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December 12, 2014

My Favorite Christmas Albums

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As y’all know (or should know), I love music. A lot. If I could marry music, I would… but I cant, so I just listen to it all the time instead. I always love the day after Thanksgiving because it’s the day that I get to put all my Christmas music back onto my iPhone and start listening to my Christmas playlist on Spotify.

I love Christmas music, but sometimes I struggle finding the good stuff. In case that’s you this holiday season, I’ve put together a short list of my favorite albums this Christmas season. I hope you’ll take some time to listen to them, you won’t regret it!

1. That’s Christmas To Me – Pentatonix

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This is quite possibly the most obvious one, because who doesn’t love Pentatonix? Almost every time I get into a discussion about Christmas music (which actually happens quite often), Pentatonix is brought up. Chances are you’ve already heard at least a few songs from this album, but if you haven’t, you’ve GOT to give it a listen. I absolutely love the spin they put on traditional Christmas songs. Every song is amazing. That is all.

2. Into the Silent Night: The EP – for King & Country

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Album artwork courtesy of www.forkingandcountry.com

I have always loved for King & Country, so when I found out they came out with a Christmas EP, I immediately bought it. The short album is a mixture of Christmas songs they wrote and their signature spin on traditional Christmas songs. My favorites include “Baby Boy” and “Angels We Have Heard On High.” This EP is available on iTunes for $3.99… what a steal!

3. The Christmas EP – Chris August

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Album artwork courtesy of www.365daysofinspiringmedia.com

Chris August is one of my favorite vocalists in the world, so obviously his Christmas album makes the list. It’s a short album with a few originals and a few of his own renditions of famous Christmas songs, similar to for King & Country. Make sure that you listen to the song “Tell Me What You Want For Christmas” because it’s fun, upbeat, and hilarious! “O Holy Night” is also a great one.

4. Glee: The Music – Christmas Album

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Album artwork courtesy of www.gleethemusic.com

I’ve been listening to this Christmas album for years. I used to watch Glee all the time, and even though I don’t keep up with the show anymore, I still love the music. It’s my favorite album to listen to when I’m driving around at night, looking at Christmas lights. My favorite songs on the album include “Last Christmas,” “Baby, It’s Cold Outside,” and “God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen.” If you love it and want more, they’ve come out with multiple Christmas albums since, so look them up too!

5. Christmas From The Heart – David Archuleta

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Album artwork courtesy of www.disneydreaming.com

 

This album gives me chills every time I listen to it. David Archuleta is extremely talented, it’s ridiculous. Nearly all of the songs on this album are traditional Christmas songs… which is great if you’re looking to listen to well-known tunes with little change made to them. My favorites are “O Holy Night,” “I’ll Be Home For Christmas,” “Ave Maria,” and “Melodies of Christmas.”

6. The Family Force 5 Christmas Pageant

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Album artwork courtesy of www.newreleasetuesday.com

This album absolutely rocks. If you like upbeat, untraditional, dance-able Christmas music, this is for you. However, I must warn you to NOT listen to it while you’re driving on the highway if you have a hard time controlling your dance moves. My personal favorites from this album are “Angels We Have Heard On High,” “T’was The Night Before Christmas,” and “The Baby.”

So, there you have it! A few Christmas albums to listen to while you’re enjoying your Christmas Break. :) Feel free to comment below with your favorite Christmas music… I’m always looking for new music to listen to! Have a great holiday! :)

-KT

Samantha Moore

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December 10, 2014

2 am cram session!

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Caution: Late night cram session happening!

It is finals week people, which means lots and lots of studying, eating, and having no idea what you learned this whole semester.

Wednesday- Criminology final

Thursday- Business Communications and Organizational Leadership finals

Friday- Human Resource final

I can not believe I only have my spring semester and then I am done with college, CRAZZZY!

asgASG had their annual Christmas party, so we obviously had to have matching sweatshirts! Happy Holidays from our ASG family to your family!

