Thursday, September 30, 2010

Organic Chocolate Chip Recipe

Today I want to share with ya'll the chocolate chip cookie recipe I have been using (which I have gotten raving reviews on lol). I lovvveeee trying out different chocolate chip cookie recipes and combining the techniques or ingredients from the ones I really enjoyed! :)

Perfectly Soft, yet Chewy!!!

Organic Chocolate Chip Cookies

Yield: 4 dozen cookies
  • 11 1/2 ounces Organic Semi-Sweet Chocolate Chips
  • 1 cup organic or raw butter, softened
  • 3/4 cups raw organic cane sugar
  • 3/4 cups raw organic brown sugar, packed
  • 2 large organic brown eggs
  • 2 teaspoons organic vanilla
  • 2 1/4 cups unsifted organic flour
  • 1 teaspoon organic baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon organic salt
Heat oven to 350ºF.

Stir flour with baking soda and salt; set aside. In large mixing bowl, beat butter with sugar and brown sugar at medium speed until creamy and lightened in color. Add eggs and vanilla, one at a time. Mix on low speed until incorporated. Gradually blend dry mixture into creamed mixture. Stir in chocolate chips. Drop by tablespoon onto parchment lined baking sheets. Bake for 10-13 minutes or until golden brown. Cool on wire racks.

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Adventures with Stinkerbelle!


So Monday would be one of my normal "Gracie Post" days, but since Sunday we have been having an unusually tough round of constipation. Since they had the Similac recall, we have switched Grace to Enfamil Prosobee... This switch has led to some ridiculously bad constipation. Grace tends to constipate easily so we are very particular in what we feed her. Which sadly means a low banana, apple, rice cereal, etc. diet. And we ALWAYS keep apple juice in the house haha. This diet has really been working for us, we haven't had any constipation problems for over a month (YAY!!!!). But with the formula switch it has given her the worst round we have dealt with yet. I have tried apple juice, prune juice, leg exercises, warm baths, high fiber foods, suppositories (was a failed attempt), etc. Yesterday and today my mom and I had to help Grace get "it" out (we wore gloves and used Q-Tips for those that are extremely grossed out right now lol). After hours of screaming pain from Grace I took her to Cook's Children's Urgent Care. There they administered a different suppository and prescribed a laxative. We are still using Enfamil since they have not restocked the shelves yet with new "beetle-free" Similac lol. Right now Gracie-Baby is playing happily on the floor and chatting it up, and I am just waiting for the flood gates to open... Like they say, "Poop is better Out than In" and I must agree; I can't wait to get past this "stinky" round of constipation. However, one funny/random thing that came out of this is a new nickname for Gracie lol! I now call her from time to time my little "sTinkerbelle," especially when I am dealing with her excrement LOL! :) Sorry this post is a tad gross, and I hope I did not scar too many of you. :) And I am sorry I didn't get a chance to post earlier, but duty called. :) Lots of love and I hope ya'll enjoyed the picture above of my little Stinkerbelle! :)

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Pulling Up & Chatter!


For just two days since my last Gracie post, Grace has started doing so much more! Just recently she started pulling up to her knees, and as of Tuesday she started pulling all the way up to a Standing Postition! Ahhhhhhhhh!!!! :) You should have seen me dancing around the room cheering with her when she did it for the first time (probably would have made a great youtube video lol). For the last three days she has been saying Dadadada, so I am pretty sure she was missing her daddy! She was beyond thrilled when he got home yesterday! :) That little girl loves her Daddy! :) And he gets a couple of days off to hang out with us! :) Yayyyyyyy!!!! We are overdue for some good quality family time! :) I can't wait to to post some videos of my little sweet pea showing off her new skillzzz (still waiting on my new camera boo)! :) I hope everybody is having a great Wednesday!!!


Monday, September 13, 2010

13 Months! :)


Well... What can I say... These past couple of weeks have been all over the place for our little princess. Over the summer we gradually began having more and more feeding problems with Gracie; which led to a second opinion, which led to a compassionate & insightful doctor, which in turn led to him becoming her new pediatrician. What we have it narrowed down to the reflux; it is still bothering her, she has texture aversion, and is INCREDIBLY strong willed haha. I am still trying to get her to start taking her baby food again... Having her go cold turkey with the bottle was Heart-Wrenching! I just can't do it without Jonathan, I feel like I am torturing my sweetie... So I am trying to just continually present her baby food in hopes that she will take to it.

On a different note, she has become quite the little chatterbox! :) Especially in the early evening, that seems to be when she has the most to say! I love mimicking her sounds, she finds it entertaining, so it has become a game we play (until I crack up laughing)!

One of the new-er-ish and exciting things she has started doing is pulling herself up, she loves it! She thinks I am her personal climbing gym lol! And if she gets stuck and can't get up all the way by herself, she expects you to come and help her the rest of the way! haha!

I just want to thank all of you for your continuos prayer support with Grace's feeding problems, and if you could pray specifically for her to take to her baby food that would be such a blessing!

We love ya'll and wish you were here to spend the day with us!