Not the World’s Best Chocolate Chip Cookies

These are the second worst chocoalate chip cookies I’ve made. Last week, I made some cakey ones. Didn’t like those. So I thought these would be better.


Not the World’s Best Chocolate Chip Cookies

  • 2 C flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon or more cinammon
  • 1 C butter
  • 1 C dark brown sugar
  • 1/2 C sugar
  • 1 T vanilla extract
  • 2 eggs
  • lots of chocolate chips (not quite a 24 oz bag)

Mix dry ingredients.

Mix wets.

Bake at 325 for 12 minutes.

And you get…this:


The ones cooked on a metal cookie sheet weren’t any better.

Wicked Simple Pea Soup

I made my first pea soup today. It was really easy. I looked at a few recipes and made up my own:

  • 6 cups chicken broth
  • 1 lb split peas (rinsed)
  • 3 carrots (cut in 1/4 inch slices)
  • 1 onion chopped
  • 3 teaspoons garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon thyme
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper

You mix everything together in a crock pot. Let it cook on high for 6 or so hours. And voilà! Pea soup!

The spice measurements are only approximate. I just guessed with those. And the chicken broth was because we didn’t have any ham and didn’t want to go out to get any.

Best part? The kids ate it up without complaint.

It went especially well with the loaf of bread my wife made.

A meat pie a month in 2011

Last November, my 8 year old daughter and I got to spend almost three weeks in New Zealand. In that time, I fell in love with meat pies. I’m not sure why, but the idea of having a pie for a meal, rather than just a dessert, captured my imagination!

So this month I’m starting a commitment to making a meat pie a month this year.

My daughter loved the bacon and egg pie we had in New Zealand, so that’s where I began.

My recipe came from my friend Kerri Tilby, our host in New Zealand. When I asked her for a recipe, this was her reply:

Bacon and Egg Pie is easy-peasy. Flaky puff pastry on bottom, break open half a dozen eggs, as many rashers of bacon as you like, chop up an onion, couple tablespoons of tomato sauce (ketchup), pastry on top and cook. I’ll find a proper recipe, but I’ve never used one! In NZ it’s one of those things you just watch your Mum make and then copy with your own children.

I found out that a “rasher” was “piece” of bacon. 🙂

Delicious and easy. This is going to be a fun experiment this year!