Wow, I have a feeling that this year is going to just keep getting busier and busier. Last week I made some of my FAVORITE chocolate chip cookies and a beautiful easy three-step wall art! Today, I get to share them with you.
Is it just me or do the days go by faster and hours pass by you so quickly that you end up saying ” my parents were right, time flies.” I feel like I say this daily!
To help us slow down a second and recap exactly what we love in life, thanksgiving comes at a perfect time of year. I’m so happy I thought of this idea, it is so simple! A lot of people have many ways to show or write down what they’re thankful for and they’re all great, yet this one I particularly love (not just because I made it) because it involves nature.
Here’s what you’ll need:
A strip of eucalyptus bark
A Sharpie/ permanent marker
THAT’S IT! No seriously, I kid you not. You only need those three items.
Okay, okay, so you need your hands, and your brain as well but that’s only a total of 5 items, not bad right!?
First, you want to lay out your sheet of bark and place weights on the edges of the bark to prevent it from curling up to much as it dries out. You can use anything for weights, we used pumpkins,…… you can use your hands and sit for a long while so you don’t add more supplies!
Wait a day or so or a few hours till you feel the bark has gotten pretty dry and stiff. I liked keeping the edges somewhat curled.
Next, I wrote a curly script that says “Thankful” and block capital letters saying “FOR” using sharpie. Below that, I had the kids list things they are thankful for. It was pretty cute the answers they came up with; I was most surprised that they came up with thanking the garbage man, “because they have to pick up our trash. I would not want to do that.” So, yes we are most definitely thankful for their help!!
Finally, tape your beautiful creation to the wall. So easy and a perfect way to remind ourselves of whats truly important in life.
Told you it would be easy! ( We have since added beds and all types of people who help by cleaning)
Chocolate Chip Cookies
This is my all time favorite go to cookie recipe, from one of my favorite food bloggers Michelle over at The Brown Eyed Baker. You’ll see lots of ideas on my site that come from her, she hasn’t failed me yet with supplying a delicious meal or treat. She even has some dog friendly recipes.
Here’s what you need :
2 cups plus 2 tbsp. all-purpose flour
1/2 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp. salt
12 tbsp. (1 1/2 sticks) unsalted melted and cooled butter
1 cup dark or light brown sugar
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1 large egg plus an additional yolk
2 tsp. vanilla extract
1-1 1/2 cups of semi sweet chocolate chips (to taste)
How To :
1. Adjust your oven racks to upper lower and middle positions and reheat your oven to 325°f. Line two cookie sheets with parchment or grease them.
2. Mix together your flour, baking soda and salt in a medium bowl.
3. In a large bowl, using an electric mixer or by hand, combine your cooled butter and sugars until light thoroughly blended. Add the egg, yolk, and vanilla, continue to mix until blended.
4. Slowly incorporate the dry mixture with the sugar mixer. Continue until just combined.
5. Add chocolate chips and fold until they are evenly distributed throughout the cookie dough.
6. Roll about 1/4 cup of cookie-dough into a ball and place on prepared cookie sheet. Continue untill all dough is gone, spacing cookies about 2 inches apart.
7. Bake for about 15-20 minutes, or until the outer edges have begun to turn a light golden brown. Rotate your cookie sheets half way through cooking.
8. Let cool on cookie sheet.
I hope you enjoy these cookies and craft as much as I do! Be sure to hide some cookies for yourself, because once you share them, they’ll all be gone!
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