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another monday eve!

another monday eve!

I broke down and made chocolate chip cookies today.
I needed the caloric therapy. (chuckle)
They turned out so good. I have eaten 3… and preparing to eat 3 more… with milk.

I have been asked several times for my recipe… so, I think it’s time to share:
You must follow these instructions perfectly…and even still, I can’t guarantee anything, as I have been practicing for over 20 years, and mine still don’t turn out as good as katie’s (little sis).


Pre-heat to 350

1 cup brown sugar (be sure it’s fresh. NO CLUMPS. Very important. Packed)
½ cup granulated sugar (hard to screw this up)
1 cup shortening (it has to be butter flavor Crisco…and I like the sticks)

combine that all in a mixer (I have a white kitchen aid… I really wish it were pink) and mix until it’s nice and fluffy…
add in:

2 eggs
1 t. vanilla (I usually overkill on this a little)

mix until it’s really fluffy. I think this is a key point. Like 2 minutes.
Then add:

2 cups flour
1 t. salt
1 t. baking soda

mix until it’s all combined, use a spatula to push down all the extra flour etc…
don’t over mix this part…
then add in as many choc. Chips as you feel comfortable.
I like semi-sweet… I used to like milk choc when I was young. I don’t know what my deal was!
My dad really likes coconut and almonds added in… Katie always puts that stuff in… I like my choc. Chip cookies straight up… no other garbage…
But that is up to you.
If you are going to spurge on the calories, you better totally love it… you know?

Ok… keep the cookie size smallish… like 2” ball.
I use those insulated cookie sheets… mine looks totally burned and stuff, but it works great. 
I bake them for 11 minutes and then remove from the oven and immediately transfer to a cooling rack. Even if they don’t seem totally done… I hate overcooked cookies…
I have one pet peeve when it comes to baking cookies…
I HATE it when people steal the dough and eat it raw. Like it threatens the number of actual cookies I get to eat! Lol… my kids sneak in and grab handfuls like secret agents.
Makes me crazy… now it’s a big joke… so just to warn you… you may want to plan a hiding place for the dough while you are in the baking process!


It’s amazing how the time goes so quickly.. 
When I came home from the show, Capri had a whole new bag of tricks! She has gotten so mobile and is sitting up so good. She even has started this inch worm trick of putting her face down on the ground and moving her legs in and buns up and then propelling herself forward… tonight she got the arms involved and almost has a little army crawl going.  gasp! And as I was sitting in church this morning, holding her as she slept through Sunday school, I felt the very first little tiny kicks from new baby.  I just sat there being overwhelmed with the responsibility and joy that is mine as a mother. 

And so I eat cookies and milk and enjoy the sound of children sleeping!

Happy Monday…

  • Delaney Gates

    4 February, 2007 at 11:38 pm Reply

    Thanks for sharing the recipe.
    Must. Try. Those.
    For sure.
    Also, what beautiful, beautiful pictures those are! I just adore Capri’s hair!

  • Rorie

    5 February, 2007 at 12:05 am Reply

    Oh, look at those curls! She is so precious, Heidi.
    Thanks for sharing the recipe for the cookies. Gonna have to try those out.
    Can’t wait to see you at CE. I’m so excited!

  • nancy in ks

    5 February, 2007 at 12:09 am Reply

    Just beautiful… photos and girls.

  • Tammy

    5 February, 2007 at 12:15 am Reply

    ooooh–YUM!! thanks for sharing your recipe Heidi! I must try this as choc. chip cookies are my fave too, but i can never find the “perfect” recipe! little miss capri is soooo darn cute, and what a joy it must’ve been to feel the new baby kick while holding your little one! 🙂
    take care!

  • Tammy

    5 February, 2007 at 12:22 am Reply

    ooooh–YUM!! thanks for sharing your recipe Heidi! I must try this as choc. chip cookies are my fave too, but i can never find the “perfect” recipe! little miss capri is soooo darn cute, and what a joy it must’ve been to feel the new baby kick while holding your little one! 🙂
    take care!

