Easy from scratch

The other day my children were clamouring for chocolate chip cookies. In the past I would run to the pantry and take out a package of Chips Ahoys. The 15.25 ounce packages says it has 13 servings. I assume that is about 2 cookie per serving. So in reality that package would be gone in one sitting with some of the older children having 4 cookies. I figure there are about 30 cookies in the package.

And here are the ingredients in Chips Ahoy:

ENRICHED FLOUR (WHEAT FLOUR, NIACIN, REDUCED IRON, THIAMINE MONONITRATE {VITAMIN B1} RIBOFLAVIN {VITAMIN B2}, FOLIC ACID)
SEMISWEET CHOCOLATE CHIPS (SUGAR, CHOCOLATE, COCOA BUTTER, DEXTROSE, SOY LECITHIN – AN EMULSIFIER)
SUGAR
SOYBEAN OIL AND/OR PARTIALLY HYDROGENATED COTTONSEED OIL
HIGH FRUCTOSE CORN SYRUP
LEAVENING (BAKING SODA AND/OR AMMONIUM PHOSPHATE)
SALT
WHEY (FROM MILK)
NATURAL AND ARTIFICIAL FLAVOR
CARAMEL COLOR

And the package goes for around $3.00 on sale around here. Not a great bargain.

Recently I have been making chocolate chip cookie dough and keeping it in the refrigerator. Every couple of days I take out a hunk, let it warm up and then bake cookies. Fresh, warm cookies right out of the oven for those that want a snack.

Here are my ingredients:
Flour
Salt
Butter
Sugar
Brown Sugar
Vanilla Extract
Eggs
Chocolate Chips

And my cost for making 100 cookies is under $4.00. A much better deal and I know where the ingredients come from.

So once a week I make the doughs for sugar cookies, chocolate chips cookies, snickerdoodle and peanut butter doughs in the fridge. That way we can have fresh cookies when ever we want.

A married woman must often leave God at the altar in order to find Him in her housework ~~St. Francis of Rome

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Community Supported Agriculture

Here is the link to the local farmers that I promised you. Thanks Rachel for giving it to me again.

With this site you can find local farmers that provide fruits, vegetables, meats, eggs, etc. Most of them in my area appear to be using organic and free range practices. You know to get the organic seal takes so much time and money most of the local people don’t go for it.

I am going to check out the site and find those farmers that are close to me and see what purchasing a share entails and how much food you are purchasing. Let me know if you are using one in your area.

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I splurged this week on a climbing toy for the girls. They have been climbing on the couch and getting into trouble. So we bought them toy that has a tunnel, slide and a ball pit. So now they are staying of the couch more and trying to jump off the slide. Oh well.

Abby

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Maggie says “Wheeeeee”

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Marian

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It’s the Pits

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