Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Chocolate Chip Peanut Butter Chocolate Cookies

I wanted to make cookies, and couldn't decide between Peanut Butter and Chocolate Chip. I decided a marriage between the two would be divine, and along the way, thought that an addition of Hershey's Special Dark cocoa would be wonderful, too.

This is what I came up with:

What You'll Need:

1 cup (2 sticks) butter
1 cup sugar
1 cup brown sugar
2 eggs
2 tsp. vanilla
1-1/2 cup crunchy peanut butter
2 cups white/whole wheat flour
2 tsp. baking powder
12 oz. chocolate chips
4 Tbsp. Hershey's special dark cocoa
Parchment paper
Cookie sheets

Note: This recipe makes approximately 6 dozen cookies, and can be cut in half to make a smaller batch of cookies.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Cream butter and sugars together. Add eggs and vanilla and mix. Add peanut butter and blend.

Add flour, baking powder and cocoa. Mix together, and then stir in chocolate chips.

I tried just baking these as drop cookies, but wasn't thrilled with how they turned out. Took longer to cook, and the bottoms were a little overdone, so I tried baking them like I would when making peanut butter cookies, and was thrilled with the results.

Roll into a small ball, place on parchment lined cookie sheet, and then flatten with a fork.

Flattened with a fork.

Bake in the oven for 10-12 minutes (I found that 12 minutes worked for me). Remove and let set a few minutes before placing on a cooling rack.

All done!

These cookies are so yummy. They have the texture of a peanut butter cookie, with the delectable blend of chocolate and peanut butter. If you decide to give them a try, I hope you enjoy them as much as we did!

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Hoo Are You?


It's that time again. A little fun get-to-know me post. Head on over to Night Owl Crafting to join in the fun!

This weeks questions:

1. What are some of your pet peeves?

  • Crazy drivers - if you almost hit me, don't flip me off as if it's my fault. Grow up....and don't tailgate me. That will cause me to slow down, not get out of your way.
  • Spelling errors, especially misuse of the words your, you're, their, they're, there, not using capitalization. I can't even send a text with abbreviations.
  • Overly exuberant advice givers. If my son (he's autistic) is having a meltdown in the middle of Target, don't come up to me and tell me that if I would just give him a good beating, that would straighten him up. You don't know me or my situation. Shove that advice down someone else's throat...like maybe someone that asked for it. (Grrrrrrr)
  • Being late. Yes, it happens sometimes. Things come up. I still don't like to be late. I prefer to be a few minutes early.
2. Do you have a favorite or lucky number?

I have 3 lucky numbers, and they change every year. They used to be 3, 8 and 44. Now they're 4, 9 and 45. Yep, the ages of my loves. :-)

3. What is one of your family traditions?

My brother and his family, my sister and her family, and my family all gathering at our parents house on Christmas Eve each year to read the Christmas story, exchange gifts, and eat great food. The number of people have been growing steadily over the last few years. My parents now have 10 grandchildren, (doing quick math in my head...makes a grand total of 18 people) and it makes for a wonderfully chaotic gathering of loved ones.

4. Is there anything you are OC about?

YES. There are several things....

  • I have to have even numbers over odd....for example, it drives me crazy if the volume in the truck is set on 7. I'll put it on 6 or 8. Same thing for the temperature setting. 
  • When I eat Peanut M&Ms, or any other solid colored candy, I eat 2 at a time and the two I'm eating have to be the same color. What a wonderful feeling on the rare occasion that there aren't any candies left over at the end of the bag because they all matched up. 
  • How I fold my towels. Don't think anything of it if I turn down your offer to help. Nothing against you. It's me. :-)  
  • I don't use my dishwasher. I don't like any residue left over on my dishes, and besides, it didn't make any sense to use it since I would wash the dishes clean before I would put them in there. I can't stand the thought of having food stuck to the plates/utensils. 
5. What is your favorite kind of food?

Hard to pick just one. Mexican food is a fave, and so is Italian.

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Monday, August 29, 2011

It Is Easy Being Green: Reusable Makeup Remover Pads

I used to use throw away makeup remover pads. Sometimes it would be the dry cotton circles that I would put the remover on, and other times I would use the pre-moistened kind. About a week ago, I was playing around with some cotton yarn and a crochet hook, trying to make circles, and came up with these. I thought they would be perfect to use in place of the removers I had used before.

What You'll Need:

Cotton Yarn
Size I Crochet hook
Needle for weaving in ends

These are very easy and quick to make!

1. Chain 4
2. Join with slip stitch to make circle
3. Chain 2 (counts as 1st double crochet)
4. DC 14 into circle
5. Join with slip stitch at the top of Chain 2
6. Chain 2
7. DC in same stitch as Join/Ch2
8. 2 DC in each stitch around (you'll have 30 DC)
9. Join with slip stitch at top of chain 2
10. Weave in ends

You're done! This is a great way to use up scrap yarn you have left over from making dishcloths, potholders, or anything else you use cotton yarn for. :-)

These also work great in the shower with body scrub. So many possibilities!

Display them in a nice glass container.....

....or in a basket (this one is a little big, but it was what I had on hand!)

These are so soft and easy on your skin.

I hope you'll give this easy pattern a try.

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