I’ve decided it’s time to change this thing up a bit in order to make myself update it more! So… in light of my favorite blogs, I’m going to share with you all my favorite recipes. Some are my own, some are new ones I’ve tried, and some are old favorites.

As a family we’ve been working on the slow process of becoming more natural. Some of you may call this more “hippy-like” but mostly we are just doing it for the health of ourselves and our kids. I’ve been trying tons of new recipes using natural ingredients and well, just different ingredients than we’re used to! Right now I have Buckwheat and Sunflower Seed bread baking and as I’ve made this once before I’m looking forward to the nutty smell of the buckwheat to drift through the house. Right now though, all I can smell is my not so natural favorite chocolate chip cookies baking. YUM! (in case you haven’t noticed, I really do enjoy baking and cooking, it’s just finding the time that is discouraging)

My latest favorite ingredient in cooking is spinach. As we speak I am eating an organic whole wheat pita filled with organic cherry tomatoes, spinach, cheese, and ranch. I figured if I am going to pig out on chocolate chip cookies later I had better have a healthy lunch. I also must mention that I am thoroughly enjoying this time to eat lunch and blog while both boys are napping. It’s been a while since I had some time to myself!

Alright, so before one or both of those boys wake up, let me share my recipe for the best chocolate chip cookies ever. I call them “Shelly’s Chocolate Chip Cookies” after my sister in law, but I believe that she got the recipe from our Aunt Helena…. although I’m not entirely sure about this. Either way, if you like a good chewy chocolate chip cookie, this recipe is for you.

1 cup slightly softened butter
1 cup golden brown sugar
1 cup white sugar
1 egg
2 1/2 cups white all purpose flour
1 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. salt
couple pinches of cinnamon
1 1/2 cups chocolate chips

Cream together butter and two sugars until a nice fluffy consistency. Then add egg and continue to cream until mixed together.

Mix all dry ingredients together and slowly add to creamed ingredients. (I like to do this all in my kitchen aid mixer, but if you don’t have a mixer or you feel ambitious then you can cream it all by hand.) Add chocolate chips to mixture.

Bake at 350 degrees Fahrenheit for approximately 8 minutes or until just starting to brown. The longer you bake them for the less chewy they will be.

ready to be baked cookie dough

ready to be eaten!!

too cute for words

but MOM I want to go out the front door not the back door!!

yup I have the cutest sons ever!

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