Read, review, reflect, discuss, study... can't I just bake instead? Seriously, because sometimes all you can do is bake. Life is too short to sweat the small stuff. We all know this, yet we still allow stress to creep in and take over our lives.
I've been really stressed lately ~ just ask my family! Not only do I have my own classes to attend, homework to do, papers to write and assignments to complete; but as a wife and mom of three I also get to come home to making lunches, dinner, doing laundry, going to sporting events, extracurricular activities and helping the kids with their homework. It's never ending!
As stressed as I feel, a phone call earlier today allowed me to put things into perspective. My stresses are just ordinary ~ they aren't life threatening. I wish I could say the same thing for my brother's stresses. He's battling cancer and he's giving it everything he's got. I am amazed and in awe of his positive outlook. He's not wallowing in all he has to deal with, instead, he wants to know how I'm doing. Suddenly all of my complaints seem inconsequential.
After talking with him I felt foolish for letting my trivial worries consume me. He inspired me to put aside my 'to do' list and spend some time doing what gives me pleasure and calms my soul ~ baking.
This is my go to cookie recipe. It combines a profusion of delectable ingredients and bakes up wonderfully.
Me And My Cookies Are Not Stressed Out
You will need:
3/4 cup sugar
1/2 cup brown sugar, packed
3/4 cup butter, softened
1 tsp vanilla
2 1/2 cups all purpose flour
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
1/2 cup toffee baking bits
1 cup almonds, chopped
*put almonds in a plastic freezer bag and gently smash with the back of a large spoon.
If you are really stressed you can use a hammer ~ this is a great way to work out your frustration!
- Pre-heat oven to 375 degrees.
- In a large bowl combine sugars and butter and beat until light and fluffy.
- Add vanilla and eggs and blend well.
- Mix in flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt.
- Stir in chocolate chips, almonds and toffee baking bits.
- Drop by rounded tablespoons on a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper.
- Bake for 10-12 minutes until golden brown.
- Cool on wire baking racks.