I pinned this recipe this morning, made them, had one and oh, my goodness, are they ever good - this recipe deserves an immediate post!! If you like chocolate, in particular, double chocolate, these are for you.
Double Chocolate Dream Cookies
2 1/4 cups all purpose flour
1/2 cup cocoa
1 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp. salt
1 c. butter or margarine, softened
1 c. brown sugar
3/4 c. white sugar
1 tsp. vanilla
2 large eggs
2 c. chocolate chips
I added 1/2 c. chopped pecans.
Preheat oven to 375.
Combine flour, cocoa, b. soda and salt in small bowl. Beat butter, sugars and vanilla in a large mixing bowl until creamy. Beat in eggs for about 2 minutes or until light and fluffy. Gradually beat in flour mixture. Stir in chocolate chips. Drop onto ungreased sheets ( I always use parchment paper).
Bake for 8-10 minutes or until cookies are puffed. Cool on baking sheets for 2 minutes, remove to wire racks to cool completely.
Erin Go Bragh - Ireland Forever!! The Shamrock Forever! This is for all you Irish and wannabee Irish out there - I don't have a speck of Irish blood in me, that I know of anyway, but that doesn't mean that I won't put out a green item or two!!!
So, once again, it's time to share a few of my vintage postcards. These old cards just take you back in time, right back to the early 1900's for some of these cards - I especially like them if there's a message on the back. Wouldn't it be fun to get a card like one of these in the mail this week?
Some of these cards are unused but this one was used - postmarked from Easton, PA, 1910 to Miss Gwendoline O'Leary, Clayton, New York - doesn't that sound like a good old Irish name - it was signed "Rose" - there was no other message. This card was printed in Germany, it's also an Ellen Clapsaddle card, I've shared a few of those with you before - her work was beautiful!
To Edith - from Emma - click on any for a better view.
Tessie thinks this card should stir all the patriotism in Jean's veins!! It was postmarked from Toronto, 1913.
I found that vintage Hallmark card in with a bunch of Christmas cards a few months back - it's sweet!!
Happy St. Patrick's Day - just a few days in advance!!
When I was about ten years old, I used to write away to celebrities and hope to get something back in the mail - what fun that was, getting mail from a far away place like California, a place that just seemed like another world to me, living in a little fishing village in Prince Edward Island, it was just such a thrill to see these letters in the mailbox and even better when the celebrity sent a picture.
I've hung on to these items all this time, they were actually in a crate with my record albums when I came to Ontario many years ago. Yesterday Diane who writes the blog Lydia's Post posted about her celebrity photos that she had collected, after commenting on her collection, she suggested I post mine, so here is my celebrity collection.
I loved "The Flying Nun" enough to join Sally Field's fan club - this was the folder that held the pictures and a letter from Sally that told all about her life - that was a fun show!!
Some more of my favourites -
Jed and Granny from "The Beverly Hillbillies" - that was a regular show for me!! Granny's (Irene Ryan) card is stamped on the back with her signature.
The Mod Squad, Phyllis Diller, Kathy Garver from Family Affair, Doris Day, Lucy and Don Grady from My Three Sons.
We only had two tv channels, I don't think we ever got "That Girl" but we would travel to the US to visit relatives, that was a show I picked up when I was there. Marlo Thomas came through with two items!!
I don't think I ever watched anything with Raymond Burr in it, I'm pretty sure a relative gave me that picture. Of course, Red Skelton was a regular show to watch. The other two actresses I had to look up, I vaguely remember their shows - Julie Sommars starred in The Governor and JJ and Lisa Gerritsen's show was My World and Welcome To It in 1969.
David Hartman starred in The Bold Ones, a medical drama - click on his letter, he even told me he was wife-less! Hah!!!
Oh, the good old days - the only thing missing is anything from my 70's heartthrob - David Cassidy - all I have are the albums!!
I've been making these "Nut Smacks" since the early 80's - the recipe comes from "Company's Coming - 150 Delicious Squares" cookbook - my copy of this book is well worn, the cover is off, some of the often used pages are not looking so great, I see this book often at the thrifts, but I just don't want another copy, I guess the condition of this book shows that I really like it and have used it a lot.
These squares are easy and no icing involved. They have a butterscotch flavor, they're rich with nuts and brown sugar, definitely a tasty little morsel.
1/2 c. packed brown sugar
2 egg yolks
1 tsp. vanilla
1/2 c. butter or margarine
1/4 tsp. salt
1 1/2 c. all purpose flour
1 tsp. baking powder
First layer - Crumble seven ingredients together well in large bowl. Press firmly in 9 x 9 inch ungreased pan.
