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Mandy is a chef who finally has been able to purchase a home of her own and have a kitchen that suits her needs. She is a 32 year old singe woman who recently graduated from culinary school. She has been saving for several years to create her dream kitchen. Using the tips and advice from Heart of the Home, Mandy was able to budget her money and cut some corners. She went through several designers, consultants and stores to find the right look for the right price. She spent 6 months planning. She says the worst part was making sure all the measurements were right and complete. She did not realize all the little things that had to be done, but she thanks Heart of the Home for providing the information that helped keep her on the ball and help reduce some stress during her planning. A month later, she is now enjoying her dream kitchen and doing what she loves.

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Weekly Recipe

Chocolate Coco Cookies

  • 1 cup flour
  • 3/4 cups sugar
  • 1 Tbs butter
  • 2 Tbs baking soda
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 cups coco

Directions

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
Cream together the butter, white sugar, and brown sugar until smooth. Beat in the eggs one at a time, then stir in the vanilla. Dissolve baking soda in hot water. Add to batter along with salt. Stir in flour, chocolate chips, and nuts. Drop by large spoonfuls onto ungreased pans.
Bake for about 10 minutes in the preheated oven, or until edges are nicely browned.
Let cool for 1 minute on tray before placing on cooling rack. If you have too many, they freeze nicely.

Recipe submitted by Carla Johnston of Kansas

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