  • Tambur

    5 February, 2007 at 3:20 am Reply

    Thanks for sharing recipe. Currently living in the outback – no crisco here (with the exception of the local adult store – don’t know and won’t ask). With that said will try and make the cookies with real butter and see how goes! I so remember that moment of mommyhood. I have 4 babies… Can’t believe that my youngest is now 4 1/2. My baby makin days are over – I think – but it sure is good to hear the excitment and joy from an expectant mom. I am sure you already know to relish these moments.

  • laura

    5 February, 2007 at 5:12 am Reply

    oh my goodness, life is SO good. babies and cookies. . . .oooh la la!

  • jen

    5 February, 2007 at 6:14 am Reply

    thanks for the recipe!!! and capri is beautiful!!!

  • Jessa F

    5 February, 2007 at 6:35 am Reply

    She is Beautiful !! cookies, yummy I am going to have to try those. Thanks so much for sharing! Wow, that must have been so special to feel the baby kicking as you held Capri. so Cool.

  • lanna foster

    5 February, 2007 at 7:12 am Reply

    Heidi, Capri is precious. I think she looks just like her daddy! (sorry) LOL! i have three kids and none of them look a thing like me!

  • Danielle Casello

    5 February, 2007 at 7:28 am Reply

    Thanks for the recipe-I’ll have to try it out!!
    The photos are absolutely beautiful!! Capri’s hair is too cute!!

  • Diane McVey

    5 February, 2007 at 8:00 am Reply

    Oh, how blessed you are! And you do appreciate those blessings…how awesome to feel the baby kicking in church, with precious Capri snoozing away…life is good!! What a wonderful time for you. Capri is just gorgeous, as are all the other children! But there’s something just irresistible about baby smiles!!! Have a great week 🙂

  • Talia

    5 February, 2007 at 8:28 am Reply

    Thanks for sharing your cookie recipe! And look at Capri’s little curly hair!! She is so sweet. have a good week!!

  • Laura Reaux

    5 February, 2007 at 8:51 am Reply

    Capri is beautiful! I love her little curly top. The first baby “kicks” are amazing no matter how many children you have, aren’t they? And gosh, I’m wishing I had a mixer to try that recipe!

  • Elena

    5 February, 2007 at 9:15 am Reply

    Oooh! Thanks for that recipe. I am a chocolatechipcookieaholic. And I am guilty of stealing the dough – from myself! Recipe that is supposed to bake 4 dozen cookies only bakes 3 dozen – and I suddenly don’t feel like eating cookies anymore… LOL What’s up with that?
    She is so precious – enjoy! I soooo miss being pregnant. But alas those days are over for us… 🙁 (((sigh)))

  • Amber C

    5 February, 2007 at 9:59 am Reply

    Thanks for the yummy recipe. Can’t wait to try it!
    Thank you also for sharing such a beautiful moment – it really touched me.

  • PamMc

    5 February, 2007 at 10:11 am Reply

    If I hadn’t just finished baking muffins, I’d be in the kitchen making those cookies. They’re on the menu for next weekend.
    Capri is adorable – love those little toothless, tongue sticking out smiles.

  • Ashley Schultz

    5 February, 2007 at 10:21 am Reply

    Such cute pictures! Thanks for the cookie recipe. I’m excited to make some!

  • Nichole

    5 February, 2007 at 10:23 am Reply

    What great pictures! Beautiful baby, beautiful mommy! TFS!

  • Becky Kimball

    5 February, 2007 at 10:26 am Reply

    Those pictures are so precious! You are an amazing woman…I appreciate the example that you are to me and so many others!

  • Tanya Webster

    5 February, 2007 at 11:15 am Reply

    I got chills when I read about your first brand new baby kicks!! soo jealous of you (not in a bad way….just envious)–I have four of my own but would have ten more if I could ya know? Sooo happy for you Heidi! 🙂 T

  • deb munn

    5 February, 2007 at 12:02 pm Reply

    Okay… now I have to make cookies!!
    You are such an enabler, but the best kind.
    Capri is just about the cutest little thing I’ve ever seen.
    What beautiful photos… thank you for sharing them… and your recipe!!

