My Family, My 10 Year Blogiversary, Milton Hershey, Chocolate Chip Cookies and more...

And they really thought it wouldn’t last… 
 So “Woo Hoo” to me for persevering for 10 years, I’ve amazed myself!

My, my, my!  10 years ~ 936 posts!  

Thanks to all of you for following me through the years, making it quite the incredible ride!  I like sharing recipes with you, and love reading your great comments and viewpoints!

Wish I could give my husband, Bill, a medal for putting up with my tribulations when making a new recipe over the years, the late meals, and hearing, "I just need to take one more picture!”  Thanks, dear!  He is the epitome of patience!

Then there’s Bubba!  He’s actually Bill (Jr) but Bubba here.  Tomorrow, Oct 30th, is his birthday and he is taking these chocolate chip cookies to work for a treat.  He always says he likes cookies better than cake, he must get that from me.  😉 

Bubba at Hadrian's Wall - Northern England

He deserves credit for getting this blog up and running, and answered endless questions for me.  He’s a Software Engineer V.  He's my very own personal IT person!  Thanks, Son and Happy Birthday!  We're so proud of him!

Half-way up on the London Eye
Bubba cooks too!  If you’ve been around here awhile, you’ve seen his Homemade Summer Sausage recipe, which has turned out to be one of my most popular recipes (note "Popular Posts" in the sidebar),  I see it everywhere, and for good reason, it is delicious! 

Thanks also to our younger son Matt for his input with food and all.  He’s a Forensic Electrical Engineer, who takes much pride in his work, and sets a wonderful example for his son, who says Dad is his greatest hero. We're so proud of both of them!

Matt and Matthew

Matthew, our 8 year-old grandson, is an awesome young man, a good student and a great little athlete with his new love being lacrosse.  
A chef in the making?

 Matthew loves chocolate, like most of us!

Few words sound sweeter than Hershey!

After reading a post on Mae’s blog, I felt compelled to bake chocolate chip cookies and read a book.  I’m a big fan of autobiographies and biographies, I love to know what makes people tick.

Mae reviews books frequently, and I particularly enjoyed her excellent review of Hershey:  Milton S. Hershey’s Extraordinary Life of Wealth, Empire, and Utopian Dreams, by Michael D’Antonio.

Born September 13, 1857, Milton Hershey was the good millionaire who offered Americans the five-cent chocolate bar, who founded an idealistic community for his employees, making it all work ~ chocolatier, philanthropist; a warmer type of capitalisim, a forward thinking entrepreneur who wanted to bless people with his money, while sustaining a global brand.
Milton Hershey

The name Hershey evokes one of the largest and most well-known chocolate manufacturers in the world, you’re familiar with the candies…  Hershey Milk Chocolate Bars, York Peppermint Patties, Twizzlers, Milk Duds, Skors, Rolos, Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups, Jolly Ranchers, Mounds (my favorite) and Kisses.

Milton Hershey was a shrewd man but kind, the opposite of his father, Henry.  Although, Henry was intelligent he was a dreamer, always on a mission, away hustling yet another “get-rich-quick” scheme that soon failed, creating an unstable lifestyle for his family.

He got love and support from his mother, Fanny (Veronica).  She was a respected lady who raised Milton in the tradition of her strong Mennonite faith.  Fanny was educated in a ladies’ finishing school and became a major influence in the path Milton’s life took.

Fanny Hershey
Henry Hershey
Silk garments and gold-capped walking sticks were Henry’s favorite attire, while the family was really so poor that Fanny “sometimes ‘stripped’ her neighbor’s cows, milking them after their udders had been emptied, just to get the little that was left,” D’Antonio tells us.
Milton began his career working in sweets after quitting school at 12 years of age, in 1869.  He endeavored several projects with financial aid provided by his Aunt Mattie, while she and his mother pitched in helping him with the projects.

He experimented with making his Crystal A caramels, using milk instead of paraffin; by increasing the amount of milk he used, along with the fat content, he made caramels that didn’t stick to the teeth.  He wasn’t sold on caramels and knew he should devote his time to the production  of good chocolate.  

Through many trials, he learned the secret of producing chocolate sweets:  use skim milk and low slow heat for the chocolate and milk mixture.

1906 version
Picture living in a neighborhood such as Hershey built for his workers ~ stylish modest homes, with indoor plumbing; appealing landscaping, a library, a huge arena, parks, a zoo, and a trolley system providing transportation to and from work, all surrounded by fields and dairy farms from which he ordered the milk.

