I lived in quite a delusional world when I was pregnant with my first child seven years ago. I always knew that I wanted to be a stay-at-home mom. I was lucky enough to work for a company that was willing to create a part-time position from home for me in order to fulfill my wishes. In my mind, I pictured that I would have all kinds of free time and believe me when I say I fantasized about all the different ways I would fill that time. I imagined that I would be able to spend my mornings lounging in bed longer than normal, watching the entire Today Show. I thought I would have time to scrapbook, to leisurely shop, to bake…all of this on top of keeping the house cleaned up and well balanced meals on the table each night. Oh, and when my kids were old enough to go to school, I would welcome them home each day with a plate full of home baked goods.
My career as a stay-at-home mom began seven years ago and I realize now how far off from reality I was. Little did I know that my infant would wake every morning at 6 a.m. and that if I wanted to take a shower that day, I’d have to wake up before him. Scrapbooking meant keeping everything out of reach of curious toddler hands, and eventually was not worth the hassle. Shopping happens, but not as freely as I’d like. It seems like I am always weighing my options. Is what I need to go out and shop for worth the struggle of taking three small children to the mall, unloading them from the car, dragging the stroller out, etc?
One thing I continue to find time for is baking. I love to bake because it is something I can easily involve my kids in. It becomes an activity, great for the afternoon hours when the kids and I start getting restless and helps to pass the time before daddy gets home.
Now that some of my kids are in school, I am trying to keep home baked goods on hand, ready for them when they get home. We still haven’t had my fantasy “June and Wally” moment after school where we sit around the table and my first grader spills every single detail about his day without being prompted, but we are getting there.
How my life as a stay-at-home mom turned out versus how I imagined it would be is completely different. You know what though? Even though my life of fantasy is nothing like my reality, I would not trade it for the world.
This chocolate chip cookie recipe is the best. I have searched the world over for the perfect crispy on the edge, chewy and soft in the center cookie recipe and this is the one that made me stop in my tracks. I have ended my perfect chocolate chip cookie recipe search with this recipe alone. June Cleaver, fresh oven baked goods tip: This recipe makes a lot of cookies. Bake some up fresh, then scoop the dough into individual round balls, flash freeze on a cookie sheet, then place in a food storage container or freezer bag. When you want fresh baked cookies, reach in and pop what you need onto a cookie sheet and bake as directed.
End of the Search Chocolate Chip Cookies
1 1/2 cups butter
1 1/4 cups granulated sugar
1 1/4 cups brown sugar, firmly packed
2 teaspoons vanilla
2 large eggs
4 cups flour
2 teaspoons baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
1 bag chocolate chips (I like to use the milk chocolate / white chocolate swirl chips)
1. Preheat oven to 350°.
2. Mix butter, sugars, vanilla and eggs in large bowl.
3. Stir in the flour, baking soda and salt.
4. Stir in one half of the chocolate chips.
5. Drop dough by rounded measuring tablespoons, about 2-inches apart onto ungreased cookie sheet.
6. Place several of the reserved chocolate chips on top of each cookie (This step is not necessary…you can mix them all in, but the presentation of the cookie is better with this step in place).
7. Bake 9-12 minutes or until light brown.
8. Cool slightly.
9. Remove from cookie sheet, cool on wire rack.