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I had originally printed this recipe because we were given notice a few summers  ago that there was going to be a birthday party scavenger hunt on our  street. And a “copy of a chocolate chip cookie recipe” was one of  them…
But usually when you find a recipe posted online it has one of these keywords, “Best” “Easy” “Quick” “Awesome” it is usually very deceiving… but in this case it was perfect. Dora had a good thing going here! 
Plus my Hubby is a huge cookie fan. And not just any cookie but chocolate chip cookies. Since they aren’t my favorite I didn’t have much experience with a recipe before moving in with him. So I made this one weekend… he thought it was the best ever! Perfect!
Dora’s Seriously the Best Chocolate Chip Cookies
1c  butter, softened
1c white sugar
1c packed brown sugar
2tsp vanilla
3c flour
1tsp baking soda
2tsp hot water
1/2tsp salt
2c semi-sweet chocolate chips
1c chopped walnuts
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Cream together butter, and both sugars until smooth. Beat in eggs one at a time, then stir in vanilla. Dissolve baking soda in hot water. Add to batter along with salt. Stir in flour, chocolate chips, and nuts. Drop by large spoonfuls on to un-greased pans. Bake for about 10 minutes until golden brown.
Meghan’s Recipe Card Notes
Leave butter out on the counter for about 30 minutes to soften. Do not melt!
Nuts are optional if you want, but they do make them that much tastier!!

I had originally printed this recipe because we were given notice a few summers ago that there was going to be a birthday party scavenger hunt on our street. And a “copy of a chocolate chip cookie recipe” was one of them…

But usually when you find a recipe posted online it has one of these keywords, “Best” “Easy” “Quick” “Awesome” it is usually very deceiving… but in this case it was perfect. Dora had a good thing going here! 

Plus my Hubby is a huge cookie fan. And not just any cookie but chocolate chip cookies. Since they aren’t my favorite I didn’t have much experience with a recipe before moving in with him. So I made this one weekend… he thought it was the best ever! Perfect!

Dora’s Seriously the Best Chocolate Chip Cookies

1c  butter, softened

1c white sugar

1c packed brown sugar

2tsp vanilla

3c flour

1tsp baking soda

2tsp hot water

1/2tsp salt

2c semi-sweet chocolate chips

1c chopped walnuts

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Cream together butter, and both sugars until smooth. Beat in eggs one at a time, then stir in vanilla. Dissolve baking soda in hot water. Add to batter along with salt. Stir in flour, chocolate chips, and nuts. Drop by large spoonfuls on to un-greased pans. Bake for about 10 minutes until golden brown.

Meghan’s Recipe Card Notes

  • Leave butter out on the counter for about 30 minutes to soften. Do not melt!
  • Nuts are optional if you want, but they do make them that much tastier!!

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My absolute favorite cookie. I can not get enough of these! And if you were at my wedding shower you would have noticed that my aunt made a bowl of these — See photo above!

Megg’s Mexican Wedding Cakes

1c soft butter

1/2c powder sugar (plus 3/4c for later)

1tsp almond extract (my fav part!)

**Mix above well, then add below**

2 1/4c flour

3/4c chopped walnuts

1/4tsp salt

Mix well until able to work with. Roll into balls. Bake at 400 degrees for 10-12 minutes. Roll in 3/4c powder sugar while warm. Let cool.

Meghan’s Recipe Card Notes

  • Butter should be soft, not melted!
  • And the trick to making them super pretty is rolling them twice! The second time is after they have cooled.

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These cookies need no introduction. The name speaks for themselves. They are a staple in my mother’s Chirstmas time repertoire. But they are very much an everyday cookie. Once you have made them, you never go back!

Mom’s Irresistible Cut Out Cookies

*Half Batch*

2c butter(4 sticks)

1 egg

1c sugar

4c flour

2 tsp vanilla

Mix well. Chill for at least one hour before working with. Dough will be sticky, use a lot of flour when rolling. Roll thick, and cut out. Bake at 350 degrees for 12-18 minutes. Until edges start to golden. DO NOT over bake!

