Thanks for all your great comments on my last post, I hope I will master Crochet at some point. If anyone has any good links where it has a list of both UK and American Crochet terms it would be much appreciated :-)
I have had some lovely gifts given to me recently just because someone wanted to be nice or due to a lucky giveaway win in bloggyland. Due to this I decided I wanted to re balance my karma by making some random gifts for people :-) I have done the PIF that was happening in bloggy land but wanted to do something more local too so I made some friends some yummy cookies just because they are lovely people.
If you fancy doing a similar thing or making yourself some cookies here is the recipe:
Mega Chip Cookies taken from the 1 dough, 50 Cookies book by Love Food.
8oz/225 g soft butter
5 oz/140g caster sugar
1 egg yolk (free range of course :-) beaten
2 tsp vanilla extract
8 oz/225 g plain flour
2 oz/55g cocoa powder
Milk choc or dark choc chips (or chunks as I used) - I popped a generous amount in.
White choc chips (or chunks as I used) - I popped a generous amount in.
Pinch of Salt
Preheat oven to 190deg C/375 deg F/Gas Mark 5
Put butter and sugar in bowl and mix together with wooden spoon.
Beat egg yolk and vanilla extract - stir into mixture.
(loving my new bowl that middle Sweetpea bought me. I used to have a lovely retro one handed down through the family but she accidently broke it :-( She then saw this one and bought it for me because its looks the same - how sweet)
Sift both flour, cocoa powder and salt into the bowl (it looks like a mountain!) and slowly stir into the mixture. Before completely combined add the choc chips and then mix until thoroughly combined (I found it easier doing that bit by hand).
Line two baking trays with baking paper and then roll the cookie dough into balls and pop on the tray with a good space between them. Pop in oven for 12 - 15 mins - take out and leave to cool before moving off the tray.
Then try and give some away, that is the hard bit :-) In fact the Sweetpeas couldn't understand why I was giving them all away but I did make them another batch the very next day so they didn't miss out :-)
When they were cooled I wrapped them in baking paper and then tissue paper with some string and lace to tie them up. I love the way the looked, I was inspired by the lovely wrapping that Emma Bear Forever used on the giveaway prize she sent me.
Just before giving these away I suddenly felt a bit shy about doing it and worried my mates might think I was more bonkers than they do already :-) I overcame that feeling and really enjoyed doing this, I made a point of telling the recipients that they were gifts to re-balance my karma so they don't feel they have to do anything in return. I wish you all lived closer so I could just randomly give you some cookies! If you are a 'live' friend reading this and suddenly find/get given some random cookies you know why :-)
I will definitely be doing this sort of thing again soon, not only is it nice for the person receiving them but it makes you feel great too - try it yourself and see what I mean.
Poor Skibby/Biddy (as known my the little Sweetpeas)
Our poor old cat Skibby isn't too well. His eye has suddenly really swollen up, he has had glaucoma in it for a while which can be painful but it suddenly flared up yesterday. I have called Dad (who is a vet) today and we are taking him over this afternoon. I am hoping he won't need putting down as he is 18 years old now so too old for an operation to take the eye out :-( I really don't want to make that decision and know that Dad won't even suggest it unless he feels it is in Skibby's best interest.