Must Have Ultimate Chocolate Chip Cookies

Must Have Ultimate Chocolate Chip Cookies are easy to make and so delicious! The secret ingredient makes all the difference!

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Must Have Ultimate Chocolate Chip Cookies

Your family will love this Must Have Ultimate Chocolate Chip Cookie recipe. For years I only used the Chocolate Chip Cookie recipe that came on the back of the bag of the chocolate chips. You know what I mean? I just figured it was the best. Wrong! One day I experimented with some new ingredients, and found something better! We never went back to the old way of making chocolate chip cookies! Most of all, butter and sour cream give this cookie a delightful light texture (it’s a secret, don’t tell your family what’s in it!). You may want to make an extra batch to put in the freezer for last minute treats when friends come to visit.

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Chocolate Chips are Comfort Food

Chocolate chip cookies disappear faster at our home than you can imagine! Seems like I can make a batch of fresh cookies, leave the room while they are cooling, and come back to an empty table. It’s true! In addition, this recipe has become one of our family kitchen staples. It’s probably the easiest cookie to make and produces a winner that everyone will love. The noteworthy secret ingredient is the addition of sour cream. We prefer to use the dark chocolate chips, our favorite brands include either Ghirardelli or Hershey’s Special Dark chocolate chips. Either brand will work, or you can use your favorite. In addition, you can add walnuts if you have them on hand. Trust me, seems like after have had these cookies there is no going back to a regular recipe!

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Must Have Ultimate Chocolate Chip Cookies

Must Have Ultimate Chocolate Chip Cookies

Ingredients

  • •2 sticks of softened butter, 1 cup total
  • •1 cup sugar
  • •1 cup brown sugar
  • •4 eggs
  • •1 cup sour cream (if you are dairy free you can substitute the soy variety)
  • •4 1/2 cups flour
  • •1/2 tsp. salt
  • •2 tsp. baking soda
  • •1 package dark chocolate chips
  • •1 1/2 cups chopped walnuts (optional)

Instructions

  1. •Cream butter and sugar
  2. •Add eggs, cream until fluffy.
  3. •Combine with sour cream, mix well.
  4. •Slowly add flour, salt, soda. Mix again.
  5. •Stir in chocolate chips and nuts if desired.
  6. •Drop by scant tablespoons onto a greased cookie sheet.
  7. Bake at 375 degrees for 10-12 minutes. While cookies are cooling on a wire rack, you can pack some of them in freezer bags. These cookies keep frozen for up to 6 months. Recipe makes 4 dozen cookies.

 

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Spring Table Setting: Inexpensive and Easy Decor

It’s officially spring! Time to change the decor to lighter colors and fun seasonal decorations.

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Spring Table Setting

Spring color is addictive. I have been searching for lighter colors and couldn’t wait to put all of my spring items together on this table setting. We eat at our dining table for every meal so it works best to use decorations that can easily be moved to make way for dishes and extra place settings when needed.

These spring green linens came from the clearance rack at Pier 1 Imports. We already had the placemats, and I love how they look together.  I always prefer to use cloth napkins when ever possible, they are easy to wash and reuse.

The colorful napkin rings are also Pier 1. I spent about .50 cents on them. BARGAIN!

The Pier 1 store had the most adorable displays with bunnies and greenery. Just beautiful! I brought home one little bunny and used faux forsythia and bayberry balls that we already had to decorate my table without spending a lot of money.

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Real or Faux?

The butterflies on the greenery balls are from the Dollar store. I buy loads of them each spring, I just love how colorful they are. They look so real! They look great in planters too!

It wouldn’t be any fun if there wasn’t some Easter candy on the table, malted candy eggs are scattered down the table and the candy dishes are full of jelly beans. I will have you know that my teenage boys were waiting in the wings for me to finish photographing so they could eat the candy. Some things never change!

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The orchids on the table are real mini plants that have been sitting in my window sill all winter. They are so lovely! I discovered they Orchids bloom longer when kept underneath the glass cloches. The glass keeps the plants moist and they don’t seem to mind being a bit crowded under the curved glass top. We use cork discs under all our plants to protect the table surfaces underneath. Every time we go to Ikea I buy a bunch of these discs. They also make great hot pads for hot dishes at meal time.

To give our blue patterned dishes a new look, they were layered with some green plates from the thrift store in a darker shade of green. Shades of a color look great when used all together, and even the plates covered with ivy designs seem to look right.

The Centerpiece

Spring centerpiece with grapevine wreath.|Designers Sweet Spot|www.designerssweetspot.comThe center piece is super easy to make. It is a 5 minute project. More on that tomorrow!

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Molasses Cookies

Molasses cookies are a classic treat. They are healthy and delicious, make a batch for your family in just a few minutes!

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Molasses Cookies

Molasses Cookies are always a hit at our house. We enjoy making them for just about any occasion.  I must admit I love to serve them with strong black coffee for dunking. This recipe is fun for kids to help in the kitchen.  They love the feel of the dough in their hands as it is rolled. Rolling the molasses cookie balls in course organic sugar is my preference. You can use regular granulated sugar as well. The coarse unprocessed organic sugar variety seems to hold up better in the oven and makes the cookies look extra special with its glassy texture.

