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Finish This #65

 

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Everything I’m thinking about right now …

I feel like this link-up is slowly (quickly?) dying and most of the problem is me. It’s 4:35am, I just changed Kamden’s diaper and gave him a quick drink, and now I’m on the couch watching the monitor to make sure he goes back to sleep and typing this post. I haven’t blogged since last week’s link-up and, even then, I felt it was rushed and last-minute. Does anybody care about these anymore?

Mom has been in town since Saturday and we’ve had a wonderful visit. Kamden and I are dropping her off at the airport later today, we already miss her! The weather’s been great so we could be outside and we’ve certainly taken advantage. We went to Grapevine last Monday and walked through the Gaylord Texas Hotel and had lunch along the river walk. Kamden loved watching the fish (and people), he also discovered a large toy train display and enjoyed impromptu dance parties when he’d hear music playing throughout the facility. The kid loves to dance and I’m anxious to see where this infatuation with music leads. After lunch, we headed to the aquarium inside Grapevine Mills Mall. I’ll share those pictures in a later post, hopefully! Yesterday (Tuesday), we headed downtown to Sundance Square. The new pavilion and dancing fountains in the square on Main Street is fantastic and the perfect spot for Kamden to walk around and explore, especially when the weather is so perfect. Again, he could hear music being piped through speakers in the landscaping and overhead and would shake and boogie in his adorable way in the middle of downtown Fort Worth. That boy steals my heart all day every day! We ate lunch at Piranha Sushi and Kamden ate shrimp fried rice for the first time. He ate until I thought his little belly might explode.

Speaking of music, I’m in love with Ellie Goulding and her smash hit, “Love Me Like You Do.” While I absolutely hated the Fifty Shades of Gray movie, the soundtrack is surprisingly good. In fact, it’s really good. But, how can you go wrong with a mix of Frank Sinatra and Beyoncé with new, fresh, and young talent like Ellie Goulding. My car’s radio is tuned to country 99% of the time and I keep up with the latest dance and pop music thanks to my amazing fitness trainer and cycling coach and music fanatic, Crissy. Lately, I’ve heard “Love Me Like You Do” playing on several different genre stations. The song is definitely a smash hit on radio, ITunes, and has been viewed on YouTube more than 220 million times. Do they even make CDs anymore? If so, I’d like this soundtrack for my car. Kamden and I love listening to music while we’re out and about and I will not deny replicating my riding motion on the bike when a familiar song plays on the radio. Yes, I’m the girl dancing and jamming in her car that everyone stares at. #dontcare

At church tonight, I’m looking forward to participating in a traditional (and Kosher) Seder Passover meal. I was invited to a friend’s house to celebrate the Jewish Passover with her family, but it was years ago and I’ve forgotten many aspects of the meal, which is a worship service too. To my knowledge, this will be the first time most people at First United Methodist Church in Joshua, Texas experience a Seder Service.

Yesterday, March 31, Husband and I celebrated eight years of matrimony. Besides lunch at Chick-Fil-A on Friday and dinner at Spring Creek BBQ Sunday evening, he gave me the best gift of all yesterday morning: Husband put the toilet seat down. Y’all, I’m not kidding. He only does it on our anniversary and it gets my attention – EVERY. SINGLE. TIME. The guy’s a mess but I love him so much!

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Prompt for Week #66
Things I miss about being a young child ..


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Finish This #64

 

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Spring is …

the perfect time for the University of Kentucky men’s basketball team to win another national championship. #MarchMadness

the perfect time to replace batteries in your smoke detectors and alarm clocks.

the perfect time to visit friends and listen to them preach and share a meal in the middle of their living room floor while your super-busy and very mobile toddler child chases their dog around the couch and completely empties a tower of books and DVDs. Oh well, it’s early preparation for the arrival of her own daughter later this year!

the perfect time to open the windows and let the fresh air in.

the perfect time to enjoy the sunny, beautiful weather at the city park with a bottle of bubbles and a bouncy ball.

the perfect time to grill chicken fajitas for supper.

the perfect time to buy a new bottle of Zyrtec allergy pills!

the perfect time to arrange your social calendar with friends based on the outdoor festivals and activities going on around North Texas. Anybody want to go to Ennis for the bluebonnet festival with Kamden and I? I’m taking my camera, if that’s incentive for you to go!

the perfect time to schedule your senior or family portrait session with me, I want to take your picture!

the perfect time for your mom to visit over a long weekend.

