Friday, January 18, 2013

She Says, so I'm Gonna Try 'Em!

Hip 2 Save says these are the best chocolate chip cookies ever.  So, I am going to try them out on Monday.  We gotta give some to the other Kindergarten teacher at Carson's school, so I am so happy to have come across this recipe!

Can't wait to dig into that cookie dough!  YUMMY!

Original NESTLÉ® TOLL HOUSE® Chocolate Chip Cookies


  • 2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup (2 sticks) butter, softened
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 3/4 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 cups (12-oz. pkg.) NESTLÉ® TOLL HOUSE® Semi-Sweet Chocolate Morsels
  • 1 cup chopped nuts


PREHEAT oven to 375° F.

COMBINE flour, baking soda and salt in small bowl. Beat butter, granulated sugar, brown sugar and vanilla extract in large mixer bowl until creamy. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Gradually beat in flour mixture. Stir in morsels and nuts. Drop by rounded tablespoon onto ungreased baking sheets.

BAKE for 9 to 11 minutes or until golden brown. Cool on baking sheets for 2 minutes; remove to wire racks to cool completely.

PAN COOKIE VARIATION: Grease 15 x 10-inch jelly-roll pan. Prepare dough as above. Spread into prepared pan. Bake for 20 to 25 minutes or until golden brown. Cool in pan on wire rack. Makes 4 dozen bars.

dough as above. Divide in half; wrap in waxed paper. Refrigerate for 1 hour or until firm. Shape each half into 15-inch log; wrap in wax paper. Refrigerate for 30 minutes.* Preheat oven to 375° F. Cut into 1/2-inch-thick slices; place on ungreased baking sheets. Bake for 8 to 10 minutes or until golden brown. Cool on baking sheets for 2 minutes; remove to wire racks to cool completely. Makes about 5 dozen cookies.

* May be stored in refrigerator for up to 1 week or in freezer for up to 8 weeks.

FOR HIGH ALTITUDE BAKING (5,200 feet): Increase flour to 2 1/2 cups. Add 2 teaspoons water with flour and reduce both granulated sugar and brown sugar to 2/3 cup each. Bake drop cookies for 8 to 10 minutes and pan cookie for 17 to 19 minutes.

Sunday, January 13, 2013

Pizza Dough Recipe

This is the best pizza dough recipe I have ever had!  I love it.  A single batch makes enough pizza for about 3-4 people.  Double it to make more servings per person or a single serving for more people.  Enjoy!  It is DELICIOUS!!! 
 From Kristin.

Mix together and let sit for about 5 minutes.
1/2 c warm water
1 T brown sugar
a little over 1 t bread rising yeast (1/4 oz)

Add this items to the water mixture above.
3/4 c Whole Wheat flour
1/2 c white flour
1 T flax meal
2 t olive oil
3/4 t salt

Rise 45 minutes, until doubled in size.  Bake pizza at 425* for about 15 minutes until golden brown and crust is firm.   

Saturday, January 12, 2013

5 Foods

This last week I was looking at some blogs that I look at pretty often.  I came across this link to a nutritionist/way of life eating habits and listened to their spiel.  About half way through they talk about their program and why you need to join, but the reason why you should never eat these 5 foods is pretty amazing!  There was a lot of great info in the little presentation.

I was telling my mom about it, and finally found it on one of the blogs, so I thought I would post it.   If you have the time, I suggest listening to it.

Hope you are enjoying your new year so far!    

Friday, January 11, 2013

4 Month Weigh In

Finn turned 4 months on the 4th, which meant another check up at the doctors!  I had a list of questions for her which I had been writing down over the last week or thankful for answers! 

Birth weight, 10# 3oz.  4 months, 17# 10oz.  90 percentile.
Length 26.5".  Also 90%.

Birth Weight, 7# 11oz.  4 months, 17#.
Length 25.5".

Birth Weight, 8# 4oz.  4 months, 17# 5oz.
Length 25.5".

Finn has been the largest of the boys, but has actually gained the less amount of weight overall.   But we love every piece of chub on him that is for sure!  :)   

Hope you are enjoying the new year!  I can't believe it is already the 11th!  Cousin Christian and Uncle Cam's birthdays today! 


Saturday, January 5, 2013

Almost 2 months!

A friend of mine, who has a day care, was having a house full of sick-os, including herself.  She came across some articles talking about onions and how they are so great for us!  The idea is that you cut an onion in half, and put it a room where you are most often.  It is supposed to attract the germs instead of them attacking you!  Many places online says it is an old wives tale, but she started to do it and since then they haven't been fighting colds!  She said that she would sometimes do just a couple of slices, if it were a more expensive one and that it didn't work as well as 1/2 of an onion. 

She shared this info with me at the beginning of November, and we started it right away!  Carson has been in school, the boys go to AWANA, and to Sunday school and we haven't had any cold symptoms since the onion has been out.  I put 1/2 in their room and then another 1/2 in the kitchen/family room area.  We have been using just regular white onions from either Winco or Sherms Thunderbird.  Nothing fancy or organic.  All I know, is it has been working for us!

Give it a try.  Oh, and we usually leave it out for about 5 days or so.  This article says to change it out every couple of days though.  You can try it out for your family and see what works.  The onions do smell, but it is worth it to not be dealing with sinus, nose, and throat junk!

Let me know if you try it and if you notice a change!      

Friday, January 4, 2013


Today Finn is 4 months already!  I can't believe how fast the last 4 months have gone by!  WOW!  Here he is with his big brothers and with me.  The onsie he is wearing Carson and Gabe both wore!  And now they are so big!  My goodness.  I am thankful for my fast growing boys though!

These pictures crack me up!  Gabe's facial expressions are priceless.  They were looking at their new Lego magazine this morning.  Gotta love these Lego building creators!