The Hershey Improvement Company was established as an incentive for his employees to build their own home within guidelines Hershey drew up to insure the community would grow as he envisioned.  Eventually, in 1906, the town became known as Hershey.

Catherine Sweeney, a beautiful Catholic woman, with an obscure past, employed  in the ribbon section of a New York City department store, became Milton's wife on May 25, 1898.  He gave her security in life, she gave him gaiety and peace of mind.  

Catherine Sweeney Hershey

They had no children, but while they lived sensibly at home, they traveled extensively and extravagantly.  Catherine died in 1915 after suffering many years from a debilitating disease of the nervous system at the age of 43.  


With no children of his own, in 1909, Milton placed most of his wealth in trust to his school for orphans, the Milton Hershey School.  

Per Success Magazine, October 1927, Hershey revealed:  “When my wife died-and we had no children-my old mother, who had been my abiding guide, said:  ‘Milton, don’t let your millions spoil you,’ and right then I decided not to give my millions a chance to spoil me, by simply giving then away."

By 2002, the endowment was worth $5 billion, making it the wealthiest private school.  Thanks to Milton Hershey’s generosity, not one of the students has to pay a cent for schooling!

What sets Milton Hershey apart from other entrepreneurs?  Unlike Rockefeller, Vanderbilt, Carnegie, and other “robber-barons” who demanded back-breaking labor for pathetic wages, who treated their workers horrendously, Hershey inspired love and loyalty in his workers, rewarding him in the process.  He could be a demanding leader but on the whole, he was fair and treated them well.

And ~~~ not one of the aforementioned, ever built his workers a whole town!

6,000 Hershey employees, the children from his school, 4 local bands, flowers, many speeches, and a 3 foot-tall cake, helped Milton celebrate his 80th birthday at the arena.

Milton Hershey died of pneumonia in Hershey Hospital on October 13, 1945, at the age of 88.

A bronze statue of him with his arm around an orphan boy, stands in the Hershey School, with the following words below it:  “His deeds are his monument.  His life is our inspiration."

September 13 is International Chocolate Day, 
the day of his birthday!

This is a compelling book, almost like a novel.  A businessman with little formal education whose idealistic values along with his chocolate empire, led to a legacy that lasts to this day.  

There’s much more to the book, he owned sugar plantations and mills in Cuba, he loved gambling, he was an entertaining raconteur, and imagine:  he gave away $60 million back in the early 1900’s!

It’s a good read, I really enjoyed the book, thanks Mae!

The cookies are good too!  A little chewy and packed with that great dark Hershey chocolate flavor.  

This makes a lot of cookies, about 6 dozen, cut recipe in half if you want fewer cookies.

Poke extra chips on top of dough now


Baked and cooling off

Use a 3 tablespoon scoop if you like larger cookies and bake a little longer until edges are golden.

Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookies
Printable recipe

2 cups salted butter, softened
2⅔ cups packed light brown sugar
⅔ cup granulated sugar
4 large eggs, at room temperature
4 teaspoons vanilla
5 cups flour
1 cup uncooked quick-cooking oats
2 teaspoons baking powder
1½ teaspoons salt
3 cups Hershey bittersweet chocolate chunks or discs (about 24 ounces)
1 cup Hershey semisweet chocolate chips (about 8 ounces) plus extra*

Beat butter and sugars wot a stand mixer on medium-high speed until light and fluffy, about 3 minutes.
Add eggs, 1 at a time; beat until well-combined after each addition, beat until fluffy, about 1 minute, beat in vanilla.
Stir together flour, oats, baking powder, and baking soda in a large bowl.
Gradually add to butter mixture, beating until well blended.
Stir in chocolate chips.

Chill 24 hours.
Preheat oven to 375°.
Drop heaping tablespoon of dough onto parchment paper-lined baking sheets 2” apart.
Bake until edges are golden and bottoms are set, but cookies are still very soft to the touch, 12-14 minutes.
Remove cookies from oven, cool on baking sheets 5 minutes.
Transfer cookies to wire rack to cool completely.
Makes about 6 dozen.

*Poke a few extra chocolate chips or discs into the dough balls just before baking, they will be more visible and who doesn’t like extra chocolate chips?

Note:  It took a while but I solved the problem of parchment paper not adhering to the baking sheet:  Spritz cooking spray several places on the pan, lay parchment paper on top ~ paper stays in place, no more slipping and sliding!

Enjoy and remember...

If you eat them in the dark, 
there are 
no calories!

