The Best Cookies Ever!

This recipe that I stumbled upon online (originally from Williams Sonoma), is quite possibly the best cookie recipe ever…seriously! And if you don’t believe me, ask my two-year old who would eat these cookies for breakfast, lunch and dinner if Mommy let her. Not only did I want to find the perfect chocolate chip recipe, I wanted one that incorporated sea salt as an added bonus. There is just something about sweet (yet savory), ooey, gooey, warm, chocolate chip cookies that totally melts my heart. The recipe gets even better when your toddler helps out, adding that extra dash of love and creating a special moment and putting a smile on your kiddo’s face. Meyer even has a Princess and the Frog apron and chef hat that she loves to wear when we cook together and finds the KitchenAid mixer absolutely fascinating. Just beware, if you are making this recipe with your children, they will want to eat the butter (and will do so when you turn your back) and make quite a mess if you let them pour the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients. But just add a pinch of patience into the ingredients list and you will be fine. Enjoy!

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 cup salted butter at room temperature, (1 stick)
  • 1/2 cup packed light brown sugar
  • 1/3 cup + 2 tsp granulated sugar
  • 1 large egg at room temperature
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips (more or less to your taste)
  • Sea salt

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Add flour and baking soda to a mixing bowl and whisk for 15 seconds to incorporate.
  2. To the bowl of a stand mixer, add softened butter and both sugars. Beat with paddle attachment for about 2 minutes, until mixture is smooth and fluffy.
  3. Add egg and vanilla, beat on LOW speed until combined.
  4. Add flour, half the mixture at a time, beating on LOW speed until JUST combined after each addition. Don’t over mix, or your cookies won’t be soft and tender.
  5. Add chocolate chips and stir together with a wooden spoon.
  6. Cover bowl with plastic wrap and chill for at least 30 minutes.
  7. Minutes before you want to bake, preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and set aside.
  8. Use a large cookie scoop (or a 1/4 cup filled about 2/3 of the way), scoop round balls of dough onto parchment paper about 2 inches apart.
  9. Press a couple of chocolate chips into the tops of the balls of dough and sprinkle the dough with sea salt.
  10. Bake for about 10-12 minutes, or until edges are lightly golden brown and tops of cookies look a little underdone.
  11. Sprinkle a little more sea salt (depending on your taste) on top of the baked cookies.
  12. Allow cookies to cool on the baking sheet for 5 minutes, then transfer to a wire rack to finish cooling.

These Are A Few Of My Favorite Things

You know when you find a product that you absolutely cannot live without? Well, I have a few that I would like to tell you about. Products for me, products for Meyer and my favorite thing from Trader Joe’s that I use almost weekly. I am by no means Oprah, but I would like to share a few of my favorite things.

  1. Jackson Reece Kinder by Nature Herbal Wipes. We have searched high and low for the best, most natural baby wipes for Meyer and I think we found ourselves a gem. I know, I know, a baby wipe is a baby wipe, right? But sometimes they aren’t! Baby’s bums are very sensitive and a lot of products can irritate your little one’s booty. But not Kinder by Nature wipes. These are the best that we have ever used.  www.jacksonreece.com.
  2. Melissa and Doug Water Wow. My friend introduced me to this fun and different coloring book last month. There are about 5 pictures in each book, with a puzzle asking kids to find different items in the pictures. But the best part about these coloring books is that there are no crayons or markers needed. Just water! So no breaking, losing, or dried out tools to go along with this book. You simply fill up the brush with water and color away on the page to ‘reveal’ a beautifully colored photo. No mess, no stress! www.melissaanddoug.com.
  3. Shills Purifying Black Peel Off Charcoal Mask. There are a lot of mixed reviews for this product but I absolutely love it! I use it about once a month on my (sensitive) skin and it keeps my face fresh, my pores minimized and my skin so soft. It does hurt a bit when you peel it off but I’ve had a baby, I can take the pain! You can get this product at Amazon, www.walmart.com or at www.shillsnatural.com.
  4. Trader Joe’s Trader Giotti’s Bruschetta. Hands down, the best jar of anything you can buy. I add this product to pretty much everything. Chicken, quinoa, rice, spaghetti squash, lentils…the list goes on. You can find it near the pasta sauce at your local Trader Joe’s.
  5. Tiny Captain Toddler Socks. These non-skid, colorful and adorable socks are the best toddler socks on the market. I had never even heard of Tiny Captain until my sister bought a pack for Meyer last year. She loves them, I love them and her feet love them! She wears them everyday. They stay on her feet, keep her from not slipping on the hard wood floors and are breathable so she can wear them to bed. www.tinycaptain.com.
  6. Milkbarn Organic Stroller Blanket. Our friends bought us this blanket for our baby shower (along with a few other Milkbarn items) and we had no idea at the time how much it would be a part of our lives. Meyer absolutely loves her blankie, wants to take it everywhere with her and sleeps with it every night. It is so pretty, soft and the perfect size for her. www.milkbarnkids.com.
  7. Shea Moisture Lotions and Body Wash. Not only does Meyer love Shea moisture products, but my husband and I do too. The assortment of natural lotions, body wash, bubble bath, face masks and hair products are available at Target and CVS. They have so many different products for every skin type, that you can easily find a match for you. www.sheamoisture.com.

 

 

Drink Your Greens

IMG_2284As many of you moms probably know, getting your toddlers to eat greens is almost as hard as finding the time to clean out your junk drawer. Meyer will eat pretty much anything (pickles, lamb, olives, tomatoes) but greens. Even if I try and sneak a piece of spinach on her spoon under the rice and turkey, she will fish it out of her mouth immediately. As frustrating as it is, I am thankful she has always liked the green shakes that I make for myself, so anytime I make one, I give her a cup as well. Sneaky way to get those greens in her belly, huh? Needless to say, she loves her green shake and gets so excited when I get out the Magic Bullet to whip it up. You can add anything you would like to your green shake but we have our own favorite recipe:

Handful of spinach

Handful of kale

1 Orange

1 Apple

1/2 Lemon (with the rind)

Sprinkle of Chia Seeds

2 scoops of Standard Process SP Complete powder

Ginger

Ice

Water

Add all of the ingredients to your blender and enjoy!