Chocolate Chip Cookies

Here’s my go-to chocolate chip cookie recipe. Better to post it here than to try to find the printed recipe every time. 🙂

Half Batch Full Batch Measurement Item
1 1/8 2 1/4 Cups Unsifted flour
1/2 1 Teaspoon Baking soda
1/4 1/2 Teaspoon Salt
1/2 1 Cups Softened butter
3/8 3/4 Cups Sugar
3/8 3/4 Cups Packed brown sugar
1 2 Teaspoon Vanilla extract
1 2 Eggs
1 2 Cups Semi-Chocolate Chips

Preheat oven to 375 F. Stir flour with backing soda and salt; set aside. Beat butter with sugar and brown sugar at medium speed until creamy. Add vanilla and eggs, one at a time, mixing on low speed until incorporated.

Gradually blend dry mixture into creamed mixture. Stire in chocolate chips. Drop by tablespoon onto ungreased cookie sheets. Bake for 9 to 11 minutes or until golden brown.

Getting the bees

For my birthday I was given an 8-frame bee hive. The hive came with two medium hives, 16 medium frames, a top cover, a roof, and a bottom. No bees.

After a several months, I reached out to the East Richmond Beekeepers Association ( and got in touch with Jones Tyler. Jones explained that he had never sold bees for a profit before, but he may be able to help me out this summer. He recommend I buy a 10-frame bee hive as soon as I could, so I did.

Weeks later, I had a 10-frame bee hive. This hive came with two deep hives, 20 deep frames, a top cover, a roof, and a bottom. No bees.

Jones was able to sell me his first official nuc (see Wikipedia) and I got them to their new home, safe and sound . These two videos are from my visit to pick up the bees. I’ll be posting more about these bees in the coming weeks – expect many pictures/videos!

Working with Jones was great. I left feeling really informed about his product and I’m sure I’ll be doing business with him again. I’m even thinking about joining the East Richmond Beekeepers Association and/or the primary Richmond Beekeepers Association.