  • Christina Becker

    5 February, 2007 at 12:09 pm Reply

    WOW, must be a thing for new mommy’s or pregnant women – chocolate chip cookies. My third child is 5 months and I crave chocolate chip cookies. I just can not get enough. Thank goodness I am nursing and I can get away with eating all those cookies,lol. I can not wait to try out your recipe. I have tried several out and can not quite find what I am looking for. I will be pulling out the mixer right after my run (my goal for your PBS class). THANKS
    Enjoy this special time. I so want another baby, but three is my limit. (My husband is a pilot and being home alone with three for seven days is almost more than I can take).I do love being pregnant and feeling those flutters and kicks.It is so amazing to create a life. Thanks for sharing.

  • kara

    5 February, 2007 at 12:18 pm Reply

    how fun! your cookie recipe sounds DIVINE!
    and how cool on getting to feel those little flutters!

  • budletsmom

    5 February, 2007 at 12:24 pm Reply

    Thanks for the recipe I will have to try it soon.
    It was the picture of you and Capri that made me have to post though she is so precious. I also remember those first few kicks and that is what I loved and miss most about being pregnant. Hope you have a healthy and happy pregnancy and keep posting pics of your little ones.

  • Kelly

    5 February, 2007 at 12:38 pm Reply

    omgosh, heidi! look at those curls on capri!! could she be any cuter?!! Such sweet pics! You’re looking absolutely wonderful – glowing even 😉

  • Bethan Lumb

    5 February, 2007 at 1:13 pm Reply

    I will have to try out that recipe!….Thanks!
    Is Crisco something you can get in the UK?….Loving the pictures! She is so adorable!!

  • Bethan

    5 February, 2007 at 1:15 pm Reply

    I will have to try out that recipe!….Thanks!
    Is Crisco something you can get in the UK?….Loving the pictures! She is so adorable!!

  • Ruth Akers

    5 February, 2007 at 1:16 pm Reply

    I’m totally with you on that mother feeling, and its just my 4th, not pregnant with another at the same time feeling. It must be heavenly.

  • kim Loewen

    5 February, 2007 at 1:33 pm Reply

    can’t wait to try this recipe! Sounds yummy! And so sweet to feel the first kick! Awww…. 🙂 have a great week.

  • Amy Cline

    5 February, 2007 at 1:43 pm Reply

    WOW! Heidi, your comments always make me think of my children. You are so sincere and so right on. Those first kicks (whether it’s the first or the fifth) are so overwhelming and reminding. You are amazing.
    Thanks for the cookie recipe. I would love to try it some time. I am so lazy, I usually buy the already made dough. I LOVE LOVE them straight out of the oven.

  • Elsa Duff

    5 February, 2007 at 3:09 pm Reply

    Love the recipe!! Out of desperation this Christmas I ate dark chocolate only to realize that it is pretty darn good….when you are depersate *wink*
    What a sweet baby! I can imagine what you were feeling sitting there holding a baby and feeling another move within you. All will be okay. I have a friend who had 6 in as many years and has lived to tell the tale. Now her and her grown girls (5 out of 7 children were girls) have great girls’ night out. *smile*

  • sherrivonl

    5 February, 2007 at 3:27 pm Reply

    Love the pictures, Capri is such a cutie!
    I am glad I am not the only one who hates cookie dough theives!! I have to guard my cookie dough as well! I think that is so funny that someone else feels the same way!

  • sherrivonl

    5 February, 2007 at 3:28 pm Reply

    oops I mean thieves, not theives! :o)
    i also hate bad spelling!!!

  • Jessica

    5 February, 2007 at 3:44 pm Reply

    Thanks for the recipe…will try it out!
    You are like 1 week ahead of me in pregnancy. This is my first. I am excited to feel kicks soon! Thanks for your inspiring words!

  • Pegomh

    5 February, 2007 at 4:27 pm Reply

    Those pictures are fantastic! It is pure joy. Be still and enjoy the kicks – especially for those of us who never have and never will experience it!

