It's A Cinch Party ~ Easy Peasy

The girls at Mission Possible are hosting a whole bevy of link parties on the last Tuesday of the Month, for the rest of the year....WOW! Now you know the dates .... so no reason not to get the project in on time..... no excuses for the teacher like "the dog ate my project" or any of that nonsense :)  This last Tuesday in March theme is: 

It's A Cinch

Projects that are easy peasy, take just a few minutes, no long tutorials, no complicated directions, or sanding, or pruning, or hauling, or trimming (oops...that's yard work) or moving or storing or any of that nonsense.  Now, you are probably asking yourself what the heck does a cookie with a big ol' bite taken out of it,  have to do with an easy peasy project.  Well....for one thing, I just wanted a chance to show off (again) my latest yard sale find, this fabulous very tall vintage diner counter pastry stand, ------ only this time it's filled with the most scrumptious chocolate chip cookies.   Yummo!

Okay........now for the easy peasy part.   As a simple and sweet gift for a friend, I filled a (new) peat jiffy growing pot with some of these yummy cookies, wrapped in some cellophane and simply tied with a ribbon.  Now how easy is that?  Perfect as party favors when filled with jelly beans, chocolate eggs.....whatever your Easter heart desires.   Having a special Spring luncheon?  How cute would one of these be at each place setting?  I bought my pots at Big Lots.  There were 22 in a package for just a little bit of money. 

Hold on....not done yet!   I have one more easy peasy, really really easy peasy project for you.  I bought one lone pink hyacinth the other day in one of those not too pretty black plastic containers.  I wanted to create a simple Spring vignette on the library table but didn't have a pretty pot in the right size to put it in.  Solution:  I just cut a strip from a brown paper bag, wrapped it around the plastic, added a little twine and voila....sensational!  It has a Spring time earthy quality about it.  Took like two minutes and I was done.   --------- so there you are...two simple "It's A Cinch" projects.  :)

Thank you to the girls at Mission Possible for hosting these fabulous and fun parties.

Karah from the spa
    Kari from Thistlewood Farm 
 Andrea from The Cottage Market 

 You thought I wasn't going to post that scrumptious chocolate chip cookie recipe, didn't you??  It's not exactly easy peasy because it takes longer than 20 minutes, ...... but here it is.  It has a secret ingredient.  I got the fabulous recipe from Tracey at Raggy Girl Vintage blog.  Thank You!
  • 1 cup salted butter (softened)
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 3.4 oz package vanilla instant pudding mix
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 2 1/4 cups flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 2 cups milk chocolate chips
Cream together butter and sugar. Add pudding mix and vanilla. Beat in one egg at a time. In a separate bowl, mix together, flour, salt and baking soda. Combine dry ingredients with wet ingredients. Stir in the chocolate chips until combined. Preheat oven to 350F. Spoon cookie dough onto baking sheet. Bake for 8-10 minutes.

THANK YOU for stopping by today.  I would love for you to follow my blog.  If you already are thank you so much.  xoxo

It's always a pleasure to join these wonderful parties.....charming hostess and full of inspiration.  I know they will love it if you give them a visit.  
 Potpourri Friday at  2805, Feathered Nest Friday at French Country Cottage, Open House Thursday at No Minimalist Here
Pink Saturday at How Sweet the Sound,  
Kathy at Delightsome Life, Joy of Savvy City Farmer,  White Wednesday at Faded Charm, 
Wow Us Wednesday at Savvy Southern Style,  and sweet Beverly at Pink Saturday

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NanaDiana said...

Vanilla pudding in the mix? Oh- I'll bet these are scrumptious. I am copying the recipe over to try.

Love your little cellophane wrapped bit of Spring. Great idea! xo Diana

Laura S Reading said...

Oh they may be easy but they look elegant!

Thanks for letting us know there are special things happening every last Tuesday!

Kai Rui said...

love your first photo Ms. Lynn, looks so yummy!*wink*
Thanks for visiting my post on PS...That was my problem too Ms. Lynn, maybe I have some problem with my domain...or my feed. I don't know how to fix it either, maybe I need some help from a pro...anyway thanks for informing me about it...you are always welcome...and see you around! Have a great day...
it's me Karen

Sherry @ No Minimalist Here said...

Lynn, I am glad I was the lucky friend you shared the cookies with. They were scrumptious and packaged so cute! Thanks for sharing these delicious treats with Steve and me. Hugs, Sherry

Sueann said...

Those cookies look so yummy!! I will have to try it out...the recipe that is. Ha!

dana said...

