Chonky Boys: The Chocolate Chip Cookie Ice Cream Sandwiches that Scream Summer!

Featuring my thick and nuggy Chonky Boy Chocolate Chip Cookies, these ice cream sandwiches are the stuff that summer dreams are made of.  If you've ever had the Cookie Ice Cream Sandwich at Disneyland , you are going to LOVE these!  These big and bold chocolate chip cookies are based on a recipe from my culinary school studies at Auguste Escoffier, but with a few modifications to give them that Jennuine touch.  They make the perfectas book for a fat slice of real vanilla bean ice cream.  And those mini chips?  You just gotta have that extra cronch! Thank goodness this recipe only makes 8 sandwiches, otherwise I would be eating them for breakfast lunch and dinner.  This way, my big family can help save me from my inner child diet-saboteur.   Print With Image Without Image Chonky Boy Chocolate Chip Cookie Ice Cream Sandwiches Yield: 8 Author: Jenn Erickson Loaded with chocolate chips and buttery, brown-sugary vanilla flavor, these mall-sized cookies form a perfect partnership with a

Halloween Show & Tell: Doctor Who Inspired Costumes

It's clear that the days of fairy wings and princess gowns are in our past.  Nothing short of an encounter with a man with a blue box (that's bigger on the inside) will bring us back to those childhood follies.  The girls have traded their tutus for the TARDIS, and as a lifelong fan of Doctor Who, I welcome this new phase with sheer delight.

The girls knew that they'd be getting a lot of, "Who (or what) are you supposed to be?"  Esoteric costume choices? Yes.  Did that stop them? No.   

My 12-year old is enamored with Doctor #11, Matt Smith.  To pay homage to her hero, she put together an easy and comfortable costume for around $30.

My daughter and one of her best buddies, 504 Main's son.

She found the fez, bow tie, and suspenders at Hot Topic.  We lucked out finding a perfect pinstriped shirt and tweed coat at Goodwill.

My 8-year old was determined to "find" a World War II era English schoolboy costume in order to dress as the title character in episode 164a "The Empty Child".


For this costume, we purchased a rubber gas mask from a Halloween chain store.  We cut out the eye holes to prevent them from fogging up and to allow for a good flow of oxygen.  For the clothes, we hit up the local Goodwill.  When it came to regular everyday-wear, the racks were thin.  The displays had mostly been turned over for Halloween costumes.  We had to make due with what we could find.  In the children's department, I found a pair of khaki dockers.  When home, I cut them to knicker-length, and hemmed them with my sewing machine.  In the women's department, we found an extra small tweed coat.  It had poufs at the shoulders, so made a few simple alterations at home.  We couldn't find a matching vest, so we decided on a sweater vest.  We made one by cutting the arms off of a cable-knit v-neck sweater.  We finished off the look with a tie.  The whole costume cost less than $30.

At the end of a successful night of trick-or-treating, the girls still felt like being "in character" so they tucked into a helping of fish fingers and custard (no, not really).

How was your Halloween?

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