Each morning when I open my eyes I say to myself;
I, not events, have the power to make me happy or unhappy today.
I can choose which it shall be. Yesterday is dead, tomorrow hasn’t arrived yet.
I have just one day, today, and I’m going to be happy in it.
~Groucho Marx

This is the day which the Lord hath made; we will rejoice and be glad in it.
Psalm 118:24


Follow by Email

Friday, April 29, 2016


✿     ✿     ✿     ✿

We all left the same time this morning.  David on his way to NJ, Ken to meet his friend Edd for breakfast and me on my walk.  David always leaves here with some chocolate chip cookies.  : )
It was 56 degrees and I thought just cloudy but there was a light mist so I went back inside and put on my rain pants and slicker.  I needn't have bothered though because after a block the mist stopped.  At least I didn't get wet today. : )

I walked through town and up Barn Sale Rd.  No cow around today.  Then walked a little way down the road towards HT and then turned around and headed back to town.  Went around both cemeteries and the ball park loop.

One man was fishing by the town pond.  Saw another man walking his dog around the ball park.

An uneventful but still a nice walk.
Walked 6 miles.
 ✿     ✿     ✿     ✿
 Here's the recipe for my Chocolate Chippers.  It is in an old Better Homes and Garden cookbook that I bought on our honeymoon many years ago.  The recipe is now changed in the newer versions. 
Chocolate Chippers 

 1 cup white sugar
1/2 cup brown sugar
1 cup Crisco
2 eggs
2 teaspoons vanilla
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 cups flour
2 cups semi sweet chocolate chips

Cream sugars, Crisco, egg and vanilla together until light and fluffy
Add rest of ingredients and mix until blended.
Drop on ungreased cookie sheets and bake in a 375 degree oven for 10 minutes.
Cool on wire racks.

The cookie sheets I use are the ones with a layer of air between two layers and I really think it makes a big difference.
I store the cookies in plastic freezer bags in the freezer.
✿     ✿     ✿     ✿
It cleared enough in the afternoon for me to finally mow the lawn.  The grass was pretty long and now there is a whole lot of grass sitting on the lawn because I don't collect it and it looks pretty bad, but I don't really care. : )  I like mowing the lawn with the riding mower but I'm not really a fan of grass.  I've toyed with the idea of letting some of the yard go and have it turn into a meadow. 

Hope your day was a happy one.
happyone : )
"Her lawn looks like a meadow,
And if she mows the place
she leaves the clover standing
and the Queen Anne's Lace."
~ Edna St Vincent Millay


  1. Hello, the early morning scenes are pretty. It is has been so dreary here, drizzle and cloudy skies. The cookies sound yummy, thanks for the recipe. Happy Saturday, enjoy your weekend!

  2. What a great shot of the little log cabin in the mist! I'm sure your cookie helped David on his way!
    Thanks for sharing the recipe.

  3. My new house when we get it will be just a front yard. I think this will make it easier to cut.

  4. I just love that first photo, perfectly framed and a lovely setting. I think the slight mist adds to the photo.

    Your cookies are going to go down so well ...

    Happy Weekend

    All the best Jan

  5. I think it would be great to let more lawn go back to native vegetation - a lot of benefits to the watershed and to butterflies and birds. Lawns can be pretty but they are a lot of work and energy to maintain. Glad you had a nice visit with your son.

  6. That looks like a good chocolate chip cookie recipe, Happy! Thank you for sharing it.

  7. We leave most of our 2.5 acres as meadow, and just mow paths through it. But it provides habitat for groundhogs!

  8. I have a small yard and since I don't have a mower, I have someone come and mow it for me. At times I feel so lazy doing that but in the hot Florida summer, I'm very glad. I think I have your same cook book. I'll have to see if I have that cookie recipe in there. It sounds yummy! Have a great day.

  9. Thank you for the recipe.
    Have a wonderful weekend :)

  10. Karen, I nearly keeled over to see this recipe. Have wondered about it forever...almost nine years! And I definitely began wondering when I received some as a gift not so terribly long ago. I do believe that Crisco is the answer to a lot of recipes because so many of us have gone to butter instead. There's that light fluffiness achieved by creaming the Crisco and sugars together that makes the difference. Next time I make chocolate chip cookies, it will be these. Thanks so much!

    1. Thought you would like to know that I have now made this recipe twice. Jakob (the youngest grandson) couldn't stop eating them and gave me the best compliment ever on them..."Nonni make the best cookies!"

  11. Hi Katen, your cookies sound delicious! Will try them next time I bake cookies.


Hello my friend.
Thanks for stopping by.
I'm hoping you will leave a comment.
Thanks. : )

My Recipe Blog