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Frozen Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough

Frozen Cookie Dough

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For the sake of people in my life who think that eating raw cookie dough is akin to ingesting toxic waste, I will not tell you about my love for cookie dough. I will also not tell you about how weird some people are. :)

But I will tell you that having frozen cookie dough in your freezer is the best.thing.ever. You want a midnight snack with no effort? Pop a couple of cookies in the oven. Because eating them raw is delicious nasty.

Quick family home evening treat? Bake up a whole tray. Unexpected visitors? Throw some in, and look like the star hostess you aren’t. Perhaps they will overlook your messy living room if you serve them cookies fresh from the oven. It’s worth a try, right?

I’m not going to hash over how to make cookies. In fact, I already have. You can check out my favorite cookie recipe, as well as the dairy and egg free version. I will tell you that the dairy and egg free version doesn’t work quite as well in the freezer (Egg Replacer works best immediately), but it’ll do okay in a pinch.

Today we’re going to talk more about the technique to perfect frozen cookie dough. Not only am I a bit of a cookie dough fanatic (not to eat… just to look at… and smell… or something) but I did a short stint as a baker for Lion House Bakery. They bake cookies, but they also freeze a lot of cookie dough to send out at their cafes in Deseret Book. Hence that fresh-baked-cookie-smell once you walk in the door that encourages you to buy more books!

The trick, as with almost all frozen foods, is flash freezing. You don’t need any fancy equipment for this, just a freezer, a cookie sheet, and a *cookie scoop if you have one. (If you don’t, it’s no big deal, trust me.)

Mix up your cookie dough. I like to do a double batch because that means some to bake and eat, and some to save for later! Then you’re going to scoop up your cookie dough and put it on your cookie sheet. I like to have parchment paper on my cookie sheet, but I was out, and it works either way.

Don’t spread your cookies out like you’re going to bake them, put them right up close to each other. I scoop my dough out in 4×3 rows, to get a dozen in each little section. If you just scoop your cookie dough into a Ziploc bag, the dough will freeze into one big lumpy ball. Trust me, that will not bake well.

Then put your cookie dough, as is, in the freezer. You can throw some plastic wrap over it if you want, but I usually don’t bother. Keep it in there for a few hours or overnight. Try not to forget it like I have done on occasion. :)

The next day, pull out your cookie sheet.
(If it’s been in a deep freezer, I recommend using hot pads to grab the pans, those metal pans get cold!)
Pull the cookie dough off the cookie sheet and throw them in a gallon-sized Ziploc bag. Then place them back into the freezer, and they’ll be ready when you need them.

When you are ready to bake, just pull them out of the bag and place them on a cookie sheet 2 inches a part. Oh, preheat your oven first. :) 350 degrees. The best part of these cookies is that they bake up fine even frozen. Keep an eye on them and bake them for about 15-20 minutes. Pull them out when they are just starting to get brown on the bottoms. The tops can even look a little jiggly still, but the sides should be set. Let them sit on the pan for about 5 minutes, then move them to a cooling rack until cool.

a punch in the face

Yesterday we went to Seven Peaks and then to a Memorial Day picnic. By the time we got home, I was sore and exhausted and more or less collapsed into bed. I forgot to take my anxiety medication.

Oops.

See, this class of medication has a very short half-life. So by 8:30 in the morning, I’m extremely irritable. Answering a four year old’s incessant questions, followed by a two year old’s constant begging followed by whining, doesn’t help.

Kinda makes me want to punch people in the face, really.
Not my kids, of course.
That’s bad.
Just people… mankind.

Hmm, writing this post was supposed to feel theraputic.
Instead I just feel like a bad person.

I’m supposed to can strawberry jam today. With 4 square feet of counter space and 2 kids under feet, it should be fun.
Not dangerous at all.

I’m also out of Diet Coke. Maybe I’ll just take a nap instead.

