A Haven for Vee

Monday, March 23, 2009

A Weekend Story

This is my weekend told in pictures.

There was some crafting.

Some visiting with my son and grands.

(Yes, that's my sneakered foot. I'm multi-talented. I can take photos and keep a toddler on the sofa at the same time, which is, from the amusement on the grand's face and the concern on the son's, perhaps not something I should try often.)

Some baking.

This is the regular straight-off-the-bag recipe, which I've included below just in case. The thing is, I love to play with the two or three cups of added ingredients at the very end. For example, my cookies have one cup of chocolate chips, ½ cup crasins, and ½ cup chopped walnuts. I didn't mess with that third cup thing, but you could. Sometimes I add peanut butter chips, white chocolate chips, Rice Krispies, oatmeal, you name it, it's fun to play with different combinations. I do want to say very clearly right now before some wise guy comes in here and asks — I.did.not.use.any.onions. What combinations do you use?

Original NESTLÉ® TOLL HOUSE® Chocolate Chip Cookies


2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
1 cup (2 sticks) butter, softened
3/4 cup granulated sugar
3/4 cup packed brown sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 large eggs
2 cups (12-oz. pkg.) NESTLÉ® TOLL HOUSE® Semi-Sweet Chocolate Morsels
1 cup chopped nuts optional

PREHEAT oven to 375° F.

COMBINE flour, baking soda and salt in small bowl. Beat butter, granulated sugar, brown sugar and vanilla extract in large mixer bowl until creamy. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Gradually beat in flour mixture. Stir in morsels and nuts. Drop by rounded tablespoon onto ungreased baking sheets.

BAKE for 9 to 11 minutes or until golden brown. Cool on baking sheets for 2 minutes; remove to wire racks to cool completely.


A wonderful Monday to you! Yes, you!!


  1. WOW!!! I want some cookies. I love your crafting and the grand is so sweet. Have a great day...m.

  2. Looks like you had a wonderful weekend! As for the cookies, I use half butter and half Crisco in mine, and sometimes ALL Crisco. I realize butter is healthier, but the shortening makes them look so appealing to the eye.

    Have a great week!

  3. What a wonderful weekend you had. Chocolate chip cookies...our favorites.

    I love how your blog is looking Vee. It really looks beautiful. How do you do that new feature of referencing other posts?

  4. You enjoyed one of my favorite kinds of weekends! Enjoy the week!

  5. Your "Grands" are..GRAND! Such a cute smiling face! And it's funny the way your son is watching so carefully! Funny about the foot - we Mom & Grammies are SO talented!
    Loved the lamp hanging - really pretty - loved the cookies and I thought - well with my diet and all - maybe I SHOULD add the onions - I probably still like them..I mean - it's chocolate, right??

  6. That sounds like a perfect weekend.

    The cookies look delicious and I am relieved to hear there are no onions in them. Although I will say the onions look lovely in that pretty yellow bowl!!

  7. Vee you are so funny! I've used the old foot trick a few times myself when my son was that age. Hey, sometimes you need to do whatever works. The cookies are a favorite around here too. I don't dare mess with the ingredients though. Mine like the straight off the bag recipe. For me, I'll take a little of everything in mine. (nuts, peanut butter chips, butterscotch chips, white chocolate chips......you get the drift)Hugs, Loretta

  8. Cookies sound wonderful right now. I could dunk it into my coffee while I read. I love the idea of adding craisins. Yummy. Have a wonderful day Vee.

    - Suzanne

  9. What a nice weekend you had.
    I LOVE chocolate chip cookies. The recipe I use is in the Good Housekeeping cookbook. (An old one - I bought it on our honeymoon!) I don't like nuts in mine so I just add chocolate chips. I have added white chocolate chips but everyone likes the original recipe best so I don't play around with it. :-)

  10. Hi Vee,

    Oh my those cookies look tasty!. Nothing like a homemade goody.

    Have a wonderful day,

  11. Wow! You had a wonderful weekend! I just love that yellow bowl! I think things taste better if the are mixed in a pretty bowl. Happy Monday!

  12. Love the photos of the family and the cookies...I'm talented at picking things up with my toes, lol...and have been known to hold a child in place with my feet, too. I do the same things with my cookies...just have to tweak that recipe with other little items I love...like cashews in choc chip cookies...yummmmm
    Glad that your weekend was so great!

  13. Love your photos Vee! I baked too.....made a box cake but mixed Nutella in with the chocolate frosting. I am on a diet....but I hear the cake is good!

  14. Sounds like a busy (fun filled) weekend!

  15. Such happy grandson's that you have, Vee! I love the big blue eyes and golden curls.

    I add walnuts to my chocolate chip but that's about it. I get creative with oatmeal cookies however, and add chopped dates, raisins, pecans, walnuts and crasins to them

    I had a busy weekend too! We did yard clean up and brought all the pots out of our garage so the perennial herbs could begin to grow and I pruned my hydrangeas.

    Sunday I had to attend a bridal shower in another state, so between the drive to and fro I was gone all day and exhausted when I came home.

    This morning it's been housework galore to amke up for all I didn't do all weekend..lol

  16. Good Monday morning, Vee. That was fun to see your nice weekend. I usually follow that recipe right off of the bag too. It seems to be no-fail! Have a nice week.

  17. Yum! I can smell them from here! Are you in Hingham..I saw a turkey for the first time this winter..now I see them everywhere! xxoo Denise in Hull

  18. Oh my!!! The weekend in photos! She's laying down the pic-taking gauntlet, she is!!! ,-) I have to get on my horse and try to keep up with her! Try, is the operative word. :-)

    Mmmmmm, I did take before/after pics of the patio out back. Before I tackled it and after. Sad thing is, I knew there was a difference. But no one looking at them, would know. So I kept them to myself. -grin-

    Ohhhh, but I just remembered! My camera does hold some pics of the bread 'Uncle A' made this morning. Why take pics of simple home made bread? Because it never looks the same. Shape wise. And today's was especially unique!!! Must remember to post them tomorrow. ,-)

    Aunt Amelia

  19. That chocolate chip recipe is the best! Yours look delicious, Vee! Now I need to make some 'cause I'm craving them! lol!

  20. Your crafting signs are so cute...... but those cookies.... homemade... holly molly...... I can smell them here in Texas....
    What a sweet smile on the babies beautiful face....

  21. Happy Monday to you! =) I could go for some of those cookies about now! =)

  22. Good evening Vee, Your grandchildren are precious! Oh those cookies look so delicious. I have that same blue stripped bowl that you have. It's always been my favorite. I like it because it's so large and easy to mix things in :>) Maybe I'll post mine on Blue Monday LOL I hope you have a great week!

  23. Mmm, I thought I could smell cookies baking.

  24. What a cutie! I usually just add oatmeal and some ground flaxseed. Maybe craisins if I have some - I like those better than raisins which I don't like at all.