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Double Choco Chocolate Chip Cookies

Double Choco Chocolate Chip Cookies

20140622_204825Love these cookies, especially when I am in the mood for some serious chocolate!  Someone made these for me years ago, and I loved the recipe so much, I still make them regularly!


Double Choco Chocolate Chip Cookies – Makes about 4 dozen

1 cup butter

3/4 c white sugar

3/4 c packed brown sugar

2 eggs

1 tsp vanilla

Cream butter, sugars, eggs and vanilla.  Add in the remaining ingredients.

2 cups flour

1/2 c cocoa

1 tsp baking soda

2 cups chocolate chips

Mix them well until they form a sticky cookie dough.  Drop by the teaspoon onto an ungreased cookie sheet.  Bake at 350 for 11 minutes.

I actually doubled this recipe, and instead of using 4 cups of regular flour, I used 3 and then I added one cup of ground pinto bean flour.


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Safe Multipurpose Cleaning Recipe

A great recipe for cleaning.  Thanks Judy.  Save money, your health, and your environment too! 

Safe Cleanser Recipe

Mix together

1 tbsp of Borax powder (find it in the laundry aisle of your supermarket)

3 tbsp of white vinegar

2 cups of water

1 tablespoon of dish soap

1 drop of essential oil such as peppermint for fragrance (optional)

Pour it into a spray bottle you bought at the hardware store, give it a shake, and you are ready to clean. For windows, use white vinegar wiped down with newspapers, and to disinfect toys and other kids’ products fill a spray bottle with non-chlorine bleach (3% hydrogen peroxide) and wipe with a paper towel.

Bonus: Cleaning out harsh chemicals is not only better for your health, it’s good for the environment, because you drastically cut back on your plastic use by eliminating all those bottles of mildew cleaner, window washer, bathtub scrub, and more.

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Posted by on February 15, 2010 in Cleaning recipes, recipe, Recipes


Laundry Soap Recipe

I have had a few requests for this recipe, so here it is.
Home made laundry soap

Here is what you need:

  • 1 bar of soap – Whatever kind you like; I used Sunlight bar soap and it is found in the laundry aisle.

  • 1 box of washing soda – Look for it in the laundry detergent aisle at your local department store – it comes in an Arm & Hammer box and will contain enough for six batches of this stuff.

  • 1 box of Borax – This is not necessary, but I’ve found it really kicks the cleaning up a notch – one box of borax will contain more than enough for tons of batches of this homemade detergent.

  • A five gallon bucket with a lid or a bucket that will hold more than 15 liters – ask around – these aren’t too tough to acquire.

  • Three gallons of hot tap water.

  • A big spoon to stir the mixture with.

  • A measuring cup.

  • A knife.

Put about four cups of water into a pan on your stove and turn the heat up on high until it’s almost boiling. While you’re waiting, whip out a knife and start shaving strips off of the bar of soap into the water, or grate it with a grater. Keep the heat below a boil and keep shaving the soap. Eventually, you’ll shave up the whole bar, then stir the hot water until the soap is dissolved and you have some highly soapy water.

Put three gallons of hot tap water into the five gallon bucket – the easiest way is to fill up three 1-gallon milk jugs. Then mix in the hot soapy water from step one, stir it for a while, then add a cup of the washing soda. Keep stirring it for another minute or two, then add a half cup of borax if you are using borax. Stir for another couple of minutes, then let the stuff sit overnight to cool.  You could also add some essential oils at this time if you want to have a nice scent – like lemon, orange, peppermint, or your favorite

You’re done! It will go kind of slimy, or gel a bit, that is normal and good.  You just scoop out about 1 cup of the gel and use it in your wash.   I figured that you will get about 48 loads out of three gallons, and if you do up six batches of this, you will do about 288 loads of laundry and you will save about $60+ dollars from buying other laundry soap.  It just makes sense $$$. 

Have fun!


Posted by on February 11, 2010 in recipe, Recipes


52 Weeks, Week 44


52 Weeks to Family Preparedness for Two

Week 44

“The greatest events that have been spoken of by all of the Holy Prophets will come along so naturally as the consequence of certain causes, that unless our eyes are enlightened by the spirit of God, and the spirit of revelation rests upon us, we will fail to see that these are the events predicted by the Holy Prophets.” George Q Cannon (Journal of Discourses; vol. 21, pg. 264)

Food Storage and Preparedness Challenge Of The Week:

Food Storage Purchase 8 Cans of soup

Extra Item Purchase 8 Rolls of Toilet Paper

Family Prep: Go through your calendar now, and put a reminder on it – every six months – to review your emergency plans, update numbers, check supplies to be sure nothing has expired, spoiled, or changed. Also remember to practice your tornado, fire escape and other plans.

