Charleston Falls Part 2

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Chocolate Chip Cookies

I’ve been craving chocolate chip cookies, so tonight I made some.  True story.

You should make them, too!  Here’s the recipe:

IMG_1945Ingredients
1 cup granulated sugar
1 cup brown sugar
1 cup (2 sticks) butter, softened
2 eggs
1.5 teaspoons vanilla
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
3 cups all-purpose flour, unbleached
12 ounces semi-sweet chocolate chips

Directions
Combine sugars, butter, eggs, and vanilla in large bowl.  Now, here’s the secret: let this mixture sit for ~15 minutes to reach room temperature.  It will make your cookies softer.   After you let the butter mixture sit for a little while, add baking soda, salt, and flour and stir until combined.  Then stir in chocolate chips.

Drop by rounded teaspoons onto greased baking sheet about 2 inches apart.  Bake at 375F for 10-12 minutes.

IMG_1941I’ve tried several chocolate chip cookie recipes and this one is by far my favorite.

Have a delicious weekend!

I Finally Joined Pinterest

So, I did it.  I joined Pinterest.  I admit that, until very recently, I didn’t see the appeal of it.  “It’s a bunch of images, so what?” I thought.  I realized over the weekend that the images are linked back to their original sources.  That changed things.  So, if I see a cookie that looks positively gorgeous, I can click on it to read the recipe!  And I can also look at the photography done by others.  I decided that I liked that so I signed up.  Then I had this inner dialogue with myself.

Artistic me: Look how colorful and vibrant all these pictures are!  Ohhhh!
Logical me:  Yes, they’re very nice.
Artistic me:  I want my photography to look like this!
Logical me: Well now, let’s not get carried away.  Most of our photos are more natural looking.
Artistic me:  I know.  But I like high-contrast pictures tooooo!  Perhaps we can post such pictures to the blog?
Logical me: Whoa whoa.  Let’s not get ahead of ourselves.  Where would these pictures go?
Artistic me: We could…. create a new page…?
Logical me: Yes!
Artistic me: Whoo-hoo!

And there you have it.  A new page has been added specifically for Pinterest images.  Here’s a sampling:

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IMG_0793IMG_0769 IMG_1517If you’re on Pinterest, too, feel free to pin any of my images or to find me!

Orange Muffins

These muffins are so good and perfect for the spring, which will be here before we know it.

IMG_1909Here’s how you make ’em:

Ingredients
1/3 cup butter or margarine
1/2 cup sugar
1 egg
1 tablespoon grated orange peel
1/2 cup orange juice
1/4 cup milk
2 cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt

Directions
Place butter and sugar in large bowl.  blend using a mixer.  Add orange peel, orange juice, egg, and milk.  Mix for 30 seconds.

Combine flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt and add to orange mixture.  Mix for 15 seconds or just until moistened.  Do not overbeat.

Fill greased muffin tins two-thirds full.  Bake at 400F for 17-20 minutes.

This is my favorite muffin recipe.  Enjoy!

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I’m Still Here

It’s been a few weeks since my last blog post and it makes my heart sad.  Since it’s the middle of winter here, I have a hard time getting outside to work on projects or take pictures.  I’m getting a little stir crazy and I can’t wait until spring.  I tried to make cookies last weekend so I could share the recipe with you all, but the cookies turned out to be a miserable failure.  My husband said they looked like cow patties; enough said.

Anyway, I went back through some of my pictures and would like to post some that were taken a few months ago.  As soon as I can get back outside and not freeze, I promise I will start posting more.

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