This past weekend indulged in one of my favorite pastimes. Garage sailing! I have been going to yard sales and garage sales since I was a little girl. If we did not have some activity planned, there was nice weather, and there were sales listed in the newspaper, we would go garage sailing as a family. My parents would let us buy “new” toys for our collection that we would proudly haggle over the price for by ourselves. There were many happy Saturdays that my sister and I came home with My Little Ponies we snagged for a quarter. To this day I love garage sales. Most of Doodle Bug’s clothes and toys are second-hand. My favorite coat I have ever owned I purchased for $3.oo at a yard sale.
My parents live in the best area to go garage sailing. Stafford has quite a few middle to upper middle class subdivisions with rich people who buy things brand new, use them once, then are willing to sell them at a yard sale for $1.oo. So, whenever we are up there in the spring and summer, we join my parents for our favorite pastime. Doodle Bug and I came up to Stafford this past weekend specifically to go garage sailing with my dear friend I have known since freshman year of high school. She was going to be in Stafford visiting family, so I took the opportunity to come up to see her. She was looking for baby clothes for her little one she is expecting this fall. Sadly, there were very few sales that had baby girl clothes.
I wasn’t looking for anything in particular, but I had allotted $4o for myself to spend at the yard sales. At one of the very first garage sales we went to I snagged a collapsible Little Tikes picnic table for $10. In the store they cost $60. At the next one I found two brand new 3 ton car jacks for Kev for $10. Those in the store cost $5o, and they were exactly what Kev needed/was looking for to do our car repairs. I also bought a book for myself (.50), a picture frame ($1), ten books for Doodle Bug ($3), a box of foam floor letters for kids’ spaces ($2), 13 articles of clothing for doodle bug ($3.25), a xylophone ($3), and several other toys for Doodle Bug. I also came home with $5 still in my pocket. I am a garage sale queen…well, that title still belongs (rightly) to my mom, but I am a close runner-up.
Speaking of the garage sale queen, my mom bought me a cookie jar for $2 this weekend!
And for $2…well why not? If I did not like the way it looked in my house, I could always sell it on Craigslist or Ebay for $5. As it turned out, it matches my house perfectly, and I love it in my kitchen. There was only one problem with the cookie jar, however. It did not, in fact, come with cookies. A cookie jar without cookies is one of the smaller tragedies in the universe… a tragedy I could (and did!) easily remedy. I made chocolate, chocolate chip, walnut cookies for the ceremonial anointing of my brand new cookie jar. They taste like a brownie but have the shape and texture of cookies. Therefore, my new recipe shall forever more be known as brownie cookies. For this recipe you will need:
2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp baking powder
2/3 cup cocoa
2 1/2 sticks salted butter (room temperature)
1 cup brown sugar
1 cup granulated sugar
2 tsp vanilla extract
3/4 tsp salt
1 cup chocolate chips
1 cup walnut pieces
Pre-heat the oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit
Whisk together the butter, brown sugar, and granulated sugar.
Add in the eggs, vanilla, and salt to the butter mixture.
In a separate bowl sift together the cocoa, flour, baking powder, and baking soda.
Slowly mix together the flour mixture and the butter mixture until fully incorporated.
Finally, add the chocolate chips and the walnut pieces.
Spoon the cookie dough onto ungreased cookie sheets. This recipe should make at least 4 dozen cookies.
Bake for 8 minutes at 375 degrees.