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I am a lover of my husband, adorable children, and last but not least food. I first started baking when I was just a little girl. My mom always had an amazing home-cooked meal on the table and she always encouraged me to help. Much of what I know has come from watching her in the kitchen. I used to love to pretend I owned a restaurant and cook things up for my siblings and their friends. Not much has changed :) Now my sweet husband and kids get to be my taste testers. I love exploring new ingredients and am always looking for the best of the best when it comes to recipes. I hope you enjoy the site as much as I do. Through this blog I will share just a few of my favorite things- my passion for child development, my wonderful family, and my love for food :) Happy blogging!

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Saturday, February 23, 2013

New York Times Bestselling Chocolate Chip Cookies

I have two favorite versions of Chocolate Chip Cookies. I have already posted the others called "Absolutely the Best Chocolate Chip Cookies". I came across this recipe from the New York Times months ago and was in love. Seriously dangerous recipe.... My husband LOVES them! They are big and gooey and crispy on the edges. Just delicious! I will be baking these Friday and selling them for $10/dozen. A little pricey, but so is baking them :( If you are not up for buying any, here is the recipe :) Enjoy!

The BEST Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe | New York Times Chocolate Chip Cookie
Prep Time: 30 minutes

Cook Time: 20 minutes

Yield: 18 large cookies

Absolute best chocolate chip cookie you'll ever eat!


2 cups minus 2 tablespoons (8 1/2 ounces) cake flour
1 2/3 cups (8 1/2 ounces) bread flour
1 1/4 teaspoons baking soda
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1 1/2 teaspoons coarse salt
2 1/2 sticks (1 1/4 cups) unsalted butter
1 1/4 cups (10 ounces) light brown sugar
1 cup plus 2 tablespoons (8 ounces) granulated sugar
2 large eggs
2 teaspoons natural vanilla extract
1 1/4 pounds bittersweet chocolate (I used Ghirardelli chocolate chips )
Sea salt


Sift flours, baking soda, baking powder and salt into a bowl. Set aside.
Using a mixer fitted with paddle attachment, cream butter and sugars together until very light, about 5 minutes. Add eggs, one at a time, mixing well after each addition. Stir in the vanilla. Reduce speed to low, add dry ingredients and mix until just combined, 5 to 10 seconds. Drop chocolate pieces in and incorporate them without breaking them. Press plastic wrap against dough and refrigerate for 24 to 36 hours. Dough may be used in batches, and can be refrigerated for up to 72 hours
When ready to bake, preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or a nonstick baking mat. Set aside.
Scoop 6 3 1/2-ounce mounds of dough (the size of generous golf balls) onto baking sheet, making sure to turn horizontally any chocolate pieces that are poking up; it will make for a more attractive cookie. Sprinkle lightly with sea salt and bake until golden brown but still soft, 18 to 20 minutes. Transfer sheet to a wire rack for 10 minutes, then slip cookies onto another rack to cool a bit more. Repeat with remaining dough, or reserve dough, refrigerated, for baking remaining batches the next day. Eat warm, with a big napkin.

Recipe from Jacque Torres and The New York Times

*NOTE CHILL TIME of 24-72 hours- it WILL yield a better cookie

Monday, February 18, 2013

Upcoming Goodies!!!

Spring is always such a fun time of year. We are finally getting small rays of sunshine with a tiny bit of warmth :) Makes me want to spend more and more time outside. Seems that we suddenly get more and more busy with fun Spring/Summer plans with family and friends. I will be baking some special treats this month for a few of those occasions :) Let me know what you need and I will get on it! Here's to a happy Spring!

St. Patrick's Day: March 17th

Leprechaun Pie $10
Sugar Cookies $8/dozen

Easter: March 31st

Butterscotch Nests w/Cadbury eggs $10/dozen
Carrot Cake $12
Sugar Cookies $8/dozen
Cinnamon Rolls $10/dozen
Orange Rolls $10/dozen

LDS General Conference Weekend: April 6th-7th

Orange Rolls $10/dozen
Cinnamon Rolls $10/dozen
Big Gooey Chocolate Chip Cookies $10/dozen

I will also be selling Big Gooey Chocolate Chip Cookies on the following days:

March 22nd
April 24th