Woo hoo to all of you!
Thanks again!
You all are amazing!

Happy Halloween!


Melynda Brown said...

Congratulations Pam on 10 years! Love the story of Mr. Hershey, I knew about the school, but not how and why it came to be, thanks.

Mae Travels said...

So great that you have made it to 10 years of blogging, and still have lots of new ideas and recipes to share with us and also with your family!

Thanks so much for the shout-out! I'm thrilled that my posts on books reach similar-minded bloggers and others who also love food in literature and food books in general. I wish I had one of those chocolate chip cookies. Hershey was a real American hero, and I'm glad you also discovered him.

best... mae at

Pam said...

Thanks, Melynda! It was an interesting book, and Mr. Hershey was one of the good guys!

Pam said...

Hi, Mae! You were my inspiration here with the book and cookies! I thought the book was a great read and Hershey deserves more credit for all of his hard work. Thanks again, I'm looking forward to more of your marvelous book reviews, food and travel stories!

Angie's Recipes said...

Happy Blog Anniversary, Pam! Wonderful that your family has been so supportive :-))I love the Hershey chocolate kiss, but anything with Hershey chocolate has got to be good, right? Cookies look awesome.

Bubba said...

Very nice post Mom! Proud of you for keeping it up for a decade! I might even have to make some sausage to celebrate!

David said...

Pam, Congratulations on 10 years of blogging! You have a great support staff too, a real necessity for the committed blogger... It will be almost another years before I make my 10th blogversary. It must be terrific to have your own IT specialist! Mine live in Miami and Omaha so any assistance is rare and fleeting. Great story about Milton Hershey! I'll have to read more about him. Carnegie gave away more money than Hershey but Carnegie's reputation was seriously tainted by the Homestead Steel Strike. Take Care, Big Daddy Dave

Whats Cookin Italian Style Cuisine said...

wow what an awesome post and Congrats!!! WOW 10 years!

Pam said...

Hi Angie! Thanks, they're all great and always helpful and funny too! Yes, Hershy kisses are the best but like you said, it all is. Thanks and take care

Pam said...

Hi Son! Thanks and and a big woo hoo!!! to your sausage, love it!!! You have a good rest of the day, year, forever!!! Love you

Pam said...

Hi Dave! Yes, thanks, they are a great support staff, always helpful! Woo hoo to you! 10 years is a long time to be at this. I always enjoy your posts, you write about such interesting things, and do a great job of it! The Hershey book was very good. Carnegie had the money but was brutal to his workforce, etc. Take care and keep writing! Thanks and enjoy the rest of your week!

Pam said...

Hi Claudia! Thanks! That's a lot of years. Love your cooking! Take care

natalia20041989 said...

Congrats! That post was so interesting for me to read and cookies look absolutely delicious, yum!☺

Nellie said...

Congratulations on 10 years, Pam! Chocolate chip cookies have to be the very best! I love them! Also, I loved reading this about Mr. Hershey. How wonderful that he was able to treat his employees like people! I would love to read more about him. We've made a couple of visits to Hershey, PA. Quite a tasty stop!:-) said...

Dear Pam congrats by yours 10 years bloggins you have a wonderful blog. The cookies look anazing and delicious !

Kitchen Riffs said...

Congrats! Ten years is forever in blogging terms. Glad you're still going strong, and lets looks forward to the next 10 years. That sounds like a fun book -- neat review. And chocolate chip cookies are my favorite -- super recipe. :-)

Dawn @ Words Of Deliciousness said...

Congratulations on 10 years of blogging!!! Keep it up. The cookies look amazing. I loved reading about Mr. Hershey, really interesting.

Denise Browning said...

Happy blog anniversary! What a wonderful celebration. Cheers to many more...

Merryn said...

Happy Anniversary 10 years is a phenomenal anniversary for blogging! I love your chocolate chip cookies with the healthy addition of oats, so you know you are doing your body a favour :D

Liz That Skinny Chick Can Bake said...

Happy anniversary to your wonderful blog! I will be coming up on my 10th in March. It's hard to believe we've been doing this so long. It's been a pleasure visiting your blog and getting to know you through your posts. Congratulations! xo

Pam said...

Thanks, Natalia! Glad you like it!

Pam said...

Thank you, Nellie! Seems like just about everyone likes chocolate chip cookies! Yes, Mr. Hershey was a good interesting man to read about. Lucky you with the Hershey, PA stop, bet it was tasty for sure. Makes me want to drive there for a visit! Take care

Pam said...