Meghan’s Recipe Card Notes

  • Butter should be soft, not melted!
  • Do not be afraid to use a lot of flour it will help!

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C is for CooooooKIEEEE!!!
This week - by request - I am posting my favorite cookie recipes. It seems I need to even the recipe score here since I have really only shared dinner recipes. I am going to start off with my Sunday Share-day!
Sharing is caring people, and I do not make up these recipes. Most of the time I am not even carefully selecting them. Just like you, I don’t know what to make or how to do it. So I take a stab in the dark. When I first started cooking, and sometimes still… I Google.
No knock against Google, I love them, but this is not the best way to find a GOOD recipe. Anyone can post online, and you don’t know its bad until you sit down with your loved ones and take that first bite. Trust me I’ve been there. So now what I do is I have gone to a few reputable sites and signed up for their newsletters. Just like this blog post can be sent to your inbox so can these sites. 90% of what I am currently looking into cooking has come to me through these sites.
Now just like my last blog about freebies & money saving you may want to have a separate email account so that you do not get overwhelmed on a daily basis. Since each newsletter comes about once every few days. I suggest Gmail… You are able to set up filters that automatically move certain items to a folder. Skipping your inbox completely. Plus you can add your other email accounts & have everything delivered to one place. Awesome :)
Ok below are the links for these sites & where you can sign up for their newsletter. Pick and choose if you would like, but those I HIGHLY recommend are the nicest in presentation, explanation & ease of printing.
HIGHLY RECOMMENDED
Betty Crocker’s —- “Dinner Made Easy” & “Bisquick”
Pillsbury —- “Today’s Taste” & “Cooking for Two”
Kraft Recipes —- “Food & Family”
Other Suggestions
Family Fun (Disney) —- Great newsletters for families and kids
Cooking.com —- Usually a list that focuses on one item (ie chicken)
Making Life Better —- Another company based site, so you know it has to be good!
Eat Better America —- Healthier alternative recipes, still with a yummy factor
McCormik —- Usually companies like this are best, they test the recipes they post… I mean they are representing a company here!
Wegmans — You would be surprised what they have, and its a super easy website to use!
What is also great about having these all in your inbox is you can use the search feature. So instead of searching the whole world wide web you can search your recipe folder for chicken, or crockpot.
What have you signed up for? Share in the comments section (link at top of post).
And if you haven’t already — Sign up for my posts in your inbox!!
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C is for CooooooKIEEEE!!!

This week - by request - I am posting my favorite cookie recipes. It seems I need to even the recipe score here since I have really only shared dinner recipes. I am going to start off with my Sunday Share-day!

Sharing is caring people, and I do not make up these recipes. Most of the time I am not even carefully selecting them. Just like you, I don’t know what to make or how to do it. So I take a stab in the dark. When I first started cooking, and sometimes still… I Google.

No knock against Google, I love them, but this is not the best way to find a GOOD recipe. Anyone can post online, and you don’t know its bad until you sit down with your loved ones and take that first bite. Trust me I’ve been there. So now what I do is I have gone to a few reputable sites and signed up for their newsletters. Just like this blog post can be sent to your inbox so can these sites. 90% of what I am currently looking into cooking has come to me through these sites.

Now just like my last blog about freebies & money saving you may want to have a separate email account so that you do not get overwhelmed on a daily basis. Since each newsletter comes about once every few days. I suggest Gmail… You are able to set up filters that automatically move certain items to a folder. Skipping your inbox completely. Plus you can add your other email accounts & have everything delivered to one place. Awesome :)

Ok below are the links for these sites & where you can sign up for their newsletter. Pick and choose if you would like, but those I HIGHLY recommend are the nicest in presentation, explanation & ease of printing.