Haley Raydo

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December 8, 2014

Christmas Break To Read List (Finals Week Procrastination)

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Hello friends

Soooooo hehehesklgkng :) << I don’t know what that was about… I think I am exhausted.

Well after that terrible example of writing…. How are you?  How’s it going?  How’s your week?  If I am being completely honest with you, the only reason I am surviving this week is because I know it will all be over soon and it will be Christmas break!  Finals are here, as I am sure all of you are aware.  I mean you either are the student complaining on social media or you know at least one college or high school student who is complaining on social media.

So last year I wrote a blog post on study tips… And honestly I should really begin to take my own advice. This year I figured I would hold on tight to what is getting me through to the end… Everything I am going to do over Christmas break (because that’s rational).

And by everything I mean read and watch Netflix.

 

So I wrote a list of all the books I want to read that I definitely will not finish or even get close to finishing.  BECAUSE when you are in school, you spend all your time reading for class.  So breaks are for all the fun reads.

So here you go… My book list:

1. Pride & Prejudice by Jane Austen (I read this in high school, but I didn’t take it seriously.  I watched the movie this weekend and I haven’t stopped dreaming of Mr. Darcy since)

2. Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins (This is a reread… I just watched the movie and I need to let myself heal again by finishing the story)

3. Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling (I know I’ll get a lot of hate for this, but I have never read the books or seen the movies… I honestly don’t even know what the first one is called so I just wrote Harry Potter *shoulder shrug*) (P.S. I realize I am a little late on the bandwagon)

4. To Live is Christ To Die is Gain by Matt Chandler & Jared C. Wilson (This is another I started and didn’t finish but would really love to! It was so good and challenging from what I started to read from it)

5. Jesus is greater than Religion by Jefferson Bethke (I watch his youtube videos and he is super smart! I’ve been meaning to read his book! Also it is supposed to be the greater than sign but it changes the sign into something else when I publish this… ugh technology)

6. Strengths Finder by Tom Rath (This book guides you into finding your strengths! Interesting!)

And then if you must know my Netflix list:

1. Grey’s Anatomy (I am on season 8)

2. Downton Abbey (I am on season 3)

3. The Office (I have seen every episode..)

Isn’t deciding what you are going to do with all your extra time on Christmas break so much more enjoyable?! Also it is a bit of stress reliever.

Stay sane friends!

Thanks for stopping by

Haley

P.S. This picture I posted on instagram from the mayor’s Christmas tree lighting over Thanksgiving break.

Mariah McCommon

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November 23, 2014

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Nice to see you again!

So I was at work the other day on campus and I was full of Christmas Spirit. It seems like Christmas is all I can think about right now. Yeah yeah, I know, it’s not even Thanksgiving yet, but for me Christmas started as soon as Halloween was over. So I was listening to Michael Buble Holiday on Pandora and had a wild idea! Neighborhoods are starting to put up their Christmas lights so naturally there are going to be amazing displays around Olathe. I know I’m going with some friends and I hope you guys will find these useful and go see the lights and have fun with friends! :) These below were gather from http://www.kansastravel.org/kansascitychristmasdisplays.htm

Olathe map:

North JoCo map:

South Joco map:

Here are more links to enjoy more shows!:
http://www.kansastravel.org/overlandpark/hainlinechristmasdisplay.htm
http://www.cindydteam.com/Christmas-Lights-Displays

Joey Alligier

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January 16, 2014

Grounded

January 16, 2014 | By | 5 Comments

This break was full of adventures!

Texas, a pretty girl, and an intense Jesus filled retreat; just to name the highlights.
One of the most consistent adventures I embarked on was to a local coffee shop that warms my soul.
Mead’s Corner.
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This place is the epitome of serenity.
It offers a peace that just has the Holy Spirit as the composition of the atmosphere.
Alongside the fair trade coffee they have gelato, beautiful art/photography, an amazing staged area used for artists, and a quality view into the city.This place is my inspiration, my hangout, and *spoiler, my number one date spot.
To me, it’s more than a place with fulfilling aromas, it’s passion.
I want to open a coffee shop.
It will be called Grounded: It’s more than just beans
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It’s a place to feel grounded when the world feels like it keeps knocking you down.
It’s a place where your faith can be explored no matter the record you hold.
It’s a place where the heart is addressed by the compassion it is built on.
It’s a place we all need at times.

