Recipe: JUMBO GOOEY Chocolate Chip Cookies!

If you ever crave the jumbo, gooey bakery-style chocolate chip cookies then save this recipe!!  It is a bit of a labor of love because each step must be followed exactly to ensure the cookies don’t come out flat, but it is worth all the time it takes, trust me.  Just try it once and you will see how worth it it all is!!  I don’t plan on ever making any other chocolate chip recipe ever again (unless I need to make several dozen in one sitting for something like a big party…… this recipe only makes about 2 dozen.  But again—–WORTH IT.).  These cookies are the cookie-fication of perfection!!

Jumbo Chocolate Chip Cookies
The biggest, chewiest, gooeyist, BEST chocolate chip cookies you could ever imagine.
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Prep Time
1 hr 15 min
Cook Time
1 hr
Total Time
2 hr 15 min
Prep Time
1 hr 15 min
Cook Time
1 hr
Total Time
2 hr 15 min
Ingredients
  1. 4 cups flour
  2. 1 tsp baking soda
  3. 1 tsp salt
  4. 1 1/2 sticks unsalted butter, melted
  5. 2 cups packed brown sugar
  6. 1 cup sugar
  7. 2 Tbsp vanilla extract
  8. 2 eggs + 2 egg yolks, cooled to room temperature***
  9. 24 oz. chocolate chips of choice (I use semi-sweet)
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 325.
  2. SIFT together flour, soda and salt in a bowl, set aside.
  3. In a medium bowl, cream together melted butter and sugars for 3 MINUTES.
  4. Add vanilla and eggs and beat until light and fluffy, about 3 minutes MORE.
  5. Add sifted ingredients and mix until JUST blended.
  6. Fold in chocolate chips with a WOODEN SPOON.
  7. Using a standard ICE CREAM SCOOP (1/4 CUP), drop as many cookie dough balls onto a parchment-lined cookie sheet as you can fit and put sheet in the freezer for 30-60 minutes, or until the cookie dough balls are frozen.
  8. Place 5-6 FROZEN cookie dough balls onto a lined baking sheet and bake from frozen 13-15 minutes. TAKE THEM OUT WHEN THEY STILL LOOK GOOEY AND A TINY BIT OF GOLDEN IS PEAKING OUT FROM UNDER THE COOKIE!!***
  9. LET THEM COOL COMPLETELY BEFORE REMOVING FROM COOKIE SHEET.
  10. Store in an airtight container or ziplock bag.
Notes
  1. ***crack the eggs and let the them sit out in a bowl for 15 minutes to get to room temp
  2. ***the more golden peaking out, the crunchier your cookie will end up. Less golden is better to ensure softness and gooeyness!!
Adapted from Elizabeth
Adapted from Elizabeth
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Headshot project 2017: March

Auggie continues to grow and develop and there is just nothing better than this stage!!! 18 months is just the best. When we ask how he’s doing he responds, “GREAT!’ and he can repeat pretty much anything we tell him to.  He says ‘I love you,’ knows each of our names (Taw-yee is Charlie and Day Day is JJ), and even knows how to manipulate me into stretching out bedtime by puckering up and asking for smooches when he’s already in his crib. For a while there he would follow me around everywhere with his forehead connected to the back of my legs—-you could say he has healthy attachment, I guess.

Sweet little Charlie. He’s just full of passion.  When we were in the doc office for flu shots, there was zippo drama about getting the shot himself but when he thought he lost his happy meal toy, he went ballistic!  Turns out it was in his hand and he went from scream-crying to “Oh, haha!” in 0.00000001 seconds and we all had a good chuckle.  He and James have major anxiety if they don’t get to say their goodbyes at drop off.  One morning James’ class went in to rug time while Charlie was playing on the playground and when he realized James had left without a goodbye, Charlie ran into James’ in a very vocal panic with tears welling up.  He yelled in front of the whole class, “James! Huggies/kissies!!”  James hopped right up, ran to Charlie and embraced him and planted a big ol’ lip kiss on his little brother in front of the whole class without a blip of hesitation.  Everyone thought it was adorable.  Another cute story: I had a Nordstrom gift card and had my heart set on some blue Converse hightop shoes.  I decided to try the Rack first to get more for my money and set Charlie loose in the shoe section with the instructions to “go find some cute shoes for Mommy!” mainly just to give him a project to keep him out of my hair.  Well, not three minutes later, I hear Charlie come running up an isle yelling, “Mommy!!  How do you like these??”  And in his hands was a box of blue converse hightops in my exact size!!  He had no idea that’s exactly what I was wanting!!!  So I bought them and they are extra special to me now.  He has also figured out how to manipulate me into giving him what he wants my saying, “Mom!!  You’re a genius!!”  And then telling me his idea in the form of it being MY genius idea.  He’s a smarty, that one!  And lastly, he has gotten into saying, ‘Mom, you hurt my feelings” everytime he gets in trouble.  Well one time he got a doozy of a sad consequence and exclaimed through tears, “MOM, you are hurting my life!” 

