Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Melissa's Chocolate Chip Cookies

These cookies were given this name, because a dear friend treated us to a LARGE container of these at a women's retreat.  I have been told that it is basically just the toll house recipe and would love to give credit to them if that is true (although I have never checked...), but it is truly the love of this friend that makes these so special!  These are a FAVORITE in our home now too!  IT MUST be the LOVE!

2 c. shortening
1 c. sugar
2 c. brown sugar
4 eggs
2 tsp. vanilla
4-4 ½ cups flour*
2 tsp. baking soda
2 tsp. salt
2 bags milk chocolate chips

Cream together shortening and sugars.  Beat in eggs, one at a time until fluffy
Add vanilla
Sift together dry ingredients and add to the creamed mixture.
Fold in the chocolate chips.
Drop by tablespoons onto cookie sheet. I line my sheets with silpats.
Bake at 375 for about 10 minutes**

* Start with 4 cups flour and add in any extra needed to make a nice soft sticky dough.
** We like these slightly underbaked.  Please adjust time according to your preferences and so no one gets sick.

Monday, June 1, 2015

Homeschool Buyer's Co-op FREE Summer Subscription to Discovery Education Streaming Plus

***  This is a promotional Post For Home School Buyers Co-op.
Homeschool Buyers Co-op is about to make your summer a whole lot brighter and a bit more educational!

The Homeschool Buyers Co-op is giving away a FREE subscription to Discovery Education Streaming Plus for the summer to homeschoolers. This is SUCH A GREAT deal...a one year subscription sells for $375. There are over 12,000 full length educational videos, games, interactives and MORE!  There are so many ways that this could be used!

Here is some information that might be helpful from the Homeschool Buyer's Co-op Website:

It's easy to see why homeschoolers rave about Discovery Education Streaming Plus. It's probably the most extensive and feature-rich educational video streaming service in the world.
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Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Spring Look Book

Looking for an amazing gift for the beautiful women in your lives? Consider an Origami Owl Custom jewelry piece. A Living Locket or an In{Script}ions item gives you the tools to creating a gift that is so unique and just right...take a peek and get those ideas flowing for those you dearly love!
Jewelry Bar # 49668

Sunday, March 15, 2015


A pinata MIGHT just be the worst idea EVER!

And the lovely good news is...we have 2 more layers to go!
So the Moral of the story is: if you are covering Flat Stanley's Amazing Mexican Secret...BUY a pinata...

You're welcome!

Saturday, March 7, 2015

A Flat Update

For Co-op, I am teaching a Flat Stanley Class.  We are just at the beginning of the class, but I am going to try to post here some of the updates we get.

Here they are excited to get mailed out and go off on their adventures!

Seeing The Musical Adventures of Flat Stanley

And a little horse play in a tree

Thursday, March 5, 2015

Persian Yogurt and Cucumber Dip

This is a delicious dip that is similar in taste to Tzatziki Sauce that a friend brought to our co-op potluck one time.  I am teaching a Flat Stanley Class where we will be tasting food that is representative to each book.  In The Great Egyptian Grave Robbery book by Sara Pennypacker (Series Created by Jeff Brown), falafel is mentioned.  I have a recipe I will be trying on my Pinterest Board and I thought this dip would be wonderful with them.

Here is the recipe:

Persian Yogurt and Cucumber Dip

1 long seedless cucumber, peeled and diced
3 c whole milk yogurt
2 T. chopped fresh mint (or 2 tsp dried, ground up)
2 T. chopped fresh dill weed (or 2 tsp. dried, ground up)
2 cloves garlic, peeled and crushed
1 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. pepper

In a bowl, combine cucumber, yogurt, mint, dill weed, and garlic until well combined.  Season with salt and pepper.  Refrigerate at least one hour.  Serve with a Mediterranean style flat bread (or with falafel!)

I have shared some more ideas that I will be using in my class with Home and School Mosaics.  You can look for that article sometime in April, so keep checking in with them...there is quite a bit of wonderful content!

Monday, January 26, 2015

Green Tea Lemongrass GGMS

In an on again, off again attempt to lose weight, I keep returning to Trim Healthy Mama.  I SO LOVE the concept, but have some issues with the application of it.  So, as I am dealing with an issue, that presses me closer to THM again, I am getting out all my special ingredients again.  One of my favorite things with THM is GGMS, or Good Girl Moonshine.  A beverage with Apple Cider Vinegar and ginger and about as many variations as you can imagine.  We have been enjoying a Fruit Punch GGMS and I just got to thinking...what would happen if...

So, here is my variation of GGMS
Steep 8 bags Green Tea of your choice in about 4 cups of water. (You will add more water later and ice when you are ready to drink it!)
Into a pitcher, put:
 4-8 tsp THM's Sweet Blend or approved sweetener (I do not like it sweet, so I do 4t, but you may want much more)
 8 tsp. lemon extract
 8 T. Apple Cider Vinegar
 2 T Ginger (powdered or fresh...I like using the Gourmet Garden brand that comes in a tube
It costs SO MUCH MORE than powdered or the fresh root, but the taste difference and ease of use make it the go to for me...)I use a squeeze about 2" long for this recipe.
Lemongrass, also from the tube and about the same amount...I did not measure...but I did learn something about the stayed chunked up in the drink...SO STIR IT INTO SOMETHING BEFORE ADDING IT TO YOUR the Apple Cider Vinegar.

Swish all of this around and add the tea.  Add 32 oz cold water.  Chill and/or serve with ice.
This makes about half a gallon of GGMS.

You can add some lemon juice or essential oil (MAKE SURE YOUR ESSENTIAL OILS ARE SAFE TO INGEST) if desired.