Recipe Review #5: Chocolate Chip Cookies (Martha Stewart)

After trying many different recipes for chocolate chip cookies for my husband I finally found the perfect one!  The cookies turned out perfectly! 

I give this recipe 5 stars!

It is Aiden Approved!
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Courtesy of Martha Stewart

Makes about 3 dozen

2.25 cup(s) all-purpose flour
0.50 teaspoon(s) baking soda
1.00 cup(s) (2 sticks) unsalted butter, room temperature
0.50 cup(s) granulated sugar
1.00 cup(s) packed light-brown sugar
1.00 teaspoon(s) salt
2.00 teaspoon(s) pure vanilla extract
2.00 large eggs
2.00 cup(s) (about 12 ounces) semi sweet chocolate chips

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a small bowl, whisk together the flour and baking soda; set aside. In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, combine the butter with both sugars; beat on medium speed until light and fluffy. Reduce speed to low; add the salt, vanilla, and eggs. Beat until well mixed, about 1 minute. Add flour mixture; mix until just combined. Stir in the chocolate chips.
Drop heaping tablespoon-size balls of dough about 2 inches apart on baking sheets lined with parchment paper.
Bake until cookies are golden around the edges, but still soft in the center, 8 to 10 minutes. Remove from oven, and let cool on baking sheet 1 to 2 minutes. Transfer to a wire rack, and let cool completely. Store cookies in an airtight container at room temperature up to 1 week.

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What People with No Children Do Not Know…

This post is inspired by a video clip my sister in law showed me. An English Comic was doing stand up and he was talking about what life is like for those who do not have children and for those who do. It got me thinking about how much my life has changed since my son was born. Here are a few scenarios that pertain to my personal life and I’m sure to others as well.

 

When you are exhausted from a long day..

No Kids:
– I am going to bed now. Good night.

Kids:
– ugh I cannot wait for these kids to go to bed.
– No johnny don’t do that you’re going to wake the baby! (Insert crying baby)
– 2 hours later…finally I can go to bed… (insert whinning toddler)
– Mommy I need water… (insert baby crying)
45 minutes later…
-ok NOW I CAN GO TO BED…its only 12am…

When you want to watch your tv show..

No Kids:
– Oh honey look NCIS is on…
– Good babe turn it on!

Kids:
– (Changes Channel and Turns on NCIS)
– Mommy! (Toddler crying)
– ok ok I’ll turn sponge bob back on.

When you want to go out…

No Kids:
– Babe, Lets go out for dinner.
-Ok hun let me grab my purse.

Kids:
– Babe, can you get the baby dressed? Is the diaper bag ready?
-Johnny come here let me put your shoes on.
– no no no! Johnny come here!
– ok where is your jacket?
– No it’s not time to play. We are going bye bye.
– Did you go potty?
– Come on lets go!

(3 hours later you get out the door)

Talking on the phone..

No Kids:
– hey what’s going on?
– oh not much just sitting here relaxing with a glass of cabernet.
– that’s great. I had a great date night out last night and slept until noon today.
With Kids:
– hey what’s going on?
– Not much just in the middle of…. No Johnny! Give that back to the baby! Ugh don’t climb on that! No don’t put that in your mouth! Stop jumping on the couch. (Baby crying)
– I’ll have to call you back.

Going to the Movies…

No Kids:
– What time is the movie?
– 8
– ok great lets get dinner beforehand

Kids:
– Did you get a sitter?
– Yeah they should be here in 15min…
(20 minutes after sitter arrives)
– ok and this is how Johnny likes a story read to him and make sure you give him cuddle bear and oh no juice after 7 and make sure he brushes his teeth….
(10 minutes later finally leave)
– We are going to be late.
– ugh oh well lets just grab something to eat and go home…
(Sits down to eat and phone rings)
– Hi Johnny won’t stop crying…
– ok we are on our way home

So before you have kids make sure you are ready! Children are a complete joy and blessings! I love my babies and wouldn’t change a thing! Every sacrifice and changes we have made is more than worth it. God bless my babies.

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Marriage.

I am so heartbroken by the fact that so many people take marriage so lightly. Marriage is supposed to be a sacred sanction between two people who love and cherish each other. I completely understand that over time, people change and things happen. However, I feel like people are supposed to grow up and old with each other. Remain Loyal and Loving. I am not quite sure how one falls out of love with someone. Maybe I am being naive. It just seems like instead of working on your relationship, you just give up because divorce seems easier. All marriages and relationships have their rough patches.

“Till Death Do Us Part” – is supposed to mean something. It meant something to me when I married my husband and still does.

You should try everything you possibly can to save your marriage or work through a rough time. Go to counseling, read articles, or just communicate. Communication is a huge problem in a lot of relationships.

Instead of just  listening and taking in everything someone is saying; people either tune them out after the first two statements or go on the defensive right away.  So try your best to listen to what your partner is saying to you.  If you have a hard time verbally saying what is wrong or how you feel, write a letter. Some get very overwhelmed with their feelings and can’t verbalize what they exactly want to say.  Another huge issue is communicating over text messages or some kind of messaging application. Do not discuss important things like relationship issues through text messaging! It can make things one hundred times worse! Just do not do it! Cosmopolitan or Woman’s Day Magazine doesn’t always have the best or worst advice. Not every relationship is the same. Love is not a fairy tale, unfortunately. As we grow up we picture the perfect partner and it is not always who you end up with. That is OK! Do not give your partner expectations that only a perfect person from a fairy tale could manage to achieve.   My last piece of advice is, do not bring family or mutual friends into the situation. Do not discuss your marriage with those who will make things worse for you both. I understand that sometimes it is easier to run to a family member for help; But when everything is better, how is that family member going to treat or look at your partner? Will they dislike them? Do they know the WHOLE story? Probably not.

Ways to keep your partner happy and yourself! A happy partner usually ends up with you being happy as well.  Those who are happy in relationships can make those around them feel happy as well.

  1. Give them all your attention at some point during the day. (no phones, no real distractions)
  2. Simple reminders of how in love you are with them throughout the day.
  3. Cuddle! Cuddle! Cuddle!
  4. Appreciate them and make sure they know it!
  5. Be spontaneous!
  6. Compliment them here and there.
  7. Sweet Gestures i.e. opening and closing doors, kisses throughout your day, just letting them know you love them.
  8. Let your partner have their OWN time. Whether they like to knit, play video games, hunt or bake.
  9. Try to do things together and have fun with whatever it is you are doing. (grocery shopping, laundry, or cooking)
  10. Treat them like your queen or king.

I am not promising that this will fix all your problems or guarantee that these will make your relationship perfect. But there is nothing wrong with trying.

“Happy Wife = Happy Life!”

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