James, I feel, will just always be my little therapist.  He’s been testing me lately, yes, but our hearts are just connected in a way that I can’t describe.  I love all my babies equally and fully and unconditionally, but there is just something about the baby who makes you a mommy that tethers your souls together, for better or worse.  Anyhoo–JAMES!!  He’s so fun.  There’s been a little friend drama this month, though.  But I feel like he handled it well.  The main thing I’m trying to get him to learn is to invest in people who invest in you and to not try to impress people who are just hard to impress.  There are a lot of kids who show James they love him and want to play with him but he gravitates towards kids who act like they are too cool for him!  Then his feelings get hurt and he wonders what’s wrong with him, yada yada.  We are teaching him, though.  But on one occasion we were at the park with some friends from church and two boys from James’ primary class were there.  These two boys are best friends (let’s call them Tommy and Steven) and Tommy has shown a lot of interest in trying to include James in their friendship circle.  Well, Steven has felt threatened by James and has expressed that he doesn’t want to be friends.  It was particularly evident at the park this one day.  Before we were getting ready to leave, James came up to me and said, “Mom, Steven said he doesn’t want to be my friend.”  He seemed upset and I immediately jumped into the whole “he’s missing out then/we don’t need to be friends with people who aren’t inclusive/let’s focus on friendships that are nice” shpeel before I really got many details.  I didn’t feel like any of it was sinking in with him, so I  said, “Let’s talk to Dad about it when he gets home, he always has good ideas.”  Then James said in a semi-confused tone, “How about I just talk to Steven about it?”  Thank you Young Fives!!  And would you know it, he did and they are great little buddies now!  There was also a time when Charlie was trying to play legos with James but accidentally ended up messing up James’ creation by cleaning it up, thinking he was helping.  James took a big breath and spoke very kindly to Charlie about it and later told me, “I wanted to show Charlie he is more important to me than legos.”  And then after we all got the flu shot, Auggie was crying pretty hard and James whispered to him, “My heart is suffering with yours, Auggie!” I mean, seriously, people!!!!  Is this kid for real??

Busy Bubbers Series: General Conference Collection!

I’ve been making Gospel-related illustrations for my babies over the past few years (you might recall these) and thought I’d share with you my {almost} entire collection for your General-Conference-with-babies needs!  Below I have included 20 Gospel topic illustrations, 10 Gospel Bingo cards and a few coloring pages.  These would all be great for anything that has to do with Church, not just Conference Weekend!  I like to cut out some Gospel topic illustrations and put them on jars filled with different treats/listening incentives and then every time a baby hears that topic in a talk they get to get one treat out of that specific jar.  You could also do memory games, flash card games, charade games, and anything else you can thing of.  I’ll be adding to this post as the years go on and as the babies grow older, so keep checking back each year around Conference if you’re in need of ideas!  Please share with your friends and use for whatever you’d like!

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gospel topics images 1

gospel topics images 2

gospel topics images 3

gospel topics images 4

gospel topics images 5

bingo sheet 1

bingo sheet 2

bingo sheet 3

bingo sheet 4

bingo sheet 5

bingo sheet 6

bingo sheet 7

bingo sheet 8

bingo sheet 9

bingo sheet 10

friendship coloring page 

Jesus Christ coloring page

Jesus Christ coloring page

Oakland Temple coloring page

 

 

 

Recipe: Peanut Wok Noodels

I found this great recipe for peanut dip on a whim one night when John was bored with regular old potstickers (we have them weekly, the pre-made bagged kind…) and it was delicious!!!  I decided to try to x5 the recipe (or something like that) and see if I could make it into a peanutty rice noodle dish full of veggies.  It is officially now our all time FAVORITE dish!!  And if you’re trying to cut down on starch and up your veggies, you could totally leave the noodles out all together.  But basically this is everything I love about food in one bowl.

Recipe for the crusty peasant bread here.

This recipe is as easy to bulk up as you can imagine.  We make tons at once and keep the leftovers in the fridge for the rest of the week.  This here was for the Elders, who happened to be gluten free.  So the bread was for us, hehehe.

Peanut Wok Noodles
Serves 6
A peanutty, rice-noodley veggie delight.
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Prep Time
20 min
Cook Time
20 min
Total Time
40 min
Prep Time
20 min
Cook Time
20 min
Total Time
40 min
Peanut Sauce
  1. 1/2 cup creamy peanut butter
  2. 1/2 cup coconut milk or mayo*
  3. 1/2 cup soy sauce
  4. 1/2 cup brown sugar
  5. 1/4 cup lemon juice
  6. 6 cloves garlic
Other things needed
  1. see notes**
  2. 1 package rice noodles or brown rice noodles
  3. 1/2 head cabbage, shredded with salt and pepper
  4. 4 rainbow carrots, thinly sliced with salt and pepper
  5. 2-3 cups fresh snow or snap peas
  6. 1-2 sweet potatoes, thinly sliced with salt and pepper
  7. 1/2 bunch green onions, diced
  8. 1 can drained water chestnuts
  9. 1-2 pounds of preferred cooked meat (here it was shredded pork, we also LOVE sliced and sautéed chicken apple sausage)
Instructions
  1. Make the peanut sauce first by whisking all ingredients together and keep it in the fridge until ready to mix into other ingredients.
  2. Make the rice noodles according to package directions.
  3. Sautee the cabbage and cooked meat together in coconut oil, until cabbage is fully cooked and meat is warmed up.
  4. Broil the sweet potatoes and carrots until almost burnt, about 7 minutes each side.
  5. In a wok or huge pot/roasting pan, combine everything together and toss with as much peanut sauce as you like until evenly coated. Serve warm.
Notes
  1. *I like to freeze coconut milk in an ice cube tray. The size of our tray evens out to be about 1/4 cup per cube, so I just pop some out whenever I want to cook with it!
  2. **You can put whatever veggies you want in this dish, and however much you like to serve as many as you need.
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