I am greatly relieved to be able to say with 97% certainty that Rebekah and Anton are going to cancel their trip to Japan. They were set to go three weeks from now, but as events have unfolded cooler heads have prevailed (that would be Anton's head, not my daughter's) and they will be looking into getting their tickets refunded.
I had not realized just how stressed out I was about their upcoming trip to Japan until I got the official word that they were cancelling. People react to stress in different ways. Some sleep, some eat, some drink. Not me. I bake cookies.
I don't bake just any old cookies either. It has to be chocolate chip cookies. They are a very versatile cookie in that not only do I bake them when I am stressed, I also bake them when I am happy. In this case I was baking them because I was happy not to be stressed. There seems to be no shortage of stress in people's lives, so I thought I would do what I could to help. Here is my chocolate chip cookie recipe, which comes with my personal guarantee of being the best ever.
2/3 cup butter
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1/2 cup brown sugar
1 tsp. vanilla
1 3/4 cup flour
1/2 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. baking soda
6 oz. package chocolate chips
Cream the butter and sugars. Add in the egg and vanilla and beat some more. Then add in flour, salt and baking soda. I use part spelt flour just so I can tell myself they are healthy. Finally, stir in the chocolate chips.
Bake @ 375F for 8 - 10 minutes. Less time is better if you want a perfectly chewy cookie.
As far as the chocolate chips go I totally ignore the instructions. I have a huge bag of chocolate chips from Costco and just dump in enough to make sure that each cookie will be loaded. I am quite sure it ends up being way more than the 6 oz. the recipe calls for. I attribute my generosity with the chocolate chips to the deprivation I suffered as a child.
My mom, normally both a good cook and a generous person, somehow suffered a personality change when she baked chocolate chip cookies. She would consistently double all of the ingredients except the chocolate chips, which she halved. Once when my brother was attending university he and some of his fraternity brothers stopped by my parents' home for a visit. Mom had just baked a batch of cookies and offered them to the guests. My brother quickly spoke up and said there would be a prize for anyone who found a chocolate chip in their cookie. True story.
Knitting is the other stress reliever in my life, so what could be more perfect than the two together? This sock in progress is Fresh Breeze (Ravelry link), based on a traditional Danish design.
It is from the book Around the World in Knitted Socks. My goal is to knit every pair of socks in this book. I think my excesses in the chocolate chip department might be spilling over into my knitting!