Chocolate filled Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe

I am not a huge dessert person… not keen on ice cream…. milk shakes… pies… cheese cake… yea. Im pretty picky with my sweets… but one thing I do love, is a good chocolate chip cookie. So I am often on the look out for great Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipes.

I have my GO TO one here. Made with Organic Hard White Wheat. I thought though yesterday, to try something new. So I went to Pinterest and found one that looked appealing… and sadly I did not save the pin!! So I cant credit the original :( – if I find it again ill update this post and link to her version at the end of this post.

So, lets get started.

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1 1/4 cup unbleached all-purpose flour (you can substitute whole wheat if you want… or reg. all purpose flour… I almost never use all-purpose white flour, but decided to on this one. Not sure why… but either way would work. Just look up proper conversions from white/wheat flour before doing so)

1 tsp. baking soda

1/4 tsp real salt

1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted, at room temp (not melted!!)

1/2 cup honey granules (or light brown sugar)

6 TBS sucanat (or white sugar)

1 large egg

1 tsp. vanilla extract

2 cups (yes 2) semisweet chocolate chips (its a lot of chocolate!!)

Directions:

Preheat the oven to 350F. Plan to bake these on a seasoned baking stone or put parchment paper down on 2 normal baking sheets.

In a bowl, SHIFT (this is important) the flour, baking soda and real salt together.

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In a larger bowl use an electric mixer at medium speed to beat the room temp butter and room temp egg. I read through many comments on the original post on this… and people said if the eggs and butter were not at room temp it would result in flat cookies. So be sure to follow this rule.

Mix the butter with the sucanat, honey granules until smoothe… about 2 minutes.

Then add in the egg and vanilla at low speed until blended.

Slowly add in flour mixture until well mixed…

Once that is done, you then use a wood spoon and stir in the chocolate chips.

For BEST RESULTS, put the mixture in the refrigerator for about 15 minutes to allow it to cool a bit. This makes for a better cookie. Having all the ingredients at the same temp. just seems to make things work better. This is totally optional though.

Using a small scoop or tablespoon, drop dough onto the baking stones about 2 inches apart.

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Bake them for 10-13 minutes until edges are lightly brown and tops feel firm when lightly touched.

Let the cookies cool on the baking stone for a few minutes, then transfer to cooling rack.

ENJOY!!

This made about 25 SMALL cookies. FOR a family our size, I will DOUBLE this recipe… one batch of it just doesn’t last :) -so for me, I make more than enough for a few days… otherwise its not worth my time.

MY KIDS LOVED THESE as well as my husband. We without a doubt will have these again.

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*The Glass Cookie Display Piece I got at a yard sale this week for $3.00!! I love it. My bestie Shannon use to have one very similar. Was always nice to go to her house and see a display of cookies in hers. So I had to get it when I saw it. If she visits I may give it to her ;-) – since hers was broken this year.*

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Diapered

Unashamed confession.

I have a TON of cloth diapers… yet have barely used them with baby Reed…

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I had full intentions of cloth diapering my 4th… like I did my 3rd and 2nd.
One thing you come to realize though is, you can’t do it all.

With an over flow of boy clothing always needing washing. Bed Wetters (oh man don’t even get me started on this!) – can we say “changing sheets on a bunk bed is torture?!” – add to the load, school work, photography, cooking… the thought of washing one more load of laundry, dunking diapers to rinse of poo and storing smelly buckets around the house, was not high on my list.

You learn to let things go with the 4th… I suppose after the 2nd really, you learn to let things go… but most def. the 4th, makes you do it even more.

I wanted to cloth diaper. What was more important to me though was my sanity :) – not keeping up appearances with all the crunchy peeps in the world… Being ok with the fact that not all diapers are created equally… but the kind I could just toss in the trash, sure made my life easier. So, I went with it. Guess what… Life was totally fine without Cloth Diapers :) – Baby Reed has no weird rashes with or without cloth… Reed pee’s and poops in either one just fine. I don’t worry any more about what a diaper might do laying beside his boy parts. I remember with my other 2 children I use to think putting a disposable diaper would make it so my child couldn’t pro-create LOL… and while there may be some truth to that… to worry yourself to death over a “maybe” just isn’t wise. No Cloth Diaper Hate here :) – just being honest.

Now that Reed is almost 2 though, I have taken up cloth diapering again
. My oldest turns 10 in August… and my other two have a bit more maturity on them as well… so I have been able to catch up (some what) with house hold task… Also Reed SLEEPS AMAZINGLY now… First 7 mo. of his life he was up every 2-3 hours. I truly thought I was about to loose my mind during that first year… Thankful he sleeps 12-15 hours at night now. Praise GOD!!! Sleep is a must for me :) – With money tight though… The Cloth Diapering has begun again. One thing that is true about Cloth Diapering. IT SAVES MONEY. Esp. if you re-use the same cloth diapers for more than one child. I have had these diapers since Taite. So while some are newer than others. Many of them I have are 7 years old!