Bloggers, please add your post to the link up through the link below. :)

Prompt for Week #65
Type for five minutes (set a timer!) about anything and everything you’re thinking about right now.
On your mark, get set, go!


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Finish This #63

 

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Describe a room in your home (include pictures if you wish) …

After Christmas in 2010, Husband and I embarked on our first home remodeling project. What was supposed to be a two-week project in the master bathroom turned into a major ordeal and overhaul of not only the bathroom, but we also removed wood paneling and retextured walls in the kitchen, dining room, and one bedroom and installed new door hardware (knobs and locks) throughout the house. From start to finish, our house was deemed a construction zone for two months. I’m confident that Husband and I will probably, most likely, never do it again. Ever. The original master bath was awful and I’m (mostly) happy with the end result, but the process in the middle, the actual remodeling part, was irritating, frustrating, expensive, and pushed my limits of patience. Husband hates spending money and I hate making decisions, we are not suited for projects like this!

THE BEFORE // The original master bathroom was very outdated with its white tile, floral wallpaper border, laminate countertops, dorm-like shower stall, and brass fixtures. The toilet was also in its own “closet” and there was a lot of empty, wasted space in the room.

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REMOD PROCESS // This whole project came about because we wanted a larger shower. The original was just too small and we discovered a small leak in the drain that had to be addressed immediately anyway. But we were limited in what we could do for budget reasons and the overall layout of the rest of the house. There are two exterior walls involved (behind the tub and one sink vanity) going through drywall and brick was NOT an option. We also didn’t want to reconfigure our living room or closets to improve our master bath either. The only possibly solution, and to keep costs under control, was to leave most electrical and plumbing fixtures in tact. By turning the toilet 90-degrees and removing one wall, we opened up the space for a larger shower while keeping the overall layout of the bathroom the same. We installed tile, custom 42-inch-tall wood vanities with under-mount sinks, a built-in corner cabinet, granite countertop, brushed nickel (silver) fixtures, and new lighting.

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THE RESULT // Besides keeping it clean, I really like the overall space, especially our new shower. I was hesitant about the glass door and half-wall but I think it elevates the space and looks really great. (This picture was actually recently taken, I stopped taking pictures of the construction process at the five-week mark. I was so done and over it by then!)

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I wish I had better photos to share but here’s the honest truth: this project cost more and took MUCH longer than anticipated so our patience had long run its course by the time we got to the end and the crews left. By week six, I was tired and out of patience and Husband was out of patience (and money) by week three! Looking back, there are small cosmetic details (paint scuffs, grout line, etc.) that I wish I had seen before the contractors left so they could have been repaired, but you live and learn. Husband and I learned we never want to do this again. Needless to say, you won’t see us on any upcoming HGTV or DIY home improvement show. Stick a fork in us, we’re done!

Bloggers, please add your post to the link up through the link below. :)

Prompt for Week #64
Spring is …


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The Essentials: a baby registry guide

THE ULTIMATE BABY REGISTRY

Tis the season for engagements, weddings, and babies! One of the most awesome and loveliest ladies on the planet is due (with a girl – fun!) in July and recently asked for my thoughts, suggestions, and recommendations for a baby registry. When I registered, I did so at Babies R’Us and Amazon, mainly for easy online shopping and shipping. Since Husband and I live three hours from the nearest family member, shipping was a big factor. Gift cards were also welcomed because a lot of people sent us cards too. Let me just warn the new parents-to-be, registering and walking through baby store aisles can be quite the daunting (not to mention overwhelming) task, but I’m here to help. Here is my extensive list of essentials (and products you can skip) for baby and parents:

CLOTHES // Until baby arrives and you know *exactly* how big he/she actually is, don’t go stupid-crazy on buying clothes and there’s a good chance you’ll get a lot of outfits as shower gifts too. Since this is an essentials list, you should have short and long-sleeve onesies, pull-on pants and shirts, footed (and ZIPPERED) sleepers, socks, and mittens. If you don’t want mittens, put socks on their hands.

