The Chocolate Chip Cookie and I

I seem to have this thing for cookies. Chocolate chip cookies, to be exact. There is almost nothing as wonderful as biting into a nice, warm, homemade chocolate chip cookie, right out of your own oven. The sweet aroma fills the house with a certain hominess, and, dipped in milk, the cookie is the perfect companion to a favorite book or walk about the lawn. I prefer my chocolate chip cookies quite soft, and, if I’m feeling adventurous, with a bit of pecans added to the batter as well. Ah, pure bliss. =]

Below is our favorite recipe. We found it in the Martha Stewart “Cookies” book.

Soft and Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookies
2-1/4 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, brought to room temperature
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1 cup packed brown sugar
1 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
2 large eggs
2 cups semisweet or milk chocolate chips

Preheat oven to 375^ F. Whisk together (we use our beloved Bosch mixer =] ) flour and baking soda in a bowl. Put butter and sugars in the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment. Mix on medium speed until pale and fluffy, about 2 minutes. Reduce speed to low, add salt, vanilla, and eggs; mix until well blended, about 1 minute. Mix in flour mixture. Stir in chocolate chips.

Drop heaping tablespoons of dough onto a greased cookie sheet. Bake, rotating sheets halfway through until edges are golden brown but center is still soft, about 10-12 minutes. Let cool on sheets then transfer to wire cooling racks, let cool completely. Stores in an airtight container for up to a week.

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I hope you enjoy these as much as we do! We are blessed if we have them around for more than a day or so! =]
~Courtney

How To Blog

In which I present: How to Blog (in three, relatively easy steps!)

Step 1:
First, decide on a topic. Then, decide the topic you chose isn’t going to work after all. Go ahead, think of another topic, and begin to outline it on a sheet of paper. Accidently spill your coffee all over your paper, clean up the mess, and proceed to step two.

Step 2:
Make the decision that outlining your topic on a sheet of paper probably isn’t the best idea. Now, write it on the computer instead- without using autosave. -_- After the power goes out and you lose your work, you can start over. From scratch. Write. Write. Write. When you’ve finished writing, take a moment and fix all of the spelling errors that occurred while your cat was climbing on your keyboard (begging for attention,
of course!
=]). Afterwards, you may go ahead and have another cup of coffee.

Step 3:
When you’ve finished your cup of coffee, you have finally, FINALLY finished your blog post! Publish it, then realize you were logged into your Mom’s blog instead of your own. *sigh* Delete the post from your Mom’s blog, publish it on your own blog, then go to bed. You’ll probably need the sleep. The next day, repeat!

There you have it! How to blog in three, relatively easy steps.

=],
Courtney

(P.S. This is, of course, completely fictional. It has nothing to do with how I actually blog….most of the time. =] )