Wed, 11 September 2013
Chocolate Chip Cookies
by Sean Hunter
a little toot from Country Music Hall of Fame Member
Talk and Discover
for parents, children, teachers and families to enjoy
How do you think Wendy got the idea to make Chocolate Chip Cookies?
Who do you know that has had to move?
How could you make someone new feel welcome at your school?
Why do some families have to move?
What is something that you and a new friend could talk about?
When someone moves how can they keep in touch with their old friends?
What do parents have to know about moving?
If you were moving, how could you help your parents?
How can someone help a friend that has to move?
Could Wendy have made chocolate chip cookies before she moved and given them to friends and neighbors when they said “good bye”?
If Wendy had a brother, could he help make the chocolate chip cookies?
At Wendy’s new home, what do you think was the first book
Wendy borrowed from the library?
Learning With Art
Draw a picture of something that you would want to take with you if you had to move.
Draw a picture of something that you couldn’t take with you if you had to move.
Draw a picture of something that would need to be packed very carefully.
More Talk and Discover
What is something boys wonder about when they move to a different community?
What is something girls hope to find when they move to a new community?
What clubs, teams or organizations could someone join
if they moved to your community?
If you had to move 500 miles north of where you now live, how may the weather be different in December?
If you had to move 500 miles south of where you now live, what might be something you could now grow in a garden?
If you moved from the city to the country, what might be different for you?
If you moved from the country to the city, what would you need to learn?
What countries could someone move to where they might have to speak a different language?
If it is one o’clock now where you live, and you went 600 miles East or West,
what time would it be?
When moving, will everyone and everything arrive at the same time?
Who should parents meet if you move to a new school and neighborhood?
What new safety rules might someone need to know when they move?
In a new community, what might be some animals that you had never seen before,
what would you have to know about those animals?
In a new home, who will you tell about your families safe place to meet if you have to leave your house or apartment in an emergency?
What is something that you might not be able to take with you when moving
that you could donate to a charity?
What is something that you might put into a yard sale?
What are some plans that have to be made once a family knows they will be moving?
At a new home, what work might have to be done before and after you move in?
Moving With Pets
Besides a horse, what are some pets that may not be able to move with you?
Where can someone adopt a pet?
What might be some of the rules and regulations regarding pets that you might need to know in a new community?
Helping A New Neighbor
What is something that someone may need to borrow for a short time when they first move into a new community?
What could you tell a new family about going shopping and places to play?
What might be something that someone might need the first day they moved into their new home?
With Pen In Hand
Write a welcome note that you would give to someone that has just moved to your school.
Pretend that you have just moved and write a note telling a neighbor about you and your family.
Write a note to a friend, neighbor, and teacher telling them good bye and how much you appreciated them.
Chocolate Chip Chunky Cookies
Makes 16 four inch cookies
1¼ cup of unbleached all purpose flour (organic)
¾ teaspoon baking power
½ teaspoon baking soda
½ teaspoon sea salt
¼ cup old fashion rolled oats (organic)
1 cup dried sour cherries – chopped (organic)
dried cranberries (organic)
1½ sticks of unsalted butter (made with non-homogenized milk)
3/4 cup dark bitter sweet chocolate chips (organic)
1½ cups packed brown sugar (organic)
01 large egg (organic – free range)
1 teaspoon vanilla extract (organic)
Beginning The Fun
in a medium bowl
whisk flour, baking power, baking soda, sea salt
in a second medium bowl
mix oats, cherries or cranberries, chocolate
in a standing mixer or another bowl
beat butter, sugar for about one minute at medium speed until there are no lumps
add egg and vanilla – beat at a medium speed until all is mixed
add bowl of flour mixture and stir until all combined
then gradually add the oats from the second bowl until all combined
divide dough into 16 portions (about the size of ¼ cup)
roll each portion into a ball – place on stainless steel cookie sheet about 2½ inches apart
with hands – gently press each portion until about 1 inch thickness
bake in oven at 350 degrees for 09 – 12 minutes
at 6 minute mark rotate cookie sheets inside oven –
moving cookies on top oven rack to bottom –
and bottom to top
when cookies have a slight golden brown on edges
and center of cookie is still soft -
cookies are ready
let cool for 02 - 05 minutes
transfer to a wire rack and let cool completely
then share with all that you can
store cookies in an airtight container –
and best when eaten within 4-5 days