Care package delivered

This past weekend it was “family weekend” at our daughter’s school.  In anticipation of this trip I whipped up a few of her favorite treats.  I also did some shopping, gathered supplies and packed up some remaining clothes that she wanted.  It was our first real experience as parents of a college freshman and I think we did ok.
As soon as I finished work on Friday I quickly got home to help pack up the car and get on the road.  Hubby and our son we’re putting the finishing touches on their packing.  
Our departure was about 15 minutes later than planned.  I was excited to see her since it had been 3 weeks from our last visit.  Each time has gotten a little longer between visits.  We had a two hour and 15 minute ride to her dorm, but that turned into a three and one half hour trip with two separate construction zones and nothing going on.  
We finally arrived and showered her with gifts and treats.  On every happy girl and one beautiful weekend.  
So along with her favorite cookies I made my Rosemary Hummus and our favorite snack food- Spaghetti Pretzels.  This recipe was discovered a few years back while on a local wine trip with our foodie friends.  They served them with a local red wine and as we were leaving the winery I quickly memorized the recipe.  
Spaghetti Pretzels

20oz. Bag of pretzels 
1/2 cup vegetable oil
1 package of Spaghetti Suace mix ( McCormicks)
1/4 cup Parmesan Cheese
2 tablespoons red wine

Mix all ingredients together  and pour over pretzels in a roasting pan and bake on a low oven (250 degrees) for 1/2 hour.
This recipe was first blogged in October 2013 for our college visit trip to UConn.  I really think the extra flour in these cookies makes them taste better than the standard Toll House Cookies.  

Betty Crocker Chocolate Chip Cookies – 1970’s recipe


2/3 cup  shortening
2/3 cup butter, softened
cup  granulated sugar
cup  brown sugar, packed
teaspoons  vanilla
3 1/2  cups  flour
teaspoon  baking soda
teaspoon  salt
cup  chopped nuts
2 (6 ounce) packages  semisweet chocolate pieces


Heat oven to 375° degrees.

Mix thoroughly shortening, butter, sugars, eggs and vanilla. Blend in remaining ingredients. 

Drop dough by rounded teaspoonfuls 2 inches apart onto un-greased baking sheet. Bake 8-10 minutes or until light brown. Cool slightly before removing from baking sheet.

NOTE: If using self-rising flour, omit soda and salt.
SPECIAL NOTE:  Too keep them soft, place a piece of bread in the container.  It works!

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