Thanks, Gloria! The 10 years went by pretty quickly! Wish I could send a cookie throug to you and everyone else! Take care

Pam said...

Whew, another 10 years, mercy, that's a lot of cooking to do yet! Thanks for your kind comments, the book was good, cookies too! Thanks, John!

Pam said...

Thanks, Dawn! Glad you enjoyed it! Keep on, keep on to both of us! 😊

Pam said...

Thanks, Denise for the nice comment and for stopping by! Have a good day!

Pam said...

Thanks, Merryn! It's a lot of years, for sure! I like oats in cookies, like the texture. Take care

Pam said...

Thanks, Liz! That's sweet of you! I've always enjoyed your blog, and the great food! Here's to many more posts for us... Take care xo

Leslie said...

Happpppy blog anniversary pam!
I love getting to meet the family and those cookies.. my waist can't take anymore. hahah.

Pam said...

Thanks, Leslie! Ha! I know what you mean with the waist thing! Thanks for the visit!

SavoringTime in the Kitchen said...

First of all, congratulations on 10 years of blogging, it is an amazing milestone! Loved reading all about your family and the story of Milton Hershey was very interesting too. What a generous man! How great that you made cookies to celebrate his life and blogging anniversary. 10 more years? :)

Juliana said...

Awesome Pam! Congratulations on your 10 years...I learned so much reading your posts...thanks you!I love seen the pictures of your family, wonderful and blessed.
I love the chocolate cookies and yes, a bit of oats make them less guilty to have extras.
Enjoy the rest of your week!

Cakelaw said...

Happy blogiversary! Loved reading about your family and Hershey. These cookies look terrific.

Birgitta said...

Very, very nice photos! Congratulations on your 10 years!

Pam said...

Thanks, Susan! Glad you enjoyed it all. I learned a lot about Hershey, good book! It has been great "knowing" you here, thanks again for all. Take care

Pam said...

Hi Juliana! Thank you! I seldom post pics of family but wanted to now for sure, they're a great support team! I am blessed. Cookies are a little healthy. 😉 Thanks and you have a good rest of the week!

Pam said...

Thanks, Cakelaw! They're great! And cookies good too! 😉 Take care

Pam said...

Hi, Birgitta! Thanks for stopping by and your nice comment!

Gerlinde de Broekert said...

Pam, I am having a difficult time commenting. Congratulations on 10 years of blogging. That’s quite an accomplishment. I love the chocolate chip cookies.

Pam said...

Hi, Gerlinde! I've had a lot of people say that and I don't know what the problem is, I will check on it again. Thanks so much, it has been a great 10 years of blogging. Thanks for your comment. Take care

Melinda said...

So excited for you, Congratulations!
Blogging today is not what was when we started.
Those cookies look sooo good.

M : )

judee said...

Congratulations on 10 years and 936 posts. Anyone who is a food blogger understands about the photos of the food while the family waits to eat it.. Your cookies look delicious!

Tricia Buice said...

Happy blogiversary Pam! I'm in my 10th year now and can't believe I'm still at it. LOVE all your wonderful articles. Hope you have a wonderful year 11 too! XOXO

Pam said...

Woo hoo, Tricia! It worked, thanks so much! Your blog is terrific and I've always enjoyed my visits there, your good family and all, and your delicious looking food! Here's to 11! Thanks again! XOXOXO

JG said...

Congrats on 10 years, Pam!!! WooHoo!!! So interesting to read about people of yesteryear.

Pam said...

Thanks, Judy! I like to read about them also. Have a good weekend!

Pam said...

Hi Melinda! Blogging, like most things, have changed big time in the last 10 years, but chocolate chip cookies still make people happy. Thanks!

Pam said...

Hi Judee! Yes, Photography is not my thing and there was a lot of picture taking Bill sat patiently through and helped too. Thanks, they were really good and didn't last long.

Motions and Emotions said...

Many congratulations for this achievement...You have a wonderful family to support your blogging those chocolaty cookies and happy birthday to your son... keep blogging... with love Amrita

Pam said...

Thanks, Amrita! That's sweet of you! He had a great birthday! And the cookies were great too! Have a good week!

Ron said...

Few food-life bloggers have reached the 10-year mark and in my humble opinion, you're truly one of the pioneers of the food blogging world. Love all your post, but this one was special. Oh, and a belated happy birthday to Bubba. I love his summer sausage recipe.

The Happy Whisk said...

A decade of blogging is a milestone.
Much, much congrats and Happy Blogging Birthday, Baby!

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