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Chewy Double Chocolate Chip Cookies

I think I’ve mentioned our household fondness for chocolate. It’s been snowy and cold here this early October and it’s sent me back into the kitchen for some baking.  After daddy devoured the peanut butter cookies (with Hershy Kisses on top) I felt a little sad for the boys. Mostly my oldest coming home from school hoping to have a cookie and alas, no cookies. I didn’t feel like making another batch of regular chocolate chip cookies so I gave this one a try. It makes about 4-5 dozen cookies so you could easily cut in half.

Now I’ve mentioned my unusual lack of obsession with chocolate. I think one note should be made here. I LOVE chocolate cookie and brownie and cake dough/batter, mmmm.  However, once baked I generally can take or leave the finished goodies. These cookies are truly delicious!  The dough is rich and chocolatey and the cookies come out soft and chewy, just the way the hubby likes them.  Hope you enjoy them too!

Chewy Double Chocolate Chip Cookies
Ingredients:

1. Cream together the margarine, sugar, then add the eggs and vanilla
2. Blend in the cocoa and add baking soda, salt and blend well.
3. Add the flour into the creamed mixture and fold in the chocolate chips.
4. Bake at 350° for 8-9 minutes.
Pair with some home-made hot cocoa for a deliciously chocolatey treat! https://justcutthescrap.com/2012/10/05/delicious-hot-cocoa

Originally found at http://www.food.com/recipe/chewy-double-chocolate-chip-cookies-53301

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Delicious Hot Cocoa

It’s the first week of October and we are already thick into the “snow”!  Yes for the past 3 days we’ve had freezing temps and snowy conditions making us all just a little uneasy about the length of winter ahead.  However, this is MT and we could see 70’s again next week (not likely but possible).

One of the boys favorite treat after playing in the snow is a warm cup of hot cocoa. For the longest time #1 would request a cup of “warm cocoa” because a hot cup would burn his mouth, so smart! Since this cold spell hit us at the end of a beautifully warm September, I am all out of hot cocoa mix (usually Ovaltine since in my mother’s mind it must be a little healthier since it has all those vitamins in it, right?)  What is a mom to do? Two boys, cold from their snow fort building on the lawn begging for a warm cup of cocoa…hmmm?

Well once a long time before all our prepackaged foods, powdered mixes and sliced bread, moms must have served their little ones something that was probably so much more delicious! And they did, home-made hot cocoa. This is super easy and fun for the kids to help!

Both boys proclaimed this to be so much better than hot cocoa mix in a can – their words not mine. This then lead to a short chanting of “home-made hot cocoa, home-made hot cocoa).

Ingredients:
2 tbsp sugar
2 tsp cocoa powder
Dash of salt
2 cups warm/hot milk
1/4 tsp vanilla

1. I used a pint mason jar, one for each boy. Add sugar, cocoa and salt.
2. Pour in warm milk and vanilla.
3. Put mason jar lid on securely. Let the little ones shake.
4. Remove lid and serve…in the jar! So fun!

Enjoy with some fresh baked chocolate chocolate chip cookies.  I think you could even put this mix in jars and take it with you or have it prepared for sledding parties. Hopefully we don’t have enough snow for one of those for a few more months, crossing fingers and toes, please!

I Love Montana

If you live in Montana then it is most likely because you LOVE it!  The outdoor adventure, skiing, hiking, mountain biking, kayaking, etc.  Our summers are too short but that makes us appreciate every sun-filled moment and savor every warm breeze. Montana is the romantic subject of movies, music and books and it’s every bit of amazing as you can imagine.

Honestly, it took me a little while to come to appreciate where I call home. And on frigid winter mornings I sometimes have to look with purpose for the beauty, but it’s there, always. So to honor the rugged land I love to call home, here  you go!  You live here? Brag about it….you’ve earned it!

Level: Eazy-Peezy

Time: 20 minutes

Materials:

Wonder Under double-sided lightweight interfacing

Scrap fabric

Felt -for the heart

Thread

Iron

1.  I googled maps of Montana online and used one as a template (yes I pressed the paper on my screen and traced it from the monitor).  Show your home pride and make your own state shirt!

2. Select your scrap fabric big enough to fit the state template. Cut a piece of Wonder Under a little bigger than the template. Iron to the WRONG side of fabric

3. Trace template on the paper side of the Wonder Under (make sure that the image will be facing the right way once cut)

4. Cut out image, iron to shirt. Using a small zigzag stitch, stitch around edge of the state.

5. Using a small piece of felt, cut a heart (tip: fold felt in half and cut a 1/2 heart so that it is even on both sides-think Valentine cards in Kindergarten)

6. Place the heart in the area that you live. stitch it to the applique and shirt  stitching by hand or using short straight stitch on your machine.

Bamm! You’re done!  Flaunt it!  You love your state, now show it!