A Sweet, Sweet Gift

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A group of wonderful ladies from a collegiate hockey team that Kevin coaches showered us with heartwarming baby gifts – a handwritten card signed by the entire team and a Kate Spade Stevie diaper bag!

This was a total surprise. You should have seen my face when Kevin walked in with a giant Kate Spade box one night. I now carry this bag everywhere I go with Pon Pon because it makes me feel like a chic mom that actually cares about style … which, in reality, am totally not. lol

We are so blessed to have such great people in our lives.

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Now that things are starting to settle down a bit (translation: we can sleep for an hour at night now — yipee!), I was able to sneak into the kitchen for a few hours this morning to bake my favorite chocolate chip cookies for the ladies as a thank you gift!

I used the Neimen Marcus recipe and made four batches of these heavenly munchies. I don’t think I’ve made such a large batch before — the entire apartment and I smelled like butter all day!

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I stuck a Lavender and Olive sticker on the box for a little personal touch! I hope they enjoy the sugar rush after their game tonight!

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Million Dollar Recipe: NM Chocolate Chip Cookies

The famous Neiman Marcus Chocolate Chip Cookies urban myth goes like this: A customer loves the cookie she ate at the upscale department store so much that she requests a copy of the recipe. The clerk tells her that the recipe is “two fifty.” Assuming that it was $2.50, she purchases it, only to find out upon recipe of her credit card bill that it was $250.  I’m sure you’ve heard of this before.

Lucky for chocolate chip cookies lovers, Neiman Marcus provides the recipe for it on its website – for free! And after testing out the recipe, I can tell you that the cookies are worth a million bucks! The recipe is so unbelievably simple with no twists or surprises (maybe adding 1-1/2 teaspoons of espresso coffee powder may surprise some) but you won’t be disappointed with the result. And that’s no myth!

Neiman Marcus Chocolate Chip Cookies
Recipe and instruction taken directly from the Neiman Marcus Website.

“An urban myth is a modern folk tale, its origins unknown, its believability enhanced simply by the frequency with which it is repeated.Our signature chocolate chip cookie is the subject of one such myth. If you haven’t heard the story, we won’t perpetuate it here. If you have, the recipe below should serve to refute it. Copy it, print it out, pass it along to friends and family. It’s a terrific recipe. And it’s absolutely free.”

Ingredients (makes 2 dozens)

1/2 cup (1 stick) butter, softened
1 cup light brown sugar
3 tablespoons granulated sugar
1 large egg
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1-3/4 cups all purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1-1/2 teaspoons instant espresso coffee powder
1-1/2 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips

Preheat oven to 300 degrees. Cream the butter with the sugars using an electric mixer on medium speed until fluffy (approximately 30 seconds)

Beat in the egg and the vanilla extract for another 30 seconds.

In a mixing bowl, sift together the dry ingredients and beat into the butter mixture at low speed for about 15 seconds. Stir in the espresso coffee powder and chocolate chips.

Using a 1 ounce scoop or a 2 tablespoon measure, drop cookie dough onto a greased cookie sheet about 3 inches apart. Gently press down on the dough with the back of a spoon to spread out into a 2 inch circle.

Bake for about 20 minutes or until nicely browned around the edges. Bake a little longer for a crispier cookie.

Enjoy the recipe because this will probably be the only thing you’ll ever get free from Neiman Marcus! 😆