On Friday Marianne & I went to Del's Garden Center for their first seminar of the year "Spring Design Show". They demonstrated many different arrangements to get you out of the winter blahs and had you looking forward to Spring!! New items, faux and real plants, flowers etc.
The upcoming seminars deal with everything from fairy gardens to starting seeds at home to landscaping to water features. They put on wonderful and humorous presentations!
After a great afternoon, I decided to make a chocolate chip cookie recipe I had been trying to 'tweak'. Combining some different recipes I ended up with this one and was not disappointed!
Great Chocolate Chip Cookie
3/4 C butter, semi-soft
1/4 C white sugar
3/4 C brown sugar
2 tsp. vanilla ( try to use a GOOD vanilla, does make a difference)
1 1/2 C cake flour
1/2 C all-purpose flour
2 tsp cornstarch
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp kosher salt plus a little extra for topping
1C chocolate chips - I used Scharffen-Berger 70% cacao baking chunks, THIS also makes a big difference
Preheat oven to 350
Using my Kitchen-Aid I creamed the butter and sugars together, add the egg and vanilla and mix together.
Mix in all the dry ingredients (except chips) until combined. Add in chips.
Using a small cookie scoop, drop the dough on an ungreased cookie sheet. Add a small pinch of kosher salt on top of each cookie. Bake for 10-12 minutes (depending on your oven) The cookies are only a light brown when they are done. (See photo)
I just baked a few (which were delicious), a nice little crunch around the outside and soft on the inside with all that gooey chocolate. Perfect consistency for dunkers, if you are one of THOSE!!
Something I picked up at the Garden Center was one of the 'Air Plants'. Tillandsias can be grown basically anywhere, on rocks, in a seashell or on coral, in ceramic or pottery, attached to wood (not pressure treated wood this is impregnated with copper, and copper will kill your plant). When considering what you are going to do with your plant don't forget that you have to be able to water it and it has to be placed somewhere that it will get sufficient light. Google them - very interesting....
I'll be adding more to my 'soon-to-be' collection of air plants!
Thanks For Stopping By.....