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! 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. 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…
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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! 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! Print Yum Molasses Cookies Ingredients1 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 rollingInstructionsCream shortening and brown sugar. Add molasses, buttermilk or regular milk mixture, and eggs. Stir in flour and baking soda. Shape into 1″ balls, roll in granulated sugar. 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.…
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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. 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: Print Yum Tomato Salsa with Five Delicious Fresh Garden Ingredients Ingredients2 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 tasteInstructions1. Wash tomatoes, place in blender. Chop coarsely. Put in medium sized bowl. 2. Add onion (or chop in the blender) 3. Add garlic. 4. Using a lemon reamer, juice the sliced lemon right over the bowl of tomatoes. 5. Add a few drops of tobacco sauce, salt and pepper to taste. Serve with chips, sour cream, olives or nacho…
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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.  This page contains affiliate links. I will receive a small commission from your purchase at no additional charge to you. Your purchase will help me continue to run my blogging business. Thank you for your support. 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. 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…
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Easy Gluten Free Chicken Alfredo

  This month’s Ultimate Recipe Challenge is Pasta! We love Pasta at our house, it’s a thing of men. The more I make it, the more they eat it. Pasta is especially satisfying in our cool climate, and we eat it at least once a week. I have teamed up with some very talented bloggers for this Ultimate Recipe Challenge, you are going to love all these delicious Pasta ideas!   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! Print Yum Easy Gluten Free Chicken Alfredo Ingredients2 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 tasteInstructionsPreheat grill or broiler. Drizzle olive oil and lemon over, the chicken. Season with salt and pepper. Grill or broil…
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Chicken Tortilla Soup

Welcome to the Mexican Fiesta Recipe Blog Hop! There are 12 of us bloggers in this hop, you are going to love this Foodie Fiesta! Mexican cooking is very popular at our house. It is easy to prepare, and uses lots of healthy fresh ingredients. I make many Mexican meals, but this Chicken Tortilla Soup is always my favorite. I frequently make this soup with leftovers after a night of Fajitas or Chicken Tacos. You can use corn or flour tortillas in this recipe. I prefer the flour variety because they are light and soft. For the gluten free diet, the corn would be the best option. You can also purchase gluten free wheat-less tortillas at the grocery store. Ingredients: 2 lbs. cubed chicken breast 1 medium onion, chopped 2 cloves garlic, chopped 1 24 oz. can petite diced tomatoes 1 can black beans, drained 1 can corn, drained 6-8 cups chicken broth or 2 tablespoons chicken soup base 3/4 cup basmati rice, or leftover cooked rice 1 package flour tortillas 1 bunch fresh cilantro red pepper flakes to taste 1 tsp. chili powder olive oil salt and pepper to taste   Brush 3 tortillas with olive oil on both sides. Slice into strips. Bake in 425 degree oven for 15 minutes until crisp and brown. Meanwhile, add olive oil to large stock pot over high heat. Add garlic, onion and chicken breast. Salute 5-7 minutes until done. Add chicken broth, tomatoes, beans and corn. Stir, bring to a boil. Reduce heat to simmer. Add rice and cook 10 minutes…
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DIY Cake Stands

  This is a sponsored post. Any opinions given are completely my own. This post was sponsored by Gorilla Glue. See disclosure page for additional information.   I make weekly trips to the local thrift store. One day in particular is especially fruitful for my visits, since they put out new stock for the weekend. Friday is the day to shop for thrift. I found these lovely plates on my most recent excersion. I put them together with some other thrift store junk to make these DIY Cake Stands. I spent a lot of time deliberating colorful plates at the store. I found that I was drawn to the blue combinations the most. They key to success in this project is to choose 2-3 plates of the same color combination for each cake stand. I love that the patterns are all different, they work together because they are in the same color family. I did sneak in a couple of white plates, they are in the middle layer of the cake stand or have decorations and are not so obvious. The other secret ingredient is several small footed glass bowls in different shapes and sizes. I also used a candle stick and a shot glass as well but those are only for the smaller top layers. Using the wider, lower footed bowl for the heavier bottom plate adds stability, a medium size and height bowl works well for the middle plate, then the short shot glass or candle stick support the smaller top plate. I used Gorilla Super Glue for…
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Mexican Style Hash Brown Potatoes

