Monday, 2 February 2015

Birthday Celebrations and Cookies!

Hello friends

Thank you for the wonderful response to February's Charity Kit -
it seems we all like heart banners.
Now I've got you all captive... here are Mitchell's birthday photos!
A few gifts to open in the morning...
that is a box of Japanese 'Happy Birthday' Oreo biscuits!
 We then hopped on the train to London town.
 At King's Cross I took a look in the Harry Potter shop.
 We then ventured to all the geeky shops, including Cyber Candy.
We had cocktails with lunch...

A bit more shopping - browsing in Fortnum and Mason.
Checking out the tea selection...quite a few to choose from!
Our evening really was dinner theatre!
They sang Happy Birthday to Mitchell - he was just a tad embarrassed!
All in all a fun day, with rather the emphasis on food and drink!
 Happy memories.
Next up, as promised here is the recipe for the chocolate chip cookies.
They are more crumbly and like shortbread in texture as opposed to
American style chewy cookies.
50g butter
125g caster sugar
1 egg
1tsp vanilla extract
125g plain flour
75g self raising flour
200g chocolate drops (I prefer plain)
A little milk (optional)

Cream together the butter and sugar until light and fluffy.
Beat in the egg and vanilla gradually.
Sift in the two flours and fold in the chocolate drops.
You have two options here: if your mixture is firm and dough like,
you can roll out into a long sausage shape and slice.  You can also wrap in cling film
and chill until ready to use (they freeze well uncooked too).

Next option: if your mixture is quite dry and you've added milk, roll into dough balls
and flatten to make cookies.
Heat oven to 220 degrees. Place cookies onto lined baking tray.
Bake for 8-10 minutes, or until just starting to turn golden.
Leave on the tray for a couple of minutes, then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely
(this never happens in my home, they get eaten literally as they come out of the oven!)

Pop back tomorrow for some craft...Tuesday Tip/Technique.
Take care friends. 


Kitty Davies said...

Hi All.
So glad you had a lovely time, take care all Kitty.

Mrs B said...

Hi Christine. What lovely photos of Mitchell on is special day, and great to see Elliott and you too. It looks like a good time was had by all : )
Will have to give these cookies a try, they look delicious. No one in our house understands "leave to cool completely" either! I must admit I am one of the worst offenders as cookies and cakes taste so much better when they are still warm though don't they : )

Mrs B said...

Sorry, hit publish before I had finished! Please stay warm and safe. Take care.

Janice said...

Great photos Christine, looks like you all had a
wonderful day!
Thank you for sharing the recipe, have a good day.
Janice x

PharmacyMichele said...

Lovely photos, looks like you had a great time. Will try the cookie recipe at the weekend.


Chris said...

Hi Christine,
I panicked just now when I realised I hadn't ordered the Charity Kit yesterday. Phew all done now though, I thought I may have missed out due to your comment.of the popularity. Lovely photo's of Mitchell's birthday day out, the restaurant looks great.
Chris xx

Lucycat said...

Hi Christine,
Great birthday photo's.
Thank you for your cookie recipe they look lovely.
I hope you have a good day . Take care. x.

Sandra said...

Good Morning Christine,
What a perfect way to spend your 21st birthday, with those that you are closest too, doing the things that make you happy! You are gifted with the most gorgeous family Christine, two perfectly well mannered, adorable young men! I am so pleased that Mitchell had an amazing day!
Huge hugs
Sandra xxxxx

val jones said...

Hi, Sounds as though you had such a special day. Lovely photos and will be lovely memories to look back on.
The cookies look delisious.
Love Val in Spain x

lydia jordan said...

Morning Christine,
Lovely photos, looks like you all had a great day out. Thanks for sharing,

lydia jordan said...

Morning Christine,
Lovely photos, looks like you all had a great day out. Thanks for sharing,

Jean Z said...

Hi Christine, Looks like you all had a good time and it's lovely that you were together on this special occasion .love Jean Z xx

Lesley Thomas said...

Happy photos, Christine, and I love the recipe, thanks for that.

marg said...

Hello Christine
What a lovely Birthday for Mitchell!
The recipe will be good too!
Take care
Love Marg

Claire said...

Lovely photos, and recipe.

Take care


ros hodgkins said...

Hi Christine, looks like you all had a great day out. You are so fortunate to still be invited to birthdays out. With all my girls they were to much into their boyfriends to spend the day with M and Dad from I think the oldest age was19.
X Ros

Janice Wallace said...

Morning Christine. Will you please thank Michael for sharing his birthday treat with us. It looks like you all had fun.
And thank you for the cookies.
Janice W

hazel young said...

Lovely photos and thanks for sharing the recipe. xx hazel

Margaret Jackson said...

Hello Christine
Congratulations to Mitchell it looks as if you all had a great day. Thank you for the recipes, I will add them to my charity recipe book which has pride of place in my kitchen and try them at the first opportunity.
Maggie J x

Maggie said...

Hello Christine. What wonderful photos of a really happy and memorable celebration. Thanks for the recipes. They'll go down well here! xxMargaretxx

Stamping Bubbles said...

Hello Christine
Lovely photos of Mitchell's big birthday treat. It looks like you all had a great time.
The cookies sound yummy. I must give them a try.
Take care

utilitygirl said...

It looks as though you all had a wonderful time in London - glad you enjoyed it all.
I used to bake chocolate chip cookies from almost the same recipe with my grand-children when they were young - and now they bake their own but still enjoy them.

Patricia Howarth said...

Hi Christine, Lovely piccies of Mitchell's Birthday day out, you all look to have had a fun day out.
Thank you for the cookie recipe, I love recipes.
Lots of love from Patricia xx

Anne O said...

Hi Christine
How lovely to see such happy photographs. Congratulations to Mitchell
Best wishes,
Anne O

Pat S Witney said...

Hi Christine
Looks like you and the boys (well I say boys but Mitchell is classed as a man isnt he.). Mind you webstill think of them as boys don't we. You had a fantastic time in London celebrating Mitchell's 21st. Cocktails looked good. Must give your cookies a go soon.

Carole Z said...

Super photoe, looks like you all had a fab time! Thanks for the recipe, hugs Carole Z xx

Elaine said...

Fabulous photos looks like you had a great time xxx

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