Got to say…

It sure is cute….

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So cheers to letting go… not expecting perfection… and learning to balance.

To those curious. The Diaper Reed has on is a BUM GENIUS from Cotton Babies. I have always used those diapers… and love them. They are expensive though. Thankful to have gotten many of my newer ones free years back… (just a lil perks of being a photographer… I photographed their diapers many years ago and got 25 free!!) – any how. So yea, they work well but there are def. cheaper alternatives out there. Kawaii Diapers I heard are great. Feel free to comment with your favs ;-)

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We caught a Whale!!

Meant to post these last week… but totally forgot! Last week on Travis’ off days, he took the boys fishing.

The 1st day started at like 6am. Crazy fishermen :) – they headed out early, made a pit stop at BO (yall southerners know what that is), ate a quick breakfast, then made their way to the fishing spot (about 10 min from our home).

Not to long after being there though, Owen fell into the water (full submersion) and so they came home for a change of clothes. By this point it was around 8am… Reed and I had gotten up, so we joined the fishing fun for the rest of the morning.

That is when this happened….


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Patient Taite… who waited and waited. Caught something big…

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… and he had to work hard, to get it in.

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I was honestly shocked his line did not break.

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Cause this fish was gigantic.

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Travis got him close to the surface and grabbed him with this fancy fish hook thing.

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Taite said “Oh man, my heart is going so fast!! my knee’s are shaking!” he was all smiles.

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He was one proud dude.

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Inbetween the fishing & people falling in (Caleb fell in 2, hence the towel above), we enjoyed chasing ducks…

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Or taking their picture :)

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Swinging.

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& enjoying each others time… on that awesome morning.

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& To those curious if we kept the fish. We didn’t :) – he went back to happy land swimming around free.

Just a lil sand – walnut play

We had to refill Caleb’s Dragon tank yesterday with new walnut bedding. It feels like SOFT sand.

Kids thought it be funny to hide August in the bedding while we filled it.

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I was surprised, he just sat there, letting us.

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Reed would have dug in this stuff for a while, had we let him :)

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It’s just a move.

IMG_0017copyMy parents who lived in Charlotte, NC… moved yesterday.

From my childhood home.

A house I spent from  age 3 or 4, to age 19 (when I got married).

A house where I sat as a child but also an adult, married, pregnant and with my children, throughout the years. Its the house my parents became grandparents in… and a home that holds so many childhood memories, all very vivid still today.

My parents are both retired now… and while I may not have understood their move completely… one thing I am realizing, is…

It’s just a move…

A hard one. For more than one person in this case… but a move.

As I thought yesterday of someone new moving into my old bed room… of new children exploring the back yard and creek… of different things up on the wall… and new smells and people entering those walls, parts of those thoughts, made me sad.

I think it should make anyone sad.

That is a lot to let go of…

As I sat yesterday, I looked around at my home. A beautiful 5 bedroom house that the Lord most obviously blessed us with… A home I wanted… and yet at times find myself discontent because of the unknown with Travis’ job. At times finding it hard to be, in the now… wondering when God might uproot us again.

IMG_9364copyIn our 1st 10 years of marriage we moved 8 times.

8….

Twice before Caleb was born.

Twice in Ohio (so Twice before Taite was born)

Twice back in NC before Owen was born.

and Twice since being in GA.

We have had a new baby in every city we moved too. We joke if we move again God may give us more HAH!

My parents today will be moving into a rental, while they figure out what the next step is. They will reside in a new city… a little closer to us (but still a bit of a drive)… around new people… new stores… and new things to see. It will be new for them.

Different…. and unfamiliar.

I know from personal experience… you will have days where you miss the old days and the old house… I still have moments where I miss our small parsonage back in NC… as much as I hated the small kitchen it had for many years we lived in it… the memories it held when my first two children grew up in that home for 4 years…  will forever and always be special to me, regardless of how we left.

Life here on earth is temporary.

“We are here for only a moment,

visitors and strangers in the land as our ancestors were before us.

Our days on earth are like a passing shadow, gone so soon without a trace.

- 1 Chronicles 29:!5

 

Some people stay planted for 25-40 years in one spot. Others like us, move every 2-4 years. It is just how it is.

One thing I am trying really hard to do though, is relish in the now… and remember that the walls around us, don’t matter in the end. Enjoy the memories… the pictures… and the move… one thing I always tell my boys when we move is… “To Consider it an Adventure!” :) – and always try to make it fun….