Nestle Tollhouse Chocolate Chip Cookies


This is the all time best recipe for melt-in-your-mouth homemade chocolate chip cookies. Have the ingredients on hand to bake throughout the holiday season for home and for sharing with others.


  • 2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp. baking soda
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1 cup (2 sticks) butter, softened
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 3/4 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 tsp. vailla extract
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 cups (12-oz pkg.) Nestle Toll House Semi Sweet Chocolate chips


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. Drop by rounded tablespoon onto uncreased 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.

Homemade Shaving Cream


I just love making my own beauty products! It thrills me to learn about different ingredients and play with combinations. I was trying to think of something I could put together for my husband… shaving cream of course! This recipe, inspired by The Garlic Diaries, is simple and easy to follow.



1/2 cup of coconut oil (4 oz)

1/2 cup shea butter (4 oz) – break up into smaller pieces.

1/4 cup olive oil

Eucalyptus essential oil – 20 drops


Create a double boiler on stove: Fill a medium pot with a two inches of water, and then place a glass bowl on top of it, making sure it does not touch the water below it. Heat on the stove over high heat, bringing the water to a simmer.

Add in the coconut oil and shea butter to the upper glass bowl. The double boiler will gently melt the ingredients.

Once everything is melted, transfer to a large bowl and stir in the olive oil.

Place in the fridge and leave there until everything has solidified to the consistency of softened butter, about two hours.

Transfer to the stand mixer bowl and whip for about three minutes, while stirring in the essential oils.

Store in an airtight container.

Note: Due to the nature of it’s natural ingredients, this shaving cream will melt as you rub it onto your skin and become clear. It may seem different to you, but the effects are top notch. Try it for yourself!

Roasted Pumpkin Seeds


Carving pumpkins is a fun fall activity, but don’t let those delicious pumpkin seeds go to waste! Using a large spoon, scoop out the insides out and put them in a bowl of water to separate the seeds from the pulp. Pull out the seeds and place them in a colander, rinse under cold water and shake dry.

  • Preheat oven to 300 degrees.
  • Toss pumpkin seeds lightly in oil and a pinch of salt to taste.
  • Place seeds in a single layer on baking sheet.
  • Bake for 40 minutes, stirring occasionally, until golden brown.

Include the kids! This is a great way to teach children about cooking, and how fruits grow from and produce seeds.