Happy Belated 4th of July!

Hope everyone had a Happy Fourth of July!

I started my day off by sleeping in and it felt wonderful! After letting me sleep Zach woke me up for a later breakfast and we ate outside at our brand new patio set! Zach’s parents surprised us with it Thursday night as a first anniversary gift. We love it and the chairs rock which is awesome! Seriously, everyone come over and sit in them, they are so comfortable!2014-07-03 20.20.13

Most years we usually spend most of the day at Zach’s baseball game on the 4th of July, however this year it was cancelled so we had all day to do whatever we wanted! Apparently I was in the mood to bake, I pulled out my chocolate chip cookie recipe figuring I could bring them to the family get together we were going to later. These cookies always turn out so good, so I really enjoy making these because I don’t have worry if they will out. These cookies are foolproof.

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For this recipe you will need butter, granulated sugar, brown sugar, vanilla, eggs, flour, baking soda, salt and chocolate chips.

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Beat butter, both sugars and vanilla until creamy.

(If you are in a hurry you can use a grater to “soften” your butter, which happens to be what I did this time)

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Beat in eggs until light and fluffy.

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Beat in flour, soda and salt until mixed.

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Stir in chocolate chips.

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This little guy is the “secret” to my cookies. They always come out uniform in shape and are always the perfect amount of chewy.

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Drop by rounded tablespoonful onto ungreased cookie sheets.

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Bake 8-11 minutes or until edges are golden brown. Cool on baking sheet for 2 minutes then move to wire racks.

Chocolate Chip Cookies


Christina’s Chocolate Chip Cookies

  • 2 Sticks (1 cup) butter, softened
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 3/4 cup packed brown sugar
  • 2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 1/3 cups flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups (12 ounce package) chocolate chips (I always use mini chocolate chips)

Preheat oven to 375. Beat butter, both sugars and vanilla until creamy. Beat in eggs until light and fluffy. Beat in flour, soda and salt on low speed until mixed. Stir in chocolate chips. Drop by rounded tabespoonful 2 inches apart on to ungreased baking sheets. Bake 8 to 11 min or until edges are golden brown. Cool on baking sheet 2 minutes; move to wire racks.

What is your favorite cookie?

Mine is hands down chocolate chip.

Happy Fourth of July from The Lampheres!

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(Yes that is a partially eaten cookie in my hand, in case you were wondering.)


Warm and Tasty

Today was a cold day in July, yes you read that right cold. Ok I will admit it wasn’t cold like the middle of January, but it certainly did not feel like the first week of July. As I write this blog I am enjoying a Chai tea latte, snuggled under my warm blanket. On top of it being cool outside our office was freezing today, this is not new for the summer, however on most normal summer days you can go outside and warm up. So since I was cold all day all I could think of was what can I make for dinner tonight that will warm me up? Cheesy potatoes!

Now as I have said before I Love cheese, so obviously I had to make something with cheese to warm myself up. When I first started brainstorming what to make for dinner I considered making my newest discovery grilled cheese with hummus. Seriously, try it. Obviously in the end cheesy potatoes won.

I have several recipes for cheesy potatoes, I actually have two different ones from Zach’s grandma alone, not even considering what is on Pinterest, so the hardest part was definitely picking which recipe to make. I opted to try a new one from Pinterest, since I already know I have two delicious ones, I wanted to try one that said it would take less time and had less butter, you never know until you try right? Well I will admit, new is not always better, they were not horrible, but also not my favorite. I know for a fact there are better versions out there.

So since this recipe was not a winner I will instead share the tried and true recipe Zach’s Grandma Kathy shared with me when she gave me a note book to keep my favorite recipes in.2014-06-11 18.48.25

(Yes it is open to my Mac & Cheese recipe, not that I need that one anymore, I can do it by memory.) When she gave it to me she had written several of her favorite easy recipes in it to start me off, this was one.

Hash Brown Potato Casserole

  • 1 pound frozen hash brown potatoes (I use the shredded)
  • 3/4 stick of butter – melted
  • 1/2 cup chopped onions
  • 4 ounces shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic salt
  • 1 can cream of chicken soup (can substitute any cream soup)
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 1 cup crushed corn flakes (I always use Ritz crackers instead)

Mix all ingredients (except corn flakes and 2 tablespoons of butter and pour into casserole dish. Top with corn flakes that have been mixed with 2 tablespoons of butter.

Bake at 375 for 1 1/4 hours. Uncovered.

Easy right? The finished product is delicious and I could probably eat half of it in one sitting.

On a side note this week was an exciting week for the Blog, not only did I get my first follower yesterday, today I got my first comment! Thank you both! You have put a huge smile on my face!thank you