Lisa’s Blissful Bites: The Best-Ever Chocolate Chip Cookie! Really!

September 12th, 2014

As a young 21-year-old missionary in Scotland, I had the opportunity to live in the beautiful city of Edinburgh for six months. The headquarters of the mission were located there and the “mission home” was right next door to the church. As I was attending church meetings throughout the week, I could often smell the wonderful aroma of freshly-baked chocolate chip cookies wafting from the open kitchen windows. I immediately knew who was in the kitchen–my dear from, Isabell Hunsaker, a senior missionary from Wyoming whose primary responsibility was baking and cooking for those living in the home. I’d always drop by for a cookie or two! They were heaven sent for this American girl who LOVED chocolate chip cookies. They were the best I’d ever tasted! Isabell became a very dear friend! (Sadly she passed away two years ago. Here is her obituary. What a wonderful posterity she left behind–32 grandchildren and 99 great grandchildren!)

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Another dear friend, Ann Hewlett, was also a missionary in Scotland.

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She had knee surgery while serving her mission and spent several months recuperating in the mission home. During this time, she learned Isabell’s “secret” chocolate chip cookie recipe and for the past 25 years has been making them non-stop several times a week. In fact, EVERY time I stop at Ann’s house, she’s either in the middle of whipping up the cookie batter or there’s a fresh batch already baked on her counter. She’s known all over her town for making the best chocolate chip cookies in the world!

Last month, I finally asked for Isabelle’s recipe and have made them THREE times this week. I’m addicted and have already memorized the recipe. Our family has been the “chocolate chip cookie fairies,” running them around the neighborhood! I love the smell of cookies baking–pure comfort food.

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One neighbor texted me and said: “Thanks for the cookies. Those were seriously the best I’ve ever eaten and I’ve tried a lot!”

So–What makes these cookies so special? I’ve analyzed the recipe, texture and flavor and have come to these four conclusions:

1. Both milk and dark chocolate chips are added in the batter.

2. The recipe calls for a little extra flour which makes the cookies a lot plumper–not flat.

3. Eleven  minutes is the perfect amount of time for baking. They are perfectly crispy AND perfectly chewy!

4. The recipe is tried and true from two of my favorite gals: Ann and Isabell. So–how can you go wrong with it?

What are you waiting for! Grab these basic ingredients and try making them yourself. Oh–and if you live in my neck of the woods, the “cookie fairy” just might be visiting you soon!

Isabell’s Chocolate Chip Cookies

  • 2 sticks butter, softened (1 cup)
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 t. vanilla
  • 3 1/2 cups flour
  • 1 t. baking soda
  • 1 t. salt
  • 2 cups milk-chocolate chips (I use Guittard)
  • 1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips

Cream butter, brown sugar and white sugar together. Beat in eggs and vanilla. Mix in flour, baking soda, and salt. Hand stir chocolate chips in batter. Rolls in tight balls, place on non-greased cookie sheet and bake at 375 degrees for 11 minutes. Cool on rack!

 

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I’m off to eat another cookie!

Lisa

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Joy in the Journey: My Schoolboy, Laughter is the Best Medicine and a Blast from the Past!

September 8th, 2014

1. Just had to share a picture of my little college boy going off to his first day of class! Steve is in his second year of getting a second degree in computer science (his first was in accounting). His dream is to be a high school CTE teacher by next year! Oh–and I said “little” college boy. Steve has lost 60 pounds in the past nine months. Goooo, Steve!

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2. This couple is one of our best couple friends who live in Orlando. We’ve know them since we were all newlyweds. Jennifer helps me with my HSN shows–she’s amazing! Eric is one of the funniest humans alive. A couple of weeks ago, their family decided to go on an end-of-summer trip to Portland, Oregon. Due to frequent flyer miles and vouchers, Eric and Jennifer ended up on one airline while their college girls, Hailey and Olivia, ended up on Southwest. Each two-some had different layovers and the plan was to meet in Portland. Olivia and Hailey’s layover was in Baltimore but when they arrived at the gate for their final flight, they glanced up and noticed the plane was going to Portland, MAINE–not Portland, OREGON! Southwest was great about changing their flight BUT the girls had to spend a sleepless night in the airport. Too funny!!! I’ve laughed and laughed about this one. (I’m not going to mention who arranged the flights :)!)

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3. This is a throwback to the days when getting into makeup and Sharpie Markers was the thing to do! This is Sage and her cousin, Daniel, at age three. So grateful for photographs which allows us to relive these precious, messy moments over and over again!

 

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Happy Monday, Everyone!

Lisa

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Join Me Late Tonight!

September 1st, 2014

Today I am in Florida at the HSN studios getting ready for all of the great deals we have to share with you! I hope you will join me tonight (well, technically it will be tomorrow) beginning at 2:00 am ET. Or catch one of my other appearances at 7:00 am, 10:00 am, and 4:00 pm ET. Happy creating!

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One Last Word Before Tuesday September 2nd!

August 29th, 2014

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I’m off with Kerri Bradford and Kristy Banks to Swiss Days in Midway!

Have a great Labor Day Weekend!

Lisa

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Project Life+HSN=One Hot Deal!

August 27th, 2014

Just like you I sooooo love a bargain! And, on September 2nd, I’m featuring bargains galore!

Here’s one that you just can’t miss:

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If you go here, you can see a preview of the kit and the ORIGINAL HSN price. I’m not suppose to talk about exact pricing but please know that the price on the link will be AT LEAST 40% lower than the one you see. That’s one incredible deal!

Oh–and have I mentioned that the Azure core kit is one of my all-time favorites?

The color palette is bright and fresh and honestly works well with ANY type of memory throughout the year. One HSN customer wrote:

“I opened the kit and started using it right away. It works great for my 1960s-1980s photos.”

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The 616 Project Life cards are nicely organized in this slotted box.

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Just check out all the colors and variety!

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These are just a few of the designs. Oh–and they are double sided so you have two completely different looks on each side.

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Can you just imagine “Back to Class” pictures with these cards?

Another customer wrote:

“I really love the items in this set. I like the addition of the coordinating 12 x 12 paper and the album dividers.”

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The 24 (12 x 12) papers are bright, colorful card stock and perfectly match the core kit cards.

 

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The dividers help separate months, events, children, holidays, etc. in your album.

One of my favorite parts of this kit are the 12 overlays! Notice how I used them over two of my photos below.

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Overlays are a quick way to add text or a design over photos.

Can’t wait to reveal more new, new, new products plus steals and deals. It’s all coming on September 2nd!

Lisa

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