Flat, flatter, flattest

I’m not sure what I’m doing wrong but my chocolate chip cookies are flat and spread out too much.

I follow the Nestles Tollhouse cookie recipe using room temperature butter and measure out the ingredients exactly as written.

The butter was room temperature but not real soft.  I used a hand mixer for this batch and some leftover mini chocolate chips and chocolate chunks (bought by mistake).

The cookies are very tasty but we now have to eat the entire batch as they aren’t “pretty” enough to share with the neighbors.  I know, tough job but somebody’s got to do it.

My oven might be too hot.  I may have over mixed the ingredients.  My dough was room temperature and perhaps not cool enough before baking.  Any other ideas as to what went wrong?

The BEST soup ever

Hambones…love ’em or hate ’em.  What do you do with your leftover hambone?  I used to toss it but after tasting this soup recipe, I’ll be using it.

A few years ago I tried (successfully in that I liked it) to make bean soup from a leftover hambone.  It was good enough until my daughter texted me a recipe called Leftover Hambone Soup from Damn Delicious.  This recipe was first published in 2013 but it’s a keeper.hambone soup

Other than the thyme, I didn’t measure anything.  I substituted red kidney beans for white ones, added a few stalks of celery, diced, and omitted the bay leaves and salt.  Many commenters on the recipe on the blog also changed up the amounts to suit the items in their pantries but the hambone broth is essential for that delicious flavor.  It took longer for me to prep than suggested so from start to seems to take me longer to do the prep for most recipes so allow two hours from the get-go to serving it up with some crusty bread.

This soup will be my go-to hambone soup from now on. And looking forward to our next ham!  Click here for the recipe.

What do you do with your leftover hambone?

An expensive piece of candy

I love chocolate.

I love caramel.

And I love chocolate covered caramels.

One piece of this cost me $90.

SourceHow?  I usually savor a piece of candy rather than chew it.  I try to let it melt in my mouth so it lasts and lasts.  But Tuesday afternoon I bit into the candy and chewed it.  A crown on a tooth popped off!  Fortunately, I didn’t damage the crown where it needed to be replaced.  The dentist just cleaned it up and cemented it back on…for $90.