Wednesday, February 23, 2011

TJ Maxx, cookies, and other loves...

The girls and I ventured out yesterday and after contemplating the possible reasons why TJ Maxx has two "x's" in its name we decided we loved the place anyways.  Olivia reminded us of the phonics rule she just learned.  When a word has two consonants at the end we only say it once.  She pronounced it flawlessly...see shopping is practically a field trip.  My conscience is eased.  In all fairness, I venture out very little these days...loading and unloading a squirmy 20 month old is a less than desirable shopping condition.   Not to mention the need to down three children for arctic weather conditions only for them to get piping hot the minute we are in the store.  I end up holding three huge winter coats while sweating in my own...I am so ready for spring!  That being said...yesterday was great.  We did my three store limit (anything more than that is just asking for a meltdown, by me and/or the children). :)  Our first stop:  The Maxx
Why do I love  TJ Maxx you ask?  Let me show you the awesomeness that a mere $14.99 brings:
 It matched my existing Walmart lamp perfectly!

The canisters are semi-new and came from a friend called Target...I really like that place too!

This is a great cookie recipe that only requires 5 ingredients!  They are ingredients you almost always have on hand too, which makes them a good last-minute, desperation-type dessert.  Another bonus: they are flourless!  I know a lot of people these days who are sensitive to gluten/wheat, my grandma is currently restricting her gluten intake.  Here is the recipe:

5 Ingredient Choc. Chip Cookies

1 c creamy peanut butter
1 c firmly packed brown sugar
1 large egg
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 c semi sweet choc. chips

350 degrees.  Mix all ingredients except choc. chips add in chips after dough is well blended.  Form    1 1/2 inch balls (dough will be sticky) place on an ungreased cookie sheet.  Bake 9 min.  Let cookies set for 1 min before removing.


  1. LOVE the clock & canisters!!

    I have the 3 store limit too!! It can be disastrous after that...

    Miss you and talk to you soon!!

  2. Can't wait to try the cookies. I have a love/hate relationship with baking. Kendall really enjoys baking so I have been trying to find easy things for her to do.

  3. I've never thought about TJ Maxx having two x's. I found this:

    T.J. Maxx was founded in 1976, and together with Marshalls, forms The Marmaxx Group, the largest off-price retailer of apparel and home fashions in the U.S.

    So then the question becomes, why does The Marmaxx Group have two x's in it's name? LOL

    Sarah, I so hear you on going out. It is a struggle to wrestle in and out of a car seat, taking the coat off to buckle in, standing out in the freezing weather putting the coat back on, etc. Lately we haven't been going out much (mostly because we're all sick - yes, still.) I am so looking forward to spring!

    Oh, and I love that clock! It looks nice where you have it!

  4. Tammy, this totally cracks me up, because as I was typing this the thought did cross my mind "I should google it", but then I said "nah, too much time". lol Thanks for doing the leg work...I will pass that info along to the girls. ;)
    Heidi - that is so funny about the 3 store limit, must be our "sanity" genes are the same too. :) Love ya