Spiritual Preparedness: President Benson “When obedience ceases to be an irritant and becomes our quest, in that moment God will endow us with power.” Do an obedience check in your life. Are there areas where you can improve?

Mashed Potato Fudge

½ C unseasoned, well-mashed cooked

potato (about 1 medium potato)

3 C powdered sugar

1 C flaked or shredded coconut

1 tsp vanilla

2 squares semisweet chocolate

While the potato is hot, beat in the sugar and coconut, then the vanilla. Press into a lightly greased 8-inch square pan. Melt chocolate and pour over top. Chill and cut into squares. Keeps indefinitely in airtight container in refrigerator. Makes 64 1-inch pieces.


Tennessee Christmas Mints: Substitute a few drops of oil of peppermint for the vanilla. Tint fondant pink and flatten balls to approx 1/2-inch thickness

Chocolate-Dipped: Melt ¼ cake paraffin wax with 6 oz chocolate chips and 2 squares unsweetened chocolate. Dip refrigerator-hardened balls or squares of candy in chocolate and place on wax paper to dry. If desired, press an almond into the top.

Peanut butter: Roll potato mixture on wax paper sprinkled with powdered sugar until very thin. Spread with creamy peanut butter and then roll into a long log. Roll in a little more powdered sugar and refrigerate. Slice to serve.

Chocolate Chip Cheese Ball

1 pkg cream cheese, softened (8 oz.)

½ cup butter (no substitutes), softened

¼ tsp vanilla extract ¾ cup confectioners’ sugar

2 tablespoons brown sugar ¾ cup miniature chocolate chips

¾ cup finely chopped pecans ( w/ macadamia’s)

Graham crackers

In a mixing bowl, beat the cream cheese, butter and vanilla until fluffy. Gradually add sugars; beat just until combined. Stir in chocolate

chips. Cover and refrigerate for 2 hours. Place cream cheese mixture on a large piece of plastic wrap; shape into a ball. Refrigerate for at least 1

hour. Just before serving, roll cheese ball in pecans. Serve with graham crackers. Yield: 1 cheese ball (about 2 cups)


52 Weeks, Week 41


52 Weeks to Family Preparedness for Two

Week 41

President Kimball: Let’s do these things because they are right; because they are satisfying; and because we are obedient to the counsels of the Lord. In this spirit, we will be prepared for most eventualities, and the Lord will prosper and comfort us.

Food Storage and Preparedness Challenge Of The Week:

Food Storage Purchase 20 lbs. of Sugar

Extra Item Purchase 3 months of Dish Soap

Family Prep: You should continue to add items as you see fit or continue to add items you skipped to your various emergency kits.

Spiritual Preparedness: Obtain the manual, “Preach My Gospel” if you don’t already have one. Choose one Christ-like attribute in chapter 6 to work on in your own life.

Substitute for Lily White Corn Syrup

2 cups white sugar

¾ cup water

¼ tsp cream of tartar

1 pinch salt

Combine all ingredients in large saucepan. Bring to a boil, stirring constantly. Reduce heat to a simmer and cover for 3 minutes to get sugar crystals off the sides of the pan. Uncover and simmer, stirring often, until it reaches the soft ball stage. Cook and store in covered container at room temperature. This should keep for about 2 months. Makes about 2 cups.

Home Made Marshmallow

2 tbsp gelatin

8 tbsp cold water

2 cups white sugar

½ cup cold water

¼ tsp salt

2 tsp vanilla

Dust an 8 or 9 inch square pan with icing sugar. Set aside. In small bowl, soak gelatin in 8 tbsp cold water. Set aside. Combine sugar and ½ cup water in large sauce pan. Cook and stir over medium heat until dissolved. Add gelatin and bring to boil. Remove from heat. Pour into large mixing bowl and let stand until partially cool. Add salt and vanilla. Beat with beater until soft and double in volume. About 10 minutes. Pour into prepared pan to about ½ inch thick. Set to cool until it will not stick to your finger. Cut into 1.5 inch pieces and roll in icing sugar. You can also roll in toasted coconut, or add other flavorings instead of vanilla.


