31 Days to a Beautiful Home

There are Many Ways to Have a Beautiful Home


Ok! 31 Days to a Beautiful Home!

I’m joining in on The Nester’s 31 Days Series. The series involves blogging about the same topic, everyday,  for the month of October.

At House on the Way, we are all about being on the “way to a beautiful home,” so I will be posting all about the many ways we can make our house a beautiful home. Not just decorating, because there are so many ways to have a beautiful home!

Beautiful Home

The most essential part of making a house a beautiful home is to create an atmosphere of love and warmth for your family. Make a house that your kids want to come home to.

When they walk through the door after school, greet them with a smile and maybe a big plate of cookies! What kid doesn’t love a cookie!

At my house, most often than not, we bake the Tollhouse cookies that you pop in the oven. Not even the “roll” of cookie dough! We use the pre-cut blocks of cookie dough that you can just separate and pop in the oven.

You see, at my house, it seems like life is so rushed…there’s always something to do or someplace to go. I know that’s true for everyone. I guess that’s why I usually go for the easy, more convenient way to do things…like making cookies.

My youngest was at a friend’s house a couple of years ago and she made HOMEMADE chocolate chip cookies. He was fascinated! He told her, “we only make cookies from the store.” Awwhh! I felt horrible. We always make homemade cookies at Christmas. Why? Because that’s Christmas and it’s a special occasion.

But, everyday should be a special occasion. It’s definitely a special day when they walk through that door after school. It means that we got to see the light of another day and that they made it home safely. Can it get any more special? No!

So today, I’m going to make HOMEMADE chocolate chip cookies! When they walk through the door, they will be surprised with a sweet treat to celebrate another beautiful day in our beautiful home!


Paula Deen’s Chocolate Chewy Cookies

2 cups confectioner’s sugar, sifted

2 tbls cocoa, sifted

1/4 teaspoon salt

1/3 cup all-purpose flour, sifted

3 egg whites

1 cup chopped pecans, toasted

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper. Stir together the sugar, cocoa, salt and flour. Add the egg whites one at a time. Beat well, then stir in the pecans. The batter will be very thin. Drop by tablespoons onto the prepared baking sheets. Bake for 12 to 15 minutes, until the cookies have begun to brown on the bottom and appear “set.” Allow to sit for about 2 minutes undisturbed, then remove the cookies to wire racks to cool completely. Store in airtight containers.

Makes 18 big cookies



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  1. says

    I love that. I’m a baker so I’ve always baked with my boys. My oldest son did opposite of yours, he came home from a friends house and said, “Mommie, did you know there’s cookies at the store that are rolled up in tubes and you just have to cut one off bake them?!” Sometimes, I do the cookie mix thing, and they like them but he said “Mommie, I like the other way we do cookies because I get to spend more time with you” made my eyes well with tears. I just think whatever method you choose, just get in the kitchen and make something and spend time together. They will remember it more than you think.

    I am loving your blog!

  2. says

    Yummy–homemade cookies taste so much better too. They will probably always remember the day they came home and mom made homemade cookies.

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