Happy Holidays

Looking forward to driving the kids crazy with my off-key singing, eating way too many cookies and playing in the snow 
but most of all being together after all the festivities are over.

We hope everybody has a wonderful and safe holiday!!!

Ramblings Ultimate Chocolate Chip Cookie

We've all come across countless posts and images of the perfect or ultimate chocolate chip cookie recipe, I know I have.
 Each one basically called for similar ingredients and techniques.
So why would this one be any different? You'll need to try it out and see for yourself it's amazing! 
I wanted a cookie that stayed soft and chewy for days, that was salty yet sweet, with a nice buttery taste and
amazing melt in your mouth chocolate in every bite. 

So here it is:

The kind of chocolate really does make a world of difference, my go to in Ghirardelli milk chocolate of cacao, if you want the chocolate to stay soft and ooze out of every bite go with the 60% cacao chips.

What you'll need:

2 1/3 sticks salted butter
2 extra large eggs
3 cups of sifted flour
2 cups of sugar
3 tablespoons of full flavor molasses
1 tablespoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon of salt
1/4 teaspoon pure vanilla
10 ounces of chocolate chips

mix together butter, sugar, baking soda, molasses and salt

then add flour and eggs
finally the vanilla and chocolate chips

Place in a 365 degree oven 8-9 minutes for individual round cookies (makes 3 dozen)

or bake for 15-23 minutes for a cookie sheet cake, time varies based on depth of baking sheet. 
(prepare pan with spray pan with coconut oil and dust with flour)


Doctor Who Birthday Party

There's a bit of a Doctor Who obsession going on in our house lately, so what could be more fitting
 than a Doctor Who themed birthday party! 
Enter through the larger than life Tardis into a world of fun and games, not to mention lots of cake 
and Dalek inspired cupcakes.

A day in the life of Doctor Who wouldn't be complete without a bow tie for everyone!

After all the cake was gone and the sword fighting in the backyard was over we went in to make our 
very own sonic screwdriver pens made from modeling clay and a pack of cheap pens from Walmart.
 (the 15 pack of pens at Walmart do not melt in the oven, we tried another brand and they melted)

Even though most of the 8 & 9 year olds had no idea who Doctor Who was (can you believe that!)
 by the time they left that afternoon we had 6 more fans!

The Invitations and Thank You's kept with our Doctor Who theme.

Thank You!

Last year we spent the day honoring Veterans along the Gulf Coast, this year we will be spending the afternoon with a very special one, my grandfather!

Thanks You Veterans!

Wonderful Weekend

We'll be enjoying some outdoor time before the snowflakes start to fall.

Happy Weekend!

Run, Jump and dance

A cool crisp morning couldn't keep this kid from enjoying 
himself...they don't call it a fun run for nothing and fun is
 what he had along with a little bit of running, jumping and some dancing.

Quick no sew Halloween Costumes ideas

If you have an hour and are handy with the hot glue gun here are two easy no sew costumes I put together for my girls.


What you'll need:

 $3 Walmart umbrella in black
10 black pipe cleaners 
elastic in black
3 safety pins
metal headband
black feather boa

Bat Wings:
Simply dismantle and remove all metal and plastic parts of umbrella, you'll only be using the umbrella's material.
Now cut it in half, you can use this for two wings but I preferred to use one half and attach it on like a cape across the back of the costume.
No hot glue 3 pipe cleaners to each wing (you will only need 3 if you do one wing like i did).
Then attach elastic loops at the ends the wing to go around the wrists (this is for the single bat wing version only).
Now dress your little bat in black clothing and pin the wing on along the shoulders and neckline.

The headband was made by hot gluing a feather boa and bending 2 pipe cleaners around the headband into a bat ear shape. I used 2 pipe cleaners per ear (4 total)


Click here to read full post with detailed instructions on the cherry Pie Costume.

Burger Fest and Bed Races

A while back I took the kiddos to an awesome event in my the village where I grew up and where my love for hamburgers began, I probably ate my weight in burgers when I was little even though now I've been a vegetarian for 25 years it doesn't mean we still can't enjoy a little fun at Burgerfest.

My two meat eaters, enjoying every bit of their burgers.

The perfect ending to such a fun day...ice cream!

DIY: ugly light quick fix

I love retro but this is one ugly light fixture. I wish it was as easy as just changing it but we have low voltage wiring running throughout the house which left us in the dark for 4 days after changing the chandelier in the dining room and another 2 weeks trying to resolved the problem, so I'm stuck with this ugly light fixture in all it's green metal 60's glory.

 I started with quilting strips cut to about a 1/2 inch wide (but left over fabric scraps would work just as well)
I then wrapped the fabric around the part of the light I wanted covered and hot glued the ends closed. 
This way I can easily remove the fabric if I wanted to change the color or revamp the light fixture in the future.
This project took about an hour to complete and cost nothing since I already had everything I needed.

Problem solved...well at least dressed up.

{SH} Sundays #40

It's that time a year again when we celebrate 3 birthdays in 19 days and I must have had a lapse in sanity
 when I sent out invitations for 3 parties instead of our usual all in one birthday bash. 

My favorite thing to do when I'm alone is bake, especially chocolate chip cookies!

Made Me Smile
I love my girl in braids.

Going to miss summer.

Rule of Thirds

How'd that get there?

Happy Sunday!

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