 PS – any scriptures you particularly like to read when you are mad/irritable/cranky/tired/mean/grumpy/sad/crazy? Please advise.

FHE Made Easy: May Week 4

This week’s lesson is on that slippery snake of a guy, Korihor. (Don’t worry, he repents… and actually dies in a rather tragic manner, which you may opt to not discuss this time around if you wish!) After discussing the story of Korihor in this week’s lesson, you can read a story about sunflowers. How fun would it be to serve sunflower seeds as tonight’s treat? Bonus: no cooking or baking beforehand, and no clean up!

Week 4: Korihor, the Anti-Christ

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Walk Beside Me LDS Preschool: X is for Ammon’s eXample

Walk Beside Me Introduction

Okay, I might be stretching it just a leeetle bit here to say that X is for ‘eXample’ but you know what? It’s going to be years before your kid figures out there is an e before the word ‘example,’ so I don’t think I’m confusing anyone that badly here. Plus… what was I supposed to do for the letter X? I mean… really.

So today’s segment of the Walk Beside Me LDS Preschool is

X is for Ammon’s eXample!

Alphabetic liberties aside, this is such a fun little packet! I’ve thrown in a few printables we haven’t seen in awhile, like a coloring page and a size sort activity. These hands on activities will help your child work on manual dexterity (important for learning to write letters).

This week you’ll be teaching your child about the story of Ammon. Ammon is one of my favorite scripture heroes; I even gave a talk about him as a teen. I love Ammon because not only is he just cool with his brute force in scaring off the mean robbers, but he’s also thoughtful. When the other servants of the king ran off to tell the king what Ammon had done, the king asked where Ammon was. Awkwardly, the servants confess that he’s taking care of the horses they failed to put away!

The song of the week is the classic “Book of Mormon Stories.” There are actually many verses to this song, it would be so fun to teach your child the verse about Ammon. Little boys (and hey, little girls too) will love watching the movie of Ammon from the Book of Mormon Stories. In telling the story of Ammon, you could cut out these figures. I always like to laminate and place magnet strips on the back, then I use a cookie sheet like a flannel board.

To find the best way to implement this curriculum into a full weekly preschool, check out the Preschool Schedule. If you’re new here, start with the Introduction Page or the FAQ. I also have a Walk Beside Me Store. The store is an Amazon affliate store, I get paid per purchase you make through the store, so please check it out before you leave.

I hope you enjoy this LDS homeschool or preschool at home resource. Whichever you prefer. :)

{How To} Funky Flip Flops

How to Make Funky Flip Flops

This project is so ridiculously easy that I have a hard time even classifying it as a ‘tutorial.’ I just wanted to share it with you in case you didn’t make these at Girls’ Camp when you were 15, like I did.

In fact it’s so easy that my 9 year old (who has very little patience for crafty things that take more than a few minutes) was able to do this, all by herself. She made the green flip flops above.

Just cut scraps of fabric (I used Carina Gardner’s Dainty Blossoms line) into strips 1 inch by 6 inches. I used from 20-30 strips for each pair of shoes, depending on the shoe size.

Then tie your scraps onto the flip flop straps – the plastic piece that goes over your feet. I used what I believe is called a square knot, you know the one? Like you’re starting to tie your shoe but you do it twice? If you have a bolder pieced fabric (like my brown polka dot scraps), tie those on evenly on each strap. That way you won’t have a bunch of bold pieces on one shoe, but not on the either. I tied the brown piece on near the toe, then about halfway down on either side of the straps, then tied on the rest of the fabric in a random fashion. With little kids’ flip flops, you have the option of tying on the straps all the way around the foot. This would be super cute. I was just too lazy to cut anymore strips.

The fabric will eventually start to fray. You can use fray check, which is iffy at best, but I actually prefer the rag look. It gets all curly and fluffy! This makes a great summer boredom buster project for your older children.

Also… it looks super cute on tiny toes. Don’t you agree?

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