The First Day of Summer

Good morning from Oregon. Are we ever going to have summer? Our county fair is less than a month away and it’s still too cold to wash animals. The grandkids have been working on other projects lately though. You can tell by the small pieces of paper scattered all over my office. Lots of cutting and pasting and printing going on around here. The kids have photography and cooking projects as well as their animals and all the posters they enter at fair.

We are off to another softball game. Our seven year old granddaughter is moving up to U10 for next year so this is her first tryout on a U10 team. U10 softball is very, very slow!!

I had to enclose the picture of my youngest granddaughter and her goat in this month’s blog. This is one of the babies she had this year. I never did figure out why the baby was in a box but I do know they are amazing playmates for young children!! They run and play tag with Jamie every time she turns them loose in their yard and they are very cuddly maybe more so than most dogs. (Well maybe not more so than Daisy)!!

Our thoughts and prayers go out to all our friends who are going through some rough times right now with loss of loved ones and sick relatives. Just know that our thoughts are with all of you.

Big and Buttery Choclate Chip Cookies
2 cups packed brown sugar
3/4 cup sugar
2 eggs
1 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 2/3 cups all-purpose flour
1 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
2 cups chocolate chips (I sometimes use M&Ms)
2 cups chopped walnuts (optional)
Cream butter, brown sugar and sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in eggs and vanilla. Combine the flour, baking soda and salt; gradually add to creamed mixture and mix well. Stir in chocolate chips. Shape quarter cupfuls of dough into balls. To bake, place dough balls 3-inches apart on parchment paper-line baking sheets. Press a shallow indentation in the center with your thumb. Bake at 400 degrees for 11 minutes. Cool 2 minutes before removing from pans to wire rack. (The recipe says to let them sit 12 hours in the refrigerator and then 30 minutes at room temperature-I have tried this and baking them right away and cannot tell the difference).

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8 responses to “The First Day of Summer

  1. Oh, yay! The chocolate chip recipe! Ummm, how much butter? I think the first ingredient is missing? I’m SO excited to try this recipe. As well, it was nice to meet you in person last week. I have so many e-wave friends, it’s fun when I get to chat face to face.

  2. You post has brought some comfort as we here in the UK are asking the self same question: when’s our summer coming? Young goats are so cute, aren’t they? Just keep the choc chip cookies out of their of sight. I’d love to make them but daren’t, eat one and I’d eat them all. But I am tempted.

  3. Such a cute picture. So sweet. Hope the tryout goes well for your grand daughter.

    the cookie recipe sounds awesome.

  4. As Kit says, here in the UK summer’s gone AWOL, too. Hopefully, it will soon make an appearance. Loved the photo and the receipe. Yum!

  5. Whoops 1 cup of butter got left off of the recipe above. So sorry. Hope no one messed up on this.

  6. Sorry I’m late with a comment. I’m still trying to get a semblance of normal in my life. Yesterday was so nice and them rain again today. Thanks for the recipe. I need to do some baking the kids would love it.

  7. Valerie J. Patterson

    Aw, Nancy, loved the picture! I so enjoy seeing all the babies around springtime. Soooooooooooo cute! Thanks for the recipe, too! My Steve *loves* choc chip cookies. 😛

    Feel free to send that Oregon chilly weather my way. We’re having 90+ degree weather … hot and humid!! So far, have only been able to enjoy sitting outside 4 evenings in all of June! 😛

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