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Tips for Perfect Cookie Dough

Raw cookie dough in cookie clumps.

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After seeing this article on Yahoo today I certainly am putting “cookie making with the kids” on my spring break list! I think everyone has their favorite cookie and certainly we all want to sneak a taste of the dough even though we have been advised against consuming products with raw eggs. Who can resist? And who doesn’t like the smell of fresh-baked cookies? I mean they make candles with that scent because we love it so much!

Although the perfect cookie for me is the pre-packaged cookie dough in the store that you just pull out of the package and bake, I do sometimes venture to make cookies from scratch. Most people will have the ingredients for baking cookies on hand and these are easy ingredients to stock up when on sale or you have a coupon.

This article gives some really simple tips in the way ingredients are mixed as well as other suggestions of how to get your cookies to come out consistent and how to adjust the recipe to your personal preference for the perfect cookie. This is instructions for a basic a chocolate chip cookie dough but it also has suggestions of variations for the same basic dough so we can get creative!

Check out the article HERE and let me know what cookies you are going to be baking soon!

Crockpot Ham & White Bean Soup

This is so easy it almost isn’t fair! It really takes less the 5 minutes to throw everything into your crock pot and walk away! This is one of my favorite recipes to fix on Sunday because I can start it quickly before leaving for church.

      Ham & White Bean Soup

Pour the cans of beans with the juice and chicken broth into the crock pot. Mix in the amount of ham you desire and place bay leaves in last. Cover the crock pot and cook on low for 4 or more hours. Serve with hot bread or rolls.

** For the ham you can use a ham hock, leftover ham pieces, or I buy the Hormel diced ham which I find in the meat section near the whole hams. I have started only using 1/2 of the package of ham pieces and freeze the other half for the next time! Stock up on the canned products and ham when you have coupons or find them on sale.This makes a really easy meal to always have on hand.

What quick fixing crock pot recipes are your favorites?

Spender or Saver?

I saw an article on Yahoo the other day that discussed people who are tightwads or spendthrifts and identifying which you are. At first I thought this is easy I am a saver because I love to coupon shop and price-match at Wal-Mart.  But then reality hit me as I had to be honest with myself about how I really shop.  I am one who will be upset to pay outrageous prices for milk, cheese, medications, bread, fresh fruits and vegetables, clothes, shoes and just about all the necessities.  I however will not think twice or even look at the cost when throwing chips, cookies, ice cream and soda in my cart.  So does that really qualify me as a saver when I don’t have a care in the world how much my snack cravings may be costing me but a gallon of milk will set me off?

It is a great article to read because it talks about the psychological impact of spending on both tightwads and spendthrifts.  Does spending/saving make you happy or sad?  Can you really feel guilt by both saving and spending? The article also talks about how relationships function with these different attributes and what works best for a happy healthy relationship.

Click here to check out the article!

Are you a spender or saver?