Saturday, May 31, 2014

Mrs.Field Chocolate Cookies - Copy Cat

Summer is definitely on the air now, we have a humid weather already - not three digits temperature yet, around 80 F so far. We have a heavy rain every day during a week , mostly 3 hours or so and than stop, when the rain stop than sun coming ... we can feel how humid the air is.  What better than that especially during summer break ?  jump to the swimming pool , off course. 
Try to do the same like last year, I invite several my daughter friends to have play-swim day at home mostly from 2 - 5pm ; so every moms can enjoy their time alone without kids for several hours :)
What better than hear the sound of bunch of kids playing in the water .. 
Yesterday, we have 4 girls play along (mostly we have 6 of them but the two(s) on vacation so they will join the crew next week - it's really fun )  I provide the snacks , drinks and fruits... this time the cookies I made was 'Mrs. Field Chocolate Cookies' - the truth I never try to buy those cookies at store, so I have no idea what the taste is, but I found the copy cat recipe through internet .. it was a DELICIOUS cookies !!!  Before the kids come - the jar is full with the cookies, when they left only half jar full , ooh .. the kids will have sugar rush ...  but all mom's didn't mind at all , since they are on summer break *grin*
Here is the recipe, I copy Top Secret Recipe site :)
Mrs. Field Chocolate Cookies
Ingredients :
1 cup (2 sticks) softened butter
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
2 eggs
2 1/2 tsp. vanilla extract
2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
3/4 tsp. salt
1 tsp. baking powder
1 tsp. baking soda
1 1/2 twelve-ounce bag semisweet chocolate chips
Directions :
Pre-heat oven to 350 F
In large mixing bowl, cream together the butter, sugar, eggs and vanilla
In another bowl, mixing together all dry ingredient but chocolate chips
Combine the wet and dry ingredients.
With your finger, placed golf ball size dough portion 2 inches apart on an ungreased cookie sheet
Bake about 9 - 10 minute, or just until the edges are light brown
Makes 2 dozen cookies ... and it will disappear before your eyes :)))

Friday, May 23, 2014

Neiman Marcus Cookies and Summer Break

Today is last day of school, the little one will enjoying summer break with so many activities :)  I enroll some summer break course for her , from jump to 3rd grade ; mad math & science ; swimming ; gymnastic .. I know she will be busy - well, I think that will work for us too , since we won't going vacation this year due too many homework around the house .

Yesterday, while she walked to school , she told me - maybe we should bake some cookies and bring to school so she can share a delicious cookies I made for her the other day for her class mates.  I agree , and sent e-mail to her teacher if we allowed to bring home made cookies for last day of school . So far, she agree since no allergic kids in class room .

I decided to bake this cookies - the name of cookies really intimidate me, you know .. we have Neiman Marcus Store in our city , that is the store I will never visit or even dare to just doing window shopping.  NO . big.. NO NO  I will spend money in that store, well .. the fact is I have no money to spend or even interest to spend my fortune to the very expensive store like that  LOL  .  And the name of cookies make me curious what the taste of cookies is ?

It's really delicious !!!  I think some how really healthy too, since I can 'hide' oatmeal into the cookies .. healthy for my kiddo , you know.... *wink*     I bake not only for kids in the classroom but bake an extra batch for the teachers and staff too.

oh, talking about my daughter .. Not because I brag too much about her , but she is doing very well at school.  Last week she has gymnastic spring performance, and a couple days ago .. she came back home from school brought 3 certificates , one of certificate really make us happy was presented to her for going above and beyond in academics and character ..  Well done kiddo, I am so proud of you..

Neiman Marcus Cookies
Source : Saveur Magazine


16 tbsp. (2 sticks) butter
1 cup sugar
1 cup packed light brown sugar
1 tsp. vanilla extract
2 eggs
2 1⁄2 cups oatmeal, processed in blender to a fine powder
2 cups flour
1 tsp. baking powder
1 tsp. baking soda
1⁄2 tsp. salt
2 cups (about 12 oz.) semisweet chocolate chips
1 1⁄2 cups walnuts, chopped  - I skip this for kids, but still using it for teachers and staff.
4 oz. Hershey's chocolate, grated


1. Preheat oven to 375°. Using an electric mixer, cream butter and sugars together in a large bowl until fluffy, about 3 minutes. Add vanilla and eggs and beat until combined, about 30 seconds. Add oatmeal, flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt and beat until combined, about 30 seconds. Stir in chocolate chips, walnuts, and chocolate.

2. Roll dough into 1 1⁄2" balls and place 2" apart on large baking sheets. Bake until light golden but still soft in the middle, 10–12 minutes. Transfer cookies to a rack and let cool.


Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Hourglass quilt

Hello .. how are you, all ?

As much as I love to updating my blog ; I hardly get enough time for myself to sit - and type what was going on in our life or put new recipes .  Life has been busy around us , with summer time is approaching , and school will end soon .. I know what will happen with my time is , spending time with kiddo and enjoy the summer .  I am not sure yet, but seem we will have a hot summer time this year, but hopefully not reach triple digits like last summer.

Finally I manage to finish my last quilt before end of May, as I promise and wrote on my note book.  I love the colors I put here.. so many cutting fabrics,  I fallen in love with the pattern as I saw at beloved quilter blog, Rita from Red Pepper Quilt Blog. Since than I told myself to make one :) to me, quilt must to bring happiness to everybody who will receive the quilt .. and I think I nail it ... the quit size is 53 x 68 inches..
The quilt will sending out the end of this month , and while still on my hand.. I have  privilege to keep looking and touching the softness of the quilt .
all right, will be right back for new recipe soon. meanwhile, please take care and stay safe everyone

ps : for some reason, I can't upload another quilt pictures - for you who knows me through IG already see the whole quilt pictures , and if you still wonder about whole picture check on my flickr photostream.