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Monday, July 11, 2011

Chocolate chip cookies minus the.....

So, I wanted to make some chocolate chip cookies this weekend. T insists on making them for the firefighters and police now that we have taken some to “thanked” them for helping our community so I wanted to find A. something different, B. something good. C something easy! So, I went out and googled some different recipes, I am actually working on a Peanut Buster Parfait Blondie so I have been reading up on a lot of different things to work on that… (which is no where near ready, sigh, but my next attempt is going to be a good one)
Long story short, I put my recipe first, then the blog I found it from below that, and then the Nestle AU (Australia) site below that where she got hers from. I think it is a great recipe for everyday, the butter, milk sugar part alone was amazing.. rich and creamy and still light and fluffy at the same time. – Strong recommendation to try it out! I brought them in this morning and ALL of them were gone by NINE AM!!

So what I did was:

Ingredients –
1 ½ c flour
1 tsp baking powder (should have used more, would go with 2 next time like the conversion calls for)
½ tsp of salt
2 c dark (60% cocoa) chips
2 c milk chips
(would use less of both and not the gheredelli, they are TOO large! I would also make the cookies smaller than I did.. but if you are making big wide cookies go with these big chips!!)
¾ c butter (1 and ½ stick)
3 TBSP Brown Sugar (if you read the blog, she talked about it being too sweet, but I think Brown sugar is part of what makes the flavor of chocolate chip cookies)
2 tsp of vanilla (I used Mexican vanilla)
1 can sweetened condensed milk (I should have shortened by one oz, so you can take out 1 TBSP if you want)

· Set the butter out an hour before so its at room temp
· mix with brown sugar until smooth (2 full minutes) then add sweetened condensed milk and vanilla (I mixed for another 4 full minutes)
· Add in baking power, salt flour mixture and mix until fully incorporated
· Add chips ( I plan to add toasted nuts next time…)
· Mine was in no way able to roll balls – maybe because I didn’t use self rising flour? It seemed it could have used a solid 2 cups of flour and would have been thicker/cakier
· Large Scoop (1 tablespoon pampered chef medium scoop) cooked for 12 to 15 minutes/ small Scoop (pampered chef small scoop) cooked for 10 to 12 minutes
· Let rest on the cookie sheet out of the oven for 2 minutes, transfer to rack to cool.
They were thin, the chips stuck out, but they were crispy and chewy all at once.

Very good, good alternative for vegetarians.

The recipe I found was here -

180 g butter
1/3 cup caster sugar
395 g sweetened condensed milk
1 1/2 cups self raising flour
250 g dark chocolate chips
1. Preheat oven to 180°C
2. Beat butter and sugar until creamy, then beat in sweetened condensed milk
3. Stir in flour, then dark chocolate chips, mix well
4. Roll heaped tablespoonfuls of mixture into balls, place on oven trays and press down gently
5. Bake for 15 minutes until golden
Oven Conversion is 350 F (v 180 c)

Self Rising flour conversion
· 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
· 2 teaspoons baking powder
· 1/2 teaspoon salt
Who got the recipe from here -

Recipe Ingredients
(Serves 12)
· 180 g butter
· 1/3 cup caster sugar
· 395 g NESTLÉ Sweetened Condensed Milk
· 1 1/2 cups self raising flour
How to make
1. Preheat oven to 180°C. Line 2 oven trays with baking paper.
2. Beat butter and sugar until creamy. Beat in NESTLE Sweetened Condensed Milk.
3. Stir in flour, then NESTLE Dark CHOC BITS, mix well.
4. Roll heaped tablespoonfuls of mixture into balls. Place on prepared oven trays and press gently with a fork.
5. Bake 15 minutes until golden.
Preparation time: 15 minutes
Cooking time: 15 minutes

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Blah Part Dos-

Crap, I've started a few new blogs trying to get my thougths in order, get a few things organized and I continue to come back to this one. Because it's me, it's where I've been and it's where I belong.. Oh well, lets try this all again. I have nothing to hide, right? My life is not perfection, I should not expect it to be. It is very private and hidden in most ways. Odd, eh? can't seem to get myself to open up, and my life used to be out there for everyone to know.
Strange enough... things are boring and good lord it's busy. I am going to try harder to come back and get back into my old groove. And I really don't care who reads it, you don't like it, don't read it, right?

Friday, February 4, 2011

Wishy washy.

I think I am sick of facebook - again. oh well, what's new. I have and need more to say than what I can get with it in those few lines. And really, who else cares but me... that's what I thought too.

Sunday, January 2, 2011


I did miss 5!
5. Work on my cooking, better, healthier, greener, more family friendly.