2 egg whites
1 c. brown sugar
1 c. chopped walnuts (I used pecans)
Second layer - Beat egg whites until frothy. Add brown sugar 1/3 at a time beating until stiff. Fold in nuts. Spoon over the unbaked base, spreading evenly. Bake in 350 oven 25 minutes until golden brown. Cover well to allow meringue to soften before cutting. I always find the meringue to be crumbly, but that doesn't matter, they still taste delicious!
Do you find a book you like and then want to read all the books by that author? It happens to me often and I just did it again. The author was Curtis Sittenfeld and this was the first book that hooked me in.
I won't lie, I liked the cover and when I read the description, I thought it would be a good read. I really liked this book - it's a mirror of the life of Laura Bush - beginning with childhood and ending when "Alice" leaves the White House - very interesting.
So, then, I moved on the only other book the library had by Ms. Sittenfeld - I really liked this one too, the tale of identical twin sisters who both share ESP powers, this story also begins in childhood and continues on to adulthood - the two sisters are complete opposites in life - but share that unmistakable bond of twins.
After reading two books, I wanted more so I had the library order the other two for me - not so good, it was all downhill from there. I read them but didn't really enjoy them, especially "Prep" which was a Best Seller book - it was torture to get through, "Man of My Dreams" was only marginally better.
Last night I started this one, I really like it, I read seventy five pages last night, but I'm safe, I've already read the author's two other books.
For the first time, I'm linking up with Literary Friday - maybe I'll find a new author to try!
I covered a few occasions in that title, didn't I? We went away on an overnight trip this past weekend, of course, that involves checking out a couple of local thrifts and also two antique markets - I didn't get anything big but what I did buy makes me really happy!! It was a fun mini trip, the only bad thing, my iPhone fell down the stairs on Friday and it's kaput, I need a new one ASAP!! I'm only glad I have my iPad!!! It's really sad how dependent we are on these devices, and I'm not ashamed to say, that includes me!!
For some reason lately, I am loving these old honeycomb decorations - I bought three at one of the markets, they were 20% off so I paid next to nothing. One is made in Denmark, one in US and one in Japan, they all came in the original bag too. How cute are these??
I had these little Lefton pixies picked up, put them back down and then picked them back again, I'm glad I came to my senses - they'll look cute next to the honeycomb! They were a thrift purchase.
I have been so jealous when I read about the Halloween Beistle die cut decorations, no more - I have one of my own!!!
How did your Pyrex collection begin? Mine began back in 2010, I read an article about it and that set me off on a hunt for just any piece of Pyrex I could find, it didn't matter if I liked it or not, I had to buy it!!! I have since come to my senses, I don't need every piece out there and most importantly, I don't have the space for it. I love every piece I have though and I have quite a few patterns, promotionals, carafes, bowls galore, casseroles... I'm not lacking in the Pyrex department, that's for sure!!
My first piece was my Mom's big yellow bowl from the primary set - what was your first piece? Believe me, it didn't take me long to find the whole set, thrifted, of course. She had the Colonial Mist set of mixing bowls and the Autumn Harvest Bake, Serve and Store set - I would never give any of those away. At one time I also had a Colonial Mist Cinderella bowl set, what was I thinking, those bowls take up so much space, I've since sold it!!
So, do you have a favourite piece of Pyrex? I have a few - but the Charcoal Snowflake pieces have to be my very favourite, I need one more piece - the 1.5 quart casserole. I have never seen one of these in a thrift, I was lucky enough to find them over time in antique shops when I was away on trips - it'll just be luck if I ever find that other piece.
Fridgies are probably my favourite pieces - they're definitely my most used pieces - these are my complete sets, but I have more individual ones... These fridgies would be my Pyrex weakness, I think I HAVE to buy them!!
I like my Moon Deco too - it's a special one, my son gave it to me for Christmas.
I have one piece of Pyrex that came in the original box - this "Big Bertha" Homestead casserole - my daughter found it at a thrift - it's so great to cook a ham in.
I would love to have more Christmas themed Pyrex, but I consider myself lucky to have this one lone piece. Christmas Pyrex is just not something I ever hope to see at a thrift shop, but I can hope....but until then, I'll put this beautiful Golden Leaf out every year!
When you are a new collector, the hunt for Pyrex can be so much fun, oh, to see one of those beauties sitting at the thrift store for cheap - it made for some perfect days!!