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

Vintage Brownie Bookplate & Recipes
A Little Birdie Told Me...No. 60

From my copy of The Brownies Around the World by Palmer Cox, 1893 ---------------------------------------- Welcome to  "A Little Birdie Told Me..." Tuesday No. 60! If you're here to share a craft, recipe or project post, you'll find the linky and the specifics on how to  join the party after the features below. -------------------------------------- Whether it's the playful sprites of folklore, the rich chocolatey confection, or the little girls dressed in brown peddling Thin Mints each spring, it's hard not to be smitten with BROWNIES! Why, just last Thursday I had the pleasure of making the Double Chocolate Chunk Brownies  (with Malted Chocolate Frosting) from the new Joy the Baker cookbook! And here's a charming little bookplate featuring Palmer Cox's Brownies   for you to print and enjoy. (click on the image for download) -------------------------------

Giveaway ~ $25 Shopping Spree at sneakpeeq!

Do you like... A) Gourmet foods B) Fashion apparel with a chic boutique feel C) Hip, urban home decor If you answered "YES" to any of the above, and have a Facebook account, you're going to love sneakpeeq! I'm pleased to have the opportunity to introduce you to sneakpeeq -- a new concept in social e-commerce. sneakpeeq works with the Facebook Open Graph initiatives , to replicate the experience of offline shopping. - You go to a store to browse and enjoy - Something catches your eye - You flip the pricetag over and make your decision sneakpeeq introduces you to unique and exciting new products from brands you already love, and introduces you to up-and-comers too. Their mission is to, "bring you the undiscovered at scandalously low prices" In addition to introducing all things you love, they've hidden lots of fun badges and price reducing rewards beneath their signature "peeq" button. The more you buy, share, lo

Hoecakes ~ Make George Washington's Favorite Breakfast for Presidents' Day

Sharing a family tradition~ HOECAKES ( George Washington's favorite breakfast) HOE....cakes?  Indeed, these delicious little cornmeal-based pancakes were a favorite of farmhands and statesmen alike back in George's time.  They got their unusual name from the way they were originally prepared.    B ack in our nation's more agrarian days, field hands (for lack of a decent frying pan) would remove the blade from their hoe and use it like a griddle over an open fire. Back in George's day, the hoes used in the fields were much larger and flatter than the streamlined models we use for today's home gardening.  Hoecakes were served both for  breakfast, like pancakes, and as an accompaniment to a savory meal.   Today, we make our hoecakes on a griddle.  In fact, every year I enjoy bringing a griddle in to my daughter's classroom to make hoecakes for the whole class! For the recipe and more historical information, visit my origina

Fudgy Chocolate Chunk Brownies with Malted Chocolate Frosting
Joy the Baker Cookbook Spotlight & Cook-Off

Last September I became a vicarious "homesick Texan", cooking my way across the Lonestar State for the release of Lisa Fain's Homesick Texan Cookbook . I'm delighted to be taking part in another cookbook spotlight and cook-off from Hyperion , thanks to host Heather of girlichef . Starting today, I'll be joining a team of 22 talented food bloggers as we delve in to the sweet world of Joy the Baker , baking our way through her eponymous cookbook, before it hits the shelves on February 28. The cookbook is loaded with mouthwatering recipes, all with Joy's unique twist. On my "must try" list are: Carrot Cake Pancakes Parmesan Seaweed Popcorn Baked Chili Cheese Fries Giant Mint Chocolate Chip Marshmallow Cubes Chocolate & Salty Peanut Butter Ice Cream Toasted Coconut Dutch Baby with Banana & Pineapple For an opportunity to win a copy of the cookbook, and read an interview with Joy the Baker, visit HERE .   Can't w

Lace Crowns -- Quick Microwave Method

Update:  In January of 2013 I shared a second quick-method for making lace crowns that does not use a microwave.  Click HERE for that tutorial.   Who wouldn't feel like instant royalty with one of these lovely handmade crowns? I often lament how little time there is left at the end of the day after chores, responsibilities, and my own creative projects, to try any of the amazing crafts I've been inspired by on Pinterest.  But when I saw the lace crowns made by Joyfolie , I was wonderstruck.  If I could have twitched my nose and transported myself immediately to my local fabric store, I would have.  Lacking magical powers, I corralled the kids and hopped in the car. This project is a beautiful way to repurpose bits of vintage jewelry Because the idea is nothing short of brilliant (in my opinion), creatives all over the blogosphere are adding their own unique spin to this project whose origin I've traced back to  Bitter Betty Blogs .  

A Sharefest Lovefest ~
A Little Birdie Told Me...No. 59

Artwork by Frederick Sands Brunner Happy Valentines' Day! ---------------------------------------- Welcome to  "A Little Birdie Told Me..." Tuesday No. 59! If you're here to share a craft, recipe or project post, you'll find the linky and the specifics on how to  join the party after the features below. -------------------------------------- Since love is in the air, I thought it fitting to feature the posts that were most "loved" by readers last week. To set the mood, here's one of my most favorite feel-good songs: Sh-Boom by the Crew Cuts, 1954, accompanied by some nostalgic images from the same year. --------------------------------- And now those features I promised....    Edible Love Notes from Sew Can Do Little Love Notes Box from Ladybird Lane Easy Orange Dreamsicle Cake from VixenMade Goes well with the song, do