I guess I couldn’t argue with her. It’s not that we made cookies every single day, but it was that I would always snap a quick picture of it to post.
Probably because as we were building our house, I remember standing in the construction zone where the kitchen area would be and picturing having my kids huddled around the kitchen island with me making cookies and eating cookie dough.
When that picture became a reality, I couldn’t help but to snap pictures. I loved having my little toddlers under my feet making memories in the kitchen. We still huddle around and cook together, but I no longer have toddlers around the island. They are now big kids who can read, help, and do most of the cookie making.
How did that happen so fast???? I’ll get to have one more toddler in a couple of years to make messes with and then that’ll be it.
While most of the time we make cookies just for fun, memory making and a tasty snack, sometimes I have an ulterior motive.
How to Cure A Bad Day
Sometimes there are bad days. Everyone is a little grouchy, bad attitudes, rude, and just plain unpleasant. I’ve learned that when this happens that I can be the game-changer in the situation. Us moms are the thermostats for our family and have the power to change the atmosphere whether we like that responsibility or not.
A positive attitude and a little pro-active approach can save a bad day.
1. Make Cookies
Just last week we had a very HURRIED and RUSHED day where we were out and about, running errands, running behind, and everyone was a little frazzled. We got home and school work wasn’t finished, chores weren’t done and it all seemed a little daunting to all of us and I could see the tears almost welling up in everyone’s eye and the grouchy attitudes about to surface. So, I set a timer and told everyone if they would work as hard as they could for 2o minutes that we would make cookies. Crazy dance music started blaring out the speakers and viola— attitudes were changed
2. Go for a hike and get OUTSIDE
A quick 20 minute hike is almost always a cure-all when we all get a little harried with our normal routine.
3. Read Books
There have been MANY homeschool moments that I can tell we all need a break and I chuck the curriculum for an afternoon and resort to our cookies and picture books on the back porch after our hike.
These three things are about a 100% success rate for saving a bad day.
No we might not have gotten the house perfectly cleaned that afternoon or completely finished every bit of school work I had planned for the day. But, I’m okay with that. The relationships built and investment in my kids character and hearts is much more important to me than an extra phonics lesson.
(Plus, I give them extra work in August and September when it is really hot outside so we can be ahead and take some slower days when the weather is really nice or when we have a frazzled day) Shh….. They don’t know that! haha— So don’t tell them!
So without further ado—– Click below for the best chocolate chip recipe ever and you will have the super power to SAVE THE DAY and be the game-changer- thermostat- atmosphere setter in your family.
Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe
- 1 Cup Brown Sugar (Packed)
- 1 Cup White Sugar
- 1 Cup Butter
- 2 Teaspoons Vanilla
- 2 Eggs
- 1½ Cup All Purpose Flour
- 1½ Cup Whole Wheat Flour
- 1 Teaspoon Salt
- 1 Teaspoon Baking Powder
- 1 Teaspoon Baking Soda
- 1½ Cups Old Fashioned Oats (not quick cooking)
- 1 Cup Chopped Walnuts or Pecans (YUM!)
- 2 Cups Chocolate Chips (Ghirardelli is the best!)
- Preheat Oven to 375
- Cream the butter and sugars together
- Add in 1 egg at a time. Mix after each addition
- Add in the vanilla
- Mix Together
- In a separate bowl mix the all purpose flour, whole wheat flour, salt, baking soda, and baking powder
- Slowly add the flour mixture to the sugar mixture and mix well after each addition
- Stir in walnuts, oats, and chocolate chips
- Drop by rounded teaspoon or cookie scoop onto an uncreased cookie sheet
- Cook for 11 minutes