More Baking Fun

This grandgirl is such a sweetheart!  Look how serious she is about getting these cookies on the baking sheet!  Last weekend Ella and I made chocolate chip cookies with a bit of a twist.  Instead of using butter, we used Crisco.  The difference was very noticeable and I must say we really like the taste of the cookies.

She is so cute!  And I love her shirt “NO I WILL NOT DO YOUR HOMEWORK”.  I will need to find out more about that from her!!!

The end results and the recipe:

Chocolate Chip Cookies

1 cup Crisco

1 cup white sugar

1 cup brown sugar

2 eggs 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

2 ¾ cups flour

1 teaspoon baking powder

1 teaspoon baking soda

1 teaspoon salt

1 cup semi sweet chocolate chips


Preheat oven to 375°F.

In a mixing bowl, combine Crisco, both sugars, eggs and vanilla.  Beat until very smooth.

In a separate bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt.

Add flour mixture to sugar mixture in three increments.  Beat very well between additions and scrape the bowl frequently.

Add chocolate chips and mix on lowest speed just until they are combined with the dough.

Drop 2-inch scoops of dough onto a large cookie shtte.

Bake for 12-15 minutes.  When done, cookies will be light on top but slightly brown around the edges and the bottom.

Cool cookies on a section of newspaper to adsorb excess oil.  Store in an air-tight container or Ziploc bag.

One of my Mother’s Day presents, along with a pedicure, nail polish, and a bottle of wine!!!!  I love it!!  So proud to be a FarmHer.  Lots of flowers have been planted and they are looking very good.  Can’t wait for those blooms.

Thanks for stopping by!!

Until next time,




Ella and I had a very busy weekend baking lots of cookies for our annual cookie sale at Church.  We made peanut butter cookies, chocolate chip cookies, and of course my favorite, sugar cookies.  The recipes are available on the blog.  Check under cookies.

I was so busy that I did not take any pictures this time around, but have plenty of pictures of previous times when we made them!

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State Fair Time

Where does the time go?  This entire summer seems to be a blur.  I can’t believe it is August let alone mid-August!! The past two weeks have been extremely busy.  Getting ready for the start of school, harvesting my abundant tomato crop, admiring the beautiful flowers that continue to flourish, and making cookies to enter in the State Fair.

This year I did not enter jelly, only cookies in the State Fair – Old-Fashioned Sugar, Chocolate Chip, Peanut Butter, and Sugar Drops.  Every year I wonder why I enter the State Fair.  It does time a lot of time and energy to do all the baking, select 4 perfect cookies, type the recipes, attach the recipes to the entry tags, attach the entry tag and receipt to the paper plate, put everything in a Ziploc bag, and drive one hour and fifteen minutes to Springfield.  And all the way to Springfield I am thinking of everything that I did wrong while I was baking the cookies and that the 4 perfect cookies that I selected from each batch were not the ones that I should have chosen.  As I anxiously check the competition results and see the names of so many talented bakers and cooks from around the state, I think there is no way that I can compete with them.  And then I see my name –  3rd Place – Sugar drop plain cookie!  I am so thrilled and proud whenever one of my entries places as the State Fair.  It makes all the work and anxiety worth it!!Read More »

Reflections On Summer

It is just so incredibly hard to believe that Summer is winding down.  Maybe the old saying is true that as you get older time seems to go by more quickly.  But as I reflect back over my summer, with so many fun and fond memories, “Time flies when you are having fun” seems to be much more appropriate.

After many years of volunteering in the foods and textiles departments at the Heart of Illinois Fair, I decided that I really wanted to participate in the fair in a different capacity, as an exhibitor.  I am happy to say that my butter cookies were awarded a second place ribbon.  But more important, my 9-year old granddaughter, Lainey, entered chocolate chip cookies in the junior division.  On her first attempt at entering a baking contest, her cookies were awarded a second place ribbon!  Here she is proudly posing in front of the display case with her winning cookies. Read More »