The Best Chocolate Chip Cookies

Do you have that perfect "go to" cookie recipe that you use when you need to bring baked goods to the school, the church, or maybe a family gathering? These chocolate chip cookies are mine. I did not come up with this recipe but it's one I have had for a long time. I'm sure it's probably the number one cookie recipe on the web, or something like that, but I am here to tell you they are worth making! It makes the perfect chocolate chip cookie so I thought I would share. My favorite way to eat these is with a cup of hot coffee!

 They are super simple to make as well. My girls love to mix the ingredients and help out when they can. It's a great recipe to use to teach your little ones about measurements and also a love for baking. Not to mention the great memories they will have in the kitchen whipping these up with you!


3/4 cup granulated sugar
3/4 cup packed brown sugar
1 cup butter or margarine, softened
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 egg
2 1/4 cups flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
1 package semi-sweet chocolate chips (regular size) 
1 cup pecans (or your favorite nut) optional

Heat oven to 375 degrees.

Mix sugar, brown sugar, vanilla, & egg in a large bowl with a mixer until combined.
In another bowl mix together flour, baking soda, & salt. Slowly pour the flour mixture into the sugar mixture while stirring. (dough will become stiff) Add in the bag of chocolate chips (and nuts) and stir to combine. (you may have to use your hands to mix for best results and to insure the chocolate chips spread evenly).
Drop by spoonfuls onto a cookie sheet.
Bake 8-10 minutes depending on your oven. They should be slightly turning brown on the bottoms when you pull them out of the oven. They will still be a little "gooey" but will harden as they rest. Let them rest for about 10 minutes before removing from cookie sheet. 

Grab your hot cup of coffee or cold milk for the younger ones and enjoy!

~Decorating my Tiered Stand for Fall~

Hello Friends!

Every year when Fall comes around I seem to have a new direction I want to take in decorating. Last year I seemed to use the traditional Fall colors...oranges, reds, etc. I've even done the all "neutral" way with lots of burlap, wheat, and white pumpkins. This year when I came across some black and white pumpkins I instantly knew that I wanted to use them in my Fall and Halloween decor. I am totally sure my husband appreciates the change in all new decor every year too! I don't know about you but I decorate for Holidays by leaving as much of my existing decor as I can. I wanted to show all of you how I decorated my three tier stand. I recently just purchased the stand after months of wanting one and I am so happy I did!

I only took off a few pieces of my existing decor and added the black and white pumpkins which I think adds a bit of whimsy while keeping my vintage vibe.
These teacups belonged to my husbands grandmother. I adore them! Instead of just taking them off the stand I added the cute little black fabric pumpkin and nestled it inside the top cup.

 I have a bunch of scrabble tiles that I keep around for cute ideas like this. Actually, I have a whole jar of random game pieces that I stash but we won't get into my hoarding problem right now. I spelled out the word "GHOST" with the scrabble tiles and put them in an old canning jar. I wanted this to also be fun for my girls who sit at this table every night and morning! 

I found this candle holder in a box labeled "garage sale" that I had in my basement. Apparently I planned on selling it at some point. Once again I have a hard time in letting things go! But see?? It paid off to keep it because I added this cute little polka dot pumpkin inside instead of a candle and I LOVE it! I keep my grandmas recipe box on my stand with all her handwritten recipes inside. I didn't want to move it so I just put another mini fabric pumpkin on top of it. 

I love my little wood number "31" sign from ART BY KELLY. I tucked it into my bottom tier along with my vintage glass bottles and my big fabric pumpkin.

I like to keep my Fall and Halloween decor simple. Now Christmas is a whole different story! Thanks for reading how I decorate for Fall while keeping a hint of vintage in my existing decor. I would love to hear what colors YOU decorate for Fall with!

Thanks again friends and have a Happy Fall!