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Monthly Archives: November 2012

We had a very Grinchy date the other night. We made some Grinchy treats and watched the live action version of the Grinch. We made a green Grinch drink, which was simply green fruit juice and a scoop of ice cream. We also made green cookies. I wanted to do the mint variation listed below the recipe, but I couldn’t find mint chips at the grocery store. We just added a little green food coloring to the batter. It was really fun. You could also watch the animated Grinch.

Triple chip cookies


3 cups flour        1 teaspoon soda      1 teaspoon salt       1 cup sugar

1 cup brown sugar, packed        2/3 cup shortening

2/3 cup butter, softened (=11 tablespoons)

2 eggs     2 teaspoons vanilla       ½ bag white chocolate chips

½ bag semi-sweet chocolate chips                    ½ bag milk chocolate chips

Preheat oven to 375 degrees.  Mix flour, soda and salt.  Cream together sugars, butter, shortening, eggs and vanilla.  Stir in dry ingredients until well blended.  Stir in chocolate chips.  For a softer cookie stir (stir by hand) ½ cup flour.  Form into balls about 1 ½ inches in diameter.  Bake 8-10 minutes.  (Beth cooks them for 8 ½ minutes.)  Cool 2 minutes before removing from the cookie sheet to the cooling rack.  You can freeze the dough.  If baking frozen dough bake for 10-12 minutes.   Beth bakes hers on parchment paper.

Variations:  Substitute for the white chocolate chips, peanut butter, butterscotch, mint or any other flavor of chocolate chips you would like.

Add ½ cup of peanut butter when creaming sugars and liquids.  The dough will be a little denser and will not spread as much when baking.

Add ½ cup cocoa when add the ½ cup of flour and end and stir in by hand.  The dough will be a little denser and will hold its shape more.

We love Christmas and are getting very excited for it already! Tyler has been asking for a week if we can put up our tree. We decided to start the holiday season a little early. With this date we started building our Christmas village. We decided to make a Christmas village out of legos this year. The start to our village can be seen below. Tyler built Santa’s workshop and I built a candy cane factory.

In case you couldn’t tell from the title this was an apple theme date. We began the date by making yummy caramel apples. While we waited for our caramel apples to set up we found some apple trivia online and played apple games at the following website: http://www.lafayetteapplefest.org/index.html (click on activities to play games)