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I have had this idea for about two years.
In high school I actually developed a detailed, preliminary plan that would kick start the process.
Other facets that have been added are a meeting space for businesses, a restaurant portion, and a fair trade, human trafficking, addressing shop.

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I want this.
Not for me, for others, for opportunity.
Dreams come and dreams can go. Or they can give you purpose and passion
I take this time to say, don’t give up on your dreams or aspirations.
Don’t give up.
If it’s to come to MidAmerica, make it happen
If it’s to walk on the moon, take the leaps necessary
If it’s to open a coffee shop, call me

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Keep on and keep God,
Joey

Heather Engle

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January 13, 2014

Goodbye to christmas break, hello to a new semester!

January 13, 2014 | By | No Comments

Hello Blog World. :]

This break has been pretty wonderful. Not having to worry about homework, writing papers, or waking up from a nap to get to class on time has been very nice! Spending time to just rest, especially in the Lord, has been amazing as well. It was nice to have so much time on my hands to be able to read the word and seek God without any distractions surrounding me. Other than spending Christmas day in Austin, Texas, I did some more things over this break that I want to share with you guys!

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I went to an antique store with some of my friends over the break and this is just an example of the cute things that were in this place. My friends and I agreed though that a lot of the things in there, we could make ourselves. But it was still a fun time looking around and gathering craft ideas!

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This is my super pretty friend Lauren. :] She was looking for the book “The Hobbit” and we ended up getting caught up in how great it was to be surrounded by so many books. So here she is. Being all cute and stuff.

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This is my friend Zack Manuel! He recorded a CD and had his CD release show at one of our local coffee shops on the last weekend I was in town. This was his CD table where he was selling them for $1, and I definitely bought one. I would go check his music out on ITunes, and buy his CD!
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This is kind of blurry, but here is a picture of him performing! There were so many people there that I kept getting pushed into the corner of the room! It was pretty awesome!

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To end an awesome break, I got to make some baby sugar cookies with my little sisters and decorate them (kind of) for valentines day! Well, that’s the theme we were trying to go for. It was super cute watching them decorate and I always enjoy spending time with my wonderful family. :]

Well guys, here’s to a new year full of all new activities and adventures. I cannot wait to start another semester here at MNU and I wouldn’t want to be anywhere else. I’m ready to see how God is going to work and move on this campus, and how he is going to send us out into this world to spread his marvelous light. :]

-Heather Rose :]

P.S. I’ve been reading this awesome book called “Love does” if you haven’t heard of it, go to a bookstore and buy it! It does a wonderful job of showing really what love is supposed to look like. Real love, the love that comes from being sacrificial like Jesus when he died on the cross for us. I’ve also been listening to some great bands such as “Gungor” and “Young Oceans” Check all of those out if you haven’ already!

Mario Flores

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January 10, 2014

Every thing is a lot; but it is also hardly anything, it is actually very little.

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So spent almost a week with these beautiful people that are my family for Christmas time:D

So spent almost a week with these beautiful people that are my family for Christmas time:D

Then most of us went sledding.

Then most of us went sledding.

Mariah havin a blast!

Mariah having a blast!

Melanie also enjoying her first time sledding.

Melanie also enjoying her first time sledding.

Then went back to Cali--on the way to Mex, and spent time with more family. Here is my saintly Abuelita. Now I may look tall, but that's only cause she's literally about 4'9". But don't matter cause it's a sure thing that Satan is afraid of this petite statured, giant sized heart and faith woman.

Then went back to Cali–on the way to Mex, and spent time with more family. Here is my saintly Abuelita. Now I may look tall, but that’s only cause she’s literally about 4’9″. But don’t matter cause it’s a sure thing that Satan is afraid of this petite statured, giant sized heart and faith woman.

