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June 2015

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C is for Cookie

When we lived in Oregon, I made a good friend that loved Earl Grey tea and chocolate chip cookies. “Let’s make cookies” she said to me one day. And while I looked bewildered at the butter, eggs, sugar, measuring spoons and all that hooblahblah, I was all “woe, why the mess? Where is the packet of Betty Crocker, just add water chocolate chip cookie mix?” This was in 2007. And yes, 2007 was the first year that I learned how to make my very first batch of chocolate chip cookies from SCRATCH. And now, I have the recipe memorized.

I’m sharing this with you just in case you’re that person that loves the just add water cookie mix. This will change your life.

  • 2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup (2 sticks) butter, softened
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 3/4 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 cups chocolate chips

Preheat oven to 375° F.

Beat butter (I have noticed that Challenger butter is the best), granulated sugar, brown sugar and vanilla extract in large mixer bowl until creamy. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Gradually beat in flour, baking soda and salt. Stir in chocolate chips (I use a combo of milk chocolate and semi-sweet chocolate). Drop by rounded tablespoon (I use a Pampered Chef scoop) onto ungreased baking sheets.

Bake for 9 to 11 minutes or until golden brown. Our oven is cray and sometimes 9 minutes gives me perfect cookies and other times it’s 11 minutes. Cool on baking sheets for 2 minutes; remove to wire racks to cool completely AND THEN EAT THEM ALL BEFORE THE KIDS GET HOME. Kidding on that last part.




Look at how good those are. They taste awesome, too.


Always so good! Coach loves them with milk!


Ava had a fresh cookie. SHe made a big ol’ mess but ate it all up.


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Well, thank you

Thanks for those that said hello! Here’s a little bit more about me for my new friends. I am married to one crazy, tall, man. He teaches art at a high school. We call him Coach and from December to February we hang out at a high school gym watching him and his varsity basketball team. Go Jaguars! (Said in a Breet-ish accent.) He is restoring a 1965 Ford Falcon wagon. One of these days I’ll share pictures.

Together, we’re up to our eyeballs in this thing called parenthood. We have three girls, ages 11 (12 in October), 9 (birthday in March) and almost one (pink flamingo birthday party in the making). We moved to a “small” town just east of San Francisco in 2008. I was lucky enough to stay home full-time with my girls when we first moved into town and took a part-time job not too long ago. And my part-time job is probably the best ever since I am a librarian at an elementary school! Can you imagine? Reading to kids, grades Kindergarten through Third and reading book reviews for kids grades Fourth-Eighth just so I can update our library selection. I’m off when the kids are on vacation and I get to work with all of my favorite people.

All this talk about my kids, working at schools, kids and schools makes me think about manners. Real talk-they are quickly fleeting. I know for younger ones it’s a learning process. I found this guideline on manners from and I had to share. Let’s be consistent and persistent, people! Together we can make the world a better place, one thank you at a time. IMG_1492 (1)


Friday I share my favorite chocolate chip cookie recipe with you!




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Hello to you, Sometimes Housewife

Well hello there. My name is Kia. And I am a Sometimes Housewife. Wait, a sometimes housewife?

The word housewife has such a bad rap. It sounds so tiring. And boring. I mean, look at this Wikipedia entry when you search for the word housewife. Look at that woman painted on oil canvas. Poor thing. Listening to her daughter’s dramatic tales of injustice on the playground, while sizing up that leavened bread for dinner. If you scroll down to the bottom of the entry, the list of things housewives do is insane…we have to cook, clean, make clothes, be a “selector and consumer of products” and what happens if you work outside of the home? Lord have mercy. In the words of internet meme star, Sweet Brown, ain’t nobody got time for that.

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But you know what? Sometimes I have time for that. And sometimes I’ll write about that here. I’m not going to share Pinterest worthy recipes or DIYs. But sometimes I will. I won’t show you trendy, chic, outfits of the day. But sometimes, when my hair is amazing and I have on mascara when we’re headed to church, I will. I won’t pretend to run this tip-top, house that doesn’t have piles of unfolded laundry baskets shoved in the corner of my bedroom. I’m not going to show them to you on Instragram but know that they are there. Friends, I’m just like you. Consumed with the every day demands of being a mom, and a housewife and sometimes I get it right. And on those days, let’s celebrate!

Let me know who you are and a little about yourself in the comments. I want to know more about the other sometimes housewives out there.