CAR SEAT + STROLLER // I chose the Britax B-Agile travel system (car seat and stroller) for its excellent reviews and safety ratings. Because we frequently rotate between vehicles, we decided to get two car seat bases as well. One stays in my car at all times and the other one is either in Husband’s car or truck. Kamden is getting taller and heavier, but, at 15 months, he’s still in the infant car seat. The three-wheeled stroller is lightweight, easy to fold, and very easy to push, even with one hand. The only drawback, when breaking it down to fold and store, it takes two hands. But I don’t mind and I really like our stroller!

CONVERTIBLE CAR SEAT // Some people add these to their registry because they’re so expensive but I was indecisive before Kamden was born and I’m still indecisive now. There are so many height/weight/age requirements for car seats and it’s all very confusing and, quite frankly, frustrating too. Like I said above, Kamden is 15 months old (approaching 30 pounds) and is still in the infant carrier car seat attached to the base in the car. He is also rear-facing, which is recommended by pediatricians and safety professionals. Time is running out for us to make a decision on Kamden’s next car seat, but I want to stick with a safe, reputable brand (preferably Britax or Graco) that’s not only comfortable for Kamden, but fits in my car as well. Car and truck manufacturers need to consult with baby seat manufacturers and make the two more compatible because the car seat I want won’t fit *comfortably* in the backseat of my car. It’s too big and bulky and I’d have to bring my driver’s seat forward. I should write another post for this topic … to be continued. :)

SWING // I registered (and received) the Graco Duet Soothe rocker/glider but Kamden hated it. He preferred being rocked by a human who’d cuddle with him! But I can see where parents (and some babies) really love these things because they rock back and forth, or glide side to side, and the reclining seat can be detached from the base and becomes a vibrating chair for the baby to be in while you move from room to room within your house. The convenience factor is very high for this one!

VIBRATING CHAIR // Once Kamden realized the swing wasn’t as bad as he thought, he was too big for the Graco. I found this infant rocker and he loved it. It was perfect for him to sit in while I pumped or folded laundry or cooked supper. Nine times out of ten, he’d fall asleep.

PACK-N-PLAY // One of my favorite baby products (that we still use) is this Graco pack-n-play travel system. When Kamden was a newborn, he slept in it day and night until we transitioned him to his crib at four months. With wheels on one end, it’s easy to move from room to room and it folds up neatly in its own carrying case that travels exceptionally well too. Our PNP has been used at the grandparents’ house, hotel rooms, and even in our living room as a barrier to keep Kamden out of the kitchen!

CRIB + MATTRESS + DRESSER // I didn’t really register for furniture because my parents purchased Kamden’s crib, mattress, and dresser soon after we announced I was pregnant. I found the style of furniture I liked and it was shipped shortly after. Husband and I didn’t assemble the furniture until a month before my due date,procrastinate much?! And because I didn’t want to overcrowd the nursery, I opted not to register for a separate changing table. Instead, I have this contoured changing pad (and cover) on top of the dresser. It works perfectly and, when Kamden is older, it’s a storage space for his clothes and bed linens. I bought a crib mobile but used it very rarely.

CRIB SHEETS + WATERPROOF PADS // I have two sets of sheets for Kamden’s crib and two waterproof pads. Not to gross you out, but I don’t wash the sheets very often. One: he’s never had a diaper blow-out or episode requiring a bed linen change. Two: we’ve got blankets on top of his sheets for extra padding and softness so the sheets, technically, are never touched. I wash the blankets regularly, no worries!

BLACKOUT CURTAINS // Best. Invention. Ever. Kamden is a great sleeper (thank God!) and I attribute a lot of that to his room being dark. I wish we had them in our master bedroom.

