Friday, November 14, 2008

A Visit up North With the DaUgHter...and Best ever Chocolate Chip Cookies


  • 2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 3/4 cup packed light brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup white sugar
  • 1 (3.4 ounce) package instant vanilla ( I have used other flavors as well chocolate/butterscotch is really good too. I even discovered Cheese cake instant pudding as well!)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 eggs
  • 12 ounces milk chocolate chips
  • 1 cup chopped walnuts


  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C).
  2. Combine the flour and baking soda. Set aside.
  3. Mix the butter, brown sugar, white sugar, pudding mix, and vanilla. Beat until creamy. Add the eggs and mix well. Gradually stir in the flour mixture. Stir in the chocolate chips and the chopped nuts. Drop from teaspoon onto ungreased cookie sheets about 1 inch apart.
  4. Bake at 375 degrees F (190 degrees C) for 8 to 10 minutes.

Elliot and I decided to pack up the car and head up north to visit Alison to watch her teams volleyball match against Alaska. We had some time to kill before the game so we took off and played! Did some shopping at REI and the College store. Had a nice Mexican dinner and then off to the game we went.

Dropped off home made cookies and the fixens for brownies to the girls. Alison and Hal switched rooms around and now have a third room mate (Emily) in a new dorm room upstairs. Once there was two and now there are three.

Elliot and I drove the girls to the grocery store for milk and dropped them off at the dorm and headed home. Already miss her....Oh and we won! (Sorry Carl and Jackie)

Alison, Elliot, Hal and Emily after the game.

Elliot, Alison and Hal

The twins are happy to see each other.

Alison and Andrea --- From high school buddies to College buddies. More like big sister to Little Alison.


P-Dot said...

Wondered where you'd gotten to.
It must be amazing to be a twin.
Glad you all had such a good time.

Christine said...

Yep, that is where I

It was fun driving up with Elliot and spending some time with him. I think he misses his sis and they needed to reconnect. I can not wait until Thanksgiving when all the kiddos are home...good food, friends, movies and lots of games...oh and more food!

Today Andrew was over and painted my bathroom up stairs and my scrapbooking cornner. So now I have a big mess to go through and clean up. It has been so nice going through and getting everything organized around here.

I feel good!

Ruth Ann said...

Looks like a fun time! Great photos! Have a great weekend!
-Ruth Ann

Jackie said...

What?? The game must have been rigged. Oops...I mean...way to go Alison's team! :O)

Christine said...

I hate to even say this Jackie but they beat Anchorage tonight and Fairbanks Thursday...they are going to Nationals!!!!!!! They are pretty excited!

Jackie said...

That is awesome! I am way more loyal to family than my state. GO ALISON'S TEAM!!! XOXOXOXO...Hugs y'all, Jax

Christine said...

I knew you were on our side!