HIGHLY RECOMMENDED

Betty Crocker’s —- “Dinner Made Easy” & “Bisquick”

Pillsbury —- “Today’s Taste” & “Cooking for Two”

Kraft Recipes —- “Food & Family”

Other Suggestions

Family Fun (Disney) —- Great newsletters for families and kids

Cooking.com —- Usually a list that focuses on one item (ie chicken)

Making Life Better —- Another company based site, so you know it has to be good!

Eat Better America —- Healthier alternative recipes, still with a yummy factor

McCormik —- Usually companies like this are best, they test the recipes they post… I mean they are representing a company here!

Wegmans — You would be surprised what they have, and its a super easy website to use!

What is also great about having these all in your inbox is you can use the search feature. So instead of searching the whole world wide web you can search your recipe folder for chicken, or crockpot.

What have you signed up for? Share in the comments section (link at top of post).

And if you haven’t already — Sign up for my posts in your inbox!!

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HAPPY VALENTINES DAY!!

So I made a special batch of valentines day cookies for my Hubby. It as a fairly easy “recipe” that I thought I would share with all of you!

  • Start with a Betty Crocker sugar cookie mix. Make as directed.
  • Add 20 drops of red food coloring, mix well. This takes a bit of work, I actually use rubber gloves to squish it up with my hands, without getting the dye all over them.
  • Roll them out and cut out.
  • Bake cookies, according to the package.
  • While cookies cool, set up your “double boiler” with chocolate. I don’t actually own a “double boiler” but when you place a glass bowl over a pot of boiling water. This keeps your chocolate hot & melted without burning it.
  • Dip half of each heart & sprinkle.

Enjoy! And have a great lovey day with your loved ones!

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This evening we had some nice meal. Hubby picked up some nice meat options for our soon-to-be Valentine’s Day dinner and a few extras. So with our meal tonight I made my favorite roasted potatoes. Last time I made these I did not measure the seasonings. Which led me to add more red pepper flakes “for color.” This was a disastrous decision, since the potatoes ended up being so intensely hot that no one could possibly eat them! So this time I measured! I still would have backed off on the red pepper a bit since they were a bit spicy for me…

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Freebies & $$ Saving

I am all about freebies, saving money & coupons. I have found several other ladies who also enjoy this. They each have a blog… you can sign up to receive their daily email updates, follow them on twitter and facebook. I am suggesting to my readers that if you enjoy saving money or a little something fun in your mailbox… that you start following these ladies and signing up for freebies!

Freebies 4 Mom — You do not need to be a mom to follow her. She posts several different types of freebies. From in the mail, codes for online, cheap ways to shop online, point collecting accounts, to free ebooks!

Krazy Coupon Lady — This blog is focused on coupons, sales & attempting to purchase everyday items by spending the least amount of money.

I am THAT Lady — Another coupon & sale type blog. She is located in Syracuse!!

$5 Dinners — This was the first blog I ever followed that got me into following blogs. She was featured on a TV show & I happen to catch a bit of it at the gym. And I said to myself “yea right, dinner for $5!!” But its true! She feeds her family of 5 — her, her husband & three small boys with food allergies, on a $5 dinner budget. She shares her recipes as well as money saving tips & tricks. She is expanding rapidly and always posting something new!

If you are the type to not check your email often or do not enjoy sifting through lots of emails, you may want to consider creating a separate email account to send all of these emails. The ladies themselves will only send one email a day. But when you sign up for freebies you will often need to create an account with that websites or company. They each will send about an email a day as well, which adds up fast. (With my personal email, freebies & recipes, I seem to average about 80+ emails a day.)

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Defrosting Trick

I am always the girl who notices that it is 4pm and has no idea what to make for dinner. Which is why I had gotten into creating a meal plan awhile back. As much as I want to stick to that, some days I just can not and it gets to be that hour and I have no plan. I think the worst part about not having a plan is usually my meat is frozen solid. I always used to defrost in the microwave, but if you have ever tried this you know that it begins to cook the edges. Ick!