CHAIR + OTTOMAN // When I created my registry online, I only put this glider chair on it but, once I was in a Babies R’Us store and sat in the chair, I added the matching ottoman. I think I made a good decision. The chair is incredibly soft and very comfortable and the ottoman is a cherry on top. I can’t even begin to count the number of hours spent feeding in this chair! When Kamden is older and we no longer need a chair in his nursery, I plan to move it to our master bedroom and create a reading space.

HIGH CHAIR // We love our Graco high chair.

DIAPERS // Here are my thoughts on diapers: choose a brand and stick with them. Before Kamden was born, I knew I wanted to use Pampers Swaddlers and Pampers Wipes. Fortunately, the hospital where he was born used Pampers too, so we didn’t have to worry about transitioning. You’ll probably receive diapers but if they are not the brand you prefer, don’t hesitate in taking them back. Some babies’ bottoms are more sensitive than others and some diapers are more prone to leaks or discomfort. Kamden wore Swaddlers until he was 10 months and we switched to Pampers Cruisers when he became more mobile and active. The Cruisers are just as soft as the Swaddlers but they are taller in the seat and back, allowing for freer movement of the legs and less likely to leak too. I tried Sam’s Club brand wipes and didn’t like them. They were not as soft or wet as Pampers Wipes, and definitely not worth the price difference either. In addition to diapers and wipes, you’ll need a diaper bag and changing pad that folds for easy storage in your diaper bag. We apply Desitin to Kamden’s bottom at night only, simply because he sleeps 10-12 hours in the same diaper. We also love our Diaper Genie but you can get store-brand refill packs for much cheaper.

BEBE POD INFANT SEAT // A lot of people are familiar with Bumbo seats but another mom/blogger/friend of mine recommended this Prince Lionheart BeBe Pod Seat because it accommodates babies with chubby legs. Kamden didn’t spend a great deal of time in this seat, he actually outgrew it sooner than expected, but I think the time he was in it was beneficial for his physical development. Kamden hated – HATED – tummy time but he wanted to sit up, so he had great head and neck control pretty early. This seat was perfect to sit on the floor and play or on top of the dining room table, with supervision of course. As soon as he outgrew this seat, we began using the high chair.

BREASTFEEDING + PUMPING // This is another topic that I’ve written about extensively in the past but I’ll try to keep it short and sweet here. If you plan to breastfeed, excellent. I highly recommend the Breastfeeding 101 (or something similar) class offered at the hospital where you plan to deliver. Knowing a reputable lactation consultant is paramount to getting off to a great start. Before you leave class, get their phone number and email address – you’ll need it! Even though I planned to breastfeed, I also had a pump readily available. Contact your insurance provider and ask about lactation supplies that are covered in your plan. I loved my Medela Pump-In-Style double-electric breast pump with duffel bag. It’s a good idea to have a breast pump accessories kit on-hand too, just in case something breaks late at night or on a weekend. Because I used my pump so often, I made my own hands-free bra using an old bra with holes cut in the front and replaced the tubes and membranes every six months. I attached Medela 8-ounce bottles to collect the milk and the excess was stored in Target’s Up & Up breast milk storage bags. They are considerably cheaper but extra thick plastic and double-zipped for added protection against leaks. I nursed Kamden at the breast for six weeks and then pumped exclusively for 14 months, I’ve done both with great success and learned a great deal about my body, Kamden’s development, and the power of “liquid gold” in the process. If you have a specific question about my experience with either, just ask!

NURSING BRA + PADS // I began wearing this Bravado nursing bra during the fifth month of pregnancy because I was leaking and I had to have support 24/7/365. I also love Bamboobies *overnight* breast pads because they are super soft, large enough to cover my entire nipple area, and absorbent without being bulky.

