I Spy Bags

Want to keep your kids quiet in the car? Want to keep them quiet period?? Then you have got to get one of these little bags of bliss! They’re called I Spy bags and you’re kids will love them. They are little bean bags with a plastic window in the front. The kids read the list (or look at the pics) of items printed on the back and manipulate the bag to find the items through the window. Sheer Genius I tell you. My son loves playing I Spy when we drive but sometimes when I drive I have to pay attention ya know? So I started collecting little doodads around the house and saving some of the little things he collects (that we never have anything to do with) to put inside. Here's what you need to make one of these. 2-8 inch squares of flannel 4 inch piece of plastic, about 4mm … [Read more...]

Skillet Baked Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe

Photo by Shellfish Who can resist a giant chocolate chip cookie?  If your not enticed yet you will be once you see the sweet, soft center of milk and semisweet chocolate chips.  For those of you who don't fear the ultimate indulgence, top it with a scoop of vanilla ice cream and homemade caramel sauce or chocolate sauce. My family has been serving these slices of heaven for years and apparently so has Martha Stewart's. Skillet Baked Chocolate Chip Cookies Makes 8 servings 2 cups all-purpose flour 1 teaspoon baking soda 1/2 teaspoon salt 3/4 cup unsalted butter, softened 1/2 cup sugar 3/4 cup packed light-brown sugar 1 large egg 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract 1 1/2 cups (about 9 ounces) mixed milk- and semisweet chocolate chips 2 pints vanilla ice cream Caramel … [Read more...]