Sunday, May 4, 2008



Happiness is something
we create in our mind,
It’s not something you search for
and so seldom find.
It’s just waking up
and beginning the day
By counting our blessings
and kneeling to pray.
It’s giving up thoughts
that breed discontent
And accepting what comes
as a “gift heaven sent.”
It's giving up wishing
for things we have not
And making the best of
whatever we've got.
It’s knowing that life
is determined for us,
And pursuing our tasks
without fret, fume or fuss
For it is by completing
what God gives us to do
That we find real contentment
and happiness, too.

~Helen Steiner Rice
Anne of Green Gables

Miss Potter

"It's a toxic world, but you have the power
to protect yourself. Feed your life from the well of sweetness."

~ Susan Branch

Best Ever Chocolate Chip Cookies

Best Ever Chocolate Chip Cookies
3 dozen

¾ cup butter
½ cup sugar
1 cup brown sugar
1 egg
1 egg yolk
1 teaspoon vanilla
2 ¼ cups flour
½ teaspoon salt
½ teaspoon baking soda
2 cups chocolate chips

Combine butter and sugars and then add egg and vanilla. Combine dry ingredients; add to wet and mix well. Add chocolate chips. Roll into 36 balls and place on a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper. (Parchment paper makes the best cookies!) Bake at 325° for 15 minutes. Cool for 5 minutes on cookie sheets and then transfer to wire rack to finish cooling. (Don't overcook - cookies should be a bit undone when you pull them out of  the oven.  They will continue cooking for the 5 minutes they are on the cookie sheet.  This will make them perfectly soft and chewy for days if kept  sealed tightly in a cookie jar.)  Enjoy!

Miss Daisy... nine months old today!
Supper Menus
May 5th-10th

creamy chicken enchiladas, corn and black bean salsa, guacamole, tortilla chips
submarine sandwiches, spiral pasta salad
chicken jambalaya, country cornbread muffins
chalupas, spanish rice, pico di gallo, tortilla chips
stuffed bell peppers, garlic bread
hamburgers, spicy potato wedges, easy baked beans