I am starting something new….a collaboration with 40+ bloggers in the Best BiMonthly Recipe Challenge Blog Hop! You are going to love it! This month we are inspired by…. Yup, POTATOES! Breakfast is by far my favorite meal. I enjoy making a big meal first thing in the morning, it just sets my day off in the right direction. I tend to judge my day by the quality of the breakfast. Today was AMAZING. This new potato recipe is truly one of my new favorites. These Mexican Style Hash Browns are easy to prepare and a breeze to cook in the waffle iron. How cool is that? No fuss, no stress, a perfect waffle style hash brown every time, with a KICK! Ingredients: 4 Peeled and shredded baking potatoes, about 1 per person (you can also use frozen hash browns) 2 eggs 1/2 cup chopped onion 1/4 cup chopped canned jalepeno peppers 1/4 cup shredded cheddar cheese 1 tsp. chili powder Salt and pepper to taste Directions: Shred the potatoes with a cheese grater or use a food processor. Add the chopped onion, chili powder, eggs and chopped jalapeno peppers. Stir to combine. Season with salt and pepper. Pour off any excess liquid from the potatoes before cooking. Heat a Belgium style waffle iron until steaming hot. Grease with a bit of butter or cooking spray. Spread potato mixture in the waffle iron. Close and cook for 8 minutes until crisp and brown. Layer hot hash brown waffles with cheddar cheese in-between them. This will melt the cheese without messing up your…
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Minestrone Soup

It’s time for an Italian Dinner Feast! I am excited to be a part of the Italian Dinner Blog Hop, you are going to love what’s for dinner! I love Italian food. It is healthy, easy to prepare and a great way to affordably feed a large family. We eat Italian at least a couple of times per week, this week I decided to make a batch of Minestrone Soup. Minestrone is a simple tomato based soup, this version is without pasta which is great for those of us on gluten free diets. Minestrone is also loaded with healthy veggies, and has tons of super healthy green kale to boot. It is also an easy way to use up leftovers and clean out your refridge. Ingredients: 1 12 oz. can cantenelli beans 1 12 oz. can light red kidney beans 5 cups chicken stock 1/2 lb. cooked bacon, crumbled 2 Tablespoons olive oil 4 cloves chopped garlic 2 carrots, peeled and sliced 1 large yellow onion, chopped 2 ribs celery, sliced 2 1/2 cups chopped tomatoes, or 1 16 oz. can 2 cups peeled and chopped potatoes 1/2 cup dry red wine (optional) 1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley 1 tsp. Dried marjoram 1 1/2 cups sliced zucchini 1/2 lb. fresh Kale, remove stems and chop 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese   Directions: Wash, peel and chop carrots, garlic, onions, potatoes, tomatoes, zucchini and kale. In a large kettle, drizzle the olive oil, heat. Add garlic, onions, celery. Sauté about 5 minutes until brown. Add chicken broth, bring to a boil.…
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Hand Dipped Biscotti

Biscotti is my all time favorite holiday food. Years ago my friends and I would gather for a special holiday gathering and each year one of my friends would make Hand Dipped Biscotti. She would wrap each piece like a gift and we would relish every single bite until we got more the next year. Hand Dipped Biscotti is easy to make and so rewarding! It makes a great gift for any time of year. Hand Dipped Biscotti I make Biscotti each season, it’s easy and fun. Our kids love biscotti as well and often help me in the kitchen. They eat more than they make, but I love having them in the kitchen. It is a fun family activity. Here’s what you will need: Print Yum Hand Dipped Biscotti Ingredients2 cups all purpose flour 1 1/2 tsp. Baking powder 3/4 cup sugar 1/2 cup butter 1 tsp. Grated lemon zest 1/4 tsp. Salt 1tsp. Vanilla 2 eggs 3/4 cup chopped almonds 2/3 cup dried cranberries 12 oz. chocolate chipsInstructionsPreheat oven to 350 degrees. Mix dry ingredients and set aside. Combine butter and sugar, mix well. Add lemon zest, eggs and vanilla. Add dry ingredients, combine. Fold in nuts and cranberries. Turn out onto slightly floured counter, kneed slightly. Shape into rectangle, about 3″ wide. Place on large cookie sheet and bake for 40 minutes. Remove from oven, cool for 30 minutes. Cut into slices 1″ thick. Place slices on their side on cookie sheet. Bake again for 20 minutes until golden. Cool completely. Meanwhile, heat chocolate in double boiler…
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