Well for christmas this year my sister gave us an over the burners griddle. As I read the paper that came with it, it started to describe a defrosting technique. I thought this was crazy but worth a try.

I didn’t use the actual griddle, I was planning to cook the Chicken Pockets and needed to cook two chicken breasts prior. Since I would need a skillet for it, that is what I used for my defrosting, saved me the extra dish washing later.

The first time I attempted this I took the chicken out of the packaging and placed it in the skillet. No heat on, no nothing… you just wait. Something about the conductivity of the metal pan makes the meat thaw. Two frozen solid & frozen together chicken breasts thawed with in 45 minutes to an hour. I only needed to turn them over a few times. I was absolutely amazed!

Now not every time you need to thaw meat you are going to be using the skillet you thawed it in. Since we do not have a dishwasher I am all about conserving the number of things I dirty in one meal. So the next time I wanted to defrost something I kept it in the package. The packages ranged from a zip plastic bag to the packaging it originally came in (this was the brats used in the Cheesy Brat Soup recipe).

As most women my age, their mom is their main source of information. This is true for my mom, when I am lost or have a question its her number I call. I mentioned this little trick to her and she was just as surprised as I was about it. Which makes me think that this is a little known trick, which makes me want to tell everyone! It has been a huge time saver for me and I LIVE by it now!

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Last Super Bowl post, is for my favorite appetizer, Veggie Pizza. I have eaten many different types but this is by far the best recipe. I am not sure what makes it stand out from the others I have tried… If you make your differently, please post a comment and share what you think the yummy secret ingredient is!

Veggie Pizza

1 tube crescent rolls

1 pkg softened cream cheese

1/3c mayo

1 tsp dill weed

1 tsp onion

2c assorted veggies (chopped)

Roll out the crescents on to a cookie sheet. Bake plain crescents at 400 for 10 minutes. Mix together cream cheese, mayo, dill & chopped onion. Give crust a few minutes to cool, slightly. Spread cream cheese mixture on the crust. Sprinkle on veggies evenly. Cut into small squares.

Meghan’s Recipe Card Notes

  • I have used regular crescents, as well as the “seamless creations.” I believe the regular crescents are a larger sheet & fill the cookie sheet easier without too much stretching. The seamless version created thin spots & was stretched very thin.
  • I feel that the dill in the cream cheese mixture is the special ingredient here. So if you don’t have it, it would make a great investment ;)
  • As far as “assorted veggies” go… I always use broccoli, mushrooms & onions. I have also used peppers (use red, orange or yellow - green with the broccoli is too much green!). As well as black olives.
  • I make sure when I am done adding veggies that I press my palm along the entire crust to make sure the veggies are “glued” to the cream cheese spread. This creates less mess for your guests!
  • I also make sure to cut my veggie pizza into about 1 inch by 1 inch pieces. It makes for about two bites for the average person. Also allows someone to eat several instead of just one or two.

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So as I said in my last post I made sure to have all the cooking done & out of the way the night before. This was so that I would spend Super Bowl Sunday actually hanging out with my friends, rather than my kitchen! Only down side to this is that Hubby gets a whiff or faint idea of what is going on in the kitchen, he is asking for samples! This dip was perfect for making the night before as well as making a side sample….

Hot Crab Dip

1 pkg crab meat

8oz softened cream cheese

8oz sour cream

2 heaping tbsp mayo

2 tbsp lemon juice

1 tsp dry/ground mustard

3 shakes of garlic powder

6 drops Worcestershire sauce

1/2c shredded cheddar cheese

small chopped onion

dash of dill and or paprika for color

In food processor, finely chop onion, add soft chunked cream cheese, pulse to process again. Mix all ingredients and fold in crab meat. Heat at 350 for 15-20 minutes.

Meghan’s Recipe Card Notes

  • I use imitation crab meat. There was a really good sale a while back & I picked up a few & freeze them. They freeze really well! So I had this on hand already…
  • I finished the dip, topped it with more cheese & put it in the fridge. Right before the game started I baked it.

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