More resolutions

Where was I? 5? 6?
Let's start at 6
6. Make ornaments as gifts
7. Read 12 books, one per month, I miss it.
8. Prep to run a 5 k. My first--- RUNNING!!
9. Make time for friends, for t to make friends, and for us to do things as a family

Thursday, December 30, 2010

Tips to read fir thanksgiving 2011

1. St nick:
a. Brings The year ornament.
b. Takes the stockings away when he comes and they show back up on Xmas eve.

2. Stockings go up thanksgiving weekend. So they can be taken by at nick on the 6th.
3. Santa needs to get the elf on a shelf around thanksgiving weekend
4. The list of gifts need to be organized and a rubbermaid set aside for specific persons. Specific "S" only wrapping paper needs to be hidden

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Resove? Redo? Redone?

So, now is the time for me to decide what I plan to resolve for next year. Resolution? Maybe, more new things, better, life choices is the direction I want to move.
1. Lose weight. Or should I say continue to lose weight. Get back on track, move forward and not look back.
2. Clean. More. More consistently. Frequently.. Etc. Etc. Etc. Organize, store, change, label etc
3. Save money. Make laundry detergent, find better ways of saving v spending
4. Sew. More, more often. Set a date nite with myself to go sew and get away from the tv.
5. To be continued...

Thursday, December 16, 2010

Sayings from t

She's started that hiding while you poop phase, so I ask "are you going poop?" she say "no mom" so I say "it's ok to poop, everybody does" she says " oh, it i's? MY TURN!"

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Things you can't put in your status on Facebook...

1. OMG, I have cramps!
2. Why do people need to be Bitches! No one cares to hear what you have to say (BLOCK)
3. (My Boss, His Boss, Some VP) at X company) is an ASS..
4. Why is everything that my husband does wrong, my fault?
5. Really, I set the clock wrong and that's why you were late to work? It's 10 minutes FAST!
6. If he tells me one more time that you cut the grass so you don't have to do dishes, clean the bathrooms etc, I am going to deck him!
7. Why is it, my BRA is the first thing that's TOO BIG when I diet! BS I tell ya!
8. seems to lose the same pound every other day, I wonder how loud I have to scream to scare it away for good!
9. thinks it's time for a fake sick day, call it mental health. (oh hi boss)
10. can someone remind me to pick up tampons, advil, my meds, fiber pills, and foil on my way home?

Thursday, July 22, 2010


I am now at a point in my day where I hear so much whining, and it's not even at home. I can't stand it. Family whines about other family, work whines about everything under the sun and some people that I thought were my friends whine about excuses and made up stories that I can't even stand to hear. T whines when she's tired and it's her self soothing to go to sleep (and it drives me crazy) she will walk around the living room with this mummer of a hum/whine going on "eeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeehhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh" "eeeeeeeeeeeeeehhhhhhhhhhh" over and over again. Some days I wish the adults were doing that so I didn't have to hear everything else.
Most of my friends have had at least one night away from their kid(s) already, I have not, my husband has and he does not seem to have any appreciation for me going out, like I am dismissing my "duty" as a mother, and it is really starting to cause me pain. I feel like I need to sneak around to get some time away, and by the time I do, I am exhausted and so worn down I just want to hide or sleep. If asked to go out and leave T home for the night, I am not sure I could, knowing I would not wake up with her there. Torn... I am so so torn, and apparently whining, but feel free to skim past if you don't like it......eeeeeeehhhhhhhhheeeeeehhhhhh

All in all life is going well, my "garden" has produced about 12 blueberries, 6 raspberries that were devoured by nasty little bugs, an insane amount of almost yellow basil but it's still going and will end up in the ground by the end of the season. My cherry tomato's are not doing so well but they did bloom recently. I need to keep them going. The containers are doing really well, my peppers are not doing so well, they are sad little plants, sticks with leaves.. I don't know what to do with them, maybe I was sold grass?

I really need to buckle down and start working harder on weight loss. I don't want another year to pass, then T will be 3 and I am dieting, which I don't want. I know I need to change my food choices, which I've done and I've done really well so far, but I now need to start kicking up an actual diet for now to really get myself on track, I did the Weight Watchers and it's not bad but it's not going as fast as I would like. I will get there, it's going to take time, this is for sure someplace I've never been in my life, that is for sure! I have no idea why I started drinking soda (again) but I really don't even like it, I am going to stop drinking it again.. now.

In other news, I saw Eclipse the other night with a friend, it was good... It lost quite a bit of the emotional appeal that the book had for me. Once they get it on the screen it needed so much more than what "Bella" gave the role. My take. Jake on the other hand, omg... Taylor is too young to look that good.. but he does, look, that good!!

And the whining continues... off to have another fun filled day........