What is your best accomplishment for 2017? What’s the most fun trip you took? The best food you ate? Most interesting restaurant you went to? Now, name a goal you intend to make in 2018. 

In Texas we have less than one hour to 2018, so here’s my last blog post for 2017 – and it includes the beginning of my new Food & Travel section of Kitchen Southern Hospitality. It’s a monthly series beginning with auto road trips, big rig road trips, RV road trips, and Route 66 road trips on Interstate 40 – trips I took in 2017.

In this new Food & Travel blog section, I’ll be sharing recommended restaurants, side trips, recipes, fun things to do, places to shop, and sights to see. And to boot, I’ll introduce to you recipes made from my Texas home and will be blogging from my new Kitchen Southern Hospitality home office in 2018.

Planning a road trip in 2018? With family? With friends? Your trip can be fun and go smoothly if you plan ahead with whomever you’re taking the trip with. The trips I took were completely different each time. I rode with my trucker husband, one of my bestie friends on another trip, and on an RV trip with another bestie friend and her hubby. Every one of those road trips were totally different yet fun.

Route 66 stops along I40 are definitely on the agenda for the car road trip. The RV road trip will vary from the car road trip with RV campgrounds included. Big rig trips, for sure, will be different from the just-for-fun road trips.

My 2017 trips were partly moving trips, however, I worked on all the trips. How could I not? I’m a food blogger and can’t resist the journalism that kicks in when meeting new people and seeing new places. Just ask my journalist friend Rusty, fellow blogger that I’ve worked closely with on a Southern California blog. Rusty (and her husband) was one of the bestie friends I took one of the road trips with in 2017.

For now I’ll share my last recipe for the year, a chocolate chip cookie recipe that starts out with just chocolate chips. Then you add another ingredient – and another – and another. Yes, I baked cookies and had fun eating them with my hubby on New Year’s Eve!

New Year's Eve Chocolate Chip & More Cookies

Start with chocolate chips. Bake a batch. Add more ingredients. Bake another batch. Add more. Bake more. Can't stop eating the cookies!

Course Dessert
Cuisine American


  • 1 Cup Flour
  • 1/2 Tsp Baking soda
  • 1/2 Tsp Salt
  • 1/4 Tsp Vanilla
  • 1/4 Tsp Water
  • 1/2 Cup Butter (or shortening)
  • 6 Tbsp Sugar
  • 6 Tbsp Brown sugar
  • 1 Egg
  • 12 Oz Chocolate chips (1 bag)
  • 1/2 Cup Chopped nuts optional

Second batch ingredient group

  • 1/2 Cup Butter Melt first
  • 1 Egg
  • 1 Tsp Vanilla
  • 2 Cups Quick cooking oats
  • 1/2 Cup All-purpose presifted flour

Third Batch Ingredient Group

  • 1 Cup Plain M&M candies

Fourth Batch Ingredient Group

  • 1 Tbsp Peanut Butter


  1. Sift together flour, soda, and salt.

  2. Set aside.

  3. Combine butter, sugar, brown sugar, vanilla, and water.

  4. Beat until creamy with whisk.

  5. Add egg.

  6. Add flour mixture and mix well

  7. Stir in chocolate chips (I did not add nuts, but add them now if you choose to include them.)

  8. Drop by spoonfuls onto greased cookie sheet (I use insulated cookie sheets and don't grease them.)

  9. Bake at 375 degrees for 10 to 12 minutes (or 9 to 10 minutes in a propane oven).

Chocolate Chip Ingredient Group

  1. Bake the recipe for the chocolate chip cookies.

  2. Then add the second batch ingredients and bake them.

Add the third batch ingredients and bake that batch.

  1. Add the fourth batch ingredient and bake.

  2. You're done!


Chocolate chip cookies
New Year’s Eve Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe

Happy New Year! I began this blog post in 2017 and am finishing it in 2018 😉🎇🎆!

These chocolate chip cookies are so good, especially by the end when you’ve added the last ingredient. I start off with making the chocolate chip cookie recipe and bake the first batch. Then I add the next ingredients and bake the second batch and so on. By the time I got to the last batch, they were so good I couldn’t stop eating them.

What made the cookies really good was drinking two cups of cold milk with the cookies while watching New York City’s New Year’s Eve celebrations on YouTube and hearing the fireworks outside here in Texas when 2018 arrived. That’s one of the perks about living in Texas – you get to pop fireworks. I grew up in this state, and fireworks were a highlight in my family, especially on Christmas and New Year’s.

This chocolate chip cookie recipe is one I began making 39 years ago as a new bride. December 29 my hubby and I celebrated our 39th anniversary.

I hope you enjoy my New Year’s Eve cookie recipe, and again, Happy New Year!


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