Monday, June 30, 2014

Chocolate Chip Cookie Fun

Do you like chocolate chip cookies? Have some moments of chocolate chip cookie fun. This morning I made some chocolate chip cookies from scratch and gave them away as little summer time presents. A gift of a few chocolate chip cookies will usually bring a smile to people of all ages as was the case today on a warm June day.

A few crumbled chocolate chip cookies on top of vanilla ice cream is an extra summer treat. Have some moments of chocolate chip cookie fun.


1 cup of unsalted butter (European style)
2 large eggs
3/4 cup of Turbinado Cane Sugar 
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
2 cups of unbleached white flour
1 package (11.5 ounces) of good quality semi sweet chocolate chunks
1 cup of dark (60% cacao chocolate morsels)
1 cup of pecans, chopped
1 cup of walnuts, chopped

Let butter soften for about 10 minutes. In a bowl beat together the butter with eggs. Add cane sugar and vanilla extract. One the mixture is light and fluffy mix in the 2 cups of flour. Stir in the chocolate chunks, chocolate morsels, pecans, and walnuts into the mixture. Drop by rounded tablespoons onto ungreased baking sheets. (You can drop larger rounded tablespoons onto the cookies sheets if you prefer larger cookies). If mixture is too soft add a little more flour.

Bake the cookies at 375 degree for about 10 minutes or until they're golden brown. Cool on baking sheets for 2-3 minutes and remove to wire racks to cool completely.

If you prefer warm cookies than don't cool them on the wire racks.

The Kayak

During the whole month of June I wanted to kayak on the water. I managed to have about 10 minutes on a kayak last week but today the last day of June I just had to get out on the water and kayak for as long as possible. 

As soon as I began paddling I felt so happy. It felt so good to take a couple of hours away from the real world and just be in touch with nature. I was in a world of my own enjoying the water all around me. That's what I call priceless moments.

There's still a lot of summer left and I can't wait to have more moments with nature on "The Kayak."

Find something you like to do this summer and enjoy those precious everyday moments.

H A P P Y    S U M M E R!

Thursday, June 26, 2014

Monday, June 23, 2014

Fishing for Answers in "Fish Town"

                                             Fishing for Answers in "Fish Town"

Have you ever felt as if life has brought you a series of problems that aren't always that easy to solve?Today I was fishing for those answers in a quaint little town in Northern Michigan called Fish Town which is part of Leland.

I've been without hot water for a week, my new employer hasn't paid me a penny in over four weeks, my brother is giving me a hard time, I'm new to town and don't have any friends....well the list goes on. 

This morning I rushed to the bus station in Traverse City to catch a bus to quaint Fish Town (Leland). When I arrived in the morning it was cloudy and rainy. I headed to my favorite bakery for a blueberry scone. I sat down to eat my scone and soon the rain stopped. I walked along Lake Michigan and than chatted with some of the fishermen. It was so nice to be surrounded by nature and lovely scenery.

As I visited a handful of shops I was especially mesmerized by one shop in particular that had some inspirational sayings displayed in the window. I smiled and suddenly a saw a rainbow of "hope" in all my circumstances. I felt that my answers were coming to me in "Fish Town." Moments later I found myself walking into a building that had a stage and a piano. Performing has always been the one thing I've loved in bad and good times so I did what I love most; performed. I played some songs on the piano than got on that stage and pretended I was starring in a musical.

My moment in time arrived when two people who run the performance hall applauded me and asked me if I'm a professional singer. Their office was just around the corner from the stage and they had heard me act, sing, and play the piano. They asked for my contact information and said that they would book me to do a solo performance in front of a live audience in the very near future.

Life certainly does bring surprises. I came to "Fish Town" to fish for answers about all my setbacks andwas rewarded with an opportunity to do what I love most.

Sometimes life seems so unfair but there really is a light at the end of the tunnel and soon the problems really do disappear and something wonderful or someone wonderful comes along.

"Believe in the miracles of life."

                                                 Life is a "Stage"

Monday, June 2, 2014

The Ice-Cream Cone

The ice cream cone
puts a smile on almost everyone's face. There's just something special about choosing your favorite flavor of ice cream and having that cone all to yourself.

June has arrived and summer is the best time to indulge in ice cream cones. What's your favorite flavor of ice cream? Do you have a special brand of ice cream you like? Maybe there's an amazing ice cream stand or shop right in your neighborhood.

Wherever you are this summer take a few moments to enjoy an ice cream cone because summer just isn't summer without having an ice cream cone or two or three.


                              Happy Moments with Ice-Cream