The Best Chocolate Chip Cookies – Heather’s

For years I was using the recipe on the package, and then I tasted Heather’s recipe. Oh my goodness, her’s were so much better. Using real butter and more brown sugar than white, really makes a difference. I worked with Heather in 2000 at Mesa Airlines and I don’t remember her last name, but I sure do remember the cookies. Once I got over the shock, that her’s were better, I embraced them as my own. WP_20160704_13_35_19_ProAdding salt was the only change and I adjusted the bake temperature. Remember, always make the recipe as written the first time. Once you know what it should taste like, than you can “tweak” it.
The Best Chocolate Chip Cookies
2 sticks of butter, softened
1/2 C. sugar
1 C. packed brown sugar
2 eggs (always use large)
1 t. vanilla
1 t. salt
3 C. all-purpose flour
1/2 t. baking soda
2 C. Chocolate chips (semi-sweet)
1 C. chopped nuts (Walnuts or Pecans, optional)
With an electric mixer, cream together the butter and sugars. Next, mix in the eggs and then the vanilla. Make sure all is incorporated and gradually add in 1/2 mixture of flour, baking soda and salt. Once combined, add the rest of the flour mixture. Add in the chips and nuts a little at a time. Once completely incorporated, let the dough rest at least 15 minutes or refrigerate. Spoon large tablespoons of dough (walnut size)on to a prepared pan(foil or parchment paper lined), space them 3 across and no more than 5 rows. Bake them at 350″ for 5 minutes, rotate and bake 5 more minutes. You are looking for golden color on the bottom & the tops should have a little shine. Cool and enjoy! This recipe makes 5 dozen. WP_20160704_12_17_51_ProWP_20160704_12_42_40_Pro
Just a side note, you cream the sugars and butter together because if you don’t the dough has a burned taste. I don’t know the science. but one day my daughter Cynthia asked why and so we made the cookies without creaming first and the result was not good. Sometimes, the right answer is “because I said so”. For years we made cookies for family and mailed them all over the country, for Christmas gifts. You can also make “freezer” cookies, just spoon the dough balls on parchment paper, once frozen, put them in a freezer bag. When ready to bake, just place on cookie sheet, thaw (10- 15 minutes) and bake. Please let me know what you want to see and hear and don’t forget to share me.
Remember to Be Nice, Be Kind & Be of Service
Pat Green

ALL Lives MATTER!

I can not be silent. I have lived all 74 of my years as a black women and I have a point of view. Every time someone dies under strange circumstances, we grieve. This could be the beginning of the end. Respect is what we are all looking for. Is it possible that we can all have it? The answer is YES. If we treat others the way we want to be treated, the world would be a much better place. If we can stop placing blame and start accepting responsibility for all our choices. We most start looking in the mirror. I am guilty of judging people, because of how they dress, they speak, how they look and what they do. I know that I am wrong and I am working on me.
Could it be, that others are guilty of the same thing and how can we change? This may be a shocking concept, let’s first look at ourselves.

Anger is a key component. I can remember being in a department store and someone following me through the store. Why were they following me, could it have been my color? I remember going to look at a house and the realtor leaned on Walter’s car door to prevent him from getting out of the car. He asked us why we would want to live in this neighborhood. It’s easy to get angry, but what do we gain? My goal has always been to excel, not just get by or get even.

Early in my life I decided to fit in. I know that I am as good as you are, but I have to prove it to the you and the world. I talk the way most people talk, with good grammar. I don’t use slang and always present myself in a professional way. These are choices I make, because I choose to be included. Many people are in survival mode, angry, hostile and looking for someone to blame. Why and how can this help us thrive? This may be a new concept for some, let’s thrive and not just survive. Speaking of surviving, I saw this video yesterday and it makes me sad, because it may be necessary for our black men to survive.What to do when stopped by police officersPlease watch it. I can’t even imagine the fear that happens when the “flashing light” goes on. I have been stopped, but the only fear I had was, am I going to get a ticket? Fear for my life has never entered my mind. Just for a moment put your self in a black man’s shoes. Most black men are not guilty of anything. We have always been told, that we are innocent until proven guilty. Is that for everyone?

I have friends who are police officers and I can’t imagine a more stressful job. They run to danger, when all instincts tell us to run the other way. It is a thankless job and everyday their families don’t know if they are coming home. 99.9% of these officers are decent, honorable and awesome.
I say thank you and I pray for you daily. Respect is what you deserve. To say that all officers are bad is as stupid as saying all black men are bad. It’s the same wrong argument.

The bottom line is, we are flawed, but trying to do the right thing.one race Please take some time to consider this reality. We are more alike than different. Ask one question, what can you do to make it better?

Remember to Be Nice, Be Kind and Be of Service!
Pat G.