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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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.

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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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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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Weight Loss Lifestyle

What is a Weight Loss Lifestyle? Our family is newly committed to becoming the healthiest we can be. Living a healthy lifestyle looks a bit different for everyone. For us, it means having more energy, being more active,  sleeping better and as a result seeing the scale tip a bit in the downward direction. Here’s how we are reaching our Weight Loss Lifestyle goals. 

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Learning a new Weight Loss Lifestyle is not easy. My husband and I used to be very active people. You know how it goes, once the “mid life” season begins, the healthy lifestyle of the past goes out the window. We think we eat healthy and exercise enough, but we really don’t. We spend more time being the computer than we do outside doing active things. Somehow we lack energy and enthusiasm for most physical activities. Going to the gym is a chore, and we feel more tired after working out. Our clothes are too tight, we sleep poorly and it shows. Even concentrating and focusing on projects at times can be a difficult tasks. Sound familiar? I know we are not alone in this struggle.

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Last fall my husband and I began using the Isagenix 30 Day Weight Loss System that was recommended to us by a friend. It has been a huge change for us, in more ways than one. Every day I am realizing how much better we feel.

Lifestyle Improvement: Have more energy.

Lacking energy is my biggest problem towards accomplishing my goals. I have a difficult time getting up in the morning, partially because I don’t sleep well at night. Working from home is a blessing, because I can set my own hours. But, I find myself dragging out of bed on most days, much later than I would like. After I started using the Isagenix products, in particular the IsaLean Dairy Free Shakes (I have a number of allergies so I can’t eat dairy), I am waking up early in the morning full of energy and ready to face the day. Honestly, this has never happened to me before. EVER.

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My husband is generally full of energy, but in recent years he is struggling as well. He finds that the IsaLean Shakes make a world of difference for him. He works more than one job, and he takes the shakes to work in a blender bottle. All he has to do is add water and mix it up for a quick meal when he is on the go. He has also lost more than 65 lbs. in the last few months with this Isagenix 30 Day Weight Loss System. Wow!

Lifestyle Improvement: Sleep better at night

I am one of those people who wake up at 2:00am and can’t go back to sleep. My husband has trouble sleeping too, but he struggles to fall asleep and stay asleep. When we have the Isagenix nutrition shakes, we sleep all night long and wake up refreshed. It is just amazing what proper nutrition can do for your body. We feel good because we are resting well. Interestingly enough, when we run out of shakes, we start waking up again at night and the cycle repeats itself. Proper nutrition makes a huge difference in reaching our fitness goals.

Lifestyle Improvement: Lose weight.

With the right combination of shakes, supplements and nutritional food we are making progress towards our goal. My husband has already lost more than 65 lbs. with this method. My progress is slower, since I have a slower metabolism. However, even if my progress is slow, I FEEL different. I know this will work in the long run because I can feel myself becoming healthier. I am all about the long term success, not the short term. I have been down that road before with fad diets and I know that they don’t work at all.

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I make Pasta once a week for the menfolk at our house. I cook both gluten free noodles and the regular variety to accommodate  those on special diets. My favorite gluten free Pasta is the Quinoa variety. It cooks the best and doesn’t have the sticky residue that rice base pastas have. It tastes just like the regular pasta, you may not even know the difference!

Recently, we went on a tour with 57 high school students as the cooks for the group. This Gluten Free Chicken Alfredo dish sold out completely! I had people asking me for the recipe, so here it is!

Easy Gluten Free Chicken Alfredo

Easy Gluten Free Chicken Alfredo

Ingredients

  • 2 lbs. chicken breast, thawed
  • Lemon juice
  • Olive oil
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 2 Tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 Tablespoons butter
  • 2 Tablespoons flour
  • 1/2 cup chopped onion
  • 2 cloves of garlic, chopped
  • 1 cup cream or half and half, or original almond milk
  • 1/2 cup Parmesan cheese
  • 2 cups chicken broth
  • Fresh or dried parsley
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Instructions

  1. Preheat grill or broiler. Drizzle olive oil and lemon over, the chicken. Season with salt and pepper. Grill or broil until done, 5-7 minutes. Set aside and keep warm in oven.
  2. In a medium sauce pan, heat olive oil over medium high heat until hot. Add onion and garlic, sauté for 2-3 minutes until onions are clear. Add butter, whisk until melted. Add flour, whisk until dry. Wait 2 minutes, then whisk in chicken broth a little at a time, stirring constantly until smooth. Add cream and reduce heat to low. Simmer 5-10 minutes until thick. Add Parmesan cheese, parsley and salt and pepper.
  3. Serve sauce over hot fettuccini noodles. Chop chicken breast into strips, serve over noodles with sauce and extra Parmesan cheese.