BOTTLE FEEDING // There are a thousand different brands, shapes, and nipple flows for bottles. When we were ready to introduce Kamden to a bottle, I had about a dozen different brands before we finally settled on Dr. Brown’s with the Level I (slowest flow) nipple. Kamden also had a pacifier from birth to about eight months, but he self-weaned himself from the paci. One day he just didn’t want one anymore and we were totally fine with that! To clean bottles and breast pump parts, I used a bottle brush, regular Dawn dish soap, and hot water. Nothing fancy required, I promise!

SOLID FOODS // Plates, bowls, spoons and forks, sippy and straw cups, and bibs in different sizes and lengths.

BATH TIME // We loved this infant tub with cloth sling when Kamden was a newborn but we also love this PRIMO EuroTub we currently use. Of course, a yellow rubber duck, foam alphabet letters, and a plastic tug boat are in the tub with him every night. Waterproof books are a big hit too. Hooded towels are nice, but not required. The same goes for washcloths. As for body wash and lotion, it’s really up to you and your baby’s skin. When Kamden was a newborn, we used California Baby. At three months, we switched to Aveeno lotion (for eczema) because it is perfume-free and gentle enough for babies sensitive skin but considerably cheaper. About every other day, I add Aveeno Baby Cream Wash to his bath water and scrub his hair.

BED TIME // I’ve already mentioned crib sheets and waterproof mattress pads, but some babies like to be swaddled so you’ll want to register for swaddling blankets or sleep sacks. Kamden hated both so I returned the ones we received! In his bedroom, we have an essential oils diffuser that also doubles as a nightlight and automatically shuts off after four hours.

HEALTH + SAFETY // A friend of mine, who’s also a pharmacist, gave me a basket full of first aid supplies, infant medicines (Motrin and Tylenol), a temporal thermometer (one swipe across the forehead and done!), emery nail boards (so much easier than clippers!), and diaper rash cream. I also love the Nose Frida instead of the suction bulbs. The only “baby-proofing” we’ve done is install electrical outlet covers throughout the house.

VIDEO MONITOR // Another one of my favorite gifts was this Samsung video monitor. The camera is actually attached to a tripod beside Kamden’s crib – we did this out of necessity when we first installed it and we’ve been too lazy to reconfigure. If it works, why fix it? The hand-held device has a large screen, volume control, and a voice-activated setting. This particular model is not Wi-Fi enabled and I’m 100% okay with that.

PLAY TIME // Kamden was not a big fan of tummy time, but we had this activity mat. Once his feet could touch the bottom, he loved this Exer-Saucer and used it until he was simply too tall. He also loved this Joovy walker. For toys, I suggest Sophie the Giraffe, puzzles, play food, and busy boxes. Kamden also loves mirrors, teething keys (can be put in the freezer too!), any most things by Skip Hop or Baby Einstein.

CARRIERS // I have zero experience with carriers because I’ve never worn one and really had zero interest in learning to use one either. It’s a personal preference, but some of the popular brands are Moby, Baby Bjorn, Ergo, Boba, Kelty Pack, and slings. I’m not a baby-wearer so this is totally out of my realm of expertise and experience.

BOOKS // I’m still building Kamden’s personal library and I want to install new shelves this summer, but I think it’s a great idea to register for some of your all-time favorite books. Besides the classics, my favorite is The Jesus Storybook Bible.

PRODUCTS TO SKIP (in my opinion!)
1. Wipe warmer – Totally unnecessary!
2. Shopping cart cover – I have one, I’ve used one, and I don’t use it anymore because it’s one more thing to have to carry or keep up with.
3. Thermometer for bath tub – Use your better judgement for water temperature in baby’s tub. Besides, Kamden likes his bath water warmer than what’s recommended.
4. Bath water spout cover – Waste of money.
5. Skirt for crib – Unless you plan to store things under the crib, this is a waste of money.
6. Stuffed animals – Caution: you will probably receive 381085 animals between now and your child’s fifth birthday. It’s ridiculous!
7. Clothes and blankets – If you live in Texas and your baby is born in July, he/she does not need a wool parka. ‘Nuff said.
8. Car seat insert – When it comes to car seats and safety, less is more. You never want to put a jacket or heavy sweatshirt on your baby and strap them in because, in the event of an accident, the straps might slip. Inserts also get really hot.
9. Baby keepsake journals – Become a blogger! I’m kidding (a little) but I have not written any of Kamden’s vital statistics or milestones in a journal. I take countless pictures and upload them to my blog or send them to a retailer so the grandparents can have actual prints. It’s one less ‘thing’ I have to worry about or grab in case of a fire or flood, right?!
10. Bottle sterilizer and drying rack – The last thing I need is more clutter on my kitchen counter, seriously, and there’s nothing wrong with Dawn soap and hot water.
11. Changing table – Instead of adding another piece of furniture to baby’s nursery, opt instead for a changing pad on top of a dresser.
12. Noise machine – I find it distracting but some people really like it.

