With all my heart

my-valentineHappy Valentines’s Day! I am a celebrator, I celebrate everything. Including Valentine’s Day which my husband lovingly calls a Hallmark holiday.

On a side note, have you seen the price of cards lately? Ridiculous. I pulled out the Valentine’s card that my husband bought me two years ago. I think if you use them over and over again that maybe you can get $5.00 worth. Only three more years to go.

Last year we celebrated Valentine’s day with my parents at the Kennedy Space Station for an out of this world Valentines’ extravaganza. This year the celebration is much more subdued, and will include a giant heart cookie. When I was a kid we would go to the mall and I always wanted one of those giant chocolate chip cookies. Now that I am a grown-up and can operate the oven (most of the time) I figured that I would bake one for the family as a Valentine’s day treat.

I used this recipe but I cut the quantities in half for a medium sizedvalentine-cookie_making-a-life heart shaped cake pan.

On the second day of Christmas

On the second day of Christmas my true love made for me two types of reindeer treats, and a veggie tree.

Reindeer Cupcakes

reindeer cupcakes

Reindeer Cookies

reindeer cookies


Chocolate Chip Comfort



August was a whirl wind of activity and I am hoping that September will be low-key in comparison.  I was reflecting on the month yesterday and was prompted to take action, a little chocolate chip cookie action.  August brought great highs and some lows including:

  • My husband and I went on a fantastic work trip/vacation without the kids in the Seychelles (Africa)
  • My parents, sister and niece Ruby came for a visit and to take care of the kids while we were away
  • I lost my job, well technically it isn’t lost I know where it went, and maybe my job lost me
  • Our baby turned two, which means that he is not a baby anymore
  • From our yard we ate plums, blackberries, tomatoes, cauliflower, basil, chives, and a few remaining strawberries
  • I read 5 books, the best one was “The Secret Letters of the Monk Who Sold His Ferrari” by Robin Sharma, see my Goodreads feed to the right if you want to know the others.

September brings the first day of Kindergarten for Sasha as soon as the teacher’s strike ends, and tomorrow I officially become a graduate student pursuing an Master’s in Business Administration.  So there was a lot happening and in the works in August, and I needed to regroup with a little Chocolate Chip comfort to kiss the month goodbye.  If you need a little break try out the recipe below, stop relax and eat a cookie.  My five-year old has told me that they are both “terrific” and the “best cookies he has ever eaten”.  I think it was a marketing ploy so I would give him more cookies.


This recipe makes 2 dozen cookies

  • 1/2 cup butter or margarine softened
  • 1/2 cup white sugar
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup chocolate chips
  • 1 cup oats
  • 1 cup rice crispies


  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees
  2. Blend sugars and butter
  3. Beat in 2 eggs
  4. Add the vanilla, baking soda, salt, flour
  5. Add in the oats, rice crispies and chocolate chips
  6. Drop by medium spoonful onto a greased or parchment paper lined cookie sheet
  7. Bake for 10-13 minutes or until the edges are golden brown

Keep relaxing and eating cookies, I know I will be.