52 Weeks, Week 38

52 Weeks to Family Preparedness for Two

Week 38

Bishop Vaughn J. Featherstone: Decide as a family this year that 25 or 50 % of your Christmas will be spent on a year’s supply….. Half or part of these Christmas monies will go a long way to purchasing the basics…….Brethren, give your wife a year’s supply of wheat for Christmas, and she’ll know your heart is in the right place.

Food Storage and Preparedness Challenge Of The Week:

Food Storage Purchase 30 lbs. of Wheat or Flour

Extra Item Purchase 11 lbs. Macaroni or Spaghetti

Family Prep: Ask “What would the Lord have me do today about obtaining essentials for food storage?” Really try to find out this week, what extras you need or what it is that the Lord would have you prepare. Be specific and you get specifics.

Spiritual Preparedness: Read 2 Nephi 9: 50-52. Reevaluate your priorities and place those things that matter most at the top of your list.


Along with wheat, rice is one of the staples of long term food storage. Most of the white rice varieties store well and can be stored for upwards of 30 years of kept dry and clean. Rice is the most eaten food in the world. It is the staple diet in many countries. It can be eaten so many ways, and it is so healthy too!

Fried Rice: The variations of fried rice are infinite depending on the added ingredients. Try any of your favorite vegetables, different types of meats, seafood, your favorite or new seasonings, and you will open up a world of fried rice you haven’t yet experienced.

Spanish Rice

1 ½ cups rice 2 ½ cups chicken broth

1 cup plain tomato sauce

3 cloves finely chopped garlic

¼ of a medium onion chopped

2 tbsp oil

Other spices as you like, eg: taco seasonings, cumin, etc.

Heat oil in medium fry pan. Add garlic and onion and saute for 2 minutes. Add in dry rice. Stir for about 5 minutes until it becomes golden brown in color. Add in broth and tomato sauce. Add all other spices. Stir and bring to a boil. Cover, and let simmer on low for 20 minutes. Fluff and serve.

Basic Fried Rice

This is a basic recipe that you can add anything to that you desire. If you add other ingredients you can increase the number of eggs to 3.

1 – 2 green onions chopped 2 large eggs

1 tsp salt and pepper to taste

4 tbsp oil for frying 4 cups cold cooked rice.

1 – 2 tbsp soy sauce

Lightly beat eggs with salt and pepper. Heat oil in fry pan. Add rice and stir fry for a few minutes. Pour and mix in the scrambled eggs and onions, and stir to cook and scramble eggs in mixture. Serve hot. Add any other vegetables to oil before adding rice, to make sure they are cooked.


52 Weeks, Week 37


52 Weeks to Family Preparedness for Two

Week 37

Brigham Young: “We all believe that the Lord will fight our battles; but how? Will he do it while we are unconcerned and make no effort whatever for our own safety when an enemy is upon us?….it would be quite as reasonable to expect remission of sins without baptism, as to expect the Lord to fight our battles without our taking every precaution to be prepared to defend ourselves. The Lord requires us to be quite as willing to fight our own battles as to have him fight them for us. If we are not ready for an enemy when he comes upon us, we have not lived up to the requirements of him who guides the ship of Zion, or who dictates the affairs of His Kingdom.”

Food Storage and Preparedness Challenge Of The Week:

Food Storage Purchase Fruit Drink to make 8 quarts

Extra Item Purchase Shampoo, soap, toothbrush, toothpaste, to last 6 months

Family Prep: Extras you may want to have in your car kit are: jumper cables, a fold up shovel, an electric blanket that plugs into the lighter, flares, compass, road maps, knife, first aid kits, chains, fire extinguisher

Spiritual Preparedness: This is the time of the year when we spend some extra time pondering what we are thankful for. Be thankful for your freedom of religion. Take time to discuss just what this means to you and your family.

Honey & Sugar

Honey can be substituted for sugar:

¾ cup honey to 1 cup sugar and reduce total liquid by 25% or ¼ cup of liquid for each cup of sugar.

Honey Butter

½ cup butter

1 cup honey

Combine ingredients and beat until creamy and smooth. Store in fridge.

Basic Honey Custard

2 eggs

½ cup honey

2 cups milk

tsp salt

Beat eggs slightly. Add milk, honey and salt. Pour into individual molds and set in pan of water. Bake at 350 for 30 minutes. Allow to cool and chill in fridge.

Honey can be used to heal wounds, as it has been pro ven to be an effective disinfectant.

Honey is a natural wonder. One of my favorites is to butter a piece of toast and add honey.

Look for my email which will tell you all the wonders and uses of this great gift called……honey!

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