Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Does anyone remember Erica Kane from All My Children?

Susan Lucci has a house in our area and it's up for sale.

If you would like to see where Ms. Lucci lived check out 

Oh, did I fail to mention that it's only 20 million?

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Cream Chocolate Chip Cookies

I had cream left from the Momofuku's Crack Pie and I found this recipe on Roxana's Home Baking

Gabe was going out with Neil on the diveboat and I wanted to make a treat for the guys. Neil really likes cookies and ate his fair share while visiting us in Florida. It's a win- win for the both of us, he enjoys the cookies and I get to bake and try new recipes.

I thought I had instant coffee in the house. I searched everywhere for it. It was used up or I tossed it ( I know hard to believe). I didn't want to go to the store for one thing so I subbed vanilla for the coffee.


1/2 cup room temperature butter
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1/4 cup heavy cream
1 egg yolk
1/2 tsp baking powder
2 cups all purpose flour
2 tsp instant coffee granules ( used 2 teaspoons vanilla)
1/4 cup chocolate chips ( didn't mix- used semi-sweet )


Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

 Cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy in a large mixing bowl with a hand held mixer or mixer with a paddle attachment.  
Add the heavy cream and egg yolk to the mixture and beat well, scraping the sides of the bowl with a spatula.

Add the baking powder, flour and coffee granules or the vanilla and stir to combine. Fold in the chocolate chip with a wooden spoon or a spatula.

Roll the dough in a ball and wrap with plastic. Put it in the refrigerator for a half hour.

Place a spoonful on ungreased cookie sheet and bake for  12-14 minutes. When the edges begin to brown take them out.

Remove from the oven and let the cookies sit on the cookie sheet for about a minute and them remove and place on a wire rack to cool.

* I called Carol and asked her about this recipe. The batch of cookies I gave to Gabe for the boat were nice and soft. I added the additional cookies to a tin. The cookies in the tin were rock hard! I was frantic- I thought the cookies I gave to Gabe were hard also. When he got home he said the guys loved the cookies- I said I hoped they didn't break a tooth. He didn't know what I was talking about.

I gave him a cookie from the tin ( air tight) and he couldn't believe how hard they were. Strange. I baked them the same temp and time. 

The only thing I can think of I added the cookies to a plastic bag for the boat. I don't see how that would make a difference.

I've been making cookies for over 50 years and this has never happened and Carol couldn't figure it out either.

Anyone have any suggestion?

The thing to remember about the recipe- the guys loved them!

Monday, July 28, 2014

MM 105 Weeks

                                                    Did you get my good side Mom?

                                                         Are you playing hard to get?

Saturday, July 26, 2014

Friday, July 25, 2014

Chickpea, Avocado and Feta Salad

This is a good combination. Next time I'll buy goat cheese.

Recipe adapted from-New Recipe Saturday


Half of a large avocado, pitted and chopped
1 16 oz. can chickpeas, rinsed and drained
1/3 cup chopped cilantro
1/3 cup chopped green onions
Juice of one lime
Salt and pepper to taste (didn't use salt and pepper)


In a medium bowl combine the chopped avocado,the drained chickpeas, cilantro,green onion that were chopped and the juice from the lime.

Stir and mix until well combined.

Sprinkle with  feta.

Serve and enjoy!

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Learning can be fun

Introducing the idea of angles. When kids go to school and start angles in maths, they'll already have the general gist of it, plus a fun reference point, which will make the lessons sink in better.