 

 

This is my cousin Karina and Little Richard. (Little Richard as opposed to Richard JR.

This is my cousin Karina and Little Richard. (Little Richard as opposed to Richard Jr.)

with my beautiful cousins from south of the border. From left to right: Deborah/Debbie, Rebecca, and Leah-pronounced Star Wars style.

with my beautiful cousins from south of the border. From left to right: Deborah/Debbie, Rebecca, and Leah-pronounced Star Wars style.

To my right are my aunt and uncle who pastor in Mexicali, Mexico. They let me serve at their church over the weekend. Also, we were eating at undoubtedly the greatest Taco place on the face of the earth--according to my biased opinion.

To my right are my aunt and uncle who pastor in Mexicali, Mexico. If nothing else, the opportunity to gain wisdom from a 20-30 minute conversation with my uncle, that was worth the entire trip of coming down from AZ. They let me serve at their living and growing church over the weekend, by preaching to their Jr. Highers, teaching to their Jr. Highers, and being a part of the Praise and Worship team playing the guitar and singing. Also, we were eating at undoubtedly the greatest Taco place on the face of the earth–according to my biased opinion.

So after Mexico, crossing back over, I had the chance to reunite with some friends from high school. Which included this bestie: Brett Bird.

This was when we visited Point Loma Nazarene University....

This was when we visited Point Loma Nazarene University….

 

Here we are enjoying wardrobe at Burlington Coat Factory shopping for Homecoming attire. (We wore neither of those vests.)

Here we are enjoying wardrobe at Burlington Coat Factory shopping for Homecoming attire. (We wore neither of those vests.)

Here was us on Decades Day.

Here was us on Decades Day.

Junior Year we even coached PowderPuff Football together. Yes we beat the then Seniors, and then we played our cross town rivals and also beat them!

Junior Year we even coached PowderPuff Football together. Yes we beat the then Seniors, and then we played our cross town rivals and also beat them!

But it wasn't just the two of us.... Sean Arviso, the coolest and manliest of the 3 of Bromigos. (And Brett photoshopped me into this pic since I had already moved away by summer time... Wolverine was my Halloween costume)

But it wasn’t just the two of us…. Sean Arviso, the coolest and manliest of the 3 of Bromigos. (And Brett photoshopped me into this pic since I had already moved away by summer time… Wolverine was my Halloween costume)

 

So here's Brett and I at Denny's swapping glasses and sitting across from the couple.

So here’s Brett and I at Denny’s swapping glasses and sitting across from the couple.

Here's the engaged couple. Almost ready for a nice pic.

Here’s the engaged couple. Almost ready for a nice pic.

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Take 2

There we are :D And I was asked and I accepted to be a groomsman!!

There we are :D And I was asked and I accepted to be a groomsmen!!

Here's Diego Lopez. Basically a better, more mature version of me. Can sing higher, play drums better, rock his hair better, live as a Christ-like example better. He's just great. I am honored to be his older brother. While spending the night at his house, we spoke from 1230ish to 530ish!!! Great catching up and sharing was done:D

Here’s Diego Lopez. Basically a better, more mature version of me. Can sing higher, play drums better, rock his hair better, live as a Christ-like example better. He’s just great. I am honored to be his older brother. While spending the night at his house, we spoke from 1230ish to 530ish!!! Great catching up and sharing was done:D

Alas my mom and I drove back to Arizona. Check out all the cacti!! Saguaros I think they are called.

Alas my mom and I drove back to Arizona. Check out all the cacti!! Saguaros I think they are called.

Lastly, the toughest part of this break, believe it or not-however cheesy it may sound- has been being away from my special lady Jamie Furnas!
Thankfully, inventions such as the telephone, Skype, Snapchat, Instagram, and Facebook helped us be able to stay connected in one sense at least. Totally stoked am I to see her beautiful face tomorrow night!!

Hope these pics and vids were able to bring a smile or two to y’all faces!

