Thursday, March 23, 2017

The BEST Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe EVER.

Well, my cute friend offered to help make something to lighten my load and so I assigned her to bring chocolate chip cookies.

Little did I know.....
these would be the BEST chocolate chip cookies EVER!

For reals.
Ask anyone who was here.

She's been EVER so kind to share her recipe with us. 

You need to make em this weekend.  I promise you won't be disappointed.

Choose the Right 
Chocolate Chip Cookies


3/4 c. unsalted butter, softened 
3/4 c. brown sugar 
1/4 c. granulated sugar 
1  egg 
2 tsp. vanilla extract 
2 c. all purpose flour 
2 tsp. cornstarch 
1 tsp. baking soda 
1/2 tsp. salt 
1 c. chocolate chips


1.  Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

2.  Cream together butter and sugars until fluffy and light in color. Add egg and vanilla and blend in.

3.  Mix in flour, cornstarch, baking soda and salt. Stir in chocolate chips.

4.  Using a cookie scoop, drop dough onto a prepared baking sheet.  Bake for 8-10 minutes, until barely golden brown around the edges.  (The tops will not brown, but do NOT cook longer than ten minutes.)

5.  Let cool, on the sheet, for five minutes.  Remove from baking sheet and let cool completely.  Makes 3 dozen.  

* Cue Moana's 'Your Welcome' song now 😀

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

2fer Tuesday.

2 Things I Love Right Now:

This pic.

And this.

2 Songs on Repeat Right Now:


I'm really not a fan of Train.
But this song is SO catchy! And happy!


Happy Tuesday!

P.S. We saw "Beauty and the Beast" today.
Loved it.
It was a lil on the long side but it was super cute.
LOVED Emma Watson.

Sunday, March 19, 2017

This Weekend:

* Our weekend actually began on Thursday.
Joe took the day off work to head up to our Stake Pioneer Trek with me...

A 'Pioneer Trek' is basically when the youth of our church dress and live like pioneers for 4 days and 3 nights.

They pull handcarts, sleep on the ground, cook their own food, etc....all to hopefully catch a small glimpse as to what their ancestors did for them.

When these sweet kids {350+!} rolled into their camp on Thursday, I was literally a sobbing mess!!!

Where on earth do you find kids that would give up part of their spring break to do this??? And guess what....they were SMILING! I still can't even wrap my brain around it because let me tell you - - Joe and I were there for ONE day and we were completely pooped by the time we drove home and got into our comfy beds.

I was so moved by being apart of this experience for such a short moment.

Did I mention that they were in the middle of the desert, too?
With rattlesnakes?!?!

{Side note: I used to think that the desert was so blah and ugly. I LOVE the desert now.  Like, with all my heart.}

Downside of being outside all day when bushes and trees are in full bloom?  I woke up on Friday looking like this...


No joke.
I sent this pic to Joe while he was at work, telling him it was exactly how I felt. I could barely breathe!!!! And when I did - - I sneezed! It was not a pretty sight.

London and I snuck out real quick to grab some groceries and donuts...
{I prayed that I wouldn't run into anyone I knew with how I looked!}...

London's usual: A donut with sprinkles, a Sunny D and a side of sausage from my breakfast sandwich.

 We spent the rest of the day at home, on our couches, watching 'Moana' and doing absolutely nothing.

I managed to scrape together my favorite St. Patrick's Day meal.....

...of Bangers and Mash.
{Have you had it? It's my fave!!!}

Usually we go HERE for it on St. Patty's Day but since I wasn't feelin so hot, we stayed in and I tried my hand at it.

* Saturday we dropped London off at a birthday party and the boys and I went out to lunch HERE.

London attended my cute niece's MOANA themed birthday party....

...and can you even STAND how cute those headbands are??? My talented sister-in-law MADE them!!!!

I wish you could see it in person.
It's SO adorable!

* Date night Saturday night HERE with one of our favorite couples.

This is such a fun place if you've never been.
We ate inside and their salad bar >>> everywhere else.

* Churchey-church on Sunday.
We napped afterwards and grilled T-bone steaks for dinner. 

Cubby thought he had won the lottery when we gave him one of our bones. {Side note: Cubby is now 20 pounds!!! Holy cow. He is growing SO fast!}

I baked banana chocolate chip bread for dessert...

And we ended the evening together watching AFV.

* * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * *

Spring Break week 2 is up this week:

* Hoping to turn off the a/c - - it's been SO HOT HERE!

* Hoping to take the kids to see 'Beauty and the Beast' - - have you seen it yet?

* Taking London to the American Girl Doll store for lunch.
We've never been. 
I may be as excited as she is.