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Sunday, March 22, 2009


is hosting this
"We are all here, Cielo, present and accounted for!!"
be sure to go over to see her delightful and delicious cookies
and she will have a delectable list of other
for your enjoyment.....
May I offer YOU one of MY

Please feel free to take ....
and A PLUM.....
this PINK plate says the now famous words...
"forget love...
i'd rather fall into chocolate"
May I please serve you an icy cold wine glass
filled to the brim with sweet, PINK LEMONADE ?
It is so good and cold and just right for
Fruit and Chocolate Cookies....
Did I tell you that my Beautiful Daughter bought this
adorable plate for me, once, a long time ago?
She did !!
and I love it....but, mostly......
YES, INDEED....this is turning into the
loveliest of SPRING PARTIES....
CIELO sure knows how to HAVE FUN...
and I am so glad....VERY glad...that she
took us all along on this
Most people in this world do not know that the
was born the very same year as
Now, isn't THAT about the coolest thing you have ever heard ?
To know that the world's most loved COOKIE
and I share the same birth year is just nearly more than I can stand ....
I LOVE IT....yes, I do !!
every time you bite into a chocolate chip cookie,
please have sweet thoughts of me ! :O)
The History of Chocolate Chip Cookies ..
Like many great discoveries...and this is one of the greatest,
Ruth Wakefield invented chocolate chip cookies in 1930 at the Toll House inn she and her husband Keneth ran near Whitman, Massachusetts. Like a bed and breakfast she made food for her guests. One evening in 1937 she got the idea to make a chocolate butter cookie so she broke up one of the bars of semi-sweet chocolate that Andrew Nestle gave her. She thought that it would mix together with the dough & make all chocolate cookies . Needless to say, it didn't. However the cookies came out decent so she served them. They of course were so good they had to be done again. She published the recipes in several newspapers and the recipe became very popular...
This gem of Ruth's she called the Chocolate Crunch Cookie and she made a deal with Nestle that they could put the recipe on their chocolate bar if they supplied her with free chocolate for her cookies at the Inn.Nestle tried to make it easy for people to make these cookies. They even included a small chopper in the package. Finally, in 1939, the Chocolate Morsels that we know today were introduced.
The chocolate chip cookie is the most popular kind of cookie in America. Seven billion chocolate chip cookies are eaten annually. The Toll House produces thirty-three thousand cookies each day. Some Vendors only sell chocolate chip cookies. Half of the cookies baked in American homes are chocolate chip.
Mrs. Wakefields Original Toll House Cookie Recipe
2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
1 cup (2 sticks) butter or margarine, softened
3/4 cup granulated sugar
3/4 cup packed brown sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 large eggs
1 2/3 cups (11-oz. pkg.) chocolate chips
1 cup chopped nuts
PREHEAT oven to 375° F.
COMBINE flour, baking soda and salt in small bowl. Beat butter, granulated sugar, brown sugar and vanilla extract in large mixer bowl until creamy. Add eggs one at a time, beating well after each addition. Gradually beat in flour mixture. Stir in morsels and nuts. Drop by rounded tablespoon onto ungreased baking sheets.
BAKE for 9 to 11 minutes or until golden brown. Cool on baking sheets for 2 minutes; remove to wire racks to cool completely..
Bake some CHOCOLATE CHIP COOKIES today and bring lots of smiles
to your family...
I DID.....
and HE loved them!!
XO bj


Wsprsweetly Of Cottages said...

YOUR BLOG looks gorgeous!! Stunning! What on earth did you do! I came on here nosing around in the dead of night...and what do I! :)
Now..I have to go back and read what you wrote! LOL

Wsprsweetly Of Cottages said...

I'm back! Wow..what a neat bit of information! I never knew any of that. I thought the Nestles Company did the entire thing. Thanks for the story. :)

Martha said...

Love your special plate -- what a great daughter. You host a nice tea party --

And who doesn't like a chocolate chip cookie? And to think, it came about quite by accident.

jeanne said...

Good morning BJ, WOW, your makeover on you blog is awesome. I love it girl. Beautiful welcome to spring this morning. Delicious and displayed so pretty. Your special plate is a real treasure. Mmmmmm, I want some of those goodies. I guess I will just have to eat my own. sigh!

Have a beautiful spring day.


Beverly said...

No wonder I love you so much! You're as sweet as a chocolate chip cookie. ;-)

Those cookies make me want to lick my screen. And, I would love some pink lemonade.

Marcela said...

Hello BJ

Happy spring!!!

I love chocolate chips cookies :) and yours look delicious!!!


Smilingsal said...

Thanks for the background on chocolate chip cookies. You've taught me today.

ginger at enchanting cottage said...

Bj, Your blog is so pretty! I don't get to visit as much these days so I miss out on so many things. Darn work, it just gets in the way of all my fun! I am blessed that I am working and I am thankful. Your plate is so nice, everything looks so yummy too.

Deb said...

Thanks for all the info, I never knew! My co-worker just bought a sign with that saying on it as your plate at a dollar store, and I love it!! Pass a cookie please:)

Twice as Nice said...

The cookies look yummy. On your post about the guest room, did you see when Rhoda from Southern Hospitality did a tutorial on putting molding around a mirror? That may be the perfect solution to that. I don't think it was much money. Sometimes the fun is in the hunt for the perfect accessories and soon there will be a lot of yard sales to go to so you can get it just the way you want it.

