Recent Holiday Moments

Hello out there! I miss you!!  Just like everyone else, I’ve been so busy with Christmas and lots and lots of people in my house that I haven’t had a chance to post anything. Where did a week go?  It’s still the holidays around here… Michael is home from work, the kids are  home from school, we’re eating and visiting and avoiding most of the every day routine.  I thought I’d just check in and post a few photos from the past few weeks.

Uncle Mark was here a few weeks ago… he’s a fun uncle. My kids think he’s part jungle gym. I’m always a little bit worried for his back and my lamps when he’s around.

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These two were dancing angels on Sunday morning then became soldiers, gumdrops and polichinelles in the afternoon. They are busy, busy girls!

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My Magi’s Assistant (I love the hat)…

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Prepping for the Christmas pageant… our church has a wonderful collection of costumes, so much glitter and gold.

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Our beautiful church during the pageant. I love this place.

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Winter at the Arnold Arboretum in Boston. We had never been there and really enjoyed a walk one day.  I suspect that you’ll be seeing more Arboretum photos in the future.

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Is this not the most patient sixteen year old sister in the world? Really. I think she was trying to read something.

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Probably the biggest gift hit this year… he loves it!!

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Yes, that is the computer and I in the sunroom/office! It still needs furniture and shades and decorations, but it’s almost there. I love, love, love it!!

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I won this, along with a basket of other baking goodies from Amy at A Healthy Life for Me. We kind of like to bake around here so it was a great surprise!

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We made Linzer cookies for the first time (very fun and surprisingly easy)… along with Gingerbread and Christmas Tree sugar cookies…

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Life has been sweet…

Hope it’s been for you too.

Love,  Michele

The Best Chocolate Chip Cookies Ever!!

I’ve been making these chocolate chip cookies for many years and I have to say they really are delicious! Their also extremely easy, no mixer or sifting needed. You can make them anywhere. We often double this since there are so many of us and they go fast.

The Best Chocolate Chip Cookies

1 ½ Sticks of Butter (melted)

1 Cup of Brown Sugar

½ Cup of Granulated Sugar

1 Egg + 1 Egg Yolk

2 Teaspoons Vanilla

2 Cup + 2 Tablespoons Flour

½ Teaspoon Salt

½ Teaspoon Baking Soda

1 or 2 Cups Chocolate Chips

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Combine dry ingredients and put to side.  Melt Butter in large bowl then stir in sugars, eggs and vanilla by hand.  Add dry ingredients mixing until just blended.  Do not overmix! Stir in chips.

Gently form into balls (you can make small, kid sized cookies, or the larger Dunkin Donuts size if you’d like) and place on baking sheet.  Bake at 350 for about 10 minutes.

Enjoy!!