Blah, blah, blah, my house is still torn up. Construction, that tired old and true and very messy and redonkulously expensive story. I never in a million years thought that it would be this hard to blog about food and live through remodeling the house. They dug holes in our basement floor to redo plumbing this week. Let me tell you, it’s disconcerting to be able to see the earth through a hole in your basement floor. Almost as disconcerting as seeing a solid sheet of water pouring out of the ceiling onto the floor. Did I ever tell you that happened? It did. A seal broke on a pipe right over the storage area in my utility room where I stored all our Christmas decorations. I had to lay them out on blankets all through the basement so they could dry. I also found a complete set of antique crystal martini glasses in storage that I didn’t know I had. It’s been an interesting month.
Also, we packed our family up and went off to Jefferson City for the weekend to watch our daughter run in the Missouri state track championships. I could write an entire post about my daughter, track, and my feelings, wishes, and hopes about track, but I’ll try and sum it all up as succinctly as possible. My daughter is awesome. She’s tough to boot. My girly had to drop out of track last spring and had heart surgery last summer, she worked very hard to come back and catch up with her teammates. The event that she qualified for state in was the 4×800 relay and I also went to state as a freshman in this event. In my mind she should have been interviewed for the newspaper, I mean how many kids go to state after taking a season off for heart surgery? But the newspaper photographer didn’t even take a single picture of her at the state meet. Anyway, track talk over. Her relay team got 12th.
Hold up, track talk not completely over. Massive congrats to fellow Hornet, Jessie Miller who claimed the title of Missouri high jump champion at a jump of 6’6″! How impressive is that! He can literally jump over giants!
We also celebrated a birthday in our house that weekend. I’m telling you, it’s just been go go go.
I made these mint chocolate chip cookies for the track banquet the other day. They’ve quickly become a favorite in our house, but then we are big mint chocolate chip fans. MCC ice cream can usually be found in our freezer even through the winter. My kids even had mint chocolate chip toothpaste not that long ago. Now I thought that sounded disgusting, but they liked it.
It probably doesn’t come as a surprise that these cookies also start out with cake mix. Why am I such a fan of cake mix cookies? They come together in a snap, are cheap, easy, and super good. When you can grab a couple cake mixes to have on hand at 99 cents and be able to transform them into several kinds of awesome cookies how can you not love cake mix cookies? Need more proof? Here’s another fab cake mix cookie recipe of mine to try, white chocolate chip chocolate cookies, and fair warning, there will probably be more cake mix cookie recipes in the future. Rolling balls of cookie dough, sliding each perfect cookie onto the cooling rack, sneaking stray chocolate chips…it just makes me happy.
I also think that these particular cookies would make superb ice-cream sandwiches. Making that happen is on my summer bucket list! Along with peach bellini popsicles, BLT sushi rolls, and campfire roasted cinnamon apples. Oh yeah, also on my summer bucket list? Getting my camera back.
Say what? Yes, bad news. Unfortunately, when we traveled to the state track meet, my camera got left there! Yikes. So I am back to doing photos with my cellphone until we can arrange for it to be picked up 🙁 I really want to interject here that I was not in charge of putting the bags in the car. But we’re only human, it happens. I should know, I’m always forgetting something.
I hope that you love these cookies as much as we do! What’s on your summer bucket list? I am always looking for good things to add to mine.
Mint Chocolate Chip Cookies
Mint Chocolate Chip cookies start with a boxed cake mix, but with the flavorful additions of mint extract and chocolate chips, no one will ever guess.
- 1 box white cake mix
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 2 large eggs
- 1/3 cup vegetable oil
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 teaspoon pure mint extract
- a few drops green food coloring
- 1 cup chocolate chips
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper or silpat baking mats.
- In a large bowl, combine the cake mix and baking powder. Add to this the eggs, oil, vanilla and mint extracts. Add a few drops of green food coloring if you'd like the cookies to be mint green. Stir well to make sure that all the cake mix is incorporated and there are no dry mix pockets left. Mix in the chocolate chips.
- Roll cookie dough into balls about an inch and a half around and place on baking sheets.
- Bake for 10 minutes. Remove from oven and allow to cool on the baking sheet for 5 minutes before removing to wire rack.