Its been too much! We have been on the go, running from one appointment to the next - fulfilling one obligation after another. We have been, quite literally, running around like chickens with our heads cut off (they really do that!).
Finally, we have gotten a little sense back into our lives and are in the process of regrouping. I have to admit, I am a homebody. Being gone day after day leaves me worn to a frazzle, and then even a tiny mole hill becomes a mountain. Our family thrives with a quiet, peaceful, simple life. We can muster what is needed to tackle whatever mountain presents itself, but after the battle, we require peaceful restoration.
Today was a day for peaceful restoration. I puttered around the house, cleaning, straightening and putting to rights. I planned menus, planned school and planned holidays. I fussed with furniture and table settings and drank in the cozy atmosphere that is home. I sang praises to God, danced through the kitchen and delighted myself in serving my family. This is home sweet home.
One of my great joys is making my home a pleasant refuge for my family. I love to cook wonderful meals, prepare our daily tea and draw my family homeward by making home too alluring to abandon for any length of time.
As I marinated in the comfort of home I indulged my homebody tendencies by whipping up a batch of Chocolate Chip Cookies (baked in the wood cookstove, of course - they really are better that way!). When Sir Knight arrived home the tea table was set, awaiting flowing conversations and cups of tea.
|Cookies baking in the cookstove|
Ah, the wonderful refuge that is home. I pray that you all enjoy the simple pleasures of a humble home filled with the love of family.
Chocolate Chip Cookies
1 C butter (softened)
3/4 C brown sugar (packed)
3/4 C granulated sugar
1 tsp. vanilla extract
3 C flour
1 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. salt
2 C chocolate chips
Cream softened (not melted) butter with brown sugar and granulated sugar. Add vanilla extract and eggs. Mix well. Add flour, baking soda and salt. Mix well. Add chocolate chips (I always go light on the chocolate chips) - we like the cookie). The dough should be soft but not sticky. If it sticks to your fingers, add a little flour. Continue adding flour until the dough no longer sticks, but be careful not to add too much flour or your cookies will be as hard as rocks. This dough also works well wrapped up, stored in the fridge or freezer and made into fresh cookies later. It is wonderful to make one sheet of cookies at a time and always have warm, fresh out of the oven cookies in the blink of an eye.
Bake at 375° (or a very warm wood oven) for 9 to 11 minutes or until lightly browned. We love soft cookies, so we are sure not to over bake.