By the way, I am Jessica from Designers Sweet Spot. I am thrilled to share my recipes with you here on the Shabby Creek. Thanks to Gina for letting me share this post!
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Molasses Cookies

Molasses Cookies

Ingredients

  • 1 cup softened butter
  • 2 1/4 cups brown sugar
  • 2 cups molasses
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 cups buttermilk or regular milk mixed with 2 Tablespoons vinegar
  • 6 cups flour
  • 1 Tablespoon baking soda
  • 3/4 cup coarse granulated sugar for rolling

Instructions

  1. Cream shortening and brown sugar.
  2. Add molasses, buttermilk or regular milk mixture, and eggs.
  3. Stir in flour and baking soda.
  4. Shape into 1" balls, roll in granulated sugar.
  5. Place balls on baking sheet 2" apart. Bake at 375 degrees for 10 minutes. Balls will flatten as they bake. Store in an air tight container for up to one week.

Molasses Cookie Tips and Tricks

The cookie recipe calls for buttermilk, but as stated you can substitute regular milk with the addition of vinegar or even lemon juice instead. Let the milk mixture sit on the counter a minute or two until it begins to curdle, then add it to the recipe as usual. There is no difference in taste between the ingredients, just use what you have on hand. I am not one to make special trips to the grocery store for just one or two items!

My favorite type of molasses is the full bodied unsulfered, dark molasses. This is the molasses in it’s purest form, rich and nutritious. Look for it in the baking isle or next to the maple syrup.

Enjoy!

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Spring Planter Arrangement

Spring Planter Arrangements aren’t hard to make with some purchased spring bulbs. Here’s how to make a stunning display for your tabletop.

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Spring Planter

Spring bulbs are here! They have finally arrived in the garden centers and it won’t be long before things are blooming outside! This pretty planter was put together with some purchase bulbs (in ugly pots) and a few items from the craft store.

Be sure to buy bulbs that are already growing and almost blooming rather than bulbs that have never been planted. Most spring bulbs require a period of cold weather in order to get them to bloom. Sometimes you can purchase pre-chilled, unplanted bulbs in your local garden center that are ready to plant and bloom.

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Supplies Needed:

•Metal urn or other waterproof container with a wide top (mine came from the thrift store)

•aquarium gravel or small stones for drainage

•Miracle Grow Potting Soil with slow release fertilizer

•Purchased spring bulbs that are close to blooming such as crocus, daffodils, tulips or paper whites

•Reindeer moss (from the craft store or garden center)

•Faux butterfly (craft store or dollar store)

•Fairy garden sized rabbits or other seasonal ornaments

 Spring Planter Arrangement with faux moss and butterfly.|Designers Sweet Spot|www.designerssweetspot.com

Directions:

1.  Place a layer of gravel in the bottom of the container, about 1″ thick for drainage.

2. Add a layer of soil to cover the gravel.

3. Remove the bulbs from their original pots being careful not to break the roots. You can separate the bulbs if they are clumped together. The roots will regrow and stabilize after replanting. Place the bulbs in the container, with the tallest plants in the center or towards the back of the container.

4. Cover the bulbs with more soil being careful to leave any growth uncovered.

5. Add reindeer moss on top of the soil to retain moisture and give the bulbs more protection.

6. Place decorative butterfly in the moss, as well as a fairy garden rabbit or other animal statue.

7. Water about once per week. Keep your planter near a sunny window. After the bulbs have bloomed they may be pulled out and planted outside. You can then plant other plants in the planter such as succulents or houseplants.

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Tomato Salsa with Five Delicious Fresh Garden Ingredients

Tomatoes are easy to work with and make many delicious appetizers. This salsa fresca recipe is quick to make and tastes delicious.

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Tomato salsa has only 5 delicious fresh ingredients. We often make this salsa to serve with nachos, tacos or even with breakfast omelets.  Once you have made fresh tomato salsa, you will never go back to the store bought variety, I guarantee it!

Welcome back to the Ultimate Recipe Challenge! This linkup is the brain child of Kim Six Fix, thanks Kim for putting this all together! This month’s challenge is tomatoes, which are probably one of my favorite foods.

My favorite combination of tomatoes is multi-colored red Roma tomatoes, yellow pear and black heirloom varieties. This combination can also be purchased in a small variety pack from Costco or even Aldi’s grocery store. You can make this recipe with regular tomatoes too, but I love the bright colors in this side dish.

Here’s what to do:

Tomato Salsa with Five Delicious Fresh Garden Ingredients

Tomato Salsa with Five Delicious Fresh Garden Ingredients

Ingredients

  • 2 cups mixed colored tomatoes (or 4 large tomatoes)
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped onion
  • 1 teaspoon chopped garlic
  • Juice from 1/2 squeezed lemon or lime
  • Tabasco sauce
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Instructions

  1. 1. Wash tomatoes, place in blender. Chop coarsely. Put in medium sized bowl.
  2. 2. Add onion (or chop in the blender)
  3. 3. Add garlic.
  4. 4. Using a lemon reamer, juice the sliced lemon right over the bowl of tomatoes.
  5. 5. Add a few drops of tobacco sauce, salt and pepper to taste.
  6. Serve with chips, sour cream, olives or nacho cheese. Add an avocado the second day for delicious guacamole. Makes 4 cups.

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