Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Distinctly Unique

Decisions, decisions....Blog...fold laundry....BLOG!

Let's talk about children's clothing.

Being the mother of boys doesn't come with the all-encompassing job of finding unique and fun clothing. I have to admit...khaki shorts and striped shirts were all I needed in the early years. As they have gotten older, the clothing has become more and more casual. Both boys live in those swishy athletic shorts and various baseball tournament and Nike slogan shirts. We try to select the positive messages rather than the 'I'm-going-to-enjoy-taking-you-down-while-your-girlfriend-watches' slogans. Some things just shouldn't be on the shirt of a 8-year-old boy.

One of my BFFs, Jenny, has an amazing knack for finding the most darlin' clothes that are distinctly unique. Truthfully, that should be her life slogan because her sense of style, whether decorating or choosing clothing is just that....unlike anything I find or put together but TOTALLY wish I could.

Case in point...check out the cutie patooties below.

Number 1- Could these girls be any cuter? Number 2- Aren't those shirts too die for?

See what I mean? And this is just the tip of the iceberg! She is an endless supply of vendors that cater to those who don't shop where everyone else shops. One exception....Target. And even there, that girl can find things that MY Target never carries. But I'm not bitter.

These darn cute shirts along with other darn cute designs can be found at EM Tanner Designs. And yes Ma'am, they have adult sizes! Hey, all the cool kids are wearing them, including Jon and Kate's crew of 8!

I wish I had other fun kids' clothing links to share, but I am a firm believer in sticking with what you know. So, I leave you with a no-fail Chocolate Chip Cookie recipe. Yes, the extra egg makes all the difference. Jenny can vouch for this as we made these after Hurricane Rita made a pass through H'Town years ago.


2 cups all purpose flour
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
3/4 cup melted unsalted butter
1 cup packed brown sugar
1/2 cup white sugar
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 egg
1 egg yolk
1 cup chocolate chips

Preheat oven to 325 degrees and grease cookie sheets or line them with parchment paper. Sift together flour, baking soda and salt, set aside. In a medium bowl cream together the melted butter, brown sugar and white sugar until well blended. Beat in the vanilla, egg, and egg yolk until light and creamy. Mix in the sifted ingredients until blended. Stir in chips with a wooden spoon. Drop cookie dough by 1/4 cups at a time onto the prepared sheets. Cookies should be at least 3 inches apart. Bake for 15-17 minutes or until edges are lightly toasted then cook on sheets a few minutes before transferring to cooling racks.