  • Veronica

    5 February, 2007 at 5:20 pm Reply

    Just ahd to tell you that your words are very inspiring,and those pictures with Capri are adorable!!!!

  • Valerie

    5 February, 2007 at 6:05 pm Reply

    you look radiant! and those little curls on top of Capri’s head…dang i just wanna eat her up!

  • Nitty.Gritty.

    5 February, 2007 at 7:22 pm Reply

    Babies, cookies, sleeping kiddos…full Creative Escape registration and new BIG products about to hit the stores. Ummm, there’s a reason God hasn’t given you a pink KitchenAid mixer yet. Your life would be ‘perfect’, and you wouldn’t need Him anymore! =)
    Seriously. If you weren’t so darn lovable, we’d all envy you. Instead, we just keep watching you, play with your products, read your blog and now we can even get fat on your favorite cookies. Thanks, Heidi. You’re the best! I mean that.

  • Leah

    5 February, 2007 at 8:10 pm Reply

    That was the sweetest thing.. I’ve only had one child but I can imagine that even with the 5th, those first kicks are just as amazing.
    Capri’s hair is adorable! Great pics of you two.

  • Julianne (aka "thepinkscrapper") --- CE 2006 Alum, AYTR student, and see you at CE 2007!!!

    5 February, 2007 at 8:20 pm Reply

    Thanks soooooooooo much for sharing your recipe, am going to have to try that this week. As always, mom and Capri look gorgeous!
    P.S. — I LUV the RAW chocolate chip cookie dough! Especially “Ben & Jerry’s”!!!

  • margie r

    5 February, 2007 at 9:10 pm Reply

    Just wondered when and if the waiting list is coming up.
    margie r

  • margie r

    5 February, 2007 at 9:11 pm Reply

    Just wondered when and if the waiting list is coming up.
    margie r

  • Denise Kashyap

    5 February, 2007 at 9:13 pm Reply

    Your post and pictuers just make me SMILE. I love your attitude and perspective on life!!

  • Wendy Treseder

    5 February, 2007 at 10:46 pm Reply

    Thanks for sharing the recipe Heidi.
    I nearly cried when I read about the new baby kicking as Capri was sleeping in your arms, what a precious moment!
    Enjoy your cookies and milk 🙂

  • Karen

    6 February, 2007 at 1:46 am Reply

    Just awesome pictures of you and your baby. I need to get over not wanting to take pictures of me since I always look so much fatter than I feel. I realize my little one won’t have many pictures of “baby and mommy” unless I pull past this…On a side note, maybe you can try the alcohol inks to sponge your KitchenAid pink? I think Tim Holtz did that with his white heat gun and it looked great!

  • Rhona

    6 February, 2007 at 4:49 am Reply

    Thanks for the recipe, can’t wait to try it!! Capri is growing so quickly, she’s beautiful!!! Enjoy her as much as you can

  • sarah goodman

    6 February, 2007 at 8:37 am Reply

    capri is such a peach….what a little cutie-patootie…that first picture is so an eric expression! congrats on your new little one….can’t wait to see if you are having a boylie or a girlie!

  • Ashley Harris

    6 February, 2007 at 8:49 am Reply

    How sweet! Those cookies will be in my house by tonight! Thanks for sharing the recipe!

  • Lyn Meeker

    6 February, 2007 at 9:28 am Reply

    This is the only way I know to leave a message about Creative Escape .. I have my verification number .. so I know I got in .. but we have had so much problems with our Earthlink account that we are switching this week to QWEST .. and will be changing email accounts as well ..(And will be without Email and Internet service for a couple of days) as of right now CE has my Meeker1 email address .. but I don’t know how much longer it will be in effect .. should I just contact CE somehow next week or so to finalize my registration .. let the other problems sift through. I know I am in .. just can’t finish the process. (Haven’t received an email yet .. but with the problems we have had .. am not surprised!) … Thanks!

