Today I’m honored to be posting for Divine in the Daily’s Special Mamas series. I’m sharing some of Micah’s story from the NICU and a little of how we’ve managed parenting a child with special medical needs since then.
I took a small break over the holidays. I’ve never been good at resting because it makes me feel like a slacker. It’s much easier to calm my body than my mind. My mind spins 687 miles an hour thinking of all the things I could do when I’m trying to relax.
My favorite thing to do with cookie dough isn’t to bake cookies. It’s to eat it. Raw, preferably after thawing for a few moments because it’s just better after it’s been frozen. This practice is enough to make my husband gag since he’s not into any form of raw dough. I’ve introduced our boys to bread dough (no egg since they break out) and he shudders at that too.
(This did some from an old cookbook of my mama’s. We’ve made it for years.)
1 tsp. baking soda
1/4 tsp. salt
2 sticks (1 cup) unsalted butter, softened
1 cup packed brown sugar
1/2 cup granulated sugar
2 large eggs
2 tsp. vanilla extract
1 cup chopped pecans, toasted
12 oz. semisweet chocolate chips
other additions of your choice (white chocolate chips, m&m’s, candy bar chunks, etc.)
To toast pecans, melt one tablespoon butter in an oven-safe dish and add chopped pecans. Bake at 400 degrees for 8-10 minutes, stirring two or three times. You should start to smell a heavenly aroma. (You can also do this on the stovetop in a dry pan for a shorter amount of time but what’s the fun in that?)
Preheat oven to 300 degrees.
In a medium bowl, combine flour, baking soda, and salt.
In a large bowl with an electric mixer, cream the butter and sugars.
Beat in eggs and vanilla until just combined.
Add flour mixture in thirds and mix well after each addition.
Stir in toasted pecans and chocolate chips.
Drop dough by rounded tablespoons two inches apart on an ungreased cookie sheet.
Bake for 15-18 minutes or until golden.
Transfer to wire rack to cool.
Then you eat them. It’ll brighten up your Monday.
Q. When did you discover you could draw and paint so well?
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On the Internet
We Are That Family: 6 Reasons Dads Should Date Their Daughters Before Anyone Else Does
Stacy Makes Cents: Make YOUR Decisions- Experts Don’t Agree
Proverbs 31: How To Keep Your Lips Zipped
House To Home: Kids Aren’t Expensive, But That Other Thing Sure Is
LifeHacker: Demystifying the Creative Muse
The Accidental Creative: The Power of a Morning Ritual. I especially liked the comparison of the morning routine to a pregame warmup.
My husband spoke at church a few weeks ago. It is totally worth your time. Listen to “What is this God?” by Justin Hensley (that was your hint as to which podcast it is.)
And while you’re at it…go to Spotify or YouTube and listen to Ed Sheeran’s “Thinking Out Loud.” This is not a vote for his music but this song is gorgeous.