Oh and here’s a video of my new favorite song to play and sing. Called Gracious Tempest. Originally done by Hillsong from their Young and Free Album, but this guy does a good job playing it as well:)

Heather Engle

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January 1, 2014

an airplane to Austin, and an Artshow

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Hey Friends!

It’s been awhile since I’ve last posted, but don’t worry, I haven’t just been sitting around doing nothing for  a couple of weeks. I want to show you guys what I did for Christmas this year! And it wasn’t exactly a white Christmas…

So this year was the first time I went somewhere out of my home state for Christmas. I went to Austin, Texas! This is where my mom is currently located, so my brother and I took a plane to Austin and celebrated Christmas with her, just the three of us.

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Here’s a picture of the beautiful sunrise I saw on the plane on the way to Texas. :] I thoroughly enjoy riding in airplanes because it reminds me of how big my God is, and how small I really am. It also lets me basically ride on a cloud…which is pretty awesome. :]

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This was the outside of a Pizza place we went to! Downtown Austin has so much character and there are so many things to do down there!

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This is the view of my moms apartment right when you walk in. I love it so much because the windows are huge, and it has a beautiful view of the apartments courtyard!

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The first day we got there we went to this art Bizarre that had booths of artists work that you could walk around, look at and purchase if you wanted! :] I also found this there…

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This lamp is probably the coolest thing I’ve ever seen. :] sorry for another thing about clouds, I just had to share this one. :]

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 While we were in Austin, we also got a chance to climb a mountain! It was absolutely beautiful up there and the temperature was just perfect!

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To end an awesome week in Austin, my brother, mom and I went to see this great Christmas lightshow! There were tons of people there and I guess the people that put it on do this show annually! It was so popular it made it on the news! I have a video of it above, so check it out!

Well friends, that’s all from me for now. I hope you guys had a wonderful Christmas like I did!

Until next time,

-Heather Rose :]

Haley Raydo

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December 28, 2013

The Reason For the Season Reflection

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Hello friends!  Just throwin a quick blog post at you over some reflections I have had this Christmas break!

I have lately been thinking a lot about grace.  I know it’s weird to think about forgiveness and grace around Christmas, usually that’s an Easter topic.  But I have realized this over the last week, Jesus was born and he lived and died to extend grace and love to all of us.  WOW!  His grace is something to reflect on not just around his death and resurrection but in His birth and all the times in between these celebrations.

I often forget about the grace the Lord has extended in my life.  But what a great season to remember why He was born in the first place.  I have fallen time after time again, and it’s so easy for me to get frustrated.  But the fact that the Lord is always there offering grace with His hand extended to lift me back up is incredible!

I feel like as Christians today, we so often have the “do it yourself” mentality.  But in fact the Lord didn’t call us to do it ourselves because that would defeat the purpose of why He died.  The Lord has called us to live out in His unfailing grace and love, and to strive to be like Him.  We will fail, but when we look up to catch the hand extended from the Lord, we will find grace and love to continue in our walk.

Reflect on his grace this Christmas break, and don’t forget to walk in it!

Thanks for stopping by!

Haley

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Allegra Vieux

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December 23, 2013

Home Again, Home Again, Jiggety-Jig

December 23, 2013 | By | 2 Comments

Hey blog world.

By now, you’ve probably figured out that it’s officially Christmas Break, almost 2 weeks in counting! I’ve successfully completed 2 TV series from Investigation Discovery on Netflix, along with a season of Desperate Housewives and 6 movies.

Aka, I’m bored out of my MIND.

At home I have my parents, my two little brothers, and my 2 dogs: Patch and Bailey. My dad has been out of town for work and his flight was delayed. My mom works all day. My brother, Alex, works 2 jobs when he’s not in classes. My baby brother, Asher, is a senior in high school, therefore his break just officially started…

and then there’s me & the dogs. I think I knew I was going crazy when I caught myself talking to them for extended periods of time. No need to be alarmed: They are intuitive, intelligent, and involved so the conversations were not lost on them. I only wish they could do more than bark and howl back at me. (pictured below: Bailey on the left and Patch on the right.)

