David and Esther and cookies…oh my!

Jill and I were going through withdrawal so we start David, 90 Days with a Heart Like His. We finished up 90 Days with the One and Only a week or so ago. The Esther study has not been as homework intensive as past Bethie studies, so we both felt we could handle the extra David devotional.

Today is also Memory Monday, but I have not really felt led to any scripture I am supposed to memorize yet. Maybe I missed it? Possibly.

I know this probably sounds odd, but I am still not back in the groove following the unexpected trip to the emergency room with Brett last Thursday. I am not sure what the problem is. Could be something as simple as I have just been so dern busy that I haven’t had a moment to stop. That very well could be the case.

As a wife, mom, employee, friend, sister…I often feel overwhelmed by all of the pulling on my arm and time for attention. I haven’t even felt like my quiet time in the morning has really been, well, quiet.

When my husband and children mentioned possibly going skiing the last weekend in January. Without me. I jumped at the opportunity to push them all out the door and have Friday and Saturday to myself! It didn’t matter that Friday is Brett’s birthday and Saturday is mine. We’re talking QUIET. And FREEDOM. And did I mention QUIET? Some alone time…I need it. I can’t live without it. I’m keeping my fingers crossed that it all works out!

I totally overdid the cookies yesterday and I’m sure I’ve gained back the 4.4 pounds I lost the week before. I wish I could say it was worth it. Although they are the best cookies I’ve ever had. Here’s the recipe. I got it from my favorite cooking blog.

Our Favorite Chocolate Chip Cookies*
The Great Book of Chocolate

So, here’s my chocolate chip cookie thing. The nuts are always well-toasted and they’re always finely chopped–as in, some will be the size of petite peas but many will be more like powder. What this gets you is a cookie filled with all of the awesome flavor of nuts, as well as the extra crunch, without the nuts actually interrupting your chocolate chip experience. Nobody wants their chocolate experience interrupted. Half the people who try them will have no idea there are nuts at all in there–thus hushing the nut haters–but they will know that there is something undeniably better.

1/2 cup (100 grams) granulated sugar
1/2 cup (120 grams) firmly packed light brown sugar
8 tablespoons (1 stick) (115 grams) unsalted butter, cold, cut into 1/2-inch (1cm) pieces
1 large egg
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1 1/4 cups (175 grams) all-purpose flour
1/4 teaspoon salt or 1/2 teaspoon flaky sea salt (optional)
1 1/2 cups (200 grams) semisweet chocolate chips
1 cup (130 grams) walnuts or pecans, toasted and chopped

Adjust the oven rack to the top third of the oven and preheat to 300F (150C). Line three baking sheets with parchment paper.

Beat the sugars and butters together until smooth. Mix in the egg, vanilla, and baking soda.

Stir together the flour and salt, then mix them into the batter. Mix in the chocolate chips and nuts.

Scoop the cookie dough into 2-tablespoon (5cm) balls and place 8 balls, spaced 4 inches (10cm) apart, on each of the baking sheets.

Bake for 18 minutes, or until pale golden brown. Remove from the oven and cool on a wire rack.

Store at room temperature in an airtight container for up to 3 days.

I have to tell you that the DOUGH alone was incredible. Just keepin’ it real.

Love you guys!

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  1. Totally skipped right on over that recipe … I am pretending that it is not even there!!!And I completely understand the need for quiet! I surely do 🙂

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  2. Yep…I totally understand “Go and have fun and I’ll see you when you get back” kind of thing. Us momma’s just need that mental break. I love ya. I think you are pretty cool. I think you are one of the most real people I know. I think God is just so pleased with your beautiful heart.Hugs,Fran

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