New Kitchen: New Chocolate Chip Cookies

Over the holidays, I ran into so many friends and all of them asked me about my kitchen.  Well, not much has happened since the end of November but tomorrow, someone is finally coming to pick up where they left off.  The floors where my old cabinets were need to be filled in and the walls need to be put up, they are all exposed.  I think my timing was just not great and people got busy but hopefully, I will get back on track.  Once the walls and floors are done, they can install the cabinets-which have been done for months.  Not having a kitchen for this long has been a challenge and I think of how fun it will be to walk in my new, white pretty kitchen sometime soon and get a Diet Coke with the amazing ice from my ice machine.  That sounds like heaven to me.
On the cooking front, I am also equally excited to get back to baking.  I used to be an awesome baker but my confidence wavered with the last two oven I had, they were never right and things kept burning. So frustrating.  The very first thing I will make when I have a new kitchen is these chocolate chip cookies.  This picture popped up in Instagram from Williams-Sonoma and it stopped me in my tracks.  I am a huge fan of chocolate chip cookies!  If someone wants to try this recipe out first and let me know, I can’t wait to hear!
Chocolate Chip Cookies
1 1/4 cups (6 1/2 oz./200 g) unbleached all-purpose flour
1 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp. salt
1/2 cup (1 stick/4 oz./125 g) unsalted butter, at room temperature
1/2 cup (3 1/2 oz./105 g) firmly packed light brown sugar
6 Tbs. (3 oz./90 g) granulated sugar
1 large egg
1 tsp. vanilla extract
2 1/2 cups (15 oz./470 g) semisweet chocolate chips
Preheat the oven to 350°F (180°C). Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper.
In a bowl, sift together the flour, baking soda and salt. In a large bowl, using an electric mixer on medium speed, beat the butter, brown sugar and granulated sugar until smooth, about 2 minutes. Add the egg and vanilla and mix on low speed until blended. Slowly add the flour mixture and mix just until incorporated. Switch to a wooden spoon and stir in the chocolate chips.
Using a small ice cream scoop or heaping tablespoon, drop the dough onto the prepared baking sheets, spacing the dough mounds 2 inches (5 cm) apart.
Bake the cookies, 1 sheet at a time, until the bottoms and edges are lightly browned and the tops feel firm when lightly touched, 10-13 minutes. Let the cookies cool on the baking sheets for 5 minutes, then transfer the cookies to wire racks to cool completely. Makes 30 cookies.
Happy Baking!

Keep Warm!

This weather is quite a way to start off 2018!  Right now I am wearing a puffy coat inside, it is a little chilly in my office.  The pictures from up North are so crazy, this “bomb cyclone” has certainly blanketed the Northeast with snow.  It even snowed in Tallahassee for the first time in almost 3 decades.  Of course online retailers are taking advantage of people being trapped inside to entice online shopping.  Even without snow, I have been sucked into all the sales being offered.
J. McLaughlin has an amazing sale right now.  Before my Chicago trip, I purchased a neck warmer and a head band.  They were amazing and kept me super warm as you can see by my selfie below lol.

The headband is sold out but the neck warmer is now super on sale.

There are also some other goodies still available.  
And with an extra 10% off of the sale price, some great bargains.

comes in various colors
comes in various colors
Keep warm and happy shopping!

Funny Christmas Story

Well, I made it through the holidays!  A few times in December I thought..I can’t wait until January!  This year, I sold stuff through Christmas Eve with my last sale around 2pm in my driveway.  Love the last minute shoppers!

One of my last shows was on Sunday the 17th.  I found an adorable invitation from Dixie Designs and set up shop at my friend Laurie’s.  

Surprisingly, it was one of my better shows!  So many friends came to hang out and shop.  Laurie’s niece Catherine, one of my old friends, bought a pair of my new tassel earrings.  

She picked the red ones and was excited to wear them that night.  She said when she got home from her party, she put them by her sink in her kitchen.  A few days went by and she went to grab them to wear and couldn’t find them.  She looked all around and in her jewelry box and no earrings.  She called her housekeeper and asked if she had seen them.  She said no and suggested looking in her bathroom.  Catherine was stumped.  Now, while she was telling me this, my mind was racing ahead not sure where this story was going.  Then she said about an hour later, her housekeeper called her back.  She said, look on the tree!  She thought they were ornaments and had put them on the tree.

Sure enough, Catherine went to the tree and both of the earrings were hanging there.  She was cracking up telling me this story and then we were all dying.  They do look like they belong on the tree but they are much cuter as earrings!

Hope you all had a great holiday season and are as excited as I am to hit the ground running in 2018.