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Chocolate-chip heaven

It’s been another crazy week here. It seems like every week brings new challenges; something breaks or falls apart; something comes up to hinder our plans. This week it was a car situation. We each have a car, my husband and I, his is pretty much a clunker on it’s way out (that’s a whole story on it’s own), mine isn’t new any more, but it’s the car we don’t have to worry about. Usually.

Last weekend we discovered a problem that basically rendered the car unsafe to drive. Fortunately, my husband is, at this very moment actually, undertaking the task of installing new struts and shocks. He’s not a car mechanic, and if you asked him, he’d probably tell you he’d rather be doing just about anything else, but he’s resourceful enough to research a problem and figure out how to solve it. I’m very thankful for that today, because his willingness to take on a project completely out of his comfort zone is going to save us about $600. (That and the help of a friend with a garage and the right tools!)

So our week of juggling schedules (work, meetings, piano lessons, etc) so that we could car-pool everywhere we went hasn’t ended with a nice quiet weekend liked we’d hoped. We did get to have a little fun, though.

Yesterday we went to a few of our favorite thrift stores – at one store I scored a very nice black leather jacket from the Gap for $35! I also did a little baking (you might have noticed). Cheesecake chocolate-chip cookie bars.

Wow. These are amazing. This recipe should really be called “chocolate-chip heaven”. I’m sure it’s what all chocolate-chips dream of becoming when they grow up. It’s also pretty simple to make… just two layers of chocolate-chip cookie dough with a layer of cream cheese filling in the middle. The hardest part was waiting for them to cool instead of just eating them right out of the pan with a fork…

They’re well worth the wait, though. If you’re looking for a new twist on the traditional chocolate chip cookie recipe, this one’s a keeper! I used Ghirardelli’s milk chocolate chips instead of semi-sweet (personal preference). Have you ever used their chips before? They’re flatter and bigger than tradition chips. We love them!

They don’t fix all problems in life, but they certainly make you smile a little while you’re facing them. Nothing wrong with that, right? Unless you eat the whole pan, I guess….

While my husband is off getting gritty fixing the car, I’m home working on a pot of chili and doing some crafting (and blogging) (and trying not to eat too many cookies). I feel a little guilty, but it’s pretty awesome having a guy that’s crazy about you and supports your hobbies. Makes all this craziness a little easier to face.

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