Chocolate Chip Peanut Butter Cookies

1 1/2 cup butter or margarine, softened.
1 1/4 cup sugar
1 1/4 cup brown sugar
2 Tbsp vanilla
2 eggs
3/4 creamy Peanut Butter
4 cups flour
2 tsp baking soda
½ tsp salt
1 bag (24 oz) semisweet chocolate chips (4 cups)

1.      Heat oven to 350 degrees.
2.      Beat butter, sugars, vanilla and eggs on medium speed until light and fluffy.
3.      Add peanut butter and blend
4.      Stir in flour, baking soda and salt. (dough will be stiff)
5.      Stir in Chocolate Chips
6.      Use an un-greased cookie sheet.
7.      Drop cookies on a parchment paper lined cookie sheets using a cookie scoop (similar to an ice cream scoop, but smaller)
8.      Bake until light brown. (centers will be soft)
9.      Cool 1-2 minutes; remove from cookie sheet to cooling rack.

1959 - A Day With My Dad in Ocean City NJ

I recently found some photos I scanned from slides a while back. These were taken in Ocean City, NJ. I'm pretty sure it was 1959, but not positive because there were no dates on the slides.

It must have been a chilly spring day. My Dad took my brother, Bob and I to Ocean City for the day, probably to check on our house and hang out a bit at the beach.

57th Street Beach. The photos are not great, but they show some of the houses on Central Ave. This swing set was next to a pavilion I think it may have been right at 58th street.
I spent 2 wonderful days at this beach in the Summer of 2018. So wish I had taken some photos with the same view looking back at the houses. There is actually a swing set at the back of the beach. But it does not have those awesome wooden seats that let you swing sideways so easily. 

Here's one of my favorite shots from 2018 showing the beach. Still one of my favorite places. Lots of memories here.
One of the pictures shows me near the Rock Pile at 60th street. Loved climbing on it. The fishing pier is in background.
Here’s a photo taken in 2018. Yes, that’s the rock pile. Ocean City recently had a beach restoration and the entire rock pile was covered by sand. This photo shows the rock pile is slowly appearing again. Mother Nature will bring that rock pile back again after a major storm...
We also drove out 55th street to the place where my Dad used to launch his little fishing boat in the summer. The name Pettits was written on some of the slides, and I have a vague memory that Pettits was the name of the little marina. The photos show some buildings in not very good shape, and the piers are looking pretty unsteady. This might have been after a storm.

Here’s a photo of the same place I took in 2017 when I visited for a short time. It’s now a very pretty peaceful place. It's hard to imagine it was once a rickety small marina to launch boats. This area is not part of Corson's State Park. The main part of the State Park is on the other side of the bridge shown in the above photo with my brother Bob.

Pumpkin Bread

Revised recipe from Wild About Texas Recipe Book

15 oz can pumpkin
½ cup vegetable oil
8 oz. applesauce
3 cups sugar
2/3 cup water
4 eggs
3 ½ cups flour
1 ½ tsp. salt
1 tsp. nutmeg
2 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. cinnamon
½ tsp. cloves
1 ½ cups chopped walnuts

1.    Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease and flour pans.
2.    Mix pumpkin, oil, applesauce, sugar, eggs and water together.
3.    Add flour and stir well. Add 5 remaining ingredients and mix until creamy.
4.    Pour into well greased and floured pans. Or use that fabulous flour spray stuff. Baker’s Joy or store brand.
Pan sizes:
·       Two large meatloaf pans or
·       Four 3 x 2⅜ x 2¼ pans or
·       10 small aluminum pans (the real small disposable ones you can buy at the grocery store)
5.    Bake for one hour. Cool slightly before removing from pan.

Yield: 20-24 servings.

Love it with cream cheese.