Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Belly Acre Farming Updates . . .

These are my family's favorite cookies. The recipe makes a huge batch. Yesterday I made some and scooped up a couple dozen cookie balls to freeze for fresh after-school snacks. You can make some for your kids. Here's the recipe:

Chocolate Chip Cookies

Mix together until smooth:
1 c. granulated sugar
2 c. brown sugar, packed
2 c. canola oil (it's heart healthy :))
2 tsp. vanilla
4 eggs

Add and mix well:
2 c. flour
2 tsp. soda
1 1/2 tsp. salt

Add and mix well:
2 c. flour
12 oz. (1 package) of chocolate chips (semi-sweet is best)

Add an additional 1 1/2 to 2 c. flour by hand (or in a heavy-duty mixer).

Spray baking sheets with non-stick spray and bake cookies at 350 degrees for 7 to 10 minutes. (Safety Man doesn't like it when we eath the dough. But I like it better than the cookies.)

When we have enough corn in the freezer, the kids can sell the rest. This is Beans and her friend. They each made $15.50 selling corn, peppers and cumumbers.

One day's picking of cucumbers. Note the pencil for perspective. This morning I pulled up two of the four cucumber hills. (Big grin.)

This is a Western Kingbird sitting on the barbed wire fence along our road.


Allie's Antics said...

Why aren't those cucumber being delivered to my house? Better yet, already pickled in the jars? I am hungry for those cookies. I will have to make them when I get back from vacation. Loved your pictures.

Flashlight Girl said...

Okay, the 2 cups of oil kind of freaked me out for minute. But then I took into account the 6 cups of flour. . . So how big of a batch of cookies is this? Have you tried decreasing the oil? When you bake your frozen cookie balls, how much time to you add? I'm all for big batch cooking (make one mess, benefit multiple times).

I'm jealous that your garden not only produces lots for your family, but enough to sell. You are obviously a MUCH better gardener than I. Good for Beans and her buddy. Before you pulled up the cukes did you think of going to the Logan Farmer's Market? My sister's kids have made quite a lot of $ over the past few years selling there. Maybe in the future. . .

The pictures are lovely. What a fantastic family record/history you are putting together on this blog!! Way to go!

Suko said...

Great photos and post! There's nothing better than home-grown veggies, except maybe homemade cookies! : )