  • Anne Thompson

    6 February, 2007 at 9:36 am Reply

    You and Capri and absolutely beautiful! I bet you’ll have fun scrapping those pics! I’m totally going to try the cookie recipe. And feeling the first kicks is soooo amazing isn’t it! Take care, Anne

  • Vivian

    6 February, 2007 at 10:52 am Reply

    Delish! My family totally thanks you — we love the cookies – just the inspiration I needed to crank out some homemade cookies (first time for everything, huh?)! So, it’s clear that your ability to inspire definitely transcends scrapbooking!! Thanks!

  • patty

    6 February, 2007 at 4:25 pm Reply

    beautiful pictures (capri is getting so big!…and love the curl). thanks for the choc. chip cookie secrete!

  • rachel

    6 February, 2007 at 7:32 pm Reply

    i have the first batch in the oven right now! thanks and your whole family is beautiful. loved seeing you at CHA again!

  • Cee

    6 February, 2007 at 8:31 pm Reply

    I need someone to *sell* me on the Crisco cookie. I’ve always used the recipe on the Nestle bag. How is this one better???

  • EmmaJ

    7 February, 2007 at 10:11 am Reply

    great cookies! we made them last night… YUMMY!

  • RScrapIT

    7 February, 2007 at 10:23 am Reply

    Heidi, I have heard that you can take your kitchen aid mixer to an auto paint shop and have it re-painted any color you like. I have not tried this myself, but just heard about the idea!
    Can’t wait to see your new stuff! Looks fabulous!

  • vicki

    7 February, 2007 at 11:56 am Reply

    Beautiful pictures. she is such a little doll. i can’t beleive how big she is getting. thanks for the cookie recipe. will have to make these.

  • Kelly

    7 February, 2007 at 11:16 pm Reply

    Made your cookies tonight (didn’t have butter flavor Crisco so just used what I had) and they were good! I’m still partial to the Mrs. Field’s recipe but yours were pretty yummy. I stopped counting after eating 6 cookies… 🙂

  • Karen

    8 February, 2007 at 5:02 pm Reply

    Oooh, I’ll be baking these cookies soon. And just to assure the proper quantity and to avoid the whole raw egg thing, I buy a slice and bake dough for the kids to pick at and they don’t even know the difference!
    Thanks for sharing.

  • ktdids.blogspot.com

    9 February, 2007 at 10:13 pm Reply

    Yum! Those cookies sound good. Capri is so cute..

  • Kim Griffin

    10 February, 2007 at 8:28 pm Reply

    Capri is such a happy beautiful baby Heidi!
    ( i think she looks like her daddy in these pictures..)
    and i can’t wait to try your recipe!
    Kim Griffin

  • Linda Matthews

    11 February, 2007 at 4:35 am Reply

    I tried the recipe, too. No butter flavored Crisco in my house, BUT the cookies are SO GOOD!!!!
    I had to {hide} like you said Heidi. Even my hubby commented on how yummy they were.
    Capri is so lucky to have a great mommy like you!!!

  • stephanie

    11 February, 2007 at 7:17 pm Reply

    so happy for you, and happier yet to know you are an actual person, not just a product name…(I’m a dork that way…) Enjoy the babies, it will be wonderful. Remember when you are in the throws of getting up every 2 hours to feed someone else, and then have to get up with another just a few hours later, that “it is a stage, and won’t last forever” and the last mantrfa that helped with my third- “no baby ever died from crying”. Ok, I’v added my 2 cents, and off to try that recipe!

  • Ann Marie

    12 February, 2007 at 1:38 pm Reply

    Made the cookies and they are a major hit with my family! Been searching for a chocolate chip cookie recipe that satisfies chewy and crunchy… thank you!
    Love the photos…

  • Katie Piotrowski

    15 February, 2007 at 8:41 pm Reply

    What a doll, that Capri! I know exactly how you feel as my two youngest are 11 months apart (Shelby just turned 1 last weekend and Cody turns 2 in a few weeks)! Enjoy every minute! Now, off to try that cookie recipe! TFS, Katie

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