had everything moved by 11) and the temperature has dropped to 6 C (43 F), with a whistling wind that is giving me the creeps after listening to it since yesterday morning. I ended up breaking down and turning the heat back on tonight. I do not know where Spring is, but it is most certainly not in Saint John!

Hope everyone had a great week while i was away; stay toasty and see you soon!

Saturday, May 7, 2011

And the Winner is....

Comment #3! Meg Smith at Cooking in College, Congrats, you are the winner of my Canadian Giveaway.

I will be emailing you for your address so I can send it out to you Monday :-)

I am all moved in, but my house is a mess. So, I am doing what i do best and procrastinating! I am going to my parents until tomorrow. Happy Mother's Day, everyone!! 

Monday, May 2, 2011

'Bakers Best' Chocolate Chip Cookies.

Check out the Online Bake Sale for a great cause! I am donating a lemon bread...go bid on it!!


I've been in the kitchen all day working on an order for someone, it was a fair sized one of 4 different meals. I was able to use my crock-pots for two of them, so it made the effort a breeze. After cooking all day, i got some good news; i have been given the opportunity to move to a bigger apartment with a much larger kitchen, for a minimal rent increase. It is just down the street, so i do not need an abundance of boxes, and I can't wait. The move-in completion is set for Sunday, yes 6 days from now, so i will be running up and down the street all week, and the guys will be taking the furniture Saturday. Just a heads up that you will probably not be hearing from me until i get settled next week. I decided my kitchen is going to be the first to go, since it has the most stuff in it, so i decided to make a last batch of cookies. Sustenance for the week ahead :-)

I found this recipe in the Spring 2011 Kraft What's Cooking magazine. I changed my address on their website first thing, so i do not miss out on the Summer one that should be in soon :-) They made them with mini eggs stuck on top for Easter. I don't have any leftover, so i just made them as plain chocolate chip.

'Bakers Best' Chocolate Chip Cookies.

1 cup butter, softened.
1 cup packed brown sugar.
1/2 cup white sugar.
2 eggs.
2 tsp vanilla.
2 + 1/4 cups flour.
1 tsp baking soda.
1 pkg (300g) semi sweet chocolate chips (Baker's brand).

Heat oven to 375 F. Beat butter, sugars, eggs, and vanilla in large bowl with mixer until light and fluffy.Add flour and baking soda; mix well. Stir in chocolate chips.
Drop teaspoonfuls 2 inches apart onto prepared baking sheets. Bake 10 to 12 minutes or until lightly browned. Cool on sheet 3 minutes before removing to wire racks to cool completely.

These were deliciously easy and quick, the recipe states it makes 42, i got 36. Close enough. I had them mixed and all cooked within 30 minutes, so it is a good last minute recipe you can use when you kid calls to say they are bringing home a half dozen friends!

I forgot to take a picture of the batter, so this is what was left after scooping four pans. This bit made 4 cookies with my scoop. These cookies taste great, the magazine suggests letting kids help; i think this is a great recipe and the next time I have K over, we are making cookies!

So, see you next week in my new kitchen! Don't forget to enter my Year One giveaway HERE. When the internet gets hooked up in the new place (sometime between 2 and 5 pm Saturday) I will be drawing the winner!