Monday, January 30, 2012

Room Two Chocolate Chip Cookies

Last week I was asked to make cookie dough with my daughter's kindergarten class. I made cookie dough with the class a couple of months ago and it was a good experience and of course the children enjoy the mixing process as well as receiving the baked cookies the next day.

This time I wanted to create an original recipe of my own since we xerox copies of the recipe and send it home so the children and parents can make them at home if they chose. Creating a new recipe always starts out the same for me. I keep my laptop on my center island so I turn it around with Microsoft Word on the screen. I begin pouring ingredients into my mixer and as I do so, I type what I use into Word. This way is easy because I can backspace and make changes if I decide to use more of a certain ingredient.

I named the cookies Room Two Chocolate Chip Cookies after my daughter's classroom because I created the recipe with them in mind and at the last minute I decided to add rainbow nonpareil sprinkles because it makes the cookies more fun for the 5 and 6 year olds.

These were the first batch of cookies from the oven.

Room Two Chocolate Chip Cookies


½ Cup Butter, softened

1 Cup Brown Sugar

¼ Cup White Granulated Sugar

1 Egg

1 Tablespoon Pure Vanilla Extract

½ Teaspoon Baking Soda

½ Teaspoon Salt

2 Cups Flour

1 Cup Chocolate Chips

1 Tablespoon Rainbow Nonpareil Sprinkles


1.) Preheat oven to 325 degrees.

2.) Cream together softened butter, brown sugar, and granulated sugar.

3.) Add in egg and vanilla and mix until blended.

4.) Stir in baking soda and salt.

5.) Add flour one cup at a time until well mixed.

6.) Stir in chocolate chips and nonpareil sprinkles

7.) Scoop cookie dough the size of 2 Tablespoons and roll into a ball and place on a dark cookie sheet. Bake cookies 12-15 minutes or until done.

Saturday, January 28, 2012

InstaFriday Pictures

life rearranged

Pacific Ocean. I took this picture as I was a chaperone on my daughter's field trip last week.

Overlooking San Diego.

A sea urchin that one of the kids found in the tide pools.

My daughter holding a baby starfish she found in a tide pools.

Awesome Crate and Barrel vase I scored at daughter's school's rummage sale for $2.

My husband surprised me by ordering this aqua Cuisinart hand blender and stainless milkshake blending cup.

Bought pumpkin cake donuts and made my own maple icing for them.

Gumballs from Party City. These are the colors of my daughter's upcoming 6th Birthday Party in April. It is going to be a retro candy shop theme. I am starting to pick up some things for it here and there.

I bought the red candy stick but got a deal on the blue rock candy because it was marked $5.99 a bag and in another area of the store it was marked incorrectly at $3.99 a bag. I asked and got them at the lower price! Instead of a pinata this year, I am setting up a candy table.

Daughter wearing her Rapunzel wig.

Made an espresso bark with whole Hazelnut Cream coffee beans.

My new glasses.

Decided to roll up my skinny jeans and wear them with heels in a casual way.

Got really nice running gear at Costco. Running jacket is $24.99 and pants are $19.99. They are of very, very nice quality. I need to go back for another jacket.

Created a new cookie recipe from scratch. I am calling these Room Two Chocolate Chip Cookies because I created the recipe so I can make the cookie dough with daughter's class on Monday. Wanted to use an original recipe.

Went out with a friend for dessert.....

.....and coffee. Actually she had tea and I got a Mexican Spiced Mocha. I was so full I couldn't finish either the drink or the cake.

Last night I made a quick and easy mini cookie bottom sundae. I will be sharing this idea very soon.

Bought some great running leggings at Target with my Christmas gift card.

Saturday, January 21, 2012

Maple Donut Icing

While shopping at the commissary this evening, I came across these delicious looking Pumpkin Donuts. They are not glazed and have no icing but I can't resist anything pumpkin...especially when it comes to donuts.

Making icing is easy. This is what I threw together to create my Maple Donut Icing:

~1 Cup Powdered Sugar
~1 Tablespoon Pure Maple Syrup
~1Tablespoon 2% Milk
8 drops of Vanilla Butternut oil

Mix it together...

...and dip your donuts in.

Have a piece of wax paper laying on your counter to set the donuts on for an easy clean up.

Finally, enjoy!
This recipe makes enough icing to generously dip 6 cake donuts.

Thursday, January 19, 2012

This is my life in a week through cell phone pictures. I participated in InstaFriday.
life rearranged

Over the weekend I had my hear buried in a Stephen King novel, Under The Dome. Every time I sat down to read, my cat curled up on my book.

Again, a few hours later.

I made a peanut butter chocolate milkshake with fresh whipped cream.

Loving my pet cat but she doesn't want it, notice the paw telling me not to come any closer.

Got my hair cut and the owner got a new dog named Zeus. My daughter is afraid of dogs, even 2 pound dogs, but loved this one and he never left her side the entire time we were there.

Fell in love with the EOS lip balm. I know Sephora carries it but I came across it at Target this week.

Made and baked a foccacia bread recipe from  It was super easy and very tasty.

Most days my sister in another state and I share our outfit of the day with each other, this is one of those photos. I put a flower in my hair this day.

Bought a new vaccum cleaner from Costco. I made a video based on this on my YouTube Channel. Link to my channel is on the sidebar if you are interested in checking it out!

Love this picture of me and my cat. Her name is Haylee.

Got my Allstar Welcome Package. I volunteered to participate in a 12 month program of trying recipes, submitting photos, giving feedback to brands, etc. I did this for the last 6 months and it was fun.

Snacked on Coconut M&M's while waiting to pick my daughter up from school.

Lots of thrifting this week.....went to Goodwill and got this vintage silk top.

Also found this at Goodwill too.

Got these Hudson jeans, new, at a local consignment resale store for $35.

Volunteered at my daughter's school to organize and price goods for the rummage sale this weekend. Found great little girl clothes as they allowed us to shop as we sorted. My biggest deal was these like new Seven for All Mankind jeans for my daughter. I paid $1 for them.

As I type I am sipping on this chocolate malt I made.

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Thrift Store Haul

I love finding bracelets at Goodwill. The gold one is hinged which I love. The other bracelet is gold and cream. $4.99 for both.

This is a vintage 100% silk top, $3.99.

Here I am trying it on. I am trying to go outside my comfort zone for the sake of some style. 

I like the sleeves and the cuff. Want to wear bracelets and a long gold necklace with this.

This is an Old Navy medium weight sweater. I always wanted an argyle sweater but never found one with the right fit. This one is perfect for me. $3.99.

This is also some sort of vintage top or vintage style? Love it. $3.99.

Hudson Jeans I got brand new at a resale/consignment store last week for guess how much? ......... $35! That's right. Awesome. Much better than going to Nordstorm and paying $198.

I was inspired by this photo on Pinterest of a girl sporting an aqua blazer. I came across this one, but I knew it would be too big. Unfortunately it was too big, but I will keep searching. I know it looks like it may fit in the photos, but it was too big.

Thanks for checking out my thrift haul!
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