Tiny victories

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We bought a house.

We bought a house in January and have spent every day since the beginning of December preparing, packing, and now renovating. Once we are finished, every single room will have been updated except the laundry room and sun room.

If we ever finish…

We are now 6 weeks into renovating and it feels like it will never end. I was finally able to get the stove hooked up yesterday but I still have no running water in the kitchen. Or plates. Or pots and pans. Or anything.

But I have s stove that works and will not leak and kill us both. Tiny victory.

And though I cannot do much cooking-wise to celebrate, you should. Here is my preferred recipe for chocolate chip cookies, probably copied form the back of a Nestle chocolate chip bag many years ago by my mother.

Sometimes I switch out half the margarine for peanut butter. I like to use margarine instead of butter because I find it keeps the cookies taller. If butter is all you have, or what you prefer, it will work just fine. I love that these cookies are super easy to make. They require no chilling so, if you have a fast oven, you could have cookies 30 minutes from now. Worth it.

So celebrate on my behalf and know that I will soon rejoin the cooking world again (I hope).

Chocolate Chip Cookies

2 stick margarine (or 1 stick margarine + 1/2 c peanut butter)
3/4 c sugar
3/4 c brown sugar
2 eggs
1 tsp vanilla
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp salt
2 1/4 c flour
1 c chocolate chips

Preheat oven to 375° F.

Beat margarine and sugars together until light and creamy. Add eggs, one at a time, and beat well.

Add vanilla, baking soda, and salt. Stir until completely uniform.

Gradually add in flour.

Stir in chocolate chips gently, until evenly distributed.

Make rounded balls, about 1 inch in diameter and place on baking sheets.

Bake 9-11 minutes or until golden. Cool 1-2 minutes on baking sheet and remove to cooling racks to cool completely.

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