Denise said...

Homemade Toll Hopuse cookies are my very favorite. Shame I don't bake!!

Have a great day, Denise

Raggedy Girl said...

What a lovely post. I think it is neat that Toll House cookies were born when you were born...I got Smokey the Bear who is the same age as me. Your little plate is so sweet.

Sunday Blessings
from Roberta Anne

CIELO said...

BJ, what a joy to come here first thing in the morning and be received by such a welcoming stage.... those cookies looks amazingly good, and I love how you arranged that pretty vignette... the plates, the cookies, everythings looks so pretty and yummy.... thanks for participating in welcoming Spring, sweet lady. Enjoy every minute of it!

Behold, my friends, the spring is come; the earth has gladly received the embraces of the sun, and we shall soon see the results of their love! (Sitting Bull)


Mari at Once Upon a Plate said...

Absolutely gorgeous, BJ! You really went all out and it shows, down to every last detail.

Oh my! And what a lovely table (and fabulous cookies & treats you put together.)

Your warm hospitality and grace just shines right through. Very, very nice! I'm so happy you invited me to your spring party. Thank you so much!

xo~m. :)

once in a blue moon... said...

it all looks delish! you plate is adorable, my new motto!

Libby Murphy said...

like everyone else, I think that is the cutest plate ever that your daughter got for you . . . people who don't like chocolate chip cookies just aren't right!

Susie said...

What a "sweet" post on one of my very favorite indulgences.
Love that fall into chocolate plate and all the delicious treats you've shared.

Barbara said...

I loved your post and also enjoyed the music from the mama mia musical.

Helen said...

Hello there! I think I'd better grab for the fruit today ~ still trying to work off too many cookies (and pies!) Have a wonderful week, BJ.

Stacey said...

I love chocolate cookies so much. Sigh. I'm glad that's a virtual cookie party. Very fattening and delicious.

Creative Vignettes said...

Thank you for the recipe! Happy beginning of Spring to you. Wow, chocolate chip with fudge, divine! Thanks for having this party! Cheers!

Penny @ The Comforts of Home/Lavender Hill Studio said...

Loving your blog look BJ! Thanks for inviting me to your spring party. I LOVE chocolate chip cookies. They are my very favorite. But only homemade....

rosabeer said...

I love chocolate chips cookies and these are looking delicious.
greetings Marja

Chandy said...

BJ, thank you for inviting me to enjoy some cookies! I love it! Everything looks great!

Charli and me said...

What a great post! Everything is so pretty ♥ Thank you for the recipe and the history of the chocolate chip cookie. Your lemmonade looks great I think I will take a little sip.

~♥~ Monica S said...

Mmmm those cookies looks so good!!

Have a great day!

Susie Q said...

Egads but it all just so yummy!!!
I love the oh so special plate BJ!

Thank you so much for having us over today! Oh how I wish it was for *real*!!


Judi said...

Happy Sunday and oh I'll be right over to grab one of those cookies! Lovely pictures and thank you for the story and the recipe too..I love your pitcher too. Don't you just love chocolate chip cookies? I sure do.
So I know I'll be thinking about you everytime I eat one from now on...*s*.
hope you having a lovely day

Chrissy said...

Oh bj... this post was such a I want a cookie!!! Thanks so much for coming by, yes I am happy to say Meg is home safe and sound, you know what though, she is different, all she talks about is going back to Haiti....she has a good heart and an old soul!! Talk soon, x0x0x0x0

Dixie said...

BJ... being the chocoholic that I am... you've just sent my mouth watering! I think I have a few strawberries left... and of course there's chocolate... guess I'll dash off to the kitchen and treat myself...

yummy post! hugs. Dixie

Anonymous said...

Well, what do you know! I never knew both of us shared a birth year with chocolate chip cookies! Now is that not a big announcement? You know, we're just a lot more "important" than anybody thinks we are, aren't we? Well, at least we have some interesting history anyway. Loved your blog today! Such beautiful plates you do make!


Celestina Marie said...

Hi bj, So nice to meet you and thank you for having such a wonderful party. Your cookies look just divine and the chocolate chip cookie info is so good to know. I will never look at a chocolate chip cookie the same way again.

What a wonderful blog. I so enjoyed my visit. Thank you for stopping by to my party today.
Happy Spring.
Celestina Marie

Jackie said...

Okay BJ, now I have to go and find some chocolate. Thank heavens there are no calories in gift chocolate. Right?

God bless.

Bo said...

Hey BJ...2 sweeties invented in the same year!!! Bless Ruth's heart...Also, my Mr. Bo was invented in 1937...LOL
Just now getting around to peek at your guest room..looking so pretty & I like the goes with the bedding! Hugs, ;-) Bo

Picket said...

Hey BJ...great history lesson girl...I never knew that! Oh you need a scratch and sniff on here for those cookies!!!! Hope you have had a great weekend my friend & that you have an even greater coming week.

Life on Bonnie Lane said...

Oh yum yum!!! Those look absolutely delicious! What an interesting story on how the chocolate chip cookie came to be.


Allidink said...

Oooo! They all look sooo good. Thank you for sharing :) My mouth is watering I have been craving cookies for weeks now lol

All the best,