Not (Quite) Mother’s Best “Homemade” Cookies

The Best Homemade Chocolate Chip Cookies Ever (Truly)

One of my mom’s dearest friends, we’ll call her T, is well known within our community for being The Best Baker Ever.  Literally, every cookie, muffin, peanut butter bar that comes out of her kitchen is magical.  Suffice to say, when T delivered a warm plate of perfectly golden, fluffy, warm chocolate chip cookies, they didn’t last the night (ok, hour might be more accurate).  As we inhaled the cookies and raved about The Best Chocolate Chips Cookies Ever, I begged her for the recipe.  She protested, but finally caved, with the stipulation that her secret never be shared… Well, this secret is too good to keep under wraps, because it turns out her perfect chocolate chip cookies are a little less than homemade.  Let’s just feel good about the fact that I didn’t tell you who T really is and her reputation as a master baker is safe!

Fake and Bake: DSP style baking

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Not (Quite) Mother’s “Homemade” Leftover Halloween Candy Bar Recipe

Homemade Goodies One of our favorite Domestic Square Peg “cookbooks” is ‘The Cake Mix Doctor” by Anne Byrn. It’s perfect for the less-than-domestic goddess who wants to bring something ‘homemade’ to the party but doesn’t really want (or need) to … Read more »

Not (Quite) Mother’s Coffee Grounds Hand Scrub

Let’s face it. Your hands don’t lie. I wish they did, but there’s no getting around it. If we’re lucky, we all age and our hands seem to age even faster than the rest of us. Sun damage, dishes, and … Read more »

Not (Quite) Mother’s Beef and Broccoli “Take-Out”

When the weather starts to get a bit cooler and the soccer practices a bit later at our house, my mind turns to ways I can get dinner on the table for multiple “sittings”. While I try my best to … Read more »

Not (Quite) hiccup Mother’s Canning hiccup Recipe hiccup

The other day I was lucky enough to receive a huge, glorious batch of fresh-picked blackberries and strawberries from my momma’s garden. As a joke, she asked if I planned to make jam? I don’t come from the “canning” stock … Read more »

Not (Quite) Mother’s Homemade Tomato Sauce

Sunday Sauce Now that you’ve shamed your tomatoes into ripening with my infamous and slightly naughty Fifty Shades of Tomato Gardening, it’s time to reap the rewards. And this doesn’t entail any pinching or depriving. We all imagine the idea of … Read more »

“I Wish I Never Taught My Kids to Make Their Own Breakfast,” said No One EVER!

I don’t know how it is around your house, but many of my mornings are a total goat rodeo. Feed the dog, walk the dog, feed the kids, pack the lunch, apply the sunscreen, and squeeze in a cup of … Read more »

Not (Quite) Mother’s 4th of July Rocket Dog…Blast Off!

The 4th of July is right around the corner and this means three things: fireworks, hot dogs, and fun! I tried to combine all three into this easy, DSP-approved idea…Rocket Dogs! I saw this on Disney’s Family Fun website and … Read more »

Not (Quite) Mother’s Dinner Party: Spud-tacular Tater Bar

DSP Dixie loves to entertain. But, we all know that. Her fellow DSPs always ask her how she can pull off parties all the time? As mentioned prior, I am more of an “assembler” than an all out cook. Last weekend, … Read more »

Not (Quite) Mother’s “I Don’t Bake” Graduation Dessert

You should know by now that DSP Dixie doesn’t bake; she “assembles”. She doesn’t like to measure and hates doing dishes. But, a Southern Girl like her likes to get her party on. My daughter graduates from Elementary school this … Read more »