School Cafeteria Cookie Recipe

This cookie recipe is the one cookie both my grade school and high school use to make, yes back in the olden days! Every time I smell the aroma of these cookies baking in the oven I am transported right back to the school cafeteria! And they couldn't be more simple to make. This recipe yields 48 yummy cookies!

5 super simple ingredients...

1 lb. butter (or 4 sticks), softened
2 1/2 cups granulated sugar
1 egg
2 tsp. of good vanilla
3 2/3 cups of all-purpose flour

What you will need to do...

Cream together all ingredients and using a tablespoon, drop onto ungreased cookie sheet. Make sure there is plenty of space between your cookies because they do spread out while baking. Bake at 350 (thank you Judy from Gold Country Cottage!!!) until the edges become golden brown, about 11-14 minutes. And that's it!
It's just too incredibly easy to make these scruptious confections!

Trust me when I say that they are the best sugar cookies ever...and how could they not be with a pound of butter in them right?

Have a great Day!!!
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Things Happening and a Beach Bag

I'll tell you this week has been just super busy for me. The weekend had it's share of activities not to mention Memorial Day on Monday. Then back to school for the kiddies and both of them had their field day this week. Today I am going to be spending a little girl time with my cuz who is up from Maryland, so I am taking a quick minute here to fill you in on what I've been working on!

 Currently I'm in the process reviewing a product and writing a post for it as a giveaway. As of today I plan to open up the giveaway this coming Monday. It is a great product valued at $80 so you will have to stay tuned to check out what I have as well as how to enter. It's really an awesome giveaway!!!

In addition to the giveaway post, I've also been preparing a guest post for fellow blogger Diann of The Thrifty Groove. Diann has chosen a few bloggers to guest on her blog while she is away and yours truly happens to be one of them. Yeah! So I've created a brand new post on a great project I recently finished which will be published on her blog sometime during the month of June. I will let you all know when it's scheduled to go live!

And as I was out and about yesterday I stopped by The Christmas Tree Shoppe and purchased this little ditty!

Isn't it darling? Can you believe I picked it up for only $12.99?

Here's a closer look...

I'm all ready to hit the beach with this beauty!!

 And now that we've finally caught a break with all of the heat and humidity that's been in these parts as of late, I can begin working on the end tables I purchased two weeks ago at a yard sale.

Remember these?

I can't wait to see how they turn out!!!

That's it for now so enjoy this gorgeous day!


We Have Buffalo in New Jersey!!!

Yes we do have buffalo in New Jersey!!! Well a buffalo farm to be more precise. It is located here in Hunterdon County and is not any further away than the YMCA for us. This weekend as part of a fundraiser, the Buffalo River Farm hosted a buffalo watch.

So today we took the kids...don't they look stoked?

Well at least cute!

And we did a tour of the farm while riding on a flatbed used for hauling hay.

Bison are born usually weighing in the neighborhood of 40lbs.

And by the time they are 4 months old their weight is somewhere around 600 lbs.
A fully grown bison weighs in at 2,000 lbs

And do you know how high an adult buffalo can jump?

They can jump 5 feet into the air...so all the fencing on the farm around the buffalo is 6 foot high.

In addition to the buffalo tour the farm also had horseback rides for the kids...

And several items to purchase and check out...

We all enjoyed a flavored honey stick...Chris and I had lemon and the kids had the watermelon flavored honey.

So we had a great time this afternoon doing something that most people never have the opportunity to do...

Go on a Buffalo Watch!
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Patriotic Dessert Squares

Raspberries, blueberries and a little cream cheese make up the red, white and blue color scheme for this dessert, all sitting on a cookie like crust. My mom always requested this for any summer backyard barbecue because it was one of her favorites. I haven't made it in a while but this year I decided to dust off the old recipe and make for this weekend's pre-holiday cookout!

         What you will need...

For the bottom layer

1 1/2 c. all purpose flour
3/4 c packed brown sugar
3/4 c butter

For the middle layer

1 pt fresh blueberries
8 oz pkg. cream cheese, softened
1 tsp. vanilla extract
1 jar (7 oz) marshmallow creme
8 oz container of frozen whipped topping, thawed
1 1/2 pints fresh raspberries

For the top layer

1 1/4 cups sugar
1/4 c. cornstarch
2 cups water
1 (3 oz) pkg. raspberry flavored gelatin
What you will need to do...

Heat oven to 325 degrees F. Blend together the flour and brown sugar and then using either a pastry blender or fork, cut into the butter until the mixture resembles that of coarse crumbs. Spread flour mixture out onto a 15 X 10 X 1 inch baking sheet and press until the surface of the pan is covered. Bake in preheated oven for 10-15 minutes. Remove from oven and let cool.

Sprinkle blueberries on cooled crust. In a large bowl, beat together the softened cream cheese and vanilla until fluffy. Add the marshmallow creme and beat again. Fold in the defrosted whipped cream, blend by hand, and then spread over the blueberries. Refrigerate for one hour.

In the meantime, in a medium sized pot, add the sugar, cornstarch and water and heat. Cook until mixture thickens and becomes more clear than opaque. Add the raspberry flavored gelatin and mix. Set aside and let cool for about 20-30 minutes.

Remove tray from the refrigerator and place the raspberries on top of the now cold cream cheese mixture. Spoon the cooled gelatin mixture over top of the raspberries and then refrigerate again for one hour.

Cut into desired square sizes and serve.

Have a wonderful Memorial Day weekend!

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P is for Pinterest?

I can't help it...I grew up in a town adjacent to the city of brotherly love, and our baseball team is the Phillies!

So every time I see the logo for Pinterest


I can't help but to think of this...

The logo for the Philadelphia Phillies!


The Philadelphia Phillies are the oldest continuous, one-name, one-city franchise in all of professional American sports, dating all the way back to 1883. The original name for the team in the 1800's was the Quakers, this was then changed in 1883 to the Philadelphians and subsequently shortened to the Phillies.

The main rival for the Phillies are the NY Mets and it is said to be one of the hottest rivalries in professional baseball. 
(Mr. Rosemary Lane  is a staunch Mets fan.)

The mascot for the Phillies is the ever so funny Phillies Phantatic. He was introduced to the Philadelphia fans in April of 1978. The creation of the Phantaic has ties with Muppet's creator Jim Hensen. (I can totally get that!)


And now there is another Phillie phan who has been showing up at the Phillie games since 2010...it is the oh so lovable
Rally the Rally Towel!

Rally has also been a friend of mine since grade school. Take a look at her dance in the dugout with the Phillie Phantatic!

The holiday weekend is almost here...have a great day!!!


Elegant Back Patio Tablescape

We have a lovely screened in back patio and I really enjoy entertaining on it. So the other day I hosted a ladies brunch for 4 and this is the setting I created.

The table and chairs where my parents when they lived up in Pennsylvania. I inherited the set when they moved to Florida in 1995. The floral table cloth was my sister's from years ago. It is a rectangle shape so I simply put it on top of another plain white rectangular tablecloth in the opposite direction. This gave me the dramatic look of a table top to floor covering. The turquoise plates I found at TJ Maxx about 5 years ago...if I remember they were $3 each. The little butter dishes are from the Christmas tree shop...they were 2 for $3. Everything else I had around the house so I just pulled like colors together and grounded them with tho wicker place mats and napkin rings. The serving cart in the back I picked up for free as it was a roadside find. Click here to see what it looked originally looked like.

It was a wonderful afternoon with my three girlfriends...gotta love the spring!!

Have a great day!!!

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