Double Chocolate Chip Cookies

I brought some homemade-from-scratch chocolate chip cookies in to share with the office today. When I set them out this morning, I assured everyone that with 2 cups of oatmeal these definitely fall into the breakfast category 😉 Just a few short hours and many enthusiastic thank you’s later, this was all that was left at noon!

By popular demand, here’s the recipe. I’ve also included a few fun variations!

INGREDIENTS:

  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 cup shortening (I use these handy pre-measured Crisco shortening packs)
  • 1 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup white sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 cups Quaker Rolled Oats
  • 2 BAGS semisweet chocolate chips (I’ve also been known to use 1 bag of semisweet + 1 bag white chocolate chip cookies!)

DIRECTIONS

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (180 degrees C).
  2. Combine flour, salt and baking soda. Set aside.
  3. In a large bowl, beat shortening, sugars and vanilla until creamy. Add eggs and beat until light and fluffy.
  4. Gradually stir in flour mixture.
  5. Stir in rolled oats and chocolate chips.
  6. Lightly spritz cookie sheets with non-stick cooking spray
  7. Teaspoon onto baking sheets
  8. Bake for approximately 10 minutes or until golden. I let cookies cool on sheets for 2 minutes, then transfer to wire racks to cool completely.

Yields approximately 64 cookies (16 cookies per cookie sheet).

With this many cookies, I like sharing! But they also keep well stored in the freezer and are surprisingly good, just a little bit crumbly, frozen.

Another way I like my cookies when I’m feeling extra indulgent?

Enjoy!

 

 

 

‘An Afternoon In Italy’ Baby Shower

How sweet is this?

Last Saturday, I attended “An Afternoon in Italy” Baby Shower in celebration of a close friend, pictured above, who is expecting her first child — a little girl! — at the end of December.

The setting was completely charming! My friends who hosted did a stunning job transforming one of their backyards into a beautiful space reminiscent of an Italian trattoria.

The afternoon was complete with Italian music, delectable homemade and catered Italian bites…

 

Bellinis, vino, champagne, and Pelligrino…

{On a side note: How cute is that watermelon-baby buggy?! And how about that homemade chalkboard? I made it out of an Ikea picture frame and a can of chalkboard spray paint :) }

And gifts and games! My favorite game was trying to guess the name of the famous baby mama stuck on your back. It’s a great ice breaker if not everyone knows each other. I FINALLY guessed mine after deducing that my celeb was blonde, around 30, married, not an actress, not a model, not a singer, that she is seen in magazines like Us Weekly and People, and not on reality TV but her dad is — Can you guess who?!

We played two other games throughout the afternoon. In keeping with the Italian theme, the winners each won a bottle of wine. One game was to estimate the number of taffy pieces in a glass jar, and the other was to determine who carried around everything but their kitchen sink/the most useful stuff in their handbag. To determine the winner for the latter, a pen was handed to each guest along with a piece of paper listing 50 items. Anything from a toothbrush to a calculator, rubber band, and safety pin. If you had it in your bag, you got a point. I had a teeny tiny handbag with me that day so I got two points since my smart phone counted as a calculator and a camera. Someone (with a big bag) got 38/50! I didn’t walk away empty-handed, though. All guests received a cute little jar of cocoa butter with the event name and date engraved on the top!

Finally, I just have to share that as gifts were being opened, one of the gals sitting directly next to me whom I had never met before pulled out a Marmont Nursing Cover and started nursing her baby! …Of course I had to say something and she was kind enough to allow me to take photos even after I warned that they might end up here or on our Bebe au Lait Facebook page :)

Have you attended a baby shower recently? What’s your favorite baby shower game?

Bebe au Lait Featured Retailer: October 2011 BOING BOING

Check out Bebe au Lait’s Featured Retailer – October 2011

Store Name: BOING BOING

Years in business: 16

Store Location: 204 6th Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11217

Contact Info: Karen Miller @ 718.398.0251

Hours:Tuesday – Friday 11-7. Sat & Sun 11-6

What Bebe au Lait products do you carry? We carry the Bebe Au Lait brand nursing covers because I prefer that name and the packaging.

What are your customers’ favorite prints to purchase? My customers like modern and subtle colors and black. They love the Yoko; then Mint Chocolate and Marmont; the Black Eyelet in summer.

What is your favorite Bebe au Lait product? I love the Bebe Au Lait Nursing Cover.

What is the best way you’ve found to display the Bebe au Lait line of products?
Slatwall – but really anywhere – customers come in asking for them.

What is the one thing you would like others to know about you?
We were the first shop in the USA to combine babywearing and breast feeding because we know how important these two things are in raising happy and healthy children. We stock only the best products, and will never sell something because it’s the latest trend. We know what works, and that’s why people have trusted us to be the leader and go-to shop since 1995.

Bebe au Lait Featured Retailer: September 2011 Babyology

Check out Bebe au Lait’s Featured Retailer – September 2011

Store Name: Babyology

Years in business: More than 20

Store Location: 3934 Dutchman’s Ln, Louisville, KY 40207

Contact Info: Vicki Sanders (owner) Angie Roberts (manager)
www.babyology.com ph: 502.721.7727

Hours: M-F 9-7, Sat 9-6 (closed Sunday)

What Bebe au Lait products do you carry? Bebe au Lait and Hooter Hider nursing covers

What are your customers’ favorite prints to purchase? Nest, Kensington, Parkside

What is your favorite Bebe au Lait product? Bebe au Lait and Hooter Hider nursing covers

What is the best way you’ve found to display the Bebe au Lait line of products?
We have found it is important to allow new and expecting moms the opportunity to feel the fabric and try the covers on to see how easy to use and comfortable they are.

What is the one thing you would like others to know about you?
We mother the mothers. We offer breastfeeding consultations with IBCLCs, breastfeeding supplies, childbirth classes, and lots of encouragement. We want our moms to love their breastfeeding experience like we did!