Super awesome chocolate chip cookie recipe!

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(Not my photo, here’s the link where I got the photo/recipe—-http://food-pusher.blogspot.com/2012/12/jacques-torres-chocolate-chip-cookies.html)

I’ve been doing a lot of Pinterest-ing lately, much more than I care to admit actually. Yesterday I ran across this post about these awesome chocolate chip cookies and so I repinned it to make some day. Then miraculously my 5 yr old Lily managed to complete her homework in less than 30 minutes; which normally is at least an hour + ordeal, all 5 sentences. With the extra time on my hands and cookies on my mind I suggested we bake.  She loves to help cook and I enjoy cooking with her, plus I seriously love chocolate chip cookies. A warm, gooey, chewy chocolate chip cookie is my absolute most favorite desert, hands down, no if, ands, or buts about it!!!!!  After retrieving the recipe, scanning the list of necessary ingredients and mixing up the dough I realize, much to our disappointment, that the dough is supposed to sit in the fridge for 24-36 hours BEFORE you bake them. DANG! So…..

Off we went to make some very overdue thank you cards for some of the Christmas gifts Lily received from family far away, not to mention some much needed distraction from the cookie dough we can’t bake…..well…. after a measly 2 hours we (meaning me) couldn’t wait and baked 4 cookies in our toaster oven.  If 2 hours in the fridge made them that good I can only imagine what 24 hours will do to the dough. O.M.G. it was good!!! Chewy, slightly crunchy exterior, super chocolatey…Alex, my teenage daughter, said they were the best ones I have ever made. I have tried hundreds of recipes to make them, hundreds! I honestly don’t think I have ever used the same recipe twice. I started the quest for the perfect recipe when I was in my early 20’s, if not before.

I can’t wait for tomorrow night. I know what I’m having for dinner, what I’m having for desert and my midnight snack. 😉

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Yummy, yummy in my tummy!

It’s been rainy and windy outside all day today and it’s supposed to keep raining for a while; they are even saying there is a chance of flooding.  If that happens I sure hope they cancel school BEFORE I get there instead of after I’m already there.  The weather has been dreary for days, don’t get me wrong I like rain. I like the smell of it, the sound it makes when it lands on something, even how it feels when I’m running through it,  (yes I still go outside and play in the rain if there’s no lightning)  but I don’t think we’ve seen the Sun for like 5 days and I’m starting to kinda miss it.

It’s not cold though and that makes me really happy. I hate cold weather. I get cold so easily. All day today at work I was like a popsicle.  I think its like 65 out and I swear they have the AC on full-blast in my building.  I was wearing a long-sleeve t-shirt, a cardigan and my North Face knock-off most of the day. If I had had gloves with me I would have been wearing those too.  The good thing about being cold all day is it prompted me to want to make something warm and yummy for dinner….like soup! I made Chicken and Sausage Gumbo a la Emeril Lagasse.  Man is that stuff good.  Now I will confess that I didn’t have the time to make it completely from scratch due to my stinkin’ job getting in the way of my creative time, but for a time crunched version this stuff is pretty dang good. (Please excuse the not-so great photo. I’m terrible at photography)

Soup

The original recipe calls for making a dark roux (20-25) minutes, sautéing the veggies and andouille sausage in the roux and then adding chicken stock and boiling for 1 hour.  After that you add boneless chicken meat and cook another 2 hours.

I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE to cook and pride myself on cooking dang near everything from scratch, but after working all day, taking one kid to the dr and then swinging by the vets office for stitches removal, the last thing I felt like doing when I got home was cooking for almost 4 hours.  We wouldn’t have eaten until like 8 o’clock.    So I shortened the times by not making the roux quite as dark as I should have and using a rotisserie chicken.  Sacrilege!! I know. But a mom’s gotta do what a mom’s gotta do.  I will come to my own defense and say that I have made this gumbo numerous times (once the power went out right when I was adding the andouille and I kept on cooking, albeit by candle light) and this tastes 95% as good as the original.  I may even use this shortcut more often. Shhh don’t tell my husband, he isn’t home yet and I wonder if he will be able to tell the difference. He won’t mind;  I’m just curious.

The full recipe that I normally use can be found by going to http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/emeril-lagasse/chicken-and-smoked-sausage-gumbo-recipe/index.html.

P.S. I used Brown Minute Rice too!

P.S.S. With the time I saved I might even get to make a card. 🙂

My very first blog posting ever….

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Hello.

So I was inspired to start a blog after doing a web search for other blogs and finding so many great people out there with great ideas for foods, crafts, DIY projects and people who just wrote about life from their point of view.

Allow me to introduce myself…my name is Lyndsey. I’m 34, married just about 6 year with 2 daughters, 5 and 17, and a full-time teaching job. I don’t have a lot of spare time to devote to hobbies and other interests, but when I get a chance to create something I think it could be fun to share it with others. Who knows I might inspire someone else to create something great!

What is this blog going to be all about…anything I want it to be, it is mine after all.  Some days I might post a recipe that I tried out or created myself and other days I might post a project am I working on, like a card I made or a DIY project. Perhaps I will stumble across something interesting on the internet or have a truly inspiring thought I want to share.  Maybe I’ll take a great vacation or learn a new skill. Who knows?

I guess what I’m trying to say is you’ll just have to stay tuned to see what comes next…

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