Now that I’ve shared my list of essentials, what is on your list of favorite baby (or parent) products?


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Monday Musings

 

Every Monday, I publish whatever is on my mind -consider it a smorgasbord of thoughts and randomness- as a way to clear my head and prepare for the next week ahead. By doing so, I hope to calm the chaos and organize the scattered. Cheers to 2015 and blessings to you!

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Soooooo, our weekend (specifically Saturday) sucked because of a water leak beneath our house. Fortunately, the plumbers were able to locate the broken pipe but that doesn’t mean my house (isolated in the utility room and garage) isn’t less of a mess. On the bright side: I was able to wash dishes in the sink with hot water, run the dishwasher, and do two loads of laundry after church yesterday. Washing dishes in the bathtub sucks, royally, but I’m glad the leak is fixed and we got a new water heater in the garage as well. Sweet Mary Mother of Jesus, owning a home and being an adult is hard. This is probably 55% the reason I never go on vacation, because of maintenance and repairs, and the other 45% is Husband’s aversion to travelling and leaving home. Ughhhhhh. So far, in the last four months, Husband says I’ve made out like a bandit in over-the-top *GIFTS*: property taxes, new mattress, and new water lines and water heater. Yeaaaa, just what I wanted. :)

I received my devotional pack from Illustrated Faith over the weekend and I may or may not have ordered an extra one to giveaway to someone special (i.e. a random person on the street or blog reader). This is pretty spectacular considering the gift sets sold out within minutes of release and are currently unavailable for purchase. High five for fast purchasing fingers!

Last week, I briefly mentioned Holly, my swap partner for a Boy Mom blogger event. I think I have everything ready to mail today or tomorrow. I hope she and her son Elliot like what Kamden and I picked out.

The University of Kentucky men’s basketball team won the SEC Championship yesterday (beating the Arkansas Razorbacks) and are now 34-0 heading into the NCAA tournament. Let March Madness begin!

In case you need the best and *ultimate* recipe for chocolate chip cookies … you’re welcome. :)

An interesting perspective on studying the Bible - regard it as a savings account with small deposits on a regular basis rather than a debit card where you put in and take what you need in the moment. Great article!

So, how was your weekend? Any plans this week?


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The Ultimate Chocolate Chip Cookie

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If you love big, soft, chewy, and chocolate-y chocolate chip cookies, look no further. I am determined that this is the *ultimate* chocolate chip cookie (CCC) recipe. You’re welcome.

A few housekeeping tips before I share the recipe:

  • You must preheat your oven and position the rack in the middle.
  • Eggs should be a room temperature. Simply set them on the counter 3-4 hours ahead of time.
  • If you are lactose-intolerant or allergic to dairy, substitute butter with Crisco butter-flavored baking sticks and milk chocolate chips with cacao chips instead. Enjoy Life is an excellent alternative and free of eight of the most common allergens.
  • Mix the batter until all ingredients are combined, but don’t over-mix either.
  • To ensure cookies don’t stick to the baking sheet, use parchment paper or silicone baking mats.
  • These cookies are large and they spread so don’t overcrowd the balls of dough on the baking sheet.
  • Allow cookies to cool at least 5 (preferably 10) minutes on the baking sheet before transferring them to a cooling rack.
  • I like cookies that are uniform in size so I use a cookie scoop or, in this case, an ice cream scooper. I like *big* chocolate chip cookies!