Picture 10How I’ve kept myself occupied: Netflix, Pinterest, baking, and cleaning. Usually, I shop. But given that it’s Christmas I’ve decided to cut back on spending. Also an ice storm hit Oklahoma so that may have influenced my penny pinching decision.

I’m probably like a good 107% extrovert so it’s only killing me a little to be on break. The good news is my sister and nephew come home tomorrow (Tuesday,) my dad’s flight gets in around 9am, my mom took the week off, and Asher starts being around so I’m sure I’ll be sick of them in no time.

In the spirit of Christmas, I have a couple of gifts for my faithful 3 readers out there.

1. Free Music!

tymayfieldchristmassamplerI hope you’re enjoying the music playing above! It is a new Christmas song covered by my friend, Ty Mayfield. This year, he is giving away his Christmas Sampler on Noisetrade! It’s an upbeat, fun, bluesy/jazzy mix with some of his original songs (including a Christmas orig,) and the cover you’re listening to! You will LOVE it- Money back guarantee. Download it for FREE HERE !!!

2. My favorite Pinterest Recipe!

I’ve found the PERFECT chocolate chip cookie recipe on Pinterest…and I’m not normally one for actually doing what I pin! It’s amazing, therefore I will share it with you.

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Ingredients:

2 3/4 c  all-purpose flour
1 t baking soda
1 t salt
1/2 c unsalted butter at room temperature
1/2 c Crisco

1 c light brown sugar
1 c minus 2 T white sugar
2 large eggs
1 1/2 t vanilla
1 1/2 c semi-sweet chocolate chips

The key with these cookies is to follow directions closely! I’m not one for this either- every time a recipe tells me to do something oddly specific, I say to myself, “why??” and do it the easy way. I’ve tried to add comments for the picture-directions to help you identify the “why” behind the matter.

Picture 4Mixing the flour allows the final dough to have an even distribution of ingredients without over-mixing it.

Beating the butter and shortening gives the dough a better rise in the oven, making the cookies lighter. Butter is good for taste and shortening is good to make the cookie softer.

Picture 5Adding the chocolate chips before adding the flour evenly distributes them without over-mixing the final dough.  Do not over-mix or it will discolor the dough.

The flour to be just incorporated, is the point when you no longer see white spots of flour.  Do not overmix! Over-mixing will ruin the cookies.  They will bake flatter and look greasy.

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When shaping the cookies, you will know if you have the fat/flour ratio right: too little flour- it will stick to your hands, forms a messy looking ball, just right- won’t stick to your hands, but just barely, forms a smooth ball, too much flour- dough has to be forced into a ball, crumbly dough, rough looking ball

The same problems occur when over-handling the dough as over-mixing it.  They will bake flat and look greasy.  Handle the dough as little as possible while still shaping them properly.

To freeze, place the dough balls on a plate side by side, cover and freeze at least an hour.  You can then bag them and they won’t be stuck together when you take them out.

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 It takes most ovens much longer to preheat than when it beeps to tell you it’s ready.  An oven thermometer is very helpful.  When most ovens beep, they are usually 50-100 degrees too low.  It will ruin the cookies to bake them at the incorrect temperature.  Let the oven heat longer than it allows for “preheating.”

Determining when they are done:

underdone- the are tall, shiny in the middle, pale in color, fall apart when transfered, fall through on the cooling rack

perfect- domed, puffy, show a few signs of browning, look a bit underdone but are not shiny on the top, hold together during transfer It is important to wait 2 minutes before transferring them.  They continue to bake from the heat of the sheet without being over-baked in the oven.  Also, they will hold together better and be less likely to fall in the middle if you wait.

…And if they don’t look like the cookies above, here are the possibilities to what went wrong:

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I hope you enjoy!

Have a holly jolly Christmas, and let me know how you feel about the music and the cookies!

Over and Out!