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

Wearable Art: Ephemera Collaged Ballet Flats
{with Martha Stewart Decoupage}

This post was sponsored by Martha Stewart Crafts/Plaid and Blueprint Social. All opinions are genuine and 100% my own.   Decoupage is an art that dates back centuries. From peasants in 12th Century China to gentlewomen in 18th Century England, decoupage -- the art of applying paper cut-outs under varnish -- has spanned continents, social strata, and generations. photo source: Today, I'm pleased to be sharing my own decoupage project that pays homage to the past, but with products from Martha Stewart Crafts that are all new! Now at Michaels Arts & Crafts stores, you'll find a full line of multi-surface Martha Stewart Crafts Decoupage products that include paper cut-outs, fabric die-cuts, decorative trims, decoupage brushes and tools ~ more than 50 products in all. The decoupage finishes come in a versatile array of formulas for paper, metal, wood, glass and even fabric. All decoupage formulas are dishwasher safe, machine was

Gluten-Free Baking: Peanut Butter Chocolate Chunk Cookies

On an adventure up the coast a few weeks ago, my friend Kelly and I stopped at a wonderful little bakery where I purchased two gluten-free peanut butter chocolate chunk cookies.  The first I enjoyed with my cup of coffee and the second I tucked into my glove box to save for my daughter.  After a day of thrifting and fabric shopping, we returned to the car where we were greeted by the smell of freshly baked cookies.  In the heat of the car, my cookie had reached the perfect temperature for maximum chocolate meltiness.  It never made it to my daughter. That warm, peanut-buttery morsel has been on my mind, and yes, the guilt has been nagging me.  So, this past weekend, I tried to come up with my own version.  They were delicious indeed, and like the original, are best when warm.  You've heard of icebox cookies?  These are the perfect glove-box cookies!   Peanut Butter Chocolate Cookies -- Gluten free (makes approx. 30) 3/4 cup creamy peanut butter 1/2 cup (1 stic

Vintage Graphics: Penmanship, Copperplate and Antique Alphabets

Since it's Back-to-School time, I thought this was the perfect opportunity to share some of the ephemera in my collection that relate to the classroom, the ABCs, and the nearly lost art of penmanship. Please feel free to download and use for non-commercial purposes. As always, you're welcome to share your projects on the Rook No. 17 Facebook page.    

Feels like Fall: Red Lentil Carrot Soup Recipe

  About a month ago, we experienced an especially winter-like day.  Foggy days are not uncommon here, but this particular day was downright bone-chilling. It was the kind of day that called for staying in pajamas, stoking a fire in the hearth, and warming up with a bowl of hearty soup.  Stepping out to the grocery store was out of the question, so I decided to rummage through the pantry.  A jar of red lentils beckoned, and I answered the call with a delicious soup combining the warmth of aromatic Eastern spices, the sweetness of fresh carrots, and the bright notes of fresh herbs.  Since it was smack-dab in the middle of summer for much of the country, I decided to keep the recipe on shelf until fall.  Sure enough, the fall weather came blowing in this week, and I decided that the time had come to make another batch of Red Lentil Carrot Soup and share the recipe with my readers.  To my chagrin, the recipe was nowhere to be found.  So, I went back to the drawing board, meticulou

Recipe: Strawberry Rhubarb Galettes

  Rhubarb season is entirely too short in my opinion.  So when I came across a bounty of ruby stalks at my local grocery store the other day, I stocked up.  First, my husband made enough Strawberry Rhubarb Freezer Jam (recipe HERE ) to keep him in yogurt parfait heaven till January.  With what was left, I whipped up a batch of free-form rustic tarts -- with sweet strawberries and tart rhubarb enveloped in a flaky, buttery crust.  I made a gluten-free version as well and they came out delicious.  The gluten-free recipe could still use some refinement, however, so that post will have to wait for another day. What are you waiting for?  Get out there and grab some rhubarb before it's gone! Buy extra, chop it and freeze it.  That way you can enjoy these individual pastries any time the mood strikes. Strawberry Rhubarb Galettes (makes 8) For the crust ( a Martha Stewart recipe ) 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour 1 teaspoon coarse salt 1 teaspoon sugar 1 cup (2 sticks

Artful Scrapbooking, Simplified!
Product Review: Project Life Memory-Keeping System

This post is part of a paid campaign with American Crafts, but all opinions are my own. Less time on memory keeping = More time for memory making As an artist and aesthete I often find it difficult to reconcile the discrepancy between how I want things to look and the amount of time available to achieve that level of quality and style.  Sometimes I find a way to compromise, and other times I simply put my plans on hold.  Such is the case when it comes to memory books.  I confess, my album-keeping days came to an end with the birth of my second child.  I simply couldn't keep up.  The desire was there, but I didn't feel that I had the time necessary to devote to memory-keeping. Frankly, I find the art of scrapbooking a bit intimidating.  I'm in awe of those master scrappers who've devoted their artistic passion to crafting page after page of layered, enveloped, bordered and bedazzled showcases for every special moment of their lives.  I watch in awe, perhaps

Classic Fall Giveaway with $600 in Prizes!

  I'm thrilled to be participating in this year's Classic Fall Giveaway organized by Janette from The Johanson Journey and Connie from Measured by the Heart .  I've teamed up with these talented ladies and 15 stellar co-hosts to share an amazing giveaway to get this season started right!    Row 1  Connie from Measured by the Heart Janette from The Johanson Journey Row 2   Sarah Kate from The Wanderblogger Taralyn from Keep Moving Forward with Me   Emmy from EmmyMom One Day at a Time Jenn from Rook No. 17 Susanna from Zealous Mom Row 3  Vivienne from The Vspot Blog Mariah from Giggles Galore Autumn from Stay Gold, Autumn Kimberly from A Night Owl Abbie from Lovin’ Our Chaos Row 4 Cheryl with That’s What {Che} Said Heather from Setting for Four Gail from My Repurposed Life Jaime from Love.Jaime Nicole from Life’s a Beach Thank you to ou