I got the One Bowl Baking cookbook for my birthday last year and it’s become one of my favorites. The best thing about these cookies is that you don’t need a mixer and they’re easy on your arms because they’re made with melted butter.
One Bowl Chocolate Chip Cookies
Makes about 30
- 3/4 cup butter, melted
- 1 1/4 cups brown sugar
- 1/4 cup sugar
- 3/4 teaspoon salt
- 1 egg
- 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- 2 cups flour
- 3/4 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
- 1 to 1 1/2 cups chocolate chips
Preheat the oven to 375˚ and prepare baking sheets with parchment paper or silicone baking sheets.
Melt the butter in a large microwave-safe bowl. Stir in the sugars and salt. Add the egg and vanilla and mix until smooth. Add flour, baking soda, and baking powder. Stir together until just combined. Stir in chocolate chips.
Scoop out 2-tablespoon sized balls and arrange on the baking sheets about 2″ apart. Bake for about 9 minutes, or until the edges are just browning. The middles will probably not look done yet. Do not overbake!
Last year, my good friend Tara started learning to knit. (Pick it back up, lady!) Her husband wanted to get her some knitting “stuff” for her birthday and wondered if I had any ideas. Oh man, of course I did! I’ve been knitting for a long time and have built up quite the array of tools to choose from, but here are some of my favorites.
These are the best darning needles and the little case they come in is very helpful to prevent the immediate loss of said best needles.
2. Chart keeper
This is the best tool to keep things straight when knitting lace or colorwork from a chart. You attach the chart with magnets and use other magnets to keep your place. When you are using it, it stands up like a little easel, making it easy to check your place often. It folds in half, keeping everything nice and secure, for when you want to take your projects on the go.
These are my favorite stitch markers, especially the smaller ones included in this package. I find stiff stitch markers to be annoying, but these are pliable and allow you to transfer them from one needle to the other with ease.
I use both this physical counter and an app on my phone, depending on what project I’m working on and whether or not I have any physical counters left. This clicky type is way better than those where you have to turn the small dials and comes with a lock to prevent it from getting clicked when you put it in your bag. You can also use it for other things. Gavin used one to count his running laps when he lived in Chicago.
Interchangeable circular needles forever! I stubbornly love DPNs but for everything else, give me a circular needle – no straights! These are my favorite because the points are very sharp, the cables are extra-bendy, and the metal tips are super slick. I hate wood needles, but these do also come in various colors of laminated birch for those who prefer something stickier. I’ve had my set for about seven years with no problems.
Easter is hands-down my favorite holiday. It’s in the best season with the best holiday food and especially candy. The church services during the Triduum are some of my favorites all year, and we are reminded that Jesus has conquered death and we have nothing to fear. What’s not to like?
This year Gavin and I attended the Vigil mass at our parish again. It was just as magical as always, with the darkness, bonfire, candles, Alleluias, and baptisms, and I found myself crying during the offertory because the veil seemed unbearably thin and I was imagining our loved ones in heaven preparing to celebrate Easter with Jesus. Oh my goodness, how incredibly beautiful to think about.
On Sunday, we went out for lunch and ate barbecue at Sugarfire and then had my parents over for dinner. The weather didn’t really cooperate with the grilled meal I had planned, but it was delicious nonetheless. We had pork tenderloin with a wet rosemary-honey rub, scalloped potatoes, prosciutto-wrapped asparagus, and sugar cookies.
This week I’ve been at work in our little yard, bundling more bush honeysuckle, spreading my weight (and then some) in manure, and hoeing up weeds. Watching the flowers bloom in turn and preparing for the summer bounties ahead makes me happy and hopeful. There’s just so much to look forward to in the spring.