I know those cookies will arrive at my house just fine, so don't hesitate to put some in the mail. However, if you find you are too busy to make some for me.....just let me know and I'll try making them myself. :)

Cute idea, Lynn, to put them in the peat pot. Too bad you couldn't plant one of those cookies and grow a cookie tree...then they would be a real easy treat to have on hand!

HPS!! L, Dana

Anne said...

Those look yummy.I am going to have to make those too.

The Polka Dot Closet said...

I love the peat pot, I have got to get some for so many uses! Oh, that vintage pastry stand...That would have made my daY! Of course the cookies would really make my day!!!


Sandi McBride said...

Now this sounds fun, too...will definitely keep up!

thistlewoodfarm said...


What a yummy recipe! I love cinchy easy things that have chocolate :)

Thanks for partipating and the sweet shout out.


thistlewoodfarm said...

PS I'm pinning this!


Kat said...

Hi Lynn. Those cookies look yummy. Have a great week.

The Cottage Market {Andrea} ♥ said...

oh so yummy and the plant looks wonderful! : ) hugs...

lynn said...

love the peat pots! tfs the yummy recipe, too:)

Linda @ it all started with paint said...

Those cookies are mouth-watering ... and what a pretty and easy peasy presentation as a gift! And the covering the pot with some brown paper and twine ... genius!

Thanks for sharing at our party!



Kelly @ Eclectically Vintage said...

Easy & Chocolate - two of my favorite things!! I found a similar fabulous glass cake dome at the thrift shop - love them! Thanks for 3 easy and perfect ideas.
So glad you joined our Cinch party!

Ruth said...

I just came over from It's a Cinch party. These cookies look so yummy!! The cake stand is gorgeous. I love your easy peasy ideas. Quick and fun!!

Jillian's Bella Rosa Antiques said...

Yummy. I REALLY like cake and pastry stands...and yours is WONDERFUL! :0)

THe cookies...yum and so is the craft you made!

Patti's Artful Design said...

Those look absolutely delicious:)! I am all about easy peasy ideas! Thanks for stopping by Lynn:)

Plumfield House Gardens said...

So cute!! will have to do this!

May said...

Big Lots carries peat pots?! Who knew! I am sure I have been paying way too much.

Kai Rui said...

Hi Ms. Lynn, maybe you could come and join me http://crazybeautifullifeofkaren.blogspot.com/2012/03/scarlet-wednesday-1.html. Scarlet Wednesday is now up... see you there!

Jen said...

The cookies sound so yummy! Of all the cookies out there, chocolate chip is my all-time favorite. I can't wait to try these. I love your simple gift ideas. Very clever and thoughtful; perfect spring.

Hope you are having a wonderful week,

Karah @ thespacebetweenblog said...

First that vintage cake stand is awesome...and now I want a cookie. :) And your cinchy projects are just great. It is amazing what just a little paper can do to jazz up a regular plastic container.
And, I love that you listed my blog name as 'the spa', makes me feel like I'm in the spa right now. :)
Thanks so much for linking up and shouting out about the parties all year.
Karah (at the spa)

Kathy said...

Wonderful - I love know ahead of time what I can expect! The Monk side of me :)
Your chocolate cookie had me distracted - I adore your large dessert stand! Reminds me of vintage diners!
Your gift idea is inspired! thank you for sharing with Home and Garden Thursday,

Katherines Corner said...

Wow that is a secret ingredient. I hope you will link this post to today's the Thursday Favorite Things hop xo

Zinnia said...

Your cookies look delicious out! To make their environment more beautiful is so fun and inspiring. I wish you a nice weekend! Zinnia

Pam Kessler said...

I like your peat pot gift basket idea. I may have to steal that.

Beth said...

I adore that tall dessert stand! And, The cookies? They sound KILLER! I'm almost afraid to try them for fear of an addiction, but I've never been afraid of anything before and I don't intend to start now! LOL!

jeanne said...

Hi Lynn, Easy Peasy is something my mother always said about everything. You sure brought back a very special memory of my mom.

a very nice post full of great easy peasy ideas. Thank you for sharing today. The not easy peasy cookies look and sound well worth the effort to make them. Mmmmmm.

Happy weekend to you and yours,
Hugs, Jeanne

Chubskulit Rose said...

Sounds like fun and tasty!

Visiting a little late for Pink Saturday. My entry is a product of creativity. Have a great weekend!

Beverly said...

Happy Pink Saturday, dear Lynn.

Everything looks so pretty at your home. I love, love, love the April Showers door decor.

Any cookies left? Can you push me one through the computer screen?♥

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