Three 31 Chocolate Chip Cookie

INGREDIENTS

12 Tablespoons (one and a half sticks) butter, melted and cooled
1 cup brown sugar, packed
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1 egg + 1 egg yolk, room temperature
1 Tablespoon vanilla extract
2 cups + 3 Tablespoons all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking soda
1 teaspoon kosher salt
1 bag of milk chocolate chips or chunks, preferably Ghiradelli

INSTRUCTIONS

Preheat oven to 325 degrees and position rack in the middle.

In a medium bowl, mix flour, baking soda, and salt. Whisk to combine.

In a large bowl (or stand mixer), combine melted butter, brown sugar, and granulated sugar on medium speed. Carefully add one egg, egg yolk, and vanilla. Mix for 1-2 minutes until light and creamy. With a spatula, scrape down sides and add flour mixture and chocolate chips. Mix on slow speed until well combined.

Using an ice cream scoop, drop balls of dough onto a baking sheet lined with parchment paper or silicone mats. *I can fit 8 balls of dough on a large baking sheet.

Bake 18-22 minutes until lightly golden brown and soft in the center. Remove from oven and let sit 5-10 minutes before transferring to a cooling rack.

Store in an airtight container and enjoy!

Yields: 18-20 *big* cookies


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Finish This #62

 

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I have $250,000 to spend as I wish, so I purchase …

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First, I’d tithe and give God what is His. And yes, there’s a reason this is at the top of my list.

Next, I’d invest $75,000 in our retirement fund(s). Actually, Husband is the finance-genius in our relationship, along with our financial advisor, so I’d tell them to make the final decision on the 75K. I trust them implicitly. Then, I’d invest $50,000 into Kamden’s 529 college savings plan. The kid is going to college or trade school, no exceptions.

When I purchased my car in 2007, I really didn’t think I’d be a mom or need a more spacious vehicle. Now, don’t get me wrong, there is nothing wrong with my car and it is functioning properly and all of our needs are sufficiently met *BUT* it would be nice to have a larger vehicle. I’d like a crew-cab pickup or large SUV, mainly for a spacious back seat and cargo area, and rear A/C is a non-negotiable. For Husband, I’d get him a hybrid sedan (four door) to drive to work and it would be a back-up vehicle we could all still fit in, if needed, including Kamden’s large convertible car seat. Neither vehicle would be brand new. Instead, they’d be new-to-us, well-maintained, and quality inspected. Since Husband is the king of frugal finds, particularly vehicles, I assume there will be funds remaining in the budgeted line item. If so, I’d buy a new DSLR camera and zoom lens.

The next line item is imperative to me and ridiculous to Husband, but this is my blog and my imaginary money to spend as I wish … so I’m setting aside $35,000 for future travel including family vacations. They won’t be extreme or extravagant, but memorable and fun. I’d like to take Husband and Kamden to the mountains (Husband has only seen “hills” in Texas, they don’t count!), Disney World, the Grand Canyon, New York City, Siesta Key Beach in Florida, just to name a few. I don’t care  have stay-cations, as long as we get out and explore and enjoy some sunshine, fresh air, and adventure as a family!

Finally, and I’m honestly a bit wishy-washy about this last $15,000 and how to spend it but until I think of something else to buy or invest in, I’ll put it aside for home improvement projects. When we remodeled our master bathroom several years ago, Husband offered to install granite countertops in the kitchen but I said thanks-but-no-thanks. If we update the kitchen countertops, I think the cabinets need some work too. And if we do the cabinets and countertops, we’ll need to update the sink and cook-top. I’d love to have stainless appliances, we currently have all black, but our dishwasher and refrigerator are fairly new. I really like our kitchen and I don’t want to commit to a major project without doing it properly, so maybe I find something else to do with the 15K because I am WAY over budget with what I have in mind!

If you had $250K sitting around, what would you do with it? Leave a comment, I want to know.

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Prompt for